Coast and Countryside Events

Wednesday 1 March

Mosterton Ramblers morning walk (approx 3hrs) in the Abbotsbury area, followed by pub lunch. Meet at Orchard Way 9.30am, transport available. Details from Chris on 01460 76405.

West Dorset Ramblers 5 mile Beaminster and Stoke Abbott walk. 10am start. Bring snack. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 863955.

Seaton and District Probus Club Talk by Helena Williams: Exotic Travels with my Camera. 10am at Seaton Methodist Church small hall. The club is open to retired or semi-retired men over 55. New members/prospective members welcome – come and give us a try. Please contact Stephen Lord on 01297 21872 for more information.

Axminster & Seaton Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.30pm – 12noon at the Scott Rowe Centre in Axminster Hospital. Come along to meet others with Parkinson’s and their carers over a cup of coffee/tea. £1.50 per session. Talks by medical professionals, short talks by members, quick quizzes etc.  Group is in its infancy and is keen to consider suggestions for activities at future meetings. Everyone welcome. For further information contact local volunteer Pauline Beviss on 01297 33903.

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

Indoor Short Mat Bowls Every Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.45pm. Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis, Dorset. Tea, biscuits half time. Cost £1.60. More information on 01297 22488, lift available.

Til Death Us Do Part: a look at the history of medicine 1300-1948 – Janet Few. Axminster Historical Society, 7.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH All welcome.

Steve Day: Comedy Café 8pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £8/£6 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Free Advanced Driving Lectures Wednesday 1, 8 and 15 March. Drivers are invited to attend a series of 3 two-hour lectures. They are free to attend and are organised by Dorset (Dorchester) Group of Advanced Motorists and delivered by a Class One former police driving instructor and IAM Examiner with a sense of humour. Committee Room 1, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ commencing 6.45pm sharp and finishing at 8.45pm. Parking is free and entrance to Committee Room 1 is gained through glass doors at Colliton Corner. This is situated at the far right hand side of County Hall when facing it. For Further details please contact Jane Percy, Group Secretary either via email at secretary@dorsetiam.org.uk or telephone 01305 820963.

 

Thursday 2 March

Tatworth Flower Club Tatworth Memorial hall TA20 2QA 1.30pm for 2pm Floral Demonstration by Philippa Louden. “For the love of flowers” Sure to be an enjoyable afternoon. Tea & Homemade cakes. Visitors welcome entry £5.

Art Group An informal untutored group for artists in all media, from oils to acrylics. All abilities welcome. Bring your own materials. Thursdays 2pm – 4pm. £7 per session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ for the AGM followed by a quiz. New members welcome.   Contact 01305 261676 or 785546 for further information. 

Talk Friends of Lyme Regis Museum “A correspondent’s life”. Journalist and broadcaster Kate Adie recalls her experiences as a BBC  foreign correspondent covering some of the most significant events, including war,  in recent world history. Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Admission £3 for members, £5 for visitors, including refreshments. Proceeds to the new Mary Anning Wing. For further information contact David Cox, 01297 443156.

Thursday Afternoon Talk 2.30pm – Duncan’s Unctions – a fascinating talk about how Duncan came to create topical creams to soothe the skin. Admission is by donation. Call 01297 32331 to register interest and intention to come. Axminster Health & Wellbeing Centre www.axminsterwellbeing.com 01297 32331.

Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society ‘Vegetable gardening in containers’ a talk by Mark Read. St. Nicholas Primary School, Dorchester Road, Broadwey, Weymouth starting at 7.30pm. Details on 01305 813853 or website.

Chard Camera Club AGM at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street.

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

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club meets every Thursday from 8pm – 10pm, in St Bartholomew’s Church Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne. Newcomers always welcome. £2.50 but first visit free. Denise Smith 01460 77320, or Leslye Stansfield 01460 75760.

Folk Dancing in Honiton at Gittisham Folk Dance Club’s regular ‘first Wednesday’ dance night, 8pm – 10.15pm, in the Mackarness Hall, High Street, EX14 1PG. All levels of experience welcome and beginners especially; no partner required. With live music and light refreshments. £3. See website: https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org  Call 01404 813 129  or email  secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com for more information.

 

Friday 3 March

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

West Dorset Ramblers 9 mile Osmington, White Horse hill and Bowleaze Cove walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01305 459315.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Sidmouth. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 519232.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 1pm Rising Voices with Jane, 2pm Tripudio with Elizabeth, 2.15pm Martin Hazell, craftsman in wood. Healing/acupuncture advice with Ro. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Country Dancing every Friday afternoon. 2pm – 4pm Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster. Tea, biscuits half time. Cost £2. More information 01297 34326.

Lyme Bay Photographic Club Phil Wells’ Triptych; Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG starting at 7.30pm. www.lymebayphotographicclub.org.

Dorset Wildlife Trust – West Dorset Group ‘Unseen and Underground: why our geological heritage matters’ – an illustrated talk by Sam Scriven, Acting Earth Science Manager, Jurassic Coast Team. 7.30pm, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, DT6 3LJ.  Non-members welcome, £2, (£3 non-members) inc. refreshments 01308 423442.

Sidford Canasta Group meets at Sidford Methodist Church, EX10 9RL every Friday at 7.30p.m.; free parking is available behind Spar. Further details from 01395 579856.

Bampfylde Lecture 2017 – Uncovering Hestercombe: 25 Years of Discovery Each year, around the date of artist and garden designer Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s birthday, Hestercombe hosts its Bampfylde Lecture. Make an evening of it and enjoy a two course supper in the Column Room Restaurant in Hestercombe House before the lecture. Supper served at 5.45pm, lecture begins at 7.30pm. Supper and lecture – Online: £28.95; Offline: £29.95 Lecture only – Online: £9; Offline: £10 To book go to www.hestercombe.com .

Wild West Country Dance 7.30pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £25, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society talk by John Allen about ‘Barrington Court’, at 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, Yeovil, BA20 2BU. Visitors are welcome, £2.

