Coast and Countryside Events

Friday 1 March

Coach Trip to House of Marbles & Trago Mills Enjoy a relaxed day out at this working glass and games factory set in a historic pottery and then browse thousands of discount home & garden products at the Southwest’s original discount warehouse. An Axminster Heritage Event. Pick-ups in Axminster and Chard. £12.00 with discount for Children. Info and to book call 01404 831207.

Chess Club Every Saturday 10am – 12noon free. Meet in thespacious indoor Courtyard, there will be introductory tuition for new players and competitors for those who know what they’re doing!

http://www.lsibridport.co.uk/chess-club-on-saturdays-2/  LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX.

Cooking Made Easy –Exmouth Bidmead Community Centre 11am – 1pm Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) Tel: 01297 631782 / www.halff.org.uk.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Speaker Sue Howse will be Exploring Mindfulness and Self Compassion. 3.15pm-4.00pm Therapy session – Worry Busting with Louise Wender. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ.

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have an interesting talk ‘Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity’. The life and works of the oft-quoted and influential Victorian writer and economist. Speaker – Barry Winetrobe. Guests £2 at the Door. Contact 01935 477174. www.yalhs.org.uk.

The Savannah Jazz Band Tip top, toe tapping trad jazz from a longstanding group – back at IAC by popular demand. At 8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The Power of the Drum & Voice at Axmouth Village Hall from 7.30pm – 9.30pm. A fun interactive evening of discovering rhythms with drums, percussion and voice.  Come, play and celebrate the joy of drumming and singing with others.  No experience required just the desire to have fun. The evening will be led by Sue Althorpe of Seaton’s ‘Drum for Fun’ and Tina Bridgeman who is an experienced musician and singing teacher. Please let Christina Bows know if you can come on 01297 23822 and bring drums if you can. Light refreshments will be available. Donations to the Spiral thespiralcentre.wordpress.com.

The Savannah Jazz Band Tip top, toe tapping trad jazz from a longstanding group – back at IAC by popular demand. At 8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Clare Muireann Murphy: Others from the Other Side presented by Artemis Storytelling 7.30pm Cygnet Theatre, Exeter www.cygnettheatre.co.uk. The Irish landscape is full of stories peopled by shape-shifters and once-god-fairies who move seamlessly between our own and a decidedly other world. The fabulous storyteller, Clare Muireann Murphy, acts as an intermediary between these two worlds, with stories of the other people, changelings, stolen children, strange marriages, theft, deception and wild curses. Tickets: £10 12+.

Creation event at Purzebrook Chapel, Axminster. 7pm. Speakers from Creation Ministries International.  Refreshments. All welcome, No charge. Queries: 0774390311 or 01297 33042.

Bampfylde Lecture 2019 Death, Diamonds & Demons: The Secret History of Hestercombe House 7.30pm – 9pm. From medieval origins to its Edwardian heyday, the history of Hestercombe House is long and colourful with more than a skeleton or two lurking in its creaking cupboards. In this year’s Bampfylde Lecture, Chief Executive of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust, Philip White, will share with you some of the tales from its lively past. From ghostly apparitions to hidden diamonds, you will hear previously untold stories from different chapters of the mansion’s history. Make an evening of it and enjoy a two course supper in Hestercombe House before the lecture. Supper served from 5.30pm, lecture begins at 7.30pm. Supper and lecture: £29.95 Lecture only: £10. The Bampfylde Lecture is held annually to coincide with the birthday of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde who designed the Landscape Garden at Hestercombe. Ticket Office on 01823 413923. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton,SomersetTA2 8LG 01823 413923 https://www.hestercombe.com.

Kimmeridge Museum – a Dream Fulfilled Dorset Wildlife Trust. An illustrated talk by Steve Etches, expert fossil collector and the  inspiration behind the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life at Kimmeridge. Starts 7.30pm at the Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ. Suggested donation of £2.00 (£3 for non-members). www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Richard Digance – The Platinum Tour 7.30pm £15.50 advance, £17 on the door (seated). Comedy songwriter Richard doing what he loves best – telling stories, playing the guitar & singing songs. Eric Sedge supports. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Hal Cruttenden: Chubster 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £19 / £17 members & concessions Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. This hilarious show not only touches on his usual moans about being a middle-aged, middle-class father of fat-shaming teenagers but also introduces us to new problems like his struggles with IQ tests, political zealots and the trauma of supporting the England rugby team.

Intronauts 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Saturday 2 March

AVDCS walk 9.30am – 3.30pm 7 miles. Lyme Regis to Axmouth on the Coast Path. With Roger Critchard. Meet at Holmbush Car Park, Lyme Regis (SY336920). Contact Roger on 01460 220756 to arrange return transport. You must wear walking boots and be physically fit. Bring a picnic.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Kingcombe Meadows. Jubilee Trail passing through Powerstock Common. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers are cutting scrub at Hardown Hill (near Morcombelake West Dorset) in order to maintain heathland for the National Trust. They welcome new people interested in helping look after this special site. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 for them to contact you. Also 3 March.

Willow plant supports 10am – 4pm, Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands. Make a sweet pea support and a grow through in a day. £45 per person, booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395517557.

Colyford Memorial Hall Jumble Sale 2pm – 4pm. 30p entry, free car park, disabled facilities, toilets and refreshments. The organisers can collect items of clothing, bric-a-brac, china, glass, furniture, small electrical items, books, garden equipment. Please ring: 07594864872 or 01297 551288. Or bring along your items to the hall (on A3052) on Saturday 2nd March from 8.30 am.

Fight or Flight doors 5pm- 10pm at The Beehive, Honiton, Ex141LZ. A charity white collar boxing event in aid of ‘See the Future’. Tickets £25.VIP seats £45 (limited) To book contact Paul Quick-07511 800303.

At The Ebenezer Martin Rowson : The History of Satire – the last 3,000 years Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The Ebenezer in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, please email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

Bridport Ceilidhs at 7.30pm  – 11pm in St Mary’s Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport, feature a great band back again, “Oxford Nags”, with Jane Thomas calling.  All are welcome regardless of experience for a fun evening of dance with Bring & Share supper. No bar, but the Woodman Inn is just opposite. Tickets £9 on the door, cheaper at £8 if bought in advance at The Music Shop or booked on 01308 423 442 / monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk. See http://www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com.

Rob Newman’s Total Eclipse of Descartes Based on the hit BBC Radio 4 series, this whirlwind tour of philosophy explores 3000 years of good and bad ideas from Pythagoras to driverless cars, by way of levitating Buddhist monks, Pavlov’s dogs, Jean-Paul Sartre’s mum, T. Rex, and Morrissey. In a world gone crazy, can philosophy help? Ages 14 and over £14 advance / £16.50 on the door 10% off Theatre Friends Bar opens 6.30pm, starts 7.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Dirty Words 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Saturday 2 – Sunday 10 March

Crocus Week Forde Abbey House and Garden. Crocus Week, when these jewel-like flowers will carpet the lawns, although many bulbs will have been in bloom since mid-February. The Plant and Gardening Fair takes place on Sunday 3rd March, within Crocus Week, so what better reasons are there for visiting Forde Abbey at this delightful time of year. www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

 

Sunday 3 March

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Hennock St Marys. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567987.

Plant and Gardening Fair 10am – 4pm. £3 Forde Abbey House and Garden. Packed with inspiration and ideas for the Spring garden, Forde Abbey’s Plant and Gardening Fair is always held on the first Sunday in March, making it one of the earliest plant fairs in the South West. Over thirty stalls selling plants and gardening sundries from 10am – 4pm. All the stallholders are happy to chat about their plants and stock, and to offer expertise and share their enthusiasm, so do come along to see what you can add to your own garden or just admire the beautiful plants on show. www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

The Exeter Singers 3.30pm – 4.30pm Musical Director : Tony Yates Free entry. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 8UJ.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath 7pm – 8.30pm. Dorchester YMCA, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2RZ. Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.) £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you.

John Peel’s Shed 7.30pm In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. His prize was a box of records that took eight years to listen to. This show is an ode to music and radio, and features a selection of records previously owned by the late John Peel. Many are very rare recordings by obscure bands and this is a unique opportunity for any Peel fans. A version of the show was recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre, and broadcast on Radio 4. Shipton Gorge Village Hall Tickets: £8, £6 (u18s), £25 (fam 4 – max 2  adults) from Kate 01308 897407 or kateshiptonvh@gmail.com or online from Artsreach www.artsreach.co.uk.

