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Friday 31 May – 2 June

Garden Open Mappercombe Manor Nettlecombe, Bridport DT6 3SS. (1-5). Adm £6, chd free. Home-made teas. Location: 4m NE of Bridport. From A3066 turn E signed W Milton & Powerstock. After 3m leave

Powerstock on your L, bear R at Marquis of Lorne pub, entrance drive 150yds ahead.

Saturday, 1 June

Big Dorset Apple Cake Day. Milborne St Andrew MSA Village Hall. On the day we will display the cake and have a Grand Cutting Ceremony followed by a cafe where you can buy a slice or a whole cake to be eaten over the days to come (don’t forget to order your clotted cream!). This event will donate all the money raised to Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. For more information visit: https://www.milbornestandrew.org.uk.

Jumble Sale with refreshments, 2pm.  Contributions gratefully received, & may be left at the hall between 10am & mid-day on the Saturday morning.  Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  Further information from Jackie (01460 72324) or Mary (01460 74849).

Helen Baggot will be the Friends of Weymouth Library (F.O.W.L.) speaker in Weymouth Library. She has been dubbed as “Postcard Detective” by the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine. Her talk will be about her great-aunt’s travels illustrated with postcards that her great-aunt sent home, showing just how far she travelled and what adventures she had. Tickets are available at the Library (tel. 01305762410) for members @£2 and for non-members @£3. Refreshments provided and everyone welcome. Any enquiries about the talk please telephone 01305 832613.

Powerstock Hut Barn Dance with music by the Ping Pong Orchestra with caller. Doors open 7pm. £5 entry u16 free. Proceeds to Weir Sports Ground. Bar.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6.5 mile walk from Beckford Bridge. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.

‘Seaton’s D-Day 80 Show’ – Gateway Theatre, Seaton – 7.30pm, doors, 6.30pm, tickets £15. For the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings this historic event will be marked across the nation as an opportunity to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation. Come along to the Gateway to enjoy the sound of the Big Band era with the Three Counties Swing Band, the fantastic Liberty Sisters, and Seaton’s very own home guard, who will be ensuring your entertainment is a barrel of laughs. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Jumble Sale with refreshments, 2pm.  Contributions gratefully received, & may be left at the hall between 10am & mid-day on the Saturday morning.  Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  Further information from Jackie (01460 72324) or Mary (01460 74849).

Sunday, 2 June

Southleigh Open Gardens at 12.00 to 5.00p.m.  £5.00 person (cash only). All proceeds in aid of The Seaton Hospice at Home and the Church.  Teas and cakes in the Village Hall.

The Royal Ballet & Sadler’s Wells – ‘Message in a Bottle’ (12A) Screening- Gateway Theatre, Seaton – 2pm, doors 1.30pm, tickets adults £15, Under 16s £8. Message In A Bottle is a spectacular new dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting.  Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Chard Museum Blue Plaque Walk, from the Guildhall at 10.30am. Walk takes approximately 60 minutes, booking required £8, refreshments and museum entry discount included. Details and descriptions at www.chardmuseum.co.uk/walks. 07870697956 (10am-4pm)

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 9 mile Moderate walk. Weston and Branscombe. Phone 01395-488480.

Monday, 3 June

Dance Connection, for fun, health & wellbeing, 10:30am, Othona, Burton Bradstock, 07787752201, danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com, https://www.joysofdance.co.uk.

Hawkchurch Film Nights, in association with Moviola.org, proudly presents ‘The Zone of Interest’ (105 mins, Cert.12 – Holocaust theme, disturbing scenes, racism, moderate sex references). This haunting historical drama alludes to the atrocities of the Holocaust without directly showing them, as the commandant of Auschwitz builds an idyllic home life for his family while unseen horrors unfold in the adjoining camp.  Jonathan Glazer’s disturbing film was nominated for 5 Oscars, winning Best International Feature and Best Sound.  Predominantly in German with subtitles. Doors open 6.30pm, film starts 7.00pm at Hawkchurch Village Hall, EX13 5XD. Ticket reservations £5.50 from csma95@gmail.com or leave a message on 01297 678176 (socially-distanced seating available if reserved in advance); tickets also available for £5.50 from Hawkchurch Community Shop or £6.00 on the door (cash only). Subtitles for the hard-of-hearing provided. Home-made cake, teas, coffees, wine and other tasty refreshments available.

Tuesday, 4 June

Scottish Country dancing at Horton village hall TA19 9QR every Tuesday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm with tea / coffee break. £3.00 pay on the door. Every one very welcome from beginner level to experienced , so why not come along and join our friendly group of dancers. For more information email Anita at anitaandjim22@gmail.com or phone 01460 92383 and visit our web site at www.ashillscd.wordpress.com.

Tuesday, 4 – 9 June

Fine Arts Film Week. Bridport Arts centre are hosting a week of fine arts films. Starting with Exhibition on Screen: My National Gallery on Tuesday 7th, 7:30pm – a selection from curator to security guard are asked their favourite piece in the famous London Gallery. On Thursday 6th June, 7:30pm is ‘Anselm’, the viewer is invited into Anselm Kiefer’s warehouse of art. And rounding off the week is the Fine Arts Film Festival on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th. Saturday sees two selections of short films (5pm & 7pm) with the evening selection followed by a live talk with renowned artist, Hugo Grenville. Feauture ‘History, Mystery, Odyssey’ completes the week of events, Sunday at 2pm. Bridport Arts Centre, South St. Bridport. 01308 341 528  www.bridport-arts.com.

