Coast and Countryside Events

Tue 31 Oct – Sat 11 November

Fire at the Clarence A new community play by Mark Carey. Celebrating the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire. This new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel. Also showing on 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 November 7.30pm and 2pm on 11 November. Tickets £10 (£8 child / £30 family ticket). Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 01392 277189/665885 www.cygnetthreatre.co.uk.

 

Wednesday 1 November

West Dorset Ramblers 7 mile Uplyme and down Lyme walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 631130.

Soup & Sweet at The Woodmead Hall Lyme Regis 12noon – 2pm in aid of the British Red Cross £ 5 for two courses, booking not required.

Colyton, Colyford & District Memory Café 2pm – 4pm in St John Hall, King St, Colyton, preceded by the AGM at 1.15pm. We offer a time of friendship and support to those experiencing memory problems, enhanced with social activities and refreshments. Ring Sue on 01297 599477 for more information.

Tudor Bakers An Illustrated talk by Dr Kate Osborne giving an amazing insight into the busy working lives of over 70 of Exeter’s Tudor bakers; their businesses, family connections, homes and the issues that affected daily life. Axminster Historical Society, 7.30pm The Bradshaw Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH All welcome.

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Salwayash Village Hall. Evening of Social Dancing 7.30pm – 10pm. Cost £2 including tea or coffee and cake.

Sidmouth Photographic Club All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 – Email www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk. 7.30pm  –Speaker Christopher Marsham “The Finished Image” with Lightroom and Nik/Topaz, filters.

The Book of Darkness and Light (LittleMighty) Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm), £12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5. (Age guidance 14+) Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Three chilling tales. Two ghostly performers. One thrilling night. Legend has it that many years ago a book of terrifying tales was found. Now, you are invited to discover the secrets of The Book of Darkness & Light… if you dare!

Chocoholics Evening 8pm at Whitelackington Hall (TA19 0JG) A range of chocolates suitable for adults & children, prices start at 20p – Free entry.

Bridport Camera Club Talk by Andy Beel FRPS – The Monochrome Print. Practical advice on how to get the feel of the darkroom in digital prints, using Photoshop and Lightroom to create stunning black & white prints. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561.

 

Thursday 2 November

Free Cooking Demonstrations for Heart & Diabetes with HALFF 11am – 1pm (Health and Local Food for Families).  Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking and covering nutritional advice for people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. At Crowshute House, Crowshute Link, Chard, TA20 2EZ. No need to book, just turn up, it’s free.  Chat, learn, eat. Call Nikki on 01297 631782, email nikki@halff.org.uk or go to www.halff.org.uk for more information.

Tatworth Flower Club 1.30pm for 2pm at Tatworth memorial hall TA20 2QW. Floral Demonstration Titled Christmas Designs by Jackie Nicholls. Homemade cakes Visitors very welcome entry £5. Further information 01297 33924.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ Roger Gould gives a talk on The History of Goulds. Contact 01305 261676 or 785546 for further information.

Friends of Lyme Regis Museum Talk ‘Dr Erasmus Darwin and the Lunar Men’ by David Croman. Erasmus was the grandfather of Charles Darwin; physician, inventor and, with Josiah Wedgwood and James Watt, a pioneer of the Industrial Revolution. 2.30pm at Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. Entry is £2 for Friends of Lyme Regis Museum & £3 for non-members. David Cox 01297 443156.

National Trust South Dorset Association The Origins of Genius : Edward Elgar and his Birthplace” by James Grasby, NT Curator 2.30pm at Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3GW. NTSDA members £3 Non – NTSDA members  £4 incl.tea/biscuits  01300 321601 geoffwrench@lineone.net.

 Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society ‘Iris through the year’, a talk by Clive Russell.                                                                                                                     St. Nicholas Primary School, Dorchester Road, Broadwey, Weymouth starting at 7.30pm. Details from 01305 814887 or www.budhs.org.uk.

Lyme Voices Community Choir practises from 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist Church, pine hall, Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Contact Pete Linnett 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net. Also 9, 16, 23, 30.

West Dorset Circle Dance Group Every Thursday 8pm Shipton Gorge Village Hall. A friendly group of dancers who meet for two hours at Shipton Gorge Village Hall. Dancers of all ages and abilities, including absolute beginners, are warmly invited to join in. No partner is necessary. No need to book just turn up.

Sidmouth Ballroom Dancing Club meets each Thursday 8pm – 10pm at St Francis Hall EX10 9XH for dance practise in a friendly environment. Visitors always welcome £4 per couple 01395 579856.

Chard Camera Club Baptist church hall, Holyrood street at 7.30pm.

Backgammon and Chess Club and 16 Nov 7pm – 9pm Free (every other Thursday evening). Regular Thursday evenings of Backgammon and Chess in the cafe. Come along and have a game. If you have a backgammon or chess set bring it along – if you haven’t then come anyway! It’s for fun! All welcome Beginner or expert. Contact a.j.adhamy@hotmail.co.uk. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Harvest supper & stories at Furleigh Estate Vineyard at 7.30pm. Celebrating the end of harvest with story teller Martin Maudsley & fiddle player Fiona Barrow. Gather around the fire for tales of wine, the West Country and things that go bump in the night! Ticket are £25 and include a hearty two course supper with a glass of wine. Visit website to book: www.furleighestate.co.uk/events or call for more details: 01308 488 991. Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, DT6 5JF.

Northern Harmony Concert & Workshop High E St, Dorchester DT1 1XA Workshop 6pm – 7pm, tickets £8 / £6 members & concessions. Concert 7.30pm, tickets £12 / £10 members & concessions. Combined workshop & concert tickets, £18 / £14Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Based in Vermont USA, Northern Harmony’s brilliant young singers have won a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of harmony singing styles from across the globe. A pre-concert workshop will teach a selection of South African songs and dances, contemporary American shape-note songs, and songs from Georgia and the Balkans.

Gravity Drive 8pm. An independent harmony driven alternative pop band fronted by husband and wife Elijah & Ava Wolf. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

 

Friday 3 November

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 1pm Rising Voices with Jane. 2pm Rachel Oaten, Kitson & Trotman solicitors. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Sidmouth Canasta Group meets at Sidford Methodist Church each Friday at 7.30pm (novices welcome) Free parking available behind Spar opposite.More information 01395 579856.

Dorset Wildlife Trust – West Dorset Group “Rediscovering God’s Acre – the wildlife of churchyards” – an illustrated talk by Barry Welch, DWT Trustee. 7.30pm, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, DT6 3LJ. All welcome: members £2; non-members £3, inc. refreshments 01308 423442 .

An Evening with the West Bay Fishermen 6pm, The Marsh Barn Restaurant, DT6 4PS Bridport. A presentation of the new book ‘Seabird’ by Damian Bird and a talk about the Marine Protected Area and sustainable fishing, by David Sales. Bar selling wine, beer and soft drinks. ‘Seabird’ will be available to purchase.

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have an interesting talk ‘Archaeology of Stone Quarrying’ the Speaker is Peter Stanier. Guests £2 at the Door.

A Way with Words Celebrate the wonder of words, spoken and sung. Contributions from local writers (of all ages) on the theme of TIME welcome. 6.45pm for 7pm. £5 (payable on the door). Contact Angela Huskisson for more details 01460 221138.

Wild East Devon Nightwalk at Holyford Woods, 7pm – 9pm, Holyford Woods nr Colyford, Meet at Seaton Tower picnic area near Seaton Tower Services, Nearest Postcode EX12 2TH. Experience the wood after dark. Search for owls and look for stars as you discover the science behind your night vision. Wrap up warm, wear wellies or boots and bring a torch just in case. Finish with a hot chocolate in the woods. Minimum 8years old. Booking required, £5 per person. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk.

Rediscovering God’s Acre the wildlife of churchyards. An illustrated talk by Barry Welch, a trustee of Dorset Wildlife Trust. Starts 7.30pm at Bridport United Church hall, East Street, Bridport. Donation suggested £2 (£3 non-members), includes refreshments. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Andrew Lawrence 8pm. Double Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated stand-up and subject of 2016 Sky Arts documentary The Outcast Comic, pokes fun at liberal pretensions and the horrors of parenthood. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Morgan & West: Time-Travelling Magicians Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm), £12 / £10 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 Family friendly 7+

Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Witness these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. Also at Bridport Arts Centre.

