Coast and Countryside Events

TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 

U3A Monthly Talk The U3A (University of the Third Age) offers a wide variety of general interest groups for retired, and semi retired people in Bridport and the surrounding areas. 2pm in Bridport United Church Hall in East Street. The cost to non members for each talk is £2. Further Information can be found at www.u3asites.org.uk/bridport. Ian Williamson speaks about ‘Trekking in Machu Picchu’. 

Dorset Grasslands, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Dorset Wildlife Trust and Lyme Regis Society talk by Jim White on types, location and management, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG, www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 

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

Picket Lane Nursery, 7.30pm, ‘The White Garden’ Tithe Barn Merriott. Contact 01460-72298 Merriott Gardening Club             

Ted Udall on ‘slavery to poorhouse’. People who heard Ted talk on parish registers will know he has a deep understanding of history from the perspective of ordinary folk.In Martock Primary School Hall, Elmleigh Road. Tea from 7 pm, talk 7,30 pm, free to members, £3 to non  members. 

 

WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall AGM followed by Talk ‘Natural Gardening’ by Brian Tomsett – the history and application of “no-dig” and other non-traditional cultivation techniques for flowers, fruit and vegetables. 

Colyton Parish History Society Start 7.30pm Entrance fees £2 for members, £4 for non-members – meetings open to all. Colyton Town Hall. Coleridge Evening by Coleridge Society, Ottery St Mary. 

Monochrome Skills Session. Processing demonstration and group critique with a local monochrome group, led by Alison Webber. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3AH. info@bridportcameraclub.co.uk 01935 892353. 

Chard Camera Club The club will be away from their base this evening when they visit Colyford photographic club in Colyford meeting at 7.30 pm for their inter club competition.More information on both clubs can be found on their links on facebook under the club’s names. Enquiries of Chard club can be made via their website  www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by ringing the membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885. 

Coffee Morning from 10am-12noon. Free Entry. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340. 

Coleridge Evening by Coleridge Society, Ottery St Mary An entertaining evening with costumed performances. Colyton Town Hall, 7.30pm £2 Members, £4 non-Members to include refreshments All welcome 

 

THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 

Appreciation Redefined. 7.30pm.  A talk by TEDx Speaker Raj Adgopul. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk £12 (fundraiser) 

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild will welcome Tony Cooper to its meeting.  Tony spent  many years in the police force, many  of them in London, and will no doubt have a fund of interesting stories to tell.  Visitors and new members will be most welcome to join us at The Crowshute Centre at 6.45.  There is ample parking space in the adjacent free car park. Refreshments available during the meeting. 

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

Wreath Making Workshop ‘English Hedgerow’ wreaths using seasonal British Foliage with berries, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and more. Ticket includes tea/coffee and biscuits, all materials to take your wreath home, and a 2 course lunch with a glass of Prosecco. 10:30am  – 14:00pm in the Poulett Chapel at the Alexandra Hotel, tickets are £67. To book phone 01279 442010. Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3HZ 

Monmouth Club lunch 12.30pm. The Monmouth Club of Lyme Regis meets at a local hotel. The Club is open to retired or semi-retired professional gentlemen and is ideal for those who have recently moved to the Lyme Regis area. Members enjoy a 2 course lunch and convivial conversation with no after lunch speaker. For further information contact Dr Charles Wright on 01297 443258. 

 

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 

Ant Law + Al Swainger’s Biosphosmus quartet A melodic soundscape of Latin, fusion and ambience – inspired by Chick Corea and played by award-winning jazz musicians  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. 

“Sun, Sea and Sooties” 7.30pm  Roger Dickey has been conducting seabird surveys on Ascension Island for 26 years and will talk about the place, the wildlife, and his survey work. Initially run as scientific expeditions while in the Army, the visits have more recently been in support of HM and Ascension Island Government and the urgent need for a Marine Protected Area around this British Overseas Territory. Sales table, refreshments. Admission by donation SWT Ilminster/Chard group Adult members £2.50, non-members £3.50, no charge for children. Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG roadside parking or town car parks. Enquiries: Valerie 01460 234551 

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Activity – art with Libby. Therapy with Anne Escott offering foot massage. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk 

Sidmouth Arboretum Celebration of Trees, 7.00pm, Talks, quiz, songs, stalls, snacks and bar Free Entry, Kennaway House Sidmouth EX10 8NG, info@sidmoutharboretum.org.uk 

Drinks in the Clink: Piratical Rum Night. 7pm. Discover your inner pirate at a rum-fuelled night at Shire Hall! Your host is David, Grey Bear Bar Co.’s Master Mixologist. He will take you on a trip to the Caribbean, with the origins of rum and the triangular trade, look at naval connection, of course, piracy! Includes a drink on arrival followed by two cocktails and two rum samples, and a selection of nibbles. Tickets are £25 per person and booking is essential. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. 

