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Pictured from left are John Clarke, Stephen Jones and Simon Payne

Bassoonists provide lunchtime concert joy

Lottie Parker, 10, and Tess Palmer, 11 – who will take it in turns to play the lead role in Jigsaw Stage Productions’ Annie – are pictured, front, with other young cast members in rehearsal at Grove Village Hall

Two Annies for the price of one in classic show

Models are needed for inaugural fashion show

Models are needed for inaugural fashion show

Optical show tests the definition of what is art

Optical show tests the definition of what is art

Robert Strange at work surrounded by his collections of ‘rubbish’

Strange use found for some everyday items

Silly gnomes Simon (played by Fiona Huntingford-Ledger), left, and Arthur (Rebecca Cleverley) with dame Mathilda Mop (David Simmons), from Sinodun Players’ panto Rapunzel

Rapunzel’s ready to let her hair down in panto

Pupils at Didcot’s Bernadine Soul School of Dance have won a place to perform at Disneyland Paris later this year

Disney chiefs wowed by dance diva dream team

Monty Kimball-Evans plays Vileun the Vile and Jon Crowley is Santa in Abingdon Drama Club’s forthcoming pantomime Santa in Space

There is space for Santa and aliens in pantomime

Bring on those boos: Jodie Prenger gets set for villainous turn in Annie

Bring on those boos: Jodie Prenger gets set for villainous turn in Annie

The Snow Dragon at Didcot's Cornerstone is a festive show for everyone

The Snow Dragon at Didcot's Cornerstone is a festive show for everyone

Young stars are jumping to it in class

Young stars are jumping to it in class

Blake – Ollie Baines, Humphrey Berney and Stephen Bowman – with Dame Shirley Bassey

It’s Blake’s heaven as trio ‘sing with Shirley’

Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin, who make up Belshazzar’s Feast, are taking their Christmas show on the road this month

Folk duo’s repertoire will make you laugh and cry

Catriona Galbraith and Martyn Reed, right, owners of The Greyhound Inn, Letcombe Regis, with head chef Phil Currie manager Lidia Dhorne and architect Sara Gardhouse of Taate Architects

It’s been a year of hard work saving village pub

Cast members of Annie, the Christmas musical at the New Theatre Oxford, including Jodie Prenger, left, who will play Miss Hannigan

Enjoy a special visit to the theatre at Christmas

Mike Mignanelli at the watercolour class at the gallery at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot

Painters brush up on a range of techniques

Lots of revealing surprises in store in rendition of fairytale

Lots of revealing surprises in store in rendition of fairytale

The cast of AmEgos Theatre's production of the farce Noises Off     Picture: Mel Taylor Photography

Rip-roaring Frayn farce promises lots of laughs

Ciaran Owen plays Darren opposite Amy Molloy’s Sinead in Disco Pigs, a coming-of-age story

Dynamic duo to delight the crowd with a relatable tale

Steve Tilston will play at the Unicorn Theatre on Friday, December 4

Folk songsmith Tilston to grace intimate venue

Paul Burke conducts Wantage Choral Society at the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival concert last month, which featured a performance of his work Didcot Haiku

Messiah, Betjeman and carols make choir busy

Lydia Kavina is one of the world’s top theremin players. She was taught how to play the electrical instrument by the inventor himself

Musician fell in love with wailing ghost instrument

Nesha Thompson, nine, works with leaves with course leader Sophie Hay at an autumn crafts session

Crafty children get inspired by autumn

Cast members of Jigsaw’s variety show, which is touring the county at the moment

Song and dance show goes on tour of county

Matt Kirk will play Scrooge, a character haunted by memories of his past life, in Studio Theatre Club’s production Humbug! at the Unicorn, Abingdon

Festive classic marks club’s musical return

Members of Abingdon Artists and their work, which was held at St Nicolas Church. Pictured are, Diana Matthews, front, with Joan Thompson, Margaret Horton, Marion Owen, Richard Stovel, John Rawling and chairwoman Caroline Harben