Edgelarks 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 Livefor£5 Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. BBC Folk Award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are a leading force of roots and acoustic music. On this special album-preview tour they will be showcasing new songs in an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.

MET Opera: La Fille Du Regiment 6.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Monday 4 March

Friendly Badminton Group Every Monday 10am at Charmouth St Andrews Community Hall. Call Monique 07709022299 or drop in.

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support free drop-in session in support of local people living through cancer. Come along for a supportive chat, meet the team and hear about activities and therapies available. 2pm – 4pm Lyme Regis Football Club.

ASD and Social Anxiety Group 6.30pm – 8pm Bridport Children’s Centre, Skilling Hill Road, Bridport. A support group for young people 11-18 years and the parents of kids of all ages who struggle like this. Young people will get advice and support. Parents get separate support. For enquiries call Karen 07974 826891. Also 11, 18, 25 March.

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset 7.15pm at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton. Picasso in Britain: Art, Politics and Outcry by Kate Aspinall. Visitors £5.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

MET Opera: La Fille Du Regiment Screened from New York Encore Screening. Duration: 155 minutes including interval. £5 under 18s / £15 Adult advance or on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends Bar opens 4.55pm, starts 5.55pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Scottish Country dancing every Monday 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Ashill village hall Nr Ilminster TA19 9LX. Learn steps, formations and dances – led by fully qualified teacher. Come along for fun, fitness and friendship. For more information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or anitaandjim22@gmail.com.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included.7.30 – 10.00.  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. Also 11, 18, 25 March.

Bridport Folk Dance Club meets at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ.  Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playford-style to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s long-established weekly club, with club callers and recorded music. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Admission £3 for members, £4 visitors (membership available). Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Mecki on 01308 423 442. Also on 11, 18, and (live music on) 25 March.

Tudors and Historical Fashion 7pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Tuesday 5 March

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles. Bulbarrow Hill and Milton Abbas. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 867359.

Seaton Beer and District Branch RNLI AGM 7.30pm in the Function Room, Dolphin Hotel, Beer. EX12 3EQ. Meeting includes a guest speaker from Exmouth Lifeboat Station, raffle and refreshments.

Additional Volunteers needed and welcome to join our fundraising team and Volunteer at our Shop at Jubilee Gardens.

The Life And Death of a Love Affair; An illustrated talk on the poetry of Sylvia Path and Ted Hughes.  A Talk With Nims Gribler.7pm. free. An introductory talk on the poetry of one of the most famous couples in literature. LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX.

 

Wednesday 6 March

AVDCS Work party 10am – 4pm Undercliff. Pinhay. Laurel clearance. Meet at the first fork in the Pinhay driveway (SY316914). Bring a picnic.

Benefit Advice Session Bridport an initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. 9.30am – 12noon at Age UK Dorchester shop in Bridport, 16 West Street, Bridport, DT6 3QP2846. To make an appointment, please contact our Bridport shop on 01308 424859.

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

Cooking Made Easy – Axminster Masonic Hall – Axminster 10.30am – 1pm Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) Tel: 01297 631782 / www.halff.org.uk.

Museum of Fashion – Royal Women 11am Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

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

Ilminster W.I. 7.30pm a talk by The Samaritans .Their trained Volunteers offer anonymous contact, day  and night for those in distress ,the lonely, the grieving, the desperate. Their work is needed in every community. The W.I. meet  on the  1st Monday of each month at the Minster Rooms adjacent to  the Minster. Guests, visitors,& the curious & those seeking friendship are most warmly welcomed.

Devon Migration to London An Axminster History Society Talk. Dr Bruce Coleman, Honorary Fellow of the University of Exeter discusses the scale and patterns of migration from Devon to metropolitan London as shown in Census returns from 1851 onwards.  The conclusions raise questions about not only Devon’s society and economy in the period but also how far we should see local history as simply local. All welcome, £2 guests. 7.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Three Men in a Boat Kick in the Head Written by Jerome K. Jerome Adapted for the stage and directed by Simon Downing. Join Jerome as he recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Come and join in the fun as Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the ridiculous tale of men behaving badly while messing about in boats! Tickets: £12.50. Cygnet Theatre, Exeter www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club at 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF.  A friendly club with live music and guest caller every week – this week featuring Fresh Aire with Aileen Wills calling. Membership available, with entry at £4.00; 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 13, 20, 27 March.

The London Cut 7pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Wed 6 – Thursday 7 March

The Isle of Brimsker : Frozen Light Wednesday 11am and 2.30pm Thursday 11am and 1.30pm. For booking and more information call Dorchester Arts on 01305 266926 or email  enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk. Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF

01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. A new multi-sensory story from Frozen Light, specialists in making theatre for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

 

Thursday 7 March

A new WI for Axminster? Please come to an open meeting at 2.15pm – 4.15pm in the Bradshaw Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street (also 22 March at 10.15am) to talk about forming a daytime WI (morning or afternoon) in Axminster. The Women’s Institute has so much more to offer than jam and Jerusalem – do come along and be surprised. For more information contact jenny.roberts@devonwi.org.uk – 07890 146148.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ for their Annual General Meeting. New members welcome.

Tatworth Flower Club Flower arranging Demonstration at Tatworth Memorial Hall  Ta20 2qw. Still Modern by Philippa Louden. Home made cakes etc Doors open 1.30pm all welcome Visitors £6 Further details 01297 33924.

Friends of Lyme Regis Museum Talk ‘The Relevance of the Amazon Rainforest to Climate Change and Species Survival’ by Sir Ghillean Prance, FRS. Our speaker is a distinguished botanist, an expert on the Amazon rainforest and former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 2.30pm at Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. Entry is £2 for Friends of Lyme Regis Museum & £3 for non-members. For further information please contact David Cox on 01297 443156.

Beaminster Short Mat Bowls Club meet every Thursday In the Public Hall, Beaminster at 7pm. Also 14, 21 & 28.

Chard History Group in the Ballroom at The Phoenix Hotel in Fore Street, Chard at 7.30pm. John Malcolm is going to set a difficult Quiz about The Town and surrounding villages. For example “Who was hanged on May 20th1878” and “What? or Where was the Royal Residence in a village near to Chard?” Refreshments are available downstairs in the Bar. New members and guests are welcome. Member £2 and Guests £3. For information call 01460 66165.

Wessex Big Band Concert The 24-strong Wessex Big Band, started back in 1976, is led by professional musician Paul Chousmer. Admission: £9 or £ 8 at 01935 829576 Martock Church. www.martockonline.co.uk/events.

Chard Camera Club meeting in the Baptist Church hall, Holyrood Street at 7.30pm for their AGM. where they will be electing members for the various roles that are on offer and that make the running of the club a success that it is. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk  Contact members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885. Anyone wishing to join the club should attend where they will be able to see those members that attend and the members giving their all to make thins run as smooth as they do. All would be made most welcome.

Broadwey, Upwey and District Horticultural Society from Weymouth. 7.30pm at St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School, Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset. DT3 5NQ www.budhs.org.uk. Vegetables to grow for the coming season Speaker, Peter Read.

Lyme Voices Community Choir Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Free taster session. 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist Church (Pine Hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Visit www-pete-linnett.co.uk, phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net. Also on 14, 21, 28 March.

Steve Knightley: Roadworks 7.30pm £18 (seated). Best known for his work with the hugely popular acoustic roots group Show of Hands, Knightley invites you on a musical journey. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Friday 8 March     

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Aylesbeare. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 578699.

West Dorset Ramblers 9 miles. Cerne Valley and Minterne Valley. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320084.

U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis The Lighthouses of Devon and Dorset A talk by Alan Nichols, a retired Lighthouse engineer with 40 years experience, part history, part information, part stories. Coffee served from 10am to 10.45am talk at 11am until 12noon.Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Free for members, non-members suggested £2 donation. To join U3A, 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.  Special diets can usually be catered for if requested in advance. 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.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Speaker Holly Miller – Create your very own Rod puppet using newspaper, masking tape, paints and fabrics. It could be a person, animal or a monster let your imagination run wild!  2.30-4pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed).  Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ.

