Coast and Countryside Events

Tuesday 1 October

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Bridport Hospital 2-4pm. Learn how to manage your hearing loss using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 07855 340517 or just come along on the day. Also on 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

 

Wednesday 2 October

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 6.3 mile circular walk from Newton Poppleford. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567450

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, West Dorset Wander. 10.00am 8.5 miles/13.7 km. No dogs. Please call 01308 459159

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Salwayash Village Hall 7.30 to 10pm. Cost £2 For information ring Caroline 01308 538141 or Ana 01308 422927

 

Thursday 3 October

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

Talk:  ‘New Discoveries from Roman Devon’ by Thomas Cadbury, Assistant Curator, Royal Albert Museum, Exeter. Thomas talks about recent archaeological evidence relating to 350 years of Roman occupation. 2.30pm Entry is £2 for Friends of Lyme Regis Museum & £3 for non-members. The talk is being organised by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. For further information please contact David Cox on 01297 443156. Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis.

Hardington village hall 2pm,  “Medicine and Literature in the long 19th Century”  tutor Greta De Plage. £33  Ref:- C3539592.

From Wolf Hall to Poldark: Historical Dance Class meets 19.30-21.30, St George’s Church Dorchester DT1 1LB. Taught by friendly specialist. No experience or partner needed. Wear light loose clothes & flexible footwear. £6.00 per stand-alone session, just turn up (every first Thursday, check before first time). Info Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 thedancingmaster@outlook.com

“Captain Cook” is the subject of the talk to be given by Emma Down to the Tatworth Wives Group, at 7.30pm in St. John the Evangelist church rooms, Tatworth. This is an “open meeting and all are welcome.

A Lavishly Illustrated History of Mr Punch. Mr. Punch has been around for a very long time and has had a roller-coaster of a life. Whisper and Shout uses this talk to illustrate a multitude of historic drawings and photographs to tell a story and introduce his family, friends and adversaries. At the Phoenix Hotel, Fore Street,Chard in the Ball Room upstairs. Refreshments available. New members and Guests welcome. Member £2 Guests £3 For information 01460 66165

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

Chard Camera Club The club will meet at the Baptist church hall Chard at 7.30pm for a talk entitled ‘Atmosphere Detail’ given by Linda Wevill. Any further details can be obtained by visiting their web site www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by contacting the club’s  membership secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885

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

 

Friday 4 October

Christine Collister and Michael Fix. 8pm. Christine draws her inspiration from the Celtic mysteries of the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. Michael has both the dry deserts of Australia and a German heritage in his blood. Between them, they create a rare musical synergy that enraptures audiences wherever they perform. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.  The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

Plastics Plankton and Poo, 7:30pm – 9pm, Dorset Wildlife Trust talk on the impact of micro-plastic pollution on marine invertebrates, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ, www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Hawkchurch. 10.00  start. Dogs on short leads. 01460 62060

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have an interesting talk ‘The Roman History of Ilchester’ (the  Roman occupation of Ilchester and the surrounding area with items to show and talk about, up to AD 427 – end of coinage – in the reign of  Roman ‘Western Emperor’  Valentinian III). Speaker – John Smith. Guests £2 at the Door. Contact 01935 477174. www.yalhs.org.uk

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Emma Gilmore – Body Works. 3.15 – 4.15pm Therapy session – 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

Womans (Like Romans but with a ‘W’), 7.30pm, It’s 44BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta, has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate. A physical comedy for adults and children ages 7+ devised & performed by Scratchworks Theatre, The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050

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

 

Saturday 5 October

Autumn Fest 2019 10.00am to 4.00pm Activities and for all the family, including Scarecrow Building Competition on the green and Open Mic in the Minster The Minster and green, Axminster Contact: 07878080188

11-12 am. Family Storytime with The Flying Monkeys. 11am. Stories told not showed for 3-8 year olds and their carers. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk FREE/Donation at 8pm

Landslip Harvest artist feast and live music Limited availability. 6 – 9 pm:  Cost – £15. Book tickets. Well Trodden Wrong Ways (14 September – 26 October 2019). Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Free admission.

Visit www.thelmahulbert.com for more details.

The Tuckers Jazz Club Bruce Adams and The Martin Dale Quartet 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

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Symondsbury Colmers Hill, Copper Hill, Lower Denhay Farm 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Bridport Folk Dance Club’s Centennial Dance with the talented Chris Jewell and Ted Framer calling. 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church House Hall, Bring and Share Supper. Tickets £8 from the Music Shop or call 01308 423 442. Friends old and new welcome to come along and help the club celebrate its 100 years of dancing in Bridport; expect dance displays, cake and, who knows, even bubbly. No experience or partner required.

Prohibition Special Concert. Mike Denham & Tom ‘Spats’ Langham’s whistle stop tour of Jazz. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340

Jumble / Nearly new sale, at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall. ( TA146SF.) Doors open 11am. Admission 50p Adults. All usual stalls, New/ nearly new, Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Books, DVD’s, Toys, Collectables. Bric a Brac, and much more. Cakes, Rafle and Refreshments. Everyone welcome. Proceeds in aid of Village Hall funds. Any enquiries, please contact Jennie Harris. 01935 881718.

