Coast and Countryside Events

Wednesday 31 January

Sidmouth Photographic Club meets every other  Wednesday Evening at All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES. Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369  www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk. 7.30pm Comp 3, Judge: John Tilsley, ARPS, APAGB, DPAGB.

Seaton and District Probus Club. Talk by John Lowe – Freddie: The Story of a WW2 RAF Bomber Pilot. We meet at 10am at Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton., talk starts at 10.30. We are a friendly, sociable club for retired and semi-retired men. New members are welcome – come along and give us a try. More information at www.seatonprobus.co.uk or from Dave Bridges on 01297 21560.

 

Thursday 1 February

WDHS Retirement Fellowship The next meeting of the West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship at 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Christine Shaw will give a talk on the Mysteries of the Maya. New members welcome.

The Seaton Down Hoard by Thomas Cadbury; Assistant Curator, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. The local history of the area is reviewed to set the discovery in context. Hosted by the Friends of Lyme Regis Philpot Museum. Woodmead Hall, Hill Rd, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG, starting at 2.30pm. Admission: Museum Friends £2; Visitors £3; to include tea and biscuits. Further information from David Cox on 01297 443156.

Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society ‘Preparing for the show bench’, a talk by Mark and Peter Read. St. Nicholas Primary School, Dorchester Road, Broadwey, Weymouth starting at 7.30pm. Details from 01305 814887 www.budhs.org.uk.

Chard Camera Club in the Baptist Church  Hall, Holyrood Street at 7.30pm. A talk on ‘Tales of wildlife’ will be given by photographer Mr David Chapman. Further details can be deemed from the clubs website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by giving membership secretary Joyce a call on 01460 66885.

Talk: Gerard Manley Hopkins: life and poems 100 years after first publication. 6.30pm Talk with readings by Graham Fawcett. Enduringly popular and current, Hopkins is famous for his sprung rhythms which he uses to express his passion for the natural world. However it took three minor miracles for any of Hopkins’ poems to be written at all. Come to the talk to hear the poems and the story of how they came to be written and published years after his death. Tickets: £10 or £25 with sumptuous buffet dinner to follow. Café Sladers, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, DT6 4EL. www.sladersyard.co.uk @sladersyard

 

Friday 2 February

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Gittisham. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01404 549390 .

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2.15pm – 3.15pm. music workshop with Tribe of the Lost Tea Cups. 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.

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have a have an interesting talk ‘South Dorset Ridgeway Mapping Project’ the Speaker is Claire Pinder. Guests £2 at the Door.

Dorset Wildlife Trust talk The Plant Hunters. An illustrated talk by Charlie Rugeroni, landscape designer and wildlife tour guide formerly with English Nature, Butterfly Conservation and MarineLife. Starts 7.30pm at Bridport United Church hall, East Street, Bridport. Donation suggested £2 (£3 non-members), includes refreshments. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Women of World War I – A Tribute in Music, Words & Images At 8pm. Tickets: £12 (£27 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be booked in advance).  Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Bowjangles – The Quest for Excalibow presented by Artsreach at Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall 7.30pm. Intrepid string quartet Bowjangles present their most magical show so far. www.artsreach.co.uk. Doors open 7pm. Bar and raffle. Tickets from the self service box office at The Charmouth Practice (below the Royal Oak) £10 (U18: £6 and family of 4 with at least 2 children : £25). Phone 01297 560948.

Graham Fellows 8pm Music at Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Saturday 3 February

Annual  Potato Day Clapton  Wayford Drimpton & District  Horticultural  Society 10.20am – 2.30pm. Drimpton Village Hall, Chard Rd, Drimpton, Dorset, DT8 3RF. An opportunity to learn more about the humble potato. Fun for all ages.
Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club
7 mile walk. Maiden Newton, Lower Wraxall, Cattistock 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.
South Somerset Monochrome Group
10am – 12noon at The Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PT. ‘Documentary Photography’ – an illustrated talk by Matilda Temperley. All levels of experience welcome. £5 including refreshments. southsomersetmonogroup@gmail.com.
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.
The Sagas of Noggin the Nog 2pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Assoc presents a talk by Susan Vincent (Member of the Lawrence Society): T E Lawrence: his life & friends in Dorset at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne  2.30pm  £3 / £5 (includes tea and biscuits).  www.BVYNTassoc.wordpress.com.
Bridport Ceilidhs this month features Stick the Fiddle with Monty crook calling. No partner needed; come along to Church House (St Mary’s) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW, doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm – 11pm dance. See the website for more details and how to buy online:  www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com.
Reggae Night
Launch of a new event at the Marine. Headlined by Gringo Ska, a group that plays authentic early reggae, rocksteady, and ska. Guest reggae DJs play in to the night. Doors 7.30pm, £6 adv / £8 on the door. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138 Booking Fee may apply.
Young Peoples Music Festival Concert 7pm. Come and hear young musicians showcasing their talents at The Hamdon Community Arts Project (former URC building ) North Street, Stoke sub Hamdon. Any further details Tel. 01935 579730.
Chris Wood at 8pm. A frequent performer at The David Hall, Chris Wood is a self-taught musician, composer and song writer. Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340.
Some People Vs Reginald D Hunter 8pm Electric Palace Bridport, www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Sat 3 – Sun 4 February

Forde Abbey Snowdrop weekend Throughout February the 30 acres of award-winning gardens are carpeted in a spectacular display of snowdrops, heralding the start of Spring. Weather pending, the camellias will be in full bloom on the Mount along with an abundance of hellebores and early Spring bulbs making an appearance. Forde Abbey Estate, Chard TA20 4LU, 01460 220231,

www.fordeabbey.co.uk.


