Coast and Countryside Events

Tuesday 18 December

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

Christmas carols and guided ramble 10am – 1pm. Lift your spirits with Christmas carols and a guided ramble taking in the winter wildlife on Brownsea.   Finish your morning with some warming mince pies and mulled wine in our island church. Adult £25, child £12.50 . Also 20 December. Brownsea Island www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Poetry Walk at Thorncombe Woods 1.30pm – 2.30pm (Stepping into Nature) All welcome, but especially suitable for people with dementia and their carers, these gentle strolls look at the landscape using senses such as touch, sound and smells to enable those involved to discover the reserve. Meet Claire at the Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre (DT2 8QH). Call Claire on 01305 251228 for more information or to book. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

RNLI Christmas Carols in the George, West Bay with a Grand Raffle from 7pm – 10pm.

Wednesday 19 December

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 7.5 mile circular walk from Beaminster. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 23424.

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

Colyton & Colyford Memory Café Colyford Christmas Café in the Colyford Memorial Hall  from 2pm – 4pm. For more information ring Sue Whitell on 01297 599477. Members are welcome to attend sessions in both Colyton and Colyford – see first and third Wednesdays.

Christmas Bingo at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne at 2pm. Good Prizes, raffles and refreshments available. All welcome. 01460 74340.

Devonshire Association Axe Valley Branch: at 2.30pm. An illustrated talk by Colin Pady  “Carthorses to Computers”. 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.

Angels Proclaim The Stanchester Quire Christmas Concert of carls and readings, collected from the South West of England, at St Mary’s Church, East Chinnock, BA22 9DR, at 7.30pm. Retiring collection. Details from 01935 864408 or leosca4@gmail.com.

Jurassic Folk 8pm – 10.30pm, Music and song for all to enjoy. Free admission for musicians, singers & spectators. Eyre Court, 2 Queen Street, Seaton, EX12 2NY. For further details call Adrian 01404 549903 or Mike 01404 43429 or www.jurassicfolk.co.uk.

 

Thursday 20 December

Chard Camera Club at the Baptist Church hall at 7.30pm. In-house completion on the subjects of ‘Close Up’ and two on an ‘Open’ subject. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or membership secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

Living Tree @ The Bull Hotel “Tabletop” games night with nibbles and drinks. A fun evening to round off the year. 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.

Candlelit Carols for Choir and Congregation: Traditional service at Whitchurch Canonicorum Church 7pm.

Mad Dog McRea + support: Beans on Toast 8pm £16.50 in advance, £18 on the door (standing). Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. From self penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard! The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Thur 20 – Sat 22 December

Season’s Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn (Somerleigh Players) 7.30pm £12 / £10 members & concessions / limited exclusive premium seating options available, see website for prices and further details Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Somerleigh Players guarantee festive fun. In the author’s own words: ‘a play about love and about how unfair it is. And success and failure. And jealousy and self-deception. And greed and envy and lust and gluttony. Just an average family Christmas’.

 

Friday 21 December

Winter solstice – Corfe Castle 7.15am – 9am. Experience the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins. Includes a hot drink and breakfast roll. Booking essential 0344 249 1895 £12. www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Otterton. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 266668.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group Members’ Christmas social – who knows what may happen. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers – Holly At Christmas 2018 26 Years of Rock ’n’ Rolling The World!

7.30pm, £19 £18 Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com. Buddy Holly and the Cricketers once again herald in the Yuletide festivities with Holly at Christmas, the show that is now as traditional as mulled wine and mince pies! Holly’s hits, other contemporary classics and some Christmas crackers are all wrapped up in a fast, furious and funny feast of entertainment to make the perfect gift for all the family.

Christmas Concert at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne The Phoenix Brass Band doors and Bar open at 7pm with concert starting at 7.45pm. Tickets £10 to include a glass of mulled wine and a mince.

Watkins & Swarbrick in concert Thorncombe Sports & Social Club, Horseshoe Lane, Thorncombe, nr Chard, TA20 4PS at 8pm. Bar, Pay what you think the performance was worth at the end. Booking Essential: 01305 837299 or songsfromthehalls234@gmail.com.

 

Fri 21 – Saturday 22 December

Lost Lore (Lost Tale Theatre) Friday 7pm, Saturday 4pm & 7pm £12 / £10 members & concessions / £25 family (max. 2 adults) Dorchester Arts, Wolfeton Riding House, Wolfeton, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QN 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Using breath-taking sound design and enchanting animation, Lost Lore will transport you to a world of witches, princesses, tricksters and sorcery. Wrap up warm, bring along a blanket and gather around the fire for a spellbinding and unforgettable journey.

 

Saturday 22 December

Free live music by Plum Jam 11am – 1pm A four-piece band playing semi-accoustic Swing, Retro Pop, Latin and Jazz. Get into the Christmas spirit by coming along and enjoying some foot-tapping music. Arts Café Bar. The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

The Snow Baby 2pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com. Deep in the remote snowy forest an icy wind blows and snowflakes fall from the sky. Doris and her Bear Man live on the jill, alone but happy. Wrapped up in a snowy smother, they are in love. But when the snowstorm comes, Doris’ Bear Man disappears! How will Doris survive by herself in a forest plagued with nothing but bad weather and a cloud of hungry crows? Soap Soup Theatre present The Snow Baby, a magical children’s theatre show with beautiful puppetry, imaginative storytelling and music that will give you goosebumps – a gentle show exploring family, love and loss, with lots of music, confetti and funny bits for the whole family to enjoy!