Elles Bailey – With support from Adam Sweet 8pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Fri 3 – Sat 4 March

Dreams presented by Bridport Youth Dance. Bridport Electric Palace, Friday Doors 6.30pm / starts 7.30pm, Saturday Doors 2pm / starts 3pm & Doors 6.30pm / starts 7.30pm. Students / Under-12s £8.50 (£8 +50p bf) / £9 door   Adult £12.50 (£12 + 50p bf) / £13 door. A collaborative production with Bridport Boys Dance by Nikki Northover, with additional choreography by Aimee Symes, Matt Flint, Rebecca Whaley and Luke Robson. Also featuring music by Matt Benjamin, Jack Harrison and Andrew Dickson. www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Saturday 4 March

Weymouth Music Festival 2017 at Budmouth College. Full information is available at www.weymouthmusicfestival.co.uk. A full day’s Festival pass, including programme is available for only £5 – or £4.50 if bought online in advance.

Table Top Sale Musbury Village Hall 10am – 1pm. A real mixture of exciting things to buy, including raffle, cake stall, tom bola, book stall. Refreshments featuring our tempting bacon butties. Admission free. Profits to St Michaels Church Musbury. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711.

Rummage Sale Chideock Village Hall 11am opening, 30p entry includes cup of tea or coffee. Donations wanted. Please donate any items that can be sold. Can be collected, contact Pat Cole on 01297 480837 or dropping items at the hall Friday from 8pm. Proceeds to go to the New Kitchen.

Axminster Art Society A workshop by Roger Clemens at All Saints Village Hall on Life Drawing 10am – 4pm Booking via www.axminsterartsociety.uk.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Led by experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297443140.

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association AGM and a talk by Mark Crosby on “Volunteering and the National Trust”. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne and start at 2.30pm.

Indian Supper Club from 6.30pm Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton TA13 5DJ For more information please phone 01460 242775 or visit website www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Jay Rayner: The Ten (Food) Commandments 7.30pm £15 Includes Q&A and book signing. 14+ The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Bridport Ceilidhs Church House (St Mary’s) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW. Bring and Share finger food supper, with some soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine and make a party of it. Doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm – 11pm dance. Tickets £9 on the door, but cheaper in advance at £8 from “The Music Shop”, South Street, “The Lime Tree” Deli, West Street, or online; or book by phone on 01308 423 442 or email monty3dayslate@yahoo.co.uk. www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com.

The FB Pocket Orchestra 8pm. Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs and Dances from long ago. Tickets: £11 Full. £10 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. Tickets www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Fish Eye 8pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £12/£10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

 

Sat 4 – Sun 12 March

Crocus Week with acres of spring bulbs. Forde Abbey www.fordeabbey.co.uk, info@fordeabbey.co.uk.

 

Sunday 5 March

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Clyst Hydon. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 45944.

Plant & Gardening Fair Forde Abbey and Gardens 10am – 4pm. Over 30 stalls selling plants and gardening sundries, RHS advice and inspiration for the Spring garden. £3 entry. Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU (t) 01460 220231 www.fordeabbey.co.uk, info@fordeabbey.co.uk.

More Tales from Under Shady Tree with Ken Gollop A look at Lyme in the recent past. Raffle, Teas, Exhibition Boards. In aid of Lyme Regis Museum. 2.30pm. Admission £3. Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. DT7 3PG. Enquiries 01297 443678.

The Beacon Piano Trio 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Joyce Clarke, Anna Cockcroft, Ruth Lass. See website for full programme and further information https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us. Sidholme Music Room.

 

Monday 6 March

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

Bridport Folk Dance Club 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. Membership available giving admission at £2.50, otherwise £3. Contact Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442. (Also on 13th, 20th and 27th).

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing with instruction with a break for tea and coffee. 7.30pm – 10pm at the Village Hall. No partner required. Cost £1.50. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org.uk Mondays in March 13th, 20th, 27th.

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

 

Tuesday 7 March

Coffee Morning at Bridport Library 10am – 12.30pm. Come and find out about the Home Library Service delivered from Bridport Library, and how to become a volunteer. If you are interested in either receiving the Home Library Service or becoming a volunteer, please contact Maria Jacobson, Royal Voluntary Service Manager Dorset Home Library Service, on 07786 635154 or 01305 236666, or e-mail Maria.Jacobson@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss Try a free session at Bridport Hospital 2pm – 4pm. Find out how lipreading can help you to hear more and pick up some tips to help you cope with your hearing loss. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day. Also 21st and 28th.

Knit and Natter Coffee Morning 11am – 12noon Weymouth Library. Knit and Natter contact 01305 777476. Booking advisable.

Axminster Probus Club for retired and semi-retired business and professional men meets at 10am for 10.15am in a private room at the A35 Pit Stop, Gammons Hill, Kilmington for its AGM followed by a talk by member Reg German and an optional lunch. Potential members and guests are very welcome. For further details ring 01460 220528.

The Lyme Regis Art Society Terry Whitworth, Harbours, Watercolour. Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Details 01297 445464.

Antiques “Call My Bluff” with Nic Saintey. At Seavington Millennium Hall, Water Street, Seavington St Mary TA 19 0QH. Bar open from 7pm, quiz starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 in advance, including buffet supper, available from Seavington Community Store, address as above, or telephone 01460 249522. Proceeds in aid of improvements to Seavington Community Store.

 

Wednesday 8 March

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 mile Cerne Abbas, Minterne and UpCerne walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. Dogs on leads only. All welcome. Please call 01300 341664.

The Beehive Folk Café 8pm – 10.30pm Free. Come along to the Beehive bar, relax and listen or perform in this mostly acoustic session of folk, blues & roots. Hosted by Sue King. Performers book a slot on the night. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Steve Knightley – Landlocked 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £18/16 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Thursday 9 March

Art Group An informal untutored group for artists in all media, from oils to acrylics. All abilities welcome. Bring your own materials. Thursdays 2pm – 4pm. £7 per session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Sherborne and District Gardeners’ Association Visit Castle Gardens. Discount Afternoon and talk, 2.30pm. Mrs A Guppy 01935 813679.

Arts and Crafts Churches in Dorset St. Aldhelm’s Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW. 2.30pm Talk by Gordon Le Pard. Presented by National Trust South Dorset Association. £3 members, £4 guests inc. tea/biscuits. 01300 321601 geoffwrench@lineone.net.

