Coast and Countryside Events

Saturday 21 December

The Sheldon Singers: Full three-part performance of Handel’s Messiah, with professional soloists and orchestra. Saturday 21 December, 6.30PM, St Paul’s Church, High Street, Honiton. Tickets £15 contact 01404 43805 or on the door

The Stanchester Quire will be performing their Christmas Carol concert, “We singers make bold”, at Limington Parish Church, near Yeovil, BA22, at 7:30pm. Admission £8 payable on the door.

To Drive The Cold Winter Away 6.30pm  Harp concert by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry at St Giles Church Kilmington. Tickets £12.00 to include mulled wine and stollen cake.Contact Anna Crabbe anna.crabbe@icloud.com / 01297 32777

 

Sunday 22 December

Santa Special at Yeovil Railway 10.30am – 4pm (check times and details on website) Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10.5 mile circular walk from Axminster. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 22030

 

Monday 23 December

Santa Special at Yeovil Railway 10.30am – 4pm (check times and details on website) Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

 

Tuesday 24 December

1st Mass of Christmas 6.00 pm, in St.Swithun’s Church, Allington Rd, Bridport. All welcome, Free parking

 

Friday 27 December

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Escot. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01392 873881

 

Saturday 28 December

Furleigh Wine Estate, Join us for a special Christmas Grand Tour of Furleigh Wine Estate, £25pp, 11am,  www.furleighestate.co.uk

 

Sunday 29 December

Mince PieSpecials at Yeovil Railway 10.30am – 4pm (check times and details on website) Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

Singing Bowl Soundbath 2pm-4pm post Xmas detox Oborne Village Hall DT9 4LA 01935389655 ahiahel@live.com www.centreforpuresound.org

Dorset Countryside Volunteers, 10:00 – 17:00. Post-Christmas scrub clearance with a bonfire to brew up at break times! New people welcome. Powerstock Common (West Dorset). See www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text/voicemail 07923-498760.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Sidford. 10.00 bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 512973

 

Tuesday 31 December

Woodland Wellbeing Walk with Stepping into Nature, 13.30 -14:30, Explore the seasonal changes in a woodland nature reserve on regular 50 minute strolls on all weather terrain. Hardys Birthplace, Thorncombe Woods, Dorchester. Contact Claire to book your place: 01305 251228 or C.Platten@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. www.stepin2nature.org

New Year’s Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs. 8.15pm. Bring in 2020 in style with music and dance at The David Hall in South Petherton. Tickets £17, includes a light supper, available from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. Booking essential by Friday 20 December.  No tickets available on the night.

 

Wednesday 1 January

The Lyme Regis Rotary Lunge , 1 p.m. , A Fancy dress Dip fundraising for The Dorchester Cancer Charity Appeal, Sandy beach the Cobb Lyme Regis, Contact 01297 443145

East Devon Ramblers 8 mile leisurely walk. 10.00am start.   Kilmington Contact  01395 260114

 

Until 2 January

Pop-up Vintage 10.00am-4.00pm, closed 25th & 26th December. We spend the year sourcing, cleaning, mending and up-cycling so that you don’t have to. We have toys, books, textiles, homeware and much more for a beautiful and totally-sustainable Christmas. The Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Tel. 01297-443579

Thursday 2 January

Wellbeing Walk at Radipole Lakes with Stepping into Nature, 11-12, Enjoy a gentle 45 minute to 1 hour walk at Radipole Nature Reserve. A chance to relax, chat, see (And hear!) some fabulous wildlife. Contact RSPB Radipole Lakes, Weymouth on 01305 778313. www.stepin2nature.org

West Dorset Ramblers Walk around Abbotsbury area. Starts 10:00am 6.5 miles/10.5 km. Contact 01300 320084

Chard History Group  A Talk “How South Somerset Immigrants Shaped South Australia” by Janet Seaton and Barry Winetrobe at 7.30pm. This illustrated Talk describes the fascinating and surprising story of how some 19th Century immigrants from Somerset had a major influence on the development of South Australia as a British colony and then as an Australian state. Phoenix Hotel upstairs in The Ball Room in Fore Street, Chard. Member£2, Guests £3. Contact information 01460 66165.

Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting at 7.30 pm in the Baptist church hall. Holyrood Street for it’s first meet of the New Year and will hold a Digitally Projected Image competition covering the subjects of ‘Science fiction’ ant two classes of ‘Open’ category. The judge for the evening will be Susanne Akerstrom. Further details can be obtained from the clubs official website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by ringing the club’s members secretary Joyce on 01460 66885.