Jamie Smith’s MABON 8pm. One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Celtic Roots music bands based in Britain today, Jamie Smith’s MABON have built their reputation on exhilarating live performances and deftly worked recordings. Stand by for infectious, life-affirming music by the spade full! Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

 

Saturday 4 November

Big Breakfast at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 9am – 11.30am full English breakfast (£6), including fruit juice + unlimited toast & coffee/tea in a friendly setting with a lovely view. All welcome. Further information from Adrienne 01460 75313 or Sheralyn 01460 74654.

Craft Fair – A Support The David Hall Event 9.30am – 12.30pm. Enjoy a relaxing morning wandering around the delightful stalls of our craft producers. Find   a ‘one of a kind’ art work, great for that special Christmas present, or a treat for yourself. Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Charity Christmas Cards & Gifts at Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, TA19 0AN  9.30am – 1pm. Contact 01460 53228 for details.

Hedge walk and seed collecting 10am – 12noon, Younghayes Community Centre, Cranbrook, EX5 7DR Celebrate Hedge Week! Walk to gather seeds from hedges in Cranbrook then head back to Younghayes to plant them and take them home to grow. No booking required, a free event. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk . Wild East Devon event.

Axminster Art Society An all-day Pen and Wash workshop by Terry Whitworth 10am – 4pm in All Saints Village Hall. Contact D. Pollard  01297 32876.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk.  Charmouth & Lyme Regis. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome.Please call 01308 898002.

Axminster Wood Turners are hosting Mark Sanger an acclaimed national wood turner at Woodbury Community Hall. He is demonstrating his skills between 10am – 1pm. All are welcome, free tea and coffee throughout the morning. There will be a £5 charge for non members at the door which would be refunded if you decided to become a member. Now is a good time to join, it is the beginning of our year and all our in house training starts up in the new year. All levels catered for in a friendly little club that punches well above its weight. Contact Barrie Golding on 01884841162 or www.axminsterwoodturners.com.

The Beehive Craft Fair 10am – 3pm Free. The Beehive Gift and Craft fair is back! Whether you’re looking for that special gift or a little extra food item, there is something for everyone at the Craft Fair. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

What’s that bird? 11am – 1pm, Tower hide at Seaton Wetlands. Whatever your level of experience come and learn more about the birds found at Seaton Wetlands. A free event, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk.  Wild East Devon event.

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Assoc presents a talk by Pam White (NT Corfe Castle): Mediaeval Masons and Tumbling Towers, at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm, £3 / £5 (includes tea and biscuits). www.BVYNTassoc.wordpress.com. A translation from the Latin of the Exchequers Accounts of Edward I has given us quite detailed information about the castle build from 1280 – 94. This, together with the access afforded by the recent conservation work, has fuelled our curiosity about both the castle build and subsequent ‘home improvements’.  It’s an exciting time to be involved with such an iconic building.

Abbotsbury Beachcombers Bonfire & Fireworks at The Swan Inn, Abbotsbury from 6 pm.

Barbecue and Mulled Wine, plus stalls.

West Dorset Mencap Tea Party at Walditch village hall, 3pm – 5pm. Bothenhampton Knit and Natter, raffle, crafts and book stall. All funds that are raised will be used to support people living in West Dorset with a learning disability.

Bridport Ceilidhs welcomes caller Jeremy Child with Chris Jewell providing the live music for a night featuring mainly Contra and American style dances. Come along to Church House (St Mary’s) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW, doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm – 11pm dance. Bring and Share finger food supper. Bring your own beer/wine (some soft drinks provided) and make a party of it. Tickets £9 on the door, or in advance at £8 from “The Music Shop”, South Street, “The Lime Tree” Deli, West Street, or 01308 423 442 monty3dayslate@yahoo.co.uk. www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com.

Jane Eyre: An Autobiography (Dyad Productions) Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm), £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage – under its full title – by writer/director Elton Townend Jones. Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane – and several other characters – in this intimate study of love’s realities.

Northern Harmony return from Vermont at Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, 7.30pm (Doors open at 7pm). Book early for this sell out feast of harmony singing from around the world. Tickets £9 (U18:£7) from the self service box office at The Charmouth Practice Tel: 01297 560948 for information. Bar and Raffle. Proceeds to the hall.

Ben Jordan 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£8 Under 18/NUS). Ben’s songs range from intimate ballad to high energy foot stomper and everywhere in between. His solo shows are part comedy, part travelogue and always a hair’s breadth from careening off the road.  His communication and rapport with the audience is a rare and often hilarious thing to see. Cygnet Theatre, Friars’ Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Halloween Disco – A Support The David Hall Event.  7.30pm It’s the time when the witches, ghouls and ghosts come out to ‘strut your funky stuff’ or ‘shake yer bootie’. Prize for the Best Fancy Dress Costume!  Tickets: £5. No Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Sunday 5 November
Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing Westonbirt Arboretum. Coach leaves Uplyme VH at 9am. Cost £22 total for coach, admission, Guided tour and access to the treetop walkway. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book. Visitors are welcome for an extra charge of £3.

Classical Chamber Music Concert Ensemble Hesperi, a recorder and harpsichord duo will play Baroque music by composers who travelled between Scotland, Italy and London. 3pm – 5pm at Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, tickets for the autumn concerts are £13 at the door, subscriptions available www.weymouthmusic.org.

Piano Pyrotechnics 3.30pm – 4.45pm with Andrew Millington and David Davies on two grand pianos+ a few organ pipes. A ticketed event, U18 free, tickets available from 1st October at £10 – Paragon Bookshop 01395 524516 Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8UJ 01395516825, 07866312037.

Bonfire Night at Cloakham Lawn Sports Centre Chard Road Axminster EX13 5HW. Gate opens 4.30pm, Bonfire Lit 5.30pm and Fireworks start at 6pm. Herbert’s Fun Fair present. Bar and food available: BBQ, Candy Floss and sweet stands. Raffle. Pay on gate: Adult £5, Children 6 years and above £3 and under 5 years free. Evening sponsored by Bovis. Further details on Club’s Facebook and 07903 102227.

Jazz Lounge 8pm. Philip Clouts on piano accompanied by Maggie Reeday with her perfect vocal style and songs that have become known as the Great American Songbook. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

 

 

Sunday 5 – Sunday 12 November

Bridport Literary Festival Event information and tickets visit Bridlit.com. Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk. Tickets also available Bridport TIC: 01308 424 901.

 

Monday 6 November

Bird ringing demonstration 9am, Discovery hut at Seaton Wetlands. A rare chance to see birds up close as they are ringed for monitoring purposes. A free event, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Wild East Devon event.

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. Also on 13, 20 and 27.

Seated tai chi and a cuppa at the Senior Citizens Centre, Church Street, Axminster, EX13 5AQ from 10.30am – 12noon. This event is suitable for all, particularly those with limited mobility. This is an opportunity to find out how adaptable and enjoyable tai chi is. The session will conclude with light refreshments and an opportunity to socialise with like minded people. For further information please contact Maggi or Allan on 01297 32095.

Anxious? Burdened? Distracted? You come closest to the essence of who you are in Stillness. Guided meditation / stillness meeting, 10.30am – 11.30am in the Upper Meeting Room of Sidmouth Methodist Church. No enrolment. No course. No experience necessary. Informal drop-in meetings Mondays 13, 20, 27 Nov. Iwnformation: r@molony.eclipse.co.uk Or just come. All welcome.

Jazz Jam Session Do you play an instrument? Do you enjoy jazz and want to try improvising around jazz standards and other well-known tunes? Come along to this informal group – you can play, or just sit and listen. 8pm. £2 to take part. Bar available. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

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

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset (formerly Neroche DFAS) 7.15pm at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton. Illustrated talk by Jackie-Marsh-Hobbs on “A Passion for Piers”.    Visitors £5. To find out more about the Society and its 2017-18 programme, please visit our website www.theartssocietynerochesouthsomerset.org.uk.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461,or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org. Other Mondays in November: 13, 20, 27. Beginners’ courses also on these dates at 6.30pm – 9pm.

Bridport Folk Dance Club 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. Membership available giving admission at £2.50, otherwise £3.00. Contact Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442. (Also on 13th, 20th, and 23rd; plus on 27th with live music and guest caller).

 

Tuesday 7 November

Axminster & District Probus Club for retired and semi-retired business and professional men meets at 10am for 10.30am at its new venue, Cricket St. Thomas Golf Club (TA20 4DG) for a talk by Oliver Hill entitled ‘Tax, Care & Toy Boys’ and an optional lunch. Potential members and guests are very welcome. For further details ring 01460 220528.

