Coast and Countryside Events

Tuesday 27 November

Make and Munch Free hands on cooking session for parents and carers of young children. New ideas to keep mealtimes healthy, interesting and on a budget.  Receive a free newsletter with recipes, hints and tips and help on dealing with fussy eater etc. Masonic Hall Axminster 10.30am – 12.30pm Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) Tel: 01297 631782 / www.halff.org.uk.

Jurassic Coast — Treasure Trove for Science Dorset Wildlife Trust & Lyme Regis Society. An illustrated talk from Sam Scriven, science manager for the Jurassic Coast Team. Starts 2.30pm at the Woodmead Halls, Hill Road. Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

The Lyme Regis Society Talk “Recent Research along the Jurassic Coast” by Sam Scriven, Earth Science Manager, Jurassic Coast Team Trust – joint with DWT.  2.30pm – 4pm at Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. DT7 3PG. All Welcome. Members Free. Visitors £3 Including refreshments.

www.lymeregissociety.org.uk.

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society “The Somerset Coal Canal” is the subject of Patrick Moss’s lecture to the Society. Meetings start at 7.30pm in the Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall).  Non-members welcome (small donation suggested). Further details from:01305 871863.

Merriott Gardening Club Presentation by our ever popular Neil Lovesey from Picket Lane Nursery, South Perrott. Neil will be talking on the progression of his new ‘White Garden’ and the difficulties this year keeping the gardens looking good despite the drought conditions. Meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments, raffle and ‘Flower of the Month’ competition. Everyone welcome – non-members £2 at the door. For more information please contact 0146072298.

Martock History Group Ross Aitken, the mastermind behind Dawes Twine Works at West Coker and who led it onto the BBC’s Restoration series ten years ago, will tell us the story from near-collapse to perfect working order. 7pm for 7.30pm, at Martock School, Elmleigh Road. Admission £3 or annual subscription for only £10. Contact Fergus Dowding on 01935 822 202  for more info.

 

Wednesday 28 November

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8 mile circular walk from Charmouth. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552313.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Free Entry. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.                                  

St. Peter’s Monthly Coffee Concert 10.30am The East Devon Daytime Band. St. Peter’s Church, Dalwood Near Axminster, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton). Free entry, coffee & biscuits. Retiring collection for Children’s Hospice Southwest.

Seaton and District Probus Club welcome John Lowe who will talk about the RNLI Cycle Challenge. Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton. Meet at 10am, talk starts 10.30am. We are a friendly, sociable club for retired and semi-retired men. New members welcome – come along and give us a try. For more information please contact Dave Bridges 01297 21560 or visit www.seatonprobus.co.uk.

Ghost Tales of Devon 5.30pm – 7pm. Author Janet Dowling book launch with incidental piano music by Andy Sturmey. Website: Friends of Sidholme Music Room (hugofox) Emails : friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 9PH.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall AGM followed by Talk ‘ Foraging from the Garden’ by Anne Swithenbank, gardening broadcaster, writer and regular panellist on Gardeners Question Time. Anne will talk about how to turn your plot however small into a miniature forest garden with soft fruit, rhubarb, herbs, edible flowers and a few veg. Edibles are as ornamental as any other plant, especially purple-flowered and podded peas, rainbow chard and coloured kales. Anne will also talk on what she grows in her garden for culinary use and explain how this creates more relaxed planting which is wildlife friendly. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/.

Colyford & District Photographic Club 7.30pm at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ. Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com.

 

Bridport Camera Club Barnikel Memorial Evening and 25 year celebration. Remembering our late Life President and founding member, David Barnikel, and marking the club’s 25th anniversary. Details TBA. 7.30pm Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3HA. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 07737 405474 or email secretary@bridportcameraclub.co.uk.

 

Thursday 29 November

Coastal Wellbeing Session at Chesil (Stepping into Nature) The Chesil Beach Centre is running Wildlife Wellbeing sessions for people to discover and enjoy our wonderful coast. A gentle walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, focusing on the wildlife of the season. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre at 11 am. Over 18’s only. A fun and accessible event, open to all those who have memory problems and their carers, as well as those who want to improve their health and wellbeing. Call the Chesil Team on 01305 206191 for more information. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Thorncombe Photography Group invites you to an entertaining  presentation by Dave Wicken, well-known local photographer and artist. For an insight into Dave’s work see davewicken.wixsite.com. Of interest to photographers and artists of all genres, the evening is free to all. Thorncombe Village Hall Community Room, 7.30pm. Refreshments. Phone 01460 30525 for more information.

Chard Camera Club inter club competition with the recently formed Colyford Photography Club at 7.30pm Kilmington Hall – check location with organisers. Any one wishing to attend will be made most welcome. www.chardcameraclub.orguk  or membership secretary Joyce on 01460 66885.

Colyford Photographic Club Inter Club Competition The Horseshoe hosted by Chard Photo Club Venue Kilmington Hall. Time 7.30pm. colyford.photographic@gmail.com  or 07753 911751.

Lyme Voices Community Choir Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Free taster session. From 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist Church (Pine Hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Visit www-pete-linnett.co.uk, phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net.

Helen Porter – Constant as the World 7.30pm – 9pm. Concert tickets £10 or two course dinner (6pm) + concert £21.50  bookings 01395 515104. Website: Friends of Sidholme Music Room (hugofox)

Emails : friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 9PH.

WB YEATS: Life and poems talk with readings by Graham Fawcett Entertaining and erudite lecturer and educator Graham Fawcett reads the best of Yeat’s poems putting them into the context of his life and times. Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. 7.30pm.Tickets: £12.50 or £30 with dinner from 5.30pm. t: 01308 459511 www.sladersyard.co.uk.

 

Friday 30 November

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 1pm Rising Voices with Jane. 2pm. Jessica Hallt will talk about personal alarms. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

 

Tree Celebration Sidmouth Arboretum annual event brings together landscape, wildlife, crafts, gardeners, songs. Free entry, bar open, snacks available.  6.30pm Cellar Bar  Kennaway House  Sidmouth EX10 8NG. Details from info@sidmoutharboretum.org.uk.

Quiz Night with Ploughman’s Supper Join with friends, family, neighbours or colleagues to pit your wits in this fun, friendly competition. Teams of 6  max. Prizes and raffle; Cash bar £8 pp includes ploughman’s supper 7pm for 7.30pm start. Call 01297 553865 for tickets. An  Axminster Heritage Event. The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Tankus the Henge + support: Jess Mcallister 8pm Tickets £11 in advance / £14 on the door (standing)

Tankus the Henge is the London based, five wheeled, funk fuelled, open top, custom paint job, rock‘n’roll jalopy that comes careering round the corner on a tranquil summer’s day. Ruining the silence and disturbing the bats. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Angels Proclaim The Stanchester Quire Christmas Concert of carols and reading, collected from the South West of England, at All Saints Church, Castle Cary, BA7 7LD, at 7.30pm. Admission £8. Details from 01963 548533 or baldwindavid67@gmail.com.

Zoe Gilby Quartet Acclaimed vocalist Zoe ‘sings her heart out’, drawing on a repertoire that ranges from Broadway jazz standards to popular favourites from Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and many more. At 8pm. Tickets: £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Fri 30 Nov – Sun 2 December

Three days of remembering Colin Browning Friday – An evening of bluegrass and Americana with the Olde Boston Tea Party, from 9pm at The Fox Inn, Corscombe. Saturday – Diz and The Doormen, Flaky Jake plus two more bands and special guests from 6p.m. at Evershot Hall. £15 on the door. Advance tickets £10 www.fannyhatstand.com. Sunday – Flaky Jake and guests. From 4pm at The Fox Inn, Corscombe.

Saturday 1 December

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6 mile walk around Bridport including Watton Hill and Allington Hill 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Christmas Craft Fayre at Musbury Village Hall 10am – 1pm. As usual a good variety of local craft stalls from woodturning to willow work, cards, jams and chutneys and even hand made chocolates. In addition our Church cake stall, tombola and raffle. Refreshments including bacon buttys. Proceeds to St Michael’s Church Musbury. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711.

Beaminster Museum Christmas Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Gifts will be on sale at the Museum shop. Entrance £2. Beaminster Museum , Whitcombe Road, Beaminster DT8 3NB.