 

Friday 3 January

West Dorset Ramblers Pub Walk in Hardy Country finish for lunch at the Wiseman Pub. Starts at 10:00am – 5 miles/8 km. Contact 01300 320346

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm, have a Members’ Evening – all welcome. With various talks, a quiz and buffet. (Tell Andy or Brian if you would like to give a talk). Non-members £2 at the door. Contact: 01935 477174. www.yalhs.org.uk

Dorset Wildlife Trust – Now and in the Future, 7:30pm – 9pm, Talk by Brian Bleese, director of development at the Trust, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ.,  www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

East Devon Ramblers 4.5mile leisurely walk.  10.00am Honition Golf Club. Contact 01404 549390.

 

Saturday 4 January

Celebrate Twelfth Night with entertainment by Tinker’s Cuss Band, and Poetry readings by local authors Bundle & Tony Weston.  Bridport Town Hall, 7.30pm.  Tickets £7.50 (members £6.50), to include seasonal food and drink.  Tickets/info from Sue Wilkinson, 01308 425037, in aid of Bridport Millennium Green.

Bridport Seed Potato Day, 10.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m., sale of many varieties of seed potato and other plants, refreshments available, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, contact Mandy Rathbone, manwell52@hotmail.co.uk with any questions.

At the end of the Christmas Season. St. Gabriel’s Strolling Players invite you look back at “A West Country Christmas”  with music, carols, readings, poetry – and Christmassy refreshments in the interval.. At  Bridport United Church at 6.00pm.   Tickets £5 from 01297 489658.  All proceeds divided between the United Church and the refurbishment of the Fortuneswell Cancer Ward at Dorchester Hospital.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Burton Bradstock 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

Bridport Ceilidhs, 7.30-11pm. The New Year starts with our old favourites, Jigs for Gigs, with Ray Goodswen calling. All welcome, no experience or partner needed; all dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as necessary. Bring & Share super and your own alcohol (the Woodman Inn is just opposite). St Mary’s Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW. £10 on the door, £9 if pre-booked with Monty on 01308 423 442 or email monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk. See www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress,com

Family Storytime with The Flying Monkeys. 11am. Stories told not showed for 3-8 year olds and their carers. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk

 

Sunday 5 January

Sunday Meditation 4-5pm. Mindful awareness, sacred sounds, the power of the spoken work and Stillness. The Chapel in the Garden Bridport DT6 3JJ. Contact 07884 191459 or 07973 529245. Also 19th.

Qi gong 2- 4.30pm drop in session, no experience necessary – energising and healing movement at the Quaker Meeting Hall, Bridport – contact dianabarnard1@googlemail.com or phone 07800717283. Also 19th.

East Devon Ramblers 8.5 miles moderate walk. 10.00am. Tipton St John Contact 01395 512973

 

Monday 6 January

Cooking Made Easy – Sidmouth 11am – 1pm A cooking demonstration and 2 course sit down lunch for anyone who wants to learn to cook delicious, nutritious meals on a budget. The Lymbourne Centre, Sidmouth  hannah@halff.org.uk kerry@halff.org.uk 01297 631794

Inspired by Archives with Stepping into Nature, 10:30 – 12:00, Explore the nature in the Dorset History Centres archives using photos, art, recordings and maps to unlock the stories past, present and future, Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RP, Maria 01305 221618 or maria.gayton@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk, www.stepin2nature.org

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Evening of social dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, Cost £1.50 tea or coffee included.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 42297; or Andrew on 01297 33461 or just come along.  www.chardscottishdancing.org

Scottish Country Dancing at Ashill. 7.30 to 9.30 pm . Learn steps, formations and dances , led by a fully qualified teacher in a relaxed and fun setting. Ashill village hall , just off the A358  Nr Ilminster. For more information comtact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com Also on 13th, 21st and 27th Jan.

Bridport Folk Dance Club. 7.30pm – 9.30pm WI Hall North St. Bridport. DT6 3JQ Gentle, sociable keep fit for the new year. Beginner and experienced dancers welcome (children must be accompanied

by an adult). Contact 01308 458 165

 

Tuesday 7 January

West Dorset Ramblers Walk Shute Hill Beacon, Woodhayne Lane, Trill, Isle of Man. Starts at 10:00am – 8.5 miles/13.7 km. Contact 01308 898484

Art & Archaeology with Chris Tripp. 7.30-8.30 pm. Start of 6 week course. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk

 

Wednesday 8 January

Cooking Made Easy Axminster 11am – 1pm A cooking demonstration and 2 course sit down lunch for anyone who wants to learn to cook delicious, nutritious meals on a budget. The Masonic Hall, Axminster hannah@halff.org.uk kerry@halff.org.uk 01297 631791

Folk Café at The Beehive   8pm Come along to sing or listen in the Beehive bar with our lovely folkie host, Sue King.  Free entry The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050

Axminster Historical Society Talk: A History of Shute House Bijan Omrani reveals the romantic and tempestuous history of Shute House and the families who lived there. The secret lives of the Victorian and Edwardian gentry who made Shute national news in the 19th century; an extraordinary story, partly forgotten and partly supressed. 7:30pm All Welcome, Membership £10 Non Members £2 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH

West Dorset Ramblers Walk Coast and cliff trails from Abbotsbury Swannery CP. Starts at 10:00am – 7 miles/11.3 km. Contact 01305 262681

Axe Valley Centre National Trust, Talk, Life Below Stairs by Dr Patrick Hoyte, Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Visitors welcome £2 Contact Membership Secretary 01297631801.

