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The Friends of Long Field Academy are Melton holding their fireworks extravaganza on the school field on Wednesday, 1 November. Gates open at 6 pm and display is at 7 pm. There will be hot food, a raffle and tombola. Entry is £2.50 for adults, children Year 11 and under £1.50, a family ticket is £6. Details on Melton 561234. Proceeds for school projects.
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Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have a nine mile circular walk around Saxondale, Newton, East Bridgford and Newton Airfield on Thursday, 2 November. They’re meeting at Keyworth Square, ready to drive out at 9.30 am. To join in, phone 0115 937 4486.
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Keyworth Rotary Club are organising a community clean up on Thursday, 2 November, meeting up at the village hall car park at 10 am. Volunteers are welcome to join in. Litter picking equipment is provided.
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Award-winning photographer Steve Shaw, from Rolls-Royce Camera Club is the guest speaker at Keyworth Camera Club’s meeting at Keyworth Parish Church Hall on Thursday, 2 November at 7.45 pm. His talk is entitled Focus On Nature. Visitors are welcome – entry is £3.
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Whissendine Primary School is holding a bonfire and fireworks party at Whissendine Sports Club on Friday, 3 November. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are £4 on the gate, £3 for children and under threes go free.
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Derrick Watson will present a talk entitled The Life And Times Of a Victorian Lawyer at a meeting of Keyworth and District Local History Society in the Centenary Lounge at Keyworth Village Hall on Friday, 3 November at 7.30 pm. Admission is £2 for non-members.
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Melton Ramblers have an eight mile circular walk around Keyham on Saturday, 4 November. There will be a picnic lunch. For details of meeting place and time phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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There’s a Christmas craft fair at Keyworth Village Hall on Saturday, 4 November from 10 am to 3 pm. Refreshments will be available and admission is £1, accompanied children free. Proceeds will go towards improvements of the existing play area next to Keyworth Primary and Nursery School.
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Keyworth Group of the RNLI have a coffee morning in the Methodist Hall, Burnside Grove, Tollerton, on Saturday, 4 November from 10 am until 12 noon. Admission, including refreshments, is £1.50.
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A craft fair is being held at Rearsby Village Hall on Saturday, 4 November from 11 am until 3 pm. There will be Christmas gifts for all the family, and refreshments will be served all day. Proceeds to St Michael and All Angels Church. For details phone Melton 424696.
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St Helena's Church at Thoroton has a graveyard recording day on Saturday, 4 November from 11.30 am until 3 pm. You can join the archaelogist at a drop-in workshop as a project for recording memorial inscriptions begins, covering the history of the village and its past residents. A light lunch is provided for all volunteers. For more information see www.thorotonchurch.wordpress.com
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There’s a rummage sale and bazaar at Buckminster Village Hall on Saturday, 4 November at 2 pm. Admission is 20p. This is a fundraiser for the village senior citizens’ Christmas dinner and party.
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There's a fundraising evening at the Brookside Inn, Barkby on Saturday, 4 November from 7 pm in aid of the charity Get Your Frock On - a  partnership between Animal Free Research UK and Breast Cancer UK. There will be live music, food and a raffle. Full details are on the Brookside Inn Facebook Page, or see www.getyourfrockon.org/about-us/
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Thorpe Arnold Cricket Club holds its bonfire party on Saturday, 4 November. The bonfire will be lit at 7 pm and the fireworks set off at 7.30 pm. There will be refreshments including a barbeque and bar. Entry on the gate is £5, under fives free.
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Harby Christmas Fayre and Café takes place at the Village Hall on Sunday, 5 November from 11.30 am until 2.30 pm.
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Hose Village Hall Bonfire Party is on Sunday, 5 November. Gates open at 6 pm and there will be a barbeque and bar. Entry is £5 for adults, children £2 and a family ticket is £10.
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Scalford Fireworks and Bonfire is on Sunday, 5 November at the King’s Arms. Gates open at 6.30 pm, the bonfire is lit at 7 pm and the fireworks are at 7.30. Entry is £5 for adults, children £3 and a family ticket is £15. Food is available at an additional charge. Tickets are available from the King’s Arms or call Melton 444229, or on the gate. Money raised will go to village hall funds.