Plant Heritage Dorset Group ‘Auriculas for Everyone’ Speakers Gil & Lesley Roberts of Pop’s Plants, National Collection Holders of Auriculas. 7pm for 7.30pm, Conference Room, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, DT2 8PY. www.nccpg.com. Cost: Visitors welcome £2.50, students £1 at the door. Plant Heritage brings together everyone from keen amateur gardeners to botanists and leading horticulturalists to help preserve the UK’s garden plants.

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

Seavington Gardening Club 7.30pm in the Millennium Hall. AGM followed by a talk from Susannah Applegate about “Peonies and Irises”. Visitors welcome £2 payable at the door. Refreshments available plus a raffle. For more information please contact Karen Day tel. 01460 249728.

Crewkerne Gardening Club invites you to a talk on “Hostas” by Peter Savage from Chelsea award winning

business Bowdens. Will he mention slugs?! To be held in the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm, Visitors welcome, £2.50.

Chard Royal Naval Association bi monthly official meeting in the Chard Rugby Football Club, Essex Close, at 7.30pm. Further details can be obtained via the secretary Mr Gary Pennells 01460 77978.

Fashion Show at Merriott Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm. Clothes at bargain prices. Tickets £7.50 including welcome drink and refreshments. A fun night out. Tickets and information from Rosemary 01460 78886 or Merriott village shops.

National Theatre Live: Hedda Gabler Bridport Electric Palace Doors 6pm / starts 7pm £10.50 (£10 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door www.electricpalace.org.uk. O’Hooley & Tidow Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £14/£12 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com 7.30pm.

 

Friday 10 March

Bird ringing demonstration 9am, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands. A rare chance to see birds up close as they are ringing for conservation monitoring. For more information: wildeastdevon.co.uk, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk , 01395 517557.

West Dorset Ramblers 6 mile Frampton and Compton Vallence walk. Optional soup lunch in aid of Dorchester Poverty Action Group at hall (please call the day before to book). 10am start. Bring snack. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320084.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 4.5 mile circular walk from Lambert’s Castle. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01308 898432.

Coffee Morning at Bridport Library 11am – 2pm. Come and find out about the Home Library Service delivered from Bridport Library, and how to become a volunteer. If interested in either receiving the Home Library Service or becoming a volunteer, please contact Maria Jacobson, Royal Voluntary Service Manager Dorset Home Library Service, on 07786 635154 or 01305 236666, or e-mail Maria.Jacobson@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis The Victorian Head Gardener, Francis Burroughes, whose father started his career in horticulture as gardener’s boy on a large estate just before the First World War, relates the fascinating life of the Victorian country estate, which has now entirely vanished. Coffee served from 10am – 10.45am followed by talk at 11am – 12noon. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Organised by– free for members, non-members £2 donation suggested. To join U3A, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297-444566.

Food on Friday 12noon at Clapton & Wayford Village hall: two course hot lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee.; £4.50. Open to all ages; very friendly atmosphere, newcomers really welcomed, but please book places in advance by phoning June 01460 77057 or Jackie 01460 72324, who will also provide more information if required.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Sandy Weatherburn from Social Embers (provides support with digital bereavement and memorial before and after death). Massage with Amanda. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Readers’ Group Spend an afternoon once a month with like-minded people, a good cup of tea or coffee and a chat about the latest ‘read’. All books are provided by the library service. 2.30pm – 4pm. £4 per session (includes refreshments). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Chard History Group Father Basil from The English Martyr’s Church in Chard will give a Talk about his experiences in El Salvador in the 1980s at the forefront of the ideological clash between East and West. 7.30 pm At Manor Court Primary, opposite Sainsburys. Refreshment available. New members and guests welcome. Members £2 Guests £3. Free School Yard parking. For information 01460 66165.

Mike Denham and Tom “Spats” Langham in Concert 7.30pm at Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. Tickets £10, including refreshments, from Sherborne TIIC (01935 815341) and on the door. Proceeds in aid of the Friends of the Rendezvous, a charity supporting vulnerable young people.

Seed Sowing, Pricking Out and Potting On A practical and very informative talk for beginners and all those who enjoy growing their own plants from seed. Kilmington Garden Club, Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road Kilmington EX13 7RF 7.30pm Non members welcome £2.

A Fantastic Night of Utterly Spiffing Magic! Drimpton Village Hall at 6pm for 6.30pm. Time travelling Victorian magic duo Morgan & West unload a boxful of bafflement and impossibility. Fun for all ages Tickets adults £6 under 18s £5 Family of 4 £20 from Roger Smith on 01308 867442 or roger@thesmithsmailbox.net.

Tony Roberts & his Quintet Mainstream jazz from a local group, playing tunes from the American song book, bossa nova, Latin and ‘Blue Note’ style 50’s/60’s jazz. At 8pm. Tickets: £14 (£28 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be booked in advance).  Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Handbags and Gladrags evening selling pre-loved and new handbags, accessories and ladies’ bling, from 7pm – 9pm, at The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton. Entry is free plus free nibbles. Bar sales will include a Prosecco Bar. Come and have a fun evening and help fundraise as part of the  “Support the David  Hall” campaign.

The New Jersey Boys ‘Oh What A Night’ Axminster Guildhall 7.30pm. Tkt: unreserved from Archway Bookshop Axminster 01297 33595. Online: www.wegottickets.com Also TICs at Taunton, Wellington and Bridport.

Shappi Khorsandi 8pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £15/£13 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Oxley-Meier Guitar Project Jazz café 8pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Blues Night: Paul Lamb and The King Snakes Bridport Electric Palace, www.electricpalace.org.uk Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £10.50 (£10 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door.

3 Acres and a Cow A history of land rights and protest in folk song and story. With Kathrine Hallewell, Robin Grey and friends. Chiselborough Village Hall, near Yeovil. £6 concession/ £8 full + extra £4 optional food. 6pm food, 7pm show. Tickets: threeacresandacow.co.uk (+£1 booking fee) or from Norton-Sub-Hamdon Shop.

Thrive Zest Theatre 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £10/ 8 /5  Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Saturday 11 March

Farmers Market Martock 10am – 1pm in the shopping precinct. Stock up for Easter from our 17 stalls selling ‘Slow Food’ such as Whitelake Cheese, Duncan’s cabbages, Janis’ Old Spots, Barry’s bangers, Giles coffee, David’s honey, Charles’ quiches and loads more local food. At 10.30am the 303 Community Moorlands Shopping Precinct, North Street, Martock.  16 stalls.  01935 822202 for a table.