Folk singer/songwriter Steve Knightley ‘Old Songs & New’ candlelit benefit gig for The King’s Arms Inn 7.30pm.. At Stockland Church( EX149BP) Tickets £16Adv or £18 OTD. Call Wendy on 01404 881027

Kilmington Jumble Sale 9am-12pm  the P.T.F.A Kilmington primary school community Jumble sale.Homewares, bric-a-brac, toys, books and more. Come along for a browse, a cup of tea and a bargain! Free parking in car park. Free entry. Kilmington village Hall, EX13 7RF jules.jenkin@gmail.com

 

Sat 5 – Sunday 13 October

Sidmouth Science Festival Come to Sidmouth for science by the sea. Lots of fun activities and serious talks with events for everyone; adults, children and families. Various venues. Mostly free. www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org

 

Sunday 6 October

Tales from the BBC Antiques Roadshow With book and manuscript expert Clive Farahar. Traditional afternoon tea served. A fundraising event organised by Guide Dogs South West. £12.50. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Lyme Regis Parish Church, 3pm. A recital by young organists learning under the Salisbury Diocese PipeUp! scheme. Part of the South Wessex Organ Society autumn concert series. Free with a retiring collection.

Apple Harvest Celebration at Combe Farm in Axmouth EX12 4AU from 2-5pm  Come and celebrate by picking, pressing, sampling and bottling the golden juice; traditional live music while we work; and of course enjoy our wonderful teas, juice and cakes. £1 entry, accompanied children free. Please contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for further information

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

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 9 mile circular walk from Meldon. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07866 047793

 

Monday 7 October

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Scottish Country Dancing. 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Learn steps , formations and Scottish dances in a relaxed and fun setting. Ashill Village Hall nr Ilminster TA19  9LX. Contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com

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

14th, 21st and 28th.

7pm – Harvest Supper & Produce Auction, 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 Jackie (01460 72324) or Mary (01460 74849).

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton, TA13 5DJ.  7.15 Punch and Judy Show – a Subversive Symbol from Commedia Del’Arte to the Present Day by Bertie Pearce.  Visitors £10.

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

 

Tuesday 8 October

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing departing from Uplyme Village Hall. Depart by coach UVH 9.30am Sherborne Castle and Gardens. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History. 30 acre Capability Brown English Landscape Garden with sweeping lawns, stunning herbaceous bordersand majestic trees. Delightful walks to Raleigh’s Seat, the Cascade, Courtyard Gardens and Orangery. Tea Room. Cost £17.50 total for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.

Arts society Honiton “Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China” Lars Tharp. You will look at Hogarth and ceramics with new eyes. Lars is a regular lecturer and broadcaster. He read Archaeology at Cambridge, was at Sothebys for sixteen years, and is today London’s Foundling Museum’s ‘Hogarth Ambassador’. This lecture is open to as many relatives, friends and neighbours as our members would like to invite.  There will be no charge for visitors, although any donations gratefully received. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ at 2pm.

The Ile Valley Flower Club at Broadway Village Hall This months demonstrator is Amy Shakeshaft with the title “ The Worlds your Oyster” Starts 7.30pm prompt Visitors welcome £6 entrance

Chard WI meeting at Chard Baptist Church Rooms, Holyrood Street TA20 2AH. Music quiz and cake and scones! Meeting starts 7.30. Guests and new members welcome. Call Madeleine on 01460 68495 or e-mail info.chardwi@gmail.com for more information. Meetings second Tuesday of each month.

Time for Tea and a Talk ‘Reels in Time’  John Fowler, former projectionist at Lyme Regis Cinema, gives an illustrated talk about his life in film £3 Tea & cake served. Call 01404 831207 to book or visit www.axminsterheritage.org 2.00 pm at Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH

Turn Lyme Green Dr Sue Beckers will talk about ‘Slow Carbs and Healthy Fats.’  Eating what works with your body to cut the risks of many modern diseases and reverse the changes of diabetes.  Please join us for an informative and interesting evening at the Royal Lion Hotel 7pm for a 7.30 prompt start.   Queries, Jo Smith Oliver 07525005420

 

Wednesday 9 October

7pm for 7.30 start. Bridport Camera Club. Presentation by Nigel Hicks -‘Landscape and Nature Photography from far-flung places right to your doorstep’. Showing work from 20 years as a professional photographer. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3HA. info@bridportcameraclub.co.uk. 01935 892353.

Axe Valley Centre National Trust Talk History of the Corporation of Trinity House part 1 by Alan Nicholas. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Visitors welcome £2. Tel.01297631801.