Wednesday, 5 June

Dorchester Tree Walk – A whistlestop tour of 20 trees in 90 minutes – learn how to identify them and the amazing ways in which they work.  Using paved walkways in town and by the river.  Walks will run whatever the weather. Your walk leader is Julie.  Look out for the orange sunhat and high vis waistcoat.   No need to book.  £7.50  (children accompanied by an adult go free) 6pm to 7.30pm from outside The Colliton Club, Colliton Walk, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ. Also every Wednesday in June, July and August. Contact treewalksindorset@gmail.com  Facebook page: Tree Walks in Dorset.

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 10 mile Moderate walk. Abbotsbury. Phone 07966-451875

Thursday, 6 June

Folk dancing at Combe St Nicholas village hall (TA20 3LT) at 1930 hrs. Fresh Aire will be providing the music and the caller is “Ali”. It’s £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun! Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909.

Colyton town history walk leaving from Colyton Dolphin Car Park at 2 pm – Guided walk approximately one hour. Cost £5, children under 16 free. No booking required, all weathers. Group bookings by arrangement – Contact 01297 552514 or 01297 33406.

D Day Evening Service, 6 pm St Andrews Church, Colyton.The Shanty Sessions. Marine Theatre Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Join East Devons Shanty Men, The Chantry Buoys, for an evening of traditional sea shanties, and other well known songs of the sea. Entry is free and all are welcome to come and join in with the fun. All proceeds go to local charities. Doors open at 7pm, licensed bar will be open. The Buoys start at 7.30pm. Ahoy there!

Beaminster Town Hall The museum is supporting Beaminster’s commemoration of the Normandy Landings with an exhibition at the Town Hall on the afternoon and evening of 6th June. It will include items relating to the American troops of the 16th Infantry of the 1st Division who were stationed in Beaminster. Town Hall, Fleet St, Beaminster DT8 3EF.

Friday, 7 June

Summer Wine Tasting with Will of Selected Grapes, Bridport. 6 for 6.30 pm. Tickets £20  to include Wine-Tasting,  Talk , home-made Canapes, Prosecco. At Thorners Hall, School Lane, Litton Cheney, DT2 9AU. To reserve your place in advance please  Contact 01308 863690 or 01308 420071, or e.mail cropayne@icloud.com.

Honiton’s D-Day Anniversary Show, Join us for a very special evening at The Beehive to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day at ‘Honiton’s Anniversary Show’. Everyone welcome! 7.00pm, The Beehive Honiton, EX14 1LZ, 01404 384050, Beehivehoniton.co.uk

‘Complete Madness’ Live Music – Gateway Theatre, Seaton – 8.30pm doors 7.30pm, tickets £20, £23 on door. A fun night of Madness songs and ska music, so bring your dancing shoes! Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Three Men in a Boat – A hilarious play starring Giles Shenton about boats and men behaving badly. 7.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Tickets: £16 Students: £5 Children 12 and under: Free 01460 54973 www.ilminsterartscentre.com

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 6 mile Moderate walk. Colaton Raleigh. Phone 07780-638350.

Saturday, 8 June

Fine Art Film Festival. Fine Arts Film Festival (UK) present a selection of the finest films made about art and the art world. The Saturday evening programme will feature a Q&A with the renowned artist Hugo Grenville. Screenings on at 5pm and 7pm Bridport Arts Centre. For more information visit www.faff-uk.com or Bridport-arts.com.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6.5 mile walk from Sydling St Nicholas. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.

‘The Fall Guy’ (12A) – Picnic Night Screening – Gateway Theatre, Seaton, 7.30pm doors 6.30pm, tickets Adults £7.50, Under 16s £6.50. Ryan Gosling stars as Colt Seavers, a battle-scarred stuntman who, having left the business a year earlier to focus on both his physical and mental health, is drafted back into service when the star of a mega-budget studio movie—being directed by his ex, goes missing. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Woodland Day at North Eggardon Powerstock DT6 3ST. Guided woodland walks, demonstrations of log extraction, sawmilling, oak framing, greenwood work, charcoal, yurt, wild bee hives, chair making. 11 am-5 pm.  £5 entry u16 free.

Saturday, 8 – 9 June

Netherbury Open Gardens. Visit many wonderful gardens, open together on one weekend and enjoy delicious homemade lunches, tea and cakes, plus plant stall and tombola, making a great day out.