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The Vale of Belvoir Lions Club hold their annual bonfire and fireworks party in the paddock of the late Mr William Roberts at Devon Lane in  
Bottesford on Sunday, 5 November. Gates open at 6.15 pm and the display starts at 7 pm. Entry is £4 for adults, £2 for unaccompanied under 16s and £1 for accompanied under 16s. All proceeds go to charity. For full details see www.voblions.org.uk
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Twyford Recreation Ground holds its bonfire and fireworks display on Sunday, 5 November at 7 pm. Entry is £5 on the gate,  juniors £3, or you can can get them in advance for £4 and £2.50 respectively from the Saddle Inn or Twyford Shop. There will be a barbeque and other refreshments on sale. Please do not bring your own fireworks - not even sparklers.
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Nigel Slater will give an illustrated talk about the Attenborough Nature Reserve at a meeting of Keyworth District Gardening Association at Keyworth Village Hall on Monday, 6 November at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Entry £3.
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Radcliffe-on-Trent Drama Group present The Importance Of Being Earnest at the Grange Hall from Tuesday to Saturday, 7-11 November with performances at 7.30 pm. Ticket details on 0115 933 2906 or see www.radcliffe-on-trentdramagroup.co.uk
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Douglas Clinton will give an illustrated talk entitled A Tudor and Stuart Christmas at Melton Afternoon WI’s meeting in the Sage Cross Methodist Church Hall on Wednesday, 8 November at 2 pm.  Visitors are welcome.
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Keyworth Camera Club hold their Ten Image Challenge evening on Thursday, 9 November at 7.45 pm in the Parish Church Hall. This fun event is open to club members and visitors and entry is £3.
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Melton Mowbray Lions Club are holding a charity racing night at Melton Royal British Legion Club on Friday, 10 November. Doors open at 7 pm and the first race is at 7.30 pm. Entrance is £7.50 to include supper. Phone 07860 102223 for details. Proceeds for Lions charities.

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Hawksworth Charity Christmas Fair is at Hawksworth Church on Friday, 10 November from 7 pm. There’ll be festive fare, decorations and gifts, and entry is £6 including a glass of fizz and nibbles. Proceeds to Riding For The Disabled. Details on 01949 851041.
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Jack Perks will give a presentation entitled Wildlife On Your Doorstep at Melton Mowbray Photographic Society’s meeting at the Samworth Centre in Burton Street on Friday, 10 November at  7.15 pm. More details on
www.meltonphotographic.co.uk
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The Transformation Of St Pancras is the title of an illustrated talk being given to Melton Mowbray and District Historical Society by Nigel Lowey on Friday, 10 November. The group will meet at the Sage Cross Methodist Church at 7.30 pm. New members are welcome. Phone Melton 569922 for details.
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Melton Ramblers have a 10 mile circular walk around Gotham on Saturday, 11 November. There will be a pub lunch. For details of meeting place and time phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Keyworth Methodist Church Christmas Fair is at the Village Hall on Saturday, 11 November from 10 am until 2 pm with a wide range of stalls. Entry is £1 for adults, accompanied children free. Refreshments, including lunches, will be available.
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The Friends of St Catherine’s Church, Houghton-on-the-Hill are holding a Christmas craft fair in the Village Hall, at the church and in the village school on Saturday, 11 November from 10 am until 3.30 pm. There will be dozens of stalls and light refreshments will be served all day. Entry is £1, children free. Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Parish Church for the continuing benefit of the whole community. Details on 0116 241 5095.
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A Muso Jumble Sale is being held at Manor Farm, Brookside, Rearsby on Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 November, from 10 am until 4 pm. It includes musical instruments, accessories and memorabilia, and there will be live musical entertainment plus refreshments. Big E and Jan The Legend from 103 The Eye will present their Rock The Vale Show from the event. Full details on 07703 648007.
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There will be an Armistice Day service of remembrance outside the Melton Royal British Legion headquarters in Thorpe End on Saturday, 11 November for those who gave their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts. It starts at 10.40 am and there will be two minutes’ silence at 11 am. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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The Enchanted Faery Ball takes place at Melton Market Tavern on Saturday, 11 November from 6.30 pm It’s a fantasy and mystical dress event with music and live entertainment all evening. Tickets are £10.50, under 16s £7.50,  and children under four go in free. Proceeds will be divided between Help For Heroes and Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary. Full details on www.enchantedfaeryball.co.uk
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Bingham and Radcliffe-on-Trent Rotary Club is holding a Pate and Plonk evening at the Thomas Cranmer Centre, Aslockton, on Saturday, 11 November at 7 pm. This is in aid of the Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Stathern. For ticket details phone 01949 836776.