Acoustic Night from 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please email at folk@chriswatts.org. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340. 

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Frampton circular. No dogs. Please call 01300 320346. 

Holy Moly and The Crackers, 8pm  A perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, Holy Moly & the Crackers provide riotous party, hilarious and thrilling, and are sure to entertain! £10 in advance, £12 on the door The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk  Box office 01404 384050 

Celebration of Trees 6.30pm-8.30pm Sidmouth Arboretum – songs, wood crafts, stalls, short talks, refreshments, bar.  Mingle with experts, browse the stalls, enjoy! Kennaway House EX10 8NG  Contact info@sidmoutharboretum.org.uk 

 

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 5.5 mile walk from Powerstock West Milton Holloways and Hidden Valleys 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340 

Cwmbach Male Choir; 7:30 pm;: The Choir’s repertoire is varied ranging from operatic choruses, spirituals, folk music and popular ballads. The Choir maintains tradition of male singing by including many great operatic airs;  Martock Church; Church Street; Martock TA12 6JL; Admission: £10 or £ 9 at 01935 829576; Contact number: 01935 829576; Website: www.martockonline.co.uk/events 

Pop Up Vintage Popping up again in the Courtyard Gallery at the Town Mill in Lyme Regis. We are open from Saturday 30th November to Thursday 2nd January, excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Pop Up Vintage spends the year sourcing, cleaning, mending and up-cycling so that you don’t have to! We have toys, books, textiles, homeware and much more for a beautiful and totally sustainable Christmas. 

Christmas Fayre. 10am -12noon at Uplyme Village Hall.  Stalls, refreshments, grand raffle with over £500 worth of prizes.  Followed by Duck Race at 12noon. £100 for first duck home plus many more prizes. To book a stall or enquiries ph. 07590495909. 

The Brunswick Singers in Harmony 2.30pm followed by refreshments. Free with retiring collection in aid os St. John’s Church funds. This year is the 200th anniversary of queen Victoria’s birth and this will be reflected in the programme in addition to the choir’’s usual folk songs. Queen Victoria and Albert both enjoyed singing and were extremely supportive of the Romantic English composers such as Sterndale Bennett. Henry Bishop, John Hatton and Joseph Barnby, whose Lullaby ‘Sweet and Low’ became a firm favourite! The Brunswick Singers in Harmony Choir are a cheerful friendly group whose aim is to focus on mainly traditional and modern folksongs and from all eras and various countries, in harmony, often without accompaniment. Concerts have raised over £4000 for Charites and the group has also played at various churches / venues for their own funds. At St. John’s Church, Tatworth TA20 2SH. Contact Jan Knott 01460 220499 

Henhayes Big Breakfast/Brunch. Full breakfast menu available with vegetarian and vegan options. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340. 

Merry Hell – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event.  8pm. Multi-award-winning eight-piece band Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting Folk-Rock. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. 

Stockland Christmas Market. Victory Hall. 10 – 12 noon. Festive crafts, local Food Producers. Bookings contact. 01404 881535. 

 

SAT 30 NOV – SUN 22 DECEMBER 

Christmas Afternoon Tea. All afternoon. Treat yourself to a Christmas Afternoon in Shire Hall café, in the lead up to Christmas. Includes a glass of fizz, finger sandwiches, scones, an assortment of Christmas-inspired cakes and pastries, finished off by a personal dessert. Afternoon teas cost £12.50 per person and booking is essential, please visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. 

30 Nov to 2 January

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

 

Sunday 1 December

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

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 7.5 mile circular walk from Bridport. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. 01297 443836

 

Monday 2 December

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Christmas Bingo at the Village Hall (TA18 8NA).  Doors open 6.45p.m. for 7.30 start).  Lots of great prizes/hampers/vouchers; good raffle, name the cuddly toy, tombola,, light refreshments.   Raising funds for Misterton W.I.  Enq. 01460 74808/cewalker@hotmail.co.uk.

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

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

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 07855 340517 or just come along on the day.

Christmas Bingo at the Village Hall (TA18 8NA).  Doors open 6.45p.m. for 7.30 start).  Lots of great prizes/hampers/vouchers; good raffle, name the cuddly toy, tombola,, light refreshments. Raising funds for Misterton w.I.  Enq. 01460 74808/cewalker@hotmail.co.uk.

Scottish Country Dancing at Ashill. 7.30 to 9.30 pm . Learn steps, formations and dances with a fully qualified teacher in a fun and relaxed setting. Ashill village hall Nr Ilminster  TA19  9LX . Contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com for further information. Also 9th and 16th.

Painted Pleats – a History of European Fan Painting 7.15pm by Jacob Moss Arts Society lecture at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, TA13 5DJ. Visitors £10. Call Maralyn on 01460 241143.