Lyme Regis Art Society A Pastel Demonstration “Trees and Gardens” by Lynda Kettle from 2pm – 4pm in The Woodmead Halls, Hills Rd. Lyme Regis. Contact P. Dench 01297 445070.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild talk and Health & Safety demonstration. 7pm at Manor Court School and any visitors and new members will be very welcome to join.

 

Wednesday 8 November

Seaton and District Probus Club Talk by Tony Venning: The Life and Loves of Samuel Pepys at Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton. Meet at 10am, talk starts at 10.30am. A friendly, sociable club open to retired and semi-retired men. New members welcome – come along and give it a try. More information at www.seatonprobus.co.uk or call Dave Bridges on 01297 21560.

Axe Valley Centre NT Talk on The Lighthouses of the Channel Islands by Alan Nicholas. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Non – members welcome £2 including refreshments.

The Unreturning Army an illustrated talk by David Gordon based on the book of the same name by his father, Huntly, who was an officer in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War at the Battle of Passchendaele.  David will describe his father’s experiences, and his own part in bringing the book back into print. Copies of the book will be on sale. Refreshments available. Congregational Hall, Fore Street, Beer, 7.30pm. Admission free, donations to the Beer branch, Royal British Legion.

Music at Ashton Barn Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm), £18 / £16 members & concessions including complimentary drink Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Violinist Marieke Blankestijn and clarinettist Richard Hosford are joined by friends and colleagues from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in a concert of chamber music masterpieces. A fundraising concert for Dorchester Arts as we work towards our aim of creating a dedicated arts and music venue in The Maltings at Brewery Square.

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Church House, South Street, Bridport. 7.30pm – 10pm Classes with instruction and social dancing. Come and have fun – no partner required. Cost £2 including tea, coffee or squash and biscuits. Contact Ann on 01308 422927 or Petronella on 01297 639717. Also on 15, 22 and 29 November.

The Beehive Folk Café 8pm Free. Come along to sing or listen in the Beehive bar with our lovely folkie host, Sue King. To make an enquiry or request a performance slot, contact Sue or just turn up and see if there’s room! Contact folkcafe@beehivehoniton.co.uk. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Loders Local History  Group 7.30pm Loders Village Hall AGM followed by “Loders wells and water sources”. Everyone is invited to the presentation of our findings of recently surveyed village wells and some of our more curious water sources. It will include:-Why, where, how and the geology under our feet? Refreshments will be served. Entrance £3, contact Chuck Willmott 01308 424291 / 07805 262 894.

 

Thursday 9 November

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 mile Puddletown and Kingston Mauward walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320084.

Probus Dorchester lunch meeting at 12noon at the Gamekeeper, Charminster, DT2 9QZ. Guest speaker is Keith Simmons (retired RN Officer) who will speak on ‘The Role of a Queen’s Messenger’. New members welcome. Please contact Tony Curtis on 01305 751236 for more details.

Crewkerne Gardening Club A.G.M. at 7pm in the Henhayes Centre followed by an inspiring talk on “A Garden is a Lovesome Thing: God Wot!” from Richard Kay. Refreshments and a warm welcome await!

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be meeting at the Chard Rugby Football Club, Essex Close at 7.30pm for their bimonthly official meeting. Anyone wishing to attend would be made most welcome and  remember you do not have to be former service personnel to join the association.

Seavington Gardening Club 7.30pm Stephen Griffith talks on ‘ Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens – Past , Present and Future ‘. The meeting will be held in Seavington Millennium Hall. Visitors are welcome £2 at the door. Enquiries to Karen Day 01460 929605 .

 

Friday 10 November

By the Loom: spinning and weaving 10.30am – 3pm, Dalwood Pavilion.  For more information please phone Jane on 01404 831207.

Simple Healthy Cooking Demos with HALFF 11am – 1pm (Health and Local Food for Families). Join in for six free sessions, including help with meal planning, understanding food labelling, cooking hints and tips to help make your life easier as a carer. You’ll even receive a free meal to take home! At the Millwey Community Centre, First Avenue, Millwey Rise, Axminster.  No need to nook, just turn up on the day. Call Nikki on 01297 631782 or email nikki@halff.org.uk for more information.

Food on Friday 12noon –at Clapton & Wayford Village hall: two course lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee, £4.50. 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.

U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis Russia and the Russians as I have known them since the mid-1950s Sir David Ratford, K.C.M.G., C.V.O., former UK Ambassador to Norway, who served twice in the Moscow Embassy (1968-71 and 1983-85) during extraordinary times, illuminates Russian society through some of the individual Russians he has met over the years –Talk begins at 11am, preceded by AGM at 10am. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Free for members, non-members £2 donation suggested. To join U3A, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297-444566.

Music Quiz at Mistertion WI Hall 7pm for 7.30pm. A fun toe tapping evening. Teams of 4. £6 per head incl. Ploughmans supper. Raising funds for our WI hall. Book with Carol on 01460 74808 or at cewalker@hotmail.co.uk.

The Pedigree Jazz Band Trad jazz featuring hits from the 50s and 60s, by Barber, Bell, Bilk and many more. At 8pm. Tickets: £14 (£28 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.

Chard History Group ‘Axis of Evil’. Julian Nowill recounts some of his extraordinary adventures exploring such as North Korea, Russian’s Missile silos, Chernobyl nuclear plant, Iraq and war torn former Soviet republics. Destinations you certainly can’t book with a Thompson package holiday! At Manor Court Primary School., opposite Sainsbury’s. Refreshment available. New members and guests are welcome. Members £2 Guests £3. Free parking in School Yard. For further information 01460 66165.

What do forests do for us? 7pm Peace Memorial Playing Fields Pavilion, Coly Road, Colyton, EX24 6PU The Legacy to Landscape project comes inside for its series of winter talks. Wolves, bears in Devon? Rod Lawrence draws parallels with today’s global forests and what the forest in the Legacy project area may have looked like in the past and the range of wildlife this valuable habitat supports. Could this environment return to the UK and East Devon? No booking required, Free. More information about this community heritage project :

www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape.

A Dorset Christmas Evening with the Symondsbury Mummers, the Wyld Band and poems by Hardy and Barnes. Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall at 7pm. Bookings, in advance only as limited space, £10 (includes mince pies and mulled wine) from 01297 489795 or michaelwest@ryallfarm.com.

Nuit D’Amour a love-filled evening of arais, duets and songs with Elizabeth Cragg (soprano) and Louise Innes (mezzo-soprano) 7.30pm, Forde Abbey. Champagne Bar from 7pm. Tickets – £20 available from www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

Leaf by Niggle 7.30pm. In 1939 Tolkien, despairing of ever bringing his great work The Lord of the Rings to a conclusion, woke up with the story Leaf by Niggle compete in his mind. This poignant story is often seen as an allegory of the writer’s own creative process. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

 

Saturday 11 November

Dorset Wildlife Trust – West Dorset Group The Deer Rut at Powerstock – a walk with DWT’s Sam Hamer. 6.30am start, and followed by breakfast at the Kingcombe Centre. Telephone 01308 423442 for more information.

Martock Farmers Market 10am – 1pm in the Moorlands shopping precinct, 16 stalls. Eggardon Rare Breeds coming to our markets now, selling pork and lamb from their 18 different breeds. And on the track of a serious vegan tartologist from Stoke to ever broaden the range of thoughtful food. Ring Fergus on 01935 822202 for a table.

Model Railway Exhibition 10am – 4pm. Exhibits and stands at both Thorncombe Village Hall and also at the adjoining Thorncombe School, TA20 4NE. 15 plus layouts, Trade Stands, Railwayana, New Models, Second-hand Models Teas, Coffee, Cakes and Lunches at the Village Hall. Free Parking and Disabled Access, Entrance £4, Children Free. Surplus income to Railway Charities. For more info. Google “traclubsite”.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk.  Long Bredy, Litton Cheney. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Egyptian Society Taunton “Ancient Egypt – New Stories”. Speaker: Prof Joann Fletcher. The lecture takes place at 2pm and will be held at St James Church, St James Street, Taunton. The event is organised in conjunction with the Literary Festival run by Brendon Books in Taunton. http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home.

West Dorset Group of the SDFHS Loders Village Hall, 2pm. ‘The Dorsets in World War 1’ Chris Copson, Curator of the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester will talk about where the Dorsets saw active service during the war and the transition from horses to tanks. All welcome, members £1, visitors £3, includes tea and biscuits. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Space for Living Spirituality “Jacob’s Dream” led by Rabbi Howard Cooper as event 3 of 4 on “Engaging with Sacred Texts” at the Bridport Quaker Meeting House, South Street, DT6 3NZ. 10.30am.- 4.30pm. Donations £5-£30. Bring-and-share lunch. For information and booking, email Janet Lake on iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Autumn Market Chiselborough Village Hall 11am – 2.30pm. Lots of stalls, raffle, lunches 12noon – 2pm. Free admission.

