Coast and Countryside Events

Friday 24 January

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

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

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

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

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise. 2.15pm Talk about the Dorset Cancer Care Foundation. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session Anne Escott offering Foot Massages. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

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

 

Saturday 25 January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday 26 January

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

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

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

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

Acoustic Night. 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop us an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

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

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

 

Monday 27 January

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

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

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

 

Tuesday 28 January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Wednesday 29 January

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

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

 

Thursday 30 January

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

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

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

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

 

Friday 31 January

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

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise.  2.15pm Art with Libby.  2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session to be confirmed. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

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

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 12.45pm Mindfulness session with Sue Howse. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow, gentle exercise.  2.15pm Art with Libby.  2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session to be confirmed. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

 

Saturday 1 February

Bridport Ceilidhs, 7.30-11pm. The second month sees the return of Hampshire’s very musical Jigfoot, playing for the first time with caller Dick Williams. All welcome, no experience or partner needed; all dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as necessary. Bring & Share super and your own alcohol (the Woodman Inn is just opposite). St Mary’s Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW. £10 on the door, £9 if bought in advance from The Bridport Music Centre, South Street, or pre-booked with Monty on 01308 423 442 or email monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk. See www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Abbotsbury Swannery 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

Cerne Abbas Ceilidh, 7.30-10.30. Music from Dorset with The Ben Rose Big band, caller Angela Laycock. Bring and share supper and your own alcohol at the Village Hall DT2 7GY. £8 pre booked, £10 on the door, contact Angela 01308 482443 alaycock61@gmail.com or Ruth 01300321396 ruthfiddler@outlook.com

Jumble Sale, 2pm, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – with tombola & refreshments. Contributions most welcome & can be left at the hall from 10am – mid-day.  Information from Jackie (01460 72324)

The Tuckers Jazz Club Derek Nash and The Martin Dale Quartet The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, EX13 7EG.  Near Axminster, (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Tickets £10   Info. at  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk   01404 831 280 : 07999 553477 Saxophonists Derek Nash (from The Jools Holland R&B Band) and Martin Dale (well-known Southwest musician with his Quartet) team up for a lively swinging evening of Jazz at The Tuckers.

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

Connecting with Soul. 10-4.30pm. A one day workshop to explore connection with the Soul using a range of processes. The Chapel in the Garden, Bridport, DT6 3JJ. Contact Linda Heeks 07973 529245

Mad Dog Mcrea – A ’Chance to Dance’ Event.  8pm at The David Hall in South Petherton. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to Traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Tickets: £17 Full, £16 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

 

Sat 1 – Sat 29 February

Throughout February, the 30 acres of award-winning gardens are carpeted in a spectacular display of snowdrops, heralding the start of Spring. It’s the perfect time of year to explore the topiary-lined views and vistas and enjoy the garden starting to wake up from its Winter hibernation. Entrance throughout February will be £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. www.fordeabbey.co.uk Tel: 01460 220231

 

Sunday 2 February

St Swithun’s Church, North Allington, Bridport, 4pm. Bach Vespers service for Candlemas, featuring Cantata no 82, ‘Ich habe genug’. Choir with soloists and a chamber orchestra. Free with a retiring collection. See www.sworgansociety.org for details.

South Somerset Ramblers. 11 mile walk from Otterford Lakes CP (ST 225141) via Churchstanton & Biscombe Hill. Bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. Details from Carl on 01460 30163

Sunday Meditation 4-5pm. Mindful awareness, sacred sounds, the power of the spoken work and Stillness. The Chapel in the Garden Bridport DT6 3JJ. Contact 07884 191459 or 07973 529245 Also 16 Feb.

8 mile leisurely walk. 10.00am. Stockland. Contact 01404-549390

 

Monday 3 February

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

West Dorset Ramblers circular walk 9.5miles/15.3km Kingcombe & Hooke, Sections of Jubilee Trail and Wessex Ridgeway. 10.00am, bring picnic, no dogs. Contact 01300 320084

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. Also on 10th and 24th.

Scottish Country Dancing at Ashill 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Learn steps, formations and dances, led by a fully qualified teacher in a relaxed and fun setting. Ashill village hall, just off the A358 Nr Ilminster. For more information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com. Also on 10th,17th, 24th  Feb.

Arts Society Neroche South Somerset – Canal History and Heritage.   Illustrated talk by Roger Butler, 7.15 p.m.  A colourful introduction to the secret world of our 2000 mile inland waterway network.   Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton, TA13 5DJ.   Contact 01460 57179.