Bridport Folk Dance Club, 7-30pm – 9 30pm WI Hall North Street, Bridport. DT6 3JQ Beginner and experienced dancers welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult).Contact: 01308 458 165

 

Tuesday 3 December

Deep adaptation to climate change – an open meeting hosted by Alan Heeks. 7pm   Free of Charge / Donation. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk

Beaminster Museum Winter Talk, 2.30 pm. Chris Tripp will give a talk on the Romans in Dorset – Roads, towns, temples and villas – as soon as a soldier left a sandal mark in Dorset soil much of life changed for the people of this county. This talk will introduce you to many of the unique features of the 350 year Roman occupation in Dorset.   Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, DT8 3NB.  Info@beaminstermuseum.co.uk

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, West Dorset Circular 10:00 – 8 miles/12.9 km – No dogs. Please call 01308 423927

 

Wednesday 4 December

Uplyme an Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall (TBC) ‘Social & Christmas Supper’ (bring and share) Pre Christmas social. Find out what the society is up to for the coming year renew your membership (if you haven’t already) and sign up to forthcoming outings. Enjoy a light hearted quiz and bring and share supper. Bring along any unwanted seeds to swap with other members.

Free Benefits surgeries.  9.30am and 12pm at Age UK Dorchester shop in Bridport, 16 West Street, Bridport, DT6 3QP.  Free benefits advice for people aged over 50 – come along and find out what you may be entitled to claim.  To make an appointment please contact Age UK Dorchester on 01305 269444.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Thorncombe. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552313

Axminster Historical Society Talk: The History of Axe Harbour Nigel Daniel grew up on the harbour ‘messing around in boats’ which led to 20 years in the merchant navy and Captain of cable laying and repair ships. Following extensive research, Nigel has written a history of the harbour which portrays a more informed and chronological perspective and includes some information not previously published. 7:30pm All Welcome, Membership £10 Non Members £2 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Circular walk around the Giant. No dogs. Please call 07765 251571 or 07960 831204

 

4 – 7 December

Jingle Bell Rockout, 7.30 pm and Saturday matinee 2.30 pm, Christmas songs and carols, disco and show music, Hope Church, Trinity St,Weymouth DT4 8TW, www.wessexmusicaltheatre.co.uk

 

4 – 15 December

Spectacular Annual Christmas Tree Festival. Open daily. At Bridport United Church, East Street. Opening and lighting up service at 7pm on Tuesday 3rd. Over 50 trees all decorated by local and national charities.  Lead Charity this year is Julia’s House Children’s Hospice. Late opening until 9 pm on the 4th for Bridport Christmas Cheer.  We had over 7,000 visitors last year and raise £1,000’s every year. Contact 07803 164420 for info.

 

Thursday 5 December

Axminster Country Market Thursdays 8.30am -12noon, Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster. Come and meet the producers! Cakes, savouries, crafts, cut flowers, plants, free-range eggs, fruit & veg – all seasonal, produced in or near Axminster. Reduce your carbon footprint, with food you can trust. Tea & coffee available too, come and say hello.

Versus Arthritis Christmas Fair/Coffee Morning, 10.30 – 1 pm, Stalls, Produce, Raffle. Sweetbriar Farm,Uploders DT6 4NY.

Dorchester Christmas Cracker Night. 4pm onwards. See Dorchester transformed into a late-night Christmas shopping hub this Christmas Cracker. After perusing the outdoor stalls, pop into Shire Hall for a warming glass of mulled wine, and a listen to some traditional tunes by our Victorian Carol Singers. Don’t forget to visit to Father Christmas in his grotto and the peruse the best selection of Christmas gifts in Dorchester, in our gift shop! For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

Community Coffee Morning, 10.45 – 11.45am, in St.Swithun’s Church Hall, Allington Rd, Bridport, All welcome, Free Parking.

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

Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting at the Baptist Church hall at 7.30 pm for a talk given by Mr Andrew Davis. Further details about the club and it’s activities can be obtained from visiting their website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by ringing the club’s members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

Tatworth Flower Club ,Tatworth Memorial Hall ,TA20 2QW doors open1.30 for 2pm , Sally Taylor Demonstrates  ‘Count Down to Christmas’contact  Julie Kettle 01297 33924

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

 

5 & 6 December

St. Agnes Fountain.  At 8pm. Since 2005, the “Aggies” have brought their Christmas Show to The David Hall in South Petherton. It’s the band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). Tickets: £19 Full, £18 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

 

Friday 6 December

John Maddocks and his Jazzmen Terrific traditional jazz from a long-standing band. Great fun! 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.