Her Story Wren Music 7.30pm ‘Thread the Needle, Prove the Point’ Marilyn Tucker, Sarah Owen and Amy Wilson (of Wren Music) return to The Cygnet Theatre for their fourth annual celebration for International Women’s Day. In 2019, the professional singers and community choir will share the unsung stories of women’s lives by exploring fabrics, with traditional songs of wool, lace and linen and contemporary works on factory life and community banners. Tickets: £10. Cygnet Theatre, Exeter www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

In Loyal Company by David William Bryan 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £13 / £11 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Fresh from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, In Loyal Company tells the incredible true story of missing World War II soldier and prisoner of war Arthur Robinson, written and performed by his great-nephew, David William Bryan.

Moscow Drug Club An intoxicating and darkly comic musical experience – a heady fix of Weimar Berlin cabaret, Hot Club de France, gypsy jazz and Nuevo Tango. At 8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The FB Pocket Orchestra 8pm Blues, Ragtime, Hot Jazz, Songs and Dances from long ago. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The aims of the orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Kilmington Garden Club Gardening in dry and drought conditions by Martin Young. Gardening became a challenge in last years long and hot summer. Martin’s talk will guide us through the best ways to overcome the difficulties with dry and drought conditions and still have a beautiful garden. Kilmington Garden Club, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF. 7.30pm Non members welcome £3.

Jazz concert with Mike Denham and ‘Spats’ Langham at Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 7.30 pm. In aid of the Friends of the Rendezvous. Tickets £12, including interval refreshments, from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 and on the door.

Henry V (1989) (PG) 7pm Join the Arts Centre to celebrate the work of two marvels; Philip Sutton RA & William Shakespeare. Bridport Arts Centre 01308 427183 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Friday 8 – Saturday 9 March

Our Time is Now presented by Bridport Youth Dance and Bridport Boys Dance (a production by Nikki Northover). Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Bridport’s Electric Palace Over ninety dancers will take you through the creation of the world to the present day. To the breathtaking beauty of our world and the magnificence of nature to the chaos of war, displacement and the many ecological disasters taking place today. Adult tickets : £10.50, Child/students £9.50. Ticket booking line: 01308 424901 ( Bridport TIC) Tickets in person from Bridport TIC or the Electric palace Tickets online at: www.electricpalace.org.uk Tel: 01308 428354 www.bridportyouthdance.org.uk.

 

Saturday 9 March

Martock Farmers Market 10am – 1pm in the shopping precinct. Stock up for Easter from our 17 stalls selling ‘Slow Food’ including Whitelake Cheese, Duncan’s cauliflower, Eggardon black pudding, Bower Bakery’s walnut loaf, Barry’s bangers, Giles coffee, David’s honey, Gina’s cakes, Brenda’s marmalade, Cigdem’s baclava and more. In the Moorlands Shopping Precinct, North Street, Martock.  17 stalls.  01935 822202 for a table.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be cutting gorse at Loscombe (West Dorset) in order to maintain wildflower rich meadowland for Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Trust welcome new people interested in helping look after this special site. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 for them to contact you. Also 10 March.

A Space for Living Spirituality 10am – 4pm at the Quaker Meeting House,  South Street Bridport DT6 3NZ. Series 7 ‘Spirituality and Healing’ event 1 ‘On Forgiveness’ led by Janet Lake Donations £10 – £40 Bring and share lunch. Information and booking; Janet Lake on iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club  6.5 mile walk from Came Wood. Ridgeway, Viking Mass Grave, Came Wood. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Long Bredy Village Coffee Break and Frugal Lunch There will be a ‘Second Saturday Coffee Break’ between 10. 30am and 2pm in the village hall. Coffee and biscuits/cakes/scones will be available all the time, with home – made soups, breads and cheeses available from 12.30 pm onwards. Pop in for a coffee, buy a cake or savoury to take home or come for lunch and a chat. There will be no charge but donations will go to Gully’s Place.

What’s that bird? 11am – 1pm. Whatever your experience, come along and learn more about the birds found at Seaton Wetlands with an experienced volunteer guide. A free event, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395517557.

Tom Thumb 11am presented by Lyngo Theatre. For ages 3 plus. Petherton Arts Trust welcomes Lyngo Theatre to The David Hall with their magical recreation of Tom Thumb.  This imaginative and extremely creative show will thoroughly entertain little ones and their families.  Performed entirely on and under a kitchen table, this classic story is brought to life in a playful and fascinating show full of Lyngo’s magic with feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. Tickets: £9 Full. £8 Under 12s. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.                            

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

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

Egyptian Society Taunton “Egyptian Visitors’ Graffiti”. Speaker: Dr Hana Navratilova. The lecture will take place at 2pm and will be held in conjunction with the Devon Archaeological Society, Dix’s Field, Exeter, EX1 1QA.  http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home. 

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Association AGM 2.30pm at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne.  After tea and cake there will be a talk by Keri Phillips, General Manager, South Somerset Portfolio of National Trust properties, and Damian Mitchell, Head Gardener, Lytes Cary Manor: Behind the scenes in South Somerset. www.BVYNTassoc.wordpress.com.

Dorset Chamber Orchestra St Mary’s Church Dorchester. DT1 2HL 4pm Music for Youth concert with Martin Clunes (duration approx. 1 hour). Tickets  £12 (18 and under £1) available on-line and from Harmony Music, 3-4 The Forum Centre, Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT 01305 260360. http://dorsetchamberorchestra.org.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Launch Event at Bridport Town Hall organised by Transition Town Bridport at 7.30pm. Free admission, all welcome. Come and join us to find out how we can eat food that doesn’t cost the Earth. Talk by Dan Powell from LandBase, Green Storytelling by Martin Maudsley and local group presentations. Further details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Amy Mayes Band Amy sings regularly with blues musician Ben Waters. She recently performed at his Chuck Berry concert at Ronnie Scott’s, being joined on stage by Ronnie Wood and Johnny Depp. Expect classic soul and blues, alongside original numbers. £8 in advance / £10 on the door Bar opens 7pm, starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

The Unravelling Wilburys 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £15 / £13 members & concessions Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. A celebration of the music of The Traveling Wilburys and their rock icon members Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and George Harrison. Country/rock music at its very best, served up with a good helping of humour throughout.

Great British Sewing Bee Q&A with Contestants 7pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Sunday 10 March

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from West Hill. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 812678.

Martock Litter Pick The Martock Community Group will again have a litter picking morning, meeting in the Rec car park at 10am. If the risk assessment, speeding car drivers and our insurance policy will let them, they will clear the Stoke Road. While the urban areas of Martock are picked regularly by Parish Council staff, quite a few other roads are picked by thoughtful residents –thanks go out to them. If you see anyone dropping litter, please make it your job to report it. All ages welcome, some of the Youth Club will be there. For more info, contact Fergus Dowding on 822202.

Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre – Open Day From 11.30am – 3.30pm. Waterwheel and steam 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.

The Big Picture Sale 12noon – 4.30pm Free. Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. If you love art, pictures and images of all kinds come and immerse yourself in an afternoon devoted to the visual arts. As well as a sale of donated pictures of all shapes, sizes, types and tastes, there will be a gallery of affordable local artists, talks and practical advice from experts. And cake. You can donate pictures, of any size or type to us at Dorchester Corn Exchange at any time during office hours in the lead-up to the event; or if you would like to explore selling your own art then please do get in touch. Supported by Gallery on the Square.

Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Bath 2pm – 3.30pm Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. To reserve a place email Dean Carter on ahiahel@live.com, telephone 01935 389655 or visit www.centreforpuresound.org. Payment required on the day. Tickets: £12 Full. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.                            

The Sunday Sessions This is a post-roast music session in the lovely bar overlooking the Cobb. It is hosted by Street & Matthews, with other guests, and a selection of local drinks. Free entry, no tickets Bar opens and starts 3pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

The St. David’s Singer Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Musical Director : Mark Perry Free entry. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 8UJ.

Ninebarrow Milborne St Andrew Artsreach performance. Award-winning Dorset folk duo. Doors and bar open 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10; £6 for Under-18s and £25 for a family (maximum 2 adults and 2 under 18s). You can get them from 01258 839230 or the Londis shop, or www.artsreach.co.uk.  Milbourne St Andrew.

 

Monday 11 March

Wills Surgery Do you need to make or change a Will or Power of Attorney? Every few months Age UK Dorchester has a by appointment surgery where individuals can come and ask an expert questions about wills, powers of attorney and other legal aspects of your home and finances. This is a free one-to-one surgery given by 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.

