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Melton Ramblers have a nine mile circular walk around Perry and Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire on Saturday, 1 September. They’re meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 for details, or see
www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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A tabletop sale is taking place in the Webster Hall, Keyworth on Saturday, 1 September from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be stalls with pottery, porcelain, household goods and miscellaneous articles. All proceeds will be donated to the charity Children in Distress.
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Soar Valley Model Railway Club are holding their Heart Of The Midlands Exhibition at Loughborough Grammar School on Saturday and Sunday, 1-2 September from 10 am. More than 30 layouts will be on show, plus trade stands and refreshments. Admission is £8 for adults, £4 for children and £20 for a family. Proceeds to the RAINBOWS Children’s Hospice. For details phone 01530 450187.
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Oxfest is a live music event taking place at The Durham Ox in Orston on Saturday, 1 September from 12 noon until 11 pm in aid of cancer research. Admission is free and food will be on sale. Details on 01949 850059 or see
www.thedurhamoxorston.co.uk
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Stathern Horticultural Show is at St Guthlac’s Church on Saturday, 1 September. Open for viewing from 12.15 pm. There will be live music, food, children’s activities including a Decorate Your Wheel competition. There’s an auction of exhibits at 3 pm. Details on 01949 860230.
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A lunchtime concert featuring mezzo soprano Ann Gregory takes place in St Mary’s Church, Melton on Saturday, 1 September at 12.30pm. Ann will be accompanied by James Gutteridge, Director of Music at the church and the programme includes music by Bach, Handel, Gluck, Vaughan Williams and Purcell. Entry is free but there's a collection with proceeds split between the mental health charity MIND and the St Mary's Church refurbishment project.
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Hoby and District Horticultural Society holds its annual show of fruit, flowers, vegetables and crafts at the village hall on Saturday, 1 September at 2.30 pm. It also includes children’s competitions and a skittles contest.
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A quiz night for teams of up to six people is being held at Burton Lazars Village Hall on Saturday, 1 September at 7 pm. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Entry is £4 per person and proceeds will go to St James’ Church. To book, phone Melton 668095.
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Melton Ramblers have the Larry Ball Memorial Walk at Walton on the Wolds on Sunday, 2 September. They're meeting at The Green in Walton at 10.30 am and the first stage of the walk is six miles. After a picnic lunch at The Green, they're departing again for another six mile walk at 2.30 pm. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a seven mile walk at Cuckney and Welbeck on Sunday, 2 September starting at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. For details, including meeting place, phone 01949 836042 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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Melton Mowbray Rotary Club will hold its vintage and classic car and motorcycle show and fun day in Melton Market Place on Sunday, 2 September from 10 am until 2 pm. There will be competitions with prizes, stalls and attractions, plus entertainment from the 103 The Eye Roadshow. Donations for charities supported by Rotary are welcome. For full details see www.meltonvehiclefestival.org.uk or phone Melton 575517.
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The Funday Bingham roadshow celebrating health, sport and well-being is taking place in the market square on Sunday, 2 September from 12 noon until 4 pm. It's organised by Rushcliffe Borough Council and NHS Rushclife Clinical Commissioning Group. You can learn more about how to eat well, move more and live longer. Have a go at lots of fun sports and physical activities and sample tasty healthy treats from local growers and makers.
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Seagrave Fun Day Fete is in and around the village hall on Sunday, 2 September from 12 noon until 4 pm. Attractions include a static vehicle show, World War One Spitfire flypast, a craft fair, climbing wall, children's games and entertainments, skittles, welly wanging, various stalls and refreshments. Entry is £1, accompanied children free. Details on 01509 812756.
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Don Pritchett from Notts Wildlife Trust will give an illustrated talk about owls in the Vale of Belvoir at a meeting of Eastwell History Group in the village hall on Wednesday, 5 September at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome.
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Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have a 10 mile circular guided walk at Kirklington, taking in Halam, Farnsfield and Edingley on Thursday, 6 September. They're meeting at Keyworth Square, ready to drive out at 9.30 am.  Non-members are welcome to join in. Phone 07947 109208.
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Keyworth Rotary Club are organising a community clean up and litter pick in the village on Thursday, 6 September. They're meeting in the village hall car park at 10 am and volunteers are needed to help. Equipment will be provided.
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An antiques and jewellery valuation day in aid of the Vale First Responders is being held at St Andrew’s Church, Langar, on Thursday, 6 September from 10.30 am until 1.30 pm. Bring along your antiques, jewellery, silver and collectibles.  The event is organised by Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers.

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Shout 4 Residents have their annual meeting at The Edge Community Centre in Dalby Road, Melton, on Thursday, 6 September at 6 for 7 pm. All local residents are welcome.