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The Melstrum Ukelele Orchestra and the Generation Gap Guitar Group present Simply The Best, a musical experience for the young at heart at the Holwell Institute, Asfordby Hill, on Saturday, 11 November at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £8 from Melton 500373 pr 501745. Proceeds will go to Melton and Rutland Home-Start Horizons.
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Bingham Ramblers have a seven mile walk around Denton on Sunday, 12 November. They’re meeting at the main car park in Bingham, ready to set out at 10 am.  Newcomers are welcome. Phone 01949 877833 or 01949 836698 for details.
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Melton’s Remembrance Sunday parade and service is on November 12. The parade will assemble in Chapel Street and march off at 10.20 am, going down Sage Cross Street, along Sherrard Street, Leicester Street and Wilton Road to the Egerton Lodge Memorial Gardens. As St Mary’s Church is closed for renovation, the service will be held in the open air in the Memorial Gardens at 10.45 am.

At Bingham, the Remembrance Sunday Parade will form up at Eaton Place at 10.15 am and set out at 10.25. The service at the Parish Church begins at 10.45 am. After the hour-long service the parade will march through Cherry Street and return to Eaton Place Car Park.
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A coffee morning and sale of Christmas cards takes place on Sunday, 12 November from 10.30 am at 35 Main Street, Keyworth. Admission including refreshments is £1. Proceeds for the Save The Children Fund.  Details from 01159 373336.
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A clothing and tabletop sale is taking place at Long Clawson Village Hall on Sunday, 12 November from 2 until 4 pm. There will be lots of bargains, plus tea and cakes. Entrance is 50p, under 16s free. You can book a table for £10, phone 07803 055925. Donations of clothing are welcome and can be dropped off at the hall from midday on the day. All proceeds will go to Long Clawson Primary School.
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Lesley Bensley will give a demonstration of Christmas crafts at Bingham WI’s meeting at the WI Hall, Station Street on Monday, 13 November at 2 pm. Visitors are welcome. Phone 01949 836584.
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Miltary historian and author Penny Burton will give a talk on life in the trenches of the First World War. It’s at the Anne Of Cleves pub in Melton on Monday, 13 November at 7 pm. Penny will also show a collection of World War One artefacts. Admission is free but donations for the Royal British Legion will be welcome.  Details on 07506 459334.
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Joyce Godfrey from Birstall will give a talk entitled Holidays That Dreams Are Made Of. She's speaking at Asfordby Garden Club’s meeting in the Community Room at the Bradgate Flats in the village on Monday, 13 November at 7 pm. Visitors are welcome.
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Julia Hawley will give an illustrated talk entitled The Birds Of Brentingby at a meeting of Melton Group of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. It’s at the United Reformed Church in Chapel Street on Monday, 13 November at 7.30 pm.
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Jean Fordham will give a floral demonstration on the theme “It’s Nearly Christmas” at South Notts Flower Club’s meeting in the Burnside Hall, Plumtree, on Monday, 13 November at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Entry is £6.
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Linda Smith will give an illustrated talk entitled Enjoying Water In Small Garden Spaces at Bingham Garden Club’s meeting in the WI Hall, Station Street on Tuesday, 14 November at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Phone 01949 838782.
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Mike Beech will give an illustrated talk entitled Tours Around Britain at a meeting of Melton Mowbray Tractor Club in Melton Conservative Club on Tuesday, 14 November at 8 pm. New members are very welcome.
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The theme at Melton Computer Club’s monthly meeting is Geneanology with Powerpoint. It’s at Melton Town Bowls Club on Wednesday, 15 November at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome.
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The Field Detectives will give a presentation about their findings in respect of St Ethelburga’s Church, Langar, and other explorations in the Vale of Belvoir at a meeting of Eastwell History Group at Eastwell Village Hall on Wednesday, 15 November at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Entry is £4 on the door. Details on 01949 861836.
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Christopher Margrave will give a talk about the history of Clumber Park at Orston Gardening Club’s meeting at the village hall on Wednesday, 15 November at 7.30 pm. Details from 01949 850010 or 850817.
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Peter Liddle will give an illustrated talk entitled Medieval Manor Houses in Leicestershire at a meeting of Hoby and District Local History Society at Hoby Village Hall on Wednesday, 15 November at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Entry £2 on the door. Details on Melton 434422.
