Coast and Countryside Events

Sat 26 Aug – Sat 2 Sept

Mosterton Art Group 29th Annual Exhibition Showing a diverse range of oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolour paintings together with prints, drawings and stitched textiles. The work, usually over 100 pieces, is of high quality and for sale at very competitive prices. The exhibition is in the Skyrm Room, Beaminster Public Hall, 8 Fleet Street, Beaminster, DT8 3EF Open 10am – 5pm each day (4pm  last day.) Admission is free.

 

Mon 28 Aug – Sat 2 Sept

Weybay Exhibition of Art, Craft and Textiles takes place at Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth. The exhibition is open from 10am – 4pm, free to enter. There is parking nearby. Local groups Royal Manor Workshops, Chesil Embroiderers and Upwey Stitchers are amongst those exhibiting. There is also a cafe on site.

 

 

Wed 30 Aug – Sat 2 Sept

Guys and Dolls  presented by Bridport Musical Theatre Company Evening performances Weds 30, Thurs 31 Aug, Fri 1 Sept, Sat 2 Sept Doors 6.30pm / starts 7.30pm Adults £15  Under 16s £12. Sat 2 Sept Matinee performance doors 1pm / starts 2pm All tickets £12. Tickets only available from Bridport TIC.

Open Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm. 01308 424901. www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Friday 1 September

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile Hambledon Hill, Shillingstone, Stourpaine and Hod Hill walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320168.

Wessex Cookbook at Hardy’s Cottage Every Friday 11am – 2pm. Normal admission applies, NT members free. Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, DT2 8QJ. 01305 262366.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm – 4pm Creative workshop with our own Chris Edwards, working on LT Christmas card designs, 3.30pm “worry-busting” group session with Louise. Drop in at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Eliza and Martin Carthy 7.30pm. At The Octagon Theatre – Supported by The David Hall.  Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards.  Box Office: Call 01935 422884 or visit the Octagon website: www.octagon-theatre.co.uk. Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA.

RSVP Bhangra – Hat Festival Special 8pm £14/£12 Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204

 

Friday 1 – Sunday 3 September

Lyme Regis Folk Festival Jim Moray supported by the Longest Johns; Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones supported by Mitchell & Vincent; Steve Knightley supported by Saskia Griffiths-Moore. 7pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Open Garden – Prospect House The prize-winning gardens are open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme from 1pm – 5pm. The 1-acre garden, featured on BBC Gardeners’ World, is hidden behind stone walls with well-stocked borders with many rare shrubs, 250 varieties of salvia, other summer perennials and grasses. Teas and cakes are available on a patio with stunning Axe Valley views. Plants for sale. Prospect House is on Lyme Road, Axminster. Please look out for the yellow NGS signs. Entrance £4. Dogs on lead welcome. All proceeds go to the charities sponsored by the NGS including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help the Hospices, among others. Local artist Zee Jones will be exhibiting her work.

 

Saturday 2 September

Bridport Hat Festival www.bridporthatfest.org for details of all the events.

Landance: At dusk Landance will present a unique open-air promenade performance, starting in the Maumbury Rings in Dorchester. This year’s Landance performance is in partnership with Dorchester Library & Learning Centre and delivery partners Dorchester Arts. Tickets are free but please reserve in advance at landance.eventbrite.com.

Bird ringing demonstration Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands 9am. A rare chance to see birds up close as they are ringed by the Axe Estuary Ringing Group for surveying and monitoring. This event is highly weather dependant. No booking required, free, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk .

Wood Turning at Axminster Wood Turners, Woodbury Community Hall, Axminster. Autumn is coming then Winter. You really need more to do on those chilly nights, so light them up with learning a new skill. Its good for the brain and it is great for meeting convivial people who love to talk about their passion. There will be plenty of time to talk, drink coffee and partake of a bacon buttie should you want to, there will also be a demonstration of a particular skill by a club member. Visit web site axminster woodturners.com for more info, or ring Barrie Golding on 01884841162. The really great news is the first two visits are free.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be dry stone walling at Swyre in West Dorset. We welcome new people interested in learning and practicing this traditional skill. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 for us to contact you.

Mind Body Spirit Fayre 9.30am – 5pm. Mackarness Hall, High St Honiton, sat nav EX14 1PG. Free admission. Clairvoyance demonstrations during the day. Healing, Reiki, Reflexology. Readings, Tarot, Angels, Colour Ribbon Reading. Mediums, Clairvoyants, Psychics. 30 stands.

Parnham Voices on Safari Parnham Voices, the Beaminster based a capella choir, are on safari. Safari is a special event in the choir’s calendar, when the members come back together after the long summer break and visit four different churches during the day, giving short, informal concerts showcasing the choir’s large repertoire. There is no charge for admission but a retiring collection will be made in aid of Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire based children’s hospice. 10.15am  – Holy Trinity Church, Salway Ash, DT6 5JE, 12noon – St. Giles Church, Hooke, DT8 3PA, 3pm – St. Mary’s Church, Drimpton, DT8 3RE, 4.15pm – St. John the Baptist Church, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QF.

Swishing Party At the Axminster Health & Wellbeing Centre, Chard Street, Axminster EX13 5DZ, 11am – 4pm £5 or £6 on the door, call 01297 32331 to reserve tickets.A fun clothes swapping event with music, dressing rooms, cafe and much more.

Bridport and District Gardening Club Late Summer Show in the United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. Closing date for  entries Wednesday 30th August from members or non-members, schedules are available on line from www.bridportgardeningclub.co.uk or from Ann Brown on 01308 424055. The show opens for viewing at 12noon and entry is free, teas and light lunches are available. There will be a charity plant stall outside from 10am.

Othona Open Day 2.30pm – 5pm  live music, cream teas, craft stalls, natural beauty. West Dorset’s friendly Community and Retreat Centre offers a day ‘with the human touch’. Yummy homemade food, fine musicians, stalls and displays in surroundings like a nature reserve. It is Bridport Hat Festival, so hat wearers welcome. Entry and car park free.

Bridport Ceilidhs welcomes back on Hat Festival weekend the long-established Old Pull & Push Band, with their caller Helen Woodall, so get out your best fancy hat and dancing shoes and come along to 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. Visit www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com.

A Piano for All Seasons 7.30pm – gala concert: talent of every generation and style. A rich mix of musicians playing and singing at the Bechstein Grand. Classical, jazz, contemporary – from long-established artists to young stars-in-the-making. Fundraiser for Othona’s new studio project. £10 www.othonawestdorset.org.uk/gala to book online.

Beat Safari – Hat Festival Special 9pm – 1am £7 Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Bridport’s Dj Collective Beat Safari will be playing their magical musical delights. With a global fusion of music from Reggae, Balkan beats Latin Groove, Electro Swing and Ghetto Funk.

 

 

Sunday 3 September

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be dry stone walling at Swyre in West Dorset. We welcome new people interested in learning and practicing this traditional skill. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923-498760 for us to contact you.