Sunday 4 February

Snowdrop Sunday at Mapperton 10am – 4pm. Coffees, teas, cakes. (No lunches). Entry  £4.50 Adults.  Children free. Wander round the gardens looking for snowdrops and many other signs of spring. Also 11 February.

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 10mile circular walk from Bridport. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01308 456463.

Bolshoi Ballet: Lady of the Camellias 3pm Electric Palace Bridport, www.electricpalace.org.uk.
Bowjangles! A very welcome return for this exciting quartet – the singing, dancing, comedy, cabaret, variety, theatrical string quartet. Simply great fun and very, very talented. Not to be missed! £10, tickets in advance from cbain7@gmail.com. 3pm Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall.

 

Monday 5 February

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 19th, 26th.

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

Axminster Carnival Bingo Axminster Guildhall Doors open 7pm eyes down 8pm. Also 19th 26th February.

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 Mondays in February 12th, 19th, 26th. 7.30pm – 10pm. Cost £1.50. Dance: Saturday 17th February. Bring a plate of food to share. Cost; £3.

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset (formerly Neroche DFAS)  7.15pm at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton. “Habitat Catalogued”  by Caroline Macdonald Haig. Visitors £5. To find out more about the Society and its 2017-18 programme, www.theartssocietynerochesouthsomerset.org.uk.

 

Tuesday 6 February

Textile and Brocante at the Mackarness Hall, Honiton, 10am – 3pm with free entry.

Poetry Words and Walk at Thorncombe Woods 1.30pm  – 2.30pm. These gentle strolls look at the landscape using senses such as touch, sound and smells to enable those involved to discover the reserve. There are a couple of different style walks through the woodland, some are poetry focused whilst others are based more around the sensory experience. Thorncombe Woods, Dorchester, DT2 8QH. Delivered by Reserve Rangers as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Claire on 01305 251228 to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. Also 20th.

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Bridport Community Hospital 2pm – 4pm. 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 20th, 27th.

Lyme Regis Art Society demonstration in oils in The Woodmead Halls 2pm – 4pm by Paul Dolmon, “Seascape with Light and Atmosphere”. For details see www.lymeregisartssociety.org.uk or contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464.

Stanchester Quire The “Community Quire with a difference” starts it’s Spring season at 7.45pm, at Martock Christian Fellowship Centre, Church Street, Martock, TA12 6JL. New members always very welcome, ability to read music not essential. stanchesterquire1@gmail.com or phone 01935 822287. Follow on Facebook.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild meeting ‘A day in the life of a funeral director’ by Barry Gibbs.  New members and visitors will be very welcome to join at this not too serious meeting held at Manor Court School at 7pm.

Dorchester Civic Society Dorchester Arts’s Move – What’s brewing? Mark Tattersall, Artistic Director of Dorchester Arts, will address members of Dorchester Civic Society on the progress of the move of Arts to the Maltings at the Brewery Site. The talk is at Dorford Centre, Top O’ Town, Dorchester. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Free to members. Non members are encouraged to contribute £ 3. Refreshments are available before talk.

 

Wednesday 7 February

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Thorncombe. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 812678.

Cakes and Bakes Stall at Bridport United Church Coffee Morning. Bridport Barnardo’s Helpers’ Group 10am – 12noon.

Colyton, Colyford & District Memory Café 2pm – 4pm in St John Hall, King St, Colyton. Offering 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.

Axminster’s James Davidson 1793–1864 wrote books on Axminster and information about archaeological sites across Devon.  In an illustrated talk, Dr Jill Cobley will highlight what this relatively unknown Axminster antiquarian Davidson tells us about his research and findings. Axminster Historical Society 7.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, 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.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club meets at 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, EX14 3AF. Come along and get a weekly dancing ‘fix’ in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Entry £3.50. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229, see gittishamfolkdanceclub.org. Also 14, 21 and 28 February.

Sidmouth Photographic Club at All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 – Email www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk 7.30pm Critique Session Bring 3 Prints for discussion.

Bridport Camera Club Talk by Tony Worobiec – Abandoned on the Plain – Fragments of the American Dream.  Visual treat looking at the abandoned and the derelict. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561.

 

Thursday 8 February

Crewkerne Gardening Club FUNGI!  Michael Jordan will talk about “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors £2.50 , including refreshments.

Chard Royal Naval Association quiz at this social meeting at the Chard Rugby Football Club, Essex Close at 7.30pm. Further enquiry to join details can be obtained from the secretary of the association Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978.

Seavington Gardening Club at 7pm coffee and tea will be served before speaker Marcus Dancer begins his talk at 7.30pm on “Clematis , how to grow them successfully.” The meeting will be held in Seavington Millennium Hall . Visitors are welcome £2 at the door. Enquiries to Karen Day 01460 929605.

Mike Denham’s Sunset Cafe Stompers Martock Parish Church:, 7.30pm.

The Black Death Comes to Dorset Author Minette Walters in conversation with Carola Campbell.  The author discusses her new book ‘The Last Hours’ – a story of the Black Death in medieval Dorset 6.30pm for 7pm at Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RP. Tickets: £10 (members £8) (incl. canapés & a glass of wine). To book tickets for the event contact Dorset Archives Trust on 01305 228922 or email enquiries@dorsetarchivestrust.org. For further information visit www.dorsetarchivestrust.org/events or contact Sam Johnston, DAT Hon Secretary at Dorset History Centre on 01305 228929.

The Devil’s Violin Villages in Action, Sheldon Village Hall. 7.30pm The Devil’s Violin bring their show “Stolen” to Sheldon. This is fairytales for grown-ups. It is suitable for everyone age 10+. Tickets for this event cost £8 adult and £6 child and can be booked now from either John Carr on 01404 841367 or Siobhan Murphy on 07999 538 408 or by email to smurphy315bb@gmail.com. Doors for this event open at 7pm, licenced bar and other refreshments will be available, the show begins at 7.30pm.