A Year in the life of Bridport Community Orchard. 7.30 pm. A short film by Rob Jayne. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk FREE/Donation

Friends of Sidmouth Town Band Coffee Concert, Free Admission, Coffee 10.30am, Concert 11.00 – midday, Andy Benoy Organist and Magician, Adam Owen-Jones Baritone, Timothy Shephard Piano, John McGregor Piano. Historic Music Room, Sidholme Hotel EX10 8UJ valhowels@uwclub.net  01297 599255

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Donkey Sanctuary. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 513974

The Beehive Acoustic Café, 8pm, A supportive open mic session in the Beehive bar with host and guitarist Terry Stacey. Free entry. Come along to listen or to play. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Strenuous Coastal Walk. 10.00am. 8 miles/12.9 km. No dogs. Please call 01305 459315

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Church House South Street 7.30 to 10pm. Cost £2 For information ring Caroline 01308 538141 or Ana 01308 422927. Also 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

 

Thursday 10 October

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

Dorchester Probus – Lunch Meeting at the Gamekeeper, Charminster, Dorchester 12 noon for 12.30pm. The speaker will be Julian Black on the Bankes family of Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle. All welcome. For more details, please contact the secretary on 01305 269315.

Crewkerne Gardening Club will welcome John Butler to give a talk on “Bumblebees in the garden”.  In a wider context these insects are vital for our survival!    This takes place in the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome-£2.50 including refreshments.

Seavington Gardening Club, 7.30 speaker is Rosy Hardy, subject is Autumn Flowering Perennials. Held in Seavington Millennium Hall. Enquiries Karen Day 01460 249728. Visitors welcome.

The year round bulb garden. 7pm. A talk by Lady Christine Skelmersdale proprietor of Broadleigh bulbs, admission £3. Plant Heritage Dorset, The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR. Contact Mrs Alex Brenton (Plant Heritage Dorset) on 01929 459496 or by email at alexandrob.ab@googlemail.com.

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

Seaton garden club meeting at 1430 Masonic hall Queen street Seaton –  talk by Jenny Short, ponds & water features visitors welcome £2 contact 01297 24049

Chard Royal Naval Association The association members will be meeting for their next social at 7.30pm in the Chard Rugby football club Essex close for an evening quiz/music quiz and catch up with members of the branch. People wishing to show interest in maybe joining the association would be made most welcome if they would like to call in on the evening. Further details can be obtained by visiting the official headquarters web site www.royal-naval-association.co.uk

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

 

Friday 11 October

Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square , Seaton.

Mike Denham’s Speakeasy with Emma Fisk Swing violinist Emma joins Mike for another session of vintage ragtime jazz,  blues and Django swing. 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.

Discussion: YCAA & Waterstones Man Booker Event 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.

The Neil Maya Quartet play Brubeck Project. Iconic jazz numbers from a brilliant and hugely popular band can be heard at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £14 (under 18’s free) from Crewkerne Town Hall or Ian on 01460 271440. Bar available. Proceeds to Friends of Crewkerne Church.

12 noon: Food on Friday, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – two course lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee, £5.  Special diets can usually be catered for if requested in advance.  Disabled facilities, ample parking, lovely view.  Open to all ages; very friendly atmosphere, newcomers really welcomed, but please book places in advance by phoning June (01460 77057) or Jackie (01460 72324), who will also provide more information if required.

Late Turner: Talk with slides by Nick Reese: Sladers Yard Gallery, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL Opening / performance times: 6.30pm Admission fee (if any): £12 or £30 with dinner to follow  Venue contact number: 01308 459511 Website: sladersyard.co.uk Leading Turner expert, Nick Reese, will give an entertaining and fascinating talk with slides about the extraordinary late works of JMW Turner.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5.3 mile circular walk from Weston. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 519547

Kingston Lacy Garden through the seasons by their Head Gardener Andrew Hunt. This beautiful restored gardens with its snowdrop display, Camellias and Rhododendrons and Kitchen garden from season to season. Kilmington Garden Club, Village Hall,Whitford Road Kilmington EX13 7RF 7.30pm  non members £3

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Laurence Anholt – writer. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

150th Anniversary of Loders School, Calling all former pupils and teachers from Loders School.  Please join us to give thanks and celebrate this occasion: 10:30 Bell Ringing, 11:00 Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Church, Loders, 11:30-13:00 Exhibition of School History at the Village Hall, Tea/ Coffee available, please bring your own lunch, 13:00-14:30 Visit the school.  Get a tour of the school with current pupils and share your memories with them. Please park at the Village Hall.

We look forward to welcoming you to our celebration of 150 years of school life in Loders. Contact Chuck Willmott bogle.2@outlook.com mob 07855995378

CoCo and the Butterfields, 8pm, Canterbury-based folk-hop band. Folk-hewn pop, with gliding guitars and powerful vocal melodies. Support band: Gentlemen of Few. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050

West Dorset Ramblers Walk, into north Dorset. 10.00am. 9 miles/14.95 km.No dogs. Please call 01300 320346

 

Friday 11 – 13 October

2019 Norton Festival at Norton sub Hamdon.   Church open 10.30am to 4pm.   Hobbies Exhibition, Organ, Flowers, Refreshments.   Saturday 12th October – Folk Concert featuring The Four Foot Four, Mitchell & Vincent, Jack & Alison. Advance ticket £7 from Village Shop.   (on the door £8).  Sunday 13th October – 9.30am: Harvest Communion – preacher David Mangles;   4pm: Festival Praise – requested hymns.   Further information:   www.nortonfestival.org