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Lily Ann Dawes will give a talk about the history and application of forensic archaeology entitled Dead Men Talking at a meeting of Keyworth and District Local History Society in the Centenary Lounge at the Village Hall on Friday, 7 September at 7.30 pm. Entry for non-members is £2 and refreshments will be available.
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Enjoy an evening of badger watching organised by Melton Group of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust at the Holwell Nature Reserves on Fridays 7, 14, 21 and 28 September at 8 pm. The reserves are three miles north of Melton and the cost is £5 per person. Booking is essential on 0116 271 9203. 
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Melton Ramblers have a 10 mile walk about Holymoorside, near Chesterfield, on Saturday, 8 September. They're meeting at Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Teenage Market is taking place in Melton Market Place on Saturday, 8 September from 10 am until 4 pm. It’s a free platform for young people to showcase their creative talents. There will be live music and performances, food and drink, and stalls run by young people selling items they have made. Young people wanting to take part can sign up on
www.theteenagemarket.co.uk
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Get On Yer Bike is the theme for the Saturday activities morning at St Mary’s Church in Melton on 8 September, starting at 10.30 am. There will be trips up the tower (weather permitting), plus family activities including arts and crafts, games on a cycling theme, face painting and refreshments. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. There is a short act of worship at 11.45 am.
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Ride and stride is an opportunity to visit Christian churches, chapels and meeting places in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland which will be open on Saturday, 8 September between 10 am and 6 pm. You can cycle, walk, horse ride, jog, run or drive your mobility scooter, while raising sponsorship money for your church. Many of the churches will be serving refreshments. For full details see
www.rideandstrideuk.org
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Long Clawson village fete is on the recreation ground on Saturday, 8 September from 11 am until 4 pm. There will be five-a-side football, Morris dancing, falconry, a fun dog show, a produce show and display of artwork, sporty games and a barbeque. Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the village hall and recreation ground.
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Bottesford and District Gardens Association is holding its 41st annual horticultural show on Saturday, 8 September at the VC Hall. Local residents and exhibitors from further afield can enter. For entry details see www.bottesfordgardensassociation.org and the show will be open for viewing from 2 pm on the day.
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Eastwell History Group are holding an open day at the Lord Granby Workshop, Canal Lane, Stathern on Saturday, 8 September from 3 pm. Visitors with an interest in engineering can see the progress of the conservation project for the Lord Granby locomotive. There will be a barbeque and bar.
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Hickling Scarecrow festival is on Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 September and the theme is Space. There’s a craft fair, traction engines, clog dancers, Punch N Judy, Morris dancers, a magician and lots of stalls. Refreshments will be on sale and the church tower will be open with bellringing. Entry is £2 for adults. Accompanied children go in free. On the Saturday, there’s a hog roast and celidh with music from the live band Reel Easy. Tickets are £15. All proceeds will go to RAINBOWS, the Notts Air Ambulance and village organisations.
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Aslockton Rocks is a 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s night with live music by the live band Loose Change at the Thomas Cranmer Centre, Aslockton  on Saturday, 8 September from 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 including hot food. Phone 01949 850034 / 850003 / 850257 / 850384. Proceeds for Aslockton Church.
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a six mile walk at Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, alongside the Grantham Canal, on Sunday, 9 September starting at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. For details, including meeting place, phone 01949 836042 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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The Radcliffe-on-Trent Village Show is in the grounds of The Grange on Sunday, 9 September and will officially be opened at 12 noon by BBC TV’s Mark Shardlow. Classes include horticulture and flowers, art, photography, home produce, crafts, cookery and a children’s section. Registration for competitors is on the Saturday morning. Details on www.rotpc.com or phone 0115 9335808. There’s also live music, a dog show, various stalls and other attractions.
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Jenny Bailey will give a talk about Horatio Hornblower at Bingham WI’s meeting in the WI Hall, Station Street on Monday, 10 September at 2 pm. New members and visitors are welcome. Phone 01949 836584.
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Making The Most Of Bulbs is the title of an illustrated talk being given to Asfordby Garden Club by John Gibson from Kettering on Monday, 10 September at 7 pm in the Community Room at the Bradgate Flats. Visitors are welcome. For details phone Melton 812513.
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Ian Buxton from Long Eaton will give a presentation entitled From Me To You at South Notts Flower Club's meeting in the Burnside Hall, Plumtree, on Monday, 10 September at 7.30 pm.
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A tea tasting experience in aid of the charity Hope Against Cancer is being held at The Old Brickyard Tea Garden, Eastwell Road, Scalford on Tuesday, 11 September at 7 pm. Discover 10 teas introduced by a real tea merchant. Booking is essential. Phone 07803 206852 or see www.oldbrickyardteagarden.co.uk for full details.