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

 

 

Mon 3 – Friday 14 February

Come and walk/drive through our beautiful village and see the stunning white drifts of snowdrops. (The village hall is below the church) Open (Weather permitting): 10.30am -3.30 pm Daily

To Book Please ring or email so we can cater accordingly: Tessa Russell Tel: 01308 482227 or email: tessa@cvfarms.co.uk Or Pippa James 01305 889338 m 07880882985 email:enquiries@dovehousedorset.co.uk  Pre booked guests will take priority as the hall is small. In bad/icy weather we may not be open. Please be considerate of our village/verges etc when parking or ring us to discuss your needs so we can advise you where to go. We very much look forward to seeing you.

 

Tuesday 4 February

Dorchester Civic Society Public Talk. A vision for sustainable transport in West Dorset. 7.30 pm Scott Witchalls, Director of Transport and Infrastructure, Peter Brett Associates. Dorford Centre, Top o Town, Dorchester 01305 262005.

West Dorset Ramblers circular walk 6 miles/9.6km Downland Walk and Pub Lunch 10.00am, bring snack, optional pub lunch at the Brewers Arms PH, Martinstown. No dogs. Tel. 01305 261230

Chard Camera Club Members will be travelling to Wellington camera club  for an annual inter club competition starting at 7.30pm.. Further details can be obtained from the club’s website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by contacting the club’s members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge

Annual Coffee Morning Come and Meet Us. 10.30 – 12 noon at The Alexandra Hotel in Pound St, Lyme Regis DT7 3HZ.  Entrance Free. All Welcome. 01460 66885.

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Bridport Hospital 2-4pm. Learn how to manage your hearing loss using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 07855 340517 or just come along on the day. Also on 11th and 25th.

Beaminster Museum Winter talk , 2.30pm, ‘Stories from the Jurassic – the Rocks and Fossils of Horn Park’, by Sam Scrivens of the Jurassic Coast Trust, Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, DT8 3NB. Info@beaminstermuseum.co.uk

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild will meet for a talk by Gwyneth Jackson about one of Chard’s most notable personalities, Margaret Bondfield, who was born in Chard 1873 and rose  from quite humble beginnings to eventually become this country’s first woman Cabinet Minister and Privy Councillor.  Her story is a remarkable one and will be of great interest.  The meeting will    be held at the Crowshute Centre at 6.45 p.m. where there is ample  free parking space in the adjacent public car park.

 

Wednesday 5 February

AVDCS Work Party, 10.00-16.00, Scrub bashing on Goat Island. Meet Stepps Lane SY266903. Contact Donald Campbell 01297 552945

Axminster Historical Society Talk: Devon Festivals – Robert Hesketh delves into the origins of Devon’s festivals, many deeply rooted in the county’s history and folklore: Flaming Tar Barrels, Hot Pennies, Wassailing, Raising the Glove, Ale Tasting, Tip Tip Toeing and much more. 7:30pm All Welcome, Membership £10 Non Members £2 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH

Bridport Camera Club 7pm for 7.30 start. Knockout Print Competition – Monochrome Portrait judged by award winning photographer Tim Booth. Non members £4 at the door. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3HA. info@bridportcameraclub.co.uk.  01395 892353.

 

Thursday 6 February

Sidmouth Ballroom Dancing Club, 8p.m. Couples of all abilities welcome. St Francis Hall, EX10 9XH 01395 579856. Also 13,20,27 Feb.

Talk ‘The RAF in Lyme Regis 1937-1964’ by Ken Gollop : 2.30pm : Ken is a local historian well known over many years for his popular ‘Under Shady Tree’ talks : Woodmead Halls, Hill Rd, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG : contact David Cox on 01297 443156 (Friends of Lyme Regis Philpot Museum).

Chard History Group welcomes Jan Humphreys for a Talk “Horton -here’s a How” at 7.30pm. Drawing on a series of articles appearing in “The Horton Gazette” on a quarterly basis since Summer 2010, Jan will offer the history of Horton village  from its origins up to the mid-18th century. The Phoenix Hotel upstairs in The Ball Room in Fore Street, Chard. Members £2, Guests £3. Contact information 01460 66165.

Chard Camera Club The club will be holding it’s first ever ‘Mix and Match  Female Vs  Male’ DPI competition at their base in the Baptist Church Hall Holyrood Street at 7.30pm further details can be obtained from the members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885 or by visiting their website  wwwchardcameraclub.org.uk. Any person wishing to find out more of the club should call in at one of their twice monthly meetings (first and third Thursdays of the month) where they will be made most welcome.

Scottish Country Dancing with the Somerset Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. We have classes at Long Sutton, Ashill and Somerton to suit all levels. To find out more contact Liz on 01935 826181 or Anita on 01460 929383.

 

Friday 7 February

Smuggling and the Dorset Connection. An illustrated talk by Trevor Ware.MA.M.Phil. Maritime Historian on the Smuggling industry of the 18th and early 19th Century in Britain and in Dorset  especially.  West Bay Discovery Centre. Details and tickets from www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk; Tickets £8 per person.Including wine.