Christmas Fayre at The Gateway, Seaton. An ideal opportunity to pick up some Christmas presents with a range of stalls including crafts, cards, gifts and cakes. Refreshments available. Free entry. Open 10am-2pm. The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD.

Ida Quick, who has lived in Uplyme all her life, will be signing and selling copies of her book ‘From Cuckoo Lane to Newcastle’, a memoir of Uplyme, at the Uplyme Village Hall Christmas coffee morning from 10am. Book price £9.99.

South Somerset Monochrome Group 10am – 12.30pm at The Monks Yard at Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY. “A Painter’s Perspective on Composition” –  an illustrated talk by local artist Andrew Sutton. All levels of experience welcome. £5 including refreshments. For more information please email southsomersetmonogroup@gmail.com.

Christmas Fayre at Marion Hall, The Avenue, Yeovil Doors open 10.30am. Homemade cakes and Biscuits, Christmas Flowers, Groceries, Bric-a-brac, tombola, bottle stall, toiletries and jewelry stalls etc. Agrand draw with 1st prize £250. Also teas and coffees, homemade soup and fresh rolls/sandwiches and Indian lunches.  Further information from Marlene on 01935881563.

Symondsbury Estate Christmas Market 11am – 6pm. Lots of stalls. Manor Yard, Symondsbury. 01308 424116 www.symondsburyestate.co.uk.

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Association (a supporter group for local National Trust properties) presents The Yeovilton Military Wives Choir who will get the Christmas season off to a festive start at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. Doors open 2pm Performance 2.30pm £10. Tickets are available from  Winstone Books, Cheap Street, Sherborne, or send cheque and SAE to Philip Walker, 9 Freame Way, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4RA; Contact 01747 824 645. Festive refreshments will be served at the end of the afternoon. There will be a raffle. www.BVYNTassoc.wordpress.com.

Cerne Abbas Christmas Fayre Over 40 stalls – Crafts, Christmas gifts, jewellery and more. Santa’s grotto. Hot food and mulled wine. Free entry 4pm – 7pm.

Norton sub Hamdon – Cantamus concert in the Church at 7.30pm. A magical Christmas mix of the very best music from six centuries of composition – Palestrina to Gibbons;   Mozart to Mendelssohn; Bob Chilcott to John Tavener. Advance Ticket £7 from Norton Community Shop (on the Door £8). Wine Bar.   Part of The 2018 Norton Festival Season of Music. For further information visit www.nortonfestival.org.

Ballroom & Sequence dancing in Sidmouth Dancing with Henry & Jeannie at the Stowford Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL (opp Waitrose) from 8pm – 11pm Ballroom, Latin and some sequence. £6 each pay on the door. 01803 325905 www.dancingduo.co.uk.

Bridport Ceilidhs’ treat for our Christmas dance is the combination of Derby duo “Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews” with Chippenham Festival’s very own Mike Courthold – a night not to be missed! All dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout, all are welcome, no experience or partner needed, so come along for some lively dancing “for the fun of it!”. Bring and Share supper and your own beer. Tickets £8 in advance from the Music Shop, South Street or call 01308 423442. 7.30 pm – 11pm in St Mary’s (Church House) Hall, South Street, DT6 3NW. See bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com to buy online.

Elvis in Trouble 7.30pm Tickets: General Admission £19.50, Premium £25.50 (seated). Join us for an unforgettable evening with the King in this special Christmas show! Darren Boyce is a truly talented performer with vocals to match and that unmistakable Elvis tone. His sound, moves and authentic costumes are guaranteed to transport you back to some of the greatest moments of Elvis’s career. Performing with his live band ‘Trouble’, he performs all the classic tracks to 100% authenticity. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Charlie Bicknell – No Angel 8pm £15 / £12 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com. A hot date not to be missed with Charlie Bicknell, Louise Innes Jez Brodie and David Harrod. Subversive, anarchic, darkly hilarious and shamelessly festive. Charlie and Louise are back with a Christmas show, threatening to blow the cover off Elsa and Anna, The Snowman and a poor little Drummer boy. Santa will never be the same. There is however, the Ave Maria, ballet. and a rather touching Eskimo.

Noble Jacks – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event 8pm. With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK. Noble Jacks have been touring relentlessly, stompin’ their way round the British music scene with ‘sold out’ headline events promoting their debut album, What the Hammer, as well as shows at major  festivals, including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Beautiful Days, to name a few. Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Elvis in Trouble 7.30pm General Admission £19.50, Premium £25.50 (seated). Join us for an evening with the King! Darren Boyce is a truly talented performer, with vocals to match and that unmistakable Elvis tone. His sound, moves and authentic costumes are guaranteed to transport you back to some of the greatest moments of the king’s career. Performing with his live band ‘Trouble’. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Sat 1 – Sunday 2 December

Gifts to Give ….Treasures to Keep Original work by Lucie Milner Decorative Artist for sale at The Reading Rooms, Burton Bradstock 10am – 4pm. Unique hand painted bowls, dishes, trays, ornaments, candlesticks etc. Paintings, fine art prints and greetings cards.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary Christmas Craft Fair with Santa’s Grotto: Entry to fair free, £2 entry to the Sanctuary, £5 to visit Santa in his grotto and receive a present. All funds raised go to Ferne Animal Sanctuary. Wambrook  Chard,  Somerset, TA20 3DH www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org.

 

Sat 1 – Saturday 8 December

Annual Exhibition An exhibition of embroidery and textiles by the members of the Somerset group Connections. Long Load Village Hall, Long Load, Somerset, TA10 9JX. Open – 10am – 4pm. Free admission, Refreshments, Sales table Further details – dragonflyliz@btinternet.com.

 

Sat 1 – Thursday 27 December

Pop-Up Vintage Popping up again in the Courtyard Gallery at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis. Not open Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Opening hours: 10am – 4pm. Pop-Up Vintage spends the year sourcing, cleaning, mending, repairing and up-cycling so that you don’t have to! Toys, books, clothes, needlecraft, accessories and homeware for a beautiful and totally-sustainable Christmas.

 

Sunday 2 December

Big Breakfast at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 9am – 11.30am full English breakfast (£6.50), including fruit juice + unlimited toast & coffee/tea, in a friendly atmosphere with a lovely view.  Disabled facilities, ample parking; all welcome. Further information/booking from Adrienne 01460 75313.

Santa Special Yeovil Railway Centre Yeovil Junction, Stoford BA22 9UU: First day of this year’s Santa Specials, continuing on successive weekends. Advance booking strongly recommended. www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com; recorded information on 01935 410420. Admission: £10 each Adult/Child (£9.50 each for Groups of 8 or more) Babies under 12 months no charge. Also Sunday 9, 16, and 23 December. Also Saturday 22 December.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 7.5 mile circular walk from Colaton Raleigh. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 823644.

What Child is This? 3.30pm – 4.30pm The Christmas story in words and music. Website: Friends of Sidholme Music Room (hugofox) Emails : friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 9PH.

Don Quixote from The Bolshoi Ballet at The Gateway, Seaton. Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, Don Quixote, accompanied by his faithful servant Sancho Panza, sets out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman. Licensed Bar and refreshments. Doors open 2.30pm, performance starts 3pm. Tickets £15 in advance (£17.50 on door if available)  online at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD.

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists Acclaimed actor Neil Gore presents an Edwardian magic lantern show based on the classic 1914 book by Robert Tressell. Features projected animation, scenes, speeches, live music and song, and audience participation, with ‘The Great Money Trick’ as its centre-piece. Recommended 11+. 7.30pm Shipton Gorge Village Hall Tickets: £9, £6 (u18s), £25 (fam 4 – max 2 adults) from Kate Chomacki 01308 897407 or kateshiptonvh@gmail.com or online from Artsreach www.artsreach.co.uk.

 

Monday 3 December

Friendly Monday Morning  Badminton Group 10am (Adults only) At Charmouth St Andrew’s Community Hall, Lower Sea Lane. Call Monique 07709022299.

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss by using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day.

Inspired by Archives 10.30am (Stepping into Nature) Enjoy the countryside? Love history? Enjoy both with pictures, maps or recordings at the Dorset History Centre (Dorchester) and learn something new about the natural world and local artists. The group is open to everyone including carers, those with dementia or with mobility, sensory or learning difficulties or those who would just enjoy the company and stimulation. It’s all about relaxing, meeting new people and having fun. Contact Maria on 01305 228947 or m.gayton@dorsetcc.gov.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. Also 17 December.

