Brent Jazz Orchestra Quintet with Paul Rhodes.

The Brent Jazz Orchestra return for their last appearance at the library this year. They’re rounding off the year with a set full of fantastic jazz standards and we hope there will be dancing!

This month they will have acclaimed singer Paul Rhodes with them. AS SEEN ON TV.

As usual, doors open 1900 for a 1930 start, and there will be pizza.

Carols by Candlelight

Incredibly, it’s time for our annual Carols by Candlelight sing along at the library. Please join us on Sunday 17 December between 5 and 6pm for a lovely sing along of all of your old favourite carols.

Songsheets provided, but if you would like a copy to and print your own (or load onto your tablet), so much the better, just email

We will, as usual, be serving mulled wine and mince pies.

Cricklereaders November 2023 – Winter in Sokcho

A n out-of-season South Korean resort, a mysterious foreign visitor and a young woman whose dual nationality and anguished diffidence mark her out as an anomaly among her community are the main components of French-Korean author Elisa Shua Dusapin’s compact first novel. The book is set in Sokcho, a city so close to South Korea’s impenetrable northern counterpart that it is possible to take a day trip over the border.

Dusapin’s unnamed narrator has returned to her home town from university in Seoul. Working as a live-in receptionist and cook at a dead-end guesthouse run by the grumpy Old Park, she has resisted opportunities for further study abroad as obstinately as she holds out against an anticipated engagement to her vacuous model boyfriend. Winter has encased Sokcho like a snow globe: in this precarious frozen landscape, figures move as languorously as the crabs and octopuses occupying the glass tanks of its vast fish markets. [The Guardian]

This month’s choice sounds amazing! Read along at home, or better still, join the group on Sunday 19 November, 1030 at the library.

November’s Last Friday is a Second Helping of Lacuna Trio

We are delighted to be joined for a return visit by the charming and talented Lacuna Trio. Lacuna are made up of Jo Taylor (vocals, clarinet), Sarah Jane Rimmer (vocals, banjo) and Malcolm Thacker (vocals, guitar). Formed in the strange hiatus caused by the pandemic, Lacuna trio provide catchy, folky tunes, thoughtful lyrics and pure, clear vocals.

This concert sold out last time, so don’t delay – get yours today!

Doors open 1900, music starts 1930. There will be a short interval at 8pm. Music finishes 9pm.

Don’t forget to order your pizza!

Free talk on Fitness Before and After Menopause

Did you know that only 6% of exercise research is done on women?

It is little wonder that much of what we are told about training doesn’t serve us well as women, and particularly as we enter perimenopause and menopause, and our hormones go into flux.

In this talk, Denise Yeats, personal trainer, multi sports coach and leading expert in menopause and fitness, will empower you to:

  • Embrace Change: understand the body’s transitions and adapt training effectively
  • Supercharge Performance: learn how hormonal shifts can be an assed, not an obstacle
  • Boost Confidence: Gain tools to navigate challenges and emerge stronger.

This talk is FREE. To reserve your place (spaces are limited) head over to the event page.