Hank Wangford and The Lost Cowboys (this is  Bridport hat festival event) Doors 6.30pm / starts 7.30pm £12.50 (£12 + 50p bf) adv / £15 door www.electricpalace.org.uk. For phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

 

Monday 4 September

Anxious?  Burdened?  Fearful? The stillness of assisted meditation can put you in touch with a deeper dimension in you. Mondays 4, 11, 18, 25 Sept. 10.30am  – 11.30am in the Upper Meeting Room, Sidmouth. Methodist Church. No Course. No learning input. No experience necessary. Bring Presence into your daily life. Informal drop-in meetings, £5.

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

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 5 September

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile North and South Poortons walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 424714.

Axminster and District Choral Society Rehearsals begin at the Minster, Axminster at 7.30pm for Autumn Concert on November 25 Mozart Coronation Mass and M. Haydn Requiem in C minor.  New members welcome. No auditions. Contact  01297 33576 or see the website: www. axminsterchoral.co.uk.

Psychic Development Group this Tuesday and every Tuesday at the Black Dog Tea Room, Uplyme  7pm – 9pm £5 per person contact  Sonia@blackdogtearoom.co.uk.

 

Wednesday 6 September

Colyton, Colyford & District Memory Café  2pm – 4pm in St John Hall, King St, Colyton (preceded  by the AGM at 1.15 pm). Offering 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.

Seaton Choral Society First Rehearsal (free for newcomers) 7.20pm Seaton Methodist Church, Valley View, Scalwell Lane, Seaton. All voices welcome. For details Tel: 01297 24266.

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

Bridport Camera Club Opening night – Introduction to the programme and an informal look at members pictures from the summer break. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561.

Comedy Café – Danny Ward 8pm Bridport Arts Centre £8/£6 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

 

Thursday 7 September

Axminster Country Market Thursdays 8.30am – 12noon, Masonic Hall, South St. Home-made & homegrown cakes, savouries, preserves, seasonal fruit & vegetables, flowers, eggs, plants, crafts and cards. Orders taken, meet the makers! Refreshments, free entry.

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 mile Worth Matravers, Corfe Castle and Kingston walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

Community Coffee morning Come and enjoy free fresh coffee and homemade cake held on the first Thursday of each month in St.Swithun’s Church Hall, North Allington, Bridport DT6 5DX. A great opportunity to make new friends or just have a good chat. Time 10.45am – 11.45am.

HALFF 11am – 1pm. Free cooking demonstrations for Heart & Diabetes At Crowshute House, Crowshute Link, Chard, TA20 2EZ. No need to book, just turn up, it’s free.  Chat, learn, eat. Call Nikki on 01297 631782, email nikki@halff.org.uk or go to www.halff.org.uk for more information.

Music at The Minster 12.30pm Father John’s Friends, & lunch@5past1. Alison Coldstream, Peter Lea-Cox & Peter Parshall perform music in memory of Father John Streeting,  lately rector of the Minster. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster Axminster 01297 32927.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ Anne King gives a talk on “Cliffs, Coves and Contraband”.   New members welcome. Contact 01305 261676 or 785546 for further information.

Walking discovery of Colyton Every Thursday until 28 September. Walks start from the car park in Dolphin Street at 2pm. £3 per person, U16 free 01297 552514 / 01297 33406.

An evening bat walk Seaton Wetlands 8pm till late. Join staff from the Devon Bat Project for a twilight walk. Look for evidence of Greater Horseshoe Bats and listen using a bat detector. Warm-up with hot drinks in the Discovery Hut. No dogs. Booking required, £5 per person, car park, Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Chard Camera Club The club is returning to their twice monthly meetings after their summer recess. Meeting on the First and third Thursday monthly at 7.30pm in the Baptist church hall Holyrood Street. Workshop where members will be helping each other to overcome any issues covering usage of camera equipment and associated editing equipment. New faces are always made welcome www.chardcameraclub.org.uk.

Backgammon and Chess Club 7pm – 9pm Free. Regular Thursday evenings in the cafe. Come along and  have a game. If you have a backgammon or chess set bring it along – if you haven’t then come anyway! All welcome Beginner or expert. Contact a.j.adhamy@hotmail.co.uk. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

West Dorset Circle Dance Group Every Thursday 8pm Shipton Gorge Village Hall. A friendly group of dancers who meet for two hours at Shipton Gorge Village Hall. Dancers of all ages and abilities, including absolute beginners, are warmly invited to join in. No partner is necessary. No need to book just turn up.

Tatworth Flower Club Open Evening Coral Gardiner ‘keeping it level’, national demonstrator. Doors open 6.30pm for 7.30pm refreshments. Beautiful flowers to go in raffle Visitors £10. Tatworth Memorial Hall TA20 2QW. Information & Tickets Julie Kettle 01297 33924, Jean Churchill 01460 220431, Helen Bicknell 01460 220323.

Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society ‘Success with rockeries’, a talk by a speaker from the Gold Club. St. Nicholas Primary School, Dorchester Road, Broadwey, Weymouth starting at 7.30pm.  Details from 01305 814887 or see www.budhs.org.uk.

Sidmouth Ballroom Dancing Club meets each Thursday 8pm – 10pm at St Francis Hall EX10 9XH for dance practise in a friendly environment. Visitors always welcome £4 per couple 01395 579856.

A Sophisticated Lady: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald – The Frank Griffith Quartet feat. Tina May

8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £15/13 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Live Screening: An Evening with John Le Carre Doors 6.30pm / starts 7.45pm £11.50 (£11 + 50p bf) adv / £12.50 door www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

I can’t believe its not BUDDY! Axminster Guildhall, 7.30pm. This upbeat show, with SpencerJ and the Copy-Cat Crickets, features all the legendary hits. Tkt. £17 from Archway Bookshop Axminster 01297 33595. www. wegot tickets.com.

 

Friday 8 September

By the Loom: A Spinning and Weaving Craft Event A fun and sociable morning 10am – 1pm. All levels very welcome. £3 The Pavilion, Dalwood, Devon, EX13 7EW Information 01404 831207 or from Axminster Heritage Centre.

HALFF Simple Health Cooking Demos 11am – 1pm (Health and Local Food for Families).  Six free sessions. At the Millwey Community Centre, First Avenue, Millwey Rise, Axminster.  No need to book, just turn up on the day. Call Nikki on 01297 631782 or email nikki@halff.org.uk for more information.

Classic Concert Bridport Arts Centre 11am £10/£7 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Classic concerts are back and why not join in at 10.30am for a coffee and piece of cake in the café before the performance.

Food on Friday at Clapton & Wayford Village hall 12noon – two course lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee.  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.

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

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm creative writing with Sarah Cooper, massage with Amanda. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

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

Chard History Group Metal Detecting: The inside story from our local experts. Darren Windsor, his son, and John Hill are coming to Manor Court Primary School will tell all you want to know and show some of the finds they have made.  At Manor Court Primary School., opposite Sainsbury’s. Refreshment available. New members and guests are welcome. Members £2 Guests £3. Free parking in School Yard. For further information 01460 66165.

Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Holloway) 7.30pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £18/16 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Ensemble Askew presented by Concerts in the West. 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.

Kilmington Garden Club Bamboo: dispelling the myths by Mr G R Davie.Contrary to popular belief there is another side to this misunderstood and versatile plant. Village hall, Whitford Road Kilmington EX13 7RF. 7.30pm, non members welcome £2.

Cantamus 7.30pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne TA18 7HY. “Poetry in Music”-choral works from Byrd,  Monteverdi, Chilcott and many others.  www.cantamus-dorset.org Tickets £10 in advance from Crewkerne Town Hall, or £12 on the door.

Voices of the Sea Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. An atmospheric piece of haunting songs and fragments of narrative devised and performed by Gail McGarva and The Sea Chorus. 8pm, 01297 442394.

The Eskies + Support: The Leylines 8pm £10 in advance, £12 on the door. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Allan Taylor at 8pm. Allan Taylor is one of the last of the travelling troubadours who came through the social and artistic revolution of the 1960s. Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions. Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Yerma from National Theatre Live at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £12.50 in adv. or £15 on day from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

Last Night at The Proms Concert presented by The Rotary Club of Yeovil, 7.30pm at The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Tickets from The Rotary Club of Yeovil 01460 240984 or The Octagon Theatre 01935 422884.

Orchestre Du Montplaisant  Bridport Arts Centre 8pm £12/£10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Orchestre du Montplaisant is a baroque super group born in London in 2011, featuring Juste Voyant on guitar, Luke Warmcop on drums, Piro on bass and Graham Mushnik on accordion and organ.

 

 

Friday 8 – Saturday 9 September

South Somerset Cider Sampling Hinton St George Friday – 6.30pm onwards, Hinton St George Village Hall, Near Crewkerne (TA17 8SL). Saturday –  come and enjoy a delicious range of local ciders and meet the cider makers in this annual celebration of the West Country’s favourite drink. Folk band Crooked Furrow are playing, and food, apple juice and fruit gins are available throughout the evening.  Entry only £3 including free samples.  Tickets from: Our Shop, Dorothy’s Tea Room and North Perrot Fruit Farm, or on the door.  Contact Matthew Bryant 0146073454 or bryant.haselbury@gmail.com for further details.

Lyme Regis Cemetery Chapel Heritage Open Days 10am – 4pm. Lyme Regis Cemetery, Charmouth Road, DT7 3DW. A highly decorated Church of England cemetery chapel, originally built in 1856. The entrance to the cemetery is opposite Lyme Regis Football Club. Car parking is available opposite the cemetery in the large public car park below the football club. Public toilets in the car park.  No dogs allowed. Children and cameras welcome. Full disabled access. Slight slope up to chapel.

 

 

Saturday 9 September

Farmers Market 10am – 1pm and 14 October in the Moorlands precinct, Martock. Ring Fergus on 01935 822202 for a table.

A Space for Living Spirituality “What are Sacred Texts: are they Relevant Today?” led by Janet Lake as event 1 of 4 on “Engaging with Sacred Texts” at the Bridport Quaker Meeting House, South Street, DT6 3NZ. 10am – 4pm. Donations £5-£30. Bring-and-share lunch. For information and booking, email Janet Lake on iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Chard Museum Heritage Afternoon 1pm – 4pm. Come and enjoy craft demonstrations, craft stalls and see the heavy horses. Relax on our, hopefully, sunny patio and enjoy tea and cake. Listen to talented folk singer, Hannah Cumming, and laugh at a Dad’s Army sketch and join in the war songs. Free Entry.

Jumble Sale 2pm: Clapton & Wayford Village Hall , with tombola & refreshments. Contributions most welcome & can be left at the hall from 10am – 12noon. Information from Jackie 01460 72324.

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Paul Roberts 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.

West Dorset Group of the SDFHS meeting at Loders Village Hall at 2pm. Eric Galvin will talk about ‘Joseph Clark: A Popular Victorian Artist and his World’. Clark came from Cerne Abbas. Members £1.50 and visitors £3, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

25 years on – another walk through time 2pm – 5pm Cottshayne woodland near Colyton How history has helped reveal and enhance the wildlife of Cottshayne, a planted ancient woodland site. Walk led by woodland owner Christina Bows. Walk will not take place if heavy rain forecasted. Adults only, Free Limited parking at GR 226935 – booking essential, Contact: Christina Bows 01297 23822, tinabows@hotmail.co.uk; Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event.

South Petherton Carnival Fun from 6.30pm when roads into village close. Procession starts at 7.30pm  Entry forms and info  01460 240281.

Dorset Film Archive Bridport Electric Palace Doors 6.30pm / starts 7.30pm  £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Last Night of the Proms at The Gateway, Seaton. Experience the exuberant celebration that is the Last Night of the Proms on the large screen. You are welcome to bring your own food but please no drinks as there is a licensed bar. Doors open 6.30pm, broadcast starts 7.15pm. Tickets £5 from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

Cantamus 7.30pm at Dorset County Museum, High W St, Dorchester DT1 1XA. “Poetry in Music”-choral works from Byrd,  Monteverdi, Chilcott and many others.  www.cantamus-dorset.org Tickets £8 in advance or £10 on the door. Doors open 7pm.

Craig Campbell: Easy Tiger A raucous evening of post-scratchin’ and kickin’ litter aboot the hoose. 8pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Son Yambu Bridport Arts Centre 8pm £12/£10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Sat 9 – Sun 10 Sept

Move into Life with Sandra Reeve – A Series of Movement-Based Performances Admission Free. Saturday: A day and evening of movement-based public performances (outdoor and indoor) takes place in Charmouth, on Stonebarrow and in Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall. Sunday: An afternoon exhibition at Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall and a performance on Charmouth beach . For further details of events, times and places please contact Sandra Reeve on 01297 560511/560057 or sandra@moveintolife.co.uk. www.moveintolife.com.

 

 

Sunday 10 September

Lyme Splash The second Lyme Regis to Charmouth Challenge sponsored swim.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be maintaining a pond at Fishponds in West Dorset. We welcome new people interested in helping care for our countryside. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 for us to contact you.

Ash Excellent Eight races 11am at Ash School, Martock. A choice of 8km, 5km, 3km or 2km fun run, all through pretty county. Phone 01935 475697 to enter.

Heritage Open Day at Max Gate 11am-5pm. Thomas Hardy’s Dorchester home will be open to the public for free, as part of Heritage Open Days scheme. Free admission. Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2AB. 01305 262538.

Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Journey at 2pm – 3.30pm. Experience a magical journey of therapeutic Pure Sound with musician Dean Carter. Ticket: £12 Full. No concessions. To reserve a place email Dean Carter on ahiahel@live.com, telephone 01935 389655 or visit www.centreforpuresound.org. Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA.

A Concert for the Winterborne Churches with a musical programme for violin, concert and piano. 3pm – Homemade afternoon tea with raffle. Tickets cost £15. For more details and to purchase tickets please contact Celia Robertson 01305 257612. Ashton Farm Barn DT2 9HA.

