Coast and Countryside Events

Tuesday 2 October

Artisan Craft Market and Sadie’s Kitchen 10am – 4pm Kennaway House, Sidmouth. All manner of stalls selling locally produced goods plus drinks and snacks available. Please contact Marguerite Grant for further information by emailing -margigrant53@gmail.com. Also 16, 23 and 30 October.

Axminster and District Probus Club meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Lamb Inn Lyme Rd, Axminster, at 10am for 10.30am. Visitors and New Memmbers welcolm. Please Contact Don Harris  T, O1297 32682, OR E,Mail donharris312@ g,mail.com.

The Royal House of Windsor, who are they? Dillington House, Ilminster, 9.45am – 4pm. Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is doing a day session on ‘The Royal House of Windsor, who are they? Cost is £55 includes a 3 course lunch, tea coffee and cake during the day. For more information and to book a place please contact Dillington House on 01460 258648 or email: dillingtonbookings@somerset.gov.uk  website: www.dillington.com.

Hawkchurch Ladies Club Auction of Goods and Promises Auctioneer: Martin Diplock, Hawkchurch Village Hill, 6.30pm prompt. Hot Supper and Dessert. All are welcome. Tickets £8. Contact: Anne Gibbins 01297 678295 Proceeds for Devon Air Ambulance and HLC Funds.

Langton Herring Village Club “Bats” is the subject of  Steve Master’s talk. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in Langton Herring village hall. All are welcome. (Non-members £2). Details on 01305 871763.

A Fun Horse Race Evening in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. The entrance charge of £3  includes a Ploughman`s Supper but bring your own drinks. Everyone welcome including children. For further details and to book please telephone Angela on 01460 220953 or Diana on 01460 221899. Any  profits will be donated to W.I. funds.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild with Mark Hughes. Mark is an ex-royal marine who works currently as a personal trainer, and  is coming to show members some gentle exercise which they can then  practice at home. Meet at Manor Court School at 7pm. Visitors and new members welcome. Parking   is easily available in the school playground.

Wednesday 3 October

Benefits Advice Session at Age UK Shop, Bridport. Advice sessions will be held on the first Wednesday in each month, between 9.30am – 12noon at Age UK Shop, Bridport, and will be strictly by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact the Bridport Shop on 01308 424859 or at 16 West Street, Bridport DT6 3QP.

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 11.5 mile circular walk from Chardstock 10am start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. 01395 516873.

West Dorset Ramblers 5.5 miles Golden Cap the easy way. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 489567.

Seaton & District Probus Club New season of meetings starts with a talk by John Smith: The Romans at Marshlands Centre, Harbour road, Seaton. Meet at 10am, talk starts 10.30am. For more information please contact Dave Bridges 01297 21560 or visit www.seatonprobus.co.uk.

Bridport Poetry Walk 10am – 11.30am. Meet at the gateway to Mountfield. Plenty of benches and gentle walk around Mountfield Gardens. Bring appropriate clothes for the weather as we are outside for the duration. Bookings: blackvenpress@gmail.com. Part of Stepping into Nature project.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. Wendy Lowis, jewellery workshop 10.30am – 2.45pm at 4 Greenhayes, Old Lyme  Road, Charmouth DT6 6 BJ. Groups of 4 to 8 people. Please book with Wendy at wendylowisbates@gmail.com or ring 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Colyton & Colyford Memory Café 2pm – 4pm St John Hall, Colyton welcoming Anna Sutherland, who will give ‘A tribute to Joyce Grenfell.  Liz Heron from Beviss and Beckingsale Solicitors talk about Lasting Powers of Attorney.’ www.dmcc.org.uk.

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Salwayash Village Hall. Evening of Social Dancing 7.30pm – 10pm. Cost £2 including tea, coffee and cake. Contact Ann 01308 422927 / Caroline 01308 538141.

Friends of Sidmouth Town Band Coffee Concert Coffee 10.30am Concert 11am – 12noon. Sidholme Hotel Music Room, Elysian Fields, Temple Street, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. Free Admission, Refreshments £1 Disabled Access. Retiring Collection for Sidmouth Town Band.

Bridport Camera Club Talk by Matilda Temperley Hon FRPS – award winning and much published photographer who captured the Somerset Levels floods in her book Under the Surface. 7.30pm Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3HA. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 07737 405474 or email secretary@bridportcameraclub.co.uk.

The Divide with discussion led by Dorset Equality Group. 7pm for 7.30pm Learning Room, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, £5pp. ‘The Divide tells’ the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern-day US and UK – where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club at 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

Axminster History Society The Defences of Devon during WW2 Bill Horner, County Archaeologist gives an illustrated talk All Welcome 7.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH.

Thursday 4 October

National Poetry Day Event Reed Base, Seaton Wetlands. Tickets available from the bookshop 10 Fore Street, Seaton 01297 598030. Meet 10am in the Reed Base classroom at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2SP free parking available near by. Please share. Everyone welcome.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship The next meeting of the West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship will be at 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Martin Fielding, “Dorset’s James Herriott”, will give a talk.  New members welcome.

Friends of Lyme Regis Museum Talk ‘Behind the Scenes at the Antiques Roadshow’ by Paul Atterbury (author and antiques expert). 2.30pm at Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. Entry is £2 for Friends of Lyme Regis Museum & £4 for non-members. For further information please contact David Cox on 01297 443156.

Lesser Known Aspects of Bridport Harbour (West Bay) Talk by local historian and author Elizabeth Gale at Salt House West Bay 7.15pm for 7.30pm  West Bay Community Forum, members free, visitors- donation welcome. Further details  –  https://wbcf.org.uk/.

The Photography of James Ravilious is the subject of an illustrated talk by Emma Down for the Tatworth Wives Group at 7.30pm in the  church rooms, of St. John The Evangelist, Tatworth.  Visitors welcome.

Beaminster Short Mat Bowls Club meeting every Thursday in The Public Hall, Beaminster at 7pm. New members are welcomed and, if necessary, sorted out with suitable bowls(woods). For further information, please call 01308 538971.

Through the Decades with Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly Live music event at The Gateway, Seaton featuring Darren Page and Marc Robinson with their tributes to these greats. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £15 adv/£17.50 door (if available) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD.

Man Booker Evening Six well-known panellists each give their view on one of the books shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. Book early to avoid disappointment. 7.30pm,  Johnson Studio at the Octagon Theatre. Tickets £6 per person. Box Office, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil Tel: 01935 422884

Bar available and nibbles provided at events. www.yeovilarts.co.uk.

Fashion Show presented by Chapter of Sidmouth, in aid of Sidmouth Hospice and Kennaway House.  Tickets £15 to include first drink and nibbles.  Raffle with great prizes.  Drinks Reception at 7pm, Show at 7.30pm, please contact Kennaway House 01395 515551 to purchase tickets, or call in to Chapter on Church Street. Kennaway House, Sidmouth.