Bridport Mind Fest – Sunflower Project 2019 Three days of wonderful events and workshops, Supporting mental Wellbeing and  raising money to help local people in a crisis. The money raised will pay for ‘Sunflower Befrienders’ and excellent qualified therapists to go and be with people when they are housebound and lonely. www.bridportmindfest.org

 

Sat 12 –  Sunday 13 October

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

 

 

Saturday 12 October

A Space for Living Spirituality at The Quaker Meeting House, 95, South Street, Bridport. DT6 3NZ. Series 8 “Care of our Souls, Care of our Planet” Connecting personal transformation with sustainability of life on earth. Event 2: 10am – 4pm. “Connecting our Souls and the Natural World through Poetry and Story” led by Janet Lake. Spaces limited so booking is required Donations £10-£40 per day: bring-and-share lunch.

Contact: Janet Lake: iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

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

Living Spirituality Event 10.00-4.00 ‘Connecting our Souls and the Natural World through Poetry and Story’ led by Janet Lake Quaker Meeting House 95 South Street Bridport iona.lake@aol.co.uk

Bridport Community Orchard will be holding it’s Apple Day. This fun event has various entertainments, including a range of children activities, music, dancing, and a Mummers Play! There will be delicious freshly pressed apple juice, some of which will be made from our own apples. Other refreshments include cider, ploughman lunches and cakes. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., entrance is free, and all are welcome. The orchard is behind St Mary’s Church, off South Street. For those wishing to take away freshly pressed apple juice, please bring your own clean bottles.

Moscow Drug Club – Transcendent Troubadours of Gypsy Cabaret & Swing.  8pm. Making their fourth visit to The David Hall, Moscow Drug Club are a curious musical place where elements of Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, French Musette and Storytelling meet. This five-piece band delivers an intoxicating and intimate musical experience.  Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

Doors 7 for 7.30 Start. Leon Hunt and Jason Titley. Banjo, percussion and vocals. Bluegrass music at its very best! The Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street. Crewkerne. Somerset TA18 7HY. Tickets £10. Contact 07877206124.

Jumble Sale, 2.00 – 3.30pm, In aid of DCH Charity with Free Parking 50p entrance, St. Swithun’s Church Hall, Allington, Bridport, 07741457505

Magellan Circumnavigation, Bob Whitley and Lee Cuff Following the lives of explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his wife Beatriz, the show takes you back to a time 500 years ago when a sailor’s greatest fear was falling over the edge of the earth. An evening of great music, drama, history, and storytelling. 7.30 p.m. Shipton Gorge Village Hall Tickets from 01308 897407 OR kateshiptonvh@gmail.com OR www.artsreach.co.uk

Egyptian Society Taunton “Who Was Buried at Beni Hasan”.  Speaker: Prof Sara Orel.  The lecture will take place at 2.00pm at Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED  http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home

Arabian Night – Auction of Promies and Arabian themed meal, 7-11pm, Auction of Promises – Tea at the Houses of Parliament, Gig rowing taster session, home improvement consultation, weekend in a holiday cabin and much, much more …Arabian Knights themed meal in aid of Uplyme Communicy Sponsorship, which is  raising funds to support the resettlement of a refugee family from Syria in the Lyme/Uplyme area under the Home Office programme, Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme DT7 3UY, Tickets in advance £20 from Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138 and the Uplyme Village Store.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8.5 mile walk from Eype Eype Down, Doghouse Hill, Thorncombe Beacon, West Bay 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Bridport Apple Day, 11am – 3.30pm, music by HiDDeN, Community Orchard.

Jumble Sale at Colyford Memorial Hall. 2-4 pm. Tea/coffee cake. Free level car park. Toilets. 20p entry.  In aid of the hall.  If you have any items to donate please call Katie on 07594864872.

 

Sunday 13 October

From Wolf Hall to Poldark: Historical Dance Class meets 13.30-16.00, Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD.Taught by friendly specialist. No experience or partner needed. Wear light loose clothes & flexible footwear. £6.00 per stand-alone session, just turn up (every second Sunday, check before first time). Info Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 thedancingmaster@outlook.com

For a garden full of autumn colour visit Frankham Farm in Ryme Intrinseca (DT9 6JT), a lovely 3½ acre garden set on a working livestock & arable farm. Large garden of lawn, herbaceous borders, unusual shrubs and trees and productive vegetable garden.  Woodland walks under-planted with azalea, camellias, magnolias and cornus. Home produced lunch and teas. Sorry no dogs as livestock close by.  Open in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities, 11.30 to 5pm,  Adm £5 chd free www.ngs.org.uk

Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre – Open Day See the wheel and steam engines running, audio visual displays and many items of local and historic interest. Free entry but donations welcome. 11.30am to 3.30pm. Tea Room. Picnic Area. Toilet. Oborne Road DT9 3RX. Free parking on road. SSWC.co.uk

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

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Tipton St John. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07926 076302

 

Monday 14 October

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

Mission Shed Meeting an evening of Christian praise and worship with the Archdeacon of Exeter, Canon Andrew Beane at The Beehive, Honiton, EX14 1LZ 7pm-9pm Coffee and cake on arrival; this is  a free event. All welcome. For further information call 01404 881 313.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society  The society will be holding its next meeting at the Southill Community Centre starting at 7.30pm.  The evening’s presentation is entitled “Through the Garden Gate” and will be given by experienced garden designer Jenny Short, who will guide us through some distinctive gates to gardens at home and abroad.  The meeting is open to members and non-members and refreshments will be available.  Further information can be obtained on 01305 788939.