The Voice of Roy Orbison with Brenda Lee, 7.30pm Darren Page back with this Christmas show featuring the music of Roy Orbison and Brenda Lee. A festive treat for everyone. £17 The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk  Box office 01404 384050

Carol singing around the tree at Misterton W.I. Hall, Middle Street (opposite the School), including the children of Misterton School Choir.  mulled wine, nibbles and mince pies.  Free entry but any donations to go to Misterton First School.  all welcome.  Enq. 01460 74808.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15 Members social chat. Therapy session – worry busting with Louise Wender. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

Christmas Lunch, 7:30pm – 9pm, Dorset Wildlife Trust West Dorset Group plus talk  from Terry Sweeney retired ranger for County Council, booking essential by 27th November, 01308 423442, W.I Hall, Bridport. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Christmas Craft Fair, with West Country Crafters and Father Christmas. Open 10am till 8pm, to coincide with late night shopping. Kennaway House Sidmouth EX10 8NG, mail@kennawayhouse.org.uk 01395 515551

East Devon Ramblers moderate 6 mile circular walk from Sidbury. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 579607

6 – 8 December

A display of Christmas Customs around the World’ 10am-5pm each day in Dalwood Church. Holy Communion 11am on Sunday. Event finishes with Christingle at 5pm. Contact Sue Drew 01404 831365

Christmas Tree Festival, 11am until 6pm Friday and Saturday, 11am until 5pm Sunday,  over 30 decorated and lit up Christmas Trees at Chard Museum, High Street Chard,  contact Doreen Toms on 01460/64502 mardor.toms@mypostoffice.co.uk

 

Saturday 7 December

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Trevor Bolshaw at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm – 4.30pm, £7 at the door, children free, visit beerwurlitzer.org.uk or phoine 01297 24892.

Pre-Christmas gardening talk with Andy McIndoe. 1.30pm. A talk by Andy McIndoe, Chelsea Designer & former Head of Hilliers, admission £10 including refreshments, quality prize raffle, cake stall, garden sundries & new book stalls. Morden Village Hall, Dorset, BH20 7EL. Contact Mrs Alex Brenton (Plant Heritage Dorset) on 01929 459496 or by email at alexandrob.ab@googlemail.com.

 

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

Human Rights Day coffee morning and Cake Sale with A.I. Greetings card campaign 10.30am- 12.30am Driftwood cafe, Baptist church, Lyme Regis in aid of Uplyme Community Sponsorship scheme Please support generously contact Audrey Standhaft 01297 442427

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6 mile walk from Hooke Hooke Park, Mount Pleasant, Kingcombe Meadows 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

Christmas Craft Fayre at Musbury Village Hall – 10.00 am to 12.30 pm. A good variety of local craft stalls including stained glass and wooden reindeers, jams and chutneys and in addition our Church cake stall, tombola and raffle. Refreshments including bacon buttys !  Proceeds to St Michaels Church Musbury. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711

Chard Camera Club Members will be meeting at the Eagle Tavern for their annual Christmas Dinner 7 pm for 7.30 pm. Further details about the club and it’s activities can be obtained from visiting their website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by ringing the club’s members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

Lyme Bay Chorale’s Singing Masterclass with choir patrons, Philippa Hyde and Paul Esswood, 2pm – 4pm. The choir’s bursary students and some choir members are being invited to participate. Free for the audience ( donations welcomed). St Michael’s Parish Church Lyme Regis. For information contact Sally 07884 446953 or email sallycrowther53@btinternet.com.

Christmas coffee morning 10.15-12.15 cake christmas tombola book & bric-a-brac stalls coffee & biscuits on entry comrades hall broadwindsor philip 01308 867646 or philip 07980 864169

Bridport Ceilidhs. 7.30 – 11.00 pm. English ceilidh featuring Derby’s own Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews with Jeremy Child calling. All dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Bring & Share supper, no bar but the Woodman  is just opposite. Church House Hall, South Street, DT6 3NW. Entry £9 on the door, £8 in advance booked by phone or email. Contact Monty on 01308 423 442, monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk. see bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com

Cantamus concert, 7 pm, “O Come, Emmanuel”-an inspiring and accomplished programme of seasonal choral music from Byrd and Tallis  to Tavener and Warlock. Tickets £10 on the door. Refreshments available. St Mary Magdalene, Loders DT6 3RZ. www.cantamus-dorset.org

Bridport Choral Society Christmas Concert, Bridport United Church, carols and songs across centuries of Christmas music, tickets £10, 01308 863502

Christmas Craft Fair, with West Country Crafters and Father Christmas. Open 10am till 5pm. Kennaway House Sidmouth EX10 8NG, mail@kennawayhouse.org.uk 01395 515551

Human rights day coffee morning and cake sale 10.30 -12.30am.amnesty  greetings card campaign Driftwood cafe baptist church Lyme Regis contact Audrey Standhaft 01297 442427.

