Coast and Countryside Events

TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 

La Baracca presents: Upside Down. 11am and 1.30pm. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340. 

Axminster Heritage Ltd 7th Annual General Meeting 6.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH. 

Merriott Gardening Club – 7pm – Hawk & Owl Trust Birds of Prey – Tithe Barn, Merriott – 01460 72298 

Theatre Fideri Fidera – Ogg n Ugg n Dogg 10am, in the Village Hall, the Causeway, Milborne St Andrew, DT11 0JX Tickets £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam. Post show: arts & crafts workshop available for ages 4+. 40 minutes, places limited. £3 each.  

  

WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER 

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

East Devon Ramblers  moderate 6.5 mile circular walk from Broadwindsor. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01460 220636 

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Hardy’s Monument, Circular. 10.00am. 7.0 miles/11.3 km. No dogs. Please call 01300 341664 

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 

Halloween at Yeovil Railway 10.30am – 4pm Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com. 

Charity Christmas Card Sale 10am – 1pm. Admission free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk. 

Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells. 7pm. Booking is essential and tickets are £30 each. Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. 

Stepping into Nature Roots of Religion. Meet at the Discovery Centre at 10.40am. A leisurely themed walk around West Bay. Further details 01308 427288 info@westbaydiscoverycentre.org 

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. Members enjoy a 2 course lunch and convivial conversation with no after lunch speaker. For further information contact Dr Charles Wright on 01297 443258. 

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

Julia Bradbury’s  Weymouth to Portland. 10.00am. 8.5 miles/13.7 km. No dogs. Please call 01308 459159 

7.30pm: Annual General Meeting of Clapton & Wayford Village Hall; followed by cheese & wine. All welcome; information from Mary (01460 74849). 

 

THU 31 OCT – MON 4 NOV 

Yeovil Literary Festival For full details, visit www.yeovilliteraryfestival.co.uk. 

 

FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER 

Concerts in the West presents the Consome Quartet. String quartet playing a programme of Mozart, Schubert, and Mendelssohn.  For full details see www.concertsinthewest.org. 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk. 

Work of the Woodland Trust and Ash Die-back, 7:30pm – 9pm, Dorset Wildlife Trust talk by Rosie Walker volunteer speaker for the Woodland Trust, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ, www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Mel Parsons from Matts Respite Retreats – talking about how and why she set this up and how you can apply to stay at the lovely caravan in Weymouth. 3.15 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 

The Pull of the Tide, 7.30 pm, A New Show by Harbour Voices featuring traditional shanties and songs of the sea, The Marine Theatre Lyme Regis, tickets from marinetheatre.com and Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre 

Disco!, 8.30pm, Dance hits from the 70s to the 2000s Charity Fundraising Event, Kennaway House Sidmouth EX10 8NG, mail@kennawayhouse.org.uk 01395 515551 

Fish & Chip Friday. Battered Cod with chips, mushy peas & tartar sauce followed by a fruity dessert served at lunchtime. Booking Essential. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340 

Somerset-based Wassail Theatre Company and Richard Crowe present: Over the Wall Picking Apples. 7.30pm. Join Richard on his emotional roller-coaster as he squares up to the frightening, the furious and the funny sides of mad. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £10 from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. 

Dracula Spectacula, 7pm, A family friendly show with a sizzling score and hilarious script. Presented by the youth of Honiton Community Theatre Co. The Beehive, Honiton, www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box Office 01404 384050 

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have an interesting talk ‘The Roman Conquest of the South West’ (economy, landscape, way of life etc. And the reorganisation of the South West from military to civil). Speaker – Derek Gore. Guests £2 at the Door. Contact 01935 477174. www.yalhs.org.uk 

 

SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER 

Fireworks at Forde 5pm – 8pm, Forde Abbey  House and Gardens. Set against the historical backdrop of Forde Abbey, watch a spectacular firework display light up the night sky. www.fordeabbey.co.uk   Tel: 01460 220231. 

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Upwey Radipole, Rodwell, Nothe Fort 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340 

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

Bridport Ceilidhs. 7.30 – 11.00 pm. English ceilidh with the Chris Toyne Big Band and Gill Spence calling. All dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout.  All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Bring & Share supper, no bar but the Woodman Inn is just opposite.  Entry £9 on the door, £8 in advance from The Music Shop, South Street, or book by phone or email. Church House Hall, South Street, DT6 3NW. Contact Monty on 01308 423 442, monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk. see bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com 

Quiz & Supper Evening 7pm:  at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  All welcome; come in a team or join one on the night – prizes for winning team. Licensed Bar & Raffle.  £10 includes a delicious hot supper; all proceeds to village hall development.  To assist with catering, please book in advance on 01460 75380. 

 

The Tuckers Jazz Club Tina May & The Craig Milverton Trio. The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Tickets £10  Info at  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk   01404 831 280 or  07999 553477 “Tina May is considered to be one of the finest Jazz Vocalists the UK has ever produced”That great rarity – a singer who enhances a song” She will be accompanied by Craig Milverton on keyboard, Ashley John Long – bass and Coach York – drums 

Craft Fair – A ‘Support The Hall’ Event.  9.30am – 12.30pm at The David Hall, South Petherton. Enjoy a relaxing morning wandering around the delightful stalls of our craft producers. Free Entry. Stall Holders: £14 per table – to book, please call the Box Office on 01460 240340. 