The Sheldon Singers 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church, Honiton. Christmas Concert including Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ and congregational carols with organ.  Accompanied by Katie McClaughry – Harp and Sean Tucker – Organ.  Tickets £10. Contact Mike on 01404 480136, or on the door.

 

Sunday 23 December

The Nutcracker screened live from the Bolshoi Ballet, at The Gateway, Seaton. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for this timeless story to enchant audiences of all ages, as Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. Licensed bar and refreshments. Doors open 2.30pm, screening starts 3pm. Tickets £15adv/£17.50 on door (if available) online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person at The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD.

Monday 24 December

Candlelit 1st Mass of Christmas 6pm St Swithun’s Church North Allington DT6 5DU. Free Parking.

 

Tuesday 25 December

Christmas Day Service 9.30am. St Swithun’s Church North Allington DT6 5DU. Free Parking.

 

Wednesday 26 December

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 10 mile circular walk from Salcombe Hill. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 22030.

 

Friday 28 December

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5.5 mile circular walk from Burleigh Salterton. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 07786 077407.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group Social meet-up. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

 

Saturday 29 December

Mary Anning Walks in Lyme Regis. See the landmarks of Lyme Regis’s most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of ‘the greatest fossil hunter ever known’. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils. The walk follows the old paths and streets of Lyme and is moderately difficult with some steep slopes and approximately 20 steps. Flat shoes and waterproofs are recommended. The duration of the walk is approximately an hour and a half. 1.30pm – 3pm Cost: £4 – £8. Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA 01297 443370 Book online: www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk/events/category/walks/mary-anning-walks/.

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

 

Sunday 30 December

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Wooton Hill. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 22030.

Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm If you think meditation means only silent navel gazing-think again! Toning is an ‘out loud’ form of meditation, energising the subtle body chakras by joyfully sounding the sacred Sanskrit (actually universal) vowel sounds. Overtoning,-learning to make audible the usually inaudible overtones present in any note you sing-is a form of sonic ‘magic’ associated with the sacred sound secrets of all esoteric traditions. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA .

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA 2pm – 4pm. 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.

 

Monday 31 December

New Year’s Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs at 8.15pm. Bring in 2019 in style with music and dance at The David Hall. Tickets: £17 includes a light supper. No concessions. Booking essential by Friday 14 December. No tickets available on the night. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

 

Tuesday 1 January 2019

The Lyme Lunge A fancy dress dip in the sea at Lyme Regis on New Year’s Day at 1pm. Free entry with a fancy dress parade at 1pm on the beach then a run for the water. Organised by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis this is the 11th running of this event becoming more popular every year. This year’s charity will be the “Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal”. Sponsor forms available via  www.what’soninlyme.co.uk. Enquiries to Rtn John Berry. johnberry.mangles@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday 2 January

Illustrated Talk: To Buy a Whole Parish: Rousdon and the Peek Family For more than 10 years. Nicky Campbell has been researching the history of the Rousdon Estate and the Peek family who bought it in the 19th century. She tells this wonderful story of social history following a community in Devon from Victorian times. Axminster History Society talk All welcome, £2 guests. 7.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

 

Thursday 3 January

West Dorset Ramblers 6.5 miles – Abbotsbury. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320084.

East Devon Conservation Volunteering 10am – 3pm, various sites across East Devon. Join the Wild East Devon ranger and volunteers to help with a range of practical tasks across East Devon. Contact the team to register your interest ad find out this week’s task and location. A free event, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.co.uk, 01395517557.

Wellbeing Walk at Radipole Lakes (Stepping into Nature) 11am – 12noon. This is a relaxed, sociable and gentle monthly walk which is open to all , a health walk for healthy body and mind. We generally walk about a mile in distance taking 40 minutes to 1 hour, usually around our Radipole reserve in the heart of Weymouth. You may see fabulous wildlife on the walk, but the focus is simply a stroll and chat. This walk is dementia friendly, and particularly suitable for anyone wishing to lose weight, recovering from illness or wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Contact RSPB Radipole Lakes on 01305 778313. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship The next meeting of the West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship at 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Jan Tollerfield will give a talk on Frederick Treves. Set up over 30 years ago for retired employees  of the Health Service and their partners living in Dorset and meet on the first Thursday of every month. New members welcome.

NT Live (Encore): Allelujah! (15) 7pm Adult £15.30, Student £12.30 The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Chard History Group in The Ballroom at Phoenix Hotel in Fore St, Chard at 7.30pm. The A.G.M. is followed by John Malcolm, the former Mayor is going to set a difficult verbal Quiz about the Town and surrounding villages. For example “WHO was hanged on May 20th 1878 and for WHAT?” or “WHERE was the Royal residence in the village nearby Chard?” Refreshments are available. New members and guests are welcome. Members £2 and Guests £3. For information call 01460 66165.