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

Dorset Wildlife Trust – Sea What’s There, 7:30pm – 9pm, Talk by Morven Robertson, UK project officer at the Blue Marine Foundation, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ.,  www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have an interesting talk ‘ ‘The Magic of Somerset Carnivals’ – (Carnival has a 400 year history in Somerset beginning with bonfires and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes in Bridgwater. Torchlight processions followed, therefore starting the tradition of carnival processions, which have developed over 400 years to the spectacular processions of today). Speaker – John Dando. Guests £2 at the Door. Contact 01935 477174. www.yalhs.org.uk

Furleigh Fizz – Comes of Age, 6:45pm, Tasting of Furleigh Fizz from 2015 back to 2009 presented by Suzy Atkins Wine Writer for The Sunday Telegraph, £25pp More details at www.furleighestate.co.uk

Megson.  8pm at The David Hall in South Peterton. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson – aka Stu and Debbie Hanna – draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of Folk music. Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

5 miles leisurely walk. 10.00am Chardstock. Contact 01460-220636

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 12.45pm Mindfulness session with Sue Howse.  2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise.  2.15pm Speaker – Paul Duffy will be talking about how a positive mindset can enhance physical wellbeing, this talk will also include aspects of hypnotherapy and EFT (emotional freedom technique). 3.15 – 4.15 pm 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

 

Saturday 8 February

Sherborne Town Band Concert 19:30 A long established brass band in the finest tradition presenting a varied programme of unforgettable brass band music. Martock Church; Church Street; Martock TA12 6JL Tickets £10 or £9 at Martock Gallery/Newsagent or 01935 829576

Egyptian Society Taunton “Ramesses III: Why He Came to a Nasty End”.  Speaker: Vanessa Foott.  The lecture will take place at 2.00pm at Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED  http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 5 mile walk from Martinstown 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

Jumble sale 2-4pm Colyford Memorial Hall Contact Katie 01297 551288 If you have items for collection please call the above number.

The River Parrett in South Perrott (on A356) Village Hall at 7pm. The River Parrett rises in the grounds of Chedington Court, flows through South Perrott and West Chinnock on its way to Bridgwater and beyond. Clive Gunnell takes you on an interesting tour visiting places of interest along its course. Entry is £5 and includes refreshments. There is also a raffle. In aid of  St Mary’s Church Roof Fund.  Enquiries: 01935 891224.or 891234.

Martock Farmers Market, 10-1 a chance to hear how over 16 stallholders grow and make their food. In CoOp precinct, off North Street, TA12 6DH.  For a table ring Fergus 01935 822202.

Flats and Sharps  7.30pm  A brilliant four-piece Bluegrass band from Penzance with strong harmonies, stonking solos, incredible energy and stage presence. £12 in advance, £15 on the door (seated) The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050

Pip Utton Presents: At Home with Will Shakespeare. 7.30pm at The David Hall in South Petherton. Pip Utton gives us all the chance to spend time with the great man; a man who loves, laughs, drinks, sings, dances and cries, and in between is forced to write some plays and poetry to make a living. This production was a favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tickets: £10 Full, £9 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

Village Coffee Break  Light refreshments to eat and buy. Long Bredy Village Hall. 10.30 to 12.00. Contact details: 01308 482882

 

Loders Village Hall, Loders, West Dorset Group of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society meeting, 2.00. Members business meeting followed by ‘What’s new on the Internet’  members session, do come along and see what is new for family history research on the internet.  Members £1.50 and visitors £3, all welcome, tea and biscuits included. For more information contact Jane on 0308 425710   or email:  jferentzi@aol.com

 

Sunday 9 February

Divine Union Soundbath 7pm-8.30pm Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls for relaxation/detox Dorchester YMCA, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2RZ 01935 389655 ahiahel@live.com www.centreforpuresound.org

8 miles leisurely walk. 10.00am Colyton. Contact 01395-567450

 

Monday 10 February

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

Meeting.  Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild 2p.m.  Talk by Jan Tollerfield about Frederick Treves.  Visitors £3.  Dorchester Community Church, Lipscombe Street, Poundbury.  Enquiries 01305 832857.

West Dorset Flower Club are holding their AGM at 2:30 pm in the WI Hall in North Street, Bridport.  Visitors and new members are very welcome.  For further details please contact the secretary on 01308 456339.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society, 7-30pm, Dorset’s Changing Wildlife by Bob Ford, Southill Community Centre DT4 9SF, 01305 788939

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

 

Tuesday 11 February

Arts society Honiton ‘Big Ben’ – Tim Redmond. Big Ben is one of the most iconic buildings in the world – it identifies the UK and democracy in the Western world. You will be taken on a virtual tour of the interior of the most famous bell in the world!  Tim spent his earlier career as a detective in the Metropolitan Police. On retirement he became a City of London tour guide. He used the knowledge gained to become a guide within the Palace of Westminster. His many guests have included Michelle Obama and Bill Gates. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ at 2pm.