Reg Meuross.  8pm. Reg accompanies himself masterfully on guitar and captivates audiences with his beautiful tenor voice. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £15 Full, £14 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. 

Dracula Spectacula, 2pm & 7pm A family friendly show with a sizzling score and hilarious script. Presented by the youth of Honiton Community Theatre Co. The Beehive, Honiton, ww.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box Office 01404 384050 

Be Calm Be Happy meditation course, at Quaker Meeting House, Bridport. !0.30am-4.00pm. run by Plum Village UK. Contact: David Will 0795 095 9572 

 

3 – 9 NOVEMBER 

Bridport Literary Festival. The 15th Bridport Literary Festival is jam packed with 42 events to appeal to booklovers of all tastes. For more information visit www.bridlit.com. 

 

SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER 

Christmas Craft fair 10.30am-4pm  At Gorwell Farm Barn, Gorwell, Abbotsbury DT3 4JX Refreshments available Free parking Admission £1 adults Children free Sponsored by Domvs estate agents 

Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners – we’re a friendly bunch! (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. More male dancers please! The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or 01297 625699. 

The Exiled Collector, a talk by Anna Sebba. 1pm. William Bankes was a 19th century collector of ancient Egyptian artefacts and Spanish paintings intended for his ancestral home, Kingston Lacy. He was forced into exile in Italy to escape prosecution, yet continued to collect for a house he no long lived in nor owned. The house has been restored by the National Trust – can William himself be restored in this talk? Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. 

 

MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER 

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.  

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included.  7.30-10.00 p.m.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461 or just come along.  Cost £1.50 www.chardscottishdancing.org 

Scottish Dancing Beginners’ Course in Chardstock 6.15 – 9.00 p.m.  No need to come with a partner but bring light shoes.  Why not try Scottish Dancing with this friendly club.  £1.50 per evening.  For more information contact David Acland on 01460 65981 or email aclandfamily@btinternet.com or visit  www.chardscottishdancing.org  or just turn up at Chardstock Community Hall EX13 7BJ 

Art and Design History 2pm-3.30pm, 6 wks, fee £60 Venue: ‘White Room’, early -mid 19th century painting and design, tutor, Pam Simpson MA, Chapel in the Garden, East St, Bridport, contact Pam Simpson by email chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com or tel 01300 321715 

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

Bridport Folk Dance Club, at 7.30-9.30 pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ.  Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playford-style to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s long-established weekly club, with club callers and recorded music. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Admission £3 for members, £4 visitors (membership available). Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Sue on 01308 458 165. Also on 11th, 18th and with live music on 25th with Chris Toyne with Ruth Thompson calling. 

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

Magnificent Mosaics – Windows into the Colourful Roman World, 7.15 p.m. Arts Society Lecture by Christopher Bradley, Frogmary Green Conference Centre, TA13 5AE.   Call Maralyn 01460 241143 

 

TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Puddletown Forest 10:00 – 8 miles/12.9 km – No dogs. Please call 01300 320084 

 

WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 

Bridport Camera Club. ‘Movement’, a presentation by Maria Falconer FRPS. Inspiring images and talk drawing on her long experience as a professional specialising in dance photography. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3HA. info@bridportcameraclub.co.uk. 01935 892353  

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

Axminster Historical Society Talk:  ‘Not One of Us’ Todd Gray tells of the individuals singled out in Exeter and treated as “different” Some were celebrated, others derided, banished or executed.  Crowds, mobs, governments, churches and vested interests all picked on individuals considered problematic, inconvenient, belligerent, awkward – or illustrious.  7:30pm All Welcome, Membership £10 Non Members £2 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH 

Friends of Sidmouth Town Band Coffee Concert.  Coffee: 10.30am Concert: 11.00am – midday. Chamber Choir, Instrumentalists & Singers from St. Peter’s Preparatory School, Lympstone. The Music Room, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, EX10 8UJ. valhowels@uwclub.net 01297 599255 

 

THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER 

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

Talk:  ‘Sir Norman Lockyer and his Observatories’ by David Strange from the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth.  David reviews the Observatory’s fascinating history. 2.30pm Entry is £2 for Friends of Lyme Regis Museum & £3 for non-members. The talk is being organised by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. For further information please contact David Cox on 01297 443156. Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. 

Chard History Group Phil Nichols will talk about the lives of dozen Chard Photographers.  His talk is entitled “Secure the shadow; Somerset photographers 1839-1939.” Although some of these were full-photographers, for others it was a sideline, such as Chard’s best known resident of the 19th Century, John Stringfellow. The talk will be illustrated with a view of events in and aroud the town, as well as studio portraits. The talk will also include images from the excellent collection in Chard Museum. At the Phoenix Hotel, Fore Street, Chard in the Ball Room upstairs. Refreshments available. New members and Guests welcome. Members £2 Guests £3 For information 01460 66165 

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

Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting at the usual time of 7.30 pm at the Baptist Church Hall Holyrood Street Chard. The evening will consist of a print image competition on the subjects of Landscape, Portrait and an open subject the judge for the evening being Mr David Snowdon. Further details can be obtained by viewing the club’s website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by contacting Mrs Joyce Partridge the members secretary on 01460 66885 or by going to their link on Facebook 