Marshall Stapleton and the Lym Delta Rhythm Expect to hear toe-tapping train songs, interesting instrumentals and raucous rockabilly. 8.30pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

English Music Piano & Organ Recital 3.30pm – 4.30pm Sidholme Music Room – Jonathan Delbridge . Sidholme Reception 01395 515104.

 

Monday 11 September

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Free taster session at Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Find out how to manage your hearing loss using lipreading and coping strategies. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day.

The Probus Club of Yeovil meets at The Yeovil Court Hotel at 12noon for social interaction, a healthy luncheon and an interesting talk on “Yeovil Hospital”. New members are always made very welcome. Geoff Byham, Secretary, 01935 881422 or geoff @byhamgm.plus.com.

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

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org Mondays: 18th, 25th. 7.30pm  – 10pm. Cost: £1.50. Dance: Saturday 23rd September. 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Cost £3. Bring a plate of food to share.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting world music and holistic health benefits. For all ages from 19 to 90. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Join us with teacher Julia Hope-Brightwell (Jewell). Cost £8 Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk. Also 25 September.

 

 

Tuesday 12 September
West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 mile Drimpton, Burstock, Seaborough and Clapton walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing Jekka McVicar’s Herbetum and Bristol Botanic Gardens. Coach leaves Uplyme VH at 9am. Cost £25 total for coach & guided tours at both venues.  Please ring Jenny Harding 01297 444034 to book. Visitors are welcome for an extra charge of £3.

Bird ringing demonstration Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands 9am A rare chance to see birds up close as they are ringed by the Axe Estuary Ringing Group for surveying and monitoring. This event is highly weather dependant. No booking required, free, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Colyton & Colyford Probus Club meets at the Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford at 10am for coffee after which Stuart Mulley gives a talk ‘In the Fast Lane’. New members welcome: David Evans: 01297 553007.

Hilfield Monthly Lunch Club for older adults between 12noon – 2.30pm. Main course and pudding plus tea and coffee, donation of at least £3.50 welcomed. Come to meet new people. Book in advance. Suzi 01300 341741. Hilfield Friary, Hilfield Dorchester, DT2 7BE.

Flute and harp: Virginia and Florence Astley at Max Gate 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm. Listen to music in the drawing room, from this talented duo. Normal admission applies, NT members free. Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2AB. 01305 262538.

Broadwindsor Jammers Guitar Club meets every 2nd Tuesday in the month at the 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 meeting at United Church Hall, East St. Bridport at 2.30pm. Helen Rappaport will talk about Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and her book ‘Magnificent Obsession’. Helen has recently been working on the Young Victoria series. Members £1, visitors £2.50, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Time for Tea & a Talk Enjoy tea and cakes while you listen to Lord of the Manor, Jim Rowe, talk about Axminster’s past (Ticket event, £3) 2pm – 3.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH.

Tea Dance for Childrens Hospice SouthWest at St Francis Hall EX10 9XH 2.30pm £3 inc Tea,coffee & biscuit Contact numbers for all above: 01395 579856 or 577122.

Stanchester Quire 7.45pm, note different venue, namely The Baptist Church Hall in South Street, Montacute, TA15 6XD. For more information about joining or booking the Quire for a concert, please either e-mail stsnchesterquire1@gmail.com or phone 01935 822287.

The Ile Valley Flower Club meet at Broadway Village Hall  close to Ilminster on the Taunton Road the second Tuesday of the month. Demonstrator is Irene Hickson from Bournemouth, titled the “Music of the Night”. Visitors welcome £5 starting at 7.30pm.

East Devon Death Café 7pm – 9pm in the café – free (but advised to book). A safe, welcoming space to drink tea and coffee, and eat cake whilst talking about mortality and all that goes with it, so that they can get on with the business of living. Contact: gill.amos@actioneastdevon.org.uk. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Turn Lyme Green Join for drinks and an exciting talk about the latest developments in electric cars given by Simon West. 7.15pm for 7.30pm in the Blue Room @ the Royal Lion Hotel, Broad St, Lyme Regis. Everyone welcome, esp. newcomers. Free. Enquiries: Jo 07525005430.

Chris Foster Originally from Yeovil and now resident in Iceland, Chris is one of the finest singers and guitarists of the English Folk Song revival of the 60s/70s in the function room of The King William, Barn Street. Crewkerne. TA18 8BP. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Further info please ring 01460 77415 or email meg.rose@btinternet.com. For info on Chris: chrisfoster-iceland.com.

 

 

Wednesday 13 September

Hilfield Monthly Craft Day 10am – 4pm. A chance to finish long-forgotten projects or begin new ones. Bring a packed lunch and £5 to go towards setting up women’s workshops in refugee camps. Hilfield Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE 01300 341741.

Coffee Concert Sidholme Music Room 10.30am – 12noon. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104.

U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis Ancient Egypt: a History in Eight Objects. Janet Diamond will share objects with differing purposes, artistic styles, and materials – each with its own interesting story to tell – from across the main periods of ancient Egypt, from predynastic times (c.4400 BC) to the dying days of the Egyptian Empire some 4000 years later. Coffee served from 10am – 10.45am followed by talk at 11am until 12noon. Venue: Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis – free for members, non-members £2 donation suggested. To join U3A, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 444566.

Classical Chamber Music Concert Weymouth All Saints Church, Wyke Regis, piano trio www.weymouthmusic.org.

Talk, Axe Valley Centre NT by Mike and Edna Squires on The Gardens of New Zealand.  Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Non-members welcome £2 including refreshments.

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Church House, South Street, Bridport. 7.30pm – 10pm. Classes with instruction and social dancing. Come and have fun – no partner required. Cost £2 including tea, coffee or squash and biscuits. Contact Ann 01308 422927 or Petronella 01297 639717. Also 20 and 27 September.

Bridport Camera Club Talk by David Clapp – exploring the practical aspects and ethos of Travel Photography beyond pretty pictures, including an element on infrared. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561.

The Beehive Folk Café 8pm Free. Contact folkcafe@beehivehoniton.co.uk. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Screening: David Gilmour LIVE in Pompeii Bridport Electric Palace Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Mr Darcy Loses the Plot Award winning comedy duo LipService celebrate Jane Austen’s life 200 years on. 8pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

 

 

Thursday 14 September

Death Cafe morning at the Soulshine Cafe, 76 South Street 9.30am – 11.30am. Open to all – no need to book, just turn up – regulars and newcomers welcome! It is an opportunity to find out more about the regular Diealog Groups in Bridport. Max 07811 948811.

West Dorset Ramblers 6 mile Bothenhampton, Burton Bradstock and West Bay walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 456191.

Probus Dorchester Lunch meeting at 12noon in The Gamekeeper, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QZ. New members always welcome. For more details please contact Tony Curtis 01305 751236.

Music at the Minster 12.30pm Chloe Stratta – soprano & Robert Coleridge  -piano & lunch@5past1. Currently a postgraduate student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London Chloe sings a song cycle of Joy and Lament from Italy France and England. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster  Axminster 01297 32927.