Chard History Group have moved to The Phoenix Hotel, Fore Street, opp. The Guildhall, enter through the Arch by the door on the left, up the stairs in The Ball Room. Start at 7.30pm. Edward Wells : this month’s Speaker is a well-known local Naturalist and keen Historian . Refreshments available. New members and guests are welcome. Members £2. Guests £3. For further information 01460 66165.

Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting at the Baptist Church Hall Holyrood Street, Chard at 7.30pm for an evening with Mr Don Bishop giving a talk on Landscape photography. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or contact Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

Broadwey Upwey and District Horticultural Society Autumn Floral Displays Speaker, Mark Read Including Harvest Supper. St Nicholas & St Laurence Primary School, Dorchester Road, Broadwey, at 7.30pm. www.budhs.org.uk.

Friday 5 October

Seaton Lions Book Sale The Square Seaton 9am – 4pm.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Escot. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01404 44367.

Classic Concert Alexander Ullman & Michael Petrov , 11am £10 £7. Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 2pm Tripudio. Mindfest Creative Writing Workshop with Sarah Cooper. Book a place: tel 07341 916 976. Drop in for tea and chat any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Lorton Meadows & Chesil Beach An illustrated talk on the Lorton Meadows nature reserve from Dorset Wildlife Trust by Vicky Ashby, Assistant at the Trust’s Chesil Centre. Starts 7.30pm at the Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ. Suggested donation of £2 (£3 for non-members). www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Salud performing a one-woman flamenco-dance show with new material and choreographies. Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start, Pay what you like. Reservations – call 01308 485772 There will also be a bar.

Concerts in the West presents Petrov & Ullman Cello & piano duo playing a programme of Beethoven, Schumann & Rachmaninov. For full programme information see: www.concertsinthewest.org. At 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£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.

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have an interesting talk ‘Mulchelney Abbey – from its Obscure Origins to the Dissolution’ the Speaker is Stephen Honey. Guests £2 at the Door. Contact 01935 477174. www.yalhs.org.uk.

Luke Wright – Frankie Vah 8pm £13 £11 It’s 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics, and skuzzy indie stardom. But can he keep it all down? Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Albert Lee and his Band 8pm Tickets £24 (seated). The Beehive welcomes the legendary Albert Lee, one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Jazz Evening Rose White (piano) and Anthony Standridge (piano and vocals) with Tony (flute) and Simon (double bass) play for the Friends of Crewkerne Parish Church in St. Bartholomew’s  Church,  Crewkerne 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £13 (£15 on door) under 18’s free from Crewkerne Town Hall or Rose 07791 159659.

Friday 5 – Sunday 7 October

Our British Wildlife – Art Exhibition Darts Farm, EX3 0QH. Upstairs in RSPB Estuary Room 10am  –  4pm daily, free entry. Affordable Art, Cards and Christmas Gift Ideas. The exhibition raises funds for the RSPB.

Fri 5 – Wednesday 10 October

Bridport Mind Fest is an independent, open access, all age Festival promoting mental wellbeing. It celebrates the creative power of the mind. It offers signposts for the healing it. It supports people’s aspirations wherever they are on the spectrum of mental wellbeing. Major themes this year are “Stress and the World of Work” and The Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing”. There are over thirty workshops to choose from. These focus on all ages from young people to dementia, Farmers, Service Personnel, creative workshops and a day devoted to the young people.  Seven major events including two films and speakers of national renown. For details see our web site at www.bridportmindfest.org/  The programme is widely available around Bridport and at the Tourist Information Centre.

Saturday 6 October

Axminster Indoor Bowls Open Day 10am. Season starts 2 October. New Members and league applications now being taken. J Hill 01297 631019.

Axminster Woodturners are pleased to welcome Colwin Way between 10am – 1pm. Colwin is an acclaimed woodturner who is local to this area and always entertains at his demonstrations. The event is open to all, there will be a charge of £5 on the door for non members, which would be refunded if you joined the club, tea and coffee are included throughout the session. Woodbury Community Hall Axminster and our website is axminsterwoodturners.com, we are also on facebook.If you would prefer to talk to someone pleas ring Barrie Golding on 01884841162 for any information you may need.

Yeovil & District Stamp & Postcard Fair 10am – 4pm Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, Dorset  DT9 3NL Contact David Bryant 01460 74422.

Chard Royal Naval Association Members of the association will be attending the Honiton Poppy Appeal (10am) for the start of the dedication and parade of the Poppy Memorial in memory of all those men and women lost in WWI. in this centenary year of the end of that war. ‘Least we forget’. Further details from their secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 0146077978. Anyone wishing to visit on any night they meet (2nd Thursday of each month) will be made most welcome and please bear in mind that you do not have to be a former serviceman/woman to be a member of this friendly, active group.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Abbotsbury Swannery. Merry Hill, Portesham Farm, old railway line. 10.30am  start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome.Please call 01308 898002.

Coffee Morning in Aid of Refugees Refugee Support Group, South Somerset is holding a coffee morning (with produce) in Shepton Beauchamp Village Hall 10.30am – 12midday. Please come and enjoy coffee and cake with friends and family while providing essential valuable support. Geraldine Downey, RSG  member       01460 271358.

South Somerset Monochrome Group 10am – 12.30pm at The Monks Yard at Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster, TA19 9PY. “Mono Vision” –  an illustrated talk by Brian Northmore giving us an insight into his personal vision of black & white photography. All levels of experience welcome. £5 including refreshments. For more information please email southsomersetmonogroup@gmail.com.

Mood Indigo – Coffee, Cake & Jazz in aid of the St Michael’s Fire Fund. St  Swithun’s Church Allington, DT6 5DU, 11am. Free Parking.

Thorncombe First Responders On behalf of the people of the Parish, Thorncombe Parish Council has provided a plaque to honour 20 years of 24 hour continuous emergency cover for the Parish by the nation’s pioneer First Responders team. The unveiling of the plaque will take place at 11am at the shop, by Rosemary Walley MBE, the originator of the First Responders scheme.

Lyme in Dark Glass 11am – 4pm, Cost: £8 at The Lyme Regis Museum. Work with artist Jenny Mellings to paint using natural pigments and try the 18th Century Claude Glass as a way of capturing the landscape. Participants will paint outside along the coast and in the museum.  All ages and abilities welcome. Age 8 +. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006.

Brue Boys concert in Norton sub Hamdon Church 7.30pm. Probably the best Male Voice Choir in the County. Advance Ticket £7 from Norton Community Shop (on the Door £8). Wine Bar. Part of The 2018 Norton Festival Season of Music. For further information visit www.nortonfestival.org.

Cara Dillon at 8pm. Tickets: £22. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Roma jazz at Broadwindsor 7.30pm. Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. Broadwindsor Community Hall and Artsreach present Faith I Branko. Roma violinst Branko and UK accordionist Faith perform high energy original Roma/jazz influenced music. Expect a joyous, passionate, boisterous, fiery and spirited performance. For further details contact Ian Butcher on 01308 867644. Wine, beer, fruit juice, snacks and soft drinks available.