 

Friday 9 February

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

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5.5 mile circular walk from Lyme Regis. Dogs on short leads. 01297 21797.

U3A Social and information morning for University of the Third Age Heritage Coast – Lyme Regis and area. Come for free coffee and chat. Members old and new can relax in each other’s company and survey all the opportunities for learning and leisure represented by the 50 or more activity groups that run under the U3A umbrella. Many group leaders will be there. Members and non-members all welcome. Coffee served from 10am. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. To find out more about the U3A, and to join in if you wish, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 444566.

Food on Friday 12noon at Clapton & Wayford Village hall: two course hot 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.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm how organic chocolate is made with Amanda from Amuse Chocolate in Symondsbury. 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.

Chard History Group “Images of Majesty: Portraits of Henry V11 to Elizabeth 11”. The presentation is by Richard Kay, the Director of the Picture Department of Lawrences Auctioneers. 7.30pm at Manor Court Primary School. Refreshment available. New members and guests welcome.Members £2. Guests £3.Free parking in School Yard. For information 01460-66165.

The Memphis Jazz Band Hampshire-based band, playing mainly Chicago style Dixieland jazz, plus a bit of traditional jazz and swing. At 8pm. Tickets: £14 (£29 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Kilmington Garden Club sees the return of the very popular Neil Lovesey with his talk entitled “How did it die!”. Neil will advise on what a plant needs and how to recognise problems before they become fatal. Kilmington Village Hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF. 7.30pm, non members welcome  £2.
Outside the Box – A Live Show About Death
at 7.30pm. Full Circle Productions present: Written & performed by Liz Rothschild, Directed by Jo Bousfield. Liz Rothschild is a performer, celebrant and award-winning burial ground owner. Her unique insights and experiences have created a highly original and beautifully cathartic show, combining mercurial tales and miraculous truths, collected over the years from life’s finishing line. Outside the Box confronts the ‘elephant in the room’ with grace and humour, asking its audience to embrace mortality and look on the bright side of life. Tickets: £10 Full. £9 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340.
The New Jersey Boys
7.30pm. The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at Guildhall,Axminster. Early booking recommended. Ticket £18  (unreserved) from Archway Bookshop 01297 33595. TIC Bridport 01308 424901. Online www.wegottickets.com.
Emily Maguire
Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.
Jazz Café
8pm Bridport Arts Centre, www.bridport-arts.com.
Into the Groove: 80s Night Get shell-suited and booted for a fun eighties disco at the Marine. Expect all the hits from Michael Jackson, Madonna, Duran Duran, and many more. Over the top eighties fancy dress is encouraged, but not compulsory. Doors 8pm, £5 adv / £7 on the door. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138 Booking Fee may apply.
Jazz at Shute! The Neil Maya Quartet – ‘Dave Brubeck Project’ at St Michaels Church, Shute at 7pm. Let this superb quartet immerse you in the cool sounds of one of the world’s greatest jazz bands, the Dave Brubeck Quartet for an evening. Profits in aid of the church fabric fund. Tickets available from Archway Bookshop, Axminster or phone 01404 831675.

Half the World Away 8pm Bridport Arts Centre, www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Fri 9 – Sat 10 February

Forde Abbey Snowdrop weekend Throughout February the 30 acres of award-winning gardens are carpeted in a spectacular display of snowdrops, heralding the start of Spring. Weather pending, the camellias will be in full bloom on the Mount along with an abundance of hellebores and early Spring bulbs making an appearance. Forde Abbey Estate, Chard TA20 4LU, 01460 220231, www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

 

Saturday 10 February

Valentine Farmers Market (?) come and buy someone you like a special food parcel and find true love. 10am – 1pm in the Moorlands Shopping Precinct, North Street, Martock. 16 stalls. 01935 822202 for a table.

Snowdrops at Minterne Gardens Minterne Magna, Dorset DT2 7AU. Visit Minterne Gardens and enjoy their appearance from 10 February onwards. Gardens open daily 10am – 6pm. Expect to see carpets of these dainty white flowers adorning the banks in Minterne’s 27-acre wild woodland garden. 2-for-1 while the snowdrops last – (£6 for 2 adults.) www.minterne.co.uk 01300 341370.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk. Salcombe Regis, coast path to Sidmouth, Fortescue 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.
West Dorset Group of the SDFHS
meeting Loders Village Hall, 2pm. Member Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard will be talking about the ‘Communities and life around Hardown Hill’. The area had some of the worst poverty in the county and Jane will look at how that affected the lives of the people who lived there. Members  £1.50 and visitors £3, tea and biscuits, so do come along and meet the group. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.
Egyptian Society Taunton
“Theban Harbours and Waterscapes Survey: New Discoveries Challenges in Mapping the Changing Nile Floodplain at Thebes”.  Speaker Mr K Strutt, University of Southampton.  The lecture will take place at 2pm and will be held at the Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4EP. http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home.
Partita, Fantasia, Caprice: Philippa Mo, solo violin 6.30pm Gifted and internationally acclaimed, Philippa Mo’s fascinating and carefully thought-through programmes and introductions to the pieces she chooses shed an illuminating personal light on her precise deeply felt violin playing. This is the second concert of a series of six playing all six of Bach’s works for violin, one per concert, with dances and fantasias both baroque and contemporary woven into the programme. Tickets: £12.50 or £28 with sumptuous buffet dinner to follow. t: 01308 459511 to book. Café Sladers, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, DT6 4EL. www.sladersyard.co.uk @sladersyard.
The Pasadena Roof Orchestra Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £22 / £20 members & concessions Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. A vintage dance band in every sense of the word!