Three Cane Whale 2.00pm A welcome return of the popular group Three Cane Whale to St Basils Church, Toller Fratrum. Additionally a performance by Courtly Musick featuring Tudor music and work by Jen Muggleton. St Basils Church, Toller Fratrum, Dorset Contact Roger Simpson 01300 320154 or Di Mitchell 01300 320239 for tickets. £8.00 including refreshments.

 

7 – 8 December

Ferne animal sanctuary Christmas craft fair, 10am until 3pm, join us at ferne christmas craft fair, where you will find a variety of stalls and have the chance to meet santa. ferne animal sanctuary, near chard, 014606758

Christmas Art and Craft Weekend opening. 10.00am to 4.00pm. Christmas lights and atmosphere throughout our collective studios and craft stalls. Free entry and Parking, Café Open. Mangerton Mill DT6 3SG. Contact:   Studio by the Lake. Tel 07768476603

 

Sunday 8 December

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

Qi Gong and Meditation 2pm – 4.30pm – Qi gong to strengthen your immunity and boost your vitality – meditation to calm the mind and body- all welcome, no experience necessary cost £15 session or £60 for 6 sessions – contact : Diana Barnard on 01458897254/07800717283 or dianabarnard1@googlemail.com – website: dianabarnardtherapy.co.uk. Also 5th Jan, 19th Jan, 2nd Feb, 16th Feb.

St. Swithun’s Band Christmas Concert 3.00pm in St. Swithun’s Church, Allington Rd, Bridport, All Welcome, Free Parking.

Lyme Bay Chorale Christmas Concert: 4.30pm, Tickets £15 on the door £13 in advance from Lyme Regis TIC, Penny Blacks Cafe or choir members. Under 19s free. Price includes post-concert buffet. Programme: GF Handel, Laudate Pueri, Dominum, JS Bach, Jauchzet, Frohlocket! (from the Christmas Oratorio), J Haydn, Missa Sancti Bernardi von Offida (the ‘Heiligmesse’).Professional orchestra and soloists, soprano Pippa Hyde, alto Rachel Bennett, tenor Paul Tindall, bass Julian Sutton. St Michael’s Parish church, Lyme Regis. Contact Sally on 07484787968 or email sallycrowther53@btinternet.com

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 7.8 mile circular walk from Blackbury Camp. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 577891

 

Monday 9 December

Yeovil Probus Club 1.30pm Food for Thought. The Yeovil Court Hotel,  New Members always most welcome, please contact the Hon. Secretary on 01935 414765 for further details.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

West Dorset Flower Club are having a demonstration by Lucy Ellis entitled “All I Want For Christmas “.  The Club meets at the W. I. Hall at North Street, Bridport at 2.30 pm.  New members and visitors are very welcome.  For further details please contact the secretary on 01308 456339.

Woodland Wellbeing Walk with Stepping into Nature, 10.30 -11:30, Explore the seasonal changes taking place in a woodland nature reserve on regular 50 minute strolls on all weather terrain. Hardys Birthplace, Thorncombe Woods, Dorchester.  Contact Claire to book your place: 01305 251228 or C.Platten@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. www.stepin2nature.org

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

Christmas Bingo at the Village Hall (TA18 8NA).  Doors open 6.45p.m. for 7.30 start).  Lots of great prizes/hampers/vouchers; good raffle, name the cuddly toy, tombola,, light refreshments.   Raising funds for Misterton Tennis Club.  Enq. 01460 74808/cewalker@hotmail.co.uk.

Bridport Folk Dance Club, 7-30pm – 9 30pm WI Hall North Street, Bridport. DT6 3JQ Beginner and experienced dancers welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult}. Contact: 01308 458 165

 

Tuesday 10 December

Arts society Honiton ‘Christmas at Covent Garden’ – Sarah Lenton. The London Christmas season was invented at Covent Garden. Most of what we now consider to be quintessential Pantomime can be traced to Covent Garden during its first 200 years. Sarah has worked at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera. She writes programme articles and gives lectures on the operas and ballets, and does live opera broadcasts and podcasts for BBC Radios 3 and 4. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ at 2pm.

Christmas Tea Dance at St Francis Hall, Sidmouth EX10 9XH Ballroom and Sequence; £4 (inc tea/coffee and a mince pie) 2.30pm  01395 579856

Café Scientifique. 2pm-4pm. Kennaway House Sidmouth EX10 8NG, mail@kennawayhouse.org.uk 01395 515551.

A talk by Professor Sir Ghillean Prance Interesting Trees from Lyme Regis to the Amazon and their importance for our climate. 2.30pm- 4pm at Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. DT7 3PG.