West Dorset Flower Club meet at the W.I. Hall in North Street, Bridport.  The meeting starts at 2.30 pm when renowned gardener/floral designer Charlie McCormick will be giving a talk.  New members and visitors are very welcome. For further details please contact the secretary on 01308 456339.

Musbury Garden Club a talk by Ken Basterfield of Blackbury Honey Farm on ‘Pollinating Insects’. Doors to Musbury Village Hall, EX13 8AJ open for refreshments at 7p.m. before the talk at 7.30p.m. Members: £1.50. Non-members very welcome: £2.50.

 

Wednesday 16 October

Bridport Probus Club Namibia & Botswana – Chris Legrand. Meet at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel at 12noon on the third Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by a talk. For more information contact Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.

Colyton & District Garden Society   Talk: ‘The History and Conservation of Stourhead Gardens’ by Alan Power, Garden and Estate Manager, National Trust.  Colyford Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.  Members free, guests £3.  For information:  Sue Price 01297 552362.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Steve Lord entitled “Round the Houses in the North West – 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, Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk, 7pm for 7.30pm, Dorset Blue Butterflies and their symbiotic relationship with ants, Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road,Sherborne, DT9 3NL, contact Mary Howes 01935 872742.

Honiton U3A October meeting at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. A talk by Stewart Raine entitled ‘ You can do a lot of things at the seaside’ .  Stewart will explore the origins and development of the seaside with particular reference to Devon. Members Free / Visitors £2.00 donation. Contact details 01404 598008 or Website http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 circular walk from Lamberts Castle. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567987

 

Thursday 17 October

Bridport & District Gardening Club Growing Sweet Peas for Exhibition & Pleasure, speaker Jim Mcdonald. 7.30pm in the Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport. The meetings are also open to non-members (£2 entrance fee).

The LSi in Bridport. 7.30pm.  A talk by historian Tim Connor. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport.co.uk £12 (fundraiser)

The Arts Society West Dorset:.The First Atlantic Liner: Brunel’s Great Western. Speaker: Helen Doe. The Town Hall, Bridport at 2.30pm. For details contact 01308 485487.

Ancient DNA and the Archaeology of South Dorset 2.30pm  a talk by Bob Benyon. St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW Presented by the National Trust South Dorset Association. NTSDA members £3 Non-members £4 inc.tea/biscuits No need to book. Contact: Geoff and Elizabeth Wrench 01300 321601

“The Story of Country Cheese” is the subject of the talk to be given by Derek March at the Tatworth W.I.meeting at 7.30pm in Tatworth Memorial Hall.

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

Clarks Village Shopping Trip: Sister Axe WI, Axminster, event. Coach pick-ups Axminster: Gamberlake 9.00am; then Trinity Square; Flamingo Pool (Lyme Road); Millwey (A358 bus stop); Chard; Ilminster Stonemasons Inn. Leave Clarks Village 3.30/4.00pm. WI members £5; non-members £7.50. Contact 07789 645028 from October 2nd.

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

West Dorset Ramblers Walk around Dewlish 10:00am. 8.5 miles/13.7km. No dogs. Please call 01308 423346

 

Friday 18 October

Craig Milverton and his Legacy Band Easy listening jazz and vocals from the family Milverton and top musicians Ashley John Long and Coach York. 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.

Fun Quiz at the Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall, 7pm, in aid of The Friends of St Candida. Details from Alan 01297 489055.

Royal British Legion The Popular Poppy Appeal Band Concert Featuring St. Swithun’s  Band Burton Bradstock Village Hall 7.30pm Tickets £5 from Burton Bradstock P.O. Or on the door.

Come and make Lesley Rundle’s Colmer Hill calico shopper. Simple machine applique to produce a fine shopping bag full of local interest.  New members and guests welcome, Bridport Embroiderers meet monthly, at St Swithuns Church, Bridport, from 10.00 – 3.30. For further details, or to join/book, phone 01308 456168 or email   cherry.bonhamlovett@btinternet.com.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Salcombe Hill. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 578699

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Sheila Ann Norton – writer. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

Chef’s Special Lunch. Roast beef followed by Lemon Ginger Crunch. Booking Essential. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340

 

Saturday 19 October

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

Quiz Night, 6.45 for 7pm, Soft drinks & nibbles available. Please bring own wine/beer, £4 per head teams of 4,  St. John’s Church Hall, Waterlake Road, Tatworth, Chard TA20 2SH, Tickets available  from Helen Johnson 01460 220221

Cancer Research Fund Raiser Hinton St George “Village Hall” 2.30 pm Prompt Start Jenny Chance will demonstarte with the tiltle “ Autumn Splender “ Tickets £8 includes Tea and Cake Spend a pleasant afternoon relaxing and watching wonderful flowers been put together Tickets £8  raffle of arrangements