Seavington Gardening Club at 7. 30pm Roy Halsey will be talking on ‘ Roses for the Garden and Show  ‘ plants will be for sale . The meeting will be held in Seavington Millennium Hall. Visitors are welcome, £2 at the door. Enquiries to Karen Day 01460 929605.

Crewkerne Gardening Club talk on “Roses Galore! How to Grow Perfect Roses” by Elizabeth Holman at the Henhayes Cebtre 7.30pm. Visitors wekcome £2.50.

Chard Royal Naval Association Bi-monthly official meeting at 7.30pm in the Chard Rugby football club, Essex Close. Anyone with an interest in the association would be most welcome to attend on the night (you do not have to be ex services in order to be a member) Mr Gary Pennells 01460 77978.

Three talks on solar energy: storage of PV electricity; advances in solar thermal; and the solar revolution. Bridport town hall, 7.30pm.

NT :  Yerma (encore) Bridport Electric Palace Doors 6pm / starts 7pm  £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Carmen on the Lake at Seaton Gateway. Doors open 6.30 pm, broadcast starts 7pm. Licensed bar and refreshments. Tickets £15 in advance or £17.50 on the day, from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

Veast Anchor Session 7.30pm till late Anchor Inn, Burton Bradstock. An evening of great music in The Stable Bar. Free entry, collection for The Dorset Air Ambulance. www.facebook.com/burtonbradstockfolkfestival or phone 01308897421.

 

 

Friday 15 September

The Living Tree cancer self-help group, evening meeting: 1pm, Rising Voices with Jane, 2pm Becky, nutritionist from HALFF. Drop in at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Veast Lunchtime Session 1pm – 3pm Anchor Inn, Burton Bradstock. Acoustic singaround, all welcome to sing or just enjoy the music over a pint and a sandwich in The Stable Bar. Free entry, Collection for The Dorset Air Ambulance. www.facebook.com/burtonbradstockfolkfestival or phone 01308 897421.

Honiton Camera Club 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, off New Street on alternate Friday evenings. Check our web site http://www.honitoncameraclub.co.uk for more details.

Autumn Bingo At Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton. Raising funds for St. Margaret’s Hospice. Doors Open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Great prizes, for more info contact Naomi 0753 8377205.

The Brubeck Project: Neil Maya Quartet 8pm £8 advance, £10 on door, Students £5. This superb jazz quartet authentically reproduces Dave Brubeck recordings. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Veast of Folk Family Ceilidh with Tatterdemalion Caller Angela Laycock. Burton Bradstock Village Hall. Music,dancing,bar, Supper and raffle. Profits for the RNLI. Doors open 7pm. Tickets Adults £8 children £4 Family £20. on sale at Burton Bradstock Post Office or phone 01308897421 or email  burtonfolktickets@gmail.com.

World Music – Samswara Classical Indian music performed by Ricky Romain and John Sterckx (sitar and tabla) At 8pm. Tickets: £14 (£28 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.

Jazz Café Bridport Arts Centre 8pm £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Back by popular demand, this will be a continuation of an engaging and witty look at the world of jazz. All you need to know about Jazz.

 

 

Fri 15 – Sat 16 Sept

Harvest Home at Hardy’s Cottage 7pm – 9pm. Local performers, Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson, are back with a new set of folk music and storytelling to recreate the spirit of a Victorian Harvest Home, in the intimate, fire-lit setting of Hardy’s Cottage’s parlour. £15 per person. Booking essential through 01305 262366.  Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, DT2 8QJ.

 

 

Saturday 16 September

West Dorset open EcoHomes 16 homes open to the public, to showcase greener living. See bridport.greenopehomes.net. Also 17, 23 and 24 September.

Askerswell Jumble Sale Bridport United Church Hall, 10am.  Coffee will be served. New-to-you, Bric-a-Brac, Books, Produce, etc.

Family forage and cook-up Holyford Woods 10am – 12.30pm. Join the Education ranger for a foraging walk in the woods, followed by a cook-up including seasonal wild foods. All children to be accompanied by an adult. Paths can get muddy: wellies recommended, well behaved dogs on leads only. Booking required, £4 p person, concessions available to EDDC tenants Holyford Woods Local Nature Reserve, nr Colyton, parking opposite Seaton Tower Garage, EX12 2JA wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Veast of Folk Three Horseshoes Pub and Kitchen, Burton Bradstock 12.15pm – 6.30pm. An afternoon of Live Music in the Garden. Free Entry, donations, raffle, proceeds to RNLI. Great food and drink.

Music from Bill Cain, Elfentale, HiDDeN, Last Gasp Orchestra, Lost Souls, Mor or Less and Whiskey Headed Buddies. www.facebook.com/burtonbradstockfolkfestival or phone 01308897421.

Poetry at Max Gate: William Barnes at Max Gate 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Listen to readings from the Dorset dialect poetry of Hardy’s great friend and mentor, William Barnes. Normal admission applies. Suggested donations to the William Barnes Society: adult £2, child £1. Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2AB. 01305 262538.

The Great Somerset Night Walk Hundreds of walkers setting off from Yeovil Town Football Club, raising sponsorship for St. Margaret’s Hospice. Registration opens at 7pm and the walk will begin at 8pm. It should take around three to four hours, with refreshments available at the Prince of Wales Pub at Ham Hill. Entry is £15 for adults and £10 for children (aged 6-16), and includes a t-shirt and medal. Participants will be able to personalise their t-shirts with fluorescent pens and stickers before the walk starts. For more information and to book your place, please visit www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk and search ‘night walk’.

Martock Guardians September Concert at 7.30pm Martock Parish Church. Sherborne Town Band perform “The Last Night of the Proms”. Tickets are £9 on the door or £8 from 01935 822706. Accompanied Children under 16 are admitted free. Disabled access & toilet. Wine & soft drinks available.

The Membury Raucous Chorus present “Aspects of Love Throughout the Ages” at 7pm at St John the Evangelist Church, Waterlake Road, Tatworth TA20 2NZ. Tickets Adults £6, Children £3 from Helen Johnson 01460 220221 Refreshments included. Something to entertain everyone and encourage people to sing along; the programme will be varied, entertaining and will feature a few guest soloists.

The Teacups at 8pm. Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn met whilst studying on the Folk degree course at the University of Newcastle and formed The Teacups in 2010. It’s an age-old format – a quartet of singers: two men, two women – performing an age-old collection of songs in a cappella style. The David Hall!  Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Andrew Lawrence: The Happy Accident Tour Bridport Arts Centre 8pm £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

 

Sat 16 – Sun 17 Sept

Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival Forde Abbey and Gardens 10am – 4pm. Join Toby Buckland, Christine Walkden and Charlie Dimmock for a weekend of autumnal gardening delights. http://tobygardenfest.co.uk. Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU (t) 01460 220231 www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

 

 

Sunday 17 September

Autumn Charity Garden Fair at Mapperton 10am – 4pm Admission:  £3 to Garden Fair. House and Gardens are extra. Children Free. Over 25 stalls of specialist nurseries and garden and other gifts suitable for Christmas presents from the South and West of England. Contact:  Becky Cotterill becky@:gardenbreaks.com.