All Welcome. Members Free. Visitors £3.00. Including Refreshments. www.lymeregissociety.org.uk

Time for Tea and some Music – Christmas music and carols from St Mary’s School Mrs Burroughs, Music director of St Mary’s School, Axminster, will lead Christmas music and carols. £3 Tea & cake served. Call 01404 831207 to book or visit www.axminsterheritage.org 2:00pm at Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Circular from Eype. No dogs. Please call 01308 459282

 

Wednesday 11 December

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Carl Earl entitled “Railways in the North West” 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.

Concert by West Dorset Community Orchestra and Local Vocals at 7-30p.m. in St.John’s Church,West Bay. Free entry. Retiring collection. Interval refreshments and raffle. Tel: 01308 456297

A Christmas Selectionn A light-hearted evening of readings and music for Christmas, featuring a quartet from Sidmouth Town Band. In aid of St. Petrock’s, Exeter’s charity for the homeless. A programme of readings featuring oxen, donkeys, a Christmas pudding, cutlery, henchmen and an exploding paper bag. Plus seasonal music, cake, mince pies and hopefully quite a bit of laughter. 7.30pm, St. Michael’s Church, Beer. Admission free. Donations to St. Petrock’s. Light refreshments available. Information from Richard on rscottbeer@outlook.com or 07870 891581

Thursday 12 December

Seaton garden club monthly meeting in the masonic hall, queen street, seaton at 2.30pm.   Christmas floral arrangements demo by angie of cottage flowers, Ilminster.   visitors welcome cost £2 to include refreshments. for further information contact tel no: 01297 24049.

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

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, White Hill Barn area. No dogs. Please call 01308 422514

 

Friday 13 December

Kick Ass Brass Soul music – and how! All-star line-up with sizzling hot horn section, and rip-roaring vocals from Jacqui Hicks. 8pm. Tickets £25 (£40 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.

LSI Xmas fundraising party – save the date! 7.30pm Tickets £10 www.lsibridport.co.uk

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Members social chat. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy Session – Karen Forrester-Jones is offering 4 LT members a short session to try out a touch therapy on their hands called ‘M’ Technique. 3.15 Rising Voices with Jane Silver Corren. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

Christmas Concert  by internationally renowned cellist Pal Banda Corscombe Parish Church 7.30pm Tickets £10 to include wine and nibbles  Contact : 01935 891083

Christmas Disco 8pm-11pm. Dance hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s Charity Fundraising Event, £3 entry, Kennaway House Sidmouth EX10 8NG, mail@kennawayhouse.org.uk 01395 515551

A Victorian Christmas at Kennaway House. 10am-4.30pm. Visit Kennaway House to experience life in the Victorian times, with rooms dressed in Victorian furniture and a traditional Christmas tree. Mulled wine, mince pies and an art exhibition. More details on website. Kennaway House Sidmouth EX10 8NG, mail@kennawayhouse.org.uk 01395 515551. Also Saturday 14th, Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th December.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Sidford. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 514265

Food on Friday, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  12 noon This will be a special Christmas lunch, priced at £5.50 to include main course roast with trimmings, roll & butter, choice of puddings, mince pies, unlimited tea/coffee. Special diets can be catered for if requested in advance.  Open to all; very friendly, newcomers really welcomed, but please book places in advance by phoning June (01460 77057) or Jackie (01460 72324), who will also provide more information if required.

 

Saturday 14 December

Living Spirituality 10.00-4.00 “Me, My Soul and the Biosphere.” J Burlington A Davies Quaker Meeting House South Street Bridport iona.lake@aol.co.uk

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

Shire Hall Christmas Extravaganza! All day. Come along to Shire Hall and immerse yourself in a Christmas extravaganza, with seasonal goodies in the café, festive music from the Crossways Handbell Ringers, Christmas craft workshops and glistening Christmas slime-making as well as a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto and the best selection of Christmas gifts in Dorchester! Glittery Slime-Making will be on all day and costs £2 to cover materials, Father Christmas will be in his grotto all day and visits are £4 per child. The hand bell ringers will be performing at 3pm for free. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

Egyptian Society Taunton “Meroe, Where it is Always Harvest”.  Speaker: Dr Robert Morkot.  The lecture will take place at 2.00pm at Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED  http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home

A Christmas Carol Celebrate the festive season with an evening in the company of a tight-fisted old miser and a grim journey through the dark, dismal streets of Victorian London. Bah humbug, with extra humbug! A mesmerising performance by Dave Mynne. 7.30 p.m. Shipton Gorge Village Hall Tickets from 01308 897407 or kateshiptonvh@gmail.com or www.artsreach.co.uk

The Stanchester Quire will be performing their Christmas Carol Concert, “We singers make bold”, at South Petherton Parish Church, at 3pm. This event is primarily aimed at those who not be able to attend evening concerts but everyone is most welcome. Retiring collection in aid of church funds.