Ballroom & Sequence dancing in Sidmouth Dancing with Henry & Jeannie at the Stowford Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL (opp Waitrose) from 8pm – 11pm Ballroom, Latin and some sequence. £6 each pay on the door. 01803 325905 www.dancingduo.co.uk.

Casino Party Night 7.30pm – 11.30pm Mosterton Village Hall. Professional Croupiers, tickets £15. Welcome drink, canapes and casino fun money included. Tickets must be purchased in advance available at the Village Hall Monday 1.30pm – 3.30pm and at the village shop. Contact Emma on 07961 063992. Cocktails also available.

Police Dog Hogan 8pm £17 seated/ £16 standing Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Bridport Ceilidhs welcome back one of the best contra bands in the country, the internationally acclaimed “English Contra Dance Band”. 7.30pm – 11pm in Church House Hall, South Street, DT6 3 NW. Entry £9 on the door, £8 in advance from The Music Shop, South Street, buy online via the website or call/email Monty on 01308 423 442, monty3dayslate@yahoo.co.uk

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Sat 6 – Saturday 13 October

Sidmouth Science Festival many events taking place here throughout the week, for full details please visit – www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org.uk.

Sunday 7 October

October Apple Day presented by Blackdown Hills Transition Group. Apple pressing and pasteurizing. Don’t let those apples that you don’t know what to do with go to waste. Refreshments will be available. If you don’t have apples just come for a nice social time, other activities may be planned. Free Admission. Holman Clavel Public House 12noon – 4pm Culmhead, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7EA

contact: Neil Arnold 07799133473 neil.j.arnold@gmail.com. www.blackdownhillstransition.net.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Sidbury. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 578699.

Concert Weymouth Bay Church, at 3pm. Vickers Bovey Guitar Duo, music by Rodrigo, de Falla, Rameau and Ravel. 01305 770820 www.weymouthmusic.org.uk.

Isca String Quartet 3pm – 4.30pm  Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8UJ. friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Tickets from Paragon Books, Sidmouth 01395 514516.

St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, 3pm. Organ recital by Arthur Pallecaros, student at Salisbury Cathedral and a beneficiary of the Diocese of Salisbury’s PipeUp scheme, which offers subsidised organ lessons to young people. Admission free with a retiring collection.

Faith i Branko Trio Milborne St Andrew Village Hall DT11 0JX 7.30pm, Doors and bar open 7pm. Tickets from Sarah Ryan 01258 839230 and Gray’s Stores. Serbia’s leading Roma violinist Branko Ristic and UK accordionist Faith Ristic perform high-energy original Roma/Jazz influenced music.

Monday 8 October

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss by 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 01297 442239 or come along on the day. Also on 15, 22 and 29.

Yeovil Probus Club presentation Concorde at Yeovil Court Hotel 1.30pm. New members always welcome. Please contact the Secretary on 01935 414765for details.

Harvest Supper & Produce Auction 7pm, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  Please book in advance; tickets – £12 – include drink on arrival, 2 course hot supper, cheese & biscuits, coffee/tea. All proceeds shared between St Michael’s Church Wayford and Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  Licensed Bar from 6.30pm. Exciting Raffle prizes, including a hamper of edible goodies.  Auction between courses – donations of produce most welcome.  Further information from 01460 72324 or 01460 74849.

You Keep Coming Back Like a Song 7.45pm – 8.45pm Joan Edgecumbe, John Brindley, Andrew Scott Dorothy Worthington. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8UJ. friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Tickets from Paragon Books, Sidmouth 01395 514516.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting music + holistic health benefits. All ages 19 to 90. Teacher: Julia Hope-Brightwell. 2nd + 4th Mondays. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Cost £8-10. Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included. 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. Mondays 15, 22, 29 October.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm.  The title for the presentation is “Dorset – A Time to Reflect” and photographer Paul Sturgess will take the group on a reflective autumn journey through our beautiful county. Open to members and non-members and refreshments will be available. Further information is available on 01305 788939.

Tuesday 9 October

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Coach Trip Depart by coach Uplyme Village Hall 7.45am The Eden Project nr St Austell is a Living Theatre of Plants and People — an educational charity that explores how people can work together and with nature to change things for the better. Cost £25 total for coach & admission. Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 or 34733 to book https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles The Piddle Valley from Piddlehinton to Piddletrenthide and East to Hog Leaze. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 459282.

Time for Tea and a Talk Cider-making by Emma Stapleforth £3 Tea & cake served. To book: 01404 831207 2pm – 3.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Bridport Community Hospital 2pm – 4pm. Learn how to manage your hearing loss by 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 ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day. Also on 16, 23 and 30.

Bridport History Society United Church Hall, East St, 2.30pm. Society AGM., subscriptions for the year are now due. Then Nicky Campell ‘To Buy a Whole Parish: Rousden and the Peek Family’. Nicky will have copies of her book about the subject with her for you to buy.  Members £1  and visitors £3, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email; jferentzi@aol.com.

Chard WI meeting at Chard Baptist Church Rooms, Holyrood Street TA20 2AH. Speaker on the Shoe Box Appeal, starts 7.30pm. There will also be home entertainment. New members welcome. Call Madeleine on 01460 67645 or e-mail info.chardwi@gmail.com  for information. Meetings second Tuesday of each month.

Axe Vale Stamp Club 7.30pm for 8pm at the Bradshaw Rooms, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH. Display – Michael Dadds on “Liberation Philately Post WW II”. Telephone number 01297 552482.

Turn Lyme Green Free Talk entitled ‘Compostables, are they the answer?’ Mark Foxhill will talk about compostables as alternatives to single use plastics. 7.15pm for 7.30pm, the Blue Room, Royal Lion Hotel, Lyme Regis.

The Oscar Wilde Season: The Importance Of Being Earnest LIVE from The Vaudeville Theatre, London. Doors 6.15pm / starts 7.15pm £11.50 adv (£11 + 50p bf) / £12.50 door. Electric Palace, Bridport. www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Women Folk on Land & Sea 8pm – 9pm. Sid Vale Folk Traditional and contemporary Songs and Instrumental Items. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8UJ. friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Tickets from Paragon Books, Sidmouth 01395 514516.

Wednesday 10 October

Colyford Axe Valley Centre National Trust Talk on the History of Lundy Island by Alan Nicholas. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Non-members welcome £2 including refreshments. Further Information Membership Secretary 01297 631801.

Colyford & District Photographic Club 7.30pm at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ. Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com portrait photo shoot — in house.

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Church House, South Street, Bridport. 7.30pm – 10pm classes with instruction and social dancing. 7pm – 8.30pm extra instruction for new dancers. Come and have fun – no partner required. Cost £2 including tea, coffee or squash and biscuits. Contact Ann 01308 422927 / Caroline 01308 538141. Also 17, 24 and 31 October.