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

Axe Vale Stamp Club – 8.00 pm – Members’ Evening Display – Bradshaw Rooms, Silver Street Axminster – Nicholas Arrow 01297 552482

West Dorset Ramblers circular walk  8.5 miles/13.7km. Char Valley. Ryall, Shave Cross, Denhay Cross.10.00am. Bring picnic, dogs optional. Contact 01308 898484

Stanchester Quire Spring Season 7:30 – 9:00pm New members welcome to learn songs about the South West of England Martock Christian Fellowship Centre, TA12 6JL Contact Bonnie on 01935 822287 or Phil 01935 47784

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

Turn Lyme Green 7.15 for 7.30 prompt start Mark Foxall talks about latest developments in compostables and how we can avoid more plastic pollution.  All welcome. Free. Donations welcome. Royal Lion Hotel Lyme Regis Contact Jo Smith Oliver 07525005430

Time for Tea and a Talk: Malcolm Miller ‘History of Miller’s Farm Shop and French Connection’ 2:00pm £3 Tea & cake served. For info or to book please call 01404 831207  The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH

Bridport History Society, United Church Hall, East St, Bridport  2.30.  ‘D-Day Spearhead Brigade: The Hampshires, Dorsets and Devons 6 June 1944’  talk with Nick Speakman, copies of the book will also be on sail. Members £1 and visitors £4 all welcome, tea and biscuits provided. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email:  jferentzi@aol.com

 

Wednesday 12 February

Axe Valley Centre National Trust, AGM and Talk by Graham Stark, a Guide from Shute Barton, Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Visitors welcome £2 Contact Membership Secretary 01297631801.

“SHIRAZ” –  singer/song-writers from Bridport. St. Peter’s Church, Dalwood, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) A concert of Shirley & Sharon’s brilliant compositions in a very informal setting. FREE entry, glass of wine, tea/coffee. Retiring collection for FORCE (Cancer Support Centre in Exeter)

The Beehive Acoustic Café, 8pm  A supportive open mic session in the Beehive bar with host and guitarist Terry Stacey. Come along to listen or to play. Free entry The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050

Sharing Stillness. 7.30-9.30pm. Listening to the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and silent meditation. The Chapel in the Garden, Bridport, DT6 3JJ. Contact Nichola Motley 07884 191459 Also 26 Feb.

Nordic Walking at Furleigh Wine Estate, 11:30am, one hour with qualified instructors. Poles provided, £10pp including coffee and fizz, More details at www.furleighestate.co.uk

4 miles easy walk. 10.30  Sidford.Contact 01395-266668

 

Thursday 13 February

West Dorset Ramblers circular walk from Symondsbury over the hills 7miles/11.3km. 10.00am, bring picnic, no dogs. Contact 01308 862981

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be meeting in the Chard Rugby Football Club, Essex Close at 7.30pm for their first social meeting of the year.The evening will consist of two of the members recalling their part in the Falklands conflict 1982. Any person showing an interest in joining the association should attend one of their meetings held monthly on the second Thursday of the month where they would be made most welcome. Just as  a reminder you DO NOT have to be a former service person to take advantage of it’s membership.Further details can be obtained from  the branch secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society coach trip. Depart 8.15am Uplyme Village Hall to Colesbourne Park near Cheltenham. 10 acres with more than 300 snowdrop cultivars and a 300-tree arboretum. £20 (£23 for guests) includes soup and roll, tea/coffee. Book with Tricia Boyd 07767 261444 tricia@thegardenersblacksmith.co.uk

Seavington Gardening Club, 7.30 pm. Talk ‘ Bees and Beekeeping ‘ by Neil Cook . Seavington Millennium Hall . Enquiries Karen Day 01460249728.

Crewkerne Gardening Club invites you to an excellent talk on “Container Gardening” from a Gold Club speaker.  This will be held in the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm and refreshments are included. Everyone welcome! visitors £2.50.

The Great Fen: An Illustrated Talk and book launch by Alan Bowley. Free/Donation. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk

Bridport Women’s History Group,  7-9pm, The Challenges of Researching North Korean Women’s Lives By Hyun-Joo Lim Bridport Youth & Community Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport, all women welcome,  More info: k.hunt@keele.ac.uk

 

Friday 14 February

Valentine Wedding Festival Weekend, school children acting out ‘The Wedding at Cana’.  Thorners’ School at 2.15 pm  in LATCH hall Litton Cheney and Burton Bradstock School at 9.15 am  in St Mary’s Church Burton Bradstock.  Contact the Rector on 01308-898799.

Windborne will be performing Song on the Times. Doors and bar open 7.00 for performance start at 7.30. workshop also available, 5.00 to 6.00. This close harmony group from America wll be singing protest songs from the UK and USA and making them relevant to today, courtesy of Artsreach. The Village Hall, Milborne St Andrew DT11 0JB. Book online or with Sarah Ryan 01258 839230.