Table Top Sale Whitelackington Village Hall, 10am – 1pm, free entry. A variety of new and used items.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers are clearing scrub at West Milton in West Dorset. There should be a bonfire to keep warm. New people interested in helping care for the countryside are most welcome. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 to be contacted.

Norton-Sub-Hamdon Spring Jumble Sale at the Village Hall (TA14 6SF). Doors open 11am. Admission 30p. Bargains galore.  inc.  New/nearly new clothes, shoes,  bags, Bric-a-brac, Books, Toys and much more. Teas and Raffle. All proceeds to Hall funds. Contact / information 01935881718.

What’s that bird? 10am – 12noon, Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands. Improve your bird ID skills with an experienced guide. For more information: wildeastdevon.co.uk, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395 517557.

Specialist Charity Plant Fairs 10am – 2pm Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA. Free entry, with donations to the local charity School in a Bag. With 15 different nurseries stands, this will be a perfect opportunity to buy early spring plants and bulbs for colour now or plants for interest later in the year. Nursery owners will be on hand to offer personal advice and a wide range of exciting plants is guaranteed. Easy car parking and refreshments available. www.plantfairs.com.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Led by experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297443140.

West Dorset Group of the SDFHS meeting at Loders Village Hall, 2pm. Roy Stockdill will talk about ‘Celebrities with Dorset Roots’ including Judi Dench, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet and Emma Chambers. All welcome, members £1.50, visitors £3 includes tea and biscuits. For more details contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Elizabeth Harrison, musician and entertainer, at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm, admittance £7 on the door, children free, includes interval refreshments.  Everyone welcome, for further info visit www.beerwurlitzer.org.uk or phone 01297 24892.

Egyptian Society Taunton “Senenmut” lecture by Dr. Campbell Price, University of Manchester. The Devon Archaeological Society, Berkeley House, Dix’s Field, Exeter. 2pm start. £7.50 non-members

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Sweet Honi Choir & Brass Warriors Quintet 7.30pm Adult £10, Student/U16/Senior Citizen £8 An exciting collaboration between Honiton’s Sweet Honi Rock, Pop & Soul Choir and the dynamic, international, brass quintet.  Hits from Bowie, Eurythmics, Madonna, Abba, & The Beatles.

The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Kitty Macfarlane with support from Peter James Millson at 8pm. Kitty Macfarlane is a young Somerset-based singer/songwriter blessed with a strong identity.  Tickets: £10 Full. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. Tickets www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Jazz Jurassica Annika Skoogh’s Latin Quartet. An exciting, engaging jazz singer who returns to her Latin American roots to bring the authentic sounds of samba and bossa nova beats to a sultry evening of hip-swaying jazz. Her vibrant style will bring some Copacabana magic to the shores of Lyme Regis. Doors: 6.45pm Supper: 7pm – 8pm Music: 8pm – 10pm Ends: 10.30pm. Booking essential. Tickets £19.95 + b/f includes 2 course supper from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138 or online at :www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk/jazz-jurassica​​.

Beverley Craven – Live in Concert 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £22.50/ 20.50  Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Sunday 12 March

East Devon Ramblers moderate 7.5 mile circular walk from Wayford Woods. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 631664.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers are clearing scrub at West Milton in West Dorset. There should be a bonfire to keep warm. New people interested in helping care for our countryside are most welcome. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 to be contacted.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath £12, Booking in advance and further details see www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 2pm – 4pm The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5AA.

Clarinet Spectacular presented by Arts @ St Bart’s 3pm, St Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne. Dave White, a clarinet  and saxophone virtuoso, will demonstrate the remarkable range of music for the clarinet  covering composers as diverse as Mozart, Saint-Saens and  Henry Mancini. Tickets £8 (£10 on the door) to include refreshments. Bar available. Tickets from Crewkerne Town Hall or Liz 01460 271767.

An Afternoon with James Pellow 3.30pm – 4.30pm at the piano – John Grimswold. Tickets £10 from Sidholme Reception or Paragon Books. See www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us. Sidholme Music Room.

 

Monday 13 March

The Probus Club of Yeovil Speaker Subject “Forde Abbey” at The Yeovil Court Hotel at 12noon for social interaction, a healthy luncheon and an interesting talk. New members are always made very welcome. The Club arranges regular Theatre visits, country walks and Skittles matches as well as supporting a charity. Please contact Geoff Byham, Secretary, 01935 881422 or geoff @byhamgm.plus.com.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society (Weymouth) Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm. The invited speaker is Bob Ford and he will presenting on the subject of “Radipole before the RSPB”.  Refreshments will be available. Everyone is welcome. Tel. Nigel or Heather Smith on 01305 788939.

Easter Bingo at Misterton Village Hall, doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Usual great prizes, raffle and light refreshments. Still only £1 for book of 10 games Plenty of free parking Enq. 01460 77599.

Tuesday 14 March

West Dorset Ramblers 9.5 mile Came Down, Whitcombe and West Knighton walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.Colyton & Colyford Probus Club meets at the Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford at 10am for coffee after which Philip Algar will give a talk ‘My Life in Journalism’ New members welcome: David Evans: 01297 553007.

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

Bridport History Society United Church Hall, East St. Bridport, 2.30pm. Eric Galvin talks about ‘Joseph Clark a popular Victorian artist and his world’ Joseph was from Cerne Abbas. All welcome, members £1, visitors £2.50. For more details contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Tea Dance Sidmouth 01395 579856 St Francis EX10 9XH.

Royal Naval Association holding a first for them when they dine out the Captain and Executive Officer of HMS Somerset in the Lord Leaze Hotel at 7.30pm. The association has asked to have an association with the ship and having been accepted they decided to host the dinner in recognition and to thank Commander Tim Berry and his ships company.

Martock and District Gardening Society talk on Cacti by Alan Phipps at Martock Primary School at 7pm for 7.30pm. Annual membership £10, visitors always welcome £2 including tea or coffee and biscuits.

La Traviata HD Live Encore from The Metropolitan Opera at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar and refreshments. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £15 in advance (£17.50 on day) from Box Office, in person or by phone 01297 625699 (open Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm).