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

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 

“My life in Watercress”, 2.30pm, Morcombelake Gardening Club – A talk about watercress production, JH Hall, Morcombelake, J Coates 01297 678303 

Axminster – £1 Clothing Sale – Everything £1 only – Good quality items for men, women and children being sold on Market Day in the Church Rooms on the Minster Green. 3 hours only from 9am – 12pm. A Fundraising Sale for Axminster Musical Theatre who are performing the musical comedy ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ 17th-23rd November. www.axmt.co.uk 

Charity Fashion Show, 7.30pm, Sidmouth Hospiscare and Chapter Clothing Show join forces to present a showcase of the new season trends from our local boutique, Kennaway House Sidmouth EX10 8NG, mail@kennawayhouse.org.uk 01395 515551 

Tatworth Wives Group will hold their Annual Meeting, to be followed by entertainment from singer Pamela Everet, at 2.00pm in St John`s church rooms, Tatworth 

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Symondsbury Circular. No dogs. Please call 01308 424512 

Tatworth Flower club 2pm demonstration, Jacalyn Arscott, Gold cup winner at Chelsea, ‘the wonders of winter, Tatworth Memorial hall TA20 2QW Julie Kettle 01297 33924 

 

FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 

The Pedigree Jazz Band Craig Milverton and his Legacy Band. A tribute to the trad jazz popular in the 1950s and 60s. 8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm, must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk. 

Fun Quiz Night, doors open 6.30pm quiz starts 7.00pm, Teams up to 6 at £5 a head includes tea and biscuits, interval raffle and Chinese bingo, St. Swithun’s Church Hall, Allington, Bridport. 

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 12.45 Mindfulness and Compassion with Sue Howse. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Christine Laws talking about feet and peripheral neuropathy and also bringing creams for us to try. 3.30pm Rising Voices with Jane Silver Corren. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk 

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. 

Concert of Choral & Instrumental Music at 7.30pm by The madrigal Society & Musicians of Sherborne Girls in St Mary’s Church,Beaminster.Tickets Adults(children & students £1) from The Yarn Barton Centre Fleet Street Beaminster Tel 01308 862715 or on the door. 

 

FRI 8 – SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 

The History Hut  open at Low Ham. Free admission. Displays of local history, (kerrincook@hotmail.co.uk) 

SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 

A Space for Living Spirituality at The Quaker Meeting House, 95, South Street, Bridport. DT6 3NZ. Series 8 “Care of our Souls, Care of our Planet” Connecting personal transformation with sustainability of life on earth. Event 3: 10am – 4pm. “Bridging the Inner and Outer Landscapes” led by Satish Kumar. Spaces limited so booking is required Donations £10-£40 per day: bring-and-share lunch. Contact: Janet Lake: iona.lake@aol.co.uk. 

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Richard Monks at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm – 4.30pm, £7 at the door, children free, visit beerwurlitzer.org.ik or phone 01297 24892. 

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6 mile walk from Askerswell Spyway, Eggardon Hill, Stancombe Farm, Nallers Farm 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340 

Living Spirituality Event “Bridging the Inner and Outer Landscapes” led by Satish Kumar 10.00 m- 4.00 

Quaker Meeting House 95 South Street Bridport iona.lake@aol.co.uk 

Chekhov and Cheese; an evening of comedy and refreshment 7:30pm Bothenhampton Village Hall Tickets £10 available from Goadsby, 2 South Street, Bridport. 

Autumn Bazaar in South Perrott (on A356) Village Hall at 2:30 pm.  Stalls, gifts, bric-a-brac, toys, books, new-to-you, tombola, teas and raffle. Admission 20p. Proceeds to St Mary’s Church and South Perrott Village Hall.  Enquiries: 01935 891234 or 01935 891224 

Martock Farmers Market, over 16 stalls selling thoughtful food magnificently fit for purpose 10-1 in Co-Op precinct, off North Street.  01935 822202 for details.Heating, cooking and lighting in the medieval home, a symposium, key speaker Nick Griffiths, with short talks on the decreasing cost of light, taper burns and an early painted fireplace lintel.  Also a free piece of our 40th birthday cake, this event organised by the Somerset Vernacular Group.  Saturday 23 November 2-4.30 pm at Tintinhull Village Hall, £5 in advance, £8 on door.  01935 822202. 

Jumble Sale – Pre-loved – good as new – bric a brac 2pm. Uplyme Village Hall In aid of Lyme Regis Gig Club Contact :  07584 178977 

Skerryvore – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event. 8pm. Skerryvore create a unique fusion of Folk, Trad, Rock and Americana. At The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £20 Full, £19 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. 

Loders Village Hall, West Dorset Group of the SDFHS meeting. Parish Registers: a social history, Ted Udall will talk about the importance of Parish Records when looking at family and local history. Members £1.50, visitors £3.00, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email:   jferentzi@aol.com 

‘Second Saturday’ Village  Coffee Break in the unique Village Hall, from 10.30 to 12 noon Long Bredy -DT2 9HP. There will be a warm welcome with a log fire, lots of homemade cakes, biscuits and savouries, a raffle and Bring and Buy stall, all in aid of Marie Curie Nurses. 

