4 March: Learn how to carve a traditional wooden spoon.
22 April: There is a willow weaving course.
For detail visit http://www.greatfen.org.uk/events/workshops.
3 March: Birds of the marshes. An away day to visit the Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve, leaving Helpston Post Office at 12 noon. Avocets have already made an appearance there.
30 March: Amphibians at Swaddywell Reserve, with the annual newt count. Meet at 8pm in the Reserve’s large carpark. Bring a strong torch and waterproof footwear.
For more info visit www.langdyke.org.uk.
Theatre 17 presents “I am John Clare: One night with a poet in a madhouse”. Written and directed by Stephen Loveless; performed by Robin Hillman. Music by Robin Hillman. Thursday 3 May at 7pm. Almonry Museum, Abbey Gate, Evesham WR11 4BQ. Part of the Evesham Festival of Words (www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org). £6 inc glass of wine.
The University of Northampton announces a musical celebration of John Clare in the Great Hall, St Andrew’s Healthcare, Northampton NN1 5DG on 31 January 2018 from 7pm to 9.30pm. The evening includes a recital of Clare’s poetry performed by Traditional Folk Music group Magpie Lane and a drinks and canapés reception. Tickets £30. To book visit http://shop.northampton.ac.uk/ or call 01604 892584 for more information. All ticket sales will help raise funds for UnityDEM, an innovative ‘one stop shop’ centre to help those with dementia and their carers.
This will be taking place at Steiner Hall, near Baker Street, London, including the song cycle ‘Clare’s Calendar’ by Andrew M Wilson. It is a setting of four poems by John Clare that follow the march of the seasons in the English countryside. Commissioned for the 2008 Denston Festival in Suffolk, and first performed by Margaret Cooper and the composer. Margaret Cooper and Laetitia Federici (on piano). To book go to http://www.internationalconcertseries.eventbrite.co.uk.