The Beehive Acoustic Café 8pm Free. Hosted by Terry Stacey. Speak to the host on the evening for a performance slot. It is on a first come, first served basis. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club at 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org. Also 17, 24 and 31 October.

Thursday 11 October

Dorchester Probus Club Monthly lunch meeting at The Gamekeeper, North Street, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QZ. 12noon for 12.30pm lunch. Speaker will be on wine appreciation. More details from the Secretary on 01305 269315.

Seaton Garden Club at 2.30pm at the Masonic Hall, Queen Street, Seaton – Jenny Knight – Talk and demonstration entitled “Willow Crafts for the Garden”   Visitors welcome, cost £2 to include refreshments.   Contact details – 01297 24049.

Thorncombe Gardening Club Held at Thorncombe Village Hall at 7.30pm, all welcome. Non members £4. Further information Mary Morris 01460 30938. Stephanie Hafferty, ‘No Dig Gardening’.

Screening: NT : King Lear (encore) Doors 6pm / starts 7pm £11.50 adv (£11 + 50p bf) / £12.50 door. Electric Palace, Bridport. www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Queens College Taunton Young Musicians 7.30pm – 8.30pm. An instrumental and choral evening. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8UJ. friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Tickets from Paragon Books, Sidmouth 01395 514516.

MET Opera Aida Giuseppe Verdi 2pm £17 £14 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be holding a social Bingo session in their base at Chard Rugby Football Club, Essex Close, Chard at 7.30pm for eyes down at 8pm. Information Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978.

Crewkerne Gardening Club will welcome Ian Tribe, who is holding a clinic for plants. “Success & Disaster” is an interactive session in which Ian will diagnose the problems and applaud the good results of plants that you bring along! Refreshments and a warm welcome await. Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne at 7.30pm. Details from Rosemary Prince – 01460 74290.

Comedy: Matt Price 8pm Tickets £8.50 adv /£10.50 on the door (seated). Support from Phil Cooper and Riordan DJ. Comedy compere for the evening, Tom Glover. Suitable for 16 yrs and over. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Seavington Gardening Club at 7.30pm the talk will be ‘ Madeira , Isle of Flowers ‘ by Alan Eason . The meeting will be held in Seavington Millennium Hall. Visitors welcome £2 at the door. Enquiries K. Day 01460 249728.

Friday 12 October

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from East Budleigh. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 264868.

U3A Heritage Coast – Lyme Regis Social and information morning. Come for free coffee and chat. On this happy occasion members old and new can relax in each other’s company and survey all the opportunities for learning and leisure represented by the 50 or more activity groups that run under the U3A umbrella. Many group leaders will be there. Members and non-members all welcome. Coffee served from 10am. Venue: Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. To find out more about the U3A, and to join in if you wish, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 444566.

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

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 2pm Tripudio. Peter Harden a talk about making wooden clocks. 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.

Welsh Folk Group ‘ALAW’ Villages in Action Sheldon Village Hall in the Blackdown Hills. Tickets for this event cost £10 adult and £8 child and can be booked now from Siobhan on 07999 538 408 or by email to smurphy315bb@gmail.com. Doors for this event open at 7pm, licenced bar and other refreshments will  be available, the show begins at 7.30pm.

Cliff Richard: 60th Anniversary tour LIVE from Manchester. Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £11.50 adv (£11 + 50p bf) / £12.50 door. Electric Palace, Bridport. www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Kilmington Garden Club Grasses by Gold club speaker. This time of year grasses can provide amazing autumn colour and add texture to any garden. This talk will tell you all about grasses and how to get the most out of these wonderful plants. Kilmington Garden Club, Village hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF. 7.30pm, non -members welcome £2.

Tim’s Wines Tasting Night at 7pm. Tickets: £12. No concessions. The majority of the ticket cost will go to The David Hall to help with the renovations that are always needed. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Plant Heritage Dorset Talk: The Accidental Flower Grower, 7pm for 7.30pm start. The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR A talk on ‘The Accidental Flower Grower’ by Charlie Ryrie, grower of British cut flowers. Meetings are held in the The Dorford Centre, Dorchester, and consist of a lecture or slide show, with the added attractions of refreshments, members’ plant sales and a plant identification table. Visitors welcome (£2.50, students £1.00 at the door) PH members free.

Jazz with Sunset Cafe Stompers and Hamish Maxwell at Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 7.30pm. In aid of Friends of the Rendezvous. Tickets £10, including interval refreshments, from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 and on the door.

Jazz Café 8pm £10 Miles Davis Celebration, Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Cliff Richard 60th Anniversary Tour – Live Stream at The Gateway, Seaton.  Featuring a selection of his greatest hits over the decades, the tour celebrates Cliff’s 78th birthday. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm. Tickets £15 advance at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD.

City Steam Jazz Band An eclectic mix of traditional New Orleans jazz, plus later songs, ballads and dance tunes and rocking blues numbers with a lively Latin feel. At 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£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.

The Undercover Hippy 8pm Tickets £10/£12 on the door (seated). The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Saturday 13 October

Fungi Foray NT, Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour 7.30am – 10am. Join us for  Fungi Foray in the woods on Brownsea followed by mushrooms on toast in the Villano café. Booking essential 0344 2491895 £25.

Beaminster Antiques Fair The Public Hall, Beaminster 9am – 3pm. Call Glen 07505 798258.

Martock Farmers Market 10am – 1pm. In the Moorlands Precinct, North Street, Martock.  October is traditionally the month of food festivals.  In Martock there is one every month, with something new and seasonal each time. This month, back to full strength, with Giles selling his coffee. Ring Fergus on 01935 822202 for a table.

A Space for Living Spirituality “Sacred Dance, Sacred Sound” as event 2 of 4 on “The Mystic Way” at the Bridport Quaker Meeting House, South Street, DT6 3NZ. 10am – 4pm. Donations £10-£40. Bring-and-share lunch. For information and booking, email Janet Lake on iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Chard Royal Naval Association Members will be attending a day out by visiting the Headquarters of the RNLI at Poole for a guided tour and lunch followed by free time in Poole in the afternoon. They will be returning to Chard in time for the evening Chard illuminated carnival. Further details of the association and it’s activities can be obtained by contacting their local secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club  8 mile walk from Punknowle. Pins Knoll, Hammiton Wood, Berwick. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Bridport Community Orchard Apple Day A fun event, with various entertainments, including a range of children activities, story telling, pond dipping in our wildlife pond, music, a camp fire and even a Mummers Play! There will be refreshments available, including cider, and ploughman lunches. There will also be delicious freshly pressed apple juice. 11am – 3pm, entrance is free, and all are welcome. The orchard can be found towards the end of South Street in Bridport, behind St Mary’s Church.

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with David Lobban at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm, £7 on the door, children free, visit www.beerwurlitzer.org.uk or phone 01297 24892.

Egyptian Society Taunton “Abu Simbel”. Speaker: Dr. Robert Morkot. The lecture will take place at 2pm at Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED  http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home. 