St. John’,s Tatworth 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. In aid of Church funds.
Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves
8pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
Jazz Jurassica
A charismatic performer, Maggie Reeday combines jazz standards with soul, Latin, and blues material. She’s Maggie Reeday has appeared at Ronnie Scott’s, London’s Jazz Cafe, and has even performed for royalty. There’s a two course meal included from local caterers Dottie Kitchen. Doors open at 6pm, £22 adv including food. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138.
The Tannahill Weavers at 8pm. This dynamic quartet plays Scottish Traditional music at its best. The band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumental leaves their audiences spellbound. As tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahills can summon rock-n-roll intensity or haunting introspection. Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340.

 

Sunday 11 February
An Afternoon of Musical Joy Beat the Winter Blues 3.30pm – 6.30pm The Tithe Barn, Manor Yard, Symondsbury. Pre book tickets £15, U16 £7.50 www.symondsburyestate.co.uk, 01308 424116. Showcasing wonderful local talent, both professional and amateur, in a concert of classical and contemporary music.

Snowdrop Sunday at Mapperton 10am – 4pm. Coffees, teas, cakes. (No lunches). Entry  £4.50 Adults.  Children free. Wander round the gardens looking for snowdrops and many other signs of spring. Also 11 February. 
East Devon Ramblers
leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Colaton Raleigh. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 513974.
Special Sherborne Guided Walk
with Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant. On this occasion there will be a minimum of walking, and it will mostly be inside Castleton Church focusing on local History including, of course, Cindy’s Elizabethan valentine, Walter Raleigh. (Please be advised, there is limited parking at Castleton itself.) Sherborne Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3NL Tel: 01935 815341. http://www.visit-dorset.com.
Snowdrop Tea
at St Nicholas’ Church, Combe Raleigh, Nr Honiton, EX14 4TG, 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Admire the snowdrops in the churchyard, enjoy tea/coffee and cake, snowdrops for sale. For info phone 01404 43929 or 01404 43166.
Sidholme Music Room
3.30pm – 4.30pm Piano recital by Joyce Clarke A personal selection. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104.
The Sagas of Noggin the Nog Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF, 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults) Age guidance 4+ Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. In the ‘Lands of the North’ where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the ‘Men of the Northlands’ sit around their great log fires and tell a tale. These Viking storytellers bring the wonderful tales of Noggin (created by Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin) to the stage in this new piece of theatre for children, families and fans.

 

Monday 12 February

Bird watching for children 10am – 11am and 11am – 12noon, Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands. Come and learn about the birds found at Seaton Wetlands, there will be bird spotting sheets and binoculars to borrow. Booking required, £2 per child. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk.

Swanage Eco Therapy Gardening 2pm – 4pm. Based at an old nursery, Greengage, offers a large greenhouse, planting beds and even a toilet block! Join in with various activities such as planting fruit and vegetables, cleaning vegetation and general maintenance. The Greengage nursery is still in it’s infancy so there is something for all abilities. Refreshments and tools will be provided. This activity is free and delivered by Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Katie on 01202 692 033 or kwilkinson@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. Also 26th.

Yeovil Probus Club presentation at Yeovil Court Hotel 1.30pm. Trekking in Peru. New members always welcome.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting music + holistic health benefits. All ages 19 to 90. Teacher: Julia Hope-Brightwell. 2nd + 4th Mondays. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Cost £10. Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN.

Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk. Also 26 February.

South Wessex Organ Society – ‘Play it Cool’ 5.15pm at St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis. Alex Davies plays organ music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including ‘Play it Cool’ by modern Dutch composer Ad Wammes. Visit the SWOS Facebook page to hear Alex practising this piece. Programme also includes music by Reger, Dupré and Howells. The recital is free (retiring collection)  – just turn up. www.sworgansociety.org.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm. Chris Birchall from the Tale Valley Nursery (and formerly Superintendent of Estates and Lady Anne’s Garden at RHS Rosemoor) will be talking about “Choice Plants of Rosemoor”.  Refreshments will be available.  Further information is available on 01305 788939.

 

Tuesday 13 February

Nest box building 10am – 1pm, Reed base at Seaton Wetlands. Make bird nest boxes for your garden with the ranger team, kits £10 with full instruction and help on hand. Booking required, £10 per bird box kit. Find out more and book online wildeastdevon.co.uk.

Tessa Bide – A Strange New Space 11am. Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. 01258 839230. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam.  Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity. Suitable 4+ Winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Primary Times children’s choice award 2017.

Durlston Castle Tour 2.30pm – 3pm. Gentle half-hour strolls along easy terrain, from beautiful clifftop scenery to amazing castle tours. All welcome, but especially suitable for people with dementia and their carers. Call Durlston Rangers on 01929 424443 to book. This event is free as part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. Also 27th February.

Lyme Regis Art Society Talk 2pm – 4pm in The Woodmead Halls by Pamela Simpson  “Exploring Themes of Landscape and Still Life”. For details see www.lymeregisartssociety.org.uk or contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464.

Beaminster Museum Winter talk ‘19th Century Pilots in sailing boats on the Bristol Channel’ given by Diana Trenchard. The admission charge to the talk will be £2.50 per person. Everyone is welcome to attend, the talk will take place in the Museum and start at 2.30pm. www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com.

Tea Dance with refreshments and cake stall – bring your dancing shoes. Axminster Heritage Centre, 2pm – 3.30pm in the Bradshaw Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster. Tickets £3 from 01404 831207.

Bridport History Society United Church Hall, East St. Lucy Goodison ‘Sacred Trees: from the South West to Prehistory’. Members £1 and visitors £3, all welcome. The hall now has a super new screen and projector, so no longer lines on the wall. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Trees, Trees, Trees Come and share your particular experiences of trees, irrespective of age or size.  Come and share how they help you shape your view of the world. Come and share your presence even if you have little to say! All welcome. The Blue Room, Royal Lion Hotel Lyme Regis, 7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start.  Enquires Jo: 07525005430.