The Beehive Craft Fair, 10am – 3pm A pre-Christmas craft fair in the heart of East Devon. With 50 stalls of crafts from across the south-west, particularly from our local area -artwork, photography, greetings cards, jewellery, textiles, pottery, glassware, chocolate and other foodstuffs. The Beehive cafe will be open all day providing delicious refreshments. Free entry The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk  Box office 01404 384050 

Katy Hurt & Band: The Revved Up Tour (+support Roseanna Ball), 8pm Katy is one of the most exciting prospects of the burgeoning British country scene. With her influences ranging from Johnny Cash to John Mayer and appearing with her band this will be a night to remember. £10 in advance, £12 on the door The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk  Box office 01404 384050 

 

SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 

Crystal and Tibetan Bowl Soundbath 7pm – 8.30pm Dorchester YMCA, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2RZ £15/13 concs Experience a magical performance of therapeutic  Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.) Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 

 

No Seaton Dance Club! We’re stepping aside for the Youth Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music. We’ll be dancing as normal next week! Gateway box office 01297 625699 

Gonzo Moose Theatre company present their anarchic comedy for all ages-‘Once Upon a Time…The Misadventures of the Brothers Grimm’ at 4pm. This Villages in Action event is at Stockland Village hall ,EX149EF.Tickets: Adult £10,Child £8,Family £30.book with Wendy. 01404881207. 

 

MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER 

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

Let’s Cover Some Ground. 7-9pm. Participatory drawing workshop with Jo Burlington. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk £8 

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included 7.30 pm – 10.00 p.m.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461; or just come along.  Cost £1.50 www.chardscottishdancing.org 

Scottish Dancing Beginners’ Course in Chardstock 6.15 – 9.00 p.m. No need to come with a partner but bring light shoes. Why not try Scottish Dancing with this friendly club.  £1.50 per evening. For more information contact David Acland on 01460 65981 or email aclandfamily@btinternet.com or visit www.chardscottishdancing.org or just turn up at  Chardstock Community Hall EX13 7BJ 

Scottish Country dancing Monday 11th , 18th, 25th November. 7.30 to 9.30 pm . learn steps, formations and dances in a relaxed and fun setting. Ashill village hall nr Ilminster TA19 9LX. Contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com 

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

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 07855 340517 or just come along on the day. Also on 18th and 25th. 

 

TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER 

Arts society Honiton ‘Landscape Photography’ – Charlie Waite. Exploring the making of images and how we perceive them. Charlie is one of the world’s leading landscape photographers and he has lectured widely for 25 years. He has been awarded prestigious Fellowships by the British Institute of Professional Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society. He was invited by the Royal Academy to exhibit in 2015’s summer exhibition. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ at 2pm. 

The Ile Valley Flower Club Open Evening To be held at “The Warehouse Theatre” Ilminster The ever popular Coral Gardiner from Tunely ,Bath will demonstrate a “ Country Christmas” Prompt start 7.30pm doors open 6.30pm Tickets are £10 with Coffee/Tea on entrance Available from Harrimans in Ilminster or 01460 75025/77233/67149/67325 

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 19th and 26th. 

Time for Tea and a Talk Graham Barton ‘Auctions Speak Louder than Words’ Graham is one of the most experienced auctioneers in the country and is instantly recognisable from his many appearances on BBC1’s ‘Homes under the Hammer’.  He talks about his life as a West Country auctioneer. £3 Tea & cake served. Call 01404 831207 to book or visit www.axminsterheritage.org 2:00pm at Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH 

Bridport History Society, United Church Hall, East St, Bridport, 2.30. – 4.30.  Carlos Guarita will present his new publication ‘Where the Dipping is: The Dorset Photographs of Joseph Robert Potts, followed by the book launch with drinks and nibbles. The book will be on sale for £15, an ideal Christmas present. Members £1 and visitors £4, all welcome. Membership up for renewal and will run through to Dec. 2020. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email:  jferentzi@aol.com 

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Beaminster hills and farms. No dogs. Please call 01308 862981 

WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER 

Bridport Camera Club. Club Competition – Landscape: Malcolm McNaughton will judge the many interpretations of the theme. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3HA. info@bridportcameraclub.co.uk. 01935 892353. 

Axe Valley Centre National Trust, Talk, History of the Corporation of Trinity House Part 2 by Alan Nicholas, Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Tel. 01297631801. 

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

Folk Café at The Beehive, 8pm  Come along to sing or listen in the Beehive bar with our lovely folkie host, Sue King. Free entry. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk  Box office 01404 384050 

 

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 

Chard Royal Naval Association Their bi monthly Official meeting will be held at 7.30pm for  8 pm in the Chard Rugby football club Essex close Chard. Anyone wishing to make enquiries of the club can do so by visiting on the night or contacting the club secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978 were they would be made most welcome and accepted or by visiting their link on facebook under Chard Royal Naval Association. 