Sharing Stillness. 7.30-9.30pm. Listening to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and silent meditation. The Chapel in the Garden, Bridport, DT6 3JJ. Contact Nichola Motley 07884 191459. Also 22nd.

AVDCS Work Party 10.00 – 16.00 Trinity Hill LNR Meet at Reserve Car Park SY307959. Further details Donald Campbell 01297 552945

East Devon Ramblers 7.75 miles moderate walk. 10.00am. Bickleigh Mill. Contact 01884 32039

 

Thursday 9 January

Dorchester History Walk with Stepping into Nature, 10.30 – 12:00, Explore the history of a place using historic photographs to look at the past and find out what has, and has not changed over the past century. Booking essential. Contact Steph on 01305 224788 or stepin2nature@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. www.stepin2nature.org

Crewkerne Gardening Club invites you to a talk on “Arts and Crafts and Edwardian gardens” by Marion Dale. This will be held in the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm. Refreshments and a warm welcome to our 2020 programme! Visitors £2.50.  Members subs. are due please, £15.  Contact Rosemary Prince – 01460 74290.

Short Mat Bowls, 7.00pm, Beaminster Public Hall,Geoff 01308538971

Seaton garden club – meeting at 1430 in the masonic hall, queen street, Seaton. illustrated talk by Barry Henwood of butterfly conservation society entitled “Garden Moths”.  visitors welcome cost £2 to include refreshments.    Tel No 01297 24049 for further information.

Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (pine hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net

Paul Jones & Dave Kelly.  8pm. Two of the biggest names in British Blues music. A guitar, harmonica, two authentic, thrilling Blues voices and an envious repertoire of songs and reminiscences most musicians can only dream of. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £24 from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be meeting for their AGM at 7.30 pm at Chard Rugby Football Club Essex Close. Memberships will be renewed and new members wishing to join or make enquiries with a view to joining should make this meeting and will be made most welcome. Further enquiries can be made with the secretary of the group Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978

 

Friday 10 January

A fund raising music night for Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Doors 7.30pm. Featuring The Producers + Cobalt Blue. The Producers, one of the UKs top blues bands have won both the ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Blues band of the year’ awards and become a driving force on the UKs blues and blues-rock scene with their stunning live shows and instrumental prowess. They have travelled to Australia, New Zealand, the USA, the Bahamas and all over the UK and most of Europe, played at or headlined most of the major blues festivals in the UK, Ireland and Europe plus the Tauranga Jazz and Blues Festival in New Zealand, Freeport Blues Festival, the Bahamas and the Atlanta Blues Festival USA. Cobalt Blue are an acoustic trio with their own unique adaption of popular tunes. With a line up of Guitar, Squeezebox accordion and Upright Suitcase Bass (!!) their individual slant on songs from such diverse artists as Eric Clapton, McGuinness Flint, Paolo Nutini, Bryan Adams, Kylie Minogue, Stray Cats and Dr Feelgood to name but a few makes these guys really worth seeing in their own right. Perry St Club, Waterlake Rd, South Chard. TA20 2SU

Adv tickets £10 c/o the venue or online: www.mojopromo.co.uk.  Door £12

John Shillito & his Riviera Ramblers, 8pm, Hot Club de France style jazz, Tickets £16.Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN, 01460 54973, www.themeetinghouse.org.uk

Fish and Chip Friday – 12.30pm. Fish, chips, mushy peas and tartar sauce, followed by a fruity dessert. Non-members £8.75 / members £6.50. Booking required. The Henhayes Centre, South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Tel 01460 74340.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise.  2.15pm  Mecki Testroet (currently webmaster of the Living Tree website) will talk about what the LT website. Please bring tablets/laptops/phones. 2.30 – 4.00pm Karen Forrester-Jones offering M’Technique, touch therapy. 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

Sidmouth Canasta group, 7.30 p.m. Tuition given to new or returning players. Sidford Methodist Church EX10 9RL (free parking behind Spar) 01395 579856. 17, 24, 31st also

Food on Friday, 12 noon, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – two course lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee, £5.  Special diets can usually be catered for if requested in advance.  Disabled facilities, ample parking, lovely view.  Open to all ages; very friendly atmosphere, 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.