Dorset Digital Champions a group of volunteers who have been vetted by DCC and who operate Free drop in sessions around the county for anyone needing digital help. Offering help with computers, the internet, phones, tablets etc and welcome anyone needing help. Bridport Library every Monday afternoon from 2pm- 4pm.

Christmas Bingo at the Village Hall (TA18 8NA).  Doors open 6.45pm for 7.30pm start. Lots of great prizes/hampers/vouchers; good raffle, name the cuddly toy, tombola,, light refreshments. £6 book of ten games plus flyer.  Enq.  01460 74808/cewalker@hotmail.co.uk.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Axminster Guildhall doors open 7pm, eyes down 8pm.

St. Swithun’s Band Christmas Concert 7pm. Carols & Mince Pies. St Swithun’s Church North Allington DT6 5DU. Free Parking.

Hospiscare Exeter – Light up a Life Shine a light and remember a loved one this Christmas. Service to be held in Axminster at St Mary the Virgin Church at 7.30pm. All welcome to attend and join us for refreshments after the service.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included.7.30pm – 10pm. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. Cost £1.50. www.chardscottishdancing.org. Also Monday 10 December. 17 December, Christmas Party 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Please bring a plate of food to share.

Bridport Folk Dance Club at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ.  Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playford-style to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s long-established weekly club, with club callers and recorded music  All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Admission £3 for members, £4 visitors (membership available). Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Mecki on 01308 423 442. Also 10 and 17 December.

 

Tuesday 4 December

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles Bere Regis to Tolpuddle. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 867359.

The end of the 40-week boat building course for the Class of February 2018. At 1.30pm students will walk their boats down to the harbour, to be launched for the first time. Having spent the best part of nine months learning how to build boats, the day marks a celebratory end to their training. Seven boats have been built by the class, ranging from a Royal Yachting Association Albacore dinghy (built exactly to the class specifications), a canoe, a traditional clinker sailing boat, a carvel sailing boat, a fishing boat, a glued clinker sailing boat and a rowing boat. All are welcome to join the students in celebrating their achievements with the launching of the boats. You can learn more about the boats being launched, as well as profiles of the students and case studies of graduates on the Academy’s website here www.boatbuildingacademy.com.

Greenwood Club at Thorncombe Woods (Stepping into Nature) 10.30am Providing positive shared experiences/memories for those individuals living with dementia and their amazing carers or partners. The group learn green woodworking techniques, rural crafts and cooking outdoors in a relaxing woodland environment. Contact Jill on 07813814875 or jill@dorsetforestschool.org to book. Delivered by Dorset Forest Schools as part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Beaminster Museum Winter Talk Richard Edmonds, an acknowledged specialist in the Jurassic coast will give a talk entitled The Jurassic Coast; the biggest story on Earth. The Jurassic Coast was awarded World Heritage Site status because it contains the most complete record through 185 million years of  geological time, the Mesozoic, or Middle Era in the story of the planet. That said, it is not possible to describe the world through our site alone; that story can only be understood by looking at the global forces and events that have shaped our world in order to explain how the rocks formed and what they tell us about evolution of life on Earth. Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster DT8 3NB at 2.30pm Entrance £3 All welcome  01308 863200.

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset 6.30pm at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton. New members’ welcome by all. Mulled wine and nibbles. Lecture 7.15pm: How do they make that noise? The Opera Singer Phenomenon  by Tim Mirfin. Visitors £5.

Langton Herring Village Club “The Dorset County Museum” talk by Peter Down. 7.30 pm in Langton Herring village hall. Non-members welcome, £2 donation.  Further details from 01305 871763.

BLUE: A Documentary – the day the sea changed BLUE is the story our generation needs to hear. The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice. Starts 7pm, £5 Electric Palace. www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Tue 4 – Friday 14 December

Little Toller Christmas Opening 10am-5pm (until 8pm on Wednesdays). Little Toller is opening it’s doors for Christmas. Pop in for a bookish chat around a roaring fire in their pop-up art gallery and shop. Lower Diary, Toller Fratrum, Dorchester DT2 0EL 01300  321536. littletoller.co.uk/events

 

Tue 4 – Sunday 16 December

Bridport United Church Christmas Tree Festival Bridport United Church East Street Bridport. Their 21st year, over 50 trees decorated by organisations and charities. Dedication ceremony 7pm Tuesday 4th when the lights will be turned on. Open 10am daily until 9pm on Bridport’s Christmas Cheer evening when there will be Carol singing by local schools and Mountjoy School bell ringers.

 

Wednesday 5 December
East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Colyton. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552564.

Friends of Sidmouth Town Band Coffee Concert Coffee 10.30am, Concert 11am – 12noon. Sidholme Hotel Music Room, Elysian Fields, Temple Street, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. ‘Christmas Harmony’ The Afterglow. Members of Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir. Accompanied by Sandra Jepps With Sue Gooding Festive Fun! John McGregor Piano. The Next 155 years: ‘Play your Part’ Sidmouth Town Band. Free Admission, Refreshments £1… Disabled Access. Retiring Collection for Sidmouth Town Band.

Colyton & Colyford Memory Café in the St John Hall, Colyton 2pm – 4pm. For more information ring Sue Whitell on 01297 599477. Members are welcome to attend sessions in both Colyton and Colyford – see first and third Wednesdays.

Bridport Christmas Cheer 4pm – 8pm. Musical entertainment throughout the town from schools, local bands, musicians and dance groups. A lantern parade, Father Christmas and the switching on of the town Christmas lights in Bucky Doo Square. Children can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and the streets are lined with wonderful stalls selling anything from locally produced foods to unique and wonderful Christmas gifts. Please join in for an evening of Christmas Cheer.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall  ‘Social & Christmas Supper’ (bring and share). Pre Christmas social. Find out what the society is up to for the coming year renew your membership (if you haven’t already) and sign up to forthcoming outings. Plant some sweet peas to take home and enjoy a light hearted quiz and bring and share supper. Bring along any unwanted seeds to swap with other members. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club at 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF.  A friendly club with live music and guest caller every week – this week featuring Home Brew with Gill Spence calling. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org. Also 12 and 19 December.

Noe! Noe! Baroque Music for Advent and Christmas 7.45pm. Join Axminster and Yeovil Chamber Choirs as they celebrate the season with music by J.S. Bach (Cantata 140 ‘Wachet auf) and MA Charpentier (Messe de Minuit). With orchestra and refreshments. Admission £10. St Andrew’s Church, Preston Grove, Yeovil. BA20 2BQ.

Illustrated Talk: Sugar Barons in Bristol: The Condrad Finzels Jane Ferentzi tells the wonderful story of a penniless German migrant arriving in England in 1810, who went on to make his fortune designing a machine which perfected the refinement of sugar. When his refinery burnt to the ground he built a new state of the art facility and then pledged to give a third of his profits to charity. His mansion is known today as Clevedon Hall. Axminster History Society talk All welcome, £2 guests. 7.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

 

Thursday 6 December

Christmas Pop Up Shop at The Cotley Inn, Wambrook TA20 3EN 9.30am – 6pm Free Parking, Free Entry please bring friends.

National Coastwatch Institution Coffee Morning in the Village Hall, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4QS 10am – 1pm. Coffee/tea, cakes and bacon butties, Contact: 07786 354403. Supporting the work of NCI Lyme Bay.

Community Coffee Morning 10.45am – 11.45am – Fresh Coffee & Cakes. St Swithun’s Church North Allington DT6 5DU. Free Parking.

Wellbeing Walk at Radipole Lakes (Stepping into Nature) 11am – 12noon. This is a relaxed, sociable and gentle monthly walk which is open to all , a health walk for healthy body and mind. We generally walk about a mile in distance, usually around our Radipole reserve in the heart of Weymouth. You may see fabulous wildlife on the walk, but the focus is simply a stroll and chat. This walk is dementia friendly, and particularly suitable for anyone wishing to lose weight, recovering from illness or wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Contact RSPB Radipole Lakes on 01305 778313. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. Also 20 December.

