Programme of Events

GREENHAM: 100 YEARS OF WAR AND PEACE

EVENTS

As well as our spectacular event on Greenham Common there are a host of other exciting chances to get involved, listed here by date.

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  • Missiles, Politics and Peace - have we learned anything from the Greenham Common nuclear showdown?

Click for Google map of venue3 SEPTEMBER SUNDAY, 4pm-5.15pm

Corn Exchange, Newbury

A high profile public debate hosted by BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Andrew Peach with speakers including ex Guardian journalist David Fairhall, author of ‘Common Ground – The Story of Greenham’, vicar and former peace protestor Deborah Davies, politicians and historians. BBC Radio Berkshire will be broadcasting sections of the debate recording. Bring your questions for the panel. Also supported by the Newbury Weekly News.

The event is free but ticketed.

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or call the Corn Exchange Box Office on 0845 5218 218

 

 

  • Memories of Greenham Common
    Planes, Military, Nature, Dances, Peace

Click for Google map of venue4 SEPTEMBER MONDAY, 7pm-8.30pm

Royal British Legion, Newbury

Bring and share your stories and artefacts of Greenham Common at this free memory sharing event. We will be gathering your stories of Greenham Common, from the times of World War 2 to the 1990s and sharing them with BBC Radio Berkshire and West Berkshire Museum. The session will be led by Cathy Alexander from BBC Oxford. All welcome.

No booking required. Bar and refreshments available.

 

 

 

  • The Characters on the Common

Click for Google map of venue5 SEPTEMBER TUESDAY, 7pm-8.15pm

Corn Exchange, Newbury

BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Bill Buckley presents a lively history chat show on stage in which we hear stories directly from the people who have helped shape the history of Greenham Common. We hear from those whose lives were transformed by events on the Common, from the Second World War right through to the present day. Note that elements of this show will be broadcast by the BBC. Also supported by the Newbury Weekly News.

The event is free but ticketed.

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or call the Corn Exchange Box Office on 0845 5218 218

 

 

  • Exploring the History of the Common

Click for Google map of venue6 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY, 2pm-3.30pm

Shaw House

With BBC Radio Berkshire presenter Bill Buckley, writers and historians Penny Stokes and Jonathan Sayers, and filmmaker Les Taylor. In the splendid and historic setting of Shaw House we will explore the long-term history of the Common. Penny Stokes has been commissioned by Greenham Trust to write a new history of the Common, and we will have a preview of ‘In Another Time’, a film about D-day and Greenham, by Les Taylor. Jonathan will talk about the Cold War period and how Greenham Common came to the attention of the rest of the world. Extracts may be broadcast on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Free event but ticketed.

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or call the Corn Exchange Box Office on 0845 5218 218

Refreshments: FREE Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

 

 

  • Military History Walk

Click for Google map of venue8/9 SEPTEMBER FRI/SAT, 11.30pm-1pm

Meet at Control Tower, Bury’s Bank Rd.

Colonel Mike Relph leads a walk onto the Common to explore the military history of the site and remaining USAF buildings. The walk includes a tour of the decontamination suite, and you will be guided past the outside of the Control Tower and the Cruise Missile Bunkers, and visit the centre of the runway.

Free event but ticketed. Numbers limited to 30.

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or call the Corn Exchange Box Office on 0845 5218 218

 

  • Book Launch – The Common Good by Penelope Stokes

Click for Google map of venue8 SEPTEMBER FRIDAY, 1pm-3pm

Cloth Hall, West Berkshire Museum

A pre-publication book launch for The Common Good: A History of Greenham Common by Penelope Stokes. The book charts the fascinating history of the Common over the last 100 years, from grazing cattle through two World Wars and the anti-nuclear Peace Protest of the 1980s. The author will read extracts from the book and sign copies in the beautiful Cloth Hall at West Berkshire Museum.

Free event open to public.

Refreshments will be available.

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  • Decontamination Suite Tours

Click to download pdf venue map8/9 SEPTEMBER FRIDAY/SATURDAY

Decontamination Suite, Greenham Business Park

Friday 11am-2pm - Schools and groups tours by arrangement
Friday from 6pm-7.30pm - Ticketed tours
Saturday 11am-2pm and 6pm-7.30pm - Ticketed tours

 

You have been contaminated

Follow the red arrows on the floor. Follow all instructions from our personnel. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE. Our theatrical guided tour will unveil the fascinating secrets locked away in Greenham’s chemical decontamination suite, part of the USAF Cold War former Wing Headquarters Building.

The event is free but ticketed.

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or call the Corn Exchange Box Office on 0845 5218 218

 

  • GREENHAM:100 YEARS OF WAR AND PEACE

Site entrances for Greenham: 100 Years of War and PeaceFREE Outdoor Show on Greenham Common

8/9 SEPTEMBER FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, 6.30-9.30pm, Finale at 8.30pm

Written by Beth Flintoff
Music by Nick Bicât 
Performance Director Sophie Austin.
Creative Director & Producer Rosa Productions
Paola Dionisotti with a large cast of local performers, choir, musicians, artists and re-enactors.