Chard Camera Club meeting at the Chard Baptist Church hall, Holyrood Street at 7.30pm for the first meet of 2019. Members will be competing in an in house competition in Digitally Projected Images in the categories of ‘Vanishing Point’ and two open subjects. It could be an ideal time for anyone wishing to enquire about the club and it’s activities to come along and meet the members all enquiries will be pleasantly received. Further information can be obtained by visiting the website www.chardcameraclub.org.net or by phoning the club members secretary Joyce Partridge 01460 66885.

 

Friday 4 January

From Desert to Cloud Forest: Flora and Fauna of the Canary Islands

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Colin Ryall, a retired lecturer and geologist, gives an illustrated talk on the flora and fauna of the Canary Islands. 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.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2.00pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Art with Libby. Worry busting with Louise Wender. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

 

Saturday 5 January

West Dorset Ramblers 6 miles – Pub walk. Starts at 10am. Wiseman pub, West Stafford. Bring snack, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6 mile walk from Seaton Hole via Beer and Branscombe.

10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Bridport Seed Potato Day Bridport United Church, East Street – 10.30am – 1.30pm Free admission. Light refreshments available. 60+ varieties of seed potato for sale by the single tuber plus many other seeds and plants.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be cutting scrub at Lankham Bottom (near Cattistock West Dorset) in order to maintain wildflower rich grassland for Butterfly Conservation. Always welcoming 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 Sunday 5 January.

MakeShift Ensemble: The Children in the Moon 2pm Treat the family after Christmas with this wonderful show. Join the MakeShift Ensemble’s two fantastic storytellers as they take you on a magical journey with their amazing puppets and songs. The Makeshift Ensemble tells the story of Zack and Lil using beautifully hand-crafted puppets and a larger than life travelling tea machine which brews fabulous stories and doubles as a stage on which the characters can explore, play and bring their tales to life. It’s theatrical fun for all the family! Tickets: £9 Full. £8 Under 12s. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk or phone 01460 240 340.

Bridport Ceilidhs at 7.30pm – 11pm in St Mary’s Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport, feature popular local band “Jigs for Gigs” with Ray Goodswen 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 www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com.

Andre Rieu’s 2019 New Year’s Concert from Sydney 7pm £10.30. Join the maestro, André Rieu, as he presents his festive concert recorded live in Sydney’s stunning Town Hall. The King of Waltz brings a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, the platin tenors and plenty of surprises! The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Celebrate Twelfth Night with entertainment by Tinker’s Cuss Band, at Bridport Town Hall, 7.30pm.  In aid of the Friends of Bridport Millennium Green. Tickets cost £7.50 (members £6.50) and include Buck’s Fizz and mince pies. Information from Sue Wilkinson, 01308 425037.

 

Sunday 6 January

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10.5 mile circular walk from Steps Bridge. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07940 572330.

 

Monday 7 January

Axe Vale & District Conservation Society 10am – 12.30pm Identifying trees in winter. Walk at Holyford Woods.          With Mike Lock. Meet at Seaton Tower lay-by. SY233914. No dogs, please.

Inspired by Archives 10.30am (Stepping into Nature) Enjoy the countryside? Love history? Enjoy both with pictures, maps or recordings at the Dorset History Centre (Dorchester) and learn something new about the natural world and local artists. The group is open to everyone including carers, those with dementia or with mobility, sensory or learning difficulties or those who would just enjoy the company and stimulation. It’s all about relaxing, meeting new people and having fun. Contact Maria on 01305 228947 or m.gayton@dorsetcc.gov.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes Down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included.7.30pm – 10pm. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. Cost £1.50. www.chardscottishdancing.org Mondays 14th, 21st, 28th January.

Scottish Country Dancing Ashill Village Hall Nr Ilminster TA19 9LX. Every Monday evening 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Contact Anita Wilson   anitaandjim@gmail.com  or tel 01460 929383.

West Dorset Jive Community Evening Dancing and Cake Event – Free to Attend 7.30pm – Chideock Village Hall, DT6 6JW – All dancers welcome – No need to book, just turn up and bring friends!

Bridport Folk Dance Club 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 14th, 21st and (live music on) 28th.

 

Tuesday 8 January

Seaton Wetlands Tuesday Task Force 9.30am – 12noon, Seaton Wetlands. Join the Wild East Devon ranger and volunteers to help with a range of practical tasks at Seaton Wetlands. Contact the team to register your interest ad find out this week’s task and location. A free event, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.co.uk, 01395517557.

West Dorset Ramblers 6 miles Weymouth Seafront. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, dogs optional. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484.

Learn Hedgelaying for Free Looking to find a way to meet new people and to help care for the environment? Join this 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 led by the resident ranger, Julia Bloom, and is based at Magdalen Farm between Beaminster & Chard. Free of charge to willing volunteers the day runs from 10am – 3pm and includes light refreshments with a simple lunch. Suitable for adults only. Booking essential – to confirm your place, or find out more information, please visit or website www.magdalenfarm.org.uk/events or email julia@magdalenfarm.org.uk. Also on 19, 29 January.

Honiton Decorative & Fine Arts Society The magic of pantomime – Ian Gledhill 2pm at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ. Membership Application forms can be downloaded from www.honiton-dfas.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 15th, 22nd and 29th.

Axe Vale Stamp Club 7.30pm for 8pm start at the Bradshaw Rooms, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH. Members’ Alphabetic Competition (Letter ‘H’).