Winter – an exploration through art  2pm-3.30pm. Looking at Frost Fairs, Dutch 16th-17th c. painting, including Avercamp, and Breughal and Japanese winter paintings. Plus the Impressionists view of Winter, photographs of Paris in the snow by Lee Miller and the sculpture of Andy Goldsworthy and Helen Chadwick. Fee £10. Uplyme Village Hall, free parking. Contact Pam Simpson MA, Art and Design Historian by email on chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com or tel 01300 321715 Pam Simpson teaches at Bath Spa University and teaches Art and Design History courses in Bridport and Lyme Regis.

Christmas Concert with Beaminster Gallery Quire. 3.00pm. An afternoon concert of traditional village carols from two centuries ago. Free Admission, light refreshments, Retiring Collection in aid of Parkinson’s UK.  St Catherine’s RC Church, Victoria Grove, Bridport, DT6 3AD. Sue.pritchett@outlook.com

Chard Royal Naval Association The association members will be meeting at the Hornsbury Mill for their annual Christmas dinner at 7 pm for 7.30 pm which concludes their  end of year socials before their AGM in January 2020. Further details about the association can be obtained by calling the secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978.

Tall Tails Theatre Company presents: What a Superhero wants for Christmas. 1pm and 3pm at The David Hall, South Petherton. Suitable for 3 to 6-year-olds and their parents. This year, for Christmas, Zinnia, the superhero, is going on a quest to find Santa Claus; all she wants to ask for is a new friend.  Tickets: £8 adults, £7 under 10s, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. Bring all the family.

Christmas Concert  by internationally renowned cellist Pal Banda The Salt House, West Bay 7pm Tickets £12 to include mulled wine and mince pies  Contact : 07483 242974

Christmas West Gallery concert at the Minster, Axminster 7.00 pm. by the Axminster and District Choral Society.  “A Georgian Christmas” concert of music, readings, carols and hymns – a pageant re-enacting Christmas 250 years ago.  Conducted by Peter Parshall. Tickets £10.00 (under 18s free) from Archway Books, Church St, Axminster or phone 01404 881 838.

Axe Valley Community Choir Charity Concert, 7.30 pm, Colyford Memorial Hall. Tickets £8 from Archway Bookshop, Axminster, Colyford Stores and at the door.

Cantamus concert, 7 pm, “O Come, Emmanuel”-an inspiring and accomplished programme of seasonal choral music from Byrd and Tallis to Tavener and Warlock. Tickets £10 on the door. Refreshments available. Holy Trinity Church, High W St, Dorchester DT1 1UJ. www.cantamus-dorset.org

Fun Quiz – Jane’s Quiz is a fun general knowledge quiz for teams of up to six people.  7pm for 7.30pm Cash Bar; Raffle; Prizes £6 pp includes finger food.  To book tickets ring Andrew Moulding on 01297 553865 Musbury Village Hall, Seaton Road (A358), Musbury EX13 8AJ.

Coffee Break 10.30am cakes, savouries,Bring and Buy. Village Hall, Long Bredy, contact 01308 482882

 

Sunday 15 December

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

The Stanchester Quire will be performing their Christmas Carol Concert, “We singers make bold”, at St Margaret’s Church, Hemyock, Devon, EX15 3RQ, at 3pm. As part of the church’s Christmas Tree festival. Retiring collection in aid of church funds.

Carol Service 4.00pm in St. Swithun’s Church, Allington Rd, Bridport, All Welcome, Free Parking

Singing Bowl Soundbath 2pm – 4pm pre-Xmas de-stress Stour Row Village Hall  SP7 0QG 01935 389655 ahiahel@live.com www.centreforpuresound.org

Acoustic Night.  7.30pm – 11pm at The David Hall, South Petherton. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please send an email to folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot.

Christmas Tea Dance at Stowford Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL Ballroom and Sequence dancing to Christmas music £4 (inc tea/coffee and a mince pie)2.30p.m. venue is opposite Waitrose, on the bus route 9 & 9A 01395 579856

Christmas Concert  by internationally renowned cellist Pal Banda St Michael’s Church, Shute  11am Tickets £12 to include coffee and mince pies  Contact : 0772  044 5927

East Devon Ramblers moderate 7 mile circular walk from Sidford. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads 01395 514265

Monday 16 December

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Jazz Jam, 8pm, improvise around jazz standards and other tunes, untutored, bar available, £2 per session, Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN, www.themeetinghouse.org.uk

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

Bridport Folk Dance Club, 7-30pm – 9 30pm WI Hall North Street, Bridport. DT6 3JQ Pre-Christmas Dance with band and visiting caller Beginner and experienced dancers welcome (children must be accompanied by an adult). Contact: 01308 458 165