Tatworth Flower Club Flower Arranging Demonstration, Tatworth Memorial Hall TA20 2QW. Winter Wonderland By Lisa Fowler (Chelsea gold winner}. Doors open 1.30pm All welcome. Visitors £6 Further details Julie Kettle 01297 33924.

National Trust South Dorset Association 2.30pm “The Twelve Days of Christmas” a musical talk by Anne Gray in costume. St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW. Members NTSDA  £3  Non-members £4 incl.tea/biscuits geoffwrench@lineone.net / 01300 321601 / southdorsetnt.org.uk.

Has your child been naughty or nice this year? Visit Judge Santa to find out! Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester from 4pm – 8pm, then every Saturday until December 23rd from 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm. Father Christmas will be holding court in the Shire Hall courtroom on Christmas Cracker night, Thursday 6th December, and then every Saturday until the 23rd December. It is £4 per child and every youngster will receive a special Christmas Gift, (promise none of them will get ‘sent down’!) A visit to rest of museum is not included in this price. There will also be tasty festive goodies, from hot chocolate and warming mulled cider to mince pies and Christmas gingerbread, available in the café. To book: Visit shirehalldorset.org.uk or call 01305 261849.

Chard History Group at The Ballroom at The Phoenix Hotel Chard beginning at 7.30pm. ‘Emma Down, co-author of Somerset Mapped Cartography in the County through the Centuries, will be talking about different depictions of the ancient county of Somerset on maps, plans and sea charts from the middle ages to the mid 20th Century. Manuscript and printed maps will be discussed, including those of well known publishers such as the Ordnance Survey, but also less well known cartographers. She will explore maps used in court cases, for  navigation and to illustrate historic battles. Refreshments available. New members and guests are welcome. Members £2. Guests £3. For further information: 01460 66165.

Broadwey, Upwey and District Horticultural Society from Weymouth at St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School, Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset. DT3 5NQ. Membership is £6 per annum payable at the September Meeting. A short fun quiz including Christmas supper. 7.30pm www.budhs.org.uk.

Chard Camera Club The club will be holding their WCPF DPIC (Western Counties Photographic Federation Digitally Projected Image Competition) selection evening in the Chard Baptist Church hall at 7.30pm. Members will spend the time choosing what images they want to go through to this annual Competition. Further details about the club or the competition can be found on the relative websites. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk  and  www.wcpf.org.uk Anyone interested in the camera  club can contact the membership secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885or by visiting their website.

Auctions of Promises 7pm £4 – includes a drink on arrival. Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com. As the nights draw in and you are looking for something special for Christmas, why not come to Bridport Arts Centre support a good cause and take away a special something with you. There will be something for everyone, from a holiday home (with a difference) rental for a week to a helpful helper to do your ironing! The event is part of a fresh drive to raise as much as possible to help the Arts Centre team look after the building and keep bringing culture and creative activity to the local area.

NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra (12A) 7pm Adult £15.30,  Student £12.30. Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Music for Christmastide Cantamus once again performs some exquisite and varied seasonal choral music, ranging from Bach to Tavener with more modern arrangements of traditional carols by Rutter, Wilcocks and others.7.30pm St Mary Magdalene, Loders. DT6 3RZ (tickets £10 on the door to include refreshments). www.cantamus-dorset.org.

Lyme Voices Community Choir Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Free taster session. From 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist Church (Pine Hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Visit www-pete-linnett.co.uk, phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net. Also 13 December.

 

Friday 7 December

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Newton Poppleford. 10am start. Dogs on short leads.  01404 44367.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles Abbotsbury coast walk. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01305 459315.

Coach Trip to Tavistock Pannier Market and Cotehele House. Enjoy a visit to Tavistock town and its pannier market then on to Cotehele House to see the famous Christmas swag garland. Pick-ups: 9am Dalwood; 9.10am Axminster; 9.30am Chard, Boden St; 9.55am Honiton Congregational Church Return depart Cotehele 3.30pm £15 plus £10.80 entry to Cotehele (free to NT members) To book call 01404 831207.

Do you need to make or change a Will or Power of Attorney? Every few months Age UK Dorchester has a by appointment surgery where individuals can come and ask an expert questions about wills, powers of attorney and other legal aspects of your home and finances. This is a Free one-to-one surgery given by Kelly Payne, associate solicitor at Humphries Kirk, solicitors. 9.30am – 3.30pm at Age UK Dorchester, Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, DT1 1PW. For further details of all Age UK Dorchester services, please telephone 01305 269444 or look at the website: www.ageukdorchester.org.uk.

Greenwood Club at Holton Lee 10am – 1pm. Providing positive shared experiences/memories for those individuals living with dementia and their amazing carers or partners. The group learn green woodworking techniques, rural crafts and cooking outdoors in a relaxing woodland environment. Livability Holton Lee, Poole, BH16 6JN. Contact Jill on 07813814875 or jill@dorsetforestschool.org to book. Delivered by Dorset Forest Schools as part of Stepping into Nature.  Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. Also 14 December.

Solkiki Chocolate Pop Up Tasting at Furleigh Estate 10am. Bob Spink, founder of Solkiki Chocolate, will be at Furleigh Estate with a delicious selection of their hand crafted vegan friendly chocolates for you to try and buy. Visit furleighestate.co.uk/events or call 01308 488 991 for more details.

Seaton Wetlands outdoors club 10am – 12.30pm, Seaton Wetlands. Social club for over 55s to enjoy walks around Seaton Wetlands and wildlife themed activities. Part of the Connecting Actively to Nature Project. £2 per person, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.co.uk, 01395517557.

Christmas Lunch Dorset Wildlife Trust, West Dorset group Christmas lunch plus a talk from Jo Davies, the new chair of DWT, entitled ‘Green Island’. W.I Hall, North Street, Bridport. 12.30pm – 3pm. Cost £14.50, booking essential. Contact Monty Crook 01308 423 442. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 1pm Rising Voices. Singing with Jane. 2pm Tripudio. Lydia Wilson from the Wastenotwantnot shop in South Street talks about what inspired her to open a zero-waste shop and more. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Colyford Environmental Group present an illustrated talk given by Colin Varndell `The Hedgehog  Predicament` at  the Colyford  Memorial  Hall, Swan Hill, Colyford at 7.30pm. Mr Varndell is a prizewinning wildlife photographer and a member of the Dorset Mammal Society. His talk illustrates the problems facing this endearing and endangered species.

Ridgeway Singers & Band 7.30pm St John’s, West Bay. Christmas Past & Present. Tickets £8, £6 under 18 from 01305 262159 or on the door. www.ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com. With their roots in South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, have once gain tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present.  Their programme includes music from Puddletown, Durwest and Hinton St Mary, together with newly composed  songs in the Dorset tradition.

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have an interesting talk ‘The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the Wreck of the Halsewell.’ The Speaker is Philip Browne. Guests £2 at the Door. Contact 01935 477174. www.yalhs.org.uk.

Poetry and Music Poet Ann Gray joins Pam Zinnemann-Hope and early music performer Frances Eustace. Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL. 8pm. Tickets: £12.50 or £30 with buffet dinner from 6.30pm t: 01308 459511 www.sladersyard.co.uk. Two award-winning poets perform their work with early music on a variety of instruments with poems from the floor.

Quiz Night at The Gateway, Seaton. Come along and join our highly popular Quiz evening. Get together with friends and test out your brainpower in a fun and friendly atmosphere whilst raising funds for The Gateway. Max. 6 people per team. Licensed bar. Tickets £5 – advance booking strongly advised. Doors open 7pm, quiz starts 7.30pm. Book online at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD.

At The Ebeneezer Bill Colegrave: Scraps of Wool, Tales from the Golden Age of Travel Writing. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. In The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN To RSVP, ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

The Nativity performed by Living Spit 7.30pm £14/ £13 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

With the usual mix of silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Biblical befuddlement than you can shake a figgy pudding at, Living Spit’s Nativity promises to be a cornucopia of comic Christmassy crudeness that you’ll never forget! Suitable for naughty audiences aged 14+.

Mad Dog MCREA + Support Windjammer 8pm £16 / £14 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Please note that this event is standing only. Mad Dog Mcrea return to shake the Corn Exchange with their unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. A perfect start to the Christmas party season!