The Tuckers Jazz Club 8pm Roger Beaujolais & The Neil Burns Trio. The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Honiton & Axminster) Ticket £10.  Info: 01404 831 280  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk.

Leaf by Niggle presented by Puppet State 5pm The Lyric Theatre, Bridport £9 adult / £6 child Ages 9+. A lesser-known short story by J.R.R. Tolkein, is the story of an artist living in a society that does not value art. Puppet State use Tolkein’s words to illustrate Niggle’s world in this delightful piece of storytelling, fresh from this years’ Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Part of the Bridport Literary Festival. 01308 423951 www.the-lyric.com.

Hesitant Human Being V – adventures in reconciliation a performance/lecture with Tim Jones, 8pm. Wootton Fitzpaine, Village Hall, DT6 6ND Bookings and information: 01297 560511.

Seasonal songs by Beaminster Quire at St Mary’s church, Thorncombe, TA20 4NR.Tickets £10, available from the village shop 01460 30282,or 01460 220593, includes buffet supper in the interval. Please note: Concert starts 7pm. Proceeds to Shelterbox and church funds.

Swinging Celebration of Remembrance Armistice Day will be swinging this year as Jazz Jurassica and Marine Theatre host a big band Remembrance concert. Swing Unlimited Big Band bring war-time classics by Glen Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington back to life in “We’ll Meet Again”, a one-off concert, with songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and of course, Vera Lynn. 8pm, Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 Tickets: £18/£16 (concessions) from Box Office: 01297 441238 or www.marinetheatre.com.

Monmouth – The West Country Rebellion City of Light Theatre Co. 7.30pm Adult £10, U16 £6 (age 9+) Group of 10 £90. June 11th 1685. The Duke of Monmouth lands at Lyme Regis with 83 men to raise a Protestant army against James II, and begin what was to be England’s last rebellion against the Crown. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Remembrance Concert with Swing Unlimited 8pm. “We’ll Meet Again” by the fabulous 17-piece Swing Unlimited Big band with war-time classics and songs by Ella Fitzgerald & Frank Sinatra. The era is recreated with images, words and music. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Martyn Joseph 8pm. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of Martyn Joseph’s music touches the genres of Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. He’s a jaw-dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style. Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Sunday 12 November

Voice Playshop with Dean Carter (MA Oxon) 10am – 12.30pm in a resonant acoustic space of a former chapel. Re-connect  with Higher Self by Toning chakras, Vocal Overtoning, Sacred Language (Sanskrit/Kuldee), Divine Names and breath-work. Find your Personal Sonic Note and work meaningfully in your key. £12. Stour Row Village Hall, Stour Row, nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QG. Bookings: call Dean 01935 389655 email ahiahel@live.com ffi www.centreforpuresound.org.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls with vocal overtoning with Dean Carter (MA Oxon) 2pm – 4pm, £12, Stour Row Village Hall, Stour Row, nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QG. Bring a blanket and something to lie down on. Book your space: 01935 389655 email ahiahel@live.com ffi www.centreforpuresound.org.

Peter and the Wolf (Goblin Theatre) Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 2pm & 4.30pm (doors & bar ½ hour before each performance), £8 / £6 members & concessions Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before. Created live with a variety of instruments and objects, including real musical vegetables, the show will have children ages 4+ jumping for joy.

The Divertimento Trio return to play Mozart, Schubert and Smetana in the Church of St Candida and Holy Cross, Whitchurch Canonicorum, 3pm. Tickets £10 on the door.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming Of The Shrew Doors 5pm / starts 6pm  £11.50 (£11 + 50p bf) adv / £12.50 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk. Also at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed bar and refreshments. Doors 1.30pm, performance 2pm. Tickets £15 adv/ £17.50 on door from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

 

Monday 13 November

The Probus Club of Yeovil meets at The Yeovil Court Hotel at 12noon for social interaction, a healthy luncheon and the AGM. New members are always made very welcome. Geoff Byham, Secretary, 01935 881422 or geoff @byhamgm.plus.com.

Musbury Garden Club Dr Don Archer, a former teacher and university lecturer with a background in industrial archaeology, landscaping and Victorian architecture gives an illustrated talk on the inspirational architect, gardener and entrepreneur – Sir Joseph Paxton. Probably one of the first celebrity gardeners, he designed the building for the Great Exhibition in 1851 and Birkenhead Park, the first public park in England. The talk will begin at 730pm in Musbury’s village hall. Refreshments are served from 7pm. All welcome. Non-members £2.50.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting world music and holistic health benefits. For all ages from 19 to 90. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Join us with teacher Julia Hope-Brightwell (Jewell). Cost £8, Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk. Also 27 November.

 

Mon 13  – Sat 18 November

Old Actors Never Die; They Simply Lose the Plot! Royal Manor Theatre, Portland’s hilarious comedy, a play by Lyn Brittney. The play is set in the Mount Home for Retired Actors, a home for the elderly like no other. Three women who are ex-wives to the same womanising actor, Edmund Sullivan, reside here, and welcome the arrival of Walter Neville, a small part veteran of hundreds of films, and an old friend. All is well until Edmund Sullivan arrives on the run from Russian gangsters. The ladies decide that their ex-husband needs to be saved, which runs into a truly daft journey of farce and great comedy. Tickets available at: www.royalmanortheatre.co.uk, or by calling: 0333 666 3366. Also available from Cards & Celebrations.

 

Tuesday 14 November

Hilfield Monthly Lunch Club for older adults between 12noon – 2.30pm. Main course and pudding plus tea and coffee, donation of at least £3.50 welcomed. Come to meet new people. Book in advance. Suzi 01300 341741. Hilfield Friary, Hilfield Dorchester, DT2 7BE.

Talk by David Warner, The Royal Navy, with refreshments and a cake stall. 2pm – 3.30pm in the Bradshaw Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster. Tickets £3 from Axminster Heritage Centre.

Broadwindsor Jammers Guitar Club meets every 2nd Tuesday in the month at the Comrades Hall in Broadwindsor, 2pm – 5pm. Playing popular songs from the 40’s – 70’s using song sheets with chords. All levels of ability are most welcome. For further information contact Geoff Kerr on 01308 867221.

Tea Dance for Childrens Hospice SouthWest at St Francis Hall EX10 9XH 2.30pm. £3 inc Tea,coffee & biscuit 01395 579856 or 577122.

Bridport History Society United Church Hall, East St Bridport, 2.30pm. ‘Life and Times of Eldridge Pope: a Dorset Brewery’. Jeremy Pope, a member of the family, will talk about the rise of the brewery in the 1800s, becoming Dorchester’s largest employer. All welcome, members £1, visitors £3. Membership is also up for renewal, single £10, couples £15. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Beaminster Museum Winter Talk ‘Domestic life at Druce Farm’. The speaker will be Lilian Ladle. In the Museum and start at 2.30pm. Admission charge £2.50 www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com.

The Ile Valley Flower club open evening to be held at The Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster. Pam Lewis Christmas Demonstration called ‘ Christmas Naturally’. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets £10 can be bought from Harrimans in Ilminster or by phoning 01460 75025.

Item Valuations in Chideock Hidden treasures gathering dust in your attic or cupboards? Bring your items along  to Chideock Village Hall 2.30pm onwards where  Nic Saintey of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood who will help you find out about them and discuss a value on request. Enjoy tea and cakes while you await your piece/s to come  up. A fee per item will be charged. Booking a place essential. Further details — Please call 01297 489422 or 01297 480853.

Turn Lyme Green ‘Chance encounters and the greening of Lyme.’ Sometime coast ranger Terry Sweeney reflects on the endeavours of many to keep Lyme and its landscape clean green and valued. Royal Lion Hotel Lyme Regis 7.15pm  for 7.30pm start.

 

Wednesday 15 November

Hilfield Monthly Craft Day 10am – 4pm. A chance to finish long-forgotten projects or begin new ones. Bring a packed lunch and £5 to go towards setting up women’s workshops in refugee camps. Hilfield Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE 01300 341741.

