Music of all varieties on in the region

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Find out what’s on in your area in the week ahead

Saturday, February 18

BUCKINGHAM: An Evening at the Opera with local baritone Sebastian Stride, soprano Milena Dobrzycka and pianist Andrea Kmecová, all former accomplished students from Trinity College of Music in London, SS Peter and Paul, 7.30pm, to raise money for church roof appeal, tickets £10, £7 concessions and £3 for under 18s, available from Buckingham church office, 01280 821509, Monday to Friday, 10am until noon, evenings, 01280 820591 or from The Duke’s Music, 01280 821771. Also available on the door.

WINSLOW: Hardy Plant Society Bucks and Oxon group, talk on Irish Gardens by Dr John Page, retired university lecturer and author on plants and gardening, February 18, Winslow Centre, Park Road, from 2.15pm, visitors welcome (£4 charge for visitors), details from Paul Radcliffe on 01280 813352.

BUCKINGHAM: Talk by Dr Kate Harvey on the lives of two local dramatists and their progress from North Bucks to London c1700 - Mary Pix and Sarah Fyge, 7.30pm, at the Old Gaol, tickets £4 in advance or £5 on the door, available from the museum shop, telephone 01280 823020.

Monday, February 20

BICESTER: Bicester Local History Society monthly meeting, at St Edburg’s Church Hall, Old Place Yard, from 7.30pm, speaker Anthony Poulton-Smith, on Oxfordshire place names. Non members welcome, £2, details Pete Chivers 01869 600109.

Thursday, February 23

BRACKLEY: Morris dance ‘taster evening’. Join the Brackley Morris Men at Brackley Junior School for a chance to try the fun of Morris dance, details Stephen, 07764 799947.

BICESTER: Bicester U3A monthly meeting at the Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road at 2.15pm, Maurice Weir will give an illustrated talk on A Bridge to Whiskey – Travels in Co Antrim. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Details from Christine Cox on 01869 601798 or Peggy Penfold on 01869 242506 or see website

Future and ongoing events

BUCKINGHAM: INSPIRE! architecture exhibition at the Old Gaol, runs until February 24, featuring projects in the region which won awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

BUCKINGHAM: Buckingham Inner Wheel mammoth quiz, February 24, 7pm for 7.30pm start, Buckingham Athletic Football Club, £10 to include shepherd’s pie supper, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care. Tickets available from Coughlan Insurance 3, High Street, Buckingham, telephone 01280 814440 or 812391.

PADBURY: School Dinners supper, Padbury Village Hall, February 25, in aid of the Cancer Research Relay for Life event taking place in June, tickets £12 per person and are available from Rita Plumridge on 01280 822998.

BUCKINGHAM: Concert to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Radcliffe Centre by members of the Orchestra of Stowe Opera, conductor Robert Secret, Works by Corelli, Bach, Vivaldi & Mozart, February 25, Radcliffe Centre, 7.30pm, Tickets £10 from The Duke’s Music or on the door.

WAPPENHAM: Seed Swap Saturday, seed swap, chicken display and teas, February 25, 2pm to 4pm, free admission, Wappenham Village Hall, School Lane, details Jane Harries 01327 860350.

BUCKINGHAM: Plant some trees in Bourton Park, Saturday, February 25, meet in Bourton Road car park at 10am, planting a mix of native trees in various locations around the park, bring wellies and some suitably warm clothing.

BUCKINGHAM: Pancake race, March 3, 11am, St Peter & St Paul Church, four age groups, bring your own frying pan and all competitors must wear a headscarf and apron. Pancakes will be provided.

BUCKINGHAM: Great Horwood Silver Band annual concert, Saturday March 3, 7.30pm in Buckingham Community Centre .Tickets on door £7 and £5 concessions.

BRACKLEY: Brackley History Society meeting, March 7, 7.30pm, Tony Hadland will talk about 125 years of Raleigh bicycles, Methodist Church, refreshments served after the talk, members free, visitors £2, details from the secretary on 07917 401228 or

BUCKINGHAM: Buckingham Wine Circle annual barn dance, March 10, at Buckingham Community Centre. Tumbledown-Dick-Barn-Dance-Band, £12.50, tickets include a light supper, for details, contact Lesley on 01280 812195.

BUCKINGHAM: Concert in St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church, Saturday March 10, at 7.30pm. A musical delight between the Lenborough Singers and the Mouvaux Classe de Chant Chorale. Tickets available from The Duke’s Music and Old Gaol Information Centre.

BRACKLEY: The Pin Money Craft Co-operative sixth Community Crafting Roadshow, March 17, upstairs in the town hall, 9am to 3.30pm, craft classes, workshops, craft stalls and demonstrations, not to mention your chance to take part in creating the Brackley Rainbow, details of workshops and craft classes on or on Facebook.

TOWCESTER: Towcester Tearooms charity tea dance, in the town hall, March 18, 3pm, entry £5, tickets on the door but to avoid disappointment, they can be bought at the Towcester Tearooms on 01327 358200 or 07792 189022.

GAYTON: An Evening with Craig Ogden, by Northants Touring Arts, St Mary’s Church, March 23, 8pm, bar open 7.30pm, tickets £10, concessions £6, from Anna Fox, 01604 859444.

BUCKINGHAM: Buckingham Choral Society Spring Concert, March 31, Buckingham Parish Church, 7.30pm, Handel’s Messiah, with Orchestra of Stowe Opera and Royal Academy of Music soloists, Tickets £13, £12 (concessions), £5 under 18s, available from The Duke’s Music, Market Hill, and the Tourist Information Centre, The Old Gaol.

BRACKLEY: Drawings and paintings exhibition by Martin Ford, April 2 to 30, Brackley Library.

SILVERSTONE: Village fete to celebrate Diamond Jubilee, June 5, variety of attractions, if interested in having a stall for £20, contact 01327 857458, Silverstone Recreation Association.