Boat Jumble 10am The Cobb, Lyme Regis. Raising money for a Defibrillator on Monmouth Beach. Stalls-Auction-Raffle Please come along and give your support www.lymeboatjumble.co.uk.

MacMillian Coffee Morning 10am – In The Cobb Centre, Lyme Regis. If you love to bake and want to donate a Cake, super! Please contact Maxine or Diane 07795098321 (please note for access sorry there are stairs).

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be taking part in the Great Dorset Beach Clean at Abbotsbury in West Dorset. This event is suitable for a wide age range so please come along to help keep our wonderful coast clean. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923-498760 for us to contact you.

Treasure Hunt in Ilminster Ilminster-based educational filmmaking charity, Purple Field Productions, is holding a treasure hunt on foot around the town’s historic centre. The hunt for treasure trove starts at the Market Square any time between 2pm – 4pm on that day. The route is just a mile or so long and all on pavements. There is no charge but donations to the charity will be most welcome. Teams can be any size (within reason). Children will love hunting for and solving the clues. Fine consumable treasures await the lucky winners and glorious weather is guaranteed!

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls 2pm – 4pm Lie down and relax to the Therapeutic Pure Sounds at Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX. Bring a blanket and something to lie down on. To book your space contact Dean: ahiahel@live.com tel 01935 389655. Ffi centreforpuresound.org.

ShelterBox Tea Dance at Stowford EX10 9YL 2.30pm £3 (cafe open for light refreshments) Ballroom & sequence dancing 01395 579856 or 577122.

 

 

Monday 18 September

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss by using lipreading and coping strategies. First session free. 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 on 25th.

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

Bridport Folk Dance Club re-opens after the summer break, 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. No partner or previous experience required. Membership available giving admission at £2.50, otherwise £3. Contact Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442. (Also on 25th).

Jazz Jam Session 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 19 September

Cooking for One Demo with HALFF 11am – 12.30pm (Health and Local Food for Families). Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking for one and covering nutritional advice for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. At the United Reformed Church, Chard Road, Axminster.  No need to book, just turn up, it’s free. Call Hannah on 01297 631782 for more information or email hannah@halff.org.uk.

Lyme Regis Art Society A Watercolour and Mixed Media Demonstration, “E.J.Widgery,  Painting Like A Moorland Master” by Mike McDonald from 2pm – 4pm in The Woodmead Halls, Hills Rd. Lyme Regis. Contact P. Dench  01297 445070.

 

 

Wednesday 20 September

West Dorset Ramblers 7 mile Dorsetshire Gap and the Melcombes walk via Lyscombe Hill and the Medieval Village. 10am start. Bring picnic. Dogs on leads. All welcome. Please call 01300 341664.

Bridport Probus Club meets at 12noon in the Eype’s Mouth Hotel for lunch at 1pm. This will be followed by a talk by Kay Townsend on History of the Dodgem Car. Potential new members welcome. Please call Graham Pitts on 01297561569.

The Honiton U3A speaker and fellow U3A member Dr. Peter Williams whose talk is entitled – ‘Other Worlds’. Following a revolution in recent years of the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, Peter will be discussing their implications and the possibilities of other worlds existing beyond our own solar system. The Beehive Centre, Dowell St., Honiton, Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2) Further information: 01404 598008 u3asites.org.uk/honiton .

Axminster Art Society A demonstration in Pastels by Richard Turner 2.20pm – 4.20pm in The United Reformed Church Hall, Chard Rd, Axminster  Contact M.Paul 01297 442956.

The Arts Society West Dorset Design Inspiration: Mariano Fortuny: Speaker: Dr Kate Strasdin. Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype at 2.30pm. For details contact 01297 443615.

Colyton & District Garden Society Talk on Paeonies by Sue Applegate of Hurstbrook Plants.  Colyton Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm.  Members free, guests £2.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by Gerry Nichols entitled ‘Somerset and Dorset’. 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 “traclubsite” for information.

Royal Opera Live: The Magic Flute 7.15pm £15/£12/Family of four £46. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

 

Thursday 21 September

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon: Clapton & Wayford Village Hall will be holding a – including the popular bacon rolls – with cake stall/’bring & buy’. Go join in, for an opportunity to meet friends & neighbours or get to know new people, whilst raising funds to improve the village hall facilities. More details from Julia 01460 72769.

Music at the Minster 12.30pm Woodbury Wind – wind octet & lunch@5past1. Woodbury Wind have played at the lunchtime series every year since 1985 and can still attract a full house. Listen to the blended sounds of this wind octet. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster  Axminster 01297 32927.

Dorchester Art Club meets most Thursday afternoons, but not the 2nd Thursday in each month, from 2pm – 4pm in St. George’s Church Hall, High Street, Fordington Dorchester. £1 to include refreshments. For the Winter programme please visit the club’s website. New members are always welcome – bring your drawing and painting things and just turn up. For details phone: 01305 260539.

NT South Dorset Association 2.30 pm. “Picking Darcy’s Pocket” by Gordon Le Pard. St Aldhelm’s Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth DT3 5EW (parking is available at the rear of the Church). Members £3 Non-NTSDA members £4 includes tea/biscuits. 01300 321601/ geoffwrench@lineone.net.

Living Tree @ The Bull 7pm – 9pm at the Ostler Room, Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport. Refreshments provided, drinks etc available from main bar, relaxed evening. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Ham Wall – A Fantastic RSPB Reserve for Wildlife and People’ (following the AGM) An illustrated talk presented by Steve Hughes (RSPB Site Manager). 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. Denise Chamings 01460240740 www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southsomerset.

Chard Camera Club Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm for an illustrated talk by Mr Duncan Armour entitled ‘North to Scotland, Spitzbergen and Alaska’. A renowned photographer and judge Duncan will be delivering a long awaited talk to the members.

Bridport & District Gardening Club Gold Club – Alternative Plants in Alternative Places. 7.30pm, Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3JQ. Peter.gough182@btinternet.com 01308 459469 / 07535 816299.

The Magic of Somerset Carnival is the subject of the talk by Mr J. Dando at the Tatworth WI meeting in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.

 

 

Friday 22 September

West Dorset Ramblers 5 mile Beaminster hills walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 863955.

HALFF 11am – 1pm. Free cooking demonstrations for Heart & Diabetes (Health and Local Food for Families).  Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking and covering nutritional advice for people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. At The Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton, EX12 2LT.   No need to book, just turn up, it’s free.  Chat, learn, eat. Call Nikki on 01297 631782, email nikki@halff.org.uk or go to www.halff.org.uk for more information.

Chef’s Special Lunch at Henhayes Community Centre, Crewkerne 12.30pm. Three course meal Roast Gammon followed by Pineapple Upsidedown Pudding start with fruit juice and finish with tea/coffee and chocolate. Bar open. Only £8. Please book 01460 74340 henhayescentre@btconnect.com.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Art with Libby. 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.

