Would I Lie to You?

would I lie to youWould I lie to you, or

Call my Bluff

You decide.

Our next social event is a first for us and I think it is going to be a hit.

This is a wine tasting quiz with a difference, we have selected 6 top wines from around the world. Our panel (of 3 best story tellers, aka liars) will tell you a story of the wine and what experience they have had with it. It is up to you, the audience to guess which one is telling the truth. It might be that you know your wines, or that you can just sense bulls@*t when you hear it.

Whether you like wine, or not, this is going to be a really fun evening, more so if we have a good crowd. So please spread the word and support this event on…

Friday 20th November 7.30 for 8pm at The Memorial Hall, The Village.

Ticket Price: £15

New Members are very, very welcome and will be able to join on the night for just £3

Tickets Available from: Park View Motors, Jats Pharmacy.

The event is sponsored and supported by Auriol wines of Hartney Whitney. So we will have a real expert on hand, not just a taster but an actual wine maker!

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Autumn Dinner – don’t miss out!

BanquetOK let’s be clear, this year we have pulled out the stops. The Autumn Supper is now an Autumn Banquet! A great deal of thought and work has gone into this years event and I know you will not be disappointed.

Please make every effort to support this great evening out, not only do we have 1st Class caterers we also have some excellent entertainment as well. The greater the numbers, the greater the fun – get your friends and neighbours along and make up a table or join one on the night.

Tickets are £18 which reflect the high level of quality that has gone into the meal.

Accompanied by a 21st century adaptation of
Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales,” by
Chester House Productions

Tickets available from Park View Motors, The Village.

Saturday 17th October, 7.30 for 8pm.

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Mary Jackson

flowersMary and Alan Jackson were very active in the early days of The Finchampstead Society and contributed a great deal to our village. So it is sad to announce that Mary died recently, although she moved away many years ago she is fondly remember by all those who knew her. Thoughts with Alan at this difficult time.


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Barn Dance

barn danceSaturday 20th June 7.30 for 8pm

The Memorial Hall, The Village

(opposite Park View Motors)

A fantastic night of entertainment, live band, caller and great food provided all within the ticket price of £10.

The event is open to all, members and non members alike. Spread the word and bring your friends for a fun packed evening.

All tickets are £10, however non members would pay an additional £3 at the door for membership for a year.

Tickets available from Park View Motors Shop and from Jats Pharmacy on California Crossroads.

See you there

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Saturday’s Night Out


What a great night this was! Last Saturday night The “106 Miles to Chicago Blues Brothers tribute band” descended on Finchampstead and brought with them mega watts of energy. Playing to a full hall the night was great fun, it was good to see so many new members and to make new friends. The singers did us proud, getting everyone up onto their feet and dancing – the lasagne was most welcome and judging by the number of bottles left over it was well washed down. Big thanks to the Tally Ho pub and restaurant on Fleet Hill for the excellent lasagne they prepared and delivered to us on the night – great job and really tasty.

Thanks to Mohan for introducing the band to us, I understand he picked them up in a bar! Also a big thanks to Kate and the Barrie family for arranging the food  and their overall help.

Great to see so many people out enjoying a Saturday night. Check out a selection of the photos on our gallery page.

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Blues Brothers Night

blues brothersBlues Brothers tribute band and music night.

Saturday 16th May

7.30 for 8pm

The Village Memorial Hall (opposite Park View Motors)

Tickets £10 (non members £13)

Available from Park View Motors Shop and Jats Pharmacy.

There is a bar available (please no own drink) and hot food.

This is going to be another great evening of entertainment – book early to avoid disappointment.

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Progress for the future of Wokingham Area Housing Society


The work that has started behind new hoardings at Warren Close on Finchampstead Road next to the surgery is the product of two years of intense preparation driven by the committed volunteer team who run Wokingham Area Housing Society, WAHS, and the new collaboration with Housing Solutions Ltd, another housing association for charitable purposes. The project has also been made possible by a substantial Homes & Community Agency grant.

The bedsit-configured bungalows were outdated making them less popular with prospective tenants and the cost of maintaining the 15 ageing bungalows had reached unviable levels for a longer-term future. Changes were inevitable for the survival and longevity of WAHS and the team of volunteers who manage WAHS have considered many options going forward to fulfil its original purpose set out by the vision of Lady Godsal and a group of her friends who set up the society with the gift of land from Isobel Vaughan Morgan. WAHS have owned the land and managed the properties since 1947. This not-for-profit organisation of charitable status was set up to encourage independent living by providing homes for older people of Finchampstead who needed to find affordable rent housing in retirement.

Wokingham Borough Council’s Housing Team efficiently rehoused the majority of the original tenants who are now established in various locations around Finchampstead and Wokingham and who are looking forward to returning in 2016.

Four two-storey buildings, comprising of 24 one-bedroom flats are now being built. These flats will be available for older people who aspire to live independently in retirement at an affordable rent from the middle of 2016.

More details are on our website www.wahs.co.uk

WAHS Secretary telephone: 07816 590 537

Email: wokinghamareahousingsociety@googlemail.com


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Question Time

question timeNow that the big TV debates are over it is time to listen to the real election messages, the ones that we get to vote for.

On Thursday 16th April at 19.30 in The Village Memorial Hall Finchampstead.

All the national party candidates (for the Bracknell and Finchampstead constituency) will be there and the audience are invited to ask their pr-arranged questions. As with the BBC version the candidates do not know the questions in advance. We expect places for the evening to be in high demand so please reserve your place ahead of time.

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AGM & Talk

Don’t forget our AGM and Talk on Friday 20th March at 7.30pm.

The AGM will only form a minor part of the evenings activity. As well as the presentation of the Jones VC Trophy, the major part of the evening will be devoted to a talk by Mel Rees. Mel is a well known raconteur who gives hilarious presentations based on his own experiences. He has published a number of books under the nom de plume A Mann. As well as being funny, Mel will exploit and effectively debunk a number of prejudices in his presentation. You are guaranteed to be amused by his reminiscences and anecdotes.

See you there

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Survey Feedback

Thank you to everyone who took a few moments to complete our on-line survey of The Finchampstead Society.
Overall we had 57 responses giving us the headline that we are generally on track in providing the services you want.
The majority of you use e-mail to keep up to date on events and information from The Society.
Over half of you attend 6 or more events a year, 30% attend 2 to 3 but 17% seldom or never attend!
Friday is by far the most popular day for an event.
There is an even spread between being informed, socialising and being entertained from what you expect from an event.
You are happy with events that cost between £10 and £20.
The website is sometimes used for information.
However the Finchampstead Newsletter is frequently read.
The subscription at £3 is split between too little and about right (50% each)

Remember you can give feedback at any time by using the contact page on our website www.thefinchampsteadsociety.co.uk

Thank you again

Rob (Chairman)

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