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Sky Theatre present their production of the musical West Side Story at Melton Theatre from Tuesday to Saturday, 11-15 September. Performances are at 7.30 pm plus a 2.30 Saturday matinee. For tickets phone Melton 851111 or see www.meltontheatre.co.uk
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The Vale of Belvoir Machinery Group are holding a quiz night and social evening at the Canal Farm Vintage Centre in Langar Lane, Harby, on Thursday, 13 September at 7.30 pm. Newcomers with an interest in vintage machinery are welcome to join. See www.vobmg.org.uk
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Dr David Fox will give an illustrated talk about the wildlife of Nottinghamshire at a meeting of Bingham Garden Club in the WI Hall, Station Street on Tuesday, 11 September at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. Phone 01949 838782.
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Arthur Payne presents Part 10 of his Melton Now And Then series of illustrated talks on the town’s history, showing photographs taken up to 150 years ago and comparing them with the same scene today. He’s speaking at Melton Carnegie Museum on Wednesday, 12 September at 7.30 pm. Entry is £4 and pre-booking is essential on 0116 305 3860.
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Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have choice of guided walks on Thursday, 13 September. There's a hilly nine mile circular guided walk around Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, taking in Monsal Dale, Monsal Trail and Bakewell. They're meeting at Keyworth Square, ready to drive out at 9 am.  Non-members are welcome to join in. Phone 07507 345 080.  The other walk is local - eight miles around Redmile, taking in Belvoir and Woolsthorpe. To join this one, phone 07954 952 233.
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The Patients Reference Group for Melton's Latham House Medical Practice is holding its annual open meeting at Melton Borough Council's Parkside Offices on Thursday, 13 September. It includes updates about the services provided by Latham House and other local NHS provision and patients are welcome to give their feedback. Doors open at 5.30 pm when visitors can browse displays on health-related matters and the formal part of the meeting is at 6.30 pm.
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Melton Trade Fair will showcase local businesses in the Market Place on Friday, 14 September from 10 am to 4 pm, organised by Melton BID (Business Improvement District). It’s free to attend and to exhibit. Businesses which are in the Melton BID scheme can book a marquee by phoning 07954 817505.
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Bingham Methodist Church is celebrating its 200th anniversary with a flower festival on a harvest theme on September 14-16, open from 10 am on Friday and Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday, concluded with a harvest praise service at 5.30 pm. Refreshments will be served throughout the weekend, proceeds for the Bi-Centenary Fund.
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The Rushcliffe fundraising group for Macmillan Cancer Support have a 60s dance featuring music by Revival at Cotgrave Welfare on Friday, 14 September from 8 pm. Tickets are £10 from 0115 937 5712 or 07701 001 576.
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Melton Ramblers have a 10 mile walk around Kibworth Beauchamp on Saturday, 15 September. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Vollans Art Group is staging its third annual exhibition at Nether Broughton Village Hall on Saturday, 15 September from 10 am until 4 pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments and proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Details on Melton 813668. NOW POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER.
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The Melton Space community workshop at the Melton Country Park Café has  an open day on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am until 4 pm. There will be woodwork, electronics, 3D printing and work with textiles. Bring a broken item and see if it can be repaired. Details on Melton 562112 or see www.meltonspace.org.uk
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Melton Mowbray Choral Society are giving a concert with guest soloists at St Mary's Church on Saturday, 15 September at 7.30 pm. The featured works are Haydn's Nelson Mass and Vivaldi's Gloria. Tickets are £12 on the door, or £10 in advance, available from the Samworth Centre. Proceeds will go to CLIC Sargent, the cancer charity for children and young people.
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Montys Travellin’ Music Show presents an evening of roots, blues and soul featuring Tonia Tempest at Frisby-on-the-Wreake Village Hall on Saturday, 15 September at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £12 in advance from 07703 648007 or £15 on the door.
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Charnwood Orchestra start their new season with a concert of works by Mendelsohn, Beethoven and the Swedish clarinettist Bernhard Crusell. It’s at Holy Trinity Church, Barrow-Upon-Soar on Saturday, 15 September at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £13 for adults, £11 for concessions and £3 for under 16s, available from Barrow-Upon-Soar Post Office, via www.charnwoodorchestra.org.uk or on the door.
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This year’s Battle Of Britain parade through Melton on Sunday, 16 September will commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force. It will start out from Chapel Street at 10 am and march through the town to St Mary’s Church for a service led by the Reverend Kevin Ashby. A wreath-laying ceremony will take place afterwards.
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Time Together For Families is on a harvest theme at Bingham Parish Church on Sunday, 16 September at 4 pm. There will be music, children’s activities, praise and refreshments. Admission is free.