Chard WI meeting at Chard Baptist Church Rooms, Holyrood Street TA20 2AH. Speaker Michael Otterbec, Dectectorist, starts 7.30pm. New members welcome. Call Sandy on 01460 239688 or e-mail info.chardwi@gmail.com  for more information. Meetings second Tuesday of each month.

Bridport Sangha meditation evenings 7.30pm – 9pm. Quaker meeting House, Contact David Will 07950959572. All are most welcome, Bridport Buddhist Society.

 

Wednesday 9 January

West Dorset Ramblers 6 miles Maiden Newton & Cattistock. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, dogs on leads.

All welcome. Please call 01300 341664.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8.5 mile circular walk from Sidmouth. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07546 267229.

Axe Vale & District Conservation Society 10am – 4pm Work Party – Trinity Hill Scrub clearance.  Meet at reserve car park (SY307959) Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a picnic.

Colyford Photographic Club Macro photography – Practical ~Evening – Bring your own camera. at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Road, Colyton EX24 6QJ  start time 7.30 pm – there are extra Wednesday’s during the year for workshops as advertised on their web page. A club who encourages New and Seasoned Photographers and can be contacted via colyford.photographic@gmail.com or 07753 911751 www.colyfordanddistrictphotographicclub.co.uk.

Bridport Camera Club Creative Evening – Showcasing work from members past and present with Simon Nobes, Jill Hunt, Joy Uglow and Mervyn Higgs – infrared, alternative print process, abstract and 360deg photography. 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.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF. A friendly club with live music and guest caller every week – this week featuring Jeroka with Simon Maplesden calling. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

 

Thursday 10 January

Dorchester Probus  Lunch Meeting at the Gamekeeper, Charminster DT2 9QZ, 12 noon for 12.30pm. The speaker will be John Aplin, the River Baliff for the River Frome. New members very welcome. For more details, contact the Secretary on 01305 269315.

Seaton Garden Club at 2.30pm at the Masonic Hall, Queen Street, Seaton – Illustrated talk by Mike Lock entitled “Wild flowers of East Devon”. Visitors welcome, charge £2 to include refreshments. Contact details 01297 24049.

Seavington Gardening Club at 7.30pm.  James Cross – Head Gardener at The Bishop’s Palace will be talking about ‘ The Bishop’s Palace ‘ Wells. The meeting will be held in Seavington Millennium Hall . Visitors welcome £2 at the door. Enquiries Karen Day. 01460 249728.

Crewkerne Gardening Club is pleased to welcome Jane Pearce who will talk on “Ponds & Wildlife” in the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome , £2.50.

Chard Royal Naval Association AGM meeting at the Chard Rugby Football Club, Essex close Chard at 7.30pm. Members of the association will be renewing their membership for another year and would be  happy to invite any one showing an interest in becoming members of the very active local branch of a great association. You do not have to be a former service person in order to join them. Further details can be obtained from the branch secretary Mr Garry Pennells on 01460 77978.

 

Friday 11 January

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Colyton. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 07710 160903.

Seaton Wetlands outdoors club 10am – 12.30pm, Seaton Wetlands. Join this social club for over 55s to enjoy walks around Seaton Wetlands and wildlife themed activities. Part of the Connecting Actively to Nature Project. £2 per person, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.co.uk, 01395517557. Also 25 January.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 1pm. Sing with Jane. 2.00pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Peter Harden talks about the wooden clocks he makes. Therapist: Peter Cove. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

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, who will also provide more information if required.

Kilmington Garden Club 7.30pm. Toby Buckland from the BBC Gardeners World will be talking the Village Hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF. Tickets £10 in advance, to book contact Lesley Rew 07900827689.

T-Rextasy 7.30pm. Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era.  With Bolan’s special ingredient of Rock-a-Boogie songs, the band had a string of huge hits throughout the 1970s including Love to Boogie, Telegram Sam, Jeepster and 20th Century Boy. Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Roger Marks’ Cornish Jazz Armada Swinging traditional jazz, played by a crew of expert musicians, led by trombonist Roger Marks. At 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£30 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The Hut People Taking the audience on a musical journey around the world, this English instrumental outfit is established as one of the best loved acts on the UK folk scene. £10 advance / £12 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends Bar opens 7pm, Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Saturday 12 January

Martock Farmers Market 10am – 1pm  in the Moorlands precinct, North Street. Some people have been asking if there is a market in January. Yes, there most definitely is! A Farmers Market isn’t just for Christmas! With a strong presence this month selling everything from cauliflowers to carrots.  Phone Fergus Dowding 01935 822202 for a table.

What’s that bird? 11am to 1pm, Hide TBC. 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.

Devon Fitspo Sidmouth’s first health and wellbeing event! Some of the best local fitness and health professionals will be giving live demonstrations and talks to inspire an active start to the New Year, and beyond. A great line-up of demonstrations, stalls and exhibitors, promises to make this an unmissable event packed with health and lifestyle tips, tricks and hacks. Kennaway House www.kennawayhouse.org.uk Call 01395 515551.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 5.5 mile walk from Weymouth. Sea front and harbour, Nothe Fort, Sandsfoot Castle, Rodwell Trail. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Ninebarrow 8pm A multi-award-winning Folk duo who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the Folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath-taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired by and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk or phone 01460 240 340.

