Coast and Countryside Events

26 January

Nostalgic Cinema: Viva Las Vegas (1964), a dementia-friendly subtitled screening open to all. 2pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Dance Connection for well-being, 7:15pm, Bridport St Mary’s CHH, 07787752201, danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com
National Theatre Live: The Crucible (12A) screening doors 6.30pm, screening 7pm, tickets adults £14.50, under 16s £7.50. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

National Theatre Live: The Crucible (12A) Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power. 7pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

27 January

Steve Knightley Unlock me and other Lockdown Laments Acclaimed singer-songwriter from Show of Hands. 7.30pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

East Devon Ramblers 10.00. A leisurely 4.5 mile walk. Upottery. Views over the Blackdown hills. Tell: 07979-263043.

Dance Connection Taster, 10:30am-12, Dorchester Corn Exchange, 07787752201, danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com.

Take Art for Cultivate presents “Muck, Microbes and re-making Paradise “ an evening with Graham Harvey. 8pm at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall (doors open at 7) Tickets available at the Norton Community Shop or purchase online at takeart.org/event/an-evening-with-Graham-harvey Adults – £10  (subject to a booking fee)

28 January

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (TBC), a celebration of Whitney Houston. Date to be confirmed. 3pm and 7.30pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Jumble Sale 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).
Joey the Lips Gig, doors 7.30pm live music from 8pm (TBC) tickets £20, £22.50 on the door. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6.5 mile walk from Lambert’s Plantation. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340.

The New Elizabethan Singers will give the first public performance of new music by a local composer in their concert in January. The concert, at St. Swithun’s Church, Bridport starts at 7.00 pm. Tickets (£15, under 18’s free) can be obtained from Goadsby Estate Agents in Bridport and online at https://thenewelizabethansingers.org.uk.

Bridport Seed Swap 10-12. Bridport Community Shed

Bring your surplus seed to swap at this informal gathering of local gardeners or simply take those you’d like, in exchange for a donation to charity. For more info call Eileen 07879 280334.

29 January

East Devon Ramblers 10.00. A leisurely 7.5 mile walk. ‘An East Devon stroll’ Buckton farm, Mincombe wood. Tell 01395-577891.

Singing Bowl Soundbath 2-4PM Oborne Village Hall DT9 4LA £15 Advance bookings 01935 389655 ahiahel@live.com.

Allington Strings 3pm, All Saint’s Church, Merriott TA16 5PS Tickets £10 available from The Feed Station, Merriott or reserve via allingtonstrings@outlook.com.

Dalwood Jazz Club Dave Newton and Craig Milverton “Dualling Pianos” The Southwest’s best known jazz pianists in concert. 3pm in Dalwood Village Hall EX13 7EG (near Axminster) Bar for beer/wine/soft drinks and teas/coffees etc.  Parking at the Village Hall. Ticket £12.50p Pay at the door.  info: t.mackenney111@btinternet.com  07999 553477.

East Devon Ramblers 10.00. ‘Up and down again’. A moderate 8.5 mile walk. Seaton seafront to Beer and Branscombe. Tell: 07886-926636.

30 January

“Family Justice”  A talk by Richard Bond, a former Circuit and Family Judge. 2.30pm at United Church Main Hall, East Street, Bridport.  Golden Cap Association members £2, visitors £5.

Contact 01308 459855.

If you enjoy dancing and music and socialising, then join in with the Folk Dancers in the W.I.Hall, Bridport from 7.15 to 9.30 every Monday. Musicians welcome.  Tea and coffee. ring 459001 for further details. Beginners welcome.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Village Hall 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own mug.  No partner required.  Cost £2.00  Contact David on 01460 65981  ww.chardscottishdancingclub.org.

31 January

Scottish Country Dancing at Ashill Village Hall Nr Ilminster TA19 9LX every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Beginners, returners and dancers of all abilities are very welcome to come along and join us. Biscuits and hot drink at the interval. Please wear soft, flat, comfy shoes if possible. £3.00 per evening. Further information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com.

Beaminster Museum winter talk at 2.00pm, when Bob Machin is talking about the architecture and evolution of Dorset farmhouses.  Many of the examples and historic photographs include sites within the museum catchment area.  Entry £5.00.

West Dorset Ramblers Moderate 5+ mile circular walk enjoying the Winter views around Hardy’s Monument. Contact 07952 717764.

1 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 8 mile moderate walk. ‘Three woods and a river’ Newton Poppleford, Bulverton, Mutters moor. Tel 07546-267229.

Bridport Bridge Club is inviting bridge players of all levels to come and join one of four free Open Day club sessions at St Swithun’s Church Hall at 7pm. For more information, please contact Roy on 01308 425298; email bridportbridgeclub@outlook.com or visit the club website – bridgewebs.com/bridport . Also on Wednesday February 8th .