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 just come along on the day. Also on 18 and 25.

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

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support free drop-in session in support of local people living through cancer. Come along for a supportive chat, meet the team and hear about activities and therapies available. 2pm – 4pm Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe room.

West Dorset Flower Club meet on the second Monday of every month at the WI Hall in North Street, Bridport. The meeting starts at 2.30pm when Angie Blackwell will be presenting her demonstration entitled “Spring into Easter”. New members and visitors are very welcome. For further details please contact the secretary on 01308 456339.

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.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society The society will be holding its next meeting at the Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm. The subject for the evening is “The National Gardens Scheme – Old & New”, presented by Alison Wright and Di Reeds, representing the Dorset branch of this wonderful charity.   The meeting is open to members and non-members and refreshments will be available. Further information can be obtained on 01305 788939.

 

Tuesday 12 March

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing departing from Uplyme Village Hall (UVH) 9.15am NT Saltram House, Plympton. George II era mansion (most impressive country house in Devon) Magnificently decorated, Chinese wallpaper, Joshua Reynolds paintings etc. The garden, at its best in Spring with narcissi and other spring bulbs, features some lovely trees including a fine Lime avenue, 18c Orangery and octagonal folly. Cafes and shop. Cost NT members £14 Non NT £21. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles. North of Smallridge. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484.

Benefit Advice Session Portland – Easton an initiative with Island Community Action and Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. 10am – 12.15pm at Island Community Action, and will be by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact Island Community Action on 01305 823789 or at Unit 13, Easton Shopping Centre, Easton, Portland DT5 1EB islandcommunityaction@btconnect.com.

Volunteering at Magdalen Farm Help them renovate an outdoor stage for children’s activities. 10am – 4pm Lunch, tools and all training provided. To book your volunteer place please email julia@magdalenfarm.org.uk for details. The Magdalen Environmental Trust, Magdalen Farm, Winsham TA20 4PA. http://magdalenfarm.org.uk.

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 for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day. Also on 19 and 26.

Honiton Decorative & Fine Arts Society Turner vs Constable: The Great British Paint-Off  – Nicola Moorby. 2pm The Beehive. www.honiton-dfas.org.uk.

Sidmouth Charity Tea Dances Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing with a warm, friendly welcome. £4 each, including Tea, coffee and biscuits at 2.30pm at St Francis Hall, Woolbrook, EX10 9XH Further information from 01395 579856 or 577122.

Time for Tea and a Talk A Peep into the new Axminster Heritage Centre by Nigel Sadler (Heritage Centre Manager) £3 Your chance for a ‘sneak preview’ Prior to the official opening on April 6th Tea & cake served. 01404 831207 to book. 2pm – 3.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Axe Vale Stamp Club Auction 7.30pm for 8pm at the Bradshaw Rooms, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH. A contact telephone number would be 01297 552482.

Ile Valley Flower Club Sally Taylor from Yate will demonstrate at 7.30pm. Broadway Village Hall, Ilminster. Titled ‘Sally Forth Again’ Plenty of parking, Visitors welcome £6 entrance.

National Trust South Dorset Association at 2.30pm “The Portland Spies” by Rod Harris, OBE St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW. Members NTSDA  £3 Non-members NTSDA £4 inc. tea/biscuits Contact : 01305 782003 www.southdorsetnt.org.uk.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Green Quiz Join Transition Town Bridport for a fun-filled evening at the Ropemakers, 36 West Street, Bridport, starting at 8pm. More details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Turn Lyme Green Bring your ecological ideas and inspirations for the year ahead.  Come and be part of our future together. All welcome at the Royal Lion Hotel Lyme Regis 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Enquiries Jo Smith Oliver 07525005430.

Chideock Society Fun ‘Photo’ Quiz  As you walk around your village how observant are you? Do you know the names of the cottages, recognise distinguishing features of village properties, do you see little details from ‘times gone by’, do you remember certain events or places of interest? If so, please come along to the Village Hall at 7.15pm (for 7.30pm start) and see how many questions you can get right! All the answers are ‘what you see around you’ as you stroll around Chideock so keep your eyes peeled for those little unusual things, historic buildings, names, lanes, and objects. Take ‘just a little more notice’ of those everyday monuments that form part of our lives. Questions will relate to different photographs displayed on the large screen and some questions can even give you lots more points. Play as a Team (up to four) or Play on your own. Great Prizes. Have a browse through ‘A Wander Through Chideock’ as that may give you a few clues. Please bring your own pens. Free to members or only £1 per person for visitors. Tea, Coffee & Biscuits £1.

Orlando 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Wednesday 13 March

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Seaton Down Hill. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. 01395 513974.

Axe Valley Centre National Trust Talk on The Birds of the River Axe by Ian Waite. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Non-members welcome £2 including refreshments. Further information Membership Secretary 01297 631801.

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 or Caroline 01308 538141. Also on 20 and 27 March.

Bridport Camera Club Talk by John & Di Tilsley – Cold Places. John and Di love to get really cold on their holidays, but the evocative images they create are a far cry from holiday snaps. 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.

Loders Local History Group Black Soldiers in the World Wars and children of black GIs stationed in Dorset during WW2. Talk by John (Sooty) Stockley Loders Village Hall 7.30pm. £3 per head. All Welcome. Refreshments.

The Beehive Folk Café 8pm Free. Come to sing or listen in the Beehive bar with host, Sue King. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Thursday 14 March

Benefit Advice Session Weymouth an initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. 9.30am – 11.30am at Weymouth Community Safety Centre  (new fire station), Radipole Lane, Weymouth,  DT4 0QF, by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact Age UK Dorchester on 01305 269444. www.ageuk.org.uk/dorchester.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Visit to Piddlehinton Anaerobic Digester at 1.30pm free guided tour behind the scenes. There is a limit on numbers so entrance will only be available with tickets booked in advance through Bridport Transition Town. Further details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Seaton Garden Club Meeting in the Masonic Hall, Queen Street, Seaton at 2.30pm – Talk by Dr Gavin Haig entitled “The Trials and Tribulations of being a Surgeon” Visitors welcome – Cost £2 to include refreshments. For further information contact: 01297 24049.

Farnham Maltings – Title & Deed Artsreach at Drimpton Village Hall. 7.30pm. Expect a beautiful and poetic evening of story-telling. Suitable 14+ Tickets from Francesca Hurrell on 01308 867617.or www.artsreach.co.uk .£9, £6 u18s, £25 family. www.farnhammaltings.com.

Seavington Gardening Club 6.30pm A.G.M. Followed by a talk on ‘ Companion Planting ‘ by The Gold Club. Plants for sale. The meeting will be held in Seavington Millennium Hall. Visitors welcome £2 at the door. Enquiries to K. Day 01460 249728.

Chard Royal Naval Association bi monthly  meeting in the Chard Rugby Football Club, Essex Close at 7.30pm. Any person wanting to make enquiries should call in on the evening where they would be made most welcome or can contact the branch secretary Mr Gary Pennells on  01460 77978 or by visiting the National website www.royal-naval-association.co.uk.

Chard Camera Club annual Horseshoe inter club competition, which they are this year hosting, in the Kilmington Village Hall, Kilmington at 7.30pm. Five local camera clubs will be fighting it out for the coveted Horse shoe trophy currently held by the hosts Chard. Further details/information can be obtained from the clubs website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by contacting Mrs Joyce Partridge members secretary on 01460 929041.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Film: The worm is turning. United Church East Street, starting at 7.30pm. Transition Town Bridport invite you to this award-winning  documentary that connects the dots on global food issues, from the World Trade Organization to earthworms in the soil, to how the organic movement came about. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Bridport Tourist Information, South Street or on the night if still available. Doors open 7pm. Tickets £5. More details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

 

Thursday 14 – Friday 15 March

CHAOS by Laura Lomas presented by DYT Senior Company as part of National Theatre Connections 2019 7.30pm (doors & bar 7pm) £7.50 / £4 under 18s. Special school rates by agreement contact finance@dorchesterarts.org.uk for more details. Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. National Theatre Connections is one of the largest celebrations of youth theatre. In 2019, National Theatre Connections is working with over 300 youth theatres and schools from all over the UK and Ireland to stage ten newly commissioned plays by some of the best contemporary playwrights. DYT will transfer their production to The Drum at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in May.

 

Friday 15 March

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

West Dorset Ramblers 11 miles. Hardy’s Monument. Starts at 10am Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 459282.