Gardens open from 1pm-5pm. Lunches are served between 12.30pm and 2pm. Free parking is available. Entry tickets are £7.50 per person, children under 13 free. All tickets are valid for entry on both days and can be purchased at various points around the village. All proceeds go to local charities. Cash preferred. Just off the A3066 between Bridport and Beaminster (DT6 5LR)

Sunday, 9 June

‘A Small Quiet English Town – A Sidmouth Folk Story’ (U) Screening – Gateway Theatre, Seaton, 7pm doors 6.30pm, tickets £5. This documentary takes audiences back in time, remembering how Sidmouth Folk Festival began and why it grew exponentially at times, Featuring Ralph McTell, Martin and Eliza Carthy, India Electric Co., and using unseen film and photographic archive, live performance and interviews with original attendees from 1955 and recent years. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Chard Museum Lace Riot Walk from the Guildhall at 10.30am. Walk takes approximately 60 minutes, booking required £8, museum entry discount included. Details and descriptions at www.chardmuseum.co.uk/walks. 07870697956 (10am-4pm)

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 10 miles Moderate walk. Bampton. Phone 01395-516897

Open Gardens and Arts Event Two of the great historic houses in Abbotsbury, the Old Gatehouse and the Manor House, together with two commercial Gardens and one historic tea-room, will all open their gardens to visitors from 12Noon until 5pm. Admittance £5 per adult. Under 16’s free. As well as the extensive gardens, in their prime, visitors will be able to enjoy craft stalls, plant sales and tea and cake and pimms tents. Simultaneously, over 20 invited local prestigious artists will be positioned across the five gardens, painting ‘en plain air’ for the entertainment of the visitors. At 4 pm artists will down brushes and take their completed work to the Great Medieval (Tithe) Barn, known locally as The Abbey Barn. From 4.30pm until 7pm, the public may enter the Barn for an Evening Reception and enjoy a glass of bubbly, a finger buffet and live music, whilst rubbing shoulders with the artists and judges and watching the final stages of the judging process taking place.  Price £10 per adult.  £5 for 5 to 15 year olds.  There will be a cash bar available. Visitors will be able to place a sealed bid for their favourite piece of art during the course of the day.  Bids close at 6pm. From 7pm-9pm the neighbouring ‘Cherries’ restaurant will be offering a Summer Supper to all those who wish to remain behind to enjoy the atmosphere and continue to discuss the art with fellow guests, artists and Judges.  Cost £18 per person.From the Monday 10th -16th June, artist John Meaker is running The Abbotsbury Art festival from the Abbey Barn for a week long experience for all artists, amateur, student, beginners and professional to experience painting and creating work in and around the ambience of 1000 years of history in the village and surrounding countryside. Experienced tutors will be available for consultation, tutoring and mentoring throughout the week along with talks, demos and the opportunity to exhibit in Abbey Barn. 10am registration from the Barn each morning for maps, guidance and a chance to meet other artists, costing just £10 per day and £50 for 7 days. The public are welcome as spectators to experience “a living art form in a magnificent setting” Witnessing artists create in the landscape and enjoy seeing their work presented in Abbey Barn for free for this special week. Tea and coffee will be available for artists and the barn will be open all day. Please come prepared for the changeable weather.

Divine Union Soundbath 2PM Bell St. Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8AL Try our sonic deep-tissue massage using crystal and Tibetan bowls and sacred vocal overtoning  to quieten the mind, calm the emotions, and relax and detox the body. Please book: 01935 389655 ahaihel@live.com £16.

Monday, 10 June

Meeting  Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild 2 p.m.  Dr. Francis Burroughs, ‘Don’t put your daughter on the stage’, after a short business meeting.  Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury, DT1 3DF.  Visitors welcome (£3).  Tea and coffee available.  Enquiries 01305 832857.

Tuesday, 11 June

Divine Union Soundbath 9PM Digby Memorial Hall,  Digby Rd, Sherborne DT9 3LN Try our sonic deep-tissue massage using crystal and Tibetan bowls and sacred vocal overtoning  to quieten the mind, calm the emotions, and relax and detox the body. Please book: 01935 389655 ahaihel@live.com £16.

Scottish Country dancing at Horton village hall TA19 9QR every Tuesday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm with tea / coffee break. £3.00 pay on the door. Every one very welcome from beginner level to experienced , so why not come along and join our friendly group of dancers. For more information email Anita at anitaandjim22@gmail.com or phone 01460 92383 and visit our web site at www.ashillscd.wordpress.com.

Wednesday, 12 June

Wicked Little Letters (15) Deliciously sweary poison-pen mystery, warning very strong language. Doors and bar open 6.45 film start 7.15 at Kilmington Village Hall EX13 7RF. Tickets @ £5, or £5.50 on the door, can be ordered by contacting: John at wattsjohn307@gmail.com or Tel: 01297 521681.

Meeting Voices Community Choir, Chard. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn songs in harmony by ear. Everyone welcome. Chard Guildhall. Fore St, Chard TA20 1PP. Phone 07534 116502 or email mvsecretary@outlook.com.

10.30am. East Devon Ramblers. 8 mile Leisurely walk. Poundsgate. Phone 07594-622813

Thursday, 13 June

Wicked Little Letters (15). Matinee, doors open 1.45pm film starts 2pm, advance booking required for this matinee, cream-teas served during the interval but must be pre-booked with your seats @ £3.50.  see www.kilmingtonvillage.com/other-organisations.html for more information.

Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn songs in harmony by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (Pine Hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 07534 116502 or email petelinnett2@hotmail.com.

Bridport History Society is a hosting a special all-day event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day 1944 and Bridport and Dorset’s part in it. The event will be held at BHS’s usual venue in the United Church Hall and commence at 10.00am (and finish around 4.30).  The Society will be welcoming Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard (local historian), Chistopher Jary (Keep Regimental

Museum, Dorchester) and Nick Pitt (journalist). Plus, all the way from the US, Steve Clay (Regimental Historian, US 16th Infantry Regiment). All the speakers have their own special knowledge of the events on, and leading up to, 6 June 1944.  Visitors welcome £5pp (all day). For more information about the June 13th’s programme, visit: www.bridporthistorysociety.org.uk.