 

This exciting, theatrical outdoor event takes place in the middle of the Common from 6.30-9.30pm. There will be a festival feel with performances taking place across the central runway site, culminating in a grand Finale Show from 8.30-9.30pm.

Please allow time to reach the site whether by Park & Ride or from car parks. It takes at least 10 mins from the Park & Ride drop-off and 30 mins from the car parks to reach the performance area.

More Travel information

Some catering available on site but please feel free to bring picnics (no glass please). There is no seating on site so please bring any seating you require.

 

 

  • How We Made The Show with Free Afternoon Tea

Click for Google map of venue9 SEPTEMBER SATURDAY, 2.45pm-4pm

Greenham St Mary’s Church Hall

10am             St Mary’s Church open for viewing
2pm               InCantata with their own repertoire
2.45pm          Songs from the show with InCantata

3pm to 4pm  BBC Radio Berkshire talk with the Greenham: One Hundred Years of War and Peace Writer Beth Flintoff, Composer Nick Bicât, and other members of the creative team. Come and join us to hear how Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace has progressed from its initial idea two years ago, with songs from the show as you arrive.

Free event, no tickets required. Tea, coffee and cake.

 

 

 

  • Tracks Across the Common: Exhibition

Click for Google map of venueOPENS SEPTEMBER 27 2017

West Berkshire Museum

Celebrating Greenham Trust’s 20th anniversary since the former RAF airbase was returned to nature. This exhibition looks back at the unique heritage of Greenham Common, from 1199 when the manor of Greenham was granted to the Knights Hospitaller; through to tank testing during World War I; its time as an RAF/USAF airbase in World War II; the Cold War missile the manor of Greenham was granted to the Knights Hospitaller; through to tank testing during World War I; its time as an RAF/USAF airbase in World War II; the Cold War missile base, the famous peace protests of the 1980s and more recently, its transfer back to common land.

 

 

  • West Berkshire Museum: Post Event Talks

Click for Google map of venueThis short series of special talks ties in with the Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace event and the Tracks Across the Common exhibition opening at the West Berkshire Museum on 27 September 2017.

Tickets £5 from the Museum – (see Booking Tickets)

Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace

4 OCTOBER WEDNESDAY, 7pm-8pm   

Scriptwriter Beth Flintoff lives locally to Newbury and was commissioned to write the outdoor event script for the Greenham Trust 20th Anniversary event on the Common. Beth gives an insight into her historical research and the writing of the script, and some of the unique challenges of presenting theatre in the middle of a runway with hundreds of community participants.

Plants and Wildlife on Greenham Common

6 OCTOBER FRIDAY, 7pm-8pm

Nature and wildlife experts guide us through the natural world of the Common and its status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. They have depicted the creatures and plants on a silk banner, made as part of the Greenham outdoor event and featured in the Museum’s exhibition, which takes us on a virtual path though the gorse and grass and up close observing the creatures.

Flight from Uganda: No Sense For What The Future Held

13 OCTOBER FRIDAY, 7pm-8pm

Pragna Hay was a small child when she arrived at Greenham with her family as refugees from Idi Amin’s Uganda. She will give us an insight into the months she spent with Asian refugee families in 1972 at Greenham Common Camp and relate the story of her family’s experiences when expelled from Uganda with just 90 days’ notice.

Living with the Americans

20 OCTOBER FRIDAY, 7pm-8pm

Claire Burdett talks about growing up alongside the social whirl of the USAF during the 60s, 70s and 80s. Daughter of Arthur Burdett, Head of Transportation at RAF Greenham Common & Welford Airbases, Claire remembers barbecues at ‘The Manor’ (Greenham Lodge), bowling, baseball, dances, Christmas, Halloween and parties, and explores the cultural benefits she experienced living between the two worlds of close-knit West Berkshire villages and the glamorous lifestyle of the American military.

 

 

BOOKING TICKETS

The main outdoor event on 8/9 September is FREE and not ticketed - just turn up.

Note: there is a charge for parking on Greenham Business Park on event nights (£5 in advance, £10 on night). Free disabled parking must be reserved in advance. Free parking is also available at Newbury College - a bus charge from Newbury College of £3 is payable in advance or on the day. Event Shuttle bus from Town Centre is free and requires no reservation.

Some events require free ticket reservations (use the individual links above). 

Tickets for free talks (where reservations are required) are available also via the Corn Exchange Newbury Box Office.

Tel: 0845 5218 218, or bookings can be made in person. Online and phone booking, fees apply.

Booking Fees: Calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s Access Charge.

 

Museum Post Event Talks Booking

Tickets: £5 each – from West Berkshire Museum (01635 519562) or at www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on (booking fee applies)