Events Shortcode to display next event

Hi

I have just started using wpmudev and wow! I wish I had found you years ago!

Anyway, onto my query. I want to display the next event chronologically in a sidebar widget using a text shortcode, with a thumbnail etc, but I dont seem to be able to get it to do this. Ideally it would have a thumbnail, title, date & excerpt with a "view event" button.

Can anyone help?

Thanks