Woodland Work-out! 10am – 4pm, Holyford Woods near Seaton Parking available at Holyford Farm for this event only. Join the Countryside rangers and the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society in natures ‘green gym’! Help to conserve wildlife with a practical tasks and feel the health benefits of spending more time outdoors. No dogs. A free event, booking required. wildeastdevon.co.uk. Wild East Devon event.

Axminster Art Society Working with clay—a demonstration by Amanda Popham  in The United Reformed Church Hall, Chard Rd, Axminster  Contact M.Paul 01297 442956.

Bridport Probus Club meets at 12noon in the Eype’s Mouth Hotel for lunch at 1pm. This will be followed by a talk by Bonny Sartin on Thomas Hardy. Potential new members welcome. Please call Graham Pitts on 01297561569.

Honiton U3A meeting Speaker Peter Dare a Master Mason giving an illustrated talk entitled ‘Devon, Brisbane and Back’ – tales of his working life as a master mason whose talents are in evidence as far afield as Exeter Cathedral to St John’s Cathedral Brisbane. The Beehive Centre, Dowell St., Honiton, Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2) 01404 598008  http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

Devonshire Association – Axe Valley Branch at 2.30pm. An illustrated talk by Kate Ponting: “Clinton Devon Estates: Past, Present and Future”. Countryside Learning Officer, Kate Ponting will provide an overview of the history of Clinton Devon Estates from the formation of the Clinton Barony in 1299 to the challenges of managing a 21st century rural estate and property business post Brexit. 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.

The Arts Society ‘La Mortella’ Gardens of Capri: an illustrated talk by renowned horticulturist, Rosemary Legrand. Talk on Pompeii, the beautiful islands of Capri and Ischia and the idyllic gardens of the late Sir William and Lady Susanna Walton at ‘La Mortella’. Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport DT6 6AR at 2pm for 2.30pm. Non-members welcome, £7.50 .

Saba Douglas-Hamilton BBC Wildlife Presenter is giving a unique talk at Octagon Theatre, Yeovil at 7pm for 7.30pm, early booking is advised. She is encouraging us to do all we can to try to finally save elephants from the deadly cruelty of poaching. She travels from her home at Elephant Watch Safari Lodge, Samaburu Kenya. Tel 01935 422884.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by Richard Hood entitled ‘Steam Turbine Locos’. Thorncombe Village Hall, TA20 4NE 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 “traclubsite” for information.

Sidmouth Photographic Club All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 – Email www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk. 7.30pm —  How do I do that on my Camera?  Bring your Camera & Manual – Entries due for Comp 2.

Chardstock Gardening Club 7.30pm. Talk by Claire Hart: ‘Square Metre Gardening’ – how and what to grow in small spaces. Chardstock Community Hall, EX13 7BJ. Everyone welcome. Small charge for non-members, includes refreshments. Enquiries: 01460 221619.

Wyld Morris Taster Session 7.30pm Morris dancing for anyone who would like to try it, at Monkton Wyld Court in the Pine Hall. A great way to keep fit and lively with a friendly group!  If you need a lift from Bridport, we have several members who come from there. There is no charge. Just turn up on the night or contact Vicki , 01308 425003 or Briony , 01297 489546.

Colyton & District Garden Society ‘Beautiful, Organic and Local’Talk by Jenny Carter of In Bloom Devon, Colyton Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Members free, guests £2. Contact: Sue Price, 01297 552362.

Bridport Camera Club Tim Booth Workshop – practical discussion on landscape techniques and slow shutter speed photography. Competition 1 – Landscape, Judge to be advised. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561.

 

Wed 15 – Thur 16 November

Twelfth Night (or What You Will) Sun & Moon Theatre 7.30pm, Tickets: £8.50. Sun & Moon Theatre are back by popular demand with their vibrant, intimate production, enriched with passion, wit and live music. Warm yourself with a free mulled wine and enjoy this festive take on Shakespeare’s most delightful and thought-provoking comedy. Cygnet Theatre, Friars’ Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

 

Thursday 16 November

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – including the popular bacon rolls – with cake stall/’bring & buy’, including knitted items, fudge, preserves, produce etc, and a raffle. Do come and join us, for an opportunity to meet friends & neighbours or get to know new people, whilst raising funds to improve the village hall facilities. More details from Julia 01460 72769.

What’s that bird? 11am – 1pm, Island hide at Seaton Wetlands. Whatever your level of experience come and learn more about the birds found at Seaton Wetlands. A free event, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Wild East Devon event.

Living Tree @ The Bull 7pm – 9pm at the Ostler Room, Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport. Speaker to be advised. Refreshments provided, drinks etc available from main bar, relaxed evening.

Bridport & District Gardening Club David Boag speaks on Wildlife Photography of Flora & Fauna. 7.30pm, Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3JQ. Peter.gough182@btinternet.com 01308 459469 / 07535 816299.

Tatworth WI Meeting at 7.30pm in Tatworth Memorial Hall, talk entitled ‘My Great Escape’ with speaker Mrs Christine Wallach.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Birds of South India’ An illustrated talk by Kiran Sahi. 7.30pm The Millennium Hall, Seavington St Mary Entry: Group members £2.50, non-group members £3.50, under 18’s free (tea/coffee & biscuits included) – wheelchair access. Non-members very welcome. For further details contact: Denise Chamings (group leader) on 01460240740 www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southsomerset.

Chard Camera Club The  members will be holding an in house Digitally Projected Image competition on the subjects of ‘Texture’. Different perspectives’ and an ‘Open’ image. Now that we are into dark evenings why not come along to one of the evening meetings of the club  if you are in any way interested in cameras, I Phone cameras or any other form of cameras and photography in general. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by calling Joyce on 01460 66885.

NT LIVE: Follies Doors 6pm / starts 7pm £11.50 (£11 + 50p bf) adv / £12.50 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

South Dorset RSPB Group 7.45pm talk at St.Georges Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DTllLB. The speaker is Paul Morton talking on “Birds of Poole Harbour” Working hard to promote bird conservation in one of the country’s most picturesque locations. Admission members £3, Visitors £3.50 to include coffee and biscuits.

Those were the days Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Lovers of local history are in for a treat, the show is a fascinating combination of archive film footage set to live music, with traditional songs and tunes from the West Dorset area. The films provide a wonderful glimpse into the past, and include interviews and clips of local trades, farming practices and some of the fascinating and engaging local characters from yesteryear.

Tickets Marine Theatre box office on 01297 442138.

 

Friday 17 November

Chef’s special lunch at Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne 12.30pm, three course meal Roast Beef followed by Plum sponge, start with fruit juice and finish with tea/coffee and choccies. The BAR is open. Only £9 (£8 for members)  Please let us know you are coming 01460 74340.henhayescentre@btconnect.com

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Art with Libby. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

“The word for world is forest” (LeGuin) Hooke Park, Dorset. An event in association with Force 8 and Culture+, a recently launched project to support visual arts in Dorset, at the Architectural Association, Hooke Park. Inspired by living in the woods, recently reading Le Guin, Lispector and Wohlleben, what have forests and visual arts ecologies got in common?  3pm – 4 pm: Performance by Helen Robertson, 5pm – 7pm: talk by Teresa Gleadowe about CAST www.annbest.info.

Blues Night: The Producers Doors 7pm / starts 8pm. £12 (£11.50 + 50p bf) adv / £14 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Blackberries & Bandages presented by Wren Music 8pm Tickets £10. Songs that tell the story of Devon’s Home Front in WW1. Featuring singers and players from Wren Music’s Voices in Common Choirs & Rough Music. Cygnet Theatre, Friars’ Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Keith James: Songs of Nick Drake 8pm. Nick Drake died tragically aged 26 after only recording three albums between 1969 and 1972. With a cult following, his finely crafted music is performed by guitarist Keith James. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Ilminster Victorian Evening Enjoy homemake mince pies and warming mulled wine after watching the Christmas lights switch-on, and discover unique Christmas gifts in the Craft Shop. From 6pm. Free entry. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

At the Ebeneezer….How to Stay

Sane ~ Jeremy Thomas in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN To RSVP, email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

Easy Christmas Entertaining Demonstration with Masterchef Finalist Angela Langford. A fun and informative evening with lots of ideas and recipes that will help your Christmas Entertaining go with ease.

A chance to sample all of Angela’s dishes, ask lots of questions and even help out if you dare. All enjoyed with a glass of wine or two! 7pm – 9pm, Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, 01460 249758

www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Gigspanner 8pm. Since his departure from Folk-Rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio, Gigspanner. They have now established a reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the Folk/Roots scene. Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Saturday 18 November

Christmas Fair at the pretty Church of St. Michael’s, Cudworth (TA19 0PR). 10.30am  – 1pm. Free entry.  Come and enjoy mulled wine or coffee and do your Christmas shopping at the same time. Stalls will include presents and stocking fillers (no bric-a-brac!), interesting seasonal produce, Christmas decorations and bowls of bulbs.

