Leisure Live 2016

Performing artsElmbridge is looking for talented performers to showcase their skills at ‘Leisure Live 2016’ at Hersham Green, on Saturday, 9 July. So if you are a singer, musician, comedian, dancer, variety act or any other type of performer, the borough wants to hear from you.

Now in its sixth year, ‘Leisure Live’ aims to introduce residents to the wealth of arts, culture and sports available in the borough. It attracts large crowds from Elmbridge and neighbouring boroughs.

If you join, you will be performing on a covered stage, complete with professional sound system and support from a compere who will ensure that the event runs smoothly so you only have your act to concentrate on.

Performance slots are available from 11am to 4pm. The borough welcomes applications from artists of all ages as well as young people, schools and performing arts. Closing date for participation confirmation is 3 June 2016.

For any information, please contact the Arts Development Officer on 01372 474 584 or email arts@elmbridge.gov.uk

A night at the movies

The Cobham bandThe Cobham band presents ‘A night at the movies’ on Saturday, 20 February. The event begins at 7:30pm at The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Ember court, Thames Ditton, KT7 0LQ.

Enjoy themes and tunes from your favourite films including; Dr Zhivago, Singing in the Rain, Shindler’s List, James Bond, Brassed Off, The Mission, Saving Private Ryan and many more.

Tickets cost £12.50 via the box office: 0845 6801926, online here or from The Cobham Band 01372 453864.

Elmbridge Actors keep ancient Christmas Tradition Alive

QuickfixtheatregroupOn 17 December, actors from Quick Fix Theatre will keep the borough’s ancient tradition of  Christmas ‘Mumming’ alive by performing their modern-day take on a Mummers play, in pubs across Elmbridge.

For one night, a group of actors will set out on a ‘marathon’ performance run, travelling from pub to pub and giving a ten-minute performance at each venue.  As of today, the schedule of performances for the night is as follows but more venues will be added closer to the date:

  • 7:30pm – The Cricketers, Downside Common, Cobham KT11 3NX
  • 8:00pm – The Wheatsheaf, 40 Esher Green, Esher KT10 8AG
  • 8:30pm – The Griffin, 58 Common Rd, Claygate KT10 0HW
  • 9:00pm – The Hare and Hounds, The Green, Claygate KT10 0JL

Mummers plays originated in the middle ages when troupes of actors performed a short folk play – often with a specific theme and a moral message — in exchange for food and shelter during Advent. Some experts even believe the roots of modern pantomime can be traced back to the ancient Mummers.

Quick Fix Theatre, which specialises in high-energy theatrics in tiny public spaces, will use this year’s performances to fundraise for Sparks, a children’s medical research charity.  Sparks is also the Mayor of Elmbridge’s chosen charity for 2015. Last year, the actors raised more than £360 for Princess Alice Hospice and this year they hope to raise more.

To find out about the additional venues at which Mummers Plays will be performed, please follow the theatre group’s Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/quickfixtheatre or visit elmbridge.gov.uk/culture

Celebrating Christmas around Elmbridge

xmas-market1From making your own Christmas pudding to Christmas fairs and Christmas lunches, the festive season is coming to our community centres. Whether you want to attend a local pantomime, join in Christmas carols or dance the afternoon away to live musical entertainment, our centres offer a full programme of events to get you in the mood for Christmas. Pick up a full events programme at Weybridge community centre or go online for details of what is happening in and near Weybridge.

Harry Houdini


Harry HoudiniNew speaker and great authority on the world of magic, John Field will tell us more about the most iconic magician of all times, Harry Houdini at 7.30pm, on Tuesday, 12 November at St James’ Parish Centre, Weybridge.

The lecture will take place with tea, coffee and soft drinks available.

For further details of the forthcoming Royston Pike Lectures, please see the programme  or email arts@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474568.

Last Night of the Proms

The Last Night used to be held only in the Royal Albert Hall in Westminster but in recent years outside links were made with Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.  Now the celebration has been extended to Weybridge.

On Saturday, 12 September in the Parish Centre to link in with the Last Night of the Proms, the Friends of St  James’ Parish Church, Weybridge (FOSJ) is putting on a special event – during the course of the evening you will be able to view, on the big screen in the hall, the live broadcast  which  BBC TV is transmitting from the Royal Albert Hall and you will be able to join in the festivities.