Lyme Regis U3A Social Morning. Come and meet the Activity Group Leaders at our Social Coffee morning and maybe join a group? Learn, Laugh and Live. Woodmeads Hall, Lyme Regis. Free entry – bring a friend! From 10:00 am until 12:00

Food on Friday, 12 noon, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – two course lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee, £5.  Special diets can usually be catered for if requested in advance.  Disabled facilities, ample parking, lovely view.  Open to all ages; very friendly atmosphere, newcomers really welcomed, but please book places in advance by phoning June (01460 77057) or Jackie (01460 72324), who will also provide more information if required.

Kilmington Garden Club: Nick Bailey of BBC Gardeners World gives us the benefit of over 25 years of experience from his varied gardening career during a  talk on ‘365 Days of Colour’. Start 7:30pm £10 Ticket entry only from 07900 827689 Kilmington Village Hall, Whitford Rd. Kilmington EX13 7RF

6 miles moderate walk. 10.00am Musbury. Contact 01297-552860

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise.  2.15pm Rose Thorpe introducing you to our library and some really good reads, not only great books on Cancer, but also other interesting reading. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session Karen Forrester-Jones offering M’Technique, touch therapy, mini sessions that are suitable for all. 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

 

Friday 14 – Sun 16 February

Spring Flower Celebration. At Holy Cross Church, Woodbury Lane (off Lyme Road) Axminster. Open Fri 12noon to 4pm, Sat 10am to 4pm and Sun 10am to 3pm followed by Songs of Praise. Free entry but donations appreciated. Refreshments available on Sat & Sun. Our church is now licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. For more information call 01297 598953.

 

Saturday 15 February

St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Choral concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the installation of the church’s Skrabl organ. Lyme Bay Chorale directed by Peter Lea-Cox, with Alex Davies on the organ. Programme includes Laudes Organi by Kodaly, Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata no 1 and several songs by Max Reger. Tickets £10 from Lyme Regis TIC, Penny Black cafe or on the door.

Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included 7.30 – 10.30 p.m.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461; or just come along.  Cost £3.00  www.chardscottishdancing.org  Please bring a plate of food to share.

Valentine Wedding Festival Weekend, all Bride Valley Churches will be open from 10.00am till 3.00pm with wedding themed displays.  Burton Bradstock, Shipton Gorge, Puncknowle, Swyre, Litton Cheney, Long Bredy and Littlebredy.  Contact the Rector on 01308-898799.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Pilsdon Pen 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

AVDCS Work Party, 10.00-16.00, General management Colyton Community Woodland. Meet Hillhead car park SY245934. Contact Donald Campbell 01297 552945

Sooouper Saturday 12 noon – 2 pm   Come along and enjoy a bowl of delicious home-made soup and a sandwich at Holy Trinity Church Bothenhampton.  For more details please contact Ro on 01308 459259

‘Que Pasa’, 7.30pm, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – a concert of words & music by poets Chris Fogg & Chris Waters and saxophonist & composer Rob Yockney.  Live music & lively words to transport you to far away places & back! Licenced bar & raffle.  Tickets, to include interval ploughman’s supper – £9 adult, £4 child/student (suitable for 11 years +).  Please book on 01460 74849 or 01460 72769.

Saskia Griffiths-Moore.  8pm. Saskia Griffiths-Moore is bringing her new music, and Baez & Dylan ‘throwback Folk’, to The David Hall in South Petherton. This young rising star is increasingly known for her crystal-clear vocals and melody-led Acoustic song-writing and has appeared at Petherton Folk Fest in both 2018 and 2019. Expect a night of laughs, sincere music and original material. Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

Wedding Event with hats, bells and refreshments. St Peter’s Church, Long Bredy 10.30am to 3.30pm

Country and Western Music by Dave Montana, Drimpton Village Hall, Chard Road. 8pm Tickets £7 Tel: 01308 868385

 

Sunday 16 February

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

St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, 11am. Sung Eucharist to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the installation of the church’s Skrabl organ. Invited choir directed by Matt Kingston with Alex Davies playing the organ. Music will include excerpts from the Mass of St Thomas by David Thorne and Messe Solenelle by Vierne, plus Stanford’s Te Deum in B flat. Music before the service will be played by young PipeUp organ students.

Valentine Wedding Festival Weekend, all Bride Valley Churches are holding a Special Service at 10.30am to celebrate loving and caring relationships.  Burton Bradstock, Shipton Gorge, Puncknowle, Swyre, Litton Cheney, Long Bredy and Littlebredy.  Contact the Rector on 01308-898799.

Snowdrop Tea, 2-30 to 4-30pm. Admire the churchyard snowdrops and enjoy tea and cake in St Nicholas Church, Combe Raleigh, EX14 4TG. Snowdrops for sale. Contact 01404 43929 or 01404 43166.