Exhibition on Screen: I, Claude Monet 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Wednesday 15 March

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing NT Kingston Lacy, Wimborne. Visitors are welcome on all outings for an extra charge of £3. Coach leaves Uplyme VH at 9am. Cost NT members £12.50 Non NT £21, to include guided tours of house and garden. Please ring Jenny Harding 01297 444034 to book.

Mosterton Ramblers morning walk (approx 3hrs) in the Poorton/Loscombe area, followed by pub lunch. Meet at Orchard Way 9.30am, transport available. Details from Chris on 01460 76405.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Wootton Fitzpaine. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 560201.

Seaton and District Probus Club Talk by Richard Holliday: History of Garton & King – Exeter’s Oldest Business. 10am at Seaton Methodist Church small hall. The club is open to retired or semi-retired men over 55. New members/prospective members welcome – come and try. Please contact Stephen Lord on 01297 21872 for more information.

WDDFAS: Eric Ravilious – A Life in Pictures Speaker: James Russell. Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype at 2.30pm. For details contact 01297 443615.

Axe Valley Centre, National Trust talk by Kate Churchill, House Steward, National Trust Knightshayes, on Knightshayes. Colyford Memorial Hall, 2.30pm Non-members welcome admission £2.50 including tea/coffee.

Axminster Art Society A Demonstration of Seascapes in Oils by Roy Lang in The United Reformed Church Hall, Chard Street Axminster 2.30pm – 4.30pm Booking via www.axminsterartsociety.uk.

Colyton & District Garden Society AGM and Spring Bulb Show Colyton Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, members free, guests £2.

The 21st Century Wolf – a conservation success story? Yeovil 7.30pm – 9pm. The talk focuses on wolf recovery in Europe in the past two decades and the work of the Wolves and Humans Foundation, as well as the outlook for the future as more countries respond to this success by seeking to control or reduce population levels, and how the Foundation is evolving to meet changing conservation challenges. St John’s Church Rooms, Yeovil, BA20 1HE. For more information please contact Barrie Widden yeovilareagroup@somersetwildlife.org. £2 per person, Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by Nick Thompson entitled ‘Restoring Sidmouth’. Thorncombe Village Hall, TA20 4NE at 7.30pm. Non Members are welcome, there are refreshments, a raffle and the parking is free. Contact Richard Holt, Chairman Tel. 01460 30428 or Google “traclubsite” for information.

Night walk at Trinity Hill 7.30pm – 9.30pm, Trinity Hill Nature Reserve. Experience this beautiful heathland at night, listen for owls, search for stars and take in views of the Axe Valley. Discover how good your night vision really is! Finish with a hot chocolate. Wear stout footwear and bring a torch just in case. Booking required, £5 per person. To book: wildeastdevon.co.uk, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk , 01395 517557.

 

Thursday 16 March

Thursday Afternoon Talk 2.30pm – Introduction to Mindfulness – led by Kath Woods, experienced Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher. Do come an be introduced to meditation. You may start to feel the benefits immediately! Admission is by donation. Please do call 01297 32331 to register interest and intention to come. Axminster Health & Wellbeing Centre www.axminsterwellbeing.com 01297 32331.

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

Chard Camera Club The club will be attending Kilmington village hall for their annual Horseshoe inter club competition against four other clubs. All clubs will meet up in the hall for 7.30pm.

The YCAA presents: The Art of Glass with Dr Francis Burroughes will explain when and how glass design became really creative and flamboyant. Wonder at the variety of glass as an exquisite art

form. The Johnson Studio, in The Octagon Theatre at 7.30pm Tickets from Box Office – £6.

From Flight To Flight, A Year Through My Lens is the title of the talk by Charlie Wheeler, of Abbotsbury Swannery, at the Tatworth WI  meeting in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.

South Dorset R.S.P.B. Group talk in St George’s Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester at 7.45pm. The speaker is David Kjaer-”English wildlife – Spring and Summer”.  Birds,mammals, amphibians, reptiles butterflies and dragonflies. Admission £3 members, £3.50 visitors to include coffee and biscuits. All welcome.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Wildlife Photography Tales from Somerset and surrounding Counties’ An illustrated talk presented by Robin Morrison, who is a keen wildlife photographer. 7.30pm The Millennium Hall, Seavington St Mary. Group members £2.50, non-group members £3.50, under 18’s free (tea/coffee & biscuits included) – wheelchair access Non-members very welcome. For details: Denise Chamings (group leader) on 01460240740 www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southsomerset.

Fundraising Concert for Folk Festival 7.30pm the best local folk bands are jostling for space on the Arts Centre stage to whet our appetite for the Bridport Folk Festival this summer. Tickets for the event will be available from the Bridport Arts centre and Bridport Music centre at £9 and £7.50 for concessions.

 

Friday 17 March

West Dorset Ramblers 10.5 mile Maiden Newton to Yetminster linear walk, return by 4.30pm train. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320168.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 6 mile circular walk from Cloakham Lawns. 10am start. Dogs on short leads 01297 35063.

Story Café: Katy Cawkwell – The Falcon Bride 11am Tickets: £10/£7 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Chef’s special lunch at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne 12.30pm. Three course meal Roast Beef followed by strawberry gateaux, start with fruit juice and finish with tea/coffee and choccies. The bar is open. Only £8. Please inform if going on 01460 74340 henhayescentre@btconnect.com.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 1pm Rising Voices with Jane, 2pm Tripudio with Elizabeth. 2.15pm our own Claire Briden, naturopath, on “superfoods” & how to include them in every day recipes. Reiki/healing with Anne Orchard, Alexander technique with Chrissy. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Lyme Bay Photographic Club Speaker: Bruce Upton, from Bridport Museum, will talk about ‘All Stations to West Bay’ plus show various portraits of local people. Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG starting at 7.30pm. www.lymebayphotographicclub.org.

Music at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 7.30pm. Singer-songwriters Howden Jones folk duo; Licensed Bar; raffle. Tickets, £11, including home-made soup & roll. Please book in advance on 01460 75313 or 01460 74849.