Special Lunch at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Roast Lamb followed by Jum Jum cake. All start with a choice of 3 fruit juices and finish with tea/coffee and chocolates. Vegetarian options are available. Booking is essential £8. (£9 for non members)  Bar opens at 12noon. Lunch is served at 12.30pm. Tel 01460 74340 henhayescentre@btconnect.com.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Speaker: Arra Lindemann, poet official, an afternoon of poems and poetry with Arra plus getting to create your own to share with friends and loved ones.  2.30pm – 4pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed).  Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ.

A Knight’s Tale The Life and times of Sir John Denebaud (1376-1429) The Continuing Story. An illustrated talk by Charles Bird, St George’s Church, Hinton St George 6pm. Tickets £5 from Our Shop, £5.50 at the door.

At The Ebenezer Professor Jeremy Black : The Worlds of James Bond Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The Ebenezer in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, please email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

Russian Showcase 7.30pm. A showcase of Russian heritage and culture inspired by some of the country’s leading composers. Tickets: £13.50 (£11.50 Concessions) Cygnet Theatre, Exeter www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Sam Kelly’s Station House £8 advance / £10 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends, Bar opens 7pm, Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi presented by Concerts in the West. Violin (Sara Deborah), cello (Lucy Scotchmer), theorbo (Johan Lofving).  For full programme information see: www.concertsinthewest.org. At 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

40 Years of Kate Bush the kick inside Cloudbusting 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Saturday 16 March

Bridport Green Fortnight: Green Day in Bucky Doo Square from 9am – 12.30pm. Find out how we can all work towards a more sustainable lifestyle choosing food that doesn’t cost the Earth. There will be stalls and information from other local groups and The Dorset Waste Partnership Roadshow all of whom will be inspiring us to do more. More details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

AVDCS Work Party 10am – 4pm          Colyton Community Woodland General management.  Meet at site car park, Hillhead (SY245934) Bring a picnic.

Portland Permaculture Fayre 10am – 4pm, at St Georges Centre, Reforne, Easton, Portland DT5 2AN. Exhibitors, talks, cafe, raffle and an opportunity to see how Permaculture – caring for the earth, people and future – is being explored on Portland. Further information is available from Sian at sian.sacredshores@gmail.com.

Table Top Sale Musbury Village Hall 10am – 1pm  – Good variety of stalls old and new items including cakes, books and lots more. Refreshments with bacon buttys. Proceeds to St Michael’s Church. Enquiries 01297 552440/552711.

Sidmouth Daffodil Day 10am – 3pm. A free community event to celebrate the million daffodils that have been planted around the Sid Valley.  A plant fair, walks to the Daffodil sites, Daffodil Art Exhibition, children’s Daffodil art competition, talk by John Amand from Jacque Amand International on ‘Unusual bulbs and how they get to your garden’, Scarecrow competition, Sid Vale Folk singers, Daffodil Gifts, & refreshments. Kennaway House, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8NG 01395515551 www.sidmouthdaffodilsociety.org.uk.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Sidbury. Harcombe Hill Plantation, Sweetcombe Farms. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Rescheduled  Annual Potato Day 10.30am –  2.30pm. Drimpton Village Hall, Chard Rd, Drimpton, Dorset DT8  3RF. An opportunity to learn more about the humble potato. Pennards Plants support us in organising this annual event. A wide variety of different potatoes will be available as well as expert advice on how, where and when to plant them. However, it’s not just about Potatoes — soft fruit vegetable seed , onion sets and many other plants are available to purchase. We also have excellent food available, potato printing for children and a Potato growing competition. Fun for  all ages.

Broadwey, Upwey and District Horticultural Society Spring Show 2pm at Memorial Hall, Broadwey www.budhs.org.uk.

The Black Ven Spoken Word and Acoustic Music open mic nights at the Galley Cafe in Lyme Regis. Get warm and cozy on the third Saturday of the month. All welcome. Bring your ears and your songs, ballads, poems, story and acoustic music for a warm welcome and friendly reception. Sign up 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start £2 entry one and all. With Keian’s delicious home-made cakes, hot drinks and full bar available. blackvenpress@gmail.com.

Haydn Creation The Lord Mayor’s Concert. The Exeter Philharmonic Choir and The London Mozart Players, directed by Howard Ionascu, at 7.30pm in Exeter Cathedral. Tickets: £28, £22, £14 online at www.exephil.org.uk by telephone from EPC tickets 01392 278168 at the box office Exeter Visitor Information Centre and Tickets, Dix’s Field 01392 665885.

South Somerset Choral Society’s spring concert will take place at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s church, Chard. Under their conductor Tim Donaldson and orchestra leader Jane Margeson, they will be performing “Elijah” by Mendelssohn. Tickets cost £13 in advance and£15 on the door. They can be obtained from Barron’s Chard, Harriman’s Ilminster, Phoenix Books Crewkerne, by ringing 01458 259079, or via the website southsomersetchoralsocity.org.uk.

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the ‘Best Duo’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances, they mix traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material. £14.50 advance / £17 on the door, 10% off for Theatre Friends, Bar opens 7pm , Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Kitty Macfarlane with support from Jack Cookson 8pm Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. She is supported by Plymouth-based vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Cookson, who combines dry and visceral word-play with intricate finger-style guitar arrangements. Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

The Phil Beer Band 8pm £21 (seated). Performing a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

The Country Team a drama written by Andrew Rutherford and directed by John Haylock. Desperate dilemmas face United States diplomats in the midst of a South American military junta. Bridport Arts Centre, 7.30pm. 01308 424204.

The Country Team 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Sunday 17 March

Bridport Best Breakfast 9am – 12noon St Mary’s Church Hall, South Street, Bridport by Bridport Local Food Group promoting local producers and suppliers. Tickets: Adults in advance £6 from the TIC or at the door £7 children 10 years and under £3 in advance from the TIC or £4 at the door. Any profits raised will go towards funding the Bridport Food Festival 2019 and local food projects.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Four Firs Cross. 10am start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. 01395 278943.

Steam Train Day 10.30am – 4pm Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction. First Steam Train Day of the new season. 01935 410420 for recorded information, or www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

Sidmouth Charity Tea Dances Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing with a warm, friendly welcome. £4 each, including Tea, coffee and biscuits at 2.30pm at Stowford Centre, EX10 9YL (opp Waitrose) Further information from 01395 579856 or 577122.

An Afternoon with James Pellow 3.30pm – 4.30pm John Griswold at the piano Tickets £10 from Paragon Bookshop Sidmouth 01395 514516 or Sidholme Reception 01395 515104 Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 8UJ.

 

Monday 18 March

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support free drop-in session in support of local people living through cancer. Come along for a supportive chat, meet the team and hear about activities and therapies available. 2pm – 4pm Lyme Regis Football Club.

Chard & Ilminster District U3A A Talk “ Something for Nodding”  Eight Essentials for any Auctioneer by Richard Kay. Richard is a regular lecturer, devising talks for study days at Lawrences on themes as varied as Mona Lisa and Minimalism and also speaking to local art groups, Somerset County Museum, NADFAS and Sothebys Institute of Art among many others. He was a regular contributor to Antique Collecting magazine for over 20 years. All U3A members, and retired visitors are invited to join in, all will be warmly welcomed. Admission is free with tea and biscuits provided. A chance to find out what the U3A is all about. 2pm at The Guildhall, 14 Fore St, Chard TA20 1PH. More info Tel 01460 68629  Website https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster/home  Email: lewbat@uwclub.net.

The Hidden Needs Trust Charity Concert 7.30pm Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. Featuring Just Take That,

Take That Tribute Band, who have featured on BBC with Graham Norton, will take you on a journey of Take That’s, Gary Barlow’s and Robbie Williams’ biggest hits spanning 30 years. The concert will raise money for Special Educational Needs Children in Dorset and Somerset. Tickets £20 purchased from  the Octagon Theatre Box Office.

Beaminster WI at 7.30pm at Beaminster Public Hall.  Colin Varndell will speak about the “Hedgehog Predicament”. This is an Open Meeting. Guests are welcome to attend two meetings per year without charge.