The Dynamic Coast –  A talk by World-renowned Geomorphologist Professor Denys Brunsden will give a fascinating insight into the ever-changing coast between West Bay and Eype. 7:30pm West Bay Discovery Centre. Advance booking recommended tickets £5 are available from West Bay Discovery Centre or Bridport Tourist Information Centre. Further details 01308 427288 manager@westbaydiscovercentre.org.uk 

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 

NCI Lyme Bay (National Coastwatch Institution) Fundraising Coffee Morning, serving coffee, cakes and bacon butties plus a raffle; also cakes to buy to take away. Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 10:00- 13:00. Call Judy on 07786 354403. Charity No. 1159975 

An Evening with Dorset Rock Choir 8pm Over 260 choir members from Dorchester Poole and Weymouth. Entertainment guaranteed.  Weymouth Pavillion. Box office 01305 783225 www.weymouthpavillion.com 

Seavington Gardening Club Welcome Alan Power- Head Gardener at Stourhead. His talk will be ‘ My Journey Through Great Gardens ‘ at 7.30 pm Meeting held in Seavington Millennium Hall . Enquiries to Karen Day 01460 249728. 

Crewkerne Gardening Club is holding the A.G.M. at 7.30pm in the Henhayes Centre. This will be followed by a talk on “The Design & Construction of the Millenium Glasshouse at R.H.S. Wisley” by John Colton. Refreshments and a warm welcome await! Visitors -£2.50.  Come and enjoy an evening with us! Contact Rosemary Prince – 01460 74290. 

A Rose Grower’s Guide to healthy roses old and new. 7pm. A talk by Stuart Pocock, Proprietor of Pococks Roses and Cornish Rose Company, admission £3. Plant Heritage Dorset, The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR. Contact Mrs Alex Brenton (Plant Heritage Dorset) on 01929 459496 or by email at alexandrob.ab@googlemail.com. 

 

THU 14 – TUE 19 NOVEMBER 

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society is holding a free exhibition ‘Celebrating 90 Years’. 11-3.30pm. Courtyard Gallery, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. More information at www.ulrhs.wordpress.com 

 

FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER 

Concerts in the West presents the Ruisi Quartet. String quartet playing a programme of Britten, Haydn, and Mendelssohn.  For full details see www.concertsinthewest.org. 7.30pm. 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. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Activity to be advised. Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). 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 

Chef’s Special Lunch. Roast Pork followed by Pear & Cinnamon Sponge. Booking Essential. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340 

Poets and Pints Night at 7.30pm. The Hip Yak Poetry Shack will perform; plus, email livtorc@yahoo.com if you would like a slot in the Dead Poet’s Slam. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £9 from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. 

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Waytown Wander and Pub Lunch. No dogs. Please call 01308 424668 

Hefted, 7.30pm  Inspired by conversations and interviews with people across Devon, this new play by David Lane explores the connection we have to our land, the pull of our past and what it means for our future. Leaping through landscapes and racing through eras from 1475 to 2075, this play will take you on a journey through North Devon. Adult £9, U16 £7 The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk  Box office 01404 384050 

Bridport Embroidery Group making embroidered Christmas cushions with Rachel Hewitt. Use colourful fabric scraps and embroider seasonal messages on these lovely festive decorations.  New members and guests welcome, Bridport Embroiderers meet monthly, at St Swithuns Church, Bridport, from 10.00 – 3.30. For further details, or to join/book, phone 01308 456168 or email   cherry.bonhamlovett@btinternet.com.   

 

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER 

Jurassic Art and Craft Fayre at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. DT6 6LL Opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts by local artists and makers – glass, ceramics, wood, jewellery, paintings, knitted and stitched gifts. Christmas craft activity for children. Free entrance. 01297 560772 

Church of St Peter and St Paul South Petherton. at 7.30pm Under their Musical Director, Tim Donaldson and orchestra leader Rosie Moorsom they will be performing Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicholas, Bach Cantata 140 “Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme”,  Purcell – Incidental music from Abdelazer, and Handel – Let the bright Seraphim.  Tickets cost £13 in advance, and £15 on the door. They may be obtained from Harriman’s Ilminster, Barrons Chard, Phoenix Books, Crewkerne, by telephoning 01458 259079 or via the website southsomersetchoralsociety.org.uk 

Concert by the Axminster & District Choral Society at the Minster, Axminster  7.30 pm..  Puccini: Messa di Gloria.  Elgar: Psalm 29.  90 strong choir with professional orchestra and soloists.  Conducted by Judy Martin. Tickets £15.00 & £12.00 from Archway Books, Church St, Axminster or phone 01404 881 838. 

Crystal and Tibetan Bowl Soundbath 2pm -4pm Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX £12 Experience a magical performance of therapeutic  Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.) Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 

Big Breakfast 9  – 11.30 am: at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – full English breakfast (£6.50), including fruit juice + unlimited toast & coffee/tea, in a friendly atmosphere with a lovely view.  Disabled facilities, ample parking; all welcome.  Further information/booking from Adrienne (01460 75313) or Julia (01460 72769) 

Barn Dance  Bar, Live Music, Foot-Stomping Fun, Bring and Share Finger-food supper. £5 per person Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall. 7 for 7.30 pm 

Ivy club sale 2pm bric a brac tombola raffle cakes plus lots more maiden newton village hall contact Diane 07833995274 

Martyn Joseph. 8pm. Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist: one man and a guitar creates a far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. 