South Somerset Ramblers. 14 mile walk on the Blackdowns from Staple Hill CP (ST 247160) via Bickenhall Plain, Netherclay & Piddle Wood. Bring picnic. Details from Ian on 07478 672185.

Divine Union Soundbath 2pm-4pm Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls for relaxation/detox Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX 01935 389655 ahiahel@live.com

Wedding Event Service 10.30 am followed by exhibition as above, until 3.30pm. No charge but donations towards the renovation of the church organ.. Contact details: 01308 482882

 

Monday 17 February

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

AVDCS Bird Watch, 10.00-all day, Birdwatching with Rob Johnson at RSPB Greylake & SWT Catcott Lows. Meet reserve car park ST399346. Contact Fran Sinclair 07804 835905 for car share.

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

Axminster Musical Theatre’s  Annual General Meeting at 7 pm in the Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster including all the details about our forthcoming musical Avenue Q in April 2020!  All welcome and refreshments provided!  If you need more details, please email our secretary jasminehussey28@gmail.com

 

Mon 17 – Fri 21 February

Half term pirate week. All day. There will be swash-Bucklin’ fun aplenty and Shire Hall’s half term Pirate Week. Kids dressed as pirates go free, when accompanied by a paying adult. There will be a treasure hunt, parrot spotting, film nights, and visitors can create their own wanted poster For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

 

Tuesday 18 February

St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Seminar with renowned organist Peter King and pianist Duncan Honeybourne on the remarkable associations between Liszt’s organ and piano compositions. The session will include the Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, Fantasy on ‘Ad nos, ad salutarem undem’, the B minor piano sonata, and much more. Part of the South West Organ Society’s winter organ course but open to the public. Free, donations welcome. www.sworgansociety.org

Beaminster Museum Winter talk , 2.30pm, ‘A Convict Ship Museum visits Dorset’, the horrors of transportation to Australia, by Diana Trenchard , Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, DT8 3NB. Info@beaminstermuseum.co.uk

 

Tues 18 – Sat 22 February

Dick Whittington 7pm + Saturday Matinee 2pm. Honiton Community Theatre Company returns to The Beehive with a fun-filled panto from start to finish: a cat, a camel and lots of laughs. Adult £14, U16 £8 The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050

 

Wednesday 19 February

Devonshire Association Meeting, 2.30pm, a talk by Dr.Peter Marsden entitled London and Exeter: a tale of two Roman and Saxon Cities. 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/

The Minster Church, Axminster, 10.30am. Seminar with renowned organist Andrew Millington and pianist Duncan Honeybourne, examining Mendelssohn’s short life, and illustrating and comparing the music he wrote for organ and piano during his travels. Part of the South West Organ Society’s winter organ course but open to the public. Free, donations welcome. www.sworgansociety.org

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Calum Darraugh entitled “The Story of Peco and Pecorama” 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.

Dorset Wildlife Trust Sherborne Group, 7.30pm, talk by Pauline Kidner, Founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue, Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL, cost £3.00.  Mary Howes 01935 872742

West Dorset Ramblers circular walk 11 miles/17.7km. Lambert’s Castle to Forde Abbey, straying just across the Axe and back. 10.00am, bring picnic, no dogs. Contact 01460 77094

Angel Heart Theatre will be performing ‘Mazy Meg and the Honeybees’, 4.00 to 5.00. Suitable for age 3 upwards. The Village Hall, Milborne St Andrew DT11 0JB. Book  with Angela Johnson 01258 839060.

The MakeShift Ensemble presents: The Curious Garden.  11am at The David Hall in South Petherton. Join The MakeShift Ensemble as they bring to life New York Times’ award-winning children’s book, The Curious Garden, which is all about one boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time. £10 Full, £9 under 12s, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.  Plus, at 2pm, a one–hour drama workshop with the performers, based on the themes in the show. Tickets: £5.

Colyton & District Garden Society.  Talk ‘1,000 Years of Growing Your Own’, by Ambra Edwards.  Colyford Memorial Hall, 7.30pm.  Members free, guests £3.  For information Sue Price 01297 552362.

8 miles mod walk. 10.00am Branscombe. Contact 01404-831143

 

Thursday 20 February

Chard Camera Club The club will meet at 7.30pm at the Baptist Church Hall Holyrood Street  to have their print panel of three images entered in the ‘Peter Partridge Panel’ and a digital triptych. Judge for the evening being Mr Barry Holmes. Further enquiries can be made via the membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885 or via their very informative website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk

The Arts Society West Dorset. ‘Indian Travels with Kipling’. Speaker Elizabeth Merry.  Bridport Town Hall 2.30. Details: 01308 485487.