Mike Denham’s 25th SpeakEasy A Tribute to Bessie Smith, with the superb blues singer Julia Titus and special guest, Steve Graham. Hits from the 20’s made famous by the legendary Bessie Smith and others. Unmissable vintage jazz. At 8pm. Tickets: £14 (£29 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Christmas with the New Jersey Boys Axminster Guildhall, 7.30pm. The New Jersey Boys return to the Guildhall to present another packed programme of fast moving entertainment with a Christmas flavour. Expect to hear all the Four Seasons hits plus tributes to other musical legends, including Freddie Mercury and Elton John.  Featuring the amazing falsetto voice of Einar Vestman and the humour of Gary Gould, this is a great way to start the festive season. Ticket £17 from Archway Bookshop 01297 33595, TIC Bridport 01308 424901. Online www.wegottickets.com.

Sound of the Sirens + support: Samantics 8pm £11 (seated). Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood combine agile guitar-playing, soaring harmonies and lyrical, heartfelt songwriting to make lushly melodic music. Support by Samantics, a next-generation one-man band “Multi-instrumental, nerdy hip-hop”. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 December

Christmas Tree Festival at Chard Museum Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm. Local School choirs and music groups entertaining. Mulled Wine and Mince pies and other festive refreshments. 25 large Trees being decorated by local Groups and Charities to raise funds for their cause. Please support this Community event Free admission.

A Festival/Exhibition of Christmas Songs and Carols. 10am- 5pm each day in Dalwood Church.

 

Fri 7 – Saturday 8 December

St Agnes Fountain Since 2005, the “Aggies” have brought their Christmas Show to The David Hall. This is the band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes; Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years. 8pm Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

 

Saturday 8 December

Beaminster Antiques Fair The Public Hall, Beaminster 9am – 3pm. Call Glen 07505 798258.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club  7 mile walk from Little Bredy. Loscombe Plantation, Hardy Momument, White Hill 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Farmers Market 10am – 1pm &  Saturday 12th Januray 2019,  in the Moorlands Precinct, North Street, Martock. 20 stalls selling traditionally produced foods, perhaps with a festive slant! Ring Fergus on 01935 822202 for a table.

A Space for Living Spirituality “Saint John of the Cross: a God who longs to meet us” led by Richard Sloan, as the last event of 4 on “The Mystic Way” at the Bridport Quaker Meeting House, South Street, DT6 3NZ. 10am – 4pm. Donations £10 – £40. Bring-and-share lunch. For information and booking, email Janet Lake on iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Amnesty International coffee morning and cake stall to mark International Human Rights Day, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Lyme Regis Baptist Church. Opportunity to send cards of support to activists in Ukraine, Iran, Venezuela, India and other countries. Free entry; everyone welcome.

Chideock WI Christmas Fayre 11am – 3pm in Village Hall. Perfect for buying your Christmas gifts from our selection of crafts, jewellery, hand-made clothes and accessories, natural skincare products, chocolate, bee products, bird boxes and quality bric-a-brac. Why not stop by for home-made soup for lunch, tea and cake or take home some WI cakes and savouries to enjoy later. More information:  01297 489452.

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show – Christmas Special with Trevor Bolshaw and friends at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm, £7 on the door, children free, visit www.beerwurlitzer.org.uk or phone 01297 24892.

Carols in the courtroom at 1pm Shire Hall, Dorchester. Tickets and info: Cellist Sally Flann and violinist Russell Dawson performing a lunchtime concert of well-known Christmas favourites. Free to museum visitors. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org.uk or call 01305 261849.

Royal Ballet Screening: The Nutcracker (12A) 4pm Adult £15.30, Student £12.30, Family of four £46.30. A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world. This is a “delayed-live” screening at a time suitable for the whole family. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Barn Dance 7.30pm Start. Doors open 7pm Portesham Village Hall, DT3 4NS, B3157 coast road. A Barn Dance with the highly popular and successful Black Sheep Band. Great music and caller. There will be a cash bar on site and a kitchen open for snacks and refreshments.The event is to raise money for St. Peter’s Portesham Flush Fund needed for building works to provide a flexible space, a new kitchen/servery and a toilet at the church. Tickets in advance at £10 each from Andrea Wallis on 01305 871035 or g.ww43@btinternet.com or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/stpetersevents .

Live Wire AC/DC and the Thin Lizzie Experience at The Gateway, Seaton. We have an amazing Xmas gig for you this year, two brilliant bands: the superb Livewire AC/DC supported by The Thin Lizzy Experience. This is gonna be a blast in more ways than one! Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £20adv/£22door (if available) ) online at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD.

Bridport Choral Society presents A Christmas Choral. Songs from across centuries of Christmas music 7.30pm. Bridport United Church. Tickets: £10 (including refreshments) available from Bridport Music or on the door.

Christmas Music and Song Concert with 3 Generations of the Gibbins & Thatcher Families St. John The Evangelist Church Tatworth, Waterlake Road Tatworth TA20 2SH 7pm Tickets £6 , child £3 Refreshments included . Raffle.

Chard Camera Club Members of the club will be meeting at 7pm for 7.30pm for their Christmas Meal at the Eagle Tavern. Further details about the club can be found on their website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by contacting their membership secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

The Nutcracker Event Cinema from The Royal Opera House 5pm £17.50  £14.50 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

The Nativity (Living Spit) 8pm, £14 / £12 members & concessions Age guidance: 15+ Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. With the usual mix of silly songs, pitiful puppetry and more Biblical befuddlement than you can shake a figgy pudding at, Living Spit’s Nativity promises to be a cornucopia of comic Christmassy crudeness you’ll never forget!

Music for Christmastide Cantamus once again performs some exquisite and varied seasonal choral music, ranging from Bach to Tavener with more modern arrangements of traditional carols by Rutter, Wilcocks and others.7.30pm St Mary’s Church, Netherbury DT6 5LR            (tickets £10 on the door to include refreshments). www.cantamus-dorset.org.

Roving Crows – Celtic Folk Fusion starts at 7.30pm. Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary  Advance tickets £12 from 01963 350 980 or www.wegottickets.com/event/436734. £15 on door.

 

Sat 8 – Sunday 9 December

Ferne’s Festive Food and Drink Fair with Santa’s Grotto. Entry to fair free, £2 entry to the Sanctuary, £5 for visiting Santa in his grotto and receiving a present. All funds raised go to Ferne Animal Sanctuary. Wambrook  Chard,  Somerset, TA20 3DH www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org.

Creative Christmas at New House Farm Broadoak, Bridport DT6 5NR Open Studios, Pop-Up Shop & Cafe 10am-4pm. Sorry no card machines available.

Born in a Stable, Nativity Scenes at St Nicholas’ Church, Combe Raleigh, Nr Honiton, EX14 4TG, 2pm – 5.30pm. Entry £3 to include refreshments, enjoy tea/coffee and cake. Entry for children free. For info phone 01404 43166.

 

Sunday 9 December

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 12 mile circular walk from Hawkchurch. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 814960.

Egyptian Society Taunton “Recent work of the Amarna Project at Amarna”.  Speaker: Prof. Barry Kemp.  The lecture will take place at 2pm at the Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, 4ED. This event is a ticket only event, please visit our website for further information. http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home. 

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath 2pm – 4pm Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX. Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.)  £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you.

Noe! Noe! Baroque Music for Advent and Christmas 3pm Join Axminster and Yeovil Chamber Choirs as they celebrate the season with music by J.S. Bach (Cantata 140 ‘Wachet auf) and MA Charpentier (Messe de Minuit). With orchestra and refreshments. Admission £10. St Mary’s Parish Church (The Minster), Axminster. EX13 5AQ.

The Sidholme Players Recorder Consort 3.30pm – 4.30pm. A Seasonal Programme. Website: Friends of Sidholme Music Room (hugofox) Emails : friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 9PH.

Lyme Bay Chorale’s Christmas concert 4pmat St Michaels Church, Lyme Regis. Poulenc’s Gloria Christus Natus Est by Cecilia McDowall. Additional works featuring the music of contemporary composer Paul Halley Carols for choir and audience With St Michael’s children’s choir Chloe Stratta, soprano Andrew Millington, organ & piano Proceeds supports our Young singers Bursary Scheme. tickets £15 on the door £13 in advancenfrom Lyme TIC, Penny Blacks Cafe or choir members Under 19th free. Prices include post-concert buffet www.lymebaychorale.co.uk.