WEA Talk “Darwin & Fitzroy” Two extraordinary lives linked by a single voyage on HMS Beagle. Hardington Village Hall, BA22 9PQ. £15 Tel:- 0300 303 3464 or register on line at wea.org.uk 

West Dorset Mencap Afternoon Tea, 3-5pm, Raffle, crafts, book stall and Bothenhampton Knit & Natter.  All proceeds to West Dorset Mencap.  Contact secretary@westdorsetmencap.org.uk 

Strawbs Acoustic – 50th Anniversary Tour, 7.45pm  A special anniversary acoustic tour by progressive folk-rock band The Strawbs to celebrate 50 years of music making. £16 in adv, £18 on the door (seated) The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk  Box office 01404 384050 

Race Night 6pm – midnight First race 6.30pm with great buffet dinner in between races Hinton St George Villlage Hall Tickets available from OurShop, High Street, Hinton St George @ £15 

Mandeville  Anne Scolding- Perrett (Clarinet) and Clare Sydenham (Piano) will be performing another of their memorable recitals with the title,  ‘War and Peace’- A Clarinet and Piano recital featuring rousing recruitment marches from Russia, heartfelt melodies of mourning from Hungary, fast and “Friss” dances from Romania and piano solos by Janacek and Martinu.at 3pm at The Salt House, West Bay Tickets are £9 (under 16’s free) including tea and biscuits available from  Clare Sydenham email clare.sydpiano@gmail.com or on the door. 

 

SAT 16 – SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 

Shute Barton open weekend Discover a house packed with fascinating characters and one of the largest fireplaces in England. Take a guided tour and learn about the fascinating history of Shute. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, start at 10.30am and depart every 15 minutes throughout the day until 3.45pm. Tours cost £6/adult, £3/child. Free admission for National Trust members. Please note only cash accepted as there are no card facilities. 

 

SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason 7pm Dorchester Corn Exchange. In a rare opportunity to see two of the brightest young stars on the classical scene, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his sister Isata will be on stage for a programme of pieces for cello and piano. Tickets are £26 full price or £24 for Members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income and are available from the Dorchester Arts box office on 01305 266926, in person at the Corn Exchange (weekdays 10am – 4pm) or via www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 

Eype Makers Market at Highlands Eype DT6 6AR Selected magical mix of talented Makers. Shop local this Xmas. 10-4. Free entry and parking. Refreshments available. 

Organ Concert, 3.00pm, Celebrating the recent restoration of St.Swithun’s Organ, led by Dr. Richard Godfrey, Salisbury Diocesan Organ Advisor, St. Swithun’s Church Hall, Allington, Bridport 

Yoga Workshop 10.30 – 3.30 A day to enjoy some yoga, pranayama & meditation  at Sydling St Nicholas Village Hall with professional teacher Angela Renton B.W.Y. Call 0777 365 1530 booking essential. 

The Exiled Collector, a talk by Anna Sebba. 1pm. William Bankes was a 19th century collector of ancient Egyptian artefacts and Spanish paintings intended for his ancestral home, Kingston Lacy. He was forced into exile in Italy to escape prosecution, yet continued to collect for a house he no long lived in nor owned. The house has been restored by the National Trust – can William himself be restored in this talk? Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. (Please note: this event has changed from 3 November due to unforeseen circumstances) 

BalletBoyz Dance Workshop & Film Screening.  Join us for a selection of BalletBoyz’ best short dance films at 3pm.  Plus, an hour-and-a-half Dance Workshop for 16 to 25-year-olds at 1pm. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: Dance Workshop £5, Films £5 or £8 for both from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240. 

Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners – we’re a friendly bunch! (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. More male dancers please! The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699 

BSO  Brass Quintet. 11.15.am. A concert of arrangements for Brass Quintet from Bach and Tallis to the American Song Book and Jazz.  Dillington House, Ilminster. Contact and Bookings  01460258613 

Bridport cohousing – an affordable choice for local people, 2 – 5pm, information about affordable rents and shared ownership opportunities within this pioneering local housing project, free but ticketed via eventbrite, Bridport town hall, info@bridportcohousing.org.uk 

Indoor Boot Sale at Axminster Town Football Club, EX13 5HN. 1pm-4pm. Free entry, refreshments available. Also 1st and 15th December. 

 

MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER 

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.  

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included.  7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461. Or just come along.  Cost £1.50 www.chardscottishdancing.org 

Scottish Dancing Beginners’ Course in Chardstock 6.15 – 9.00 pm.  No need to come with a partner but bring light shoes.  Why not try Scottish Dancing with this friendly club.  £1.50 per evening.  For more information contact David Acland on 01460 65981 or email aclandfamily@btinternet.com or visit www.chardscottishdancing.org or just turn up at Chardstock Community Hall EX13 7BJ 

Musbury Garden Club a talk by Will Livingstone on ‘The organic kitchen garden’ – how to make a productive garden that is beautiful and functional. Will spent ten years at River Cottage HQ, five of them as Head Gardener, and now has his own consultancy business. 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. 

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

Hawkchurch History Society Colin Pady will be talking about the history of Colyton (described as “the most rebellious town in Devon”) and the Feoffees. A short AGM will precede this talk. Hawkchurch Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments available. £5 non-members. 