Claire McCaldin & Libby Burgess Bridport Arts Centre 11am Tickets: £8/£5 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Clare McCaldin & Libby Burgess ‘Entente Cordiale’ – songs by Finzi, Williams, Faure, Britten, Poulanc and Rodney Bennett. With mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and Libby Burgess. For full programme information see: www.concertsinthewest.org. At 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£29 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Ceilidh in South Petherton Parish Church with local band ‘ Fiddlestix ‘. 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £8 (under 12s £4) includes a Ploughmans Supper , available from N&D News or reservations 01460 249288. Licensed bar, and coffee/tea and cakes, too.

Absolute Bowie A long awaited return to The Gateway for this phenomenal David Bowie tribute band. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £15 in advance (£18 on day) from Box Office, in person or by phone 01297 625699 (open Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm).

 

 

 

Saturday 18 March

Surveying for Dormice 10am – 3pm. Cottshayne Wood, nr Colyton. Learn about dormice and help set out dormice tubes to allow monitoring of the expanding dormouse population in Cottshayne Wood. Some  light clearance of vegetation also planned. Free Legacy to Landscape event. Booking essential. Christina Bows 01297 23822, email: tinabows@hotmail.co.uk; Cottshayne Wood Parking GR226935.

Children’s Art Chest Saturday morning art club led by artist Margaret Micklewright. This week’s theme is ‘Colour of Spring’ – practise mixing colours to paint spring inspired paintings.  Ages 8+. 10.30am – 12.30pm. £5 per session (including materials). Please bring an overall. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

You’d be Surprised who Painted exhibition. Jubilee Hall, Easton from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Open to all artists (13+), children up to 12, and sculptors, all at £2 an item and £1.50 per portfolio to be handed in between 8.45am – 10am. Entry forms and labels available on the day or on the website. There is a prize for the adult and child voted as the favourite chosen by the visitors. There will be refreshments and a tombola. Any more information needed call Vi on 01305 778810. New members are always welcome on a Wednesday evening 7pm – 9pm.

Come & Sing: Choruses from Mendelssohn’s Oratio ‘Elijah’ Come and join Weymouth Choral Society for an exciting and inspiring day of singing at The Thomas Hardye School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester. Workshop 10.30am – 4.30pm £10 for the day which includes tea/coffee and music hire. No prior knowledge of the music is required, although the ability to read music would be an advantage. To find out more, download an application form or apply on line, visit our website at www.weymouthchoralsociety.org.uk or phone 01305 774405.

Salway Ash Jumble Sale Village Hall 11am – 3pm, 50p entry Refreshments, raffle and Tombola. Books, Toys, Games, Bric-a-brac and lots more. All proceeds to Salway Ash Primary School.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Led by experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297443140.

Exmouth mud walk 1pm – 3pm, Opposite toilets at Imperial Road Rec, Exmouth. Wrap up warm and come exploring with the Education Rangers. Dig for worms, fish for shrimp and discover what is living in the mud of the Exe Estuary. Booking required, £3 per person (concessions to EDDC tenants). To book and for more information: wildeastdevon.co.uk, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395 517557.

Mothering Sunday and Easter Family Craft Afternoon St John’s Church, Waterlake Road, Tatworth, Somerset TA20 2NZ 1.30pm – 4pm. Tickets – Adults & Children £2 which includes afternoon tea or alternative plus the crafts will be free. Donations welcome to cover costs of materials. Extra stalls will be available – Adult’s tombola, Children’s Tombola, Sweets, Raffle, toiletries, Greeting Cards plus money needed for any extra refreshments.

Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society Spring Show Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, Upwey, Weymouth starting at 2pm. Details on 01305 813942 or website.

Jazz vocals with a workshop at Wootton from Artsreach Workshop 2.30pm – 4pm (£8), Performance 7.30pm (£8; under 18: £6). Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall  Tickets and info: 01297 560948. Cleveland Watkiss – VocalSuite. These workshops are for all Ages and abilities. http://www.artsreach.co.uk.

Dance with The Rex Trevett Big Band Broadwindsor Comrades Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £8 from 01308 868120. In aid of Broadwindsor, Burstock  and Blackdown Churches.

Barn Dance at Cerne Abbas Village Hall with Captain Thunderbolt and caller Angela Laycock proceeds in aid of Cerne Valley cricket club. Doors open 7pm with music 7.30pm – 11pm. Tickets incl. ploughmans platter £10 or £30 (family/group of 4 – max 2 adults) in advance or £11/£35 on door (if available). Tickets from Cerne Abbas Stores or Pippa 01305 754311 / 07799 211194.

Reg Meuross performing in St Andrew’s Church, Colyton at 7.30pm. Doors open 6.45pm. Part of the Friends of St Andrew’s Church fundraising programme to help support the fabric this beautiful church.

Reg is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. He will preview songs from his new album, Faraway People (to be released in the Spring) which comments bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity to some of the most beautifully disarming love songs ever written, as well as performing a selection of old favourites. Tickets available on the door or in advance from The Little Shop, Market Square, Colyton 01297 552057 Prices £12, FoStA members £10, under 18s – £5. To include refreshments and nibbles.

The Schmoozenbergs 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

The Peatbog Faeries – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event 8pm. Tickets: £20 Full. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. Tickets www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

From ‘The Choir’ to the Pilot Boat! Tickets for the Lyme Folk Revisited fundraiser are £10, available online at www.lymefolk.com, from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre (01297 442138) or from the Pilot Boat, 1 Bridge Street, Lyme Regis.

The Odyssey (Greek Stuff!) Rabbit Theatre 7.30pm Adult £9, Student/U16 £5, Family of four £26. Based (very loosely!) on the epic poem by Homer. The journey of all journeys. To Hell. And back again. A host of exciting (& daft) characters Gods, Monsters, Sirens. A Villages in Action event. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Swansea City Opera – A Night of Romantic Opera 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £16 /14 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. This enchanting evening of arias and ensembles accompanied by piano is performed by a carefully selected cast of singers from the major national and international opera houses, with music from some of the best-loved romantic composers including Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and Mozart.

South Somerset Choral Society Celebrates 50th Anniversary with a performance of J.S. Bach’s greatest choral work, his B Minor Mass accompanied by orchestra and soloists at 7.30pm in the Tithe Barn at Haselbury Mill. Tickets cost £13 in advance and £15 on the door. They may be obtained from Barron’s Chard, Harrimen’s  Ilminster, Phoenix Books Crewkerne, or tele:- 01460 63997. The choir can be contacted via its website  southsomersetchoralsociety.org.uk.