Musbury Garden Club 7.30pm, Musbury Village Hall. Musbury Garden Club’s March talk tackles a question that many gardeners have asked – ‘Why did it die?’. Neil Lovesey looks at what plants need to thrive, how to spot plants in trouble and how you can correct problems simply. Neil has always been interested in gardening and 15 years ago started up Picket Lane Nursery, a family run business that propagates all the hardy perennials and shrubs that it sells. 7.30pm, with refreshments served from 7pm. All welcome. Non-members £2.50.

 

Tuesday 19 March

Winter Talks at Beaminster Museum Chris Copson (The Keep Military Museum). Setting the scene for the invasion of Normandy. The talks take place at Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road DT8 3NB at 2.30pm Entrance £3.

The Lyme Regis Society Talk “Georgian Society in Bath and Lyme Regis” Amy Frost, Senior Curator, Bath Preservation Trust. Taking the waters, sitting for a portrait and promenading were all part of the daily routine when the elite of Georgian society visited Spa resorts such as Lyme Regis or Bath. This talk will look at what drew people to a spa, the rules that they had to follow once there, and the reality behind the image of polite society 2.30pm – 4pm at Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. DT7 3PG. All Welcome. Members Free. Visitors £3.00. Including Refreshments. www.lymeregissociety.org.uk.

Erja Lyytinen 8pm Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Wednesday 20 March

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8 mile circular walk from Langdon Hill. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07940 572330.

West Dorset Ramblers 5.5 miles. Back lanes of Eype & Seatown. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, dogs optional. All welcome. Please call 01297 489567.

Bridport Probus Club Transport By Kay Townsend at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel at 12noon on the third Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by a talk. For more information contact Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.

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. One of the largest service organisations for women in the world, offering membership to women over the age of 18 who enjoy fun and friendship and being involved in ‘making a difference’. 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 2pm prompt, Branch AGM followed at 2.30pm with an illustrated talk by Richard Edmonds “The Great Bindon Landslide; new mapping and modelling that may explain how it happened” 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 Pierre Bonnard: Painting with Light.  Speaker: Julian Halsby. The Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock at 2.30pm. For details contact 01308 485487.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Amyus Crump entitled “Peter Grey – The West Country Part 2”. 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.

Sherborne Group of the Dorset Wildlife Trust in Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne at 7.30pm, talk entitled ‘The Treasures of Dorset’ by Christopher Legrand. Cost £2.50. 

Bridport Camera Club Club night – members bring in their favourite photography books for group discussion. 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.

Dorset County Museum Music Society Concert Petrof Piano Trio. St Mary’s Church Edward Road Dorchester 7.30pm. Tickets Dorchester Arts Box Office: 01305 266926 Tourist Information Centre: 01305 267992.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Food that doesn’t cost the Earth 7pm for 7.30pm start, Bridport Town Hall. A thought-provoking evening our discussion panel will include local food producers including Tamarisk Farm and a representative from Lyme Bay Fisheries & Conservation Reserve. Admission free, donations welcome More details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Chardstock Gardening Club 7.30pm. ‘UK Subtropical Gardening’ – talk by Ben Candlin. The history of this garden style from its Victorian origins to the present day, and how to create a subtropical or exotic effect using hardy plants. Chardstock Community Hall, Westcombes, EX13 7BJ. Everyone welcome. No need to book. Visitors £3; tea/coffee and biscuits included. Enquiries: 01460 221619.

Flash Fiction Story Slam 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Thursday 21 March

Community Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon in Clapton & Wayford Village Hall. Raffle, and a cake stall/’bring & buy’ with home-made items, produce etc. Croissants & bacon rolls will also be served.  Do come and join us, for an opportunity to meet friends & neighbours – or get to know new people.  Local or not, you can be sure of a warm welcome in Clapton.  More details from Julia 01460 72769.

Dorchester Piano Quartet 11.30am Free (donations welcome) Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Beethoven – variations for cello and piano on a theme from Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute Strauss – Piano Quartet in C minor Op. 13. This popular quartet joins Dorchester Arts in 2019 with a programme of Beethoven and Strauss.

Living Tree @ The Bull Hotel 7pm – 9pm Colin Bentley, Artist in Residence for the Jurassic Coast, talking on the subject art as therapy. 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.

Tatworth WI “Butterflies and Moths” is  the title of the talk to be given by Simon Phelps, conservation officer for “All the Moor Butterflies” project of the Somerset & Bristol branch of “Butterflies Conservation”, in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Birds and Other Wildlife of Bulgaria’ An illustrated talk by David Smallshire 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.

An Evening with Furniture Designer extraordinaire John Makepeace 7.30pm Yeovil Community Arts Association Tickets available from www.octagon-theatre.co.uk For more information about these and other YCAA events, reading groups and competitions, see www.yeovilarts.co.uk. Bar available and nibbles provided at events.

Crewkerne Gardening Club welcomes you to a very special event, a talk by the celebrated gardener Charles Dowding, on his method of “No Dig, More Harvests, Fewer Weeds”. It will take place at the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm. Tickets for visitors cost £7.50 to include a glass of wine or juice, available now from the venue.

Pete Firman 8pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Friday 22 March

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 4.5 mile circular walk from Hawkchurch. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01404 861527.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles. Deepest Dorset. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

A new WI for Axminster? Please come to an open meeting at 10.15am – 12.15pm in the Bradshaw Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street (also 7 March at 2.15pm) to talk about forming a daytime WI (morning or afternoon) in Axminster. The Women’s Institute has so much more to offer than jam and Jerusalem – do come along and be surprised. For more information contact jenny.roberts@devonwi.org.uk – 07890 146148.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 1pm Singing with Jane. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Speaker Pauline Wickens BFRP, will introduce us to the Bach Flower Remedies, a simple system of self-healing, focusing on the individual’s personality and emotions, and which seeks to reveal our innate emotional wisdom by gently restoring balance, harmony and well-being”. 2.30pm – 4pm Therapy- Anne Escott offering Foot Massage. Plus Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Visit to Piddlehinton Anaerobic Digester at 1.30pm free guided tour behind the scenes. There is a limit on numbers so entrance will only be available with tickets booked in advance through Bridport Transition Town. Further details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

A Charity Fun Pig Racing Evening in aid of the RABI – Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution organised by Frogmary Green Farm and Crewkerne Young Farmers. 7pm – first race 7.30pm Entry £5 includes a Bangers and Mash Supper. Live Pigs will not be raced! Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton

01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Poetry and Music Poets Fiona Moore and Pam Zinnemann-Hope with Stephen Kenyon on guitar. 8pm. Environmental poet Fiona Moore, whose remarkable first collection has been shortlist for the TS Eliot prize, will read her work with Pam Hope and classical guitarist Stephen Kenyon. Tickets: £12 or £30 with dinner from 6.30pm available from Café Sladers, Sladers Yard, West Bay t: 01308 459511. Please see sladersyard.co.uk for more information.

The South When pop act The Beautiful South split in 2007, some members felt like carrying on. Embarking on this new journey The South continues performing their classics, such as Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, and A Little Time – the number one single. All are performed again live in 2019, which marks thirty years in the business. £22 early bird / £25 advance / £28 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends, Bar opens 7pm, Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Handbags and Glad Rags A ‘Support The David Hall’ Event at 7pm. Come and grab a bargain – bags and bling, scarves and sequins. A great opportunity to refresh your wardrobe with lots of glamorous accessories. Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Somerset Wildlife Trust Ilminster/Chard group at the Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG. 7.30pm. No need to book. Entrance by donation £2.50 members, £3.50 non-members, no charge for children. Refreshments available. Sales table. Parking at roadside, town or Tesco car-parks. Enquiries: Valerie 01460 234551. Otter: coming to a river near you. Stephen Powles will present an introduction to otters: their biology, population crash/recovery and field signs. He will also introduce us to Hammer Scar, the female otter with whom he spent many hours (as featured on TV).

South Wessex Organ Society St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Alex and Alison Davies present a programme of music for organ and saxophone. Tickets £10 on the door. www.sworgansociety.org.

Life at ‘The Spectator’ and Other Adventures a talk by Martin Vander Weyer, Business Editor at ‘’The Spectator’. 7pm for 7.30pm at the Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury DT1 3GW. Tickets £6 in advance from Poundbury Garden Centre; £8 on the night. For more information, check the website: brownswordevents.org.uk.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Finale of Bridport Green Fortnight with songs from Gail McGarva and Penny Dunscombe, and poetry from stand up poet Rob Casey. Join us for a wonder filled evening of songs and poetry. Bridport Town Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information, South Street or on the night if still available Tickets £5.More details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll 7.30pm The Chapel in the Garden, 49 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3JX. Tickets: £8 in advance / £10 on the door www.wegottickets.com/englishfiddle. Join the duo for an acoustic concert in the beautiful setting of Bridport’s Chapel in the Garden.