Seaton Choral Society presents Classic and CoolA festival of Christmas Music in The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton at 4pm. The music will include the Christmas section of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ plus the famous ‘Hallelujah’ Chorus in the first half and, after the interval, several modern jazzy carols and arrangements of well-known favourites such as ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer’. Doors open at 3.30pm. Tickets are £10 or £12 on the door and under 18s are free. 01297 625699.

Christmas carols in the castle – Corfe Castle 5pm – 6.30pm. Create a new family tradition with carols in the castle. Step inside the ruins and join in with songs old and new. A selection of delicious winter warmers will also be available from the tea-room. www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Christmas Ball at The Gateway, Seaton. The Gateway Dance Club is hosting this Fund Raising Ball. Our very own vocalist ‘Mary.B’ will keep you dancing throughout the night with a varied program of Ballroom, Latin, Jive, Tango and Lindy. Dress to impress for this special evening and support The Gateway too. Nibbles will be provided (but you may bring more for your table). Drinks available from our well stocked, licensed bar. Doors open 7pm, dancing from 7.30-11pm. Tickets £8 available online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person at The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD.

 

Monday 10 December

Hearing Loss Help Action on Hearing Loss information stand, Bridport Community Hospital 10am – 1pm. There will be a wide range of leaflets to take away and a volunteer will be available to answer questions and give advice. Information on hearing loss, tinnitus, equipment, lipreading classes and more.

Yeovil Probus Club presentation Famous Speeches at Yeovil Court Hotel 1.30pm. New members always welcome. Please contact the Secretary on 01935 414765for details.

Swanage Eco Therapy Gardening 2pm – 4pm (Stepping into Nature). Based at an old nursery, Greengage, offers a large greenhouse, planting beds and even a toilet block! Join in with various activities such as planting fruit and vegetables, cleaning vegetation and general maintenance. The Greengage nursery is still in it’s infancy so there is something for all abilities. Refreshments and tools will be provided. This activity is free and delivered by Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Katie on 01202 692 033 or kwilkinson@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. Also 24 December.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Axminster Guildhall doors open 7pm, eyes down 8pm.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting music + holistic health benefits. All ages 19 to 90. Teacher: Julia Hope-Brightwell. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Cost £8 – £10. Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

 

 

 

Tuesday 11 December

West Dorset Ramblers 5 miles Eype. Starts at 10am. Bring snack, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 459282.

The Arts Society Honiton Clive Stewart-Lockhart, a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, will talk about ‘Clara, rhino superstar and wonder of the Grand Tour’ at The Beehive, Honiton at 2pm. See www.honiton-dfas.org.uk.

Time for Tea and Some Music Celebrate the festive season. Come and listen or sing along to Christmas music performed by children from St Mary’s school Axminster under the direction of Mrs Rachel Burroughs. £3 Tea & cake served. 01404 to book:  831207 2pm – 3.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH .

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support Drop in for a chat Refreshments available free of charge. For more details contact info@axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk, Or telephone 07512 279663. Lyme Regis – Pop Up Kitchen, 32A Broad Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QE 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

A Tribute to the Life of Kate Geraghty 1940-2018 Sadly, Kate lost her long battle against cancer in October of this year. Kate was tireless in her duty towards the community in which she lived. She believed in community, she believed in community spirit and in community responsibility. She served on Chideock Parish Council for 25 years. She was the inspiration behind and the Chairperson of ‘The Bopper Bus’. As a founder member of The Chideock Society – the Society wish to honour her commitment to the village and invite you to join us to ‘share memories’ of Kate in the Village Hall at 2.30pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. Everyone is very welcome.

The Lyme Regis Society Talk “Roman Devon and The Seaton Down Coin Hoard” Speaker from RAMMuseumExeter 2.30pm – 4pm at Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. DT7 3PG. All Welcome. Members Free. Visitors £3. Including refreshments. www.lymeregissociety.org.uk.

Axe Vale Stamp Club at the Bradshaw Rooms, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH. 7.30pm – for 8pm. Christmas Auction A contact telephone number would be 01297 552482.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (PG) 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com. Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War. The internationally acclaimed choreographer’s interpretation of the classic fairy tale has, at its heart, a true war-time romance. Filmed in front of a live audience at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Also Friday 14 December.

 

Wednesday 12 December

Dorset History Walk in Weymouth (Stepping into Nature) Starting with a general introduction to the history of the place, we will then walk around to look at some particular features of interest. These walks are intended for people who do not have a detailed knowledge of the history of the town or village, but who would like to know more. All these walks are Free and are delivered by Steve Wallis. Dementia friendly event. Email stepin2nature@dorsetcc.gv.uk to book or call Steph on 01305 224788. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. 10.30am Meet at the Jubilee Clock on the seafront.

The Arts Society West Dorset The Nutcracker Ballet: The Kingdom of Sweets. Speaker: Nigel Bates. The Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock at 2.30pm. For details contact 01308 485487.

Colyford & District Photographic Club 7.30pm at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ. Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com Christmas social evening & buffet – print panel comp – judged by members.

Bridport Camera Club Knock-out Competition  Open. Members cast their votes to find the winning image in this fun tournament. 7.30pm Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3HA. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 07737 405474 or email secretary@bridportcameraclub.co.uk.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by Bruce Duncan entitled ‘ SERUG – Salisbury & Exeter Rail Users Group’. The meeting is at Thorncombe Village Hall, TA20 4NE and starts at 7.30pm.  Non Members are welcome, there are refreshments, a raffle and the parking is free. Contact Richard Holt, Chairman Tel. 01460 30428 or Google TRAC “traclubsite” for information.

The Beehive Acoustic Café 8pm Free. Hosted by Terry Stacey. Everyone is welcome to come along and perform or listen at The Beehive bar every other second Wednesday. Free of charge. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Thursday 13 December

Bridport Probus Club Speaker Bonny Sartin, talk History of Halsway House at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel. Members gather at 12noon for pre – lunch drinks followed by lunch and a talk. Anyone who would like to attend without obligation call the club Secretary, Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.

Seaton Garden Club Demonstration by Angie of Cottage Flowers, Ilminster who will prepare floral Xmas arrangements which will be raffled. Meeting in the Masonic Hall, Queen Street, Seaton at 2.30pm. Visitors welcome cost £2 to include refreshments, for further information – contact Tel No: 01297 24049.

New Hardy Players are hosting a special fundraiser for charity Mind in the courtroom at 7.30pm Shire Hall, Dorchester. Tickets and info: £15. This will include a selection of Christmas carols, midwinter poetry from Thomas Hardy and William Barnes, dramatic scenes from the Mayor of Casterbridge and Under the Greenwood Tree and a Christmas Mummers play. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org.uk or call 01305 261849.

 

ThuR 13 – Sat 15 December

A Festival of Nativity held at St Marys Church Catherson Leweston between 12noon – 4pm each day, finishing with a Carol Service on the Saturday at 4pm. If anyone has a set of Nativity figures they would love to Borrow them please. Get in touch on 01297 561297.

 

Friday 14 December

East Devon Ramblers moderate 6 mile circular walk from Sidbury. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01404 823644.

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles Bride Valley. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702.

Food on Friday12noon at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall. Special Christmas lunch, priced at £5.50 to include main course roast with trimmings, roll & butter, choice of puddings, mince pies, unlimited tea/coffee. Special diets can be catered for if requested in advance. Open to all; very friendly, newcomers really welcomed, but please book places in advance by phoning June 01460 77057 or Jackie 01460 72324, who will also provide more information if required.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 2pm Tripudio. Maria Morris talks about easy ways to get your daily dose of happiness through the power of nature and using your five senses. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Salway Ash Village Hall Xmas Bingo Top prize 50, Plus lots of other fantastic prizes. Doors Open 7pm – Eyes Down 7.30pm.

Chard Royal Naval Association meeting at 7pm for 7.30pm for their annual Christmas dinner at Hornsbury Mill. Any person wishing to join the group can obtain further details by contacting the groups secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978.

Midwinter Concert with Reg Meuross and Phil Beer in St. Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne at 7.30pm. 01460 76058 (doors open 6.45). Tickets £14 (under 14’s £5) from 01460 76058 or geraldine@clotworthy.co.uk or Crewkerne Town Hall. Bar and raffle.