 

Sunday 13 January

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Charmouth. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. 01297 443836.

The Sunday Session This is a post-roast music session in the lovely bar overlooking the Cobb. It is hosted by Street & Matthews, who are joined by other guests, and there’s a selection of local drinks. Free entry, no tickets Bar opens and starts 3pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

Allington Strings Czech Winter Concert 3pm at the Sir John Colfox Academy, Bridport. Musical Director Mark Westwood-Gould presents a varied programme of classical music, all by Czech composers, including works by Dvorak, Janacek, Gluck, Smetana and Myslivecek. Tickets £10 (under 18’s free) are available at the door or can be reserved by emailing Allingtonstrings@outlook.com.

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly 3.30pm – 4.30pm. ‘The Felicitous Four’  present a selection of Lerner & Lowe classics Joan Edgecumbe, John Brindley, Andrew Scott, Dorothy Worthington. Website: Friends of Sidholme Music Room (hugofox) Emails : friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 9PH.

 

Monday 14 January

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 21st and 28th.

Swanage Eco Therapy Gardening 2pm – 4pm (Stepping into Nature) Based at an old nursery, Greengage, offers a large greenhouse, planting beds and even a toilet block! Join in with various activities such as planting fruit and vegetables, cleaning vegetation and general maintenance. The Greengage nursery is still in it’s infancy so there is something for all abilities. Refreshments and tools will be provided. This activity is free and delivered by Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Katie on 01202 692 033 or kwilkinson@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

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 21 and 28 January and during term time.

MET Opera: Adriana Lecouvreur Screened from New York, soprano Anna Netrebko sings in the title role based on the eighteenth-century actress whose real-life intrigues inspired Cilea’s tragic opera. Encore Screening. Duration: 213 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 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

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

 

Tuesday 15 January

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 miles Hidden villages of West Dorset. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 424714.

Winter Talk at Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster DT8 3NB. Mark Lewis – Symonds & Sampson – 160 years of auctioneering. 2.30pm, Entrance £3. 01308 863200.

The Tragedy of King Richard The Second Broadcast live from the Almeida Theatre in London. £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 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Wednesday 16 January

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 10.5 mile circular walk from Langdon Hill. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 516897.

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.

Chardstock Gardening Club 7.30pm. ‘A Rogue’s Gallery for Gardeners’ – talk by gardening writer Sally Nex, with practical advice on organic ways of tackling those pests and diseases in the garden. Chardstock Community Hall, Westcombes, EX13 7BJ. Everyone welcome. No need to book. Visitors £3; tea/coffee and biscuits included. Enquiries: 01460 221619.

Honiton U3A speaker will be Ian Barclay and his talk is entitled – ‘Art, Beauty & Design: The Art Deco’. Art Deco swept the world with its appeal and Ian’s talk will explore its early influences and how the commercial imperatives of large scale commissions expanded the style. The Beehive Centre, Dowell St., Honiton, Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2) Further information: 01404 598008 Website: http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

Devonshire Association, Axe Valley Branch at 2.30pm. An illustrated talk by Martin Horrell  “A miscellany of little known facts about Churches” 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.

Colyton & District Garden Society talk, ‘The Wildlife of Seaton Wetlands’, by James Chubb, Countryside Team Leader, East Devon District Council.  Colyford Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.  For information: Sue Price 01297 552362.

The Arts Society West Dorset Thomas Hardy;s ‘Trampswoman’s Tragedy’.  Speaker: Prof William Gibson. The Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock at 2.30pm. For details contact 01308 485487.

Axe Valley Centre National Trust Talk on  WW2 South West Airfields by Brian Lane-Smith. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm  Non-members welcome £2 including refreshments. Further information, Membership Secretary 01297 631801.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by Ian Cowling entitled ‘The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway’ 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 abou the New Forest, ‘The Wildlife of a Working Forest’ by Mike Read. Cost £2.50.

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 Gigs for Gigs with Aileen Wills calling. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.. See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

Escaping The Storm 8pm Corn Exchange All £13 / £11 Book Now AsOne Theatre present a thought-provoking piece of theatre about one of the 20th Century’s most influential and controversial women. Dorchester Arts www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Thursday 17 January

West Dorset Ramblers 7 miles Hardy’s Cottage and Dorchester area. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 423346.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon 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, whilst raising funds to improve the village hall facilities.  More details from Julia 01460 72769.

Wellbeing Walk at Radipole Lakes (Stepping into Nature) 11am – 12noon. This is a relaxed, sociable and gentle monthly walk which is open to all , a health walk for healthy body and mind. We generally walk about a mile in distance taking 40 minutes to 1 hour, usually around our Radipole reserve in the heart of Weymouth. You may see fabulous wildlife on the walk, but the focus is simply a stroll and chat. This walk is dementia friendly, and particularly suitable for anyone wishing to lose weight, recovering from illness or wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Contact RSPB Radipole Lakes on 01305 778313. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

National Trust South Dorset Association “Dorset Archaeology” by Christopher John Tripp BA (Hons.) MA, 2.30pm  St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW. Presented by the National Trust South Dorset Association Members NTSDA £3 Non-members, £4 (inc.tea/biscuits). Contact:  Judith Young 01305 812150 www.southdorsetnt.org.uk.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Dorset’s Best Birdwatching Sites’An illustrated talk presented by Neil Gartshore, a wildlife surveyor and tour leader. 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.