A talk by Peter Cantrill from Dayspring Plants. There will be plants for sale and advice from Peter. Time 2.30 p.m. Seaton Masonic Hall Seaton. Non members £2 to include refreshments. Contact 01297 22869 for details.

Colyton town history walk leaving from Colyton Dolphin Car Park at 2 pm – Guided walk approximately one hour. Cost £5, children under 16 free. No booking required, all weathers. Group bookings by arrangement – Contact 01297 552514 or 01297 33406.

Chard History Group The Cheese making Heritage of Somerset by Alan Stone. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30. At Chard Guildhall. Members £2.50 Visitors Welcome £3.50. For further details ring Tessa 07984481634.

Dance Connection, block of 6 begins, 7:15pm, Bridport St Mary’s CHH, 07787752201, danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com, https://www.joysofdance.co.uk

Friday, 14 June

‘Jazz Jurassica: Lady Nade sings Nina Simone Jazz Supper’ – Gateway Theatre, Seaton, Food 7pm, Show 8pm, doors 6.15pm, Tickets £39 (includes 2 course supper)  This high-energy performance recreates Simone’s distinctive blend of jazz, blues, gospel, and folk. If you like Joan Armatrading, KT Tunstall, Janis Joplin, or Joni Mitchell, you’ll love Lady Nade. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Drop-in Health and Wellbeing event Residents of West Dorset are invited to attend the upcoming Drop-in Wellbeing Event at Bridport Youth & Community Centre on Gundry Lane, scheduled from 10am to 3pm. This event, hosted by Help & Care in collaboration with Jurassic Coast Primary Care Network, aims to promote community health and wellness with a range of activities and services. The event is open to all, with no need to book in advance. Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Bridport, Bridport Lions Club, and Age UK for their support in making this event possible. For more information about the Drop-in Wellbeing Event, please email jcsocialprescribing@dorsetgp.nhs.uk, call 01308 428943 or visit www.helpandcare.org.uk.

June Louise Parker – Ilminster Arts Centre is honoured to host the magnetic voice of Louise Parker, hailed a ‘totally genuine Jazz Performer’ by Les Tomkins of The Jazz Rag and exalted for her “Sweetly soulful jazz vocals” by Mike Flynn, Jazzwise Magazine. Louise will be joined by pianist/organist Martin Jenkins and bass player John Donnelly. 7.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Tickets: £20 Students: £5 Children 12 and under: Free 01460 54973 www.ilminsterartscentre.com

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 6 mile Moderate walk. Seaton Hole. Phone 07587-217811.

Friday, 14 – 15 June

Katharine Lam; solo piano inc. Schubert’s last great sonata – Piano Sonata in Bb Major D.960 (amongst other works). This will be a solo piano recital by Katharine Lam which will include Schubert’s last great sonata – Piano Sonata in Bb Major D.960, as well as pieces by Scarlatti, Chopin, Poulenc, and Fazil Say. On a number of occasions Katharine Lam has played at Tincleton Gallery, sometimes alongside Duncan Honeybourne and on other occasions solo as she will be again this June. She has established a distinguished profile throughout the UK and abroad as recitalist, concerto-soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and music educator. Following her London recital debut in 2003, she made her debut as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2004 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The Birmingham Post praised her playing for its “glittering panache and terrific aplomb. Definitely the highlight of the evening.” Katharine’s subsequent career has included performances at major venues with conductors including Barry Wordsworth, Adrian Lucas and Edwin Roxburgh. Her solo recitals throughout Britain have featured a wide and diverse repertoire, including contemporary repertoire and premiering new music. She is Senior Lecturer in Piano at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and giving lectures on Piano Pedagogy. Opening / performance times: doors open 19:30; concert starts 20:00. Admission fee: £15. Venue contact number: 01305 848 909 Tincleton Gallery, The Old School House, Tincleton, nr Dorchester, DT2 8QR. Website: http://www.tincletongallery.com.

Saturday, 15 June

Climate Cafe, Seaton. A respectful space where you can express your feelings about climate breakdown. A chance to talk safely and informally about what it means for you, and listen to others’ experiences. 10.30am – 12 noon, at Natural Worx Café, The Square, Seaton, EX12 2JZ. Contact Fiona Anderson fiona.anderson.01@gmail.com.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Abbotsbury. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.

Annual Fleece Fair Somerset Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. 9.30am to 1.30pm at Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall, TA3 6SG. Many fleeces and dyed fibre tops and refreshments available

For more information see website: www.somersetguildwsd.org.uk.

Scottish Dancing Party in Chardstock An evening of Scottish Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall 7.30 – 10.30 p.m.  No partner required.  Please bring your own mug and a plate of food to share.  Tea and coffee provided.  Cost £5.00 For more information contact David on 01460 65981.