 

Saturday 11 January

Dorset Countryside Volunteers, 10:00 – 17:00. Scrub clearance with a bonfire to brew up at break times! New people welcome. Coneys Castle (West Dorset). See www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text/voicemail 07923-498760.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Seaton Down 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

Fun Quiz for C.R.Y. 7.30 pm Individuals are most welcome to make up teams of 4 or come as a team. £2.50 pp Tea, coffee & cake available. Raffle and all proceeds for Cardiac Risk in the Young ECG screening of 14-35 year olds. Book if possible Elaine 0146065909 or Jackie 07799113632 or Hillary & Bill. 0146061996

Village coffee break.10.30 till 12.00. Monthly coffee break with home made refreshments, log fire. Long Bredy Village Hall DT2 9HP. Contact 01308 482882

Martock Farmers Market, 10 to 1, 16 stalls, goat’s cheeses, cauliflowers, salads, coffee etc.  In the co-op precinct, North Street.  01935 822202.

West Dorset Group of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society, meeting Loders Village Hall, 2.00. ‘Mayflower 400  Who were the Pilgrim Fathers? Carrie Southwell and Donna Heys – Our Mayflower Ancestors’.  Carrie and Donna live locally and are looking forward to sharing their Mayflower ancestors with the society. The group AGM has moved to the February meeting. Members £1.50 and visitors £3.00, tea and biscuits included, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710  or email: jferentzi@aol.com

 

Sunday 12 January

Dorset Countryside Volunteers, 10:00 – 17:00. Scrub clearance with a bonfire to brew up at break times! New people welcome. Coneys Castle (West Dorset). See www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text/voicemail 07923-498760.

Allington Strings Winter Concert at 3pm. Pianist Jonathon Delbridge plays Mozart’s Coronation Concerto plus music by Beethoven, Webern and Bruch at Colfox Academy Bridport DT6 3DT

Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners. (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699 Facebook @seatondanceclub

South Somerset Ramblers. 11 mile walk via Poyntington & Corton Ridge. Meet Cadbury Castle CP (ST 632254) at 10 a.m. Details from Sue on 07807 224110. Bring a picnic.

 

Monday 13 January

Hawkchurch History Society is hosting a talk  “The Cropmarks of 2018 – the Aerial Archaeological Survey in Devon” given my Bill Horner. Hawkchurch Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments available. £5 non-members.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Evening of social dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, Cost £1.50 tea or coffee included.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 42297; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along www.chardscottishdancing.org.

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss 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 07855 340517 or just come along on the day. Also on 20th and 27th.

Bridport Folk Dance Club. 7.30pm – 9.30pm WI Hall North St. Bridport. DT6 3JQ Gentle, sociable keep fit for the new year. Beginner and experienced dancers welcome (children must be accompanied

by an adult). Contact 01308 458 165

Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild 2 pm. Kay Townsend with a talk entitled ‘Fairgrounds’ at Dorchester Community Church, Poundbury.  Visitors welcome £3.  Enquires 01305 832857.

 

Tuesday 14 January

Arts society Honiton ‘Persephone’s Isle: The Heritage of Sicily’ – Sue Rollin. Sicily has long been a crossroads between East and West. Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards have all ruled over the island and contributed to its rich cultural heritage. Sue works as a tour guide and lecturer in India and the Middle East. She was formerly lecturer in Assyriology and Ancient History at the Universities of London and Cambridge and has worked as an archaeologist. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ 2pm.

Chard Heart Hub 11am – 1pm A cooking demonstration for anyone living with, or at risk of, a diet related illness. The Crowshute Centre, Chard hannah@halff.org.uk kerry@halff.org.uk 01297 631791

Time for Tea and a Talk: ‘Eyes along The Coast’ Nick Cole tells us of the work of The Coast Reach Team. 2:00pm £3 Tea & cake served. For info or to book please call 01404 831207  The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH

West Dorset Ramblers Walk Environs of Dorchester. Starts at 10:00 – 7.5 miles/12.1 km. Contact 01308 898484

Charity Tea Dance 2.30p.m. Ballroom and Sequence dancing to strict tempo CD’s St Francis Hall Sidmouth EX10 9XH 01395 579856

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Bridport Hospital 2-4pm. Learn how to manage your hearing loss 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 07855 340517 or just come along on the day. Also on 21st and 28th.

Bridport History Society, United Church Hall, East St. Bridport, 2.30. Local historian Richard Sims will be talking about his new publication ‘Coker Canvas and Bridport’, copies of the book will be on sale. Still time to sign up for the years membership, £10 for singles, £15 for couples. Members £1 and visitors £4, tea and biscuits included, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email:  jferentzi@aol.com

Chard WI meeting at Chard Baptist Church Rooms, Holyrood Street TA20 2AH. Speaker on Family History Meeting starts 7.30. Guests and new members welcome. Call Madeleine on 01460 68495 or e-mail info.chardwi@gmail.com for more information. Meetings second Tuesday of each month.