John Robins: The Darkness of Robins Electric Palace Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Tues 13 – Sat 17 February

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs 7pm + Sat 2pm Adult £10, Child £8. Honiton Community Theatre Company bring you the fairest panto in all the land, a perfect family adventure this half-term. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

South Pacific presented by The Piddle Valley Players 7pm, Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, £10 including refreshments. Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrenthide Post Office from January.

 

Wednesday 14 February

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 9.5 mile circular walk from Bettiscombe. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 823781.

Bird feeding fun! 1pm – 3pm, Younghayes Community Centre, Cranbrook, EX5 7DR. Come along and make bird feeders for our feathered friends. Encourage birds into your garden. No booking required, £2 per person. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk.

Axe Valley Centre, National Trust AGM and talk on Killerton by Rob Hunt. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Non-members welcome £2 including refreshments.

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 for more details. Also on 21 and 28 February.

Colyford & District Photographic Club at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com. Tutorial– how to present your images for dpi and print practical.
Met opera: L’Elisir D’Amore
6pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
RSC Live: Twelfth Night This is the first of our season of live performance broadcasts from RSC and the National Theatre. Treat your loved one to a unique St. Valentine’s Day gift. Adrian Edmondson stars in Shakespeare’s tale of unrequited love; it’s hilarious yet heartbreaking. Doors open at 6pm, £11 advance / £12.50 on the door. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138. Booking Fee may apply.
John Hudson, Mario Lanza and Me Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF, 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £15 / £13 members & concessions Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. life,

 

Thursday 15 February

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.

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

Illustrated local history talk 7.30pm at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – David Bryant will recall local places, including Clapton, in times gone by. All welcome; £4 includes cheese & wine. Jackie 01460 72324.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Patagonia – A South American Wilderness’ An illustrated talk presented by Lynn & Steve Osborne. A wilderness of glaciers, mountains and spectacular coastlines.  Wildlife includes whales, seals, penguins, mountain lions and parakeets, to name but a few. 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.

Tatworth WI meeting at 7.30pm in Tatworth Memorial Hall welcomes Caroline Reeves, who teaches members how to improve their singing by “Having fun with music and singing.”

Bridport & District Gardening Club Malcolm Mills speaks about Roses. 7.30pm, Womens Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3EQ.

Chard Camera Club The club is holding two events this evening when they will be judged on their submitted panel of three images depicting a subject of their choice in the Peter Partridge Panel Competition. The second set of Digital projected images on an ‘Open’ selection will then be judged. A bus night but a rewarding night should be had. Baptist Church  Hall,  Holyrood Street at 7.30pm www.chardcameraclub.org.uk, Joyce 01460 66885.

Benjamin Ferrey: The Man who Rebuilt Wessex An Evening with Dr Francis Burroughes – Bringing Architecture to Life presented by YCAA. As an architect, Benjamin Ferrey (1810 – 1880) has been almost forgotten. Yet in his time, he was staggeringly successful, building and restoring over 400 churches, houses and public buildings in Dorset, Somerset and beyond. Dr Burroughes’ lavishly illustrated talk will appeal particularly to local history enthusiasts, and those interested in art and design, the Gothic Revival style and Victorian history in general. 7.30pm, Johnson Studio at the Octagon Theatre, Tickets £6 per person. Box Office, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil Tel: 01935 422884. Bar available and nibbles provided. www.yeovilarts.co.uk, YeovilCommunityArtsAssociation @ycaanews.

South Dorset RSPB Group at St George’s Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester at 7.45pm talk by Colin Tracy. The talk is “The Art of Nature Photography “How to make beautiful and artistic nature photographs from the beauty we see around us in Dorset. Admission £3 members, £3.50 visitors to include coffee and biscuits.

 

Friday 16 February

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Harcombe. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 514265.

Classic Concert 11am Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
Henhayes Centre Crewkerne Chef’s Special Lunch at 12.30pm. Roast Chicken followed by Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce. To start a choice of 3 fruit juices then finish with tea/coffee and choccies. The Bar is open. Booking is essential only £9 (members £8) Tel 01460 74340.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. AGM with our own Rita as guest speaker. 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.

We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Townsend Productions) Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF, 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm), £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5. Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. A welcome return for Townsend Productions (We Will Be Free; The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists). Also at Bridport Arts Centre and The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

Concerts in the West presents Ferio Saxophone Quartet Featuring Huw Wiggin, Ellie McMurray, Jose Banuls and Shevaughan Beere. For full programme information see: www.concertsinthewest.org. At 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£30 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.

The Complete Freedom of Truth Performance 7pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com .

 

Saturday 17 February

The First Portland Permaculture Fayre at St Georges Reforne, Easton, Portland DT5 2AN. The Fayre offers stalls, local crafts and produce, talks and demonstrations, children’s activities, refreshments and food. Agatha Rodgers, agathamanouche@hotmail.com Tel : 07973280943.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6 mile walk.  Hardy Monument, Loscombe Farm, White Hill Barn 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

The nurdle hunt 12noon – 1.30pm. Meeting at the bottom of the Heritage Centre steps, stay for as little or as long as you like. Full details (including what nurdles are!) included on the website: http://charmouth.org/chcc/events/the-great-nurdle-hunt/.

Henhayes Centre Craft/Table Top Sales 10am – 1pm  Free Entry, Lots to buy.  Refreshments. At Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. More info 01460 74340.

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 Bring a plate of food to share. Cost; £3.