The Tuckers Jazz Club 8pm Guitarist, Dominic Ashworth & The Craig Milverton Trio. The Tuckers Arms Dalwood EX13 7EG (just north of the A35) near Axminster. Info. www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk 01404 831 280  Tickets £10. Anyone planning to have a meal first should book early 01404 881 342.

 

Sunday 19 March

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Dalwood. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads 01404 549390.

Tea Dance Sundays at Stowford, Sidmouth 01395 579856.

Mrs Beeton, my sister Who knew Mrs Beeton had a sister? In fact she was one of 21 children and step children. Learn more about the life and times of this remarkable lady in a one woman show by accomplished actress Alison Neil. Shute Church at 3pm and the ‘Friends’ are planning  teatime treats to follow. Tickets are selling now on the  STAG website and will be available from the  Archway Bookshop, Hurfords Kilmington and Dalwood Shop.

ShelterBox Tea Dance Stowford Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL with a licensed cafe for teas, coffee & cake, Tickets for this event are available now from 01395 579856. Strict tempo recorded music, £3 payable on the door.

Cream Tea Concert Excerpts from Merrie England by Edward German presented by Leslie Baker and friends for Seaton Choral Society. Cream teas from 3pm Performance at 4pm. The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton. Tickets £8.50 from the Gateway Box Office Tel 01297 625699.

 

Monday 20 March

Chideock Hall Special Event Colin Varndell, prizewinning, professional natural history photographer is giving his  presentation ‘Close Encounters’ at Chideock Village Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.  Entrance £6 – Members £4. Raffle and Refreshments available. A Chideock Society and Village Hall joint special event.

Musbury Garden Club talk 7.30pm at Musbury Village Hall. Well-known local gardener, Mary Benger, gives an illustrated talk on both shady and sun-seeking plants. Refreshments from 7pm. All welcome. £2.50 non- members.

 

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

 

Tuesday 21 March

West Dorset Ramblers 5 mile Ham Hill and Montacute walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01460 77135.

The Lyme Regis Art Society Shari Hill, March Hare, Watercolour. Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Details 01297 445464.
Book Launch & Author Talk On Publishing by international author Ian Andrew. Ian is visiting Crewkerne Library for one day only, during his 2017 UK Book Tour. 2pm, Crewkerne Library, Falkland Square, Crewkerne. Free Entry. For more information, please contact Ana on 07931884726.
Exhibition on Screen : The Artist’s Garden – American Impressionism & the Garden Movement The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar and refreshments. Doors open 1.30pm. Tickets £10 from Box Office, in person or by phone 01297 625699 (Open Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm).
Contemporary Evening from The Bolshoi Ballet The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar and Refreshments. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £15 (£17.50 on day) from Box Office, in person or by phone 01297 625699 (Open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm).

 

Wednesday 22 March

Antique & Vintage Textiles Fair Beautiful array of vintage textiles, antique linens and fabulous fashions from days gone by. Plus haberdashery, and pretty decorative touches for the home. Curated by A Talent for Textiles. 9.30am – 3pm. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Bird ringing demonstration 9am, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands. A rare chance to see birds up close as they are ringing for conservation monitoring. For more information: wildeastdevon.co.uk, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk , 01395 517557.

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 13 mile circular walk from Chagford. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads 01395 516897.

Coffee Concert Sidholme Music Room 10.30am – 12noon. Lorraine Low – Soprano, Chris Gradwell – Clarinet & Saxophone, Dorothy Worthington – piano. See website for full programme and further information https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Talk ‘Restoration of Hestercombe Gardens’ by David Usher, Former Head Gardener for 18 years. Chairman, Jenny Harding, on 01297 444034. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com.

South Petherton Local History Group Author Martin Watts turns the pages of his history of the water mills and windmills of Somerset and Devon. Methodist Church Hall, 7.30pm. Non-members welcone – £3 on the door.

Choral Concert of Sacred Music for Lent and Passiontide Salvator Mundi – O Saviour of the World, 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Preston Grove, Yeovil BA20 2BQ. Directed by Peter Parshall, includes music by a wide variety of composers old and modern, British and European. Tickets cost £10, including refreshments, and are available on the door or in advance from the Treasurer on 01935 873719.

The Eulogy of Toby Peach 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £12/10 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Thursday 23 March

West Dorset Ramblers 7 mile Langdon Hill circuit. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 489567.

Art Group An informal untutored group for artists in all media, from oils to acrylics. All abilities welcome. Bring your own materials. Thursdays 2pm – 4pm. £7 per session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Thursday Afternoon Talk March 23rd at 2.30pm – Prostate cancer awareness – led by Jane Billing, Nurse Specialist from Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Talk followed by Q & A session and refreshments. Admission is by donation. Please do call 01297 32331 to register interest and intention to come. Axminster Health & Wellbeing Centre www.axminsterwellbeing.com 01297 32331.

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

Farewell Concert by Des Bacon’s Red Hot Syncopators playing “Tunes from the Roaring Twenties” in Martock Church (TA12 6JL) at 7.30pm. Tickets just £8 on the door or £7 from 01935 822706. See www.martockonline.co.uk for the tunelist.

One World Forum Talk on ‘Relationships between Hinduism, Christianity and other Faiths’, given by Bharti Tailor  Vice Presidential  Trustee Religions for Peace Uk. The United  Church  Hall  East street Bridport. at 7.30pm. Visitors £4. including Refreshments. Enquiries to Peter Glanville 01308 458283.

 

Friday 24 March

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Jewish culture with Jane – songs, dances, food and clothing. Foot massage with Anne. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Beavers in Devon – restoring wetland the natural way In this illustrated presentation Hugh Graham, the University of Exeter specialist working on the River Otter Beaver Trial gives an overview of the project now in its third year. Beaver ecology and behaviour will be described and the experiences of Devon Wildlife Trust’s enclosed beaver project. Detail will be given of what has happened since the beavers were released back into the wild on the River Otter in March 2015 together with the types of monitoring that have been undertaken and a summary of their findings. Raffle. Somerset Wildlife Trust at Parish Hall, North St. Ilminster TA19 0DG, starting at 7.30pm. Adult members £2, non-members £3, no charge for children. Refreshments available. Enquiries 01460 234551.