Living Tree @ The Bull Hotel. The Ostler Room, Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport. Andrew Tressider will speak about “Health & Self Care for our Software Being”. Refreshments provided, drinks etc available from main bar, relaxed evening, friends & family welcome. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

Chard Camera Club meeting in the Baptist Church Hall Holyrood Street at 7.30pm. The members will be entertained by Mr David Mason giving them an illustrated talk on ‘Street Photography’. Further details can be obtained form their website www.chardcameraclub.org or by contacting members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

Paul Jones & Dave Kelly 8pm Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots go way back into the true undergrowth of the Blues tradition. A live Acoustic set by this dynamic duo is an occasion you’ll remember. If you’re a true Blues fan, everything you need is here! Tickets: £24. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk or phone 01460 240 340.

 

Friday 18 January

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5.5 mile circular walk from the Donkey Sanctuary. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552860.

Chef’s special lunch at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne Roast Gammon, with pineapple Upside down pudding to follow. Vegetarian is also available. Start with fruit juice and finish with tea or coffee and chocolates Bar opens at 12noon.  Lunch is served at 12.30pm to book Tel: 01460 74340 email henhayescentre@btconnect.com

At The Ebeneezer…Julian Richards: Stonehenge – The Story so Far. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. In The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. £15 on the door. Includes soup supper & glass of wine. To RSVP, please email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

The Craig Milverton Trio with Enrico Tomasso, Alex Garnett & Nigel Price. Mainstream modern jazz played by a quintet with impeccable credentials and many awards to their names. At 8pm. Tickets: £20 (£35 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. Rob Griffith and Ed Brand from Dorset MIND. Therapist Peter Cove. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

The Eduardo Niebla Experience Corn Exchange All £15 / £13 1 Hour 30 Mins Book Now Hailed by the Guardian for his “exquisite guitar playing” Eduardo Niebla is a formidable flamenco jazz. Dorchester Arts www.dorchesterarts.com .

 

Saturday 19 January

Axe Vale & District Conservation Society 10am – 4pm Work Party – Pennyhayes Farm Scrub clearance. Meet at Pennyhayes Farm (SY241970) Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a picnic.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers are cutting scrub at Coney’s Castle (Whitchurch Canonicorum, West Dorset) in order to maintain grassland 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 Sunday 20 January.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Wooton Fitzpaine. Guppy, Lambert’s Castle, Northaye Farm, Conegar Hill. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Pied Piper 2pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Beetle Snowman Drive with a pudding at Blackdown Village Hall, DT8 3LE, on the  Lyme Regis to Crewkerne road (B3165). 6.30pm for 7pm start, bring the family for an evening of fun and wear your Christmas jumper too! £5 adult, £3 child, £15 family 2 + 2. For more information and to help make sure we have enough puddings, contact Philip 01460 30517/30661.

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.

Lyme Regis Comedy Club with Stuart Goldsmith This edition is headlined by ‘A charming, expert stand-up’ (The Sunday Times). Famed for the Comedian’s Comedian podcast which shines a light on his fellow comics, guests have included Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, and Tim Minchin. He’s joined by three other comedians in this great value night out. £8 advance / £10 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 7pm, Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Sunday 20 January

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Chard. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 45944.

Bellows, Songs & Snatches 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Steve Minett, musical instrument maker, player and singer. Website: Friends of Sidholme Music Room (hugofox) Emails : friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 9PH.

 

Monday 21 January

Inspired by Archives 10.30am (Stepping into Nature) Enjoy the countryside? Love history? Enjoy both with pictures, maps or recordings at the Dorset History Centre (Dorchester) and learn something new about the natural world and local artists. Contact Maria on 01305 228947 or m.gayton@dorsetcc.gov.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Chard & Ilminster District U3A invites all U3A members, retired visitors are very welcome to a talk  by the writer, composer and singer Miranda Pender. Admission is free with tea and biscuits provided. Early booking is recommended. Find out what the U3A is all about. 2pm The Guildhall, 14 Fore St, Chard TA20 1PH. More info Tel 01460 68629  Website https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster/home  Email: lewbat@outlook.com.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes Down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Beaminster WI will celebrate its 101st birthday and debate the range of resolutions suggested by the National Federation of Womens’ Institutes at 7.30pm in Beaminster Public Hall. Guests are welcome to attend two meetings per year without charge.

Musbury Garden Club with local resident and semi-retired botanist Mike Lock. Mike began his career studying the diet of hippos and ended as an editor at Kew Gardens. The Latin names of plants often confuse and irritate gardeners. Mike will try and mitigate this by explaining how names are formed and what some of them mean, so helping us make better choices for our gardens. Mike’s talk will begin at 7.30pm in Musbury’s village hall, with refreshments served from 7pm. All welcome. Non-members £2.50.

 

Tuesday 22 January

Seaton Wetlands Tuesday Task Force 9.30am – 12noon, Seaton Wetlands. Join the Wild East Devon ranger and volunteers to help with a range of practical tasks at Seaton Wetlands. Contact the team to register your interest ad find out this week’s task and location. A free event, no booking required. Find out more at wildeastdevon.co.uk. Contact Wild East Devon at: wild@eastdevon.co.uk, 01395517557.