 

Wednesday 15 January

Devonshire Association Meeting, 2.30pm, a talk by John Mather on the Blackdown Hills Geology and the Whetstone Mines. At the Pavilion, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road, Colyton EX24 5PU. Entrance: Donation £1 (DA Members), £3 (Non Members). For more details visit devonassoc.org.uk/events/category/branch-events/axevalley-branch-events/

Nordic Walking in the Vineyard, 11:15am, Accessible to all, so whilst this is a full body workout, you can set your own pace as you find your rhythm with the walking poles provided. Cost: £10 per person, Full details and booking at www.furleighestate.co.uk/events

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by David Brabner entitled “Video Highlights of 2017” 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.

West Dorset Ramblers Walk Circular Coastal Walk from Ringstead NT car park. Starts at 10:00am – 8 miles/12.9 km. Contact 01305 459315

Dorset Wildlife Trust Sherborne Group, 7.30pm, talk by Ian Williamson ‘Adventures in Tasmania’, Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL, cost £3.00.  Mary Howes 01935 872742

AVDCS Bird Watch, 10.00 – all day, Bird watch including Starling roost on Somerset Levels. With Rob Johnson. Meet RSPB Ham Wall car park ST449396. Contact Fran Sinclair 07804 835905 for car share.

Colyton & District Garden Society – talk ‘What’s Hot? What’s Not’ by Joy Michaud, Sea Spring Seeds. Colyford Memorial Hall 7.30pm.  Members free, guests £3. For information, call Sue Price on 01297 552362.

Chardstock Gardening Club 7.30pm. ‘Growing Beer’ – talk by Ben Richards who set himself the challenge of growing and collecting all the ingredients needed to brew a beer – on a previously unloved allotment…… Chardstock Community Hall, Westcombes, EX13 7BJ. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3 on the door; tea/coffee and biscuits included. Enquiries: 01460 221619.

Honiton U3A meeting at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton – 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. A talk by Brian Freeland entitled ‘A Trip on the River Charente. Henry IV described the River Charente as “the most beautiful river in my kingdom”, but it was always much more than that. Discover the river’s history!  Members Free/Visitors – £2.00 donation. More details at https://u3asites.org.uk/honiton

 

Thursday 16 January

Wellbeing Walk at Radipole Lakes with Stepping into Nature, 11-12, Enjoy a gentle 45 minute to 1 hour walk at Radipole Nature Reserve. A chance to relax, chat, see (And hear!) some fabulous wildlife. Contact RSPB Radipole Lakes, Weymouth on 01305 778313. www.stepin2nature.org

The Arts Society West Dorset. ‘Gustav Klimt and the Viennese Secession 1900’.  Bridport Town Hall 2.30. Details: 01308 485487.

Short Mat Bowls, 7.00pm, Beaminster Public Hall, Geoff 01308538971

Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (pine hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net

Illustrated talk, 7.30pm, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – local author Anne Mosscrop will recount memories of an early holiday: ‘A Scandinavian Camping Adventure’’, complete with humorous anecdotes.   All welcome; £5 includes cheese & wine.  For further information phone Mary (01460 74849).

Poems to Save Your Life – The Role of Poetry in Health; A talk by Ellie Sturrock and Trevor Pearce. 3 pm  Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk

Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting at 7.30 pm in the Baptist Church hall Holyrood Street for an evening of entertainment when Mr Brian Northmore gives those assembled a talk on ‘Black and white landscape photography’. Further details on the matter of any other aspect of the club can be pulled from the very informative website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by giving the membership secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885 or by calling in at any one of their meetings.

 

Friday 17 January

Chef’s Special Lunch – 12.30pm. Fruit juice upon arrival, Roast gammon followed by pineapple upside down cake. Tea / coffee and a chocolate to finish. Non-members £9.50 / members £8.00, Booking required. The Henhayes Centre, South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Tel 01460 74340.

West Dorset Ramblers Walk Around the Uplyme area at a slower pace. Starts at 10:30am – 4 miles/6.4 km. Finish at Black Dog Tearooms. Contact 01308 424668

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 12.45pm Mindfulness session. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise. 2.15pm Julia Williams will be suggesting and showing some hand reflexology to assist year-round wellbeing. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session – 3.15pm Rising Voices – Singing with Jane. 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

Spiral Centre Way Forward Meeting at the Spiral Sanctuary at Combe Farm, Axmouth EX12 4AU at 7pm

Come and join us for our annual social evening (with refreshments) to find out more about the Spiral Centre and discuss ideas for our upcoming programme of events. Please contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for further information.

Murder in the Bunker by Vince Jones and James Cuthill. 7pm. It is the 1956 Annual Dinner of the Dorchester Preservation Society at Shire Hall.  The guest speaker is property developer Gerald Chillingdon, set to outline his plans for a new estate built on Dorchester’s beautiful water meadows.  An evening of honest conversation, spirited debate, thoughtful discussion – and murder mystery! £20 includes welcome drink, light dinner- and murder! Proceeds from the evening go to Dorchester Arts and Shire Hall. Tickets can be booked via http://bit.ly/MurderInTheBunker.