RAF association Quiz night. 7pm  Bridport & District social club, North street. Teams of four to enter. Great prizes cash bar & raffle. Further details contact. Mike White 07821 167278

Goldberg & Romain: Variations for Piano & Sitar. Goldberg Romain play two sets on Piano and Sitar. The first features works from their debut album Variations. They are joined by guitarist, John Robertson for the second set as they play new repertoire from the forthcoming album. 7:30pm. Bridport Arts Centre, South St. Bridport. 01308 341 528  www.bridport-arts.com.

Rejoice and Sing – Axminster and District Choral Society perform well-known anthems and choruses chosen by the choir. 7.30 pm at the Minster Church, Axminster. Tickets £10 from axminsterchoral.co.uk or 01404 43805.

Beaminster Museum Ciorstaidh Heyward Trevarthen, Dorset Finds Liaison Officer for the national Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), is back for another popular drop-in session and is happy to take a look at any archaeological (not geological) item found within the county boundaries. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 11.00am-3.00pm, Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, Beaminster DT8 3NB www.beaminstermuseum.co.uk

Saturday, 15 – 16 June

Cerne Abbas Open Gardens In 1974 Cerne Abbas opened a few of its private gardens to raise money for a good cause. Fifty years, and 48 openings, later we will open about 25 private gardens once again from 2 -6 pm. Last year’s event featured in the Chanel 5 series “Dorset Country & Coast”. The proceeds will be divided between to support an archaeological dig in Cerne and the restoration of the ancient church in Godmanstone. Entrance to all gardens is by a single day ticket which costs £8 for adults and accompanying younger folk under 16 are free. A few gardens are accessible on wheelchairs and most gardens accept well behaved dogs on leads. There is a well-regarded plant stall and teas are provided by the local Youth Club, both commencing at 1pm. Almost all gardens are within easy walking distance of the free car park and are located on maps distributed with the ticket. We look forward to welcoming you to Cerne. More information on our website www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk.

Wilding Weekend at Hooke Farm near Beaminster DT8 3NZ. Dorset’s third annual Wilding Weekend is a wonderful, family-friendly experience with a wild garden to explore, wildflower meadows, a cascade of ponds, insect homes and a medieval-style marshland walkway.  There will be talks, tours, stalls and delicious food and drink. Speakers include: Trewin Restorick, Sizzle: Talking about their Enrich the Earth campaign to replace peat with sustainable alternatives. Sam Rose, West Dorset Wilding: Talking about the new landowner and farmer-led charity taking action to restore ecosystems and increase nature in West Dorset, through rewilding and regenerative agriculture. Benedict Macdonald, Author of Rebirding and Cornerstones talking about his nature restoration business – Restore. Kate Rawles, Author of The Life Cycle – draws on her experiences cycling the length of South America on a bamboo bicycle. Julie Leah, The Great Big Dorset Hedge: Talking about the importance of hedgerows for wildlife and why we need to look for alternatives to garden bonfires. For full details visit https://juliahailes.com/wilding-weekend-2024-updated-apr24-2.

West Milton Open Gardens  2.00 – 6.00pm. £5 per adult, children free and dogs welcome on leads. In aid of local charities. Delicious teas, local cider and ice reams await you as well as a plant and produce stall. Contact: aajanewhite@gmail.com.

Sunday, 16 June

The Royal Opera‘Andrea Chenier’ (12A) Screening – Gateway Theatre, Seaton -. 2pm, doors 1.30pm, tickets Adults £15 Under 16s £8. Jonas Kaufmann headlines David McVicar’s spectacular staging, under the baton of long-time collaborator Antonio Pappano – who conducts Giordano’s epic historical drama of revolution and forbidden love in his last production as Music Director of The Royal Opera. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

French + Breton Folk Dance,  Bal Crewkerne  with live house band, in the Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne, TA18 7HY.  Dance workshop for beginners 6-7pm followed by main dance 7-9.30pm. Admission £4 at the door. Tea and coffee available or bring your own drinks.  Free parking in the town centre car parks. More information on our website: https://balcrew.wixsite.com/balcrewkerne.

Dalwood Jazz Club  presents Trish Heenan & The Craig Milverton Trio with Jazz Vocalist, Trish Heenan, Craig Milverton – piano, Kevin Sanders – bass and Dennis Harris – drums. Dalwood Village Hall, EX13 7EG (near Axminster) at 8pm. Bar for beer/wine/soft drinks and teas/coffees/cake etc.   Parking at the Village Hall £12.50p    If possible, please book in advance and pay (cash or card) at the door. t.mackenney111@btinternet.com

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 12 mile Strenuous walk. Sidmouth. Phone 01395-266668.

Monday, 17 June

Dance Connection, for fun, health & wellbeing, 10:30am, Othona, Burton Bradstock, 07787752201, danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com, https://www.joysofdance.co.uk.

Sherborne Abbey Choir: Choral Evensong with short recital. St Mary’s Church Beaminster. 5.30pm Free but booking essential. www.beaminsterfestival.com

Tuesday, 18 June

‘Dad’s Army’ (PG) Nostalgic Cinema – Matinee screening – Gateway Theatre, Seaton – 1.30pm, doors 1pm, tickets £3.50.

Anyone who loves nostalgic films is very welcome to join us for an afternoon of fond memories and friendship. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Scottish Country dancing at Horton village hall TA19 9QR every Tuesday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm with tea / coffee break. £3.00 pay on the door. Every one very welcome from beginner level to experienced, so why not come along and join our friendly group of dancers. For more information email Anita at anitaandjim22@gmail.com or phone 01460 92383 and visit our web site at www.ashillscd.wordpress.com.