Quiz Night organised by Misterton Tennis Club at Village Hall Unity Lane 7pm . Quiz to include ploughman`s supper ,teams 4 to 6 people at £6 per head. To book contact Bob Waterhouse on 01935 891260 or Mobile 07956592022.
Ile Valley Flower Club Quiz Night
Horton Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm. £5 per person to include a good sandwich supper. Bring your own beverage. Please book on 01460 75025 or 67149 plenty of parking.
Lyme Regis Comedy Club
Returning for its second outing at the Marine, compere Tom Glover hosts a trio of hilarious comics. Matt Richardson headlines. He’s joined by Kieran Boyd and James Loveridge. Doors open at 7pm, £8 advance, £10 on the door. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138. Booking Fee may apply.
An 80s Disco Dynamite of an Evening playing non stop music of the era! Axminster Guildhall from 8pm  12midnight is the place to be. Tickets £10 from www.ticketsource.co.uk or The Archway Bookshop 01297 33595. Fancy Dress Optional. Brighten up a cold February by dancing the night away.
Midlife Crisis Disco – A Support The David Hall Event at 7.30pm. Time again to strut your funky stuff and shake yer bootie!  Tickets: £5. No concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340.
We are the Lions, Mr Manager! 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Sat 17 – Sun 18 February

Forde Abbey Snowdrop weekend Throughout February the 30 acres of award-winning gardens are carpeted in a spectacular display of snowdrops, heralding the start of Spring. Weather pending, the camellias will be in full bloom on the Mount along with an abundance of hellebores and early Spring bulbs making an appearance. Forde Abbey Estate, Chard TA20 4LU, 01460 220231, www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

 

Sunday 18 February

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 7.5 mile circular walk from Axminster. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552313.

Divine Union Soundbath 2pm – 4pm. Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX.

Axe Vale Orchestra Seaton Methodist Church EX12 2NZ at 3pm perform Gordon Langford  Axminster Overture, Dvorak Slavonic Dances Op 46 nos 2 & 8, Beethoven Symphony No. 5. Conducted by Arturo Serna.  Tickets £10 ( includes tea & cakes) Students free available from Steve’s News 01297 21158 & Archway Bookshop 01297 33595.

 

Tuesday 20 February

Lyme Regis Art Society demonstration in watercolour in The Woodmead Halls 2pm – 4pm by David Webb “Rocky Coastline”. For details see www.lymeregisartssociety.org.uk or contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464.

 

Wednesday 21 February

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Blackdown. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 516897.

Nordic Walking at Furleigh Estate 10.45am – 12.15pm Qualified NW instructors Jane Williams & Paul Duffy will lead this session around the vineyard. All levels of fitness welcome. Coffee to start followed by a one hour session and a glass of Furleigh fizz to finish. Tickets are £10 & available via the website. Due to limited places prior booking essential. www.furleighestate.co.uk/events Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Dorset, DT6 5JF, 01308488991.

The Honiton U3A  welcome their speaker – Dr Robin Wootton – (Honorary Fellow Insect Biomechanics Exeter University) and his subject will be  ‘How and why butterflies fly’. The Beehive Centre, Dowell St., Honiton. Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2) Further information: 01404 598008  Website: http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

The Arts Society Monthly Lecture The Pre-Raphaelites: Their Work & Their Women, Lecturer: Pamela Halford at Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport DT6 6AR. 2pm for 2.30pm. Non-members welcome, £7.50​.

Devonshire Association, Axe Valley Branch: at 2.30pm. An illustrated talk by Peter Youngman (East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty); “Legacy to Landscape – Linking King John’s Oak to the future” Legacy to Landscape is a three-year project involving the community and celebrates a hidden area of landscape in an area of East Devon, based on a 1780s map of the Shute Estate. At the Pavillion, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road, Colyton EX24 5PU. Entrance donation £1.00 for DA members and £3.00 for non-members. Contact: Brian Denham 01297551529 or brian_denham@talktalk.net.

Legacy to Landscape Linking King John’s Oak to the future, 2.30pm, Pavillion, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, 37 Coly Road, Colyton EX24 5PU. An illustrated talk about this community heritage  project celebrating the landscape of the  historic Shute Estate by Pete Youngman, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Event organised by Devonshire Association, Axe Valley Branch. No booking required. Entrance donation £1 for DA members,  £3 for non-members. Further information: Brian Denham 01297 551529,brian_denham@talktalk.net. www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape. Free tree grafting workshop on 25 Feb – see courses and workshops section.

Colyton & District Garden Society Talk: The Growing Art of Bonsai by Neil Hutchings, Devon Bonsai.  At Colyton Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Members free, guests £3. For more information call Sue Price on 01297 552362.

Sidmouth Photographic Club at All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 – Email www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk 7.30pm Speaker John Hawkins CPAGB – Cathedrals & Churches.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club Douglas Beazer ‘British Military train to Berlin and The Royal Train’ 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.

Colyton Parish History Society and Heritage Centre ‘Elizabethan Lyme Regis’ – an illustrated talk by local author Peter Lacey featuring his latest book – a biography of Sir George Somers, the well known privateer and merchant from Lyme Regis. 7.30pm at Colyford Memorial Hall. £2 non-members refreshments included.

The Beehive Acoustic Cafe 8pm Free entry. All welcome to perform or listen at this open mic night hosted by Terry Stacey. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

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

bgroup – ‘Point of Echoes’ This haunting tale of love, death and monsters, blends tones of a Wes Anderson film with  the eerie dread of The Twilight Zone .Weds 21st Feb 7.30pm Stockland Village Hall EX14 9EF. Renowned UK Choreographer Ben Wright collaborates with Musician/writer Stuart Warwick to create an immersive & uncanny evening of dance theatre. Ticket info: Wendy 01404881207.

Bridport Camera Club Competition 2 – Monochrome -.Judged by Tim Booth. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561.

Comedy Café 8pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Wed 21 – Sat 24 February

Treasure Island presented by Bridport Pantomime Players 7.30pm each night and some afternoon performances. Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk. Tickets for the pantomime are available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre in person or by calling 01308 424901.