Christmas Fayre Whitelackington Hall (TA19 0JG).10am – 2pm – 50p entry – Over 30 stalls selling a variety of items suitable for Christmas gifts.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk. Loders, West Milton, Powerstock. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome.

Lending hedges a helping hand – make a difference 2! 10.30am – 3.30pm Pratts Hill, near Colyton.

Another chance to help with hedge planting in the Legacy to landscape area of the historic Shute Estate – improving hedgerows between Holyford Woods and the neighbouring hedgerows and copses to the north – including planting oak trees and a variety of shrubs and understorey trees to provide a green highway along which wildlife can safely travel and thrive. You are welcome to come along for as long as you like, just bring a packed lunch and a hot drink. Stay for as long as you like and bring a packed lunch if stopping all day. Gloves, tools and drinks provided. Free event. Booking essential: Pete.youngman@eastdevonaonb.org.uk  or 01404 310012. Legacy to Landscape Community Project event.

Luka Okros pianoforte, supported by The Tillett Trust is giving a concert in St Andrews Church, Colyton at 7.30pm. We are delighted that Luka is returning to St Andrews  having had a standing ovation at his last performance here. He is winner of numerous awards, the most recent being the Oxford Piano Festival Scholarship. Tickets are available in advance £12, £10 for FoStA members, £5 for under 18’s from The Little Shop, Market Square, Colyton or on the door. Please call 01297552057 for more information on tickets.

St John’s Church, Tatworth Christmas Bazaar 1pm – 3.30pm, Memorial Hall, Tatworth TA20 2QW. Grand Christmas Draw plus many other prizes. Father Christmas-Whisky Raffle-Cakes-Hyacinth Bulbs-Christmas Gifts -Jewellery- Lucky Dip- Win a Log Box- Christmas Decorations-Christmas Cards – Bottle Tombola- Christmas Crafts & Colouring Competition- new & second hand toys – Tea & Coffee, biscuits, crisps, Mulled Wine & Mince Pies.

National Trust South Dorset Association AGM followed by a talk “Clandon Park: the Fire and Future”by Martin Ellis. 2.30pm Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3GW free parking available / Bus no. 6 from Dorchester / Bus no. 10 from Weymouth and Dorchester. 01300 321601 / geoffwrench@lineone.net.

The Three Musketeers presented by Baroque Theatre Company 2pm & 7.30pm. Tickets:  £10 (£8 Child under 16, £30 Family Ticket). Written & Directed by Ivan Wilkinson, Adapted from the Alexandre Dumas Novel Produced by Claire Bibby. A rip roaring, fast paced, swashbuckling show ideal for families (ages 5+).  Inventive stagecraft, witty dialogue and with colourful characters from the novel, this exciting story is brimming with energy and skilful storytelling to keep audiences captivated. Cygnet Theatre, Friars’ Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

The Rollin Stoned perform live at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £13 in advance from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

South Somerset Choral Society’s autumn concert St.Peter and St.Paul in South Petherton at 7.30pm., singing Mozart’s Vespers and his Regina Coeli as well as Beethoven’s Mass in C. Tickets cost £13 in advance and £15 on the door. They can be obtained from N&D News South Petherton, Barron’s Chard, Harrimans Ilminster, Pheonix Books Crewkerne, by calling 01458 259079 or southsomersetchoralsociety.or.uk.

Sisters of Swing all ladies Big Band. They have put together a foot taping, swing tunes, the sounds of Glen Miller 20s through to the 40s. Their mission is to have fun making music, come and join us for a great evening and hear some of your favourite tunes.  Start at 7.45pm. Bar opens at 7pm. Tickets £12,  01460 74340 henhayescentre@btconnect.com.

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. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Tom Allen Absolutely 8pm. The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour thi autumn. Age rec 14+. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

The Dorset County Orchestra Autumn Concert at the Dorford Centre in Dorchester at 7.30pm. The orchestra welcomes Arturo Serna as conductor and solo cellist.

Harbour Voices Bridport Arts Centre 7.30pm Tickets from BAC :01308 424204, £14; £12 concessions.

A lively performance by the Lyme Regis based group which includes traditional shanties and also original songs of the sea, all linked by a narrative that brings the story of our maritime heritage to life.

 

 

Sunday 19 November

Eype Xmas Makers Market 10am – 4pm. A unique mix of over 40 local Artisans and makers showing and selling their Jewellery, Textiles, Printing, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Wood work, Felting and delicious local Food. Raising money for local charities with this year’s bumper raffle is in aid of the Motor Neurone MND support Group. Free entry and Free parking at Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype (just west of Bridport) DT6 6AR. Enquiries 01308 424321 Facebook @eypemakersmaket.

White Tara Day Healing, Meditation and Pure Sound with Anna Howard and Dean Carter (MA Oxon) 10am – 5pm. White Tara, a female Buddha, is known for her capacity to bring swift healing and long life. Guided visualisation, breathwork and meditation. Includes a singing bowl Sound bath and vocal overtoning with Dean. £12, Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA. £40 for the day.  Bookings 01935 389655, email ahiahel@live.com ffi centreforpuresound.org.

Craft/Christmas Fayre 10am – 1pm. Santa and music and lots to buy. Refreshments at Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne 01460 74340, free entry.

Jazz Brunch with Polly Josephine 11am. (Advanced booking essential) Includes hot brunch and tea/coffee. Polly Josephine evokes the emotion and dynamism of the great blues and jazz singers and he euphoria of soul and gospel. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group 2pm Becky, nutritionist from HALFF. Amanda with massage, Anne with gentle foot massage. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

ShelterBox Tea Dance at Stowford EX10 9YL 2.30pm £3 (cafe open for light refreshments) Ballroom & sequence dancing 01395 579856 or 577122.

High End to High Street Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 3pm, £5 entry including refreshments Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Come to this sensational fashion fundraising event! Clear out your wardrobe in time for Christmas and donate your branded classics and high street labels to us, then come along to find new treasures to take home. There will be a price for every pocket and some extra special items on display.

 

Monday 20 November

Hawkchurch History Society Robert Hesketh, writer and photographer of local history will give an illustrated talk on the origin and evolution of Devon Place Names relating them to the landscape. Hawkchurch Village Hall Refreshments at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Non-members welcome £5.

 

Mon 20  – Sun 26 November

Sidmouth Photographic Club Anniversary Exhibition Kennaway House – Sidmouth Devon. 01297 24369 – Email www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk.

 

Tuesday 21 November

Bird ringing demonstration 9am, Discovery hut at Seaton Wetlands. A rare chance to see birds up close as they are ringed for monitoring purposes. A free event, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Wild East Devon event.

Cooking for One Demo with HALFF 11am – 12.30pm. (Health and Local Food for Families). Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking for one and covering nutritional advice for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure At the United Reformed Church Hall, Chard Street, Axminster. No need to book, just turn up, it’s free. Call Nikki on 01297 631782 for more information, or email nikki@halff.org.uk.

Lyme Regis Art Society A Stained Glass Demonstration “Creating Glass design” by Jackie Hunt from 2pm – 4pm in The Woodmead Halls, Hills Rd. Lyme Regis. Contact P. Dench 01297 445070.

 

Wednesday 22 November
West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 mile Frampton, Compton Bottom and Cruxton walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

Seaton and District Probus Club Talk by Bruce Upton on The Power of Advertising at Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton. Meet at 10am, talk starts at 10.30am. New members welcome – come along. www.seatonprobus.co.uk or call Dave Bridges on 01297 21560.

Classical Chamber Music Concert features the popular Young Artists from Southampton University Music Department. St Mary’s Church at 1pm, with food available beforehand. Tickets £5 on the door, series tickets available – www.weymouthchamberconcerts.com.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society AGM 7.30pm followed by Talk ‘Plants of Tenerife and the Canaries’ by Ben Candlin a professional gardener based in Woodbury, East Devon. Uplyme Village Hall. Visitors are welcome, at a charge of £3. Contact Secretary, Rose Mock, 01297 34733, rosemary.mock@btinternet.com.

Play ‘n’ Ploughman’s at The Gateway, Seaton. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening’s entertainment with Seaton Drama Group. Doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm. Licensed bar. Tickets from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

Colyton Parish History Society ‘Families of Colyton’ an entertaining and informative talk by well- known local historian and farmer, Colin Pady. 7.30pm at Colyton Town Hall. All welcome, non-members £2, includes refreshments.