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The Christmas Ladies Evening takes place at Harby Village Hall on Thursday, 16 November at 7.30 pm. Susan from Totally Flowers will demonstrate festive arrangements and there will be lots of stalls. Tickets are £7 including light refreshments and they’re available from Harby Garage.
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The Mayor of Melton’s Civic Dinner is taking place at Scalford Hall Hotel on Friday, 17 November. For ticket details phone 01664 502314 or see www.melton.gov.uk Proceeds of the evening will go to the Mayor’s Appeal for LOROS (the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice) and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.
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A quiz for teams of 4-6 people will be held at the Holwell Institute, Asfordby Hill on Friday, 17 November at 7.30 pm. Admission is £5 per person, including a light supper and bookings can be made by phoning Melton 566374 or 851386. This is a fundraising event in aid of St Bartholemew’s Church, Welby.
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Guitarist Richard Durrant presents Stringhenge, a concert  of music inspired by the British Isles, at the Thomas Cranmer Centre, Aslockton, on Friday, 17 November at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £12.50 from 07894 163502 or see www.richarddurrant.com
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Melton Ramblers have an eight mile circular walk around Staunton Harold Reservoir on Saturday, 18 November. It will be followed by a picnic lunch. Newcomers are welcome. For details of meeting place and time phone 07969 669230.
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A Christmas crafts and coffee morning us being held at Thorpe Arnold Village Hall on Saturday, 18 November from 10 am until 1 pm. There will be cakes, jewellery, cards, a tombola, handmade gifts and preserves. Proceeds in aid of St Mary The Virgin Church, Thorpe Arnold.
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The 19th annual Long Clawson Food and Gift Fayre is at the Village Hall on Saturday, 18 November from 10.30 am until 4 pm. With more than 30 exhibitors, it’s a celebration of food, drink and crafts from across the Vale of Belvoir. There will be activities for children plus a raffle and refreshments. Entry is £1, concessions 50p. Proceeds for St Remigius Church. For full details phone Melton 822698 or see
www.longclawsonfoodfayre.wixsite.com
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ChocFest, a feast for chocolate lovers, is being staged at Melton Cattle Market on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 November from 10 am until 4 pm featuring more than 100 exhibitors, plus tastings, demonstrations and workshops in the chocolate theatre. Tickets are £4 in advance from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe or £5 on the gate. Under 16s free. Details on www.ukchocfest.co.uk
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There’s an exhibition of work by artist Elsie Woolston at Eastwell Church on Saturday and Sunday, 18 and 19 November from 11 am until 4 pm. Tea, coffee and cake will be served. There’s no charge but donations for Macmillan Cancer Support are welcome.
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The Big Xmas Fayre is at ARENA UK, Allington, on Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 November, with trade stands, festive music, food and children’s entertainments. Full details on www.xmasfayre.info 
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Burton Lazars Arts and Crafts Club is holding its festive gifts fair at the village hall on Saturday, 18 November from 10 am to 4 pm. As well as arts and crafts there will be a bookstall, tombola and refreshments. A donation from the event will be given to Macmillan Cancer Support.
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The second semi-final of The Vale’s Got Talent competition, organised by the Rotary Club of the Vale of Belvoir takes place at Candleby Lane School, Cotgrave on Saturday, 18 November at 7 pm. The grand final will be on Friday, 8 December and there are prizes totalling £700 plus the winner’s trophy. For details phone 01949 861770 or see www.valeofbelvoirrotary.org.uk
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The Farnham Maltings theatrical group are staging the musical play Brilliance at Twyford Village Hall on Saturday, 18 November at 7.30 pm. It celebrates the bright new world experienced by rural villages when they first had electricity connected. For ticket details and bookings phone Melton 840774.
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A Christmas craft fair is taking place at The Old Brickyard Tea Garden on Sunday, 19 November from 10 am until 4 pm. There will be 30 stalls. Admission is free. Details on 07803 206852.
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Edmondthorpe Social Club is hosting a craft fair, tabletop and car boot sale on Sunday, 19 November from 11 am to 3 pm. Tables are £5, car boots £3 and admission is free.
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There's a clutter sale at Tilton-on-the-Hill Village Hall on Sunday, 19 November from 12 noon until 4 pm. Light lunches and teas will be available and proceeds will go to St Peter's Church.
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Time Together for Families at Bingham Parish Church featuring games, singing, refreshments and prayers is on Sunday, 19 November at 4 pm. There will also be an opportunity to make decorations for the forthcoming Christmas tree festival.