Beaminster Museum Christmas concert with Parnham voices at 7.30pm. A feast of music and readings for the Christmas season. Tickets available at info.beaminstermuseum@gmail.com Tel 01308 863623 Beaminster Museum,Whitcombe Road, Beaminster DT8 3NB Entrance £6 All welcome.

Angels Proclaim The Stanchester Quire Christmas Concert of carols and readings, collected from the South West of England, at Martock Christian Fellowship Centre, Church Street, Martock, TA12 6JL, at 7.30pm. Admission £8. Details from 01935 822287 or stanchesterquire1@gmail.com.

Jazz Café – Petites Annonces Gypsy Jazz 8pm £10, Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com. A musical journey inspired by the Gypsy Jazz of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de France, forgotten French chansons from Charles Trenet to Georges Brassens, and Gypsy jazz classics. Vocalist Jipe Gerardin leads a band with no fewer than three guitars, plus bass and violin! Established in 2005, Petites Annonces has played at places like the London Mecca of Gypsy jazz The Quecumbar and the prestigious March Manouche Festival in Wales. Be prepared to hear something different avec un accent Français!

The Magnificent 7 Jazz Band Back by popular demand! Superlative, swinging jazz from a top line up of musicians – early jazz, swing, jazz revival – you name it, they play it! At 8pm. Tickets: £20 (£35 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 15 December

Reindeer trail and Christmas crafts 10.30am – 3pm, Seaton Wetlands. Follow the clues around the wetlands to help track down Father Christmas’ missing reindeer in time to deliver his presents! £3 per child, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395517557.

Hedgelaying has long been used to lengthen the life of trees, encourage new growth and thicken the hedge to encourage a greater range of wildlife. This is a practical session led by resident ranger, Julia Bloom, and is based at Magdalen Farm between Beaminster & Chard.  Free of charge to willing volunteers the day runs from 10am – 3pm and includes light refreshments with a simple lunch. Suitable for adults only. Also January 8, 19 & 29.  Booking essential – to confirm your place, or find out more information, please visit or website www.magdalenfarm.org.uk/events or email julia@magdalenfarm.org.uk.

The Reindeer trail and Christmas crafts 10.30am – 3pm, Seaton Wetlands. Follow the clues around the wetlands to help track down Father Christmas’ missing reindeer in time to deliver his presents! £3 per child, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.co.uk, 01395517557.

Muzax 11am – 1pm a classic rock band with plenty of Blues, Soul and R&B thrown in Free live music. Get   into the Christmas spirit by coming along and enjoying some foot-tapping music. Arts Café Bar. The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455 .

Crossway Handbell Ringers at 3pm in the café. Tickets and info: Free to museum visitors. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org.uk or call 01305 261849. Shire Hall, Dorchester.

La Traviata – Met Opera Live Screening 5.55pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.A Christmas Concert at the Minster, Axminster 7.30pm by the Axminster and District Choral Society.  Gustav Holst: Christmas Day G V Pergolesi: Magnificat. Christmas carols with audience participation. Conducted by Peter Parshall. Tickets £10 from Archway Books, Church St, Axminster 01297 33595 or phone 01404 881 838 for further information.  website: www.axminsterchoral.co.uk.

Sailing around the World A Winter Warmer. A fascinating travelogue to include, amongst others, experiences of a visit to Rorke’s Drift. Illustrated talk to be given by Peter Forbes. St George’s Church, Hinton St George. Doors open 5.30pm for a 6pm talk. Tickets to include a ‘tot of Rum Punch’ and light refreshments £7.50 in advance from Our Shop, Hinton or £8 at the door Or from Nigel Hayler 01460 271218.

Maiastra String Quartet Classical concert by top-class students from London conservatoires led by Arisa Fujita. Works by Haydn, Shostakovich, Dvorjak. Supported by the Aidan Woodcock Charitable Trust.  A fundraising event for Ilminster Arts Centre. At 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (no suppers). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Belshazzar’s Feast On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional Folk music, seasonal material, their usual touch of Classical and Jazz with a bit of Pop and Music Hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour.  Together, Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and ‘between songs chat’ that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces. Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Carols and Classics by Candlelight – The Final Concert at the All Saints Church Merriott (TA165PS). This will be the 10th and final year that the Fisher Sinfonia has performed at this 15thC church providing an unmissable evening of string ensembles with organ and piano accompaniment. Mince pies and refreshments before the concert to start the Christmas festivities. 7pm refreshments for a 7.30pm concert start. Tickets are £10 available from Merriott Service Station, Broadway, Merriott; Crewkerne Information Centre, or contact 07870 404631 / 01460 76360, please book early to avoid disappointment.

The Black Ven Spoken Word and Acoustic Music open mic nights return to the Galley Cafe in Lyme Regis to get warm and cozy for the Winter on the third Saturday of the month. All welcome. Bring your ears and your songs, ballads, poems, story and acoustic music for a warm welcome and friendly reception. Sign up 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start £2 entry one and all. With Keian’s delicious home-made cakes, hot drinks and full bar available. blackvenpress@gmail.com.

Local Community Choirs Free Christmas Show Come and join local community choirs Meeting Voices & Langport Community Choir in Chard’s Guildhall at 7.30pm as they “Sing out for Christmas”. All in aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. This is a free performance with a short talk and simple retiring collection by members of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Mulled wine and mince pies in abundance. Joining in with the Choirs to guarantee a great time are performances by members of the much-loved local musical family The Farey’s and possibly even a proper Scottish Bagpipe rendition.

Near Ta Theatre – Christmas. Time 7pm Adult £8, Student/child £6, Family of four £25 Suits age 10+ Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? Join  them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films! The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Stompin’ Dave at Evershot Stompin’ Dave returns to Evershot Village Hall  Bring your dancing shoes for an eclectic night of top quality American roots. Dave has performed at bluegrass, blues, country, folk, rock n roll and old-time music festivals including some major festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, and Camp Bestival. At Evershot Dave will be unveiling an exciting new duo. Doors open at 7.30pm the music starts at 8pm. There will be licensed bar. Entry is £10 on the door, advanced tickets £8 are available via www.stompinstore.com.

 

Sat 15 Dec – Sun 6 January 2019

Snowman trail Seaton Wetlands. Take part in a self-guided trail looking for snowmen around the wetlands. Can you spot them all? A chance to win a snowman to take home! £2 per trail, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395517557.

 

Sunday 16 December

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Ottery St Mary. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 577891.

Purbeck Village Quire are performing in the acoustics of the Georgian courtroom at 1pm, Shire Hall, Dorchester. Tickets and info: £5 or free with an annual pass. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org.uk or call 01305 261849.

The Little Match Girl (The Last Baguette) 1.30pm & 4.30pm. £8 / £6 members & concessions / £25 family (max. 2 adults) Age guidance: 4+ Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. In this touching, madcap and heart-warming Christmas show, The Last Baguette use visual story-telling, live music and puppetry to shine a light on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter tale.

Follow that star! Walking Nativity procession through the streets of Chard at 2pm. Start at the Guildhall and walk around the town. Gifts of non-perishable food will go to the Chard Food Bank to help those in need.

Candlelit Carol Service 4pm  Jointly with St. Mary’s and St. Catherine’s Catholic Church – Mince Pies & Tea, St Swithun’s Church North Allington DT6 5DU. Free Parking.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 10.30pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop us an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

 

Monday 17 December

A Talk on “The Edwardian Christmas” by Yvonne Bell. Chard & Ilminster District U3A invites all U3A members, and retired visitors, all very welcome to a talk on “ The Edwardian Christmas” by the celebrated writer and broadcaster Yvonne Bell. Admission is free with tea and biscuits provided. Find out what the U3A is all about. The talk provides light on how the Edwardian’s celebrated this festive season. 2pm The Guildhall, 14 Fore St, Chard TA20 1PH. Early booking recommended. More info Tel 0146068629  Website https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster/home  Email: lewbat@outlook.com.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Axminster Guildhall doors open 7pm, eyes down 8pm.