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Patsy Rayner presents and illustrated talk entitled The Japanese Garden: History And Development - describing many famous gardens she has visited - at a meeting of Keyworth and District Gardening Association in the Centenary Lounge at Keyworth Village Hall  on Monday, 17 September at 7.30 pm.  Non-members are welcome. Entry is £3.
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Penny Vincent from Sewstern will present a floral demonstration entitled it's All Booty at a meeting of Melton and District Flower Club at the Sage Cross Methodist Church on Monday, 17 September at 7 for 7.15 pm.
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Patsy Rayner presents an illustrated talk entitled The Japanese Garden: History And Development - describing many famous gardens she has visited - at a meeting of Keyworth and District Gardening Association in the Centenary Lounge at Keyworth Village Hall on Monday, 17 September at 7.30 pm. Non-members are welcome. Entry is £3.
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Greening Farmland is an evening of environmental talks which aim to inspire personal or church projects to help to sustain or renew the life of the earth. It's taking place at Waltham-on-the-Wolds Village Hall on Tuesday, 18 September at 6.30 for 7 pm. Admission is free. For details phone Melton 464265 or 812191.
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Lynne Sharpe from Freeby presents a floral demonstration entitled Car Boot Collection at Frisby Flower and Garden Club's meeting in the village hall on Tuesday, 18 September at 7 for 7.30 pm. For more details phone Melton 812618.
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Howard Heeley will give a talk about aviation and investigative research at a meeting of Bingham U3A, the University of the Third Age, at Bingham Methodist Centre on Wednesday, 19 September at 2 pm. New members are welcome. Phone 01949 875406 for details.
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Tim Coltman will give a talk to Melton U 3 A (the University of the Third Age) about his grandfather Lance Corporal William Harold Coltman VC - who was Britain's most decorated enlisted soldier in the First World War. He's speaking at the group's meeting in Melton Baptist Church on Thursday, 20 September at 10 am. New members are welcome. See www.u3ameltonmowbray.org.uk
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Melton Mowbray Beer Festival takes place at Melton Cattle Market on Friday and Saturday, 21-22 September, offering more than 50 real ales, with the focus on Yorkshire, plus ciders and gins. Open from 11 am until late. There's live music and food will be on sale. Please drink responsibly. Also - visit the antiques fair, open on both days from 10 am until 4 pm. For full details phone Melton 784704.
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Peter Liddle, former County Archaelogist for Leicestershire, will give an illustrated lecture entitled Medieval Villages and Fields at Melton Carnegie Museum on Friday, 21 September at 11 am. Admission is £6 including coffee and biscuits. Pre-booking is advisable - phone 0116 221 458 or 07758 194353.
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The Daniel Smith Blues Band are performing at Hose Village Hall on Friday, 21 September at 7 pm. Tickets are £13.50 including supper and profits will be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and Multiple Sclerosis charities. Phone Melton 464373.
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Melton Mowbray Photographic Society are launching their new season with an open evening to encourage newcomers to join. It’s at the Samworth Centre on Friday, 21 September at 7.15 for 7.30 pm. Details on meltonphotographic.co.uk
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Melton Ramblers have a 10 mile walk around Belvoir on Saturday, 22 September. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Art In The Church is an exhibition of caermics, textiles, mixed media, glass, painting and print making being staged by Frisby Creatives at St Thomas Of Canterbury Church, Frisby-on-the-Wreake on Saturday and Sunday, 22-23 September from 11 am until 4 pm. There will also be Open Studios throughout the village on both days.
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The third annual Angrave charity quiz for teams of four people will be held at the Holwell Institute, Asfordby Hill, on Saturday, 22 September at 7.30 pm. The quiz-master is Richard Angrave. Entry is £7.50 per person including a light supper. To book phone Melton 569493. This event is in aid of Vista, the charity which helps people with sight loss.
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Melton Choral Society and the Melton Band jointly present Music From The Shows at Melton Theatre on Saturday, 22 September at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 from the Box Office on Melton 851111 or see www.meltontheatre.co.uk Proceeds will go to the CLIC Sargent cancer charity and Dove Cottage Day Hospice.
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A harvest festival service for people of all ages will be held in St Mary's Church, Melton, on Sunday, 23 September at 10am. Everyone is welcome and please bring tins, packets or fresh produce, for distribution to the families and young people at Myst Lodge in Melton.
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have an eight mile walk around Dale Abbey, Stanton-by-Dale and Ockbrook on Sunday, 23 September starting at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. For details, including meeting place, phone 01949 836042 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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Pablos Horse Sanctuary at Waltham Lane, Long Clawson is holding another open day as the previous one last month suffered poor weather. The new date is Sunday, 23 September from 12 noon until 4 pm. You can meet the rescued horses and ponies, and there will be stalls, games, hot food, home made cakes and other refreshments. Entry is £2. Accompanied children under 14 go in free. For full details phone 07745 628684.