Light out of darkness English and German Choral music inspired by the Reformation. Axminster and Yeovil Chamber Choirs 7.30pm. Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. yeovilchamberchoir@hotmail.com 01935 873 719, axminsterchamberchoir@gmail.com 01297 639 377.

Skerryvore 7.30pm At the Octagon Theatre – Supported by The David Hall.  This seven-piece band – Tiree brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (bagpipes, whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass) – tour extensively, not only throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, but also worldwide. Box Office: Call 01935 422884 or visit www.octagon-theatre.co.uk. The David Hall, South Petherton.

Mike Denham Speakeasy with Tom ‘Spats’ Langham Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm), £13 / £11 members & concessions Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Thursday 23 November

One World Forum Gary Biltcliffe and Caroline Hoare will give an illustrated talk on  ‘The Navel Centres and the Cult of the Goddess’. The Strode room  Church Street Beaminster  at 7.30pm. Membership £15.  Visitors £4, includes  refreshments Peter Glanville Tel: 01308 458283.

The Winter Impromptu presented by Yeovil Community Arts Association 7.30pm In the Johnson Studio, Octagon Theatre. Tickets £6 from the Box Office 01935 422884 or www.octagon-theatre.co.uk. A gala evening of words and music by local people. Laughter, listening and light entertainment. A Winter Draw with excellent prizes. Expect some mince pies – this is the Yeovil Community Arts Association! This event is Free to members. Refreshments available.

Martha Tilston Doors 7pm / starts 8pm. £12 (£11.50 + 50p bf) adv / £14 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

The Friends of Weymouth Library Annual Quiz 7pm Weymouth Library, Book a table for six £10 per table. Good cash prizes, Raffle, Bring your own drinks and snacks. Book your table at the Library Desk 01305 762410, Enquiries 01305 832613.

Illustrated Talk 7.30pm Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – local author Anne Mosscrop will recreate her travels in the Transylvanian Alps, complete with humorous anecdotes. All welcome; £4 includes cheese & wine. For further information phone  Mary 01460 74849.

BridgeHouse Christmas Cocktail parties with Lloyd Brown every Thursday and Friday night until 22 December. Enjoy 3 festive cocktails served with canapes for £20 per person. Bridge House, Beaminster.

The Comedy Avengers 8pm Entrance £8. The cream of Devon comedy will descend upon the Beehive in Honiton this November for an evening of live stand up entertainment. The popular Comedy Avengers group, who host regular shows in Taunton, Plymouth and Exeter, are the best of the best of local stand-up comedy talent in the area and are now becoming a regular comedy night for Honiton. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Strange Face Adventures with a lost Nick Drake recording 8pm. This is the story of a discovered tape, a lost Nick Drake recording and how the man who found it chose to share it in an extraordinary way. Celebrating life, coincidences and the legacy of singer songwriter Nick Drake. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

 

Friday 24 November

By the Loom: spinning and weaving 10.30am – 3pm in The Bradshaw Room, Axminster Heritage Centre.  For more information please phone Jane on 01404 831207.

Free Cooking Demonstrations for Heart & Diabetes with HALFF 11am – 1pm (Health and Local Food for Families).  Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking and covering nutritional advice for people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. At The Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton, EX12 2LT. No need to book, just turn up, it’s free.  Chat, learn, eat. Call Nikki on 01297 631782, email nikki@halff.org.uk or go to www.halff.org.uk for more information.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 1pm Rising Voices, 2pm Craftwork for Christmas Tree Festival. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Launch of Peter Lacey’s new book ‘Elizabethan Lyme Regis with a Biography of Sir George Somers’.

Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis 6.45pm for 7pm. Peter will give an illustrated presentation on both topics. Signed copies of the book will be available. Admission £2 to cover expenses. Tea/Coffee included. Bar available. For more information contact David Cox on 01297 443156.

Somerset Wildlife Trust Ilminster/Chard group A life in imaging: it can’t all be shot in the field! David Spears will tell of the trials, tribulations & some of the laughs involved in making Natural History and Science programmes for the broadcasters. This partly autobiographical presentation will include some incidents and experiences rarely encountered by the layperson: from Cape Buffalo in South Africa to bacterial trains trundling around their culture dish in Chicago. Parish Hall, North St, Ilminster TA19 0DG, starting at 7.30pm. Adult members £2, non-members £3. No charge for children.  Tea & coffee available. Sales table. Roadside parking or town car parks. Enquiries: Valerie 01460 234551.

At the Ebeneezer….Death in Bridgwater ~ Miles Petersen in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN To RSVP, email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

Mawkin (Support: Nick Hart) 8pm £10 in advance, £12 on the door (seated). Down Among The Dead Men Tour – One of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Celebration of Trees 6pm – 8pm. Join Sidmouth civic arboretum for an evening of talks, songs, stalls, Quiz, food and bar. Lots of mingling to find out more and celebrate trees in the Sid valley. Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, EX10 8NG. All welcome, free entry. Details from Diana East 01395 519275  info@sidmoutharboretum.org.uk.

Money for Nothing – The Music of Dire Straits 8pm. Back by popular demand following their sell-out at the Marine last year! Prepare for an intimate evening of sensational musicianship! Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Mike Denham Playing Solo Top jazz pianist Mike plays the history American pop music – from ragtime to rock’n’roll. At 8pm. Tickets: £12 (£26 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 25 November

Stockland Village Market Christmas event. Held in the Victory Hall 10am – 12noon. Local Food Producers, Artisan Crafts, Hot Refreshments, Free entry & Parking, Disabled Access, Bookings/Information, tel 01404 881535 www.stockland.org.uk.

Christmas Craft Fair at The MonksYard, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PT. 10am – 4pm. The popular annual charity event will be a festive treasure trove where you will find high quality, original and unique gifts in two rooms full of unusual, beautiful arts and crafts items all hand made by over 25 local people. Many of the usual stallholders will be there as well as several new faces. Delicious refreshments are available in MY eating place. Free entry. Free Parking. Refreshments available in Monks Yard Café, Horton Cross, Near Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9PT 01823 481099.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk.  Stonebarrow, Golden Cap. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Friends of Weymouth Library 10.30am, Weymouth Library. Local author Laura James on the inspiration of the Jurassic Coast on her writing ‘Jurassic Inspirations’. £3 non members of FOWL includes refreshments. Book a ticket at the Library Desk 01305 762410, Enquiries 01305 832613.

Breakfast/Brunch 10.30am – 11.30am. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast, tea/coffee extras available 50p each. only £4 Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne 01460 74340.

St Swithun’s Christmas Fayre with a Dickensian Theme 12noon – 2pm North Allington, Bridport. With a soup and bread roll lunch tea, coffee, and cakes, lots of vintage bargains and present ideas.  

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show an afternoon of music and fun with Matthew Bason at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm, admittance £7 on the door, children free, includes interval refreshments.  Everyone welcome, for further info visit www.beerwurlitzer.org.uk or phone 01297 24892.

Hinton St.George History Group presents ‘The Story of HMS Victory – past, present and future’ an illustrated talk by Clive Thorne, a trustee of The HMS Victory Preservation Trust at St. George’s Church, Hinton St.George. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets, in advance, £5 from ‘Our Shop’, Hinton St.George, available from 1st November or £6 on the door. A complimentary tot of rum and a ship’s biscuit will be served before the talk and refreshments will also be available during the interval. All profits from tickets sales to go to St.Georges’ Church.

St. John’s Christmas Quiz Night 6.45pm for 7pm. In the Church Hall £4 per head, teams of 4, Tickets available form Helen Johnson 01460 220221. Raffle soft Drinks & Nibbles available. Please bring own wine & beer.

Axminster and District Choral Society Mozart Coronation Mass and M Haydn Requiem in C minor,  80 strong choir with orchestra and soloists conducted by Peter Parshall at the Minster, Axminster 7.30pm Tickets £15 & £12 from Archway Books, Church St, Axminster, members of the choir or phone 01404 881 838. www.axminsterchoral.co.uk.

Dorset Chamber Orchestra Duncan Honeybourne – 40th Birthday Concert St Mary’s Church, Dorchester dorsetchamberorchestra.org Email: admin@dorsetchamberorchestra.org.