Axminster and District Choral Society Social Supper & Quiz Night 6.30pm for 7pm. Kilmington Village Hall. Wine & Soft drinks at Bar Tickets £12.50 01460 2209. For details of this and future events please  website www.axminsterchoral.co.uk.

Ella Fitzgerald Centenary Show featuring Maggie Reeday and the Philip Clouts Trio. The Gateway, Seaton.  Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £13 from Box Office, in person or by phone 01297 625699 (open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm).

Bridport Green Fortnight: Launch Event at Bridport Town Hall organised by Transition Town Bridport at 7.30pm. Free admission, all welcome. Come and join us to celebrate all the green initiatives taking place in Bridport and learn how we can do more. Talk by Molly Scott Cato (Green MEP) plus the launch of ‘How can Bridport Feed itself?’ and ‘Buy Local Bridport logo’, Green Storytelling by Martin Maudsley and local groups presentations. Further details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Nigel Price Organ Trio with Vasilis Xenopoulos Stunning mainstream jazz with Hammond organ, and featuring the top young saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos. At 8pm. Tickets: £16 (£30 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Levantes Dance Theatre: The Band 8pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £12/£10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

The Dub Pistols + Kioko Bridport Electric Palace Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £15 (£14 + £1 bf) adv / £17 door www.electricpalace.org.uk.

The Jar Family at 8pm. Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. Tickets www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Ronnie Scott’s All Stars: The Ronnie Scott’s Story 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £22/20 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

 

Saturday 25 March

Making mother’s day special 10am – 12noon, Younghayes Centre, Cranbrook. 2pm – 4pm, Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands. Make a card, present and some flowers to show your mum how special she is this Mother’s Day. For more information: wildeastdevon.co.uk, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395 517557.

Stockland Village Markets Held in the Victory Hall. 10am – 12noon. Local Food Producers, Artisan Crafts, Hot Refreshments, Free entry & Parking, Disabled Access, Bookings/Information, tel 01404 881535. See us on www.stockland.org.uk. Easter Event with children’s activities.

Henhayes Centre Breakfast 10am – 12noon (last orders 11.30am) still only £4. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast, tea/coffee extras available @50p each at Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne 01460 74340.

Bridport Outdoor Bowls Club Coffee Morning at the clubhouse, Priory Lane. 10.30am – 12noon. Various stalls. All welcome.

Mother’s Grand Tour at Furleigh Estate A special Mother’s Grand Tour for Mothers and Grandmothers at 11am. The vineyard tour includes a glass of Furleigh Estate Sparkling Rosé  on arrival, a full tour of the vineyard and winery, followed by a wine tasting to include Furleigh’s new Sea Pink (still rosé). Mothers and grandmothers are also given a complimentary bouquet of flowers at the end of their visit. Tickets are £30 per person, and booking is strongly advised on 01308 488991, info@furleighestate.co.uk Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5JF.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Led by experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297443140.

Flower Show and Plant Fair at The Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS, 11.30am. Admission £1 children and AGS members free. Contact Bill Squire bill.squire@agsgroups.org, Tel: 01202 285179, www.alpinegardensociety.net/groups/Dorset/programme.

Table Top Sale Hardington Mandeville Village Hall 2pm – 4pm. Admission 50p children free.

Mozart’s Idomeneo from The Metropolitan Opera. The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar and refreshments. Doors open 4.30pm. Tickets £15 in advance (£17.50 on day) from Box Office, in person or by phone 01297 625699 (open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm).

Bringing Beautiful Music To Beautiful Places Litton and Thorners Community Hall DT2 9AU 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £8 Adults, £6 Under 18.  To Book Ring 01308 482532, Bar available. Kate Howden and Paul Jones are singer-songwriters who have that special magic that captivates the audience in a unique, intimate atmosphere. They celebrate England in all its guises good and bad, particularly rural village life, including nature and the seasons. With powerful harmony, skilled musicianship and beautiful arrangements, they write all their own material and between them play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bodhran. www.howdenjones.co.uk.

Standup poetry by Les Barker at the Dolphin Hotel, Beer, 7.30pm. Experience the hilarious poems of Les Barker, whose work includes ‘The Ridgeback of Notre Dame’, ‘Sultans of Tring’ and ‘Stand by your van’.  Tickets £10 from The Dolphin Hotel 01297 20068 or from Richard Scott, richard@underleys1.fsnet.co.uk.

Abdoulaye Samb & Minnjiaraby 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £13/£11 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Bridport Folk Dance Club’s Annual Event “Miss Mayne’s Party”, featuring Somerset band Friendly Folk with Michael Catovsky calling, plus an interval display spot by a local morris side and a raffle (good prizes welcomed!). Church House (St Mary’s) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW. Bring and Share finger food supper, with some soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine. Doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm – 11pm dance. Tickets £7.50 on the door or preferably in advance from “The Music Shop”, South Street, “The Lime Tree” Deli, West Street; or book by phone – contact Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442.

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Support Kitty Macfarlane 8pm £12 (seated). Twice recent winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’ The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £14/12 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist Martin Harley and stand up bass player Daniel Kimbro.

 

Sunday 26 March

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Colyton. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552564.

South Somerset Ramblers 10 mile walk from Broadwindsor. 10 am start. Bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. All welcome. Details from Tony 10935 477273.

Mothers day treats at Seaton Wetlands 11am – 4pm. Explore Seaton Wetlands this Mothers day. For more information: wildeastdevon.co.uk, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk , 01395 517557.

The Making of the Landscape 2pm – 4pm. A guided walk at Musbury Castle Iron Age Hill Fort, with geologist,  Richard Edmonds. Bring binoculars. No booking required. Free Legacy to Landscape event. Park/Meet Musbury Village Hall car park. legacytolandscape@gmail.com; or 01404 310012.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath £12, Booking in advance and further details see www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 2pm – 4pm Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA.

Music To Move The Exeter St. David’s Singers Leader Mark Perry, Jointly organized with Force Cancer Charity. Sidholme Music Room. See website for full programme and further information https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 10.30pm. The David Hall, South Petherton. Tickets www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Monday 27 March

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