Duncan Anselm Quintet Accessible, straight-ahead jazz – a bit of Blue Note, a bit of the Great American songbook and some original compositions. At 8pm. Tickets £14 (£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.

Lovely Girls 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Saturday 23 March

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8.5 mile walk from Wareham. Mouths of Piddle and Frome, Ferncroft Farm. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Young People’s Music Festival 2.30pm Hamdon Community Arts Project, North Street, Stoke Sub Hamdon ( former URC building ). Admission free, donations to the Arts Project invited. Come and listen to young people showcasing their musical ability in concert. Awards given to everybody taking part. Refreshments. Raffle. For more information contact Alan on 01935 579730.

Stockland Jumble Sale 2pm. Victory Hall, Bric a Brac, Books, Good Jumble. Free Parking. Refreshments Information contact, 01410 881535.

National Trust South Dorset Association at 6.30pm “Supper Evening with Quiz” St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW. Members NTSDA  £10.50  Non-members  £11.50  (Booking Essential) Contact: geoffwrench@lineone.net / 01300 321601 www.southdorsetnt.org.uk.

Clare Teal and her Trio: Swing’s The Thing 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £23 / £21 members & concessions Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Lyme Regis Comedy Club with Glenn Moore joined by three other comedians on the bill. £8 advance / £10 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends Bar opens 7pm, Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Organ Concert by Jonathan Delbridge in South Petherton Parish Church, 7.30 pm. Live video screening will allow the audience to see, as well as hear, Jonathan play a varied programme including jazz and popular pieces. Tickets, £7.50 from N&D News South Petherton, or at the door. Licensed bar. Enquiries 01460 249288.

Stoke sub Hamdon Band concert in the Church at 7.30pm. This talented and highly acclaimed Band return to entertain with a varied programme of music. Advance Ticket £7 from Norton Community Shop (on the Door £8). Wine Bar. Part of The 2019 Norton Festival Season of Music. For further information visit www.nortonfestival.org.

Poems, a Plate and a Play-Hard Shoulder Beer Arts Group presents an evening of entertainment at the Mariners Hall, Fore Street Beer EX12 3JH, at 7pm. Poems-with-stories and supper are followed by a performed reading of a one act comedy play “Hard Shoulder” by local playwright Rowland Molony. Tickets, £10 may be obtained at Beer Village Store, Fore Street, Beer EX12 3JA Tel. No. 01297 21782. Enquiries to BeerArtsGroup@gmail.com.

Tankus the Henge 8pmA ’Chance to Dance’ Event. Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

The Tuckers Jazz Club 8pm Alan Barnes, Julian Marc Stringle & The Craig Milverton Trio. The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Tickets £10 www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk 01404 831 280.

John Kirkpatrick 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Sunday 24 March

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Galmpton. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01392 214430.

Jazz in the Bar: Terry Quinney Plays Stan Getz £8 advance / £12 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends Bar opens 7pm, Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

The Cottage Garden Society Dorset Group 2pm Puddletown Village Hall, High Street, Puddletown DT2 8RX. Dorset based natural history and garden photographer Colin Varndell will talk about and share his evocative images of animals, birds, insects, wild flowers and landscapes. Raffle and refreshments. Members Free, guests £5 at the door. Enquiries Jenny Daultry  01747 851300.

Nick Cope 2.30pm (doors 2pm) £9 / £7 / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults) Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary: with songs about head lice, dogs eating soap and dragons called Keith.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath 2pm – 4pm Stour Row Village Hall, Stour Row, nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QG. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you.

Nana’s Sri Lankan Feast – Fundraiser for Arc 5.30pm – 9.30pm Guildhall Axminster. Amazing Food, Live Music, Raffle and Auction Tickets £25. From Allendale Dry Cleaners, Little Bits of Lovely & The West Country Higgler.  Axminster Enquiries Nana 07984005672.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 10.30pm. 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. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

 

Monday 25 March

AVDCS Bird Watch 10am – 2pm Bird Watch, Dartmoor, (Steps Bridge). Meet at car park on right-hand side past bridge (SX803883). Inform Fran Sinclair (07804835905) if attending. Bring a picnic.

West Dorset Ramblers 7miles. Bridport Trail. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 422514.

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support free drop-in session in support of local people living through cancer. Come along for a supportive chat, meet the team and hear about activities and therapies available. 2pm – 4pm Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe room.

Black Venn Poetry Editing Group Last Monday of the Month. £6 per session. Editing seminars open to anyone looking to develop individual poems and participate in high level critiquing as a group. www.lsibridport.co.uk/black-ven-poetry-editing-group/  LSi Bridport,51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX.

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.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Easter Bingo at Misterton Village Hall (TA18 8NA) – doors open 6.45pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Good prizes – hampers, Easter egs, etc. Raffle, tombola and light refreshments. Enq. 01460 74808.

Bridport Folk Dance Club meets  at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ.  All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Admission £3 for members, £4 visitors (membership available)  Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Mecki on 01308 423 442.

 

Tuesday 26 March

Volunteering at Magdalen Farm Come join in as the farm get going for the growing session. Seed sowing, potting on and other horticultural tasks. 10am – 4pm Lunch, tools and all training provided. To book your volunteer place please email julia@magdalenfarm.org.uk for details. The Magdalen Environmental Trust, Magdalen Farm, Winsham TA20 4PA. http://magdalenfarm.org.uk.

U3A Monthly Talk The U3A (University of the Third Age) offers a wide variety of general interest groups for retired, and semi retired people in Bridport and the surrounding areas. 2pm in Bridport United Church Hall in East Street. The cost to non members for each talk is £2. Further Information can be found at www.u3asites.org.uk/bridport. ‘The Age of Pyramids’, a talk on the World’s first pyramid; the step pyramid at Saqqara.

Sidmouth Charity Tea Dances Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing with a warm, friendly welcome. £4 each, including Tea, coffee and biscuits at 2.30pm at All Saints Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES. Further information from 01395 579856 or 577122.

Northern Harmony Concert and Workshop 6.30pm – 7.30pm Workshop 8pm Concert (doors 7.30pm)

Workshop tickets £9 / £7 members & concessions Concert Tickets £13 / £11 members & concessions Combined £19 / £15 members & concessions. St Peter’s Church, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. These 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowed for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society “Coldharbour Woollen Mill” is the subject of Martin Halse’s lecture to the Society. 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 871863.

Martock History Group Kate Lunch, a lively artistic character, Wessex born and bread, renowned Mummer and Wassailer, had interesting experiences meeting farming characters while gathering material for her latest book, called….”Farm”. Hopefully she will tell all. Martock Primary School Hall, Elmleigh Road. Tea from 7pm, talk 7.30pm, £2 admission.

Merriott Gardening Club ‘Trekking the Himalayas through a Nurseryman’s Eyes’ a presentation by Clive Groves of Groves Nurseries, Bridport. Please meet at the Tithe Barn by 7.30pm – refreshments and raffle – everyone welcome – non-members £2 at the door. For more information please contact 01460 72298.

 

Wednesday 27 March

AVDCS Walk 10am – 12.30pm Holyford Woods. With Mike Lock. For spring flowers and early migrant birds. Meet at Seaton Tower lay-by. SY233914. No dogs please.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10.5 mile circular walk from Corfe. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01823 421038.

West Dorset Ramblers 7 miles. Melbury Meander. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 423346.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Maiden Newton Art Group 1.30pm – 4.30pm. As one of our Spring workshops, this weekly Wednesday afternoon group are holding an Open Workshop/Lecture by Pamela Simpson MA on ‘Considering Landscape and Still Life Painting’, a comparative study exploring the very different and wide ranging approaches taken by artists. Pam teaches at Bath Spa and for University of the Arts, London College of Fashion.  She is an expert and entertaining lecturer with an infectious love and knowledge of her subject.  Her talks are always a revelation and you are welcome to join us at Maiden Newton Village Hall DT2 0AE.  Non Members £5 to include tea and homemade cakes at the interval.