The Life of a Village Agent is the the title of the talk to be given by Nicola Hardy to Tatworth W.I. at 7.30pm in Tatworth Memorial Hall.  Visitors welcome.

Charmouth Gardeners invite you to their AGM followed by a talk from Claire Hart entitled ‘Square Metre Gardening’.  2.30pm with refreshments from 2.00pm at Charmouth Village Hall, Wesley Close.  All welcome,  non members £2 or why not join only £5 for the year. Tel 01297560757 for more information.

 

Friday 21 February

Dorset Feasting Evening, 7pm. Sharing board banquet of local and seasonal foods by candlelight in the 18th Century Chapel at the Alexandra Hotel. £29 per person, Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, Lyme Regis 01297 442010

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

Family Bingo in South Perrott (on A356) Village Hall. Eyes down at 6:30pm.  Refreshments and raffle. In aid of St Mary’s Church Roof Fund.  Enquiries: 01935 891224.

Feed the Soul – acoustic concert with vegan dinner to feed your body and soul Magdalena Atkinson – Dorset based singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist will be sharing her joyful & inspiring original music, featuring the song “Feed the soul”  7pm (door open at 6.30pm)  Feed the Soul – Godmanstone, DT2 7AE

tickets £20 including vegan dinner available in the cafe or through the website: www.magdalenaatkinson.co.uk

Blue Rose Code + support from Steve Dagleish. 8pm at The David Hall in South Petherton. Ross Wilson writes from the heart, eschewing any specific genre; and the 12 new songs on The Water Of Leith – addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future – are painted with colours of Soul, Jazz, Folk and Pop, an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code. Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

St. Gabriel’s Strolling Players are reprising their successful performance of “A Walk Along the Dorset Coast with JMW Turner”, this time in aid of the Uparo Project.  The evening does not require the audience to walk, but consists of words, written by Turner’s contemporaries about some of the places he visited in Dorset, music, song and some dance.7pm  This time the venue  will be Bridport Roman Catholic Church. Tickets are £5 from 01297 489658.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 12.45pm Mindfulness session with Sue Howse.  2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise.  2.15pm Emma Gilmore from the School of Bodywork returns to discuss ‘Scars, love ‘em or hate them’.  2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering 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

 

Saturday 22 February

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.25 mile walk from Thorncombe Wood 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

AVDCS Estuary Clean-up, 10-12, Litter pick on Axe estuary eastern edge. Meet Axmouth Bridge lay-by SY253901. Contact Lesley Clarke 01297 20180

Acoustic Night.  7.30pm – 11pm at The David Hall in 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.

 

Sunday 23 February

Divine Union Soundbath 2pm-4pm Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls for relaxation/detox Oborne Village Hall, OBORNE, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA 01935 389655 ahiahel@live.com

8 miles leisurely walk. Honiton. 10.00am Contact 01395-577891

 

Monday 24 February

Musbury Garden Club A talk by Becca Flintham: ‘Water, water everywhere!’ With climate change bringing gardeners extra challenges in the form of not enough water – or too much when it does arrive! – how can we garden in more water-wise ways, both for ourselves and for wildlife and the environment? Discover the value of ponds and bog gardens in helping wildlife, and some tips for plants and techniques to help make you a water-wise gardener. Becca has over 25 years experience working in environmental education with children and adults. Doors to Musbury Village Hall, EX13 8AJ open for refreshments at 7p.m. before the talk at 7.30p.m. Members: £1.50. Non-members very welcome: £2.50.

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

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

 

Tuesday 25 February

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. Raj Adgopul tells the story of his journey as an immigrant to England.

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

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society,Members Evening. 7.30 pm.the Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester.  01308422054/01935813598.

West Dorset Ramblers circular walk 8 miles/12.9km. Shipton, Uploders, Loders. 10.00am, bring picnic, no dogs. Contact 01305 459315

Dorset National Park – Another Perspective Speaker t.b.a  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

Merriot Gardening Club An intriguing talk by David Moon on ‘Gardening for the Rich and Famous’.

Please meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm – refreshments and raffle. Everyone welcome – non-members £2 at the door. 01460-72298

Wednesday 26 February

WW2 East Devon Auxiliary Units, a talk on the untold story of Colyton’s highly secret wartime unit. Presented by Colyton Parish History Society and Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team. Colyford Village Hall, 7.30pm. £4 non-members, £2 members includes refreshments. For more info contact email: secretary@colytonhistory.org

South Petherton Local History Group presents ‘Hidden History in Old Maps’ by Ed Lorch and Steve Creaney. 7.30pm. Methodist Church Hall, Palmer Street, TA13 5DB. Visitors £3 on the door.

Honiton U3A February  meeting at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton – 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Our speaker is Timothy Philips, Chairman of the National Piers Society who will be giving his talk entitled ‘Pier s& Music’ where he will be exploring this iconic symbol of the British seaside. Member Free / Visitors – £2.00 donation. More details at https://u3asites.org.uk/honiton

Coffee Morning. 10am-12noon at The David Hall in South Petherton.  Free Entry.