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society

“The History of Poole’s Foundries” is the subject of David Warhurst’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

Open Afternoon 2.30-4.30pm at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Do you know someone who would like company or a hot meal? We will be holding a social afternoon with displays of all our regular activities. If you book your first meal we will only charge you half price. Vikki Starr will be providing musical entertainment during the afternoon.

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles The Frome and Piddle Estuaries. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, dogs optional. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484.

Martock History Group Brenda Webb will talk to us on the story of Montacute House, the most famous Hamstone house in the world, built to thrill the visitor over 400 years ago and still doing that today. 7pm for 7.30pm, at Martock School, Elmleigh Road. Admission £3 or annual subscription for only £10. Contact Fergus Dowding on 01935 822 202  for more info.

 

Wednesday 23 January

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Feniton. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07926 076302.

Colyford Photographic Club Speaker Mr James Brown – Wildlife Photography how to capture the perfect image at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Road, Colyton EX24 6QJ  start time 7.30 pm – there are extra Wednesday’s during the year for workshops as advertised on their web page. A club who encourages New and Seasoned Photographers and can be contacted via colyford.photographic@gmail.com or 07753 911751 www.colyfordanddistrictphotographicclub.co.uk.

Colyton Parish History Society 7.30pm Entrance fees £2 for members, £4 for non-members – meetings open to everyone. Colyton Town Hall. ‘Taking Some of Your Own Medicine’ Talk by Jon Pratt & Social Evening. A social evening which will include an interesting talk on age old, home produced remedies plus a history of the Colyton Chemist shop together with a display of their old artefacts.  Quiz and refreshments as well.

Wilde Wednesdays: A Woman of No Importance Starring Anne Reid, this is a screening of Oscar Wilde’s comedy, recently filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in the heart of London’s West End. Duration: 155 minutes including interval Certificate U. £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 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club at 8pm – 10.15 pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF.  A friendly club with live music and guest caller every week – this week featuring Chris Toyne with Janet Bulpin calling. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

 

Friday 25 January

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5.5 mile circular walk from Salcombe Hill. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 514733.

Poundbury Rotary Club quiz The club’s next big event is the quiz at the Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. Teams of six ideally, but any number and the club will make up teams on the night. Just £5 per person, and each member of the winning team receives a bottle of wine. All the proceeds re going to the Rotary Club charities. Contact the club to book a place. Parkers, 24 Peverell Avenue West, Poundbury, Contact Mark on 01305 340860 or m.parker@parkersproperty.com.

Flying Folk Eclectic folk night, introduced by Jemima Farey with special guest Luke Daniels. At 8pm. Tickets: £10 (licensed bar; no suppers). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Rachel Oaten talks about wills, powers of attorney, body donation (Human Tissue Act 2004) and probate/administration of estates. Therapists: Anne Escott and Peter Cove. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk

Somerset Wildlife Trust Ilminster/Chard group Wildlife Photography around Ilminster and neighboring Counties. An opportunity to enjoy wildlife and its behaviour in the countryside as seen through the camera of published local photographer Robin Morrison. Often fascinating, occasionally funny, sometimes sad but always rewarding and there for us all to see with a little patience. 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.

And then they came for me: Remembering the world of Anne Frank 8pm Ed Silverberg was Anne Frank’s first boyfriend.  Eva was the same age as Anne and lived in the same apartment block as her in Amsterdam until Anne and her family went into hiding. Eva and her family were also arrested by the Nazis and sent to concentration camps. More than 1.25 million people were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau where Eva and her family were sent. Dorchester Arts www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Saturday 26 January

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Mosterton. South and North Perrott, Misterton.

10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Seaton Beer and District Branch RNLI

SOS Table Top Sale in the Mariners Hall, Beer, Devon, EX12 3JB Open to sellers 8am. Sale open from 9am to 12.30pm.

Table hire £6 for one or £10 for two. Contact Secretary Wendy Cummins. Telephone (01297) 23040 or email wac500@hotmail.co.uk Come along for tea, coffee and Bacon Baps. A variety of stalls including crafts, cakes, jam and chutneys, books, jewellry and bric-a-brac  and raffle. All welcome.

The Spiral Centre’s Way Forward Meeting in the Spiral Sanctuary at Combe Farm Axmouth EX12 4AU at 7pm. Come and join us for our annual social evening (with refreshments) to find out more about the Spiral Centre and discuss ideas for our upcoming programme of events. Please contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for further information or visit our website: thespiralcentre.wordpress.com.

Bridport Seed Swap 10-12 at Ropemakers Inn, West St. Bridport

Bring your surplus seeds to swap or simply come and take what you fancy for  a donation to charity. For more info call Eileen 01308 421678

Quiz & Supper Evening at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 7pm All welcome; come in a team or join one on the night – prizes for winning team. Licensed Bar & Raffle.  £9 includes supper; all proceeds to village hall development.  To assist with catering, please book in advance on 01460 75380.

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

Steve Knightley: Roadworks 8pm Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present Roadworks – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour, Songs and Stories. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience.  Tickets: £19. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk or phone 01460 240 340.

The Tuckers Jazz Club 8pm The Louise Parker 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.