Colyton Parish History Society East Devon Floods Remembered 2pm – 7.30pm. Colyton Town Hall, Come along and share your memories. 3.30pm a Short guided walk of Colyton flood sites. An extensive exhibition by The Environment Agency Free Admission – All Welcome. Meeting at 7.30pm Start 7.30pm except where noted. Entrance fees £2 for members, £4 for non-members – meetings open to everyone.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall. ‘Designing a Border’ – a Planting Workshop with Garden Designer Sally Leaney. Sally won best in show for her garden at Taunton Flower Show last year.  She will run a designing/planting workshop where we will discuss planting schedules, growing conditions, planting numbers etc and ‘have a go’ yourself at planning a border.  Please bring a favourite reference book to use.

Bridport Camera Club Talk by Rod Fry – Contemporary Photography & Photo Books. 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.

An Ideal Husband Recorded at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End, this is the return of Oscar Wilde’s hugely popular masterpiece. It stars Olivier Award-nominated Frances Barber (Silk), and Susan Hampshire (Forsyte Saga, Monarch of the Glen). Encore Screening £5 under 18s advance or on the door, £11 advance / £14 on the door, 10% off for Theatre Friends Bar opens 6pm, starts 7pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com .

Easter Bingo with Cash House Prizes at North Perrott Cricket Club. Doors open at 7pm with Eyes Down at 7.30pm. Licensed Bar Open. The Pavilion, Willis Lane, TA18 8SN. www.npcc.co.uk.

Play – To Win The Day7.30pm. This acclaimed folk-drama, by Dorset-based group Time & Tide, uses historical record combined with folk music of the time and area to create a song cycle of the Tolpuddle women. Follow in the footsteps of the families of the ‘Tolpuddle Martyrs’, whose lives were changed forever when their menfolk – husbands, fathers and sons – became ‘marked men’. Accompany these women on their journey, as they face prejudice against their class, religion and gender. Shire Hall, Dorchester For more information visit shirehalldorset.org.uk or call 01305 261849.

 

Wed 27 March – 6 April

The Merry Wives of Windsor Cygnet Company William Shakespeare’s epic and delightful comedy is a rollicking tale of marriage, fidelity, trickery and love. The puffed up and degenerate Sir John Falstaff, a Knight of the Garter, is seized with the outrageous idea that to seduce two of Windsor’s wealthy merry wives will prove his virility and give him access to their money, but with female cunning and a devilish plot involving their husbands, Falstaff is repeatedly tricked by the women. Tickets: £12 (£8 Under 18/NUS/Students) Cygnet Theatre, Exeter www.cygnettheatre.co.uk. 27, 28, 29, 30 March, 3, 4, 5, 6 April 7.30pm, 30 March and 6 April 2.30pm.

 

Thursday 28 March

Benefit Advice Session Dorchester an initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership.9am – 12.30pm at Age UK Dorchester. To make an appointment, please contact Age UK Dorchester on 01305 269444 or at Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester DT1 1PW   www.ageuk.org.uk/dorchester.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild  AGM at their new venue at the Crowshute Centre. New members and visitors are very welcome to join us at 6.45pm and  there is convenient parking in the adjoining public car park.

Illustrated talk at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 7.30pm local author Anne Mosscrop will recreate her recent adventure: ‘An Innocent Abroad (in Iceland)’, complete with humorous anecdotes.  All welcome; £5 includes cheese & wine. For further information phone Mary 01460 74849.

The Mixdown 2.0 presented by Tenacity. 7.30pm The Bay Theatre, Weymouth College. A mixture of drum ‘n’ bass, EDM, hard dance, house and jump up from D.Wilson, Harry B, DJ Ren!, DJ Bilbo and DJ Brad. Also live music by Weymouth College Music Students. Doors open 7pm start time 7.30pm, £5 / £3.50 on the door or reserve in advance on 01305 208702 (24hrs). Info 01305 208827 rodney_teague@weymouth.ac.uk.

 

Friday 29 March

East Devon Ramblers moderate 6 mile circular walk from Sidmouth. 10am start. Assistance dogs only. 01395 519828.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Activity – Art with Libby. 2.30pm – 4pm – therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed).  Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ.

At The Ebenezer Stephen Moss : The Language of Birds Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The Ebenezer in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, please email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

Isla by Spanish circus company, D’Click European circus theatre at its very best 7.30pm. Isla (Spanish for Island) tells the story of three shipwrecked characters who find themselves alone and dependent upon each other.  Doors open at 6.30pm at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall, New Road, TA14 6SF. Tickets from Norton Sub Hamdon Village Shop or from John Bailey 01935 881227 or from www.takeart.org.

Pop Club Birthday Bash 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £5Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Pop Club is celebrating its 18th birthday and you are invited! Inspired by shows such as Later with Jools Holland and Top Of The Pops, the young people of Pop Club have curated an evening of musical entertainment featuring multiple stages filled with music of many genres and styles, such as pop, rock, folk, soul and more.

Pete Oxley & Nick Meier Exemplary jazz and world music from two world-class guitarists, with Raph Mizraki on acoustic and electric basses and Paul Cavaciuti on drums. At 8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Sat 30 – Sunday 31 March

Mother’s day treats at Seaton Wetlands 10am – 4pm, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands. Visit Seaton Wetlands during Mother’s day weekend and enjoy a delicious cream tea from the Discovery Hut.

Suggested donation £3 per cream tea (cash only), no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395517557.

 

 

Saturday 30 March

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

Breakfast / Brunch at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Great value at £4.50 (Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast tea or coffee)  Extras available @ 50p each  Vegetarian breakfast is available. Served from 10am – 12noon (last orders 11.30am) No need to book for more info tel:01460 74340.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Thorncombe Wood. Puddletown Forest, Waterston Ridge, Stinsford. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Bridport and District Gardening Club 2019 Spring Show in the United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. The closing date for entries is 27th March 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 at 12noon until 3pm and entry is free. Teas and light refreshments are available and there will be a plant stall from 9am.

Sid Valley Horticultural Society Coffee Morning Sidford Social Hall, Byes Lane, Sidford  Sidmouth  EX10 9QX 10am – 12noon Entry £1.

Lyme Folk Fundraiser National and local acts perform at this concert, which secures funds for the town’s popular folk festival that takes place every year in September – its headline concerts are here at the Marine. Please check the website for the line-up. £15 advance / £17 on the door, 10% off for Theatre Friends, Bar opens 7pm., Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Cantamus 7pm at Holy Trinity Church, Bothenhampton DT6 4BH. “Hope, Faith and Love”- inspiring seasonal music by an accomplished choir. Works by Gibbons, Byrd, Brahms, Pergolesi and Stravinsky among others. Tickets on the door £10. Refreshments available. www.cantamus-dorset.org.

Casson and Friends: Choreocracy 7.30pm at Yeovil College Main Hall. Tickets: £10 Full. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.                            

Jazz Alan Barnes (sax and clarinet), Ian Smith (trumpet), David Newton (piano) from 8pm. Multi-award-winning jazz musicians relax and entertain us. Expect flawless jazz with plenty of anecdotes and laughter with delicious dinner before from 6.30pm. Tickets: £18 or £36 with dinner available from Café Sladers, Sladers Yard, West Bay t: 01308 459511. Please see sladersyard.co.uk for more information.

Flanders and Swann: At the drop of (another) Hippopotamus 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £17 / £15 members & concessions Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Mediterranean Evening Fundraiser Enjoy a delicious Mediterranean themed supper, live entertainment and help support the Arts Centre at the same time! A fun and friendly fundraiser. 7.30pm. Tickets £22 (must be booked in advance). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

 

Sunday 31 March

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8.5 circular walk from Cothelstone Hill. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 512973.

Mother’s Day afternoon tea For one day only, treat your mum to an afternoon tea at Shire Hall, Dorchester. Afternoon cream teas are just £15 each and are very popular, so please book in advance via 01305 261849.

Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm Toning the chakras, Vocal Overtoning, Find your Soul Note (Key Tone) to work meaningfully with the notes of your key. (Chakra Tones CDs available in every key. Followed by Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath 2pm – 4pm. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you.

Free Fun Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh Organised by the Somerset Branch of the RSCDS 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Caryford Community Hall, Muggs Lane, Ansford, Castle Cary South Somerset, BA7 7JJ. Hot and cold drinks will be provided foc. All dances will be called, dancing to CD’s. Wear some tartan if you wish. For more information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or anitaandjim22@gmail.com.