10 miles mod walk.Steps Bridge.10.00am Contact 01395-516897

 

Thursday 27 February

West Dorset Ramblers circular walk 9.5 miles/15.2km Around Burton Bradstock & West Bay. 10.00am, bring picnic, no dogs. Contact 01308 424512

The Art of The Joke: An Illustrated talk by Susie Harries. 3pm. £5 Fundraiser. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk

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.

Postponed until MARCH 5th:  The Alexander Technique: a talk by Inge Dyson at the Charmouth Community Library at 7.00 pm.

Tangle Theatre presents: Volpone.  7.30pm at The David Hall in South Petherton. The classic satire of cunning and greed. A multi-skilled ensemble of three actors perform to an enticing backdrop of new and vintage Jazz, delivered with Tangle’s trademark dynamism. Tickets: £15 Full, £14 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

 

Friday 28 February

Blackdowns Adder Survey.  7.30pm. John Hanratty will deliver a Reptiles & Amphibians group presentation. Parish Hall, North St. Ilminster TA19 0DG Enquiries, Valerie 01460 234551

Genesis Visible Touch: The Duke Tour 8pm  The ultimate Phil Collins-era Genesis show! Celebrating the 40th anniversary, Genesis Visible Touch are performing the “Duke Tour” live set with hits such as “Turn It On Again”, “Misunderstanding” and “Follow You Follow Me”.  £16.50 in advance, £18.50 on the door (seated) The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio Flow gentle exercise.  2.15pm Art with Libby.  3.15pm Rising Voices – singing with Jane. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session: Anne Escott offering foot massages. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

 

Saturday 29 February

Leap Year Event in aid of Bridport Millennium Green.  Entertainment to include Bridport Broadsiders, local male sea shanty singers, at Bridport Town Hall, 7.30pm.  £7 (members £6), to include wine and nibbles.  More details Sue Wilkinson, 01308 425037.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6.5 mile walk from Penn Farm 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340

Artsreach at Powerstock Hut :  ‘The Walking Man’ : A Talking Gig with Andy Morgan & Alhousseini Anivolla.  7pm for 7.30pm.  Tickets: £9, £6, £25, 01308 485474/485730 or online www.artsreach.co.uk

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

The Tuckers Jazz Club Dave Newton and Craig Milverton The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, EX13 7EG.  Near Axminster, (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Tickets £10   Info. at  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk   01404 831 280 : 07999 553477 Dave Newton & Craig Milverton – A dynamic performance from The Kings of the Keyboard at The Tuckers.

Coffee Morning/ Indoor Car Boot Sale. 10am – 12 noon. Uplyme Village Hall. To book a table or enquiries ph. Becky on 07590495909

The Langport Mummers will perform a Leap Frog Day special, as all their performances are!  7.30 pm.  Sharon Lazibyrds will also sing and play strings, there will be mulled cider and eats to buy.  Parish Hall, TA12 6JL.  £5. Ring Fergus on 01935 8/22202 for more.

The Truth About Love: Bizet to Broadway  7.30pm  Artists from the Royal Opera House & English National Opera perform in aid of Action East Devon & Honiton Dementia Alliance. With guests, Devon Close Harmony Quartet. £10 adv, £12 on the door The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050

A Leap Year Concert at 7.30pm in St Peter and St Paul Church, South Petherton, featuring accomplished mixed choir Sixteen Bells and versatile quartet Bella Acapella. Tickets £8 / under16s free. Wine for a donation. In aid of charity Raft (refugeeaidfromtaunton.org.uk). Organised by Refugee Support Group, South Somerset. Geraldine Downey  01460 271358

Christian Garrick & The Budapest Café Orchestra – 10th Birthday Tour.  8pm at The David Hall in South Petherton. The BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional Folk and Gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats. Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340.

Norton sub Hamdon Concert by The Avon & Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir in Norton Church  at 7.30pm.   Ticket £7 from Norton Community Shop or by Post (£8) calling 01935 881330.   Further details visit www.nortonfestival.org

 

Saturday 29 Feb – 1 March

Hedge Laying. Patch Tucker will be at Monkton Wyld Court for the weekend to guide us through the skills and art of hedge laying.  You will be maintaining a mature hedge in traditional west-country style, laying branches to regenerate, whilst harvesting firewood and poles for craft. £80.00pp including lunch.  Accommodation and dinner on the Saturday night are not included in the price.  If you wish to book this in addition, please request when contacting us.  To book please contact:  info@monktonwyldcourt.org

 

Sat 29 February – 8 March

Crocus week, when these jewel-like flowers will carpet the lawns, although many bulbs will have been in bloom since mid-February. www.fordeabbey.co.uk Tel: 01460 220231