West Dorset Group of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society Loders Village Hall, 2pm. Chris Copson, Curator of the Keep Military Museum, Dorchester will talk about ‘The Dorsets in 1918’. Members £1.50, visitors £3, all welcome, tea and biscuits after the talk. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email; jferentzi@aol.com.

Bingo Bonanza A fun fundraising evening for Ilminster Arts Centre. £17 per head, includes delicious 2 course supper, 4 bingo cards and lots of laughter. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The Cathedral of Pleasure hosted by Charlie Bicknell Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £16 adv (£15.50 + 50pbf) / £18 door  Stalls & Circle £18 adv (£17.50 + 50pbf) / £20 door  Cabaret Seating. Electric Palace, Bridport. www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

The Greatest ‘Thank you’ Concert Lest We Forget The Membury Raucous Chorus and Royal British Legion 7pm with refreshments & raffle. The Annual Flower Festival will also take place that weekend with arrangements in the colour of the flags of each country involved in The Great War. Please do come along and support both events which will raise funds for both St John’s and the Royal British Legion. £5 tickets available before the event from Helen Johnson on 01460 220221, during the flower festival or on the door on the night.

Greg Russell and Jack Rutter at 8pm. Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

George Todica, pianist supported by The Tillett Trust, is giving a concert in St Andrews Church, Colyton at 7.30pm. George is playing in aid of FoStA (Friends of St Andrews Church) raising money to support the fabric of this beautiful church. Tickets are available in advance from The Little Shop, Market Square, Colyton  Tel : 01297 552057 or on the door, £12, £10 for FoStA members, £5 for under 18’s.

Robert Mitchell’s Epiphany 3 8pm, £14 £12 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Finding Joy Vamos Theatre 7.30pm Adult £12, U16 £10, Family of four £34 / Dementia Friends £10 (suitable 12yrs upward). The funny, fearless international sell-out mask production from the UK’s leading full mask company. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll find joy! Joy is 83 today: she’s feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Sat 13 – Sunday 14 October

Apple Tasting Art exhibition and vintage tractor rally, North Perrott Fruit Farm, TA18 7SS. 11am – 4.30pm. Tel: 01460 77090.

Naked Ambition A show of life drawings, paintings and sketches by local artists at The Cotley Inn, Wambrook TA20 3EN.  Open during pub opening hours http://www.cotleyinnwambrook.co.uk/ (meet the artists, Saturday 7pm til 9pm).

Sunday 14 October

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Ottery St Mary. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552313.

Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre – Open Day Last one in 2018. 11.30am – 3.30pm. Wheel and engines running. Audio Visual displays. Many items of local and historic interest. Tea Room. Picnic Area. Toilet. Oborne Road DT9 3RX. Free parking on road. Entry by donation. SSWC.co.uk.

October Apple Day presented by Blackdown Hills Transition Group. Join in for Apple pressing and pasteurizing. Don’t let those apples that you don’t know what to do with go to waste. Refreshments will be available. If you don’t have apples just come for a nice social time, other activities may be planned.  Free Admission. Upottery Playing Fields 12noon – 4pm Glebe Park, Aller Road, Upottery, EX14 9RH contact: Jim Rogan 07793067953 jrogan@btinternet.com.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing bowl Pure Sound Soundbath with Vocal Overtoning, 2pm – 4pm. Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX. £12, Bring comfy bedding and blanket, to book your space call Dean 01935 389655. www.centreforpuresound.org.

St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, 3pm. Organ recital by Richard Godfrey, teacher and coordinator of the Diocese of Salisbury’s PipeUp scheme, which offers subsidised organ lessons to young people. Admission free with a retiring collection.

Bugsy Malone from The Gateway Youth Theatre Tickets £8 and £5 for 14 years and under. Doors open 2.30pm, starts 3pm. Book online at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD.

Faith – Branko trio in concert 7.30pm (doors and bar open 7pm) – tickets from 01258 839230 or Londis Village Stores, Milborne St Andrew. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity. www.artsreach.co.uk.

Monday 15 October

Chard and Ilminster U3A Talks A history of Desert Island Discs by Ralph Jerram starts at 2pm at the Guildhall Fore Street Chard. Find out what the U3A is all about. website https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster  or phone 01460 68629 for more information.

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

Musbury Garden Club talk by well known local horticulturalist, John Horsey.  7.30pm in Musbury’s village hall. Refreshments are served from 7pm. All welcome. Non-members £2.50.

The Royal Ballet Live Screening: Mayerling (12A) 7.15pm Adult £15.30, Student/Child £12.30. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. Also £17.50/ £14.50 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Tuesday 16 October

Living Tree @ The Bull 7pm – 9pm Adrian Clements will talk about the Bull ghosts and the Monmouth executions at the Ostler Room, Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport. Refreshments provided, drinks etc available from main bar, relaxed evening, friends & family welcome. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Wednesday 17 October

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group Wellbeing, an event offering info and tasters on complementary therapies, nutrition, exercise, creative arts etc to help us live well/better. 10.30am – 2.30pm at Bridport Town Hall. Sue Leonard will give a talk on Essential Oils. Drop-in. session. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Seaton & District Probus Club AGM and election of Committee at Marshlands Centre, Harbour road, Seaton. Meet at 10am, starts 10.30am. We are a friendly, sociable club for retired and semi-retired men. New members welcome – come along and give us a try. For more information please contact Dave Bridges 01297 21560 or visit www.seatonprobus.co.uk.

Bridport Probus Club Speaker Cleeves Palmer, talk Palmers Beer and the Industry at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel. Members gather at 12noon for pre – lunch drinks followed by lunch and a talk. Anyone who would like to attend without obligation please contact the club Secretary, Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.

Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne meet for a fun and friendship lunch at Haselbury Mill TA18 7NY on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12noon for 12.30pm. Interesting speakers booked. Prospective new members are welcome to visit, advance booking required. Contact innerwheel@uwclub.net or 01460 63856.

Devonshire Association – Axe Valley Branch at 2.30pm. A talk by John Smith  ”The Roman Army in Devon, Finds, Fact & Fiction” At the Pavillion, Peace Memorial Playing Fields, Coly Road, Colyton EX24 5PU. Entrance donation £1 for DA members and £3 for non-members. Contact: Brian Denham 01297551529 or brian_denham@talktalk.net. The Arts Society West Dorset The Guggenheims: A Dynasty of Art Collectors. Speaker: Prof. Andrew Hopkins. The Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock at 2.30pm. Interim AGM at 2pm. For details contact 01308 485487.

Bridport Camera Club Talk by Charlie Wheeler – Wildlife. Our inside man at Abbotsbury Swannery shows his images from the Fleet and from his trip to Africa as a wildlife volunteer. 7.30pm Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3HA. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 07737 405474 or email secretary@bridportcameraclub.co.uk.

No Petticoats Here Stories of First World War Women Through Song at 7.30pm.  Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Matt Green entitled ‘ The Swanage Railway ’. 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.