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Leicestershire Branch of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution holds its harvest festival service at Springbarrow Lodge, Grace Dieu near Coalville on Sunday, 23 September at 2.30 pm. It’s hosted by the Stanley Family and led by the Reverend Dr Peter Hooper, Diocese of Leicester Rural Officer, assisted by the Reverend Lydia Humphreys. Afterwards there will be refreshments and trailer rides and you can see the Longhorn cattle.
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Feelgood Films are showing Finding Your Feet in the Centenary Lounge at Keyworth Village Hall on Monday, 24 September at 1.45 for 2 pm. Entry is by donation (minimum £3.50) and refreshments are £1. Details on 0115 937 3849 or 0115 937 3336. Lifts can be arranged with prior notice.
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Melton Mowbray Art Group are staging an exhibition in the gallery at Melton Library from Monday, 24 September until 10 December. It's an opportunity to view and purchase works by talented local artists.
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Local singer Vince Eager will give a talk entitled You're Never Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll at a meeting of Keyworth U3A (the University of the Third Age) at Keyworth Methodist Church in Selby Lane on Tuesday, 25 September at 2 pm. New members are welcome. To join, phone 0115 937 2898.
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Dr Richard Thomas from Leicester University will give a talk about exciting discoveries made during this summer's archaeological dig at the stables of Bradgate Park. He's speaking at a meeting of Melton Fieldworkers at Melton Carnegie Museum on Wednesday, 26 September at 7 for 7.30 pm. Admission is £5 and pre-booking is essential. Phone 0116 305 3860.
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Underwater Photography is the topic for Melton Computer Club's meeting at Melton Indoor Bowls Club on Wednesday, 26 September at 7.30 pm.
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Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have a nine mile circular guided walk around the Vicar Water Country Park near Mansfield, taking in Newlands, the River Maun and Old Clipston on Thursday, 27 September. They're meeting at Keyworth Square, ready to drive out at 9.30 am. Non-members are welcome to join in. Phone 07743 336 282.
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A book sale is being held at Keyworth Parish Church on Thursday, 27 September from 10.30 am to 2 pm. There's a wide selection of good quality books, especially paper backs and children's for 50p. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available. There are also craft items being sold for the Wells or Africa Appeal.
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Keyworth WI are holding their harvest supper and auction at the Centenary Lounge, Keyworth Village Hall on Thursday, 27 September. For full details phone 0115 937 3267.
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Keyworth Business Group are holding an informal networking event at the Village Cafe and Bistro on Main Street on Friday, 28 September from 8 am until 9. You can discuss local issues over a cup of coffee or tea. For information phone 07780 646142 or 07946 619961.
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Macmillan Cancer Support are organising The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday, 28 September. Local venues include: St Mary's Church in Melton from 10.30 am (phone Melton 564227); Keyworth Parish Church from 10 am; St Francis Primary School in Melton; Tresillian House 67 Dalby Road in Melton.
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Peter Liddle, former County Archaelogist for Leicestershire, will give an illustrated lecture entitled Castles And Manor Houses at Melton Carnegie Museum on Friday, 28 September at 11 am. Admission is £6 including coffee and biscuits. Pre-booking is advisable - phone 0116 221 458 or 07758 194353.
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Scalford WI are holding a prize bingo evening at the Village Hall on Friday, 28 September. Doors open at 7.15 pm, eyes down at 7.30. Everyone is welcome. Proceeds will go to WI funds.
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Melton Mowbray Photographic Society are holding a practical evening on Friday, 28 September so members can practice and learn new techniques from each other. It’s at the Samworth Centre at 7.15 for 7.30 pm. For details see www.meltonphotographic.co.uk
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Melton Ramblers have a 12 mile walk around Beacon Hill and Charnwood Forest on Saturday, 29 September. They're meeting at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall, ready to set out at 9.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Mabel's Market is being held at Keyworth Methodist Hall on Saturday, 29 September from 10 am to 12 noon. There will be stalls with home produce and bric-a-brac, plus refreshments and a Traidcrat stall. Entry is free. Proceeds will go to the charity Self Help Africa.
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An open archive day is being held at Melton Carnegie Museum on Saturday, 29 September from 10 am until 3 pm. It's a rare chance to see inside the museum's collection of old photographs and maps and delve into the history of the town and your own family. Admission is free. Phone 0116 305 3860 for more information.
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Art For Autumn is an exhibition and children's competition being staged at Waltham-on-the-Wolds Parish Church on Saturday, 29 September from 11 am until 4 pm with stalls and refreshments. The competition is free to enter and there are prizes for various age categories. For details phone Melton 444266.
