TO APRIL 26: ‘The Gurkha Connection Project’ at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton. An exhibition commemorating more than 200 years of the relationship between the Gurkhas and the British Army. Opening hours 10.30am-4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry.
TO APRIL 27: ‘From the Hampshire Hangers and Hills’ - an exhibition by local wildlife illustrator Rachel Hudson at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton. Free entry. Open 10.30am-4.30pm Tuesday to Saturday.
TO JUNE 24: ‘Woman’s Hour Craft Prize’ exhibition of work by the 12 finalists in the competition Run by BBC Radio 4 and the Crafts Council at Mottisfont Art Gallery (National Trust), near Romsey. Featuring some of the most innovative and exciting craft makers in the UK.
APRIL 26: Alton Ramblers meet 9.15am at Alton Sports Centre car park for nine-mile walk led by Roy & Clare, starting 10am from The Vyne National Trust car park (SU638572). Bring National Trust membership card if you have one, nine miles. Walk through open Hampshire countryside and woodland, past the villages of Monk Sherborne and Sherborne St John. Bring lunch. Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.
APRIL 26: Alton Ramblers meet 9.20am at Alton Sports Centre car park for five-mile walk led by Trevor & Gill E, starting 10am from Manor Farm, Chilton Candover (SU592402). Circular walk over farmland via Godsfield Wood to see early bluebells. By special permission. Call 01420 23323 or visit altonramblers.org.uk.
APRIL 26: ‘The History of Mill Court Gardens’ at the Allen Gallery, Church Street, Alton, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by local gardening expert Geoff Hawkins, head gardener at Mill Court, near Alton, for more than 35 years. Cost £5 to include light refreshments, pre-booking advised from the Allen Gallery or call 01420 82802.
APRIL 26: East Hampshire MP Damian Hinds hosts public meeting at Alton Community Centre, 7pm-8pm. All residents of East Hampshire welcome.
APRIL 27: Alton Lions St George’s Day quiz at the Royal British Legion Club House, Anstey Park, Alton, 7.30pm. For teams of up to six. Bar available, plenty of free parking. In aid of the Alton Lions prostate cancer testing event in July. Tickets £10 per head (to include ploughman’s supper) by calling 01420 89218 or e-mailing [email protected].
APRIL 27: Dancing for Treloar at Alton Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm-10.30pm. 50/50 dances, ballroom, Latin and social sequence. Admission £5, bring your own refreshments. Pre-booking essential as numbers limited. Call Peter or Ysanne on 01420 89418. In aid of students at Treloar School and College.
APRIL 27-29: World’s Biggest Charity Swimathon at Alton Sports Centre. To raise money for Cancer Research and Marie Curie.
APRIL 28: The Parish of the Resurrection exhibition and gift day at St Lawrence Church, Alton, 10am-4pm. Opportunity to learn more about the work of the church in the parish. All welcome.
APRIL 28: The Whiskey Fair at Alton Assembly Rooms, 1pm-5pm and 7pm-11pm. Live music and photobooth. Visit thewhiskeyaffair.co.uk.
APRIL 28: Alton Natural History Society field meeting for insects and general interest. Meet 9.30am at Shortheath Common car park off Kingsley to Oakhanger Road (SU775369). Morning only. Call Raynor on 01256 862541.
APRIL 28: Celebrating World Tai Chi Day in Alton Public Gardens, 10am-11am. Free session led by East Hampshire Leisure Learning tai chi tutor Sue Kelly. Open to all ages.
APRIL 28: Jigsaw drop-in at St Lawrence Parish Centre, Vicarage Hill, Alton, 2pm-4pm. Deliver completed puzzles, choose another to take home and complete, or join in completing a puzzle on the day over a cup of tea and chat. Call 01420 86063.
APRIL 28: Psychic and holistic fair at Alton Community Centre, 10am-4pm. Mediumship, tarot, angel and oracle card readings, soul readings, reiki healing and other holistic therapies. Stalls selling craft and new age-themed goodies: jewellery, angels and faeries, incense, tarot cards, crystals etcetera. Stalls available. Call Marie on 01420 85057 or e-mail [email protected]. Entry £3 for adults.
APRIL 29: Band Morph will be playing their harmonious mix of pop, folk and jazz covers at St Lawrence Church, Alton. Doors open 7pm. Bar and refreshments. Free admission, donations to Alton Foodbank.