Richard Huish College Music Gig.  5.30pm – 9pm. Richard Huish College students will provide an evening of quality, upbeat entertainment from a range of student performers going solo or teaming up as a band. Tickets include a snack, and more will be available to buy. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £6 Adults, £3 for Under 12s, Children under 5 free.  Available from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

East Devon Ramblers 4.5miles leisurely walk. 10.00am. Colyton. Contact 07710 160903

 

Saturday 18 January

Swing Dance with The Swing Commanders, 7:30 for 8pm, Great live music for swing dancers in a superb large ballroom, Tickets £16, Westlands Ballroom Yeovil, www.westlandsyeovil.co.uk.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Smallridge 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

A Somerset Wassail Evening 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm Take part in the ancient Wassail custom and enjoy an evening of music and dancing! Join local ceilidh band Rapscallion and Master of Ceremonies, Les Davies, who will crown the Wassail King or Queen. The ceremony takes place in the museum’s 14th-century Abbey Barn, and around the oldest apple tree in the orchard. Sponsored by Hecks Farmhouse Cider of Street.  Tickets £12 adults/£8 children via SRLM.ORG.UK Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 8DB

The Tuckers Jazz Club Louise Parker & The Martin Jenkins Trio The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, EX13 7EG.  Near Axminster, (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Tickets £10   Info. at  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk   01404 831 280 : 07999 553477

AVDCS Work Party 10.00 – 16.00 Trinity Hill LNR. Meet at Reserve Car Park SY307959. Further details Donald Campbell 01297 552945

Snowman Drive with a Pudding, Blackdown Village Hall.(DT8 3LE)   7.00pm for 7.30pm. All welcome. For further details contact Philip 01460 30661/30517.

 

Sunday 19 January

Divine Union Soundbath 2pm – 4pm crystal and tibetan bowls for deep relaxation/detox, The Scout Hall, Redcotts Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1JX www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655

Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners. (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699 Facebook @seatondanceclub

ShelterBox Tea Dance 2.30p.m. Ballroom,Latin and sequence dancing on the best floor in East Devon; Stowford Centre(opp Waitrose) Sidmouth EX10 9YL 01395 579856

Rock The Tots – Gigs for little people….. and their grown-ups! 2pm. Rock The Tots will be presenting a fun and fabulous music event for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, and their adults. Well-known Pop and Rock covers, performed by a live guitarist with puppets, percussion and stories included. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £6 per person from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

South Somerset Ramblers. 12 mile walk via Buckland Newton and Cerne Abbas. Meet Minterne Magna CP (ST 659043) at 10 a.m. Details from Peter on 01935 389348. Bring a picnic.

East Devon Ramblers 9.5 miles moderate walk. 10.00am. Bridport. Contact 01308 456463

 

Monday 20 January

Musbury Garden Club A talk by Pam Simpson on “Dutch flower painters’’. Pam  is an Art and Design Historian, who has worked in London art schools for 30 years, including the Royal College of Art, 20 of those years at Middlesex University.  She lives in West Dorset and is currently Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University and at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She teaches short courses and study days in Bridport and in Lyme Regis. Doors to Musbury Village Hall, EX13 8AJ open for refreshments at 7p.m. before the talk at 7.30p.m. Members: £1.50. Non-members very welcome: £2.50.

Inspired by Archives with Stepping into Nature, 10:30 – 12:00, Explore the nature in the Dorset History Centres archives using photos, art, recordings and maps to unlock the stories past, present and future, Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RP, Maria 01305 221618, maria.gayton@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk, www.stepin2nature.org

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Evening of social dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, Cost £1.50 tea or coffee included.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 42297; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along www.chardscottishdancing.org

Chard, Ilminster & District U3A will hold an Open meeting in The Guildhall, Chard at 2.00 pm with a talk entitled “On the Fiddle” Jane Norman will play us a range of instruments to illustrate her talk on the development of the fiddle and violin through the ages. Admission free to members and retired visitors. Further information 01460 68629 or our website https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster.

Bridport Folk Dance Club. 7.30pm – 9.30pm WI Hall North St. Bridport. DT6 3JQ Gentle, sociable keep fit for the new year. Beginner and experienced dancers welcome (children must be accompanied

by an adult). Contact 01308 458 165

 

Tuesday 21 January

Beaminster Museum Winter Talk, 2.30 pm.  John Smith will give a talk Battle of Britain over Dorset.   To celebrate 80 year anniversary of  the battle of Britain, this specially researched talk discusses the role Dorset played in its victory. Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, DT8 3NB.     Info@beaminstermuseum.co.uk

 

Wednesday 22 January

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society talk. 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall. Cultivating Beauty and Function within the organic kitchen garden by Will Livingstone, formerly head gardener at River Cottage.

