Coast and Countryside Events

October 1
Broadwindsor’s Fun Group hasn’t had much fun at all this year, as with most other fundraising organisations. They are holding an Extraordinary meeting on Thursday, 1st October at 7pm in the Comrades Hall whereupon officers will be elected for the positions of Chairman and Vice Chairman. This is an open meeting and interested parties must be residents of Broadwindsor or Hursey. As social distancing dictates, there will only be room for 30 to attend. Please contact the group at to put forward any nominations, to reserve a place to attend or any enquiries.

October 3
Willow Basket Weaving Workshop, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Weave your own willow basket with willow artist Sarah LeBreton using traditional English techniques and willow grown on the Somerset Levels. Booking, £85, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB,

October 5
Hawkchurch Film Nights, in association with Devon Moviola, returns with the classic Jane Austen comic drama ‘Emma’ (cert. U, 124 mins), starring Anya Taylor-Joy, with a strong supporting cast including Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn, Josh O’Connor and Miranda Hart. As a thank-you to our loyal patrons, tickets are free and are available in advance only from Chris at or leave a message on 01297 678176. Two performances, allocated seating, social distancing and full Covid-19 counter-measures will be in place – details will be issued to ticket-holders. Hawkchurch Village Hall, EX13 5XW. Performances at 4.30pm (doors 4.15pm) and 7.30pm (doors 7.15pm).

October 6
Workshops in Creative process and self expression level 2 begin today in Bridport. 5 Tuesdays 9.00am-3.30pm. ‘Serious play’ with art materials combined with group discussions, enquiry and reflective practice. An opportunity to build on the experience of level 1 and offering longer sessions to develop work with materials. Max 12 participants. Suitable only if you have attended part 1 of the course in Bridport or London. All government guidelines will be implemented. N.B. Participants attend at their own risk. Contact Mary Caddick to discuss the course & to book a place 07557 275275

October 7
Ashill Scottish dancers will meet every Wednesday in October 7th 14th 21st and 28th at Hatch Beauchamp village hall from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Please bring your own drink. £3.00 per person pay on the door. For more information please contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email

October 8
Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Sessions every Thursday on Zoom. Choice of 10.30am to 12.10pm or 2pm – 3.40pm (2 x 40 minutes each with a 20-minute break in the middle) Learn how to manage your hearing loss using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive, friendly group. Contact Ruth for further details. email: text/tel: 07855 340517.

October 9 – 18
Sidmouth Science Festival. Daily talks, competitions and a Citizen Project all online. For full details visit

October 10
Drawing and Painting Still Life: Autumn Fruits and Berries. 10 am to 12 pm. Cost £16. Axminster Heritage Centre, Bradshaw Room. Max 5 students COVID safety measures in place.This workshop is for those new to drawing and painting in watercolour. You will practise drawing what you see and to build up your knowledge of watercolour painting. Tutor Gina Youens to book
West Dorset Group of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society zoom meeting. ‘Where the Dipping if Ripping’: the Dorset Photographs of Joseph Robert Potts, Carlos Guarita. If you would like to join the zoom meeting contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: to be sent a link. Participants can join from 1.30 for 2.00 start. The first zoom meeting with a speaker in September was a great success, so please join in.
Traditional Craft Workshop: Make a Wooden Rake, 9.30 am – 4.00 pm. Make a traditional wooden rake using a wide range of green woodworking tools, in this one-day workshop with Peter Codd. Booking, £75. Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB,

October 13
Bridport History Society, zoom meeting, ‘Loders Back-Along’ Bernard Paull. Bernard grew up in Loders and has published a book about his childhood memories and pictures from his postcard collection. If you would like to join the zoom meeting contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: to be sent a link. Can join from 2.00 and talk starts at 2.30. First zoom meeting in September was a great success so do join us.

October 19
Dillington House, Ilminster. House History with local historian Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard. This is a two day session spread over a month. The first session will look at the sources one can use to start researching a house and there is then time to go away and start on a house history project, returning on the 24 November to present your findings to the group. Cost £116 includes lunch and drinks during the day. For more information contact Dillington direct 01460 258613. It is planned as a ‘face to face’ course with a zoom possibility for those who don’t wish to join in person, this all depends on Government restriction at the time. Also Tuesday November 24.

October 22 – 25
Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society virtual autumn show. Submissions in 6 classes by email to Show goes live October 28th. See for classes and how to enter.

October 27
Photography Workshop, 11- 1 £15/£12 concessions/£10 per person in family or bubble of 4-5. Thelma Hulbert Gallery offsite workshop in Sidmouth 01404 45006

October 28
The Big Draw Family Workshop, 11- 3. Suitable for all ages. Free. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX, 01404 45006

Chard Camera Club – notice
Competition in October. The last face to face meeting of the club was the club AGM back in March 2020. Since then the club has run weekly online photographic challenges aimed at maintaining interest and stimulating ongoing learning in photographic techniques. Judging by the number of entries, these challenges have proved to be very popular with members and have generated some high quality images which can be view on the club website at Our program of lectures and competitions for this year have, for obvious reasons, been delayed. However, following the example set by other camera clubs, the committee have decided to move our program on line and the majority of speakers and judges have agreed to work via Zoom. The program has been revised with the first session, a competition, scheduled for the beginning of October. Full details of the program will be published on the club website in due course.

Honiton Walking Club – notice
Honiton Walking Club have restarted their small group walks for members on existing Club Tuesdays. This is a great time to join a well established local club. Come along on a small group walk led by a walk leader on some of our loveliest footpaths and lanes in and near Honiton and further afield. The group adheres to the government’s social distancing guidelines and group sizes. Meanwhile check out Honiton Walking Club website for details of local walks and their Facebook page for lots of interesting tips and information! New members warmly welcomed!

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club – notice
Thorncombe Rail Activities Club would like to thank it’s Members, Committee and Speakers both past and present over the last 20 years.
Also all the Exhibitors, Traders and helpers at it’s annual Railway Exhibition. TRAC is no longer able to continue in this current climate and the Club has now closed.

Family History Courses
Zoom Courses. Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is planning running family history courses via zoom starting in late October. She is offering beginners, intermediate and refresher options. If you are interested please contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: and we can set up some dates.