Chard, Ilminster & District U3A Open meeting at 2.00 pm with a talk about the “Mission Aviation Fellowship”. Marion Field will talk about WWll pilots who had a vision for how aviation could be used to spread the Christian faith. Admission free to members and retired visitors. The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard. Further information 01460 68629 or our website https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster   

 

TUESDAY 19 NOVEMBER 

Talk by Indi Heath on Greenpeace, 7.30pm,  the Friends of St Andrew’s present an illustrated talk by a leading activist on Greenpeace’s environmental and peace promotion work – currently more topical than ever, tickets £5 & £4 (FoStA members) under 18s free, St Andrew’s Church Colyton, 01297 552057 www.colyton.co.uk 

Beaminster Museum Winter Talk, 2.30 pm. Bruce Upton will give a talk on the Monmouth Rebellion – a dreadful lost cause. From its start in 1685 to its crushing defeat and Judge Jeffries’ sadistic retaliation.  Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, DT8 3NB.  Info@beaminstermuseum.co.uk 

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, around Eggardon Hill and Powerstock. No dogs. Please call 01308423346 

 

WED 20 – SAT 23 NOVEMBER 

Axminster Musical Theatre’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Evening performances begin at 7.30 p.m. and there is a 2.30 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets are available from The Archway Bookshop (01297 33595), or from www.axmt.co.uk/book-online 

 

WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER 

Bridport Probus Club (Ladies Lunch) For Whom the Bell Tolls – Paul Atterbury. Meet at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel at 12noon on the third Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by a talk. For more information contact Graham Pitts on 01297 561569. 

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Gareth Richards entitled “The Seaton Tramway” 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 Warren Bicheno from ‘Surfers against Sewage’, Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL, cost £2.50.  Mary Howes 01935 872742 

Colyton & District Garden Society   Talk ‘Shady Ladies and Sunseekers’ by Mary Benger, Burrow Farm Gardens.  Colyford Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.  Members free, guests £3.  For information, Sue Price: 01297 552362. 

Chardstock Gardening Club 7.30pm. ‘Bulbs – Selection & Planting’ – talk by Micky Little of Avon Bulbs. Bulbs for sale. Chardstock Community Hall, Westcombes, EX13 7BJ. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3 on the door; tea/coffee and biscuits included. Enquiries: 01460 221619. 

Honiton U3A November meeting at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton – 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. A talk by Philip Holt entitled ‘Keep Calm – I’m an Air Traffic Controller’. Philip has been an Air Traffic Controller for over 30 years and his knowledge, secrets and passion are all evident in this witty presentation.  Members free /Visitors – £2.00 donation . More details: 01404 598008 or on our Website: https://u3asites.org.uk/honiton 

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Winyards Gap Inn. No dogs. Please call 01308 459282 

Devonshire Association Meeting, 2.30pm, a talk by Peter Dare Master Stonemason entitled From Beer to Brisbane and Back. 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/ 

 

THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER 

Bridport & District Gardening Club Images of Dartmoor, speaker Tony Burges. 7.30pm in the Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport. The meetings are also open to non-members (£2 entrance fee).  

Thorncombe Gardening Club meets at 7.30pm in Thorncombe Village Hall. The speaker is Mickey Little “Castle Drogo”. Visitors  welcome – £4 at the door. We are a very active group and also run day trips and outings for our members during the year. New members will be made very welcome and Subscription is only £10 per year. For further information please contact Mary Morris 01460 30938. 

Showcase: Winter Impromptu!  Tickets available from www.octagon-theatre.co.uk For more information about these and other YCAA events, reading groups and competitions, see www.yeovilarts.co.uk or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. Bar available and nibbles provided at events. www.yeovilarts.co.uk. 

Chard  Camera Club The club will be holding a DPI competition on the subjects of Creative,Back Alleys and an open subject.The competition will be judged by Mr Gordon Aspland. Further enquiries  can be obtained fom the clubs membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885. 

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

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 

“Art & the Train” a talk by Paul Atterbury. at 2.30 pm St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW. NTSDA members £3 Non-members £4 inc. tea/biscuits. No need to book. www.southdorsetnt.org.uk 

Sharon Stone will talk about and demonstrate “African Drumming” to Tatworth W.I. at 7.30pm in Tatworth Memorial Hall. Visitors always welcome. 

The Arts Society West Dorset. ‘Slade Painters in Edwardian Dorset’. Bridport Town Hall 2.30. Details: 01308 485487. 

Charmouth Gardeners. Marion Dale will talk about ‘Wicked Plants’, plants that can irritate, intoxicate or even kill you!  Charmouth Village Hall, talk at 2.30, refreshments from 2.00pm. Non members very welcome. 

 

FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER 

Victorian Evening Enjoy a mince pie and mulled wine at the Arts Centre after Ilminster’s big Christmas lights switch on. The Gallery and Crafts Shop will be open for Christmas shoppers too. 6pm. Free entry.  Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk. 