Tickets can be purchased at “ Our Shop “ Hinton St George or by phoning 01460 75025/77233

Chris While and Julie Matthews. 8pm. With 24 years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, major British artists and singer/songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews are celebrating 25 years as a duo in 2019 with an extensive autumn tour of the UK. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

C.U.P.I.D. the West Dorset group for those with any type of stoma or pouch will be holding their next meeting from 10:00 until noon at The Dorford Centre (Dorchester Baptist Church), Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR.   You, your friends and family are invited to this informal gathering to see products demonstrated by Sian Nixon of Pelican, our sponsors.  This is also an opportunity to hear Captain Robin Drysdale talking about rowing the Atlantic as part of the 2018 Talisker Trans-Atlantic Challenge in his boat ‘Men of Oar’.  There will  be a ‘brain teaser’ as you enjoy a tea or coffee for those who enjoy a little mental stimulation, or you can simply chat to others who share the same health issues that you might be experiencing.

‘Buy By Donation’     Disposal of many items including household and plants by donation at The Church Room Axminster from 9.00 – 12.30pm on Saturday October 19th.    Tea coffee and cakes available.    All donations to support Axminster’s Memory Café, Willow and Conybeare Day Centre and Church Services and events for those living with dementia in Axminster.    Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Awareness information available.    Come for a chat with others.    Contact: 01297 32927

Axe Valley Community Choir 10th anniversary charity concert in aid of Arc Axminster at The Minster, Axminster. Tickets £8 available at Archway Bookshop, Axminster, Colyford Stores, Colyford and at the door. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30. For further information on the choir please contact Jan on jan.windhover@gmail.com and for Arc please visit arcaxminster.org

Hawkchurch Church. 7pm. Three generations of the Gibbins and Thatcher Families present Music for all … 1960s to the present day. A fabulous evening of musical entertainment from this talented family. Music for all taste. Refreshments included. Bring a bottle of your own choice. Tickets £10 from 01297 678622/678285. Raising funds for Community Facilities within the church.

Free Defibrillator and First Aid  Workshop at Axmouth Village Hall from 10am to 3pm

Refreshments will be available + soup and bread for lunch. Organised and funded by The Spiral Centre. Please contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for more information and to book your place.

Kirsty McGee with Ben Bedford  Café Sladers, Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL Opening / performance times: 8pm Admission fee (if any): £12 or £30 with dinner from 6.30pm

Venue contact number: 01308 459511 Website: sladersyard.co.uk Singer songwriter Kirsty McGee has released 7 albums, collaborated with jazz legends and featured in Danny Boyle’s movie Trance, don’t miss her now performing with the American artist Bed Bedford.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association members will be meeting for their next social at 7.30pm in the Chard Rugby football club Essex close for an evening quiz/music quiz and catch up with members of the branch. People wishing to show interest in maybe joining the association would be made most welcome if they would like to call in on the evening. Further details can be obtained by visiting the official headquarters web site www.royal-naval-association.co.uk

Sunday 20 October

Sarah St John. 3pm. Sarah was fortunate enough to perform as leading lady in such classics as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on The Roof, Anything Goes and Hello Dolly. Then, after a short break as a lead singer for a Rock/Pop covers band, Sarah decided to strike out on her own as a soloist, supported by the Big Band sound of Smooth Jazz, Slow Swing and songs from The Great American Song Book, along with a few of her most favoured Blues and Easy Listening numbers. Tickets: £8. No concessions.  The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

Dances With Shakespeare: Historical Dance Class meets 13.30-16.00, Barrington Village Hall  TA19 0JE. Taught by friendly specialist. No experience or partner needed. Wear light loose clothes & flexible footwear. £6.00 per stand-alone session, just turn up (every third Sunday, check before first time). Info Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 thedancingmaster@outlook.com

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be holding their annual ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ church service at St Thomas church Cricket St Thomas at 10am. Anyone wishing to attend the service with a Naval flavour would be most welcome to join all in attendance at the church.

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

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Budleigh Salterton. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 442326

Shute Community Apple Day, 12pm – 4pm Celebrating the Crimson Victoria, Shute’s very own apple variety and Devon’s rich orchard heritage. At Rowlands, the 16th century orchard of the historic Shute Estate. Further details: Samantha Knights, samanthaknights@gmail.com,  or Ruth Worsley, Legacy to Landscape Project Coordinator: legacytolandscape@gmail.com  01297 489741

 

Monday 21 October

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Chard, Ilminster & District U3A Open meeting at 2.00 pm with a talk entitled “Lost in the Clouds”. Ros Liddington presents a humorous view on digitising your photos and makes an impassioned plea for us to retain the objects from our past. Admission free to members and retired visitors. The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard. Further information 01460 68629 or our website https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster

 

Tuesday 22 October

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. James Feaver presents: ‘Food for Free, foraging for wild food’.