AV&DCS Bird Watch 10:00 to 15:00 Bird watching with Rob Johnson at Portland Harbour & RSPB Radipole. Meet RSPB Ferrybridge car park SY668756. Contact Fran Sinclair 07804835905 for car share

Chard, Ilminster & District U3A will hold an Open meeting in The Guildhall, Chard at 2.00 pm with a talk entitled “Charles Dickens – Christmas and a Carol. Using one of Dickens most celebrated stories Dr Keith Hooper will provide insight into both Dickens life and the story itself. Admission free to members and retired visitors. Further information 01460 68629 or our website https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster

 

Tuesday 17 December

Cantamus concert, 7 pm, “O Come, Emmanuel”-an inspiring and accomplished programme of seasonal choral music from Byrd and Tallis to Tavener and Warlock. Tickets £10 on the door to include refreshments. St John the Baptist Church, Hawkchurch EX13 5XD. www.cantamus-dorset.org

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Osmington area. Dogs optional. Please call 01308 898484

 

Wednesday 18 December

Bridport Probus Club A Year Through My Lens – Charlie Wheeler. Meet at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel at 12noon on the third Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by a talk. For more information contact Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.

Devonshire Association Meeting, 2.30pm, a talk by Nigel Sadler, Centre Manager on The Axminster Heritage Centre. At the Pavilion, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road, Colyton EX24 5PU. Entrance: Donation £1 (DA Members), £3 (Non Members). For more details visit devonassoc.org.uk/events/category/branch-events/axevalley-branch-events/

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

Christmas Coffee Morning (10 ‘til 12) at Misterton W.I. Hall, Middle Street (opposite the School).  Coffee, tea (free top ups);  Sales table subject to availability of goods and raffle.   Free entry – just a small donation towards cost of drinks.   All welcome.  Enq. 01460 74808.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8 mile circular walk from Castle Drogo. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs ono short leads. 01297 23424

 

Thursday 19 December

Classical Christmas Recital. 8:00pm. Dorset String Quartet will be playing in our old Chapel, performing a variety of Christmas themed music ranging from classic to concerto to more modern tunes, tickets £20. Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3HZ. Please drop into reception or call 01297 442010 for more details.

Seasonal Scenes of Winter: paintings, sculpture and photography” a talk by Pamela Simpson MA. 2.30pm.

Presented by the National Trust South Dorset Association Members NTSDA £3 Non-members NTSDA £4 inc tea/biscuits. No need to book. www.southdorsetnt.org.uk

Suffragettes at Christmas, Bridport Women’s History Group social with suffragette games, all women welcome,  Bridport Youth & Community Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport, More info: k.hunt@keele.ac.uk

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

Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting at 7.30 pm at the Baptist Church Hall for an evening of in house print competition in categories of Close up, Open mono image and open colour image judge for the evening will be Mr Malcolm Macnaughton. further details can be obtained from members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.or from visiting their website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk.

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

The Arts Society West Dorset. ’Stravinsky & The Rite of Spring.  Bridport Town Hall 2.30. Details: 01308 485487.

 

Friday 20 December

Display of members work and shared lunch. If you’re interested in embroidery and sewing, we’d love to see you.   New members and guests welcome, Bridport Embroiderers meet monthly, at St Swithuns Church, Bridport, from 10.00 – 3.30. For further details, or to join/book, phone 01308 456168 or email   cherry.bonhamlovett@btinternet.com.

Reg Meuross and Friends in concert 7.30 the annual folk event and Christmas songs St Barts church Crewkerne contact Geraldine Clotworthy on 0146076058 or geraldine@clotworthy.co.uk

Phoenix Brass Band Christmas Concert. Celebrate Christmas with mulled wine, mince pies and Crewkerne’s friendly second section brass band! Performing a host of Christmas favourites while helping to raise vital funds for the Centre. This is one not to be missed. Tickets £12.00. Bar opens at 19:00, Concert starts at 19:45. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8AD. Contact 01460 74340

Belshazzar’s Feast. 8pm at The David Hall, South Petherton. This duo is on tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional Folk music, seasonal material, their usual touch of Classical and Jazz with a bit of Pop and Music Hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Together, Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and ‘between songs chat’ that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.  Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

Xmas bingo! Doors Open 7pm – Eyes Down 7.30pm. top prize £50! Lots of other great prizes Salway ash village hall – DT6 5QS – 07897 684345

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15 Members social chat. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session – Swedish Hand or Foot Massage. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5.5 mile circular walk from Woodbury Castle. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads.

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Tibbs Hollow Circular. No dogs. Please call 01300 320346

 

Saturday 21 December

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

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

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

 

Sunday 22 December

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

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

 

Monday 23 December

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

 

 

Tuesday 24 December

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

 

Friday 27 December

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

 

Saturday 28 December

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

 

Sunday 29 December

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

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

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

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

 

Tuesday 31 December

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

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