Maiden Newton Art Group 1.30 – 4.30pm. As one of our Spring workshops this weekly Wednesday afternoon group are holding an Open Lecture with Pamela Simpson on ‘Winter – an exploration through Art’, looking at Frost Fairs, Dutch 16th-17th c. painting, including Avercamp, and Breughal and Japanese winter paintings, plus the Impressionists view of Winter sunshine, photographs of Paris in the snow by Lee Miller and the sculpture of Andy Goldsworthy and Helen Chadwick. Maiden Newton Village Hall DT2 0AE. Non-members welcome to join us for £5 to include homemade cake and refreshments at the interval.

Horticultural Society Drimpton.  Quiz and Food. 7pm.  Entertaining quiz complemented with local food . Tables of 4.   £8. Drimpton Village Hall DT8 3RF.    To book tel 01308  867694

South Petherton Local History Group hosts Jane de Gruchy describing the varied lives of “Somerset Women”, from the archives of Somerset Heritage Centre. At 7.30pm, Methodist Church Hall, Palmer Street, TA13 5DB. Visitors welcome, £3 on the door.

 

Thursday 23 January

Community Coffee Morning, 10:30am – 12:00pm at West Bay Discovery Centre, West Bay. Cup of tea, coffee and biscuits for £1. Further details http://www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk/

West Dorset Ramblers Walk In circles around Golden Cap. Starts at 10:00am – 9.4 miles/15.1 km. Contact 01308 424512

Short Mat Bowls, 7.00pm, Beaminster Public Hall, Geoff 01308 538971

Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (pine hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net

Sidmouth Ballroom Dancing Club, 8p.m. Couples of all abilities welcome. St Francis Hall, EX10 9XH 01395 579856. 30th also.

Community Coffee Morning, 10am – noon, in Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  There will be a raffle, and a cake stall/’bring & buy’ with home-made items, produce etc.  Croissants & bacon rolls will also be served.  Do come and join us, for an opportunity to meet friends & neighbours – or get to know new people.  Local or not, you can be sure of a warm welcome in Clapton.  More details from Julia (01460 72769).

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild, 6.30, Talk On Energy Use by Louise Evans, Crowshute Centre Chard, Contact 01460 62722.

SouthDorset RSPB Group will hold a meeting at 7-15 pm in Committee room 1, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. The speakers will be Steve and Julie Trewella “in the company of Seahorses” Admission £3-0 members, £4-0 visitors to include coffee and biscuits

 

Friday 24 January

Castle players presents Macbeth – the pantomime, 730, fantastic fun original pantomime, Lytchett Matravers Village Hall, castleplayers.com

Seaton Heart Hub 11am – 1pm A cooking demonstration for anyone living with, or at risk of, a diet related illness. The Marshlands Centre, Seaton hannah@halff.org.uk kerry@halff.org.uk 01297 631785

Lucy Bell presents Laminated   7.30pm Live on stage. “Lucy Bell’s Laminated explores the impact of having a high-needs child on a marriage in this warm and funny conversational one-woman show.” Age 12+   £10 The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050

Three of the Very Best, 8pm, award-winning mainstream jazz from Ben Cummings, Martin Dale and Dominic Ashworth + the Craig Milverton Trio, Tickets £20, Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN, 01460 54973, www.themeetinghouse.org.uk

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise. 2.15pm Talk about the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session Anne Escott offering Foot Massages. 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

Patagonia, a South American wilderness. 7.30pm Local wildlife enthusiasts Lynn & Steve Osborne will take us on a visual journey to Southern Argentina & Chile. Parish Hall, North St. Ilminster TA19 0DG Enquiries, Valerie 01460 234551

 

Saturday 25 January

The New Elizabethan Singers perform two popular and joyous works of the 18th Century. Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ was written for a five part choir, five soloists and, for its time, a large orchestra. It was composed originally to form part of the evening service (Vespers) but in no way lulls those listening towards peaceful sleep. Similarly, Mozart’s ‘Solemn Vespers’ is solemn only in the sense that it is accompanied by an orchestra rather than an organ. It’s Mozart’s setting of five Psalms and his version of Magnificat.

The concert takes place in St. Mary’s Church, Bridport, starting at 7pm and the choir is joined by an orchestra and professional soloists. Admission is £12, (under 18s free). Tickets are available from Goadsby Estate Agents in Bridport.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers, 10:00 – 17:00. Coppicing with a bonfire to brew up at break times! New people welcome to learn this traditional skill. Powerstock Common (West Dorset). See www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text/voicemail 07923-498760.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Colyton10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

Henhayes Big Breakfast – 10am – 12 noon. Egg, bacon, tomato/beans, toast and tea/coffee. Only £4.50! Extras 50p each including black pudding, mushrooms & hash browns. Vegetarian options are also available. The Henhayes Centre, South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Tel 01460 74340.