Chardstock Gardening Club 7.30pm. AGM + Talk on Salvias by Jo Fox of specialist nursery Foxplants. Chardstock Community Hall, Westcombes, EX13 7BJ. Everyone welcome. No need to book. £3 non-members; tea/coffee and biscuits included. Enquiries: 01460 221619.

Colyton & District Garden Society Talk ‘The New Kitchen Garden’ by Mark Diacono of Otter Farm.  Colyford Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Members free, guests £3. For information: Sue Price 01297 552363.

Thursday 18 October

Clog Dancing by Sweet Coppin at the Tatworth W.I. monthly meeting in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome to join in.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Kenya’s Fabulous Mammals and Birds’. 7.30pm The Millennium Hall, Seavington St Mary. Entry: Group members £3, non-group members £4, under 18’s free (tea/coffee & biscuits included) – wheelchair access. Non-members very welcome. For further details contact: Denise Chamings (group leader) on 01460240740 www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southsomerset.

Bridport Area Development Trust Talk at The Ivy Restaurant Groves Nurseries 6.30pm for 7pm. It is called. ‘Mysterious Orchids and how to grow them!’ The talk is by Sara Ritterhausen of Burnham Nurseries. The UK’s leading Orchid specialists.Tickets are £15 per head with wine and canapes included. Tickets from Bridport LSi, Groves Nurseries, and Bridport TIC.

Chard Camera Club Members will be meeting at the Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street at 7.30pm for one of their in house competitions in the print category the subjects being, Monochrome, Portrait and Open. Contacts with the club for further information can be obtained by either visiting their website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or ringing the members secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

Friday 19 October

Seaton Lions Book Sale The Square Seaton 9am – 4pm.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles Loders Circuit, Askerswell, Chilcombe and Shipton Hill. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 6 mile circular walk from Musbury. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552860.

Chef’ Special Lunch is Roast Chicken followed by Lemon ginger crunch. Fruit juice to start with tea/coffee and chocolate to finish. Bar opens at 12noon Lunch is served at 12.30pm all for £9 (members£8). Booking is essential 01460 74340 Henhayes Centre Crewkerne.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 2pm Tripudio. Knitting Christmas Tree decorations with Rosie. 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.

National Trust South Dorset 2.30 pm. “Keeping People Safe” a talk by Sir Mark Sedwill KCMG, National Security Adviser. St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW ( parking available at rear of church). Presented by the National Trust South Dorset Association.  Members £3  Non-members £4 includes tea/biscuits. geoffwrench@lineone.net / 01300 321601 / www.southdorsetnt.org.uk.

 Trad Jazz Concert St. Mary’s Church, Chard TA20 2DN at 7pm. Chris Walker and The Pedigree Jazzband present their salute to Trad Jazz. Tickets £12.50 from Barrons, Holyrood Street, Chard and Eleos, Fore Street, Chard and also from Mike Trott ( 07484192185 ) and Chris Bagg ( 01460 61076 ). Proceeds to Barnardo’s, Magdalen Farm Winsham & other Rotary charities.

An Evening with The Bridport Prize Judges Come and be inspired by the wonderful writers who are this year’s Bridport Prize judges –Daljit Nagra (Poetry), Monica Ali (Short Story and Flash Fiction) and Kamila Shamsie (The Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a First Novel). Founded in 1973, the Bridport Prize Internation Writing Competition is the Arts Centre’s flagship project. It attracts many thousands of entries from across the world each year, it has grown to become one of the most widely respected creative writing competitions in the English language. 7pm Tickets: £12 Adults/£10 Members/ Concessions/£5 Under 18s 01308 427183 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

The RSVP Bhangra Band Dazzling, energetic, & uplifting Indian music from the UK’s most popular Bhangra band.  A festival favourite – from Glasto to Port Eliot – now they play Illy for the first time!

At 8pm. Tickets: £20 (£35 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The Hot Sprockets 8pm Tickets £10/£12.50 on the door (standing). Take some good-time revolutionary spirit, add a pinch of psychedelic flavour, simmer it down with some Indie Soul and you are somewhere close to the cosmic vibe of The Hot Sprockets, five blood brothers from Dublin City, drawn together by their mutual love of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Black Ven Spoken word and acoustic music open mic evening. Sign up on the night at 7pm for 7.30pm start, £2 on the door. The Illchester Arms, Symondsbury. blackvenpress@gmail.com.

Saturday 20 October

Craft/Table Top Sales same day as the Farmers Market Free Entry at Henhayes Centre 9.30am – 1pm. Tables just £5. tel 01460 74340.

Farmers’ Market in the Cellar Bar 9am – 1pm, lots of stalls with locally produced goods. Kennaway House, Sidmouth.

Church Pews for Sale in St Giles Church, Chideock. 10am – 12noon. To view pictures or for further information please telephone the church warden. 01927 489417.

Concert by The Friends of Beaminster Festival Anna Hashimoto (clarinet),Liubov Ulybysheva (cello) and John Paul Ekins (piano) with music by Glinka, Bruch & Ireland. The concert is in St Mary’s Church, Beaminster at 3pm with Tickets £12 on the door or in advance from The Yarn Barton Centre, Fleet Street, Beaminster or Bridport Music.

Chilli & Quiz Evening held by Axminster Musical Theatre in the Masonic Lodge, South Street, Axminster. Tickets £8 each to include 2 course meal. Maximum teams of 6 and there is a bar. Starts 7pm. Tickets 01308 425381.

Parnham Voices St Martin’s, Kingsbury Episcopi at 7.30pm. Concert entitled ‘Lux et Tenebrae’ by a capella group. The tickets cost £10 to include light refreshments and can be bought on the door. For more information or to pre-book tickets telephone 01935 822889 or e-mail Barbara Moore on erkara@talktalk.net or Graham Beckinsale on graham.beckinsale@btinternet.com.

The Tuckers Jazz Club 8pm Chris Walkers Pedigree Jazz Band. 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.

Home Movies 7.30pm at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – Chris Fogg and Chris Waters present an evening of poetry, stories and memories, interspersed with extracts of old black & white films, Pathé Newsreels, home movies and old photographs. Tickets, to include interval Ploughman’s Supper £10, should be booked in advance please on 01460 74849 or 01460 72769.

Thorncombe Sports & Social Club Comedy Night 3 pro comedians; Leroy Brito, Luke Honnoraty & headliner is Stephen Carlin 8pm Start.

Chard Royal Naval Association The annual ‘Trafalgar Night Dinner’ for this year is being held at the Lord Leaze Hotel Chard meeting at 7pm for 7.30pm dinner. Further information about the association can be obtained from the secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978.

CoCo and the Butterfields – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event. At 8pm. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Dowlais Male Voice Choir at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm. Tickets £10 at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD.

Sat 20 – Saturday 28 October

Halloween Half Term at Shire Hall 10am – 4pm, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. Charges vary; normal admission applies.