Art group celebrates 25 years of creative activity

Some of the cast of Dorchester Amateur Dramatic Society’s Camelot. Above, from left, Christine Jones (Nell), Rachel Winslet-Morris (Prince Arthur), Frae Elford (Princess Guinevere), Jim Levi (King Uther Pendragon) and Maxine Briscoe (Handmaiden)

Thespians to recreate the magic of Camelot

The Askew Sisters will perform at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon, on November 6

Folk sisters play fiddle, melodeon and concertina

Members of Abingdon Operatic Society rehearse ahead of their production of the musical Copacabana at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School, next week

Operatic society set to stage Manilow musical

Kurt Moxley runs LAM brewery, making craft beer from his home in Sandford-on-Thames. It has only been in operation since November but has already been included in the Good Beer Guide

Breweries raise a glass as beer sales increase

Former racehorse trainer Henrietta Knight who has written a book about her life with late husband Terry Biddlecombe

Trainer shares memories of a wonderful husband

The cast of Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain take time for tea

US GIs adopting British traits and mannerisms characteristics

Graham Rose found the tapes and Bernard Martin put them on to CD

Historic tapes of choir concerts saved from tip

The jackets designed by pupils at Our Lady’s Abingdon on display in the Long LIbrary at Blenheim Palace

Palace displays jackets made by pupils

Second-hand band that is built from bric-a-brac

Second-hand band that is built from bric-a-brac

Nettlebed Folk Club patron Phil Beer is one half of acoustic roots and folk duo Show of Hands

Village folkies celebrate their 40th anniversary

Exhibitors include, above, Ticia Lever, left, with her piece Swirling Waters, and Gill Banks

Unique interpretation of the very British Thames

Pictured in the imaginative play section of Creative Kidz are Grace Clark, two, holding her craftwork, and Becci Cox, who runs the new centre

Great space to play in for the creative toddlers

GoboYoof’s first production, All at Sea, which took place in July. Pictured are, from left, Sofie Mirza, Freya Avenell, Charlotte Bright and Annabel Pollard

Youth theatre group seeks stage stars of tomorrow

Wantage Art Group chairman, Geoff Williams, 72, shows his granddaughter Zara Clement-Jones, nine, pieces in its exhibition

Artists from area hold an exhibition for everybody

Lee Orchard (Cpl Gleason), Laura King (Sgt Stratton) and John Hawkins (Sgt Bates) are among the cast of Another Man’s Eden, a play set in a hospital in Camp Bastion

Tough subject matter of Afghanistan-set drama

Charlotte Storrs, who runs pottery classes for individuals and groups, has just completed a commission for Swiss five-star hotel

Violin player carves her way towards success

Laura Godfrey, a project officer for Age UK, and Alan Robinson, 77, try pickleball at Wantage Leisure Centre

Ball game gives elderly people new lease of life

Hendred Ukulele Group pictured playing their first performance at St Katherine’s House care home, Wantage, in March

Revolution for music as ukulele proves popular

The Derek Paravicini Jazz Quartet will be performing at the Music in the Abbey festival at Dorchester-on-Thames on Tuesday night

Festival presents opera without ‘crazy’ storyline

Morris dancers play a big part of BunkFest

BunkFest set to draw in crowds for its 14th year

Bellowhead will play their final Towersey Festival on Saturday, ahead of their amicable split in May next year. The influential 11-piece folk act will be part of a four-day programme of music at Towersey

Folk superstars to grace festival for the final time

The cast of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution, which will be performed by BreakaLeg Productions at the Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon from September 9-12

Town will stage second Agatha Christie festival

A CFA Voysey design that is part of the exhibition called The Arts & Crafts House, at Compton Verney

Exhibition offers lots of arts and crafts delights

New Zealander Ivy Rossiter, known as Luckless

Families flock to enjoy weekend of festival fun

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