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Dove Cottage Day Hospice in Canal Lane, Stathern is holding an auction and tabletop sale on Saturday, 29 September. Viewing is from 12 noon and bidding starts at 1.30 pm. Entry is free. Donations of items are welcome in the week leading up to the event. Bring them to the hospice or phone 01949 860303 to arrange collection.
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Eastwell Harvest service is at St Denys Church on Saturday, 29 September at 4 pm followed by the harvest tea in the village hall at 5 pm. The meal costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and booking is essential. Phone 01949 861767.
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The Granby and Sutton Singers are giving a World War One commemoration concert entitled Poppies and Peace with audience participation at Lowdham Parish Church on Saturday, 29 September at 7.30 pm Tickets are £5 with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal. Details on 01949 850940.
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The ninth annual Vale’s Got Talent competition organised by the Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club is holding auditions on September 29 and 30 at Radcliffe-on-Trent Royal British Legion Club. The semi-finals are at Candleby Lane School in Cotgrave on October 17 and November 17 and the grand final is at Cotgrave Welfare on 15 December. Prizes total £700. Entry details from 0115 933 4004 or 01949 861770.
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The organ at St Mary's Church in Melton has been refurbished and there will be a re-dedication ceremony and songs of praise on Sunday, 30 September at 10 am. If you have a song, hymn, reading or prayer you would like included, please write to the Rector at the Parish Office in the Samworth Centre, together with your name and reasons for your choice.
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a 10 mile walk in High Leicestershire, taking in Billesdon, Tilton-on-the-Hill, Tugby and Rolleston on Sunday, 30 September starting at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. For details, including meeting place, phone 01949 836042 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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Melton Seniors Forum is organising Seniors' Day 2018 at Melton Borough Council's Parkside Offices on Thursday, 4 October from 10 am until 3 pm. There will be brand new activities to enjoy, plus refreshments, and a performance by the Melstrum Ukelele Orchestra. A Leicester City Football Club historian will be attending... with a special guest. Admission is free.
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Award winning press photographer and tutor Glen Tillyard is the guest speaker at Melton Mowbray Photographic Society’s meeting on Friday, 5 October. It’s at the Samworth Centre at 7.15 for 7.30 pm. For details see www.meltonphotographic.co.uk
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Whissendine Stars present two comedy plays – Menopause Madness and Sticky Situation at the Village Hall on Friday and Saturday, 6-7 October  at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £7.50, concessions £7 from Melton 474437 or 07955 213327. Proceeds will go to the Matt Hampson Foundation.
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Sage Cross Methodist Church and Community Centre in Melton is staging an arts, crafts and home produce fair on Saturday, 6 October from 10 am until 3 pm. Admission is free and refreshments including light lunches will be on sale. Proceeds to the Sage Cross development fund.
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The Vale of Belvoir Machinery Group are holding a ploughing day at Langar on Saturday, 6 October. Full details on www.vobmg.org.uk
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The East Midlands Food and Drink Festival is taking place at Melton Cattle Market on Saturday and Sunday, 6-7 October with around 200 exhibitors, plus a food theatre, a kids’ zone, entertainment and other food-related attractions. Tickets are £6 on the gate or £5 in advance. See www.meltonmowbrayfoodfestival.co.uk for full details.

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The 24th Viking Challenge off-road cycling event across the Vale of Belvoir takes place on Sunday, 7 October. Entrants can ride 30 or 55 kilometres through the Vale of Belvoir, starting from Redmile School. For entry details see
www.vikingchallenge.org.uk  Proceeds of this year’s event will go to the charity Reach which supports people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.
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The 35th annual Vale of Belvoir Conker Championships take place on Sunday, 7 October from 2 pm on the Pingle, next to the Crown and Plough pub, at Long Clawson.  There are open, junior and team competitions and entry is £5 per person, juniors £2. Proceeds will go to cancer research. Details on 07854 492629.
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Phil Gibson, from Loughborough, will give an illustrated talk entitled Coast To Coast, about his travels around the UK and Ireland in a living van. He’s speaking at a meeting of Melton Tractor Club at Melton Conservative Club on Tuesday, 9 October at 8 pm. The club welcomes new members. For details phone 07979 416886.
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Linda Davey will give a talk entitled Tantalising Tea Tales to a meeting of the Vale of Belvoir U3A at Bottesford VC Hall on Tuesday, 9 October at 2 pm.
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Kevin Winter will give a talk entitled The Battle Of East Stoke Field at Bottesford Local History Society's meeting in the Fuller Room at The Old School on Thursday, 11 October at 7.30 pm.
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Peter Liddle, former County Archaelogist for Leicestershire, will give an illustrated lecture entitled The Church: Parish Churches And Chapels at Melton Carnegie Museum on Friday, 12 October at 11 am. Admission is £6 including coffee and biscuits. Pre-booking is advisable - phone 0116 221 458 or 07758 194353.