Sat 20 – Sunday 21 October

October Apple Day presented by Blackdown Hills Transition Group. Apple pressing and pasteurizing. Don’t let those apples that you don’t know what to do with go to waste. Refreshments available. Free Admission. Stentwood Farm 11am – 5pm Stentwood Farm, Dunkeswell, EX14 4RW. contact: The Community at Stentwood Farm 01823 681155 Crafts, games, music, campfire, wood fired pizza, mulled apple juice, and Common Loaf Bakery baked treats (apple and otherwise). The Stentwood Farm Tea Room will also be open.

Sunday 21 October

Chard Royal Naval Association The annual Battle of Trafalgar service in St Thomas Church within the grounds of the lovely Cricket St Thomas estate is being held at 10am where members, guests and anyone wishing to attend the service will be made most welcome for this most poignant annual event with the ‘Hood’ connection. Further information can be deemed from the secretary Mr Gary  Pennells on 0460 77978.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Feniton. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567450.

Frogmary Autumn Family Fun Day 12noon – 4pm Enjoy the Arboretum, Ponds and Wildlife Areas. Fun Dog Show with Emily’s Groom Room, Zip Wire and Tree Climbing, Apple Juicing, Hog Roast, Teas and Cakes, Farm Produce, Childrens Activities, Free Entry. Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing bowl Therapeutic Soundbath with Vocal Overtoning, 2pm – 4pm Stour Row Village Hall, Stour Row, nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QG. £12, Bring comfy bedding and blanket, To book your space call Dean 01935 389655. www.centreforpuresound.org.

Song & Piano Recital 3.30pm – 4.45pm. Alison Kettlewell – mezzo soprano and Joyce Clarke piano. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8UJ. friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Tickets from Paragon Books, Sidmouth 01395 514516.

St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, 3pm. Organ recital by Alexander Palotai, organ scholar at Salisbury Cathedral. Admission free with a retiring collection.

Met Opera – Samson Et Dalila 5pm, £17/ £14 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridort-arts.com.

Soloist, two conductors & three Classics Axe Vale Orchestra plays in the Feoffes Hall, Colyton EX24 6JS. Tickets £10 to include tea & cakes (Students 18 & under free).

Artsreach at Drimpton Village Hall. Following their sell out performance of ‘One Man and his Cow’  earlier this year, Living Spit return to Drimpton at 7.30pm  with their not to be missed  new show ‘ Giants of Science’ . With jarring jokes, pitiful puppetry,and the silliest of scientific songs you can expect a raucous romp through the hilarious history of scientific stupidity, Tickets £9 (Children £6, Family £25)  available from 01308 867617, francescahurrell@aol.com  or www.artsreach.co.uk.

Monday 22 October

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

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting music + holistic health benefits. All ages 19 to 90. Teacher: Julia Hope-Brightwell. 2nd + 4th Mondays. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Cost £8-10. Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

Tuesday 23 October

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society “Eldridge Pope – A Dorset Brewery” is the subject of Jeremy Pope’s lecture to the society on Tuesday, 23 October.  The meeting starts at 7.30pm in The Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall, preceded by the Society’s AGM.  Non-members welcome (small donation suggested).  Further details on 01305 871863.

Martock History Group Ted Udall will talk on The Social History of Parish Registers. Ted is an experienced speaker and historian, and will add colour and context to these crusty old documents. 7pm for 7.30pm, at Martock School, Elmleigh Road. Admission £3 or annual subscription for only £10. Contact Fergus Dowding on 01935 822 202  for more info.

Wednesday 24 October

Talent for Textiles show and sale of beautiful antique textiles Meeting House Arts Centre, Ilminster. 9.30am – 3pm. Great cafe. Free entry. Further Information; Caroline Bushell 01404 45901.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Hawkchurch. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 260114.

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 miles Lower Kingcombe to North Poorton via Jubilee Trail and Wessex Ridgeway. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320084.

Concert St Mary’s Church, Weymouth, 1pm – 2pm, Mary-Louise Taylor, piano, Debussy programme to make the centenary of his death. 01305 770820 www.weymouthmusic.org.uk.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Japanese Gardens’ by Nick Wray from Bristol Botanic Gardens. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/.

Free Advanced Driving Lecture Drivers are invited to attend a free 2 hour Lecture. It is organised by the Dorset (Dorchester) Group of Advanced Motorists and delivered by a Serving Class 1 Police Driver and Instructor. Committee Room 1, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ commencing 6.45pm sharp and finishing at 8.45pm. For Further details please contact Jane Percy, Group Secretary either via email at secretary@dorsetiam.org.uk or telephone 01305 820963.

Colyford & District Photographic Club 7.30pm at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ. Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com judging comp 1.

Thursday 25 October

Chelsea Physic Garden – London’s Hidden Treasure illustrated talk by Cathy Packe. St George’s Church, Hinton St George TA17 8SP. 6.30pm. Doors open 6pm. Refreshments. Organised by Hinton St George & District Gardening Club. Tickets £3 members, non-members/guests £5 from Our SHOP Hinton St George. Contact emmaeway@btinternet.com or tel 01460 55965. Proceeds to St George’s and St Nicholas Churches.

Justice café: Come to Dorchester – the TUC’s call in 1934 Tom de Wit, curator of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, 6.30pm for 7pm, £5. In 1934, the TUC chose the tiny Dorset village of Tolpuddle to host large scale celebrations of the Tolpuddle Centenary. The Tolpuddle Martyrs and their village consequently became figureheads and the spiritual home of the Trade Union Movement. Curator of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tom de Wit will explore how the TUC used these events – the Dorchester celebrations, the 1934 TUC Congress and the building to the Memorial cottages in Tolpuddle – to associate themselves with the Martyrs, as a political statement. This talk is part of the TUC 150th anniversary exhibition at Shire Hall from 24 Oct – 18 November 2018. Justice Café, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester.

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

Pamela’s All Stars 7.30pm A 6-piece band playing New Orleans and popular tunes. Tickets: £9 or £ 8 at 07955 467896. Martock Church. www.martockonline.co.uk/events, http://newsocietyjazz.co.uk/pamelas-all-stars.

One World Forum Masha Springford is giving an illustrated talk on ‘Icons in Orthodox Churches and Homes’’. The speaker is  retired lecturer in  Russian  religious  art at the Extramural   Department At the University of Bristol. The meeting is in the Strode Room Church Street Beaminster at 7.30pm. Visitors very welcome. Admission £4 includes   tea coffee and biscuits. Enquiries Peter Glanville Tel: 01308 458283

Email: peterglanville25@gmail.com.

An Evening with Hazel O’Connor 7.30pm Tickets £20. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Friday 26 October

West Dorset Ramblers 9 miles Came Down to Whitcombe and West Knighton. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 2pm Tripudio. Speaker to be advised. Jude and Chris will demonstrate how to make Kimchi and sauerkraut. Foot massage with Anne. 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.