Leaf through the past landscape walk Shute Literature and Landscape Festival event Step back in time to explore the historic estate around Shute and enjoy the wildlife and history of this intriguing landscape. 2.30pm – 4.30pm Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event and also part of the Shute Literature and Landscape Festival  2017 taking place at St Michael’s Church & Shute Primary School.  Free event, no booking required. Walk will not take place if heavy rain forecasted. Contact phone number 01297 489741 or legacytolandscape@gmail.com; Parking Shute village, Haddon Road, EX13 7QR Meet village noticeboard at start of Haddon Road, (Shute Barton end) Full Shute Festival programme: www.shutefest.org.uk.

Somerset Wildlife Trust 7.30pm – 9pm. “The world of bees: solitary and social”. Join Cathy Horsley Conservation Officer SW for Bumblebee Conservation Trust & lead on West Country Buzz Project for a talk on UK bees. Members £2, non-members £3, no charge for children. Refreshments available. Parish Hall, North St, Ilminster TA19 0DG. Enquiries 01460 234551.

Quiz Night at The Gateway, Seaton. Come and test your knowledge at this Fundraiser for The Gateway. Max. 6 per team. Tickets just £5 per person. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7pm, quiz starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

Blues Night: Papa George Bridport Electric Palace Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £12 (£11.50 + 50p bf) adv / £13 door www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Aladdinsane: a Tribute to David Bowie Hear the sound and experience the vision with Paul Henderson and Aladdinsane, possibly the best Bowie tribute band in the UK. 8pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Flying Folk An entertaining evening of folk music featuring Skinner & T’witch, Sarah & Linna and Danny Ward. MC Jemima Farey. At 8pm. Tickets: £10 (no suppers). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Story Café: Amy Douglas & Lucy Wells Bridport Arts Centre, 7.30pm £8/£5 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

 

Fri 22 – Sun 24 September

Shute Festival a boutique local festival focusing on literature and landscape, has a fantastic line-up of speakers, workshops and events for this year. www.shutefest.org.uk. Tickets can also be purchased at Archway Bookshop, Axminster, and Hurford’s Store, Kilmington, and on the door 07745 886123.

 

Saturday 23 September

Friends of Crewkerne Station Open Day See website for further details Blackmorevaletrains.com.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be at Powerstock in West Dorset, repairing a fence and cutting scrub so come along to help and and enjoy a warm drink brewed on a bonfire. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 for us to contact you.

Tuneful Stories with Tim Laycock at Hardy’s Cottage 1pm – 4pm. Join Tim for some traditional tunes and stories from Hardy’s childhood. Normal admission applies, NT members free. Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, DT2 8QJ.

Berties Big Band Night under Concorde at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. 7pm. See website for tickets or 01460 75341.

Keith James: Songs of Leonard Cohen 7.30pm £14. Keith James performs the beautifully crafted music of Leonard Cohen, with his engaging voice and sensitive interpretation. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Quiz Night Supper with Axminster Heritage, Teams no more than six. Entry tickets from Axminster Heritage  £7.50pp Ploughman’s supper included. Kilmington Village Hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop us an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Dance: 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Cost £3. Bring a plate of food to share. At Chardstock Village Hall. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org.

Jay Rayner presents his Ten (Food) Commandments in person at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.30pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets £15 from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

Jamie Smith’s Mabon Bridport Arts Centre, 8pm £15/£13 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

 

Sunday 24 September

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be at Powerstock in West Dorset, repairing a fence and cutting scrub so come along to help and and enjoy a warm drink brewed on a bonfire. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 to be contacted.

The Melplash Agricultural Society Hedgelaying & Ploughing match. Hedgelaying at Shedbush Farm, Chideock Hill DT6 6EP. Ploughing at Land on Butt Lane, North Chideock DT6 6LG. 9.30 – 3pm. Visit www.melplashshow.co.uk or telephone 01308 423337 for details.

A musical afternoon in aid of refugees will be held in Hinton St George, starting at 2pm, in the Secret Garden at the end of West Street (TA17 8SA ); there will be signs in the village. Please bring chairs and drinks.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls 2pm – 4pm Lie down and relax to the Therapeutic Pure Sounds at Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA. Bring a blanket and something to lie down on. To book your space contact Dean: ahiahel@live.com tel 01935 389655.

Leaf through the past landscape walk Shute Literature and Landscape Festival event Step back in time to explore the historic estate around Shute and enjoy the wildlife and history of this intriguing landscape. 2pm – 4pm Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event and also part of the Shute Literature and Landscape Festival  2017 taking place at St Michael’s Church & Shute Primary School.  Free event, no booking required. Walk will not take place if heavy rain forecasted. Contact phone number 01297 489741 or legacytolandscape@gmail.com; Parking Shute village, Haddon Road, EX13 7QR Meet village noticeboard at start of Haddon Road, (Shute Barton end) Full Shute Festival programme: www.shutefest.org.uk.

Luke Daniels – The Polyphon Chronicles at 7.30pm. Award-winning singer and composer Luke Daniels. Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions. Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Cabinet of Living Cinema: the Kingdom of Paul Nash Programme of short films, graphic novel ballads or feature length scores are linked to landscapes, buildings, artists and poets. 8pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

 

Monday 25 September

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

Golden Cap Association Talk S.S Great Britain, From Launch To Re-Launch, talk by Ian Caskie. Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport 7.30pm Non-members are welcome. Admission £3 includes tea or coffee and biscuits. For further information 01308 863577.

Bridport Folk Dance Club meets at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. Membership available giving admission at £2.50, otherwise £3.00. Contact Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442.

 

 

Tuesday 26 September

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 mile Corscombe, East Chelborough, Lewcombe and Halstock walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. Dogs optional. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484.

HALFF 11am – 12.30pm. Cooking for one demo (Health and Local Food for Families).  Free healthy cooking demonstrations. At The Marshlands Centre, Harbour Road, Seaton, EX12 2LT. Call Nikki on 01297 631782, or email nikki@halff.org.uk for more information.

Colyton & Colyford Probus Club meets at the Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford at 12noon for lunch after which David Butler will introduce for discussion ‘Measurement & Words’.

Bridport & District U3A monthly talk – Vile Ministers and Poor Silly Creatures  – how Dorset farmers responded to both Cavaliers and Roundheads: speaker Bruce Upton. Talk starts at 2pm in the Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport.

Tea Dance for Childrens Hospice SouthWest at All Saints Hall EX10 8ES 2.30pm £3 inc Tea,coffee & biscuit Contact numbers for all above: 01395 579856 or 577122.

Martock History Group “Out of the mouth of the Parrett”, a fantastic new film made this year to celebrate the river which shapes so many lives. The film makers have offered to come and introduce the film.At Martock School, Elmleigh Road, TA12 6EF. Refreshments from 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm. £3 per adult or annual membership for only £10.