 

Sat 26 – Sunday 27 January

Glass Festival The weekend will be made up of a day of demonstrations by contemporary masters using a hot kiln set up in the barn, followed by a chance to have a go yourself on the Sunday. Watch the alchemy first-hand as a master glassmaker takes a glowing orb of molten glass and skillfully transforms it into a vase, bowl, glass or sculpture. Book a day ticket for Saturday 26 January at £60 which includes access to all the days demonstrations and our Glass Maker’s lunch. An under 16’s ticket is £30 for the day. Tickets for individual talks and demos are £12 each, £6 for children under 16 years old. Tickets for Sunday’s bauble making workshop and demo by Emsie Sharp are available separately. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW www.messumswiltshire.com 01747 445042.

 

Sunday 27 January

Farmhouse Breakfast at Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall DT66RF from 9am – 2pm. Come and enjoy a traditional breakfast, brunch or lunch with lots of choice of cereals, fruit, yogurts, juice, full English cooked breakfast, toast and tea/coffee using local produce. Costs £8.50 for adults and £5 for children under 10, eat as much as you like. Profits to the Village Hall and a contribution from the raffle to Weldmar Hospicecare. 01297489375 for more details.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8.5 mile circular walk from Peak Hill. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 519828.

Allington Strings Czech Winter Concert 3pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Furnham Road, Chard TA20 1AE. Musical Director Mark Westwood-Gould presents a varied programme of classical music, all by Czech composers, including works by Dvorak, Janacek, Gluck, Smetana and Myslivecek.Tickets £10 (under 18’s free) are available at the door or can be reserved by emailing Allingtonstrings@outlook.com.

Lord Byron – Music & Poetry of the Time 3.30pm – 4.30pm Ekaterina Shetcliffe: piano, Yulia Northlidge: violin…and friends. A costumed event, dress up if you like! Website: Friends of Sidholme Music Room (hugofox) Emails : friendsofsidholmemusicroom@mail.com. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 9PH.

Jazz in the Bar: Latin Jazz with Pete Canter From bossa-nova to rhumba, jazz musicians have found Latin music to be a continuing source of inspiration. Explore it at the Marine’s bar overlooking the Cobb. £8 advance / £12 on the door, 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 7pm, starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 10.30pm All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk or phone 01460 240 340.

SHIVERS 8pm by Adam Z Robinson (The Book of Darkness & Light in association with LittleMighty)

Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Monday 28 January

Swanage Eco Therapy Gardening 2pm – 4pm (Stepping into Nature) Based at an old nursery, Greengage, offers a large greenhouse, planting beds and even a toilet block! Join in with various activities such as planting fruit and vegetables, cleaning vegetation and general maintenance. This activity is free and delivered by Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Katie on 01202 692 033 or kwilkinson@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Golden Cap Association Winter Talk The Golden Age of Travel, Talk by Paul Atterbury. The 1920s and 1930s were indeed the Golden Age of Travel with Cunard, the Orient Express, Pullman trains and flying boats.  Paul embarks on an alluring journey into this golden age of ocean liners and rail travel. Paul has presented a television programme on the BBC whilst travelling on board a train headed by the famous steam locomotive ‘The Flying Scotsman’. Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 2.30pm. Presented by the Golden Cap Association (West Dorset) Non-members welcome. Admission £3. Includes tea or coffee and biscuits. For further information 01308 863577.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes Down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

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.

Bridport Folk Dance Club 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, on this evening with live music for “A Pair of Shears” and guest caller Dick Williams. 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 29 January

West Dorset Ramblers 7 miles Bridport Countryside. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01305 854137.

Afternoon tea and entertainment at The Speedwell at 2.30pm. All are welcome to a tasty afternoon tea, with light musical entertainment provided by professional singer Vicki Starr & also a demonstration of folk dancing, at The Speedwell, 5 Abbey Street, Crewkerne, TA187HY. Tickets only £5 from Information Centre, Town Hall, Crewkerne or phone 01460 72417

Merriott Gardening Club David Usher will be talking on Herbaceous Plants. David was Head Gardener at Hestercombe Gardens responsible for the restoration, development and care of the Jekyll Garden – this should be informative and interesting. Please meet at the Tithe Barn at 7.30pm – refreshments and raffle. Everyone welcome – non-members £2 at the door. Please contact 01460 72298 for more information.

 

Wednesday 30 January

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8.5 mile circular walk from Hawkchurch. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 260114.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk or phone 01460 240 340.

Bridport Camera Club Club Competition 2. Judged by John Tilsley. A challenging theme that offers plenty of opportunity to think outside the box. 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.

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 the Raleigh Reelers with Ray Goodswen calling. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

 

Thursday 31 January

Chard Camera Club Members and anyone showing an interest in the club, should meet at the Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street at 7.30pm where they will take part in an annual interclub competition against Wellington Camera Club. Further details can be obtained from the website www.chardcameraclub.org

or by calling the members secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

I’m Not Running This is an explosive new political play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live. £5 under 18s advance or on the door £11 advance / £13.50 on the door 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 6pm, starts 7pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Thur 31 Jan – Sat 1 February

Mother Goose presented by All Saints Pantomime Society. A traditional family pantomime but with the ‘All Saints’ treatment!  Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 and £3 and the box office opens on January 8th. Please ring Barbara on 01297 35687 or email her at barbara.foulkes@btinternet.com for tickets.