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Bob Massey will give a talk entitled The Robins about the origins of postal services to Melton Mowbray Historical Society's meeting at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday, 12 October at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. For details see www.meltonmowbrayhistorical.org.uk
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The Riding Lights Theatre Company presents Gospel Street - It's Good News at St Mary's Church in Bottesford on Saturday, 13 October at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10, concessions £8 from 01949 843348 or see www.ridinglights.org/gospel
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The 36th annual Upper Broughton Art Show takes place at the village hall on Saturday and Sunday, 13-14 October. Artists producing paintings, ceramics, sculptures, textiles and other media are welcome to showcase their work. There’s a preview evening with refreshments on Friday, 12 October at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £7.50. Full details on www.upperbroughtonartshow.org.uk
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Bingham Branch of the NSPCC hold their annual quiz night at the WI Hall in Station Street on Saturday, 13 October. Tickets are £10 per person, including ploughman’s supper. To book, phone 01949 837133 or 875822.
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Philip Warren will give an illustrated talk about the paintings of the celebrated Melton artist John Ferneley at a meeting of Melton Friends of the Carnegie Museum on Tuesday, 16 October at 2.30 pm. Admission for non-members is £3. There's no need to book.
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Melton Carnegie Museum is organising half-term activities for children aged 3 to 11 on a Hallowe’en theme entitled Hubble Bubble from Tuesday to Saturday, 16-20 October. There are spooky craft activities and a betwitching museum trail. Most activities are free of charge but some involve a small charge for materials. The museum is open from 10 am until 4.30 pm. For more details phone 0116 3053860.
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Sam Dobson will give a talk about the life of Sir Malcolm Sargent to a meeting of Melton U 3 A (the University of the Third Age) in Melton Baptist Church on Thursday, 18 October at 10 am. New members are welcome. See www.u3ameltonmowbray.org.uk
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Peter Liddle, former County Archaelogist for Leicestershire, will give an illustrated lecture entitled The Church: Religious Houses at Melton Carnegie Museum on Friday, 19 October at 11 am. Admission is £6 including coffee and biscuits. Pre-booking is advisable - phone 0116 221 458 or 07758 194353.
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The Dalby Dollop Fun Run takes place on Sunday, 21 October, starting out from Vine Farm at 11 am. Registration will be from 9.30 am and proceeds will go to St Swithun's Church. Details on Melton 569290or 07817 242196.
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Marie-Claude Boury will give a talk entitled Twenty-Five Years in Mali at a meeting of Keyworth U3A (the University of the Third Age) at Keyworth Methodist Church in Selby Lane on Tuesday, 23 October at 2 pm. New members are welcome. To join, phone 0115 937 2898.
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Melton Musical Theatre Company are staging the musical thriller Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Melton Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, 24-27 October with performances at 7.30 pm. There's also a 2.30 pm Saturday matinee. For tickets phone Melton 851111 or see www.meltontheatre.co.uk
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Peter Liddle, former County Archaelogist for Leicestershire, will give an illustrated lecture entitled Medieval Villages and Fields at Melton Carnegie Museum on Friday, 26 October at 11 am. Admission is £6 including coffee and biscuits. Pre-booking is advisable - phone 0116 221 458 or 07758 194353.
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Market Harborough and District Group of Diabetes UK are holding an autumn fayre at Market Harborough Parish Church (next to the Old Grammar School) on Saturday, 27 October from 9 am until 1 pm. There will be stalls with gifts, Christmas decorations and cards, a tombola, raffle and refreshments.
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The Granby and Sutton Singers are giving a World War One commemoration concert entitled Poppies and Peace with audience participation at Orston Village Hall on Friday, 2 November and at Granby Village Hall on Saturday, 3 November at 7.30 pm Tickets are £5 with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal. Details on 01949 850940.
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The Enchanted Faery Ball 2018 will be held at Melton Market Tavern on Saturday, 3 November from 7.30 pm. Proceeds will go to charity. Details on www.enchantedfaeryball.co.uk
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Julie Ede will give a talk entitled Queen Eleanor of Castile about the wife of King Edward I to Melton Mowbray Historical Society's meeting at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday, 9 November at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. For details see www.meltonmowbrayhistorical.org.uk
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Caroline Webb will give Melton U3A (the University of the Third Age) a talk about Storehouse which offers food, clothing, bedding, baby equipment and other household to people in immediate need. She's speaking at the group's meeting in Melton Baptist Church on Thursday, 15 November at 10 am. New members are welcome. See www.u3ameltonmowbray.org.uk
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The Melton Space community workshop at the Melton Country Park Café has an open day on Sunday, November 25 from 10 am until 4 pm. There will be woodwork, electronics, 3D printing and work with textiles. Bring a broken item and see if it can be repaired. Details on Melton 562112 or see www.meltonspace.org.uk
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Melton Christmas Lights Switch-on will be at 6.45 pm on Friday, 30 November. There will be live music from 10 am onwards, and the event is followed on Saturday and Sunday by the Victorian Christmas Fair.