 

Thursday 22 February

Thomas Hardye School Musical Showcases Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF 1pm (doors 12.30pm) FREE (Donations welcome) Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.
National Trust South Dorset Association 2.30pm “Roman Life in South Dorset” by John Smith. St Aldhelm’s Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW ( parking available at rear of church). Members NTSDA £3     Guests £4  inc. tea/biscuits   geoffwrench@lineone.net.
BAC Audience Club 2pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
NT Live Cat On a Hot Tin Roof Sienna Miller leads in this live broadcast of Tennessee Williams’ 20th century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138. Booking Fee may apply.
Flight of Fizz at Furleigh 7.30pm Join us for a charity wine tasting in support of Weldmar Hospice. Mark Banham will be here to lead us through a flight of stunning sparkling wines from Dorset and beyond. Tickets £25 www.furleighestate.co.uk/events Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Dorset, DT6 5JF, 01308488991.
One World ForumThe Strode  Room Church street Beaminster 7.30pm. Janet Lake gives an interactive presentation on ‘The Wisdom  Tradition and Centering Prayer’. Annual  Membership £15, Visitors £4  including  Refreshments. Enquiries to Peter Glanville Tel 01308458283.
NT LIVE: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (15) 7pm Adult £15, Student £12. Live Screening National Theatre Live. By Tennessee Williams. Brick and Maggie (Sienna Miller) dance round the secrets & sexual tensions that threaten their marriage. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Friday 23 February

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Art with Libby, 3.15pm Holly Miller, puppet maker to show her puppets and discuss her forthcoming workshop with us. 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.
Neil Maya Quartet Concert
(take art) Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Cool sounds of one of the greatest JAZZ bands  Dave Brubeck. Playing such classics as Blue Ronda Alk Turk,  Unsquare Dance and of course Take Five. Concert only £10. Including supper £18 (Steak & Ale pie followed by Cherry Sponge) Bar opens from 6pm, Supper served at 6.30pm, Concert starts at 7.45pm. Tickets available at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne 01460 74340 also at Local Information Centre  Town Hall Crewkerne.
Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the top of her genre. The Irish singer Cara Dillon has been captivating audiences and achieving acclaim for over 20 years. Expect traditional Irish songs, alongside Cara’s own material. Doors open at 7.30pm, £18 advance, £20 on the door. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138. Booking Fee may apply.
Alan Barnes and David Newton 8pm Alan Barnes (saxophones and clarinet) and David Newton (piano) have been playing duets together for over 37 years. These multi award-winners cover a vast repertoire from Louis Armstrong to Chick Corea and play with an empathy that can only come with long experience. The emphasis, as always, is on swinging, accessibility and interplay. Expect a hugely entertaining programme of straight ahead jazz flawlessly played and interspersed with lots of anecdotes. Tickets: £15. Book your table for dinner à la carte from 6.30pm. t: 01308 459511. Café Sladers, Sladers Yard, West Bay Road, West Bay, DT6 4EL. www.sladersyard.co.uk @sladersyard.
The Sound of Blue Note with Dave O’Higgins A golden age of jazz brought to life, brilliantly, by some of the best musicians in the South West. Jazz as cool as it comes. At 8pm.  Tickets: £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
At The Ebenezer in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com, Prof Mark Horton ~ The Sinbad Sailors.
Somerset Wildlife Trust Ilminster/Chard group The Wildlife of Devon from shore to moor John Walters ecologist, wildlife illustrator and film-maker will present an exploration of the wonderful variety of wildlife in Devon. Parish Hall, North St, Ilminster TA19 0DG, starting at 7.30pm. Adult members £2, non-members £3. Tea & coffee available. Roadside parking or town car parks. Enquiries: Valerie 01460 234551.
CC Smugglers – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event
at 8pm. Ticket: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340.
Black and White (with a Touch of Pink!) Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF, 7pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £45pp / £400 for a table of 10 Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. An evening of dinner, dancing, music and magic to banish the February blues! Join us in a transformed Corn Exchange for some black and white (and pink) glamour! A fundraising event in aid of Dorchester Arts.
Media Electronica 8pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Fri 23 – Sat 24 February

Forde Abbey Snowdrop weekend Throughout February the 30 acres of award-winning gardens are carpeted in a spectacular display of snowdrops, heralding the start of Spring. Weather pending, the camellias will be in full bloom on the Mount along with an abundance of hellebores and early Spring bulbs making an appearance. Forde Abbey Estate, Chard TA20 4LU, 01460 220231, www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

 

Saturday 24 February

Beaminster Museum Book Sale at the Museum 10am – 1pm. www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com.
Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk. Thorncombe Wood, Puddletown Forest, Hardy’s Cottage 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

WEA Study Day “The Impressionists in London”. Tutor Paul Cartwright.  Hardington Village Hall 10am – 3.30pm. Cost £28 to include a buffet lunch. To register Tel:- 0300 303 3464.

Maiden Newton 5th Annual Potato Day 10.30am – 2pm at Maiden Newton Village Hall (DT2 0AE). Free entry, refreshments, easy parking and next to the station with local arts and crafts as well. Come and choose from 90+ varieties of seed potatoes, 700 heritage seeds, fruit trees, kitchen garden plants, dahlias and much more. All your growing needs for the new season and advice on hand if required! For more info ring Charles Le Vay on 01300 320974 (Maiden Newton Allotments Association).

Friends of Weymouth Library 10.30am Weymouth Library. £3 non members inc refreshments, Enquiries 01305 832613. Philip Browne with the fascinating Part 2 of his Dorset shipwreck tale “The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the wreck of the Halsewell”. Just why was the Captain carrying a valuable cargo of souvenirs and young women including his daughters, who perished off Worth Matravers? Philip’s talk is well researched and dramatically presented.