Merriott Gardening Club A talk by Brian Hesketh on Organic Vegetable Gardening. Meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments and Raffle. Don’t forget to bring your favourite flower for the Flower of the Month competition. All very welcome non-members £2 entry. Contact 01460 72298.

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society “The Toy Industry” is the subject of Bill White’s lecture. Meetings start at 7.30 pm in The Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall).  Non-members welcome (small donation suggested).  Further details from 01305 785968 or 871863.

Soroptimist International Yeovil, Sherborne and Districts a local club for women who work to improve opportunities for women and girls. Join the next supper meeting which takes place at 7.30pm at the Manor Hotel, Yeovil. Visit www.sigbi.org/yeovil-sherborne-and-districts to find out more. To attend please call or text 07707 055806 or email siyeovil@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Wednesday 27 September
Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Free Entry. Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Talk 7.30pm ‘Salvias’ by Jo Fox of Fox Plants, nr. Axminster. Uplyme Village Hall. Visitors are welcome, at a charge of £3. Contact Secretary, Rose Mock, 01297 34733, rosemary.mock@btinternet.com.

Bridport Camera Club Talk by Rod Fry – current chair of RPS Contemporary Group – on postwar British Contemporary Photography, plus a section on creating photobooks. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561.

South Petherton Local History Group ‘The 1913 Railway Disaster at Yeovil Pen Mill 104 years ago in which two people were killed is the subject of Roger Marsh’s presentation. The Methodist Church Hall, 8pm. Visitors welcome. £3on the door.

 

 

Thursday 28 September

Ilminster’s Thursday Group New Season of Talks at the Warehouse Theatre, Brewery Lane, Ilminster TA19 Coffee and tea will be available from 9.15am for a 10.15am start. Visitors £3, Membership for season £20. There will be a total of 20 talks until March on Thursdays. See noticeboards for further details or ring Mrs Jane Pearce on 01460 259596.

National Poetry Day at Hardy’s Cottage 11am – 4pm. Normal admission applies. NT members free. 01305 262366. Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, DT2 8QJ.

Music at the Minster 12.30pm Colyton Grammar School – GCSE Musicians & lunch@5past1. The GCSE Young musicians perform for us. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster  Axminster 01297 32927.

Chard Camera Club Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street holding a selection evening in order to select their images to be entered into the Kingswood Salver Competition www.chardcameraclub.org.uk.

An Evening at Lesley Waters’ Cookery School from 7pm – Abbots Hill Farm, Closworth Road, Yeovil BA22 9SY. Celebrity chef, Lesley Waters and Rebecca Hansford from Furleigh Estate will be your hosts. Sparkling wine and canapes on arrival, a 3 course cookery demonstration by Lesley, served to guests with Furleigh Estate wines introduced by Rebecca. Guests will also have a goodie bag to take home. The cost is £85 per person. To book visit www.furleighestate.co.uk/events or call 01308 488991.

 

 

Friday 29 September

Dorchester Country Market MacMillan Coffee Morning 9am – 11am during their weekly Market in the Corn Exchange,High East Street, Dorchester. Open to customers from 8.30am – 11am every Friday morning and have for sale a variety of Cakes and Savouries, Preserves, various Crafts , Eggs, Veg, Flowers and Plants. Free Entry.

West Dorset Ramblers 9.5 mile Batcombe, Minterne and Cerne walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320084.

By the Loom: A Spinning and Weaving Craft Event A fun and sociable morning 10am – 1pm. All levels very welcome. £3 Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH Information 01404 831207 or from The Heritage Centre.

Hopsiscare coffee morning Seaton Wetlands 10am – 12noon. Enjoy tea and cake in the peaceful setting of Seaton Wetlands, raising funds for your local hospice charity. No booking required, donations collected for tea and cake, Discovery Hut, Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Coffee morning in aid of refugees will be held in Haselbury Plucknett Church, 10.30am – 12midday, by members of Refugee Support Group, South Somerset.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. Elizabeth Ducie, author & self-publisher. 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.

The Farey Family A multi-talented local family playing Folk and Country music with superb harmonies. Concert only £10 or including supper £18. Bar opens 6pm, Supper 6.30pm Concert starts 7.45pm Tickets available from Henhayes Community Centre, Crewkerne 01460 74340 henhayescentre@btconnect.com.

3 Daft Monkeys: a dynamic style of world and folk music and infectious dancing rhythms with Celtic and eastern influences. 8pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Flute and Guitar Recital Clarissa Payne and Adam Khan 7.30pm. St Stephen’s Winsham works by Schubert, JS Bach, Ravi Shankar, Stephen Goss. Tickets £10 from Winsham Post Office or on the door.

For tickets and information please call 07796 813099 or email sasbristol@gmail.com www.guitarflute.wordpress.com.

The Amy Roberts, Richard Exall Quintet Mainstream jazz from a vibrant young band, led by Amy Roberts on saxophone and Richard Exall on clarinet. 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.

Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear the Reaper Bridport Arts Centre 8pm £14/£12 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Saturday 30 September

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

Blackdown WI Centenary Event at Blackdown Hall, (B3165) 10am – 4pm Exhibition, Displays hands on craft, card making spinning, knitting, crochet machine embroidery, teas, coffee, cake, ploughmans (rsvp if you would like a ploughmans) President, Jane Rudkin Lower Oathill Farm, Crewkerne, TA18 8PZ 01460 30235.

Apple day at Cranbook 10am – 12.30pm. Help to gather apples to chop and press and make delicious fresh apple juice. Bring a container. No dogs. Rough ground, wellies advised. No booking required, free, meet in Cranbrook Orchard, just off Oakbeer Orchard Road. Park at train station or in town and walk down

wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Flaxdrayton Workshops Open Day 11am – 4pm – Free Entry. Flaxdrayton Farm, Drayton, South Petherton TA13 5LR – 1/2 mile from the A303 between South Petherton and Norton-sub-Hamdon.  Go to www.flaxdrayton.co.uk or ring 01460 241062.

Michael Morpurgo’s Out of the Ashes – City of Light Theatre 7.30pm Adult £8, Student £6 (age 9+). Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel. The story of Becky’s experience on her Devon farm, during the foot and mouth crisis. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Southern Tenant Folk Union at 8pm. One of the most highly acclaimed Folk/Bluegrass bands in the UK today. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.  Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Morgan & West: More Magic for kids Bridport Arts Centre 2pm £8/£6 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Dorset  Chamber  Orchestra 30th Anniversary Gala Concert 7.30pm St Mary’s Church, Dorchester.  Tickets  Adults £15, 18 and under £1 by ticket,  available either via wwwdorsetchamberorchestra.org or from Harmony Music, The Forum Centre, Trinity St. Dorchester DT1 1TT, Tel. 01305 260 360 Cheques payable to “Dorset Chamber Orchestra” (SAE please).

The Mods perform live at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £13 in advance (£16 on day) from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton, 01297 625699.

I am Rhythm – Dance Sensation from South Africa 7.30pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Morgan & West: Time Traveling Magicians Bridport Arts Centre 7.30pm £12/£10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.