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Top five things to do this weekend
1. THE National Trust is bringing the 1940s to Hughenden Manor this weekend. From 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday there will be 1940s music and song, civilian and military personnel, period vehicles, an RAF regiment exhibit, soldiers' drill for children and much more. It commemorates the top secret work for the Air Ministry and RAF and the role of people from the area. Visitors are welcome to come in period dress. Author of ‘Women of Intelligence’, Christine Halsall, will be at the Manor on Saturday giving a talk and signing her book which is inspired by local intelligence workers during World War Two. Normal admission charges apply- free for NT members. For more details go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden.
2. THERE is a fitness centre open day at the Arts4Every1 Centre in High Wycombe this Saturday offering a range of exercise classes, which you may not have tried before. The day is hoping to raise money for community projects in and around the Wycombe area. Entry is free but a £1 donation suggested for each taster class, which will go to the One Can Trust Charity. Spaces are limited on the taste sessions and will need to be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Among the classes on offer are Kettleballs, high intensity interval training and high energy aerobics Bokwa, as well as sing-a-long aerobics and classes such as boxercise, body blitz, fitness pilates, bootcamp and zumba. Go to www.pyramidfitness.co.uk
3. THE Artists and Makers Fair has announced it will be showcasing some of the most talented artists from the area as it returns to Waddesdon Plant Centre this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday at The Glass House in Waddesdon, the fair will bring together 65 artists including basket makers, painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewellers , potters and many more. There will also be art demos. Ceramicist Jeremy White said "The Artist and Makers Fair is a must for anyone interested in seeing and buying contemporary art work, as well as being able to talk to the creators of such work. I shall be exhibiting my wheel thrown and hand built Ceramics during the two day fair, and will be demonstrating how I make my "Fissue" pieces, which are inspired by the natural phenomena of rocks, landscape, volcanic activity, earthquake and other weather extremes." It is open 10:30am-4.30pm each day and costs £3 per adult, with a significant proportion of the proceeds going to local charities, Helen and Douglas House, Iain Rennie Grove Hospice and Bucks Young Carers. To find out more go to www.sallyevansevents.co.uk/home
4. ANNA-Liisa Bezrodny will be playing at the next Wycombe Sinfonia concert this Saturday. She was born into a distinguished family of musicians in Moscow and began her violin studies with her parents at the age of three, and attended the Central Music School of Estonia. At the age of nine she entered the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Professor Igor Bezrodny and Professor Mari Tampere-Bezrodny, later continuing her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Ifrah Neeman, Krzysztof Smietana and Oleg Kogan, winning the Gold Medal on Graduation, previously won by masters such as Bryn Terfel and Jaqueline du Pre. She has played all over the world and on Saturday will play the Brahms Violin Concerto at All Saints Church in High Wycombe at 7.30pm, and following this the orchestra will play the 7th Symphony by Beethoven. Tickets are £12, concess £10, accompanied child £1, from 01494 512000 or on the door.
5. THE Black Horse in Great Missenden is celebrating its new look with a launch night tonight from 6pm. The pub was closed for three weeks in August for a huge refurbishment. It opened last weekend but tonight will be giving out tasters from the new food menu, which will start tomorrow. The chef will be showcasing the food with canapes and small dishes and will be offering gastropub food and light bites. Piers Roscoe and James Pitkin took over the pub and have also redone the playground. James' parents run the Mayflower in Hazlemere.