Steve Knightley: Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs.  8pm. Following the success of last year’s intimate one-man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £19 from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

Sooouper Saturday  12 noon – 2 p.m.   Delicious home-made soup with a sandwich at Holy Trinity Church, Bothenhampton.  Ro Windsor 01308 459259

 

Sunday 26 January

Dorset Countryside Volunteers, 10:00 – 17:00. Coppicing with a bonfire to brew up at break times! New people welcome to learn this traditional skill. Powerstock Common (West Dorset). See www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text/voicemail 07923-498760.

Allington Strings Winter Concert at 3pm. Pianist Jonathon Delbridge plays Mozart’s Coronation Concerto plus music by Beethoven, Webern and Bruch at All Saints Church, Church St, Merriott TA16 5PS

Divine Union Soundbath  2pm-4pm crystal and tibetan bowls for deep relaxation/detox, Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA  www.centreforpuresound.org ahaiahel@live.com 01935 389655

Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners. (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699 Facebook @seatondanceclub

Acoustic Night. 7.30pm – 11pm. 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. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

South Somerset Ramblers. 10 mile walk via Over Compton and Sherborne. Meet at Trench Church (ST 590186) at 10 a.m. Details from Peter on 01935 429477. Bring a picnic.

East Devon Ramblers 11 miles moderate walk. 10.00am Harpford Contact 01395 578699

 

Monday 27 January

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Evening of social dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, Cost £1.50 tea or coffee included.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 42297; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along www.chardscottishdancing.org

AVDCS Work Party 10.00 – 16.00. Laurel clearance at Pinhay (Undercliffs) Meet at grassy triangle above Pinhay House SY316913. Further details Donald Campbell 01297 552945.

Bridport Folk Dance Club. 7.30pm – 9.30pm WI Hall North St. Bridport. DT6 3JQ Gentle, sociable keep fit for the new year with visiting Band and caller. Beginner and experienced dancers welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Contact 01308 458 165

 

Tuesday 28 January

U3A Monthly Talk The U3A (University of the Third Age) offers a wide variety of general interest groups for retired, and semi retired people in Bridport and the surrounding areas. 2pm in Bridport United Church Hall in East Street. The cost to non members for each talk is £2. Further Information can be found at www.u3asites.org.uk/bridport. Dr Keith Hooper presents a talk entitled ‘Faith, Angels and the Poor’ from his biography of Charles Dickens.

Seaton Cooking For One 11am – 1pm A cooking demonstration and taster for anyone who wants to learn to cook delicious, nutritious meals on a budget. The Marshlands Centre, Seaton hannah@halff.org.uk kerry@halff.org.uk 01297 631788

West Dorset Ramblers Walk Portland Circular. Starts at 10:00am – 8 miles/12.9 km. Contact 01308 423927

Charity Tea Dance 2.30p.m. Ballroom and sequence dancing to strict tempo CD’s All Saints Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES 01395 517122

Merriott Gardening Club Time: 7.30pm : Dr Francis Burroughes -a talk about the Victorian Head Gardener and his life on a Victorian country estate. Location: Tithe Barn, Church Street, Merriott – non-members £2 at the door. Contact: Barbara on 01460-72298

Parish Boundaries around Yeovil by Jim Hart, 7 for 7.30 pm, at Martock Primary School, TA12 6EF.  01935 822202.

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society lecture,7.30pm,”Weymouth to the Channel Islands” by Brian Jackson,the Dorset Room, Colliton House,Colliton Park,Dorchester.01308 422054/01935813598.

 

Wednesday 29 January

Health MOT. Free check up with LiveWell Dorset. 9am -4pm. Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk

Coffee Morning. 10am-12noon. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Free Entry.

 

Thursday 30 January

West Dorset Ramblers Walk Hardy Country Hike. Starts at 10:00am – 8 miles/12.9 km. Contact 01308 423346

Short Mat Bowls, 7.00pm, Beaminster Public Hall, Geoff 01308 538971

Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (pine hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net

Goldilocks, 7.30pm, a panto whodunnit with bears and gnomes, All Saints village hall, nr. Axminster, EX13 7LX, www.aspc.org.uk/pantomime-society. Also 31st and Feb 1st.

 

Friday 31 January

Flying Folk, 7.30pm, an evening of folk music hosted by Jemima Farey, Tickets £15, Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN, 01460 54973, www.themeetinghouse.org.uk

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise.  2.15pm Art with Libby.  2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session to be confirmed. 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

Quiz, 6.30/7.00 pm, teams maximum 6, individuals welcome, hot supper, prizes, raffle, 50/50, £8.00 per person. Fund-raiser for defibrillator. Misterton village hall. Information / tickets from Phil 01460-73815.