Elaine Beckett: Poetry Reading  Elaine explores intimate relationship between poetry and music. Tangerine Café, Beaminster 3pm £10   01308 281110

Wednesday, 19 June

Colyton & District Garden Society The Natural History and Cultivation of Carnivorous Plants by Dennis Balsdon  ex Chairman of the Carnivorous Plant Society.  Colyford Memorial Hall, EX24 6QJ, start 7.30 pm. Parking in the hall car park.. Members free, guests £3.00. Information : Sue Price 01297 552362.

Meeting Voices Community Choir, Chard. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn songs in harmony by ear. Everyone welcome. Chard Guildhall. Fore St, Chard TA20 1PP. Phone 07534 116502 or email mvsecretary@outlook.com.

Coffee Morning, including cakes, scones & savouries, and bacon/egg rolls (made to order), 10.30am – noon; all welcome. Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  More details from Julia (01460 72769).

Lulu Allison: Creative Writing Workshop Enhance and expand creativity inspired by music with Women’s Prize listed author. Wed 10am, Thurs, 2pm £25 Tangerine Café, Beaminster www.beaminsterfestival.com TicketSource 0333 666 3366.

The Importance of Being Earnest: Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Thoroughly entertaining al fresco theatre in stunning gardens of The Manor House, Beaminster. 6pm. Picnics from 4.30pm Bring low-backed chairs, rugs etc £16/£6 Family 2+2£36 www.beaminsterfestival.com TicketSource 0333 666 3366.

Thursday, 20 June

Bridport and District Gardening Club Margie Hoffnung talk  “Gardening a very British Tradition”. She completed a 4 year Horticulture Degree at Writtle College, after working at Westonbirt Arboretum. Her sandwich placement was with Rosemary Verey, the well-known plantswoman, author and garden designer, with whom she continued to work for over a decade until Rosemary’s death. She also spent some years at Highgrove as both gardener and garden guide for HRH The Prince of Wales, as well as manning Jekka McVicar’s herb stand at flower shows like Chelsea and Hampton Court for several seasons. She subsequently completed a Masters degree in the Conservation of Historic Gardens & Cultural Landscapes at Bath and since 2013 has worked for the Garden History Society (now the Gardens Trust) and is their Conservation Officer. In this role she liaises closely with County Gardens Trusts all round England and responds to planning applications which might affect listed historic designed landscapes, to make sure as far as possible, that these proposals do not have an adverse effect on those sites or their settings. She is a regular speaker to gardening societies on a variety of topics as well speaking on conservation issues relating to historic gardens to heritage bodies. As usual the meeting will be held at the WI Building on North St in Bridport at 7.30pm.

Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn songs in harmony by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (Pine Hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 07534 116502 or email petelinnett2@hotmail.com.

Colyton town history walk leaving from Colyton Dolphin Car Park at 2 pm – Guided walk approximately one hour. Cost £5, children under 16 free. No booking required, all weathers. Group bookings by arrangement – Contact 01297 552514 or 01297 33406.

Folk dancing at Combe St Nicholas village hall (TA20 3LT) at 1930 hrs. Robert Blackborow and his band will be providing the music and Mary Blackborow will be our caller. It’s £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun! Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909

Friday, 21 June

‘Maestro’ (15) Picnic Night Screening – Gateway Theatre, Seaton – 7.30pm, doors 6.30pm  tickets Adults £7.50, Under 16s £6.50. Maestro is a towering and fearless love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between cultural icon Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein. A love letter to life and art, Maestro, at its core, is an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Lara Melda – Lara made her BBC Proms and Royal Albert Hall debut in 2023 as one of the soloist pianists performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Andrew Gourlay in an evening devoted to previous Young Musician winners. Promoted by Concerts in the West. 7.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Tickets: £18 Students: £5 Children 12 and under: Free 01460 54973 www.ilminsterartscentre.com

The Holdovers Nobody likes teacher Paul Hunham (Giamatti) — not his students, not his fellow faculty, not the headmaster, who all find his pomposity and rigidity exasperating. With no family and nowhere to go over Christmas holiday in 1970, Paul remains at school to supervise students unable to journey home. After a few days, only one student holdover remains — a trouble-making 18-year-old named Angus, a good student whose bad behavior always threatens to get him expelled. Joining Paul and Angus is head cook Mary (Randolph)-an African American woman who caters to sons of privilege and whose own son was recently lost in Vietnam. These three very different shipwrecked people form an unlikely Christmas family sharing comic misadventures during two very snowy weeks in New England. The real journey is how they help one another understand that they are not beholden to their past-they can choose their own futures. Described as a well acted feel good comedy drama. at 7.30pm. Village Hall, The Causeway, Milborne St Andrew DT11 0JX. Doors and bar open 7.00pm. Tickets cost £6, which includes a drink or an ice-cream.

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 6 mile Moderate walk. Axmouth. Phone 01297-552860.