Dear Events

Martock History Group,  7 for 7.30 pm.  Julian Orbach on non-conformist chapel buildings and the impact all the different sects have made on our towns and villages.  Julian revised the Pevsner for Somerset in 2011 and has many photos.  In Martock Primary School Hall, Elmleigh Road, TA12 6EF.  £3 for non-members, 01935 822202.

West Dorset Ramblers Walk alongside the Fleet. 10:00am. 8.5 miles/13.7 km. Dogs optional. Please call 01308 898484

 

Wednesday 23 October

Vintage Textiles Fair A treasure trove of gorgeous and unique textiles, haberdashery, trimmings and vintage fashions and accessories. 9.30am – 3pm. Admission Free.  Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Autumn Show and Harvest Supper. (Bring and Share). Show classes that celebrate the autumn harvest – produce, flowers, preserves and baking.

Colyton Parish History Society Start 7.30pm Entrance fees £2 for members, £4 for non-members – meetings open to everyone. Colyford Memorial Hall. Chard & It’s Victorian Heritage by Vince Lean.

7pm for 7.30 start. Bridport Camera Club. Colin Varndell, internationally renowned local photographer, with an introduction to Nature Skills. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3HA. info@bridportcameraclub.co.uk. 01935 892353.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Ottery St Mary. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. 07922 651426

West Dorset Ramblers Walk on the Downs. 10.00am. 7.5 miles/12.1 km. No dogs. Please call 01300 320084.

 

Wednesday 23 – 26 October

7:30 pm, Nude With Violin, A classic comedy play by Noel Coward, performed by S.T.A.G. and directed by Enid Perry. Bringing live theatre to the community. With a themed Art competition and exhibition open to local students. Kilmington Village Hall, Kilmington EX13 7RF, Tickets available at Archway Bookshop, Axminster. 01297 33595. Or online shutetheatreandartsguild.org.uk.

 

Wed 23 – Wed 30 October

Halloween Half Term Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Try your hand at pumpkin rolling and all manner of ghoulish delights, and enjoy an A-Z rainbow of pumpkins and gourds grown in our kitchen garden. Normal admission prices apply. www.fordeabbey.co.uk   Tel: 01460 220231.

Chard and Its Victorian Heritage by Vince Lee Colyford Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. £2 Members, £4 non-members to include refreshments All welcome

 

Thursday 24 October

From Wolf Hall to Poldark: Historical Dance Class meets 19.30-21.00, Castle Cary Market House BA7 7AH Taught by friendly specialist. No experience or partner needed. Wear light loose clothes & flexible footwear. £6.00 per stand-alone session, just turn up (every fourth Thursday, check before first time). Info Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 thedancingmaster@outlook.com

Furleigh Foraging Flavours – Pairing Furleigh Wines with Foraged Gems…6:45pm. Chris Onions from The Old Dairy Kitchen will present a selection of foraged gems sourced from seashore to woodland and hedgerow and explain their culinary uses. You will then taste them in the form of six especially created canapés each based on a different foraged flavour. Rebecca Hansford will introduce a selection of Furleigh Estate wines from which she will help you identify the best flavour pairings with each foraged item. Places are limited so booking is essential at https://www.furleighestate.co.uk/events Cost £30.00 per head. Furleigh Wine Estate, Salway Ash, DT6 5JF

10am – noon: Community Coffee Morning in Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  There will be a 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)

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

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

Lily and the Albatross, 3pm, Live on stage an original story by Tall Tree Theatre about a small family of three, the legend of Great Captain Markham and how they learn to fly in the face of a storm. A heartfelt story about achieving the unachievable and never letting go of your childhood dreams. For ages 5+ but younger welcome. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050

The South Dorset RSPBGroup will hold a meeting at The County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester starting at 7-15pm. The speaker will be Peter Robertson talking about The wildlife and management of RSPBArne from Ladybird spiders to Sika deer. Admission is £3-0 members, £4-0 visitors to include coffee and biscuits. All welcome

 

Friday 25 October

The Teacups Award-winning A-capella quartet singing British folk songs, with heart, soul and extraordinary close-harmony. 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.

The Tweed Project. 8pm. The Tweed Project is a collaboration between some of Scotland and England’s most in-demand explorers of their respective country’s Folk traditions. The band will be interpreting songs from traditional collections, as well as contemporary compositions. This is their first performance at The David Hall.   Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

Meet the Author: Andrew Lownie, 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, acclaimed historian Andrew Lownie marks 40 years since the assassination of Lord Mountbatten by the IRA with a new book, ‘The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves’. Andrew will be discussing these two remarkable people and their complex marriage, while revealing new information on the controversies of Mountbatten’s career, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, EX10 8NG, contact 01395 515551

“Orthoptera & Allies” 7.30pm. Bryan Pinchen, Ecologist & Author will look at the recognition & identification of British Grasshoppers, Crickets, Groundhoppers, Cockroaches & Earwigs: their lifecycles, predators, habitats & conservation. Sales table, refreshments. Admission by donation SWT Ilminster/Chard group Adult members £2.50, non-members £3.50, no charge for children. Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG roadside parking or town car parks. Enquiries: Valerie 01460 234551

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Woodbury. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01392 873881