There will be food available and a cash bar.  Tickets cost £10 for adults, or £25 for a family ticket (2 adults and two children under 15 years of age). These are available at coffee after the morning service on Sunday, 6 September, from the parish office or call 01932 848 253.

Tom Bowling

Here a sheer hulk, lies poor Tom Bowling
The darling of our crew;
No more he’ll hear the tempest howling
For death has broached him to.
His form was of the manliest beauty, his heart was kind and soft;
Faithful below, Tom did his duty
And now he’s gone aloft
And now he’s gone aloft

Tom never from his word departed
His virtues were so rare:
His friends were many and true hearted
His Poll was kind and fair;
And then he’d sing so blithe and jolly
Ah! Many’s the time and oft;
But mirth is turn’d to melancholy
For Tom is gone aloft
For Tom is gone aloft

Yet shall poor Tom find pleasant weather
When He who all commands
Shall give, to call life’s crew together
The word to pipe all hands:
Thus Death, who kings and tars despatches
In vain Tom’s life hath doff’d
For tho’ his body’s under hatches
His soul is gone aloft
His soul is gone aloft

Charles Dibdin (1745-1814)

Flight of Fantasy – The Elmbridge literary competition 2015

book2015 sees the anniversaries of some of the most famous works of literary fantasy: the 150th anniversary of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, the 60th of “The Lord of the Rings” and the 20th of “the Northern Lights”.

To mark these momentous anniversaries, the 2015 Elmbridge Literary Festival is asking writers and poets of all ages to enter its literary.

For this year’s literary competition, judges are looking for entries that unveil your imagination and take our judges into a different world created by you. Where, as many writers have shown, it is not always a world of dungeons and dragons, or wizards and elves; but one where a slight tweak at the edges of ‘ordinary life’ can introduce something quite extraordinary. They will be looking for original ideas, strong descriptions and exciting plot-lines.


Ages 5-7 Little Rhymes and Stories

Ages 8-10/11 (Junior School) Poems and Stories

Ages 11-13 Poems and Stories

Ages 14-18 Poems and Stories

Ages 19 plus Poems and Stories

The competition closes on 26 October. Entries will be judged by a panel of local authors, the Director of the RC Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge’s Arts Development Officer. Public Readings and Prize giving: Saturday, 28th November at the Riverhouse Arts Centre, Walton at 2:30pm for 5-13 years and 7:00pm 14+years.

For full terms and conditions and entry details for the literary competition, visit www.elmbridge.gov.uk/culture, email arts@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474584; or visit www.rcsherrifftrust.org.uk, email arts@rcsherrifftrust.org.uk or phone 01932 229996.

“Little Foodies” fully catered for at the 2015 Elmbridge Food Festival

Elmbridge Food Festival LogoLocal children’s entertainers will join the bigger and better ‘Little Foodies’ area to ensure the whole family has a great time at this year’s Elmbridge Food Festival.  Face-painting, balloon modelling, art and crafts, drama and ball skills will all be part of the free entertainment on offer on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 September.

There will be a wonderful variety of entertainment on offer during the Food Festival including; a treasure trail, bug hunt, Tudor style sweet making and much much more.

More than 9000 people attended the 2014 inaugural food festival and based on this year’s line-up of activities, a similar strong attendance is expected. Entry and car parking for all visitors to Painshill will be free over the course of the weekend. Gates will open each day at 10:30 and close at 5pm.

The Food and Drink Theatre will be the hub of the festival with live demonstrations throughout the weekend, while music from around the county will fill the air.

A detailed line up of stalls, food and drink theatre events, music acts and children’s entertainment is available from the borough’s Food Festival webpage

Elmbridge Food Festival

Elmbridge Food Festival LogoIt is almost time for the return of the Elmbridge Food Festival held again as last year in Painshill Park, Cobham on Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 September.

There will be around fifty stalls serving cuisine from around the world, as well as food and drink demonstrations and a variety of musical acts.  The centrepiece will be the Food and Drink Theatre with live demonstrations taking place. There will also be a ‘Little Foodies’ area with a full programme of free children’s activities running all weekend.

Take the family along for a weekend of fun and great food.