Albert Lee Live in Honiton, One of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history, the Grammy Award-winning Albert Lee has worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, The Everly Brothers and The Crickets  over an illustrious career spanning 60 years. 7.30pm, The Beehive Honiton, EX14 1LZ, 01404 384050, Beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Friday, 21 – 22 June

Maiden Newton  Art Group Exhibition and sale of paintings Tombola and refreshments. Maiden Newton village hall contact Jane  01300 321405 Friday (evening) 5pm -9pm. Saturday 10am-4pm.

Saturday, 22 June

‘West Side Story’ (1961) Picnic Night Screening – Gateway Theatre, Seaton – 7.30pm, doors 6.30pm, tickets Adults £7.50, Under 16s £6.50. Our Bernstein weekend continues with the iconic original film from 1961, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer and Rita Moreno. Lovers Maria and Tony find themselves entangled in the bitter battle between their gangster families. Knowing this feud will lead to disastrous consequences, Maria sends Tony to end the fight. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Charlie Connelly: Attention all Shipping! A celebration of the shipping forecast as it reaches its centenary year. Charlie Connelly brings the broadcast vividly to life in his hilarious show. Charlie explores its remarkable history, unlocks its mysteries and tells rip-roaring stories of his own adventures among the seas. 7:30pm Bridport Arts Centre, South St. Bridport. 01308 341 528  www.bridport-arts.com.

Winsham Village Street Fair from 11am to 4pm. The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water. Elements Themed procession to open the Fair. Prizes for the best ‘Elements’ Face Paint or Hair/Hat or Fancy Dress Costume. Majorettes. Folk Music and Morris Dancers. Art and Sculpture Trail. Scarecrows. Tractors. Fire Engine. Variety of outdoor Craft Stalls. Art Exhibition. Labyrinth. Coffee Barista, Ice Cream Van and Barbecue. Cream Teas with Prosecco, Cake Sale and Street Food. Children’s Art & Crafts, Punch & Judy Show, Penalty Shoot Out Competition, St. George & The Dragon Puppet Story and Bug Safari. Iron Age Round House. Educational Activities with Axe Vale River Association (AVRA) and South Somerset Wildlife Trust. Tombola with Bottles of Wine. Real Ale and Cider Festival. Wonderful range of Raffle Prizes. All proceeds in aid of AVRA and Winsham United Charities. Parking at the Community Club, Bakersfield, TA20 4JN. Entry, Street Entertainments and Activities all FREE. Church Tower Tours: small charge to raise funds to refurbish the bells.

Live Music at The Bell from 5.45pm until Late. The Ukes of Hazard at The Bell Inn, Winsham, TA20 4HU. Free Entry. Real Ale and Hog Rolls.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Hardy Monument. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.

Saturday, 22 – 30 June

Beaminster Festival of the Arts  Classical and Jazz, literary talks, comedy singalong, al fresco theatre, including Treorchy Male Choir, Mishka Momen Rushdie, piano, Emma Johnson and Friends, Tim Kliphuis, Liverpool Beatles, Rob Hutton. Tickets from free- £25 www.beaminsterfestival.com or TicketSource 0333 666 3366.

Sunday, 23 June

Briantspuddle and Affpuddle Open Gardens. 15 open gardens across the two villages. Classic car collection. Local artists exhibition. Plant sales. Church flower festival. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea at Briantspuddle village hall. Bar. Free car parking. All welcome  £7 per person – children under 10 free.

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 11 mile Moderate walk. Postbridge. Phone 01404-811267.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Resound: Night Dances. BSO’s award-winning six-piece disabled ensemble perform an exciting new programme of music especially reimagined for this unique group. Repertoire includes Lucy Hale, Beethoven and Warlock amongst many others. 11am Bridport Arts Centre, South St. Bridport. 01308 341 528  www.bridport-arts.com.

Tuesday, 25 June

Scottish Country dancing at Horton village hall TA19 9QR every Tuesday evening from 7.30 to 9.30 pm with tea / coffee break. £3.00 pay on the door. Every one very welcome from beginner level to experienced, so why not come along and join our friendly group of dancers. For more information email Anita at anitaandjim22@gmail.com or phone 01460 92383 and visit our web site at www.ashillscd.wordpress.com.

Bridport U3A The next talk is at 2pm at Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport. DT6 3LJ. The talk will last about an hour, followed by a Q&A then refreshments. Members free, visitors £3. The title is ‘Telling Tales – Life and Work as a Professional Storyteller’, given by Bridport’s own Martin Maudsley. Martin specialises in stories of the natural world and local landscapes. He uses creative storytelling to connect people with nature and a sense of place.

Wednesday, 26 June

Scottish Country Dancing: Bridport Scottish Dancers  invite you to an evening of dancing led by a visiting RSCDS qualified teacher on   Wednesday 26th June 2024 at Church House, South Street, Bridport,  DT6 3NN.     Time:  7.15 for a 7.30 start.   Cost:  £3.00   which includes tea/coffee/soft drinks + biscuits. All welcome, no partner required but please wear soft shoes. Contact:  Malcolm on 07790 323343.   Check out bridportscottishdancers for more information.

Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society talk ‘Gardening with Ornamental Grasses’, Uplyme Village Hall DT7 3UY 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments. Members free; non-members £3.  www.ulrhs.wordpress.com.

Meeting Voices Community Choir, Chard. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn songs in harmony by ear. Everyone welcome. Chard Guildhall. Fore St, Chard TA20 1PP. Phone 07534 116502 or email mvsecretary@outlook.com.