Broadwindsor and District Horticultural Society Autumn Quiz Night. Comrades Hall , Broadwindsor. 7.30pm Start .Teams of up to 4 people.£5 per person ,includes a cheese supper. Please bring your own drink.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Activity – art with Libby. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Anne Escott offering Foot massage. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

Track Dogs, 8pm, Joyful folk, Latino, Americana fusion. The band has a striking line-up of 4-part harmonies, acoustic guitar, ukulele and bass alongside cajón and trumpet with a bit of banjo and mandolin thrown in for good measure! The Beehive, Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050

Lyme Regis Parish Church, 7.30pm. ‘The Organ in Concert’ – the South Wessex Organ Society’s birthday concert. Music by Handel, Haydn, JS Bach and Telemann. Orchestral ensemble with organ soloists Alex Davies and Peter Parshall, soprano Chloe Stratta, bass Jim Wills.  Tickets £10. See www.sworgansociety.org for details

 

Saturday 26 October

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

Barn Dance, 7:30 to 11:00, in Chideock Village Hall, dancing to Mischief and Mayhem, Ploughman’s supper, Bar, Tickets £10:00 from Val on 01297 489 417

Talk from Gordon Barnett “Music in every home” he brings his musical box collection to Weymouth Library Great George Street for the Friends of Weymouth Library group and their visitors.  £3 non members of FOWL, 10.30 start, booking advisable, tickets from Library Desk.  Ring 01305 750557 for information, or look on the website fowl2017.wixsite.com/fowl

The David Hall Quiz Night – A ‘Support The David Hall’ Event. 7.30pm. Join us for an evening full of fun and facts. Test your knowledge, enjoy a ploughman’s supper and raise money for The David Hall at the same time. Maximum four team members. Tickets: £6 incl. supper.  Advanced booking only by Wednesday 23 October. No Tickets available on the night. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

Axe Valley Centre National Trust Autumn Fair. Colyford Memorial Hall 10.30am-12.30pm. Entry £1. Further information 01297598296.

Anna Mudeka for Artsreach with KURE KURE/ Faraway. Zimbabwean singer, musician, dancer, storyteller in Powerstock Hut 7pm for 7.30pm .Tickets 01308 485474/485730  £9,£6,£25

Stockland Jumble Sale Bric a brac, Books, Refreshments. 2pm Victory Hall Info 01404 881535.

Talk  on Music in Every Home – Gordon Barnett brings his musical box collection to entertain us.

10.30 Weymouth Library, Great George Street, Weymouth, DT4 8NN  £3 for non members of FOWL  Tickets from the Library, booking advisable Friends of Weymouth Library 01305 832613/750557

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Hooke mNorth Poorton, Burcombe, Mapperton 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

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

Screen Bites – Second Slice. Doors open at 7pm. Screen Bites, Dorset’s Food and Film Festival, is coming to Halstock. There’ll be a mini farmers’ market with local food producers offering tastings, followed by a fascinating talk from Liberty Dairies about their new organic milk venture. Then settle down to watch the great comedy movie:- Madame (15) with Harvey Keitel and Toni Collette. Venue: Halstock Village Hall. Tickets £8.from www.screenbites.co.uk or from Halstock Shop.

Axminster Musical Theatre are having a Quiz Evening!  Come along to The Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster EX13 5AD. 7 for 7 30 pm. £5 entry. Maximum 6 persons per team.   Good prizes and fun plus a bar!

Sunday 27 October

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

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

South Somerset Ramblers 10 mile walk from Ham Hill, Lime Kiln CP. via Haselbury Plucknett and Middle Chinnock. Meet at 10 a.m. and bring a picnic. Registered assistance dogs only.

Contact, Carl 01460 30163

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

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Sidmouth. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 578699

 

Monday 28 October

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

 

Tuesday 29 October

La Baracca presents: Upside Down. 11am and 1.30pm. An enchanting non-verbal, early years theatre show for 2-5 year olds from the Italian company, La Baracca. The show runs between 35 – 40 minutes. Tickets: £5 for one child, £8 for two.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom entry is free. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

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

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

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

 

Wednesday 30 October

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

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

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

 

Thursday 31 October

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

Charity Christmas Card Sale Stock up on Christmas cards and support your favourite charities at the same time. 10am – 1pm. Admission free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells. 7pm. Try your hand at mixing potions, and yes, they are whipped up in a cauldron. Using a set of ingredients sourced from ancient magick textbooks, you’ll chop, grind, and mix up concoctions such as the Transfiguration Tonic, which you will then proceed to drink. No witches or wizards under the age of 18. Dressing up strongly encouraged! Booking is essential and tickets are £30 each. Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

Yeovil Railway centre, Yeovil Junction, Stoford BA22 9UU: Halloween Event. Please see website for details and booking – www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com or recorded information on 01935 410420

Stepping into Nature Roots of Religion.  Meet at the Discovery Centre at 10.40am.  A leisurely themed walk around West Bay. Open to all ages, suitable for the over 55’s and dementia friendly, this is a free event. Donations welcome. Further details 01308 427288 info@westbaydiscoverycentre.org

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

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

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

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

 

Thu 31 Oct – Mon 4 Nov

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