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Bingham Christmas Fair is taking place in the Market Square on Friday, 30 November with entertainment all evening. Details on 01949 831445.
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Malcolm Darroch will give a talk entitled When the 'Chute Went Up about pioneer parachutist Dolly Shepherd to Melton Mowbray Historical Society's meeting at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday, 14 December at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. For details see www.meltonmowbrayhistorical.org.uk
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Bob Massey will give a talk entitled The Robins about the origins of postal services to Melton Mowbray Historical Society's meeting at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday, 12 October at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. For details see www.meltonmowbrayhistorical.org.uk
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The 36th annual Upper Broughton Art Show takes place at the village hall on Saturday and Sunday, 13-14 October. Artists  producing paintings, ceramics, sculptures, textiles and other media are welcome to showcase their work. There’s a preview evening with refreshments on Friday, 12 October at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £7.50. Full details on
www.upperbroughtonartshow.org.uk
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Bingham Branch of the NSPCC hold their annual quiz night at the WI Hall in Station Street on Saturday, 13 October. Tickets are £10 per person, including ploughman’s supper. To book, phone 01949 837133 or 875822.
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Melton Carnegie Museum is organising half-term activities on a Hallowe’en theme for children aged 3 to 11 from Tuesday to Saturday, 16-20 October. There  are craft activities and a museum trail. Most activities are free of charge but some involve a small charge for materials. There’s no need to book and the museum is open from 10 am until 4.30 pm. For more details phone 0116 305 3860.
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Sam Dobson will give a talk about the life of Sir Malcolm Sargent to a meeting of Melton U 3 A (the University of the Third Age) in Melton Baptist Church on Thursday, 18 October at 10 am. New members are welcome. See www.u3ameltonmowbray.org.uk
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Marie-Claude Boury will give a talk entitled Twenty-Five Years in Mali at a meeting of Keyworth U3A (the University of the Third Age) at Keyworth Methodist Church in Selby Lane on Tuesday, 23 October at 2 pm. New members are welcome. To join, phone 0115 937 2898.
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Melton Musical Theatre Company are staging the musical thriller Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Melton Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, 24-27 October with performances at 7.30 pm. There's also a 2.30 pm Saturday matinee. For tickets phone Melton 851111 or see
www.meltontheatre.co.uk
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Market Harborough and District Group of Diabetes UK are holding an autumn fayre at Market Harborough Parish Church (next to the Old Grammar School) on Saturday, 27 October from 9 am until 1 pm. There will be stalls with gifts, Christmas decorations and cards, a tombola, raffle and refreshments.
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The Granby and Sutton Singers are giving a World War One commemoration concert entitled Poppies and Peace with audience participation at Orston Village Hall on Friday, 2 November and at Granby Village Hall on Saturday, 3 November at 7.30 pm Tickets are £5 with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal. Details on 01949 850940.
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The Enchanted Faery Ball 2018 will be held at Melton Market Tavern on Saturday, 3 November from 7.30 pm. Proceeds will go to charity. Details on www.enchantedfaeryball.co.uk
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Julie Ede will give a talk entitled Queen Eleanor of Castile about the wife of King Edward I  to Melton Mowbray Historical Society's meeting at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday, 9 November at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. For details see www.meltonmowbrayhistorical.org.uk
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Caroline Webb will give Melton U3A (the University of the Third Age) a talk about Storehouse which offers food, clothing, bedding, baby equipment and other household to people in immediate need. She's speaking at the group's meeting in Melton Baptist Church on Thursday, 15 November at 10 am. New members are welcome. See www.u3ameltonmowbray.org.uk
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The Melton Space community workshop at the Melton Country Park Café has  an open day on Sunday, November 25 from 10 am until 4 pm. There will be woodwork, electronics, 3D printing and work with textiles. Bring a broken item and see if it can be repaired. Details on Melton 562112 or see
www.meltonspace.org.uk
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Melton Christmas Lights Switch-on will be at 6.45 pm on Friday, 30 November. There will be live music from 10 am onwards, and the event is followed on Saturday and Sunday by the Victorian Christmas Fair.
*****
Bingham Christmas Fair is taking place in the Market Square on Friday, 30 November with entertainment all evening. Details on 01949 831445.
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Malcolm Darroch will give a talk entitled When the 'Chute Went Up about pioneer parachutist Dolly Shepherd to Melton Mowbray Historical Society's meeting at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday, 14 December at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. For details see www.meltonmowbrayhistorical.org.uk
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