Martock Guardians November Concert 7.30pm in Martock Church (TA12 6JL) Cwmbach Male Voice Choir from South Wales, singing much loved Welsh hymns, operatic choruses, show & folk tunes, popular songs and end with “Land of my Fathers”. Tickets £10 on the door, £9 from 01935 822706, accompanied children under 16 free. Ample parking, disabled access & toilet, wine & fruit juice available.

Slightly Fat Features – The Slightly Fat Show Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm), £12 / £10 members and concessions / £35 family ticket (max. 2 adults) / £5 Live for 5 Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Slightly Fat Features are a rabble rousing troupe of seven extraordinarily talented gentlemen who proudly pioneer Variety, giving this keystone of Great British entertainment a gloriously refreshing makeover for the 21st century. Perfect for a wide ranging audience, variety is back and it’s Slightly Fat!

Moscow Drug Club 8pm. A curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits are having an afterhours jam with the local Tziganes. The five-piece band that is Moscow Drug Club provides an intoxicating and intimate musical experience. Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Sat 25 – Sun 26 November

Jurassic Art and Craft Fayre at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre 10.30am – 4.30pm. Plenty of parking. Stalls to include Christmas gifts and decorations, glass, textiles, paintings and cards, jewellery, knitted and stitched gifts, homemade cakes and preserves. Centre shop open as usual. Proceeds to support the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.

 

Sat 25 Nov – Sat 2 December

50 Shades of Red 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.

 

Sunday 26 November

Voice Playshop with Dean Carter (MA Oxon) 10am – 12.30pm. Re-connect with Higher Self by Toning chakras, Vocal Overtoning, and Sacred language, Divine Names and breathwork. Find your Personal Sonic Note and work meaningfully in your key. Oborne Village Hall, OBORNE, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA. £12, Bookings: ahiahel@live.com tel 01935 389655. Ffi centreforpuresound.org.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls with vocal overtoning with Dean Carter (MA Oxon). 2pm – 4pm £12, Oborne Village Hall, Obirbe, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA. Bring a blanket and something comfy to lie down on. To book your space email: ahiahel@live.com tel 01935 389655. Ffi centreforpuresound.org.

The David Hall Christmas Tea Party 2pm – 4pm. Celebrate the start of the Christmas Season with fun and festivities at The David Hall. Enjoy the live music, Christmas stalls and children’s entertainment. Plus, be part of the countdown for the South Petherton Christmas Lights Switch-on. Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Joglaresa – The Enchantress of Seville Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 2.30pm (doors & bar 2pm), £15 / £13 members & concessions Tel. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Following their visit to Dorchester last Christmas, Joglaresa, Belinda Sykes’ groundbreaking medieval music ensemble, return to explore the roots of Iberian song – motets from the Convent of Las Huelgas, Arab-Andalusian ballads and Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Bridport Chamber Orchestra Concert 3pm The United Church, Bridport. Tickets £10 from the Bridport Music Centre and on the door. Student admission free. Teas after the concert. 01935 824786 for further information.

Classical Chamber Music Concert Award-winning cellist, Yoanna Prodanova with pianist Mikai Ritivoiu presenting sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms and Fauré along with Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro. 3pm – 5pm at Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, tickets for the autumn concerts are £13 at the door, www.weymouthmusic.org.

 

Monday 27 November

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

Golden Cap Association Talk Slavery, Dorset And West Country Connections Talk by Jane Ferentzi Sheppard. Jane is a Family, Local and Migration Historian.  For the last 20 years she has been researching migration from Dorset all over the world in the 1800’s. More recently she has been studying slavery in Dorset, especially the Drax family. Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport 2.30pm. Non-members welcome. Admission £3. Includes tea or coffee and biscuits For further information 01308 863577.

Bridport Folk Dance Club meets at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playford-style to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s long-established weekly club, this week featuring live music from Chris Toyne with caller Eileen Nightingale. No partner or previous experience required. Admission £4. Membership available at £2 per year. Contact Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442. (Also on 13th, 20th, and 23rd with recorded music and club callers).

 

Tuesday 28 November

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 mile Abbotsbury and Portesham walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 489567.

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset (formerly Neroche DFAS) 10am – 3.30pm. Monks Yard, Ilminster. A Day of Special Interest – “From Page to Stage” – Shakespeare, Austen and Dickens – by Jane Tapley. Members £35 non-members £40 includes coffee, lunch. www.theartssocietynerochesouthsomerset.org.uk.

Cooking for One Demo with HALFF 11am – 12.30pm. (Health and Local Food for Families).  Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking for one and covering nutritional advice for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and modified diets (eg puree/fork mashable). At The Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton, EX12 2LT. No need to book, just turn up, it’s free.  Call Nikki on 01297 631782, or email nikki@halff.org.uk for more information.

Bridport & District U3A Having a Wild Time in Zimbabwe: speaker Brain Pettit describes his time with wildlife and the building a school for local children.  Talk starts at 2pm in the Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport.

Lyme Regis Art Society A Workshop  with Charcoal and Oils “Drawing and Painting portraits” with Hannah Twine in The Lyme Regis Football Club on Charmouth Rd Lyme Regis Contact P. Dench 01297 445070 for times.

Dorset Wildlife Trust – West Dorset Group / The Lyme Regis Society Joint meeting. “Who’s who? – using photo-identification to monitor south-west dolphin populations”, an illustrated talk by Dr Rachel Davies, European Cetacean Monitoring Coalition. 2.30pm, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG.  All welcome: members £2; non-members £3, inc. refreshments 01308 423442.

Tea Dance for Childrens Hospice SouthWest at All Saints Hall EX10 8ES 2.30pm. £3 inc Tea,coffee & biscuit 01395 579856 or 577122.

Beaminster Museum Winter Talk ‘Hooke Village – Delving into the Past’ with speaker Duncan Harris. In the Museum and start at 2.30pm. Admission charge £2.50 www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com.

Guitar Club Informal gathering of guitarists who get together to play – sometimes sing – well-known pop, country and folk tunes, using simple chords. No tuition, no stress, just fun strumming. From 3.30pm for up to three hours. £2 per head. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Martock History Group The Postal System of Great Britain from mediaeval times up until 1840, by Roger Marsh. In Martock there still is a Post Office next to Martock’s main post horse and victualling station, the White Hart, with a big curved window to watch the mail horses coming. Martock School, Elmleigh Road, TA12 6EF. Doors open 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm. Admission £3 or a year’s membership for only £10, 01935 822202 for details.

Merriott Gardening Club A talk in the year of South Somerset’s Parks and Gardens by Stephen Fox of Yeovil DC Parks and Gardens. Meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments and Raffle

and don’t forget to bring your favourite flower for the Flower of the Month competition. Everyone welcome – non-members £2. Contact 01460 72298.

 

Wednesday 29 November

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Intimissimi on Ice with Andrea Bocelli at The Gateway, Seaton. Andrea Bocelli returns to cinemas  to star in this feature-length special event ice show where opera, pop music, figure skating and fashion combine for this breath-taking performance produced and filmed at the iconic Arena Di Verona in Italy. Licensed bar. Doors 6.30pm, starts 7pm. Tickets £12.50 from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

Meat Bingo at Ashill Village Hall, Nr Illminster at 7.30pm. All proceeds to various charities, everyone welcome 01823 480848.

Sidmouth Photographic Club All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES. Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369  www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk. 7.30pm Comp 2 – Judge Rod Fry, ARPS, CPAGB.

 

Thursday 30 November

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile Ham Hill, Montacute and Little Norton walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 459282.

National Trust South Dorset Association “An Insight into the Operation of Weymouth Harbour” by Keith Howorth, Harbour Master. 2.30pm St Aldhelm’s Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW (parking available at the rear of the Church). NTSDA members  £3 Non-NTSDA members £4 inc tea/biscuits. 01300 321601 geoffwrench@lineone.net.

Chard Camera Club Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm with former WRNS Photographer Glynis Shaw who has recently been commissioned to put a book together (WRNS behind the lens) in celebration of Wren photographers for the centenary celebration of the WRNS.

Remembrance of Lost Species Day in honour of extinct and endangered species. Hosted by Sandra Reeve (Move into Life) Evening vigil: 6pm – 12midnight. Drop in or stay throughout. Performance, music, song, visual art, words, meditation and reflection.Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset DT6 6ND Donations to World Wildlife Fund- Endangered Species. For more information: 01297 560511.

Ben Waters 8pm. Appearing at the Sydney Opera House next year, international pianist Ben Waters brings some of the world’s most talented musicians to the Marine to play some foot tapping Rock ‘n Roll, boogie woogie and blues. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.