Axminster Parish Church 7.45pm. A Baroque Spectacular – a very special event to celebrate the South Wessex Organ Society’s first anniversary. Chamber orchestra and choir with soloists. Music by JS Bach, Albinoni and Handel. Conductor Judy Martin. Tickets £10 from www.sworgansociety.org or on the door.

Julian Stringle Dream Band At 8pm. Tickets: £22 (£37 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.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop an email to folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

SWT Ilminster/Chard group 7.30pm Talk: Better Birding with Mike Langman . How to improve our skills in Bird-watching & other wildlife. Pencil & notepad useful. Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG. Parking at roadside or town car-parks. Everyone welcome. Tea & coffee available. Sales table. Adult members £2, non-members £3. no charge for children. Enquiries Valerie 01460 234551.

Roger McGough lends his support for fundraiser for the Dorset County Hospital radiotherapy unit. The event is being held at Eype Centre for the Arts, and Roger will be supported by acclaimed Dorset poet Annie Freud; classical flute and guitar duo, Appassionata, and other surprise guests. Door 7pm Show starts 7.30pm Tickets: £15 in advance from Bridport Music, £20 on the door, Parking available Raffle and Bar on the night Event contacts: Tom Rogers/ Sarah Acton through Facebook @DorsetHollowayCollective or tomfrogers@hotmail.com  blackvenpress@gmail.com.

Fri 26 – Saturday 27 October

Exhibition of Quilts by All Saints Quilters Friday 2pm – 4.30pm, Saturday 10am – 4.30pm. All Saints Village Hall, Nr. Axminster, Devon EX13 7LX Tea and cakes, Chinese Raffle, competitions. Free entry and parking. All proceeds to The Children’s Hospice SW.

Saturday 27 October

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Thorncombe Thorn, Hewood, Ammeham, Winsham. 10.30am start. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Coffee and Cake Morning 10.30am for all members of the National Trust South Dorset Association to get to know each other and exchange views. Scot Welland, Membership and Retail Manager – National Trust Hardy Country and Clouds Hill will also be talking about past and future plans. St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW.  geoffwrench@lineone.net / 01300 321601 / www.southdorsetnt.org.uk.

Breakfast / Brunch still only £4.50 Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast, tea/coffee Extras @ 50p each at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne tel 01460 74340 email henhayescentre@btconnect.com. No need to book served 10am – 11.30am..

Apple Day Shute Church 11am – 4pm. Free admission – parking Haddon Road, Shute, near Axminster EX13 7QR – Grid Ref 216977. Further information Ruth Worsley, Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project, legacytolandscape@gmail.com, 01297 489741.

40th Anniversary Concert with The Famous Fairey Band. St Mary’s Church, Beaminster, 3pm tickets £12.50 01308 862493 or tonyandmarg@aol.com.

Museums At Night Halloween Party 5pm – 9pm, no booking required, free. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006.

Love & Light by Magdalena Atkinson – Album Launch Concert at 7.30pm at the Chapel in the Garden, Bridport, East Street, DT6 3JX. tickets £10 from www.magdalenaatkinson.co.uk. Love & Light, the kindred spirit to Magdalena’s first album Beauty & Power.

Clarissa Payne and Adam Khan 7.30pm St Stephen’s Winsham Tickets £10 For tickets and information please call 07796 813099 or email sasbristol@gmail.com www.guitarflute.wordpress.com.

On a Role Presents: Where is Mrs Christie? at 7.30pm starring Liz Grand.  Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Grassroots Opera Eype Centre for the Arts, Dorset 7.30pm, bar from 7pm. Tickets available from Bridport Music and online at www.grassrootsopera.co.uk (both also available on the door). See www.grassrootsopera.co.uk for more information. 

Parnham Voices Parish Church of St Nicholas, Sydling St Nicholas at 7.30pm. Concert entitled ‘Lux et Tenebrae’ by a capella group. The tickets cost £8 to include a glass of wine. Contact details:- Angela Shaw at angela.shaw@btinternet.com or telephone on  01300 341593.

Riviera Dogs – Back to the Eighties Live Music at The Gateway, Seaton. A 5 piece band who deliver quality music guaranteed to keep you dancing all night! Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £13 adv/£16 door (if available) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person from The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD.

Sat 27 October – Sun 4 Nov

The Great Golden Pumpkin Hunt Follow the Halloween trail through the whispering woods and see if you can help Willow the Witch find the magical Golden Pumpkin. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG Telephone: 01823 413923 email: info@hestercombe.com www.hestercombe.com.

Sunday 28 October

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Seavington St Mary. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 22030.

Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm. Re-connect  and re-balance with your Higher Self through Toning the chakras, Vocal Overtoning, and using Sacred Language (Sanskrit/Kuldee), Divine Names and breathwork. Find your Personal Sonic and Key Tone to establish and then work meaningfully with the notes of your key. (Chakra Tones CDs available in every key.) £12, 12, Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing bowl Soundbath with Vocal Overtoning, 2pm – 4pm  £12, Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA. Bring comfy bedding and blanket, To book your space call Dean 01935 389655. www.centreforpuresound.org.

Divertimento String Quartet: From the Composer’s Pen at 3pm. The Divertimento String Quartet returns to The David Hall for the fifth consecutive year with music and words from a wide variety of composers Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Traditional Choral Evensong with the Whitchurch Occasional Choir. 6pm, Whitchurch Canonicorum Church.

Sun 28 – Monday 29 October

Upwey Ceramics group exhibition in Upwey Village Hall, DT3 5QE, 10.30am – 5pm. There will be a variety of work on show and for sale, from 10 different makers. 

Monday 29 October

Do you need to make or change a Will or Power of Attorney? Free one-to-one surgery given by Robert Bracher, Wills and Probate Consultant at Berensens, solicitors, Chard. 9.30am – 11.30am at Age UK Dorchester shop, 16 West Street, Bridport, DT6 3QP. To make an appointment, please telephone 01305 269444.

Your primary purpose in life is to awaken Meetings that point your attention towards that transcendent dimension in you. 10.30am – 11.30am in the Upper Meeting Room at Sidmouth Methodist Church. You are welcome to drop into this or any of the following seven Monday meetings. (£5) Further information if required from r@molony.eclipse.co.uk  Or simply turn up.

Presented by the Golden Cap Association (West Dorset) Montacute House, Filming, Funding and the Future, Talk by Grahame Meaden. Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport 2.30pm Non-members are welcome. Admission £3 includes tea or coffee and biscuits. For further information 01308 863577.

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

Tuesday 30 October

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 miles Circular walk over the hills from Symondsbury. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 862981.

Merriott Gardening Club An introduction to Orchids and how to care for them by Howard Burnett. Do bring along your own orchids for advice to his ‘doctor’s surgery’. Meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments, raffle and ‘Flower of the Month’ competition. Everyone welcome – non-members £2 at the door. For more information please contact 01460 72298.

The Firebird at 2pm.  Presented by MultiStory Theatre. Supported by South Petherton Combined Arts Society. Tickets: £5 Adult. £4 Under 12s. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.