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 12.45 Mindfulness and Compassion with Sue Howse. 2pm Tripudio. Christmas crafts and tree decorations. 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 

Comedy: Tom Glover – A Glover Not a Fighter, 8pm  Best New Show nominee – Leicester Comedy Festival 2019. Horror movies. Lactose intolerance. Bike rides. Tom Glover is a comic not afraid to tackle the big issues. This is the debut show from a snowflake son of an alpha male trying to do right in a world that is wrong. £10 The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk  Box office 01404 384050 

 

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER 

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6.5 mile walk from Beaminster Foxholes Plantation, Broadwindsor, Chart Knolle, Gerrards Hill 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484/01308 863340 

Chideock WI Christmas Fayre. WI cakes and produce, locally made crafts, jewellery, raffle and much more….. Come for lunch – soup and roll, tea and cakes.  12 noon to 3.00 pm.  Chideock Village Hall.  Details: Mary 01297 489452. 

Wonder filled Christmas Fayre, 12.00 – 2.30 pm, St.Swithun’s Church Hall, all welcome free entry and parking   

Come And Sing Faure rehearse 2pm free concert at 6pm St Barts church Crewkerne contact Ian Tribe on iantribe@gmail.com or 01460271440 

Christmas Fayre at Misterton W.I. Hall (TA18 8LX).  Christmas gifts for all the family, tombola, raffle, home bake, lunches, coffee and cake and all the usual trimmings.  Free entry. Look forward to seeing you there.  Enq. 01460 74808/cewalker@hotmail.co.uk. 

The Tuckers Jazz Club Annika Skoogh’s Tribute to Anita O’Day The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Tickets £10   Info. at  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk   01404 831 280 or  07999 553477 Annika has put together a fine band with some of the best musicians in the S.West to authentically reproduce Anita O’Day recordings. They focus on songs from Anita’s collaboration with The Oscar Peterson Quartet ‘The band features vocalist Annika with the UK’s best Oscar Peterson interpreter – pianist Craig Milverton, Mike Eaves – guitar, Jim Rintoul – bass & Coach York – drums 

The Little Unsaid + support from Mitchell and Vincent. 8pm. The Little Unsaid have spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with their live show.  Mitchell and Vincent’s fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as “Stunning”. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions, from www.thedavidhall.org.uk or 01460 240 340. 

Cardiac Risk in the Young Fundraiser 9-30am – 3pm Wide range of Gifts,cards,preserves,cakes etc. Chaffcombe Village Hall TA20 4BH Information 0146061996. 

Egyptian Society Taunton (in conjunction with Taunton Literary Festival) “Sethy I, King of Egypt: His Life and Afterlife”.  Speaker: Prof Aidan Dodson.  The lecture will take place at 2.00pm at St James’ Church, St James Street, Taunton, TA1 1JS.  This is ticket only event – see website  http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home   

 

SAT 23 AND SUN 24 NOVEMBER 

Lucie Milner Original Artwork & Decorative Pieces. Exhibition/Sale of Work. Unique Gifts for Christmas! The Reading Room, Burton Bradstock. 10am – 4pm 

 

SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER 

Volunteer Day – Hedgelaying 10am – 4pm Free. Looking to find a way to meet new people and to help care for the environment? Join our volunteer group and master the traditional craft of hedgelaying. Hedgelaying has long been used to lengthen the life of trees, encourage new growth and thicken the hedge to encourage a greater range of wildlife. This is a practical session based on our working organic farm and education centre where we encourage wildlife and nature to thrive. The day includes light refreshments and a simple lunch. Free of charge to willing volunteers. Suitable for adults only. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. This session is weather dependent. Magdalen Farm Booking essential – visit www.magdalenfarm.org.uk/events, or for more information please email julia@magdalenfarm.org.uk. 

Crystal and Tibetan Bowl Soundbath 2pm-4pm Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA £12 Experience a magical performance of therapeutic Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 

Occasional Singers Advent Concert, 3pm to include Bruckner motets, St Marys Church, Dorchester DT1 2HJ. Free admittance, retiring collection in aid of Citizen’s Advice. 

The David Hall Christmas Tea Party.  2pm – 4pm.  Celebrate the start of the Christmas Season at The David Hall in South Petherton. Plus, join the countdown for the South Petherton Christmas Lights Switch-on. Free Entry. The David Hall, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340. 

Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners – we’re a friendly bunch! (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. More male dancers please! The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699 

Bridport Chamber Orchestra Autumn Concert, 3 pm.  Music by JS Bach, Rossini, Samuel Barber, Frank Bridge and Percy Grainger, followed by teas.  Tickets £10 on the door.  St Swithun’s Church, Bridport.  Further information: 01935 824786. 

 

MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER 

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.  

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included. 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm.  No partner required.  Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461; or just come along.  Cost £1.50 www.chardscottishdancing.org 

Scottish Dancing Beginners’ Course in Chardstock 6.15 – 9.00 pm.  No need to come with a partner but bring light shoes.  Why not try Scottish Dancing with this friendly club. £1.50 per evening.  For more information contact David Acland on 01460 65981 or email aclandfamily@btinternet.com or visit www.chardscottishdancing.org or just turn up at Chardstock Community Hall EX13 7BJ 

 

TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 

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

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

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

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

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

 

WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 

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

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

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

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

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

 

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 

Ant Law + Al Swainger’s Biosphosmus quartet A melodic soundscape of Latin, fusion and ambience – inspired by Chick Corea and played by award-winning jazz musicians  8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm, must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

SAT 30 NOV – SUN 22 DECEMBER 

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