Beinaband Workshop, a new initiative started under the auspices of the Beaminster Festival encourages people of all ages to take up an instrument and beinaband! 2-4pm, at the Christian Fellowship Hall, East Street Car park. Adults £4, Children £2. Email loispearson51@gmail.com if you are interested in joining. Also on March 24th, April 14th, May 12th,  June 16th

Henhayes Centre Breakfast/Lunch 10am – 11.30am. Still only £4. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast, tea/coffee. Extras available @50p each at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne 01460 74340 No need to book.
Jonathan Weeks
plays and talks about his Medieval Musical Instruments. 2.30pm at South Petherton Parish Church. Tickets £5 ( children half price) includes tea&cake, from N&D News , 01460 249288 or can be bought at the door.
Hot Pastry Lunch and Punch with fun table quiz at Bothenhampton Village Hall, commencing at 12.30pm. Tickets are £6.50 each to include hot pastry lunch, new potatoes, salad with a glass of fruit punch or mulled cider. Last time it was a sell out so if you could like to reserve a ticket please contact Ro on 01308 459259.

MET OPEARA: La Boheme 5.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.
The Tuckers Jazz Club presents La Vie En Rose 8pm. Gypsy Jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli. The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG Ticket £10   www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk  01404 831 280. An Exeter based group of musicians with wide-ranging individual backgrounds in classical music, traditional jazz, rock, blues, country, ragtime and roots, pulled together by the shared pleasure of gypsy jazz and hot swing.
Music Fundraiser: Jess Upton and the Guilty Pleasures
Help raise money for new music equipment at the Marine while having a great night out; what’s not to like? Singer Jess Upton leads this popular Dorset band, with a repertoire of soul, disco, and pop classics. Doors open at 8pm, £10 adv / £12 on the door. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138. Booking Fee may apply.

Tom Toomey & The MonfiCats at 8pm. The MonfiCats are an eclectic group of world-class musicians. The band is well known for its inspirational Fusion music that’s unique and bold with a contemporary and distinctive vibe. Their sound is rooted in a fluid tapestry of many different music genres that include Blues, Jazz, Rock, Roots and Folk…… all beautifully coloured by Spanish, African and Eastern influences.  The line-up is: Tom Toomey (guitars and vocals), Pete Maxfield (double bass), Dave Wallace (drums) and Lee Goodall (saxophone & flute). Tickets: £15 Full. No concessions. 10% of all proceeds will be going to Yeovil Hospice. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340.

The Wildes Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£14 / £12 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Sunday 25 February

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Membury. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552313.
Angels of Sound
Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm Location see below.
Divine Union Soundbath 2pm – 4pm.Oborne Village Hall, OBORNE, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA (Attend either or both sessions @£12 each).
Meet the Rethink Artists Come along and meet the artists behind our latest exhibition, Rethink. 3pm – 5pm.  Free admission. All welcome. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.
Sidholme Music Room 3.30pm – 4.30pm Bramdean School (Chapel Choir and instrumentalists in concert) MD Rachel Bennett Sidholme Reception 01395 515104.
Traditional Choral Evensong
with the Whitchurch Occasional Choir. 6pm, Whitchurch Canonicorum Church.
Acoustic Night
7.30pm – 10.30pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop us an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340.
Jazz in the Bar: Township Jazz with Neil Maya
Saxophonist Neil Maya and pianist Philip Clouts have assembled a set which features music from the greats of South Africa including Abdullah Ibrahim, Miriam Makeba, and Hugh Masakela. Doors open 7pm, £8 adv / £12 on the door. Tickets are available online from marinetheatre.com or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone. Booking Hotline: 01297 442138. Booking Fee may apply.
The Grahams 7.30pm Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. 01258 839230. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam. The Grahams are a treat for all fans of American folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

 

Monday 26 February

Golden Cap Association Talk My Family And Other Smugglers, Talk by Roger Guttridge. 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.

Musbury Garden Club Katharine Crouch, a garden designer and former BBC Gardner of the Year, will how well seasoned gardeners can still be active in the garden. Her illustrated and amusing talk will include plants which look after themselves and some Pilates exercises for gardeners. 7.30pm in Musbury’s village hall. Refreshments are served from 7pm. All welcome. Non-members £2.50.

 

Tuesday 27 February

Dorset Industrial Archaeological Society John Willows, Curator of Wessex Water’s Museum.  The talk starts at 7.30pm in The Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall).  Non-members welcome (small donation suggested).  Further details from 01305 871863.

Merriott Gardening Club Andrew Norton, formerly of East Lambrook Manor, will be giving a talk/slides on Snowdrops. Meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments and Raffle.  Everyone welcome – non-members £2 at the door.  For more details please contact 01460-72298.

Martock History Group 7pm for 7.30pm. Walter Bagehot of Hurds Hill House in Langport, 19th century merchant (of Stuckey and Bagehot fame) turned nationally famous journalist, intellectual and writer on government, economics and literature, so famous he had an asteroid named after him.  Barry Winetrobe will tell all. At Martock CofE school, Elmleigh Road. Admission £3 or annual subscription for only £10. Contact Fergus Dowding on 01935 822 202  for more info.

 

Wednesday 28 February

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Sidford. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 519547.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Free Entry. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340.

Thomas Hardye School Musical Showcases Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF 1pm (doors 12.30pm) FREE (Donations welcome) Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Hedgerow Medicine’ by Helen Kearney. Also at the February meeting collect your Potato and bucket for the Potato Competition at the Summer Show.

Mike Denham Speakeasy with Mike Snelling Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £14 / £12 members & concessions Tel. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. We are delighted to welcome back pianist Mike Denham for the first of his regular Speakeasy nights for 2018 where he will be joined on stage by clarinettist and saxophonist Mike Snelling.