10.30am. East Devon Ramblers. 9 mile Moderate walk. Exford. Phone 01297-23424.

Thursday, 27 June

Colyton town history walk leaving from Colyton Dolphin Car Park at 2 pm – Guided walk approximately one hour. Cost £5, children under 16 free. No booking required, all weathers. Group bookings by arrangement – Contact 01297 552514 or 01297 33406.

Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn songs in harmony by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (Pine Hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 07534 116502 or email petelinnett2@hotmail.com.

Friday, 28 June

‘Macbeth : Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma’ (12A) Screening – Gateway Theatre, Seaton -. 7pm, doors 6.30pm, tickets Adults £15 Under 16s £8. Tony and BAFTA Award winner Ralph Fiennes, and Olivier Award winner Indira Varma) star in a brand-new ‘full-voltage visceral’ (4 stars. Daily Telegraph) production of  Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Filmed live at Dock X, a custom-built theatre space in London, this critically acclaimed staging of Macbeth will be unmissable on the big screen. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Moscow Drug Club – Moscow Drug Club are transcendent Troubadours of World Jazz and Folk. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen & Eartha Kitt, Moscow Drug Club deliver an intoxicating and intimate musical experience. 7.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Tickets: £20 Students: £5 Children 12 and under: Free 01460 54973 www.ilminsterartscentre.com

Duo Correa Andrews Classical guitarist Francisco Correa presents music from his native Columbia alongside his wife, British Flautist and mezzo-soprano, Emily Andrews. These pieces mix classical and Colombian Folk styles. 7:30pm Bridport Arts Centre, South St. Bridport. 01308 341 528  www.bridport-arts.com.

10.00am. East Devon Ramblers. 5 mile Leisurely walk. Powderham Castle. Phone 01392-439122

Saturday, 29 June

Dalwood Music Day 11am – 6pm. 150 Musicians & Vocalists.  All styles of Music.  3 venues. Free Parking.  Free Programme.  BBQ food and Teas. Buy Stroller ticket  from the 3 venues on arrival £15.  Children: Free Evening Concert 8pm.  Jeremy Huggett’s 60s Band £10 Dalwood, EX13 7EG (near Axminster)  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk for information.

‘Ordinary Angels’ (12A) Picnic Night Screening – Gateway Theatre, Seaton – 7.30pm, doors 6.30pm, tickets Adults £7.50, Under 16s £6.50. Based on a remarkable true story, Ordinary Angels centres on Sharon (Hilary Swank), a fierce but struggling hairdresser who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed, a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters. With his youngest daughter waiting for a liver transplant, Sharon sets her mind to helping the family. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Merriot. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.

Saturday, 29 – 30 June

Flower Festival with themed display, at St Mary’s church, Thorncombe, TA20 4NE, to be held from 10 – 5pm daily. Visit our beautiful village and church. Refreshments, bric a brac, prize draw, children’s painting competition. All proceeds to church upkeep.

Sunday, 30 June

Divine Union Soundbath  2PM Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA Try our sonic deep-tissue massage using crystal and Tibetan bowls and sacred vocal overtoning  to quieten the mind, calm the emotions, and relax and detox the body. Please book: 01935 389655 ahaihel@live.com £16.

10.30am. East Devon Ramblers. 9 mile Moderate walk. Aylesbeare common. Phone 01395-579607.

The Vehicle Extravaganza, an Axminster Carnival main fund raising event is on from 10-4 pm on the showground Trafalgar Way Axminster. A mixed display of vintage and classic vehicles.

Entry is by donation. Anyone wishing to bring a vehicle along may email axminster-cve@hotmail.com or call 07875413698.

Celebrating Miles Davis. Miles Davis was an American jazz trumpeter who became one of the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz. Pioneering the bebop style alongside Charlie Parker, Davis went on to record the most popular jazz record of all time, Kind of Blue, and continued being an artistic innovator throughout his life. Sam Massey will be performing some pieces composed by Miles Davis like All Blues, and many associated with Davis over his career, such as Stella by Starlight. Massey has been hailed as a “fine trumpet player” by the Guardian and he will also be playing flugelhorn to add a contrasting mellow timbre for some of the tunes, accompanied by Philip Clouts at the piano and John Donnelly on double bass. Sam has performed alongside top-class musicians from across the UK, including the legendary Devon based bandleader Mike Westbrook and Radio 2 favourite Clare Teal. As a performer, arranger and composer, he and his music have been broadcast on numerous BBC, Jazz FM and RAI (Italy) programmes and is found on critically acclaimed albums by artists such as American soul singer PP Arnold and ska band The Simmertones. Jazz giant Miles Davis was at the forefront of many key developments in the history of jazz. His best known albums include Birth of the Cool, Kind of Blue, Porgy and Bess and In a Silent Way, and continue to have a lasting impact on musicians and listeners to this day. Davis had a very impressive virtuosic trumpet style which could also be very sparse, making every note count. Expect to hear a wide variety of enjoyable tunes, all reflecting the incredible talent of one of the foremost figures in the jazz world.  8 pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. £14 advance £16 on the door Tickets available at www.marinetheatre.com. You can also purchase tickets from the Lyme Regis Bookshop and Bridport TIC (01308 424901)