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Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum will give a talk about the BBC TV show entitled 40 years Of Great Finds. He is speaking at Melton Carnegie Museum on Monday, 20 November at 7 pm. Tickets are £10 including refreshments and pre-booking is essential on 0116 305 3860. On Tuesday, 21 November Marc will again be at the Museum, giving free valuations of antiques, gold, silver, ceramics, pictures, books and collectables from 10 am until 4 pm.
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Melton Mowbray and District Flower Club presents national demonstrator Julia Knights with her Christmas Alphabet floral demonstration at Melton Theatre on Monday, 20 November at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £10 from Melton 564762.
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Hickling History Group is staging a showing of Britain On Film: Rural Life at the village hall on Tuesday, 21 November at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5 including a drink and nibbles. Phone 07964 474673.
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Melton Fieldworkers Group present a talk by Dr Gavin Speed from Leicester University about recent archaeological discoveries relating to Roman Leicester. He’s speaking at Melton Carnegie Museum on Wednesday, 22 November at 7 for 7.30 pm. Admission is £5, bookings on 0116 305 3860.
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Jill Collinge will give a talk entitled Christmas Traditions Through The Ages at Waltham History Group’s meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 22 November at 7.30 pm. Entry is £1.50. Festive refreshments will be available.
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Melton Stroke Club is holding its Christmas Fair at Melton Market Tavern on Thursday, 23 November from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm. There will be festive stalls, a tombola, cake stall and refreshments. For information phone Melton 850151.
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There’s a Christmas craft and gift fair at Sewstern Village Hall on Friday, 24 November from 5 until 8 pm. There’s a raffle plus refreshments including warm mince pies. Entry is 50p. Proceeds will be divided between Buckminster Primary School and North Witham Village Hall.
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Melton Mowbray Photographic Society’s meeting on Friday, 24 November is a practical night where members can try out their skills and learn new ones. It’s at the Samworth Centre in Burton Street starting at 7.15 pm. More details on www.meltonphotographic.co.uk
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A quiz four teams of four people is being held at Melton Borough Council's Parkside Offices on Friday, 24 November at 7.30 pm. The quiz-master is Richard Angrave and entry is £10 per person which includes a fish 'm' chip supper. Bookings on Melton 569493. Proceeds will go to the Leicester Children's Holiday Centre which provides seaside holidays for disadvantaged children.
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The Melton United Reformed Church Christmas concert is on Saturday, 25 November at 7 pm. It features pianist / organist Edgars Cuzinskis, classical guitarist Alan Thomas and the Old Dalby Singers. Admission is free and there will be a collection towards a new carpet for the church.
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular walk around Old Dalby on Sunday, 26 November followed by an optional Sunday lunch. Newcomers are welcome. For details of meeting place and time phone 07969 669230.
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Bingham Ramblers have a six mile walk around Woodborough and Lambley on Sunday, 26 November. They’re meeting at the main car park in Bingham, ready to set out at 10 am.  Newcomers are welcome. Phone 01949 877833 or 01949 836698 for details.
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The third Great Dalby Dollop Fun Run and Walk will take place at Vine Farm on Sunday, 26 November at 11 am. There’s a four mile route with prizes for first home in men’s, ladies’ children’s and dog categories. You can pre-book by phoning Melton 569290 or 07984 663979 or from 9.30 am on the day. Refreshments will be on sale and all proceeds will go to St Swithun’s Church.
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Dove Cottage Day Hospice at Stathern is holding its Carol Service and Light Up A Life event on Sunday, 26 November from 2 until 4 pm. The junior musicians from the Salvation Army will be performing. You can light a candle to remember your loved ones and there will be mulled wine, mince pies and a prize draw. Details on 01949 860303.
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Clockwise Credit Union is holding a financial information and advice day at Melton Borough Council Offices on Monday, 27 open to everyone. You can find out about the new arrangements for Universal Credit, and get help in dealing with issues such as coping with debt, bill payments and rent arrears. Details on www.clockwise.coop or phone 0116 242 3900.
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Bingham Parish Church Christmas Tree Festival runs from Thursday, 30 November until Sunday, 3 December. During the weekend there will be performances of carols by the Vale Voices Community Choir and by children from the Robert Miles School, plus handbell ringing and organ music. Admission is £2.50 for adults, accompanied children 50p.
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