 

Tuesday 18 December

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles Valleys around Cerne. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

Christmas carols and guided ramble 10am-1pm. Lift your spirits with Christmas carols and a guided ramble taking in the winter wildlife on Brownsea.   Finish your morning with some warming mince pies and mulled wine in our island church. Adult £25, child £12.50 . Also 20 December. Brownsea Island www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Poetry Walk at Thorncombe Woods 1.30pm – 2.30pm (Stepping into Nature) All welcome, but especially suitable for people with dementia and their carers, these gentle strolls look at the landscape using senses such as touch, sound and smells to enable those involved to discover the reserve. Meet Claire at the Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre (DT2 8QH). Call Claire on 01305 251228 for more information or to book. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for info.

RNLI Christmas Carols in the George, West Bay with a Grand Raffle from 7pm – 10pm.

 

Wednesday 19 December

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 7.5 mile circular walk from Beaminster. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 23424.

Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne meet for a fun and friendship lunch at Haselbury Mill TA18 7NY on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12noon for 12.30pm. Interesting speakers booked. Prospective new members are welcome to visit, advance booking required. Contact innerwheel@uwclub.net or 01460 63856.

Colyton & Colyford Memory Café Colyford Christmas Café in the Colyford Memorial Hall  from 2pm – 4pm. For more information ring Sue Whitell on 01297 599477. Members are welcome to attend sessions in both Colyton and Colyford – see first and third Wednesdays.

Christmas Bingo at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne at 2pm. Good Prizes, raffles and refreshments available. All welcome. 01460 74340.

Devonshire Association Axe Valley Branch: at 2.30pm. An illustrated talk by Colin Pady “Carthorses to Computers”. At the Pavillion, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road, Colyton EX24 5PU. Entrance donation £1 for DA members and £3 for non-members. Contact: Brian Denham 01297551529 or brian_denham@talktalk.net.

Angels Proclaim The Stanchester Quire Christmas Concert of carls and readings, collected from the South West of England, at St Mary’s Church, East Chinnock, BA22 9DR, at 7.30pm. Retiring collection. Details from 01935 864408 or leosca4@gmail.com.

Jurassic Folk 8pm – 10.30pm, Music and song for all to enjoy. Free admission for musicians, singers & spectators. Eyre Court, 2 Queen Street, Seaton, EX12 2NY. For further details call Adrian 01404 549903 or Mike 01404 43429 or www.jurassicfolk.co.uk.

 

Thursday 20 December

Chard Camera Club at the Baptist Church hall at 7.30pm. In-house completion on the subjects of ‘Close Up’ and two on an ‘Open’ subject. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or membership secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

Living Tree @ The Bull Hotel “Tabletop” games night with nibbles and drinks. A fun evening to round off the year. The Ostler Room, Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport. Refreshments provided, drinks etc available from main bar, relaxed evening, friends & family welcome. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Candlelit Carols for Choir and Congregation: Traditional service at Whitchurch Canonicorum Church 7pm.

Mad Dog McRea + support: Beans on Toast 8pm £16.50 in advance, £18 on the door (standing). Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. From self penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard! The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Thur 20 – Sat 22 December

Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn (Somerleigh Players) 7.30pm £12 / £10 members & concessions / limited exclusive premium seating options available, see website for prices and further details.Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Somerleigh Players guarantee festive fun. In the author’s own words: ‘a play about love and about how unfair it is. And success and failure. And jealousy and self-deception. And greed and envy and lust and gluttony. Just an average family Christmas’.

 

Friday 21 December

Winter solstice – Corfe Castle 7.15am – 9am. Experience the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins. Includes a hot drink and breakfast roll. Booking essential 0344 249 1895 £12. www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Otterton. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 266668.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group Members’ Christmas social – who knows what may happen. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers – Holly At Christmas 2018 26 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World! 7.30pm, £19 £18 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com. Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies! Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family.

Christmas Concert at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne The Phoenix Brass Band doors and Bar open at 7pm with concert starting at 7.45pm. Tickets £10 to include a glass of mulled wine and a mince.

Watkins & Swarbrick in concert Thorncombe Sports & Social Club, Horseshoe Lane, Thorncombe, nr Chard, TA20 4PS at 8pm. Bar, Pay what you think the performance was worth at the end. Booking Essential: 01305 837299 or songsfromthehalls234@gmail.com.

 

 

Fri 21 – Sat 22 December

Lost Lore (Lost Tale Theatre) Friday 7pm, Saturday 4pm & 7pm £12 / £10 members & concessions / £25 family (max. 2 adults) Dorchester Arts, Wolfeton Riding House, Wolfeton, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QN 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Using breath-taking sound design and enchanting animation, Lost Lore will transport you to a world of witches, princesses, tricksters and sorcery. Wrap up warm, bring along a blanket and gather around the fire for a spellbinding and unforgettable journey.

 

Until Sat 22 December

Present Makers 2018 A selling exhibition of beautifully-designed, contemporary gifts, at Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG). The exhibition showcases work in a diverse range of materials including textiles, prints, ceramics, furniture and jewellery, all perfect for Christmas. Contemporary craft from the South West. Free admission, donations welcome. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com.

 

Saturday 22 December

Free live music by Plum Jam 11am – 1pm A four-piece band playing semi-accoustic Swing, Retro Pop, Latin and Jazz. Get into the Christmas spirit by coming along and enjoying some foot-tapping music. Arts Café Bar. The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

The Snow Baby 2pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com. Deep in the remote snowy forest an icy wind blows and snowflakes fall from the sky. Doris and her Bear Man live on the jill, alone but happy. Wrapped up in a snowy smother, they are in love. But when the snowstorm comes, Doris’ Bear Man disappears! How will Doris survive by herself in a forest plagued with nothing but bad weather and a cloud of hungry crows? Soap Soup Theatre present The Snow Baby, a magical children’s theatre show with beautiful puppetry, imaginative storytelling and music that will give you goosebumps – a gentle show exploring family, love and loss, with lots of music, confetti and funny bits for the whole family to enjoy!

The Sheldon Singers 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church, Honiton. Christmas Concert including Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ and congregational carols with organ.  Accompanied by Katie McClaughry – Harp and Sean Tucker – Organ.  Tickets £10. Contact Mike on 01404 480136, or on the door.

 

Sunday 23 December

The Nutcracker screened live from the Bolshoi Ballet, at The Gateway, Seaton. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for this timeless story to enchant audiences of all ages, as Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. Licensed bar and refreshments. Doors open 2.30pm, screening starts 3pm. Tickets £15adv/£17.50 on door (if available) online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person at The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD.

 

Monday 24 December

Candlelit 1st Mass of Christmas 6pm St Swithun’s Church North Allington DT6 5DU. Free Parking.

 

Tuesday 25 December

Christmas Day Service 9.30am. St Swithun’s Church North Allington DT6 5DU. Free Parking.

 

Wednesday 26 December

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 10 mile circular walk from Salcombe Hill. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 22030.

 

Friday 28 December

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5.5 mile circular walk from Burleigh Salterton. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 07786 077407.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group Social meet-up. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

 

Saturday 29 December

Mary Anning Walks in Lyme Regis. See the landmarks of Lyme Regis’s most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of ‘the greatest fossil hunter ever known’. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils. The walk follows the old paths and streets of Lyme and is moderately difficult with some steep slopes and approximately 20 steps. Flat shoes and waterproofs are recommended. The duration of the walk is approximately an hour and a half. 1.30pm – 3pm Cost: £4 – £8. Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA 01297 443370 Book online: www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk/events/category/walks/mary-anning-walks/.

Ballroom & Sequence dancing in Sidmouth Dancing with Henry & Jeannie at the Stowford Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL (opp Waitrose) from 8pm – 11pm Ballroom, Latin and some sequence. £6 each pay on the door. 01803 325905 www.dancingduo.co.uk.

 

Sunday 30 December

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Wooton Hill. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 22030.

Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm If you think meditation means only silent navel gazing-think again! Toning is an ‘out loud’ form of meditation, energising the subtle body chakras by joyfully sounding the sacred Sanskrit (actually universal) vowel sounds. Overtoning,-learning to make audible the usually inaudible overtones present in any note you sing-is a form of sonic ‘magic’ associated with the sacred sound secrets of all esoteric traditions. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA .

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA 2pm – 4pm. Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.)  £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you.

 

Monday 31 December

New Year’s Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs at 8.15pm. Bring in 2019 in style with music and dance at The David Hall. Tickets: £17 includes a light supper. No concessions. Booking essential by Friday 14 December. No tickets available on the night. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.