APRIL 29: Treloar’s fifth annual St Swithun’s Way Walk & Run starting 10am (walk) or 11am (run) from Treloar School and College campus, Holybourne, for five-mile stretch across country to Bentley Primary School or 10 miles to Farnham Park. Shuttle buses will bring folk back to Treloar’s and refreshments will be available. All profits to help physically disabled children and young adults at Treloar’s. Places £12 for adults, £6 under-16s, £30 family (2+2). To sign up, visit treloarevents.org.uk or contact Catherine on 01420 547447 or email [email protected].
APRIL 29: Alton Social Bowls Club open day at club headquarters on Chawton Park Road, Alton, 2pm-5pm. Try bowls. Free refreshments, parking. Call 01420 82388 or visit altongsocialbowlsclub.co.uk.
APRIL 30: Ropley Horticultural Society meeting at the Sports Pavilion, Vicarage Lane, Ropley, for illustrated talk on ‘Border Design’ by horticulture lecturer and Gardeners’ World magazine writer Rosie Yeomans, 7.45pm. Entry £5 on the door, to include refreshments. All welcome. Free parking. Call Jill on 01962 772425.
MAY 5: St Lawrence monthly market at the Parish Centre, Vicarage Hill, Alton, 9am-12.30pm. Plenty of bargains. Refreshments available. For donations, call 07340 109428. In aid of the Parish of the Resurrection.
MAY 5-7: Art in Nature exhibition at Jardinique, Beech, 10am-4pm. Art exhibition in aid of the Cameron Bespolka trust, featuring art and sculpture dedicated to the natural world.
MAY 6: Alton Natural History Society field meeting for plants and general interest at Selborne Hanger. Meet 10.30am in car park behind The Selborne Arms (SU742335). Return 2pm for walk along Long Lythe. Call Raynor on 01256 862541.
MAY 11: Alton Rock Choir will performing at St Lawrence Church, Alton, to raise money for Treloar’s College and the Organ Redeployment Fund (for St Lawrence), 7.30pm. Tickets £10 in advance or £12.50 on the door. Available from St Lawrence parish office, Resurrection Furniture Shop, 24 High Street, Alton, or Anne Cairns on 07913107790.
MAY 11-12: Ropley Horticultural Society plant sale, Coffee Room, Church Street, Ropley. Open Friday 2pm-5pm, Saturday 9.30am to 1pm. Locally-grown bedding, specimen plants, vegetables and perennials. Call Jill on 01962 772425.
MAY 12: Hampshire farmers’ market on Alton High Street, 9am-2pm.
MAY 12: Alton Lions craft market in Cross and Pillory Lane and the Market Square, 10am-3pm.
MAY 12: Alton Local Food Initiative seedling swap. Part of Lions craft market in Cross & Pillory Lane, Alton, 10am-3pm. Bring seedlings to swap or collect some for a small donation.
MAY 12: Medstead Gardeners’ Club annual plant sale at Medstead Village Hall, 10.30am-12.30pm. Bedding and basket plants, shrubs, perennials, fruit bushes, vegetable plants, herbs. Admission 50p. Visit medsteadgardenersclub.xyz.
MAY 12: May market at Alton Methodist Church, 10am-noon. Stalls to include plants, books, home baking and fancy goods. Coffee and cakes. Free admission.
MAY 13: Alton’s 35th annual 10-mile road race, starting 10.30am from the driveway of Treloar College, Holybourne, and taking runners through Holybourne, up hill to Binsted, on to Blacknest and Bentley before returning via Bentley, Isington, Binsted and Holybourne to finish at Eggar’s School. Entry £15 for UKA-attached runners and £17 if unattached. To enter online, visit altonrunners.co.uk. If the race limit of 700 hasn’t been reached it will be possible to enter on the day, for £2, at the late-entry desk at Eggar’s School. Run by Alton Runners and Alton Lions.
MAY 13: Hymns in the Wood service at the Church in the Wood, Bramdean Common, 4pm.
MAY 14-20: Cakes4Cancer. Find the star baker in your office and support families affected by cancer. Play ‘Faked or Baked’. Sign up and order your free fundraising kit at wessexcancer.org.uk/cakes4cancer or e-mail [email protected].
MAY 16-19: Alton Operatic and Dramatic Society presents Guys and Dolls at Alton Assembly Rooms. A musical fable of Broadway based on a story and characters of Damon Runyan, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Tickets from £11, opening night discounts and concessions available, from Wildly Upbeat Printers in Alton or online at aods.org.
MAY 16: How do we deliver affordable low-energy buildings? At Energy Alton’s next public talk, Gary Wilburn, managing director of HPW Architecture, will explain how it is possible to build affordable, highly energy-efficient housing, using prefabricated building technologies and integrated renewable energy generation. Alton Community Centre, Amery Street, Alton, 7.30pm. Free entry, bar, all welcome. Visit energyalton.org.uk.