Scottish Country Dancing  at 7.30 at Church House, South Street, Bridport,  DT6 3NN. All welcome, no partner required but please wear soft shoes. First evening free, thereafter £2.00 which includes tea, coffee, squash and cake. Contact: Malcolm on 07790 323343. Check out bridportscottishdancers for more information.

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 12 mile moderate walk. ‘A hill, no donkey’ Exmouth. Tel 07895-246909.

1 – 28 February

East Lambrook Manor Gardens in Somerset will be celebrating the snowdrop season with its fifth Festival of Snowdrops, an opportunity to see the fabulous snowdrops in the garden together with additional displays showcasing many of the 150 varieties grown there. The festival will also feature steel snowdrop sculptures by Chris Kampf and tours of the snowdrops, with around 90 varieties for sale in the nursery. The Festival runs from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Garden entry £6.75, over 65s £6.25, under 16s free. Free entry to the nursery. East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Silver Street, East Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5HH. enquiries@eastlambrook.com  www.eastlambrook.com

2 February

Dance Connection movement for well-being £12, 7:15pm, Bridport St Mary’s CHH DT6 3NN, 07787752201,

danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com.

Parallel Mothers (2021, Spain, 15, 123 mins, S/titles, Dir:

Pedro Almodóvar) Doors 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm start. Clapton & Wayford Village Hall (TA18 8PS). Membership £25, guests £5 per film. Contact mickpwilson53@btinternet.com or ring Mick Wilson on 01460 74849 or Di Crawley on 01460 30508.

Solo Charleston Dance Classes  1-2pm, St Marys Church Hall Bridport – Introduction Class – £5 – All Welcome www.dynamic-dance.uk. Also 9 and 23 February.

Lyme Regis Museum Friends illustrated talk in the Woodmead Hall, Hill Road,  Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG at 2.30 pm. ‘Supporting Industry – Whatever the Weather’ by Emma Dyer. Members £2.00; Visitors £4.00 (£2 if you pay £8 on the door to become a member).  All welcome! Tickets not required. For enquiries please contact David Cox 01297 443156.

Tatworth Flower Club are holding their first meeting of the new year at 2pm. We have a local lady to do our demonstration which is called, A Reawakening of Nature. Tea and cake is served afterwards for a donation and all arrangements are raffled. Doors open at 1.30pm, £6 for non members. Enquires, Julie Kettle 01934 248536.

3 February

Spiritato Producing unique, research-based performance projects, Spiritato avoid well-trodden paths wherever possible. The group actively seeks to promote forgotten composers and bring their music to a wider audience. 11:30am.  Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR. 01308 424901. www.bridport-arts.com/whats-on.

Voices of Hope Beautiful songs from around the world taught in harmony. Group is accessible to all ages and abilities. £5 suggested donation per session. Very relaxed atmosphere, uplifting and fun. No singing experience necessary. Drop in 11am to 12am

Borough Gardens Bridport near Buckydoo Square (benches in gardens for those who need to sit or rest) If it is very wet we sing in The Unitarian Chapel in the Garden on East Street Bridport

Jane Silver Corren 07887675161. janesilvercorren@gmail.com

The Get-Together with Mama Tokus A joyful collective experience where you get to join in with the band. Uplifting gospel, soul, blues and funk numbers with the lyrics beamed up in front. 7.30pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 4.5 mile leisurely walk. ‘Around underwood moor’ Yarcombe. 01404-549390.

Bridport Bridge Club is inviting bridge players of all levels to come and join one of four free Open Day club sessions at St Swithun’s Church Hall at 2pm. If you have played some bridge before and would like to have a game in a small club environment this is a great way of getting back to a sociable game. For more information, please contact Roy on 01308 425298; email bridportbridgeclub@outlook.com or visit the club website – bridgewebs.com/bridport . Also on Friday February 10th .

Douglas Dare Milkteeth: A Homecoming Show 7:30pm Venue: St. Peter’s Church, Eype. Tickets: douglasdare.com/live.

Spiritato Classical Concert at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Promoted by Concerts in the West. Spiritato is a pioneering period instrument ensemble with a love for little-known composers and challenging conventions. Concert starts 19:30, bar available. Tickets: £18 (free to under 12s. Students £5). To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/music.

Exploring Inks Workshop at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Explore and experiment with the wonderful medium of ink. 10:00-13:00. Cost: £30. To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/workshops.

3 – 5 February

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ (12A) Friday & Saturday – Picnic Nights & Sunday Matinee Screenings, doors Fri/Sat – doors 6.30pm, screening 7.30pm; Sat – doors 1.30pm, screening 2.30pm,  tickets: Adults  £7.50, Under 16s £6.50. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

4 February

Five Points Gang One of the most powerful and original upcoming bands in the UK music scene. They are said to become the biggest rock & roll band in the world. 8:00pm Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR. 01308 424901. www.bridport-arts.com/whats-on.

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.

The Friends of Weymouth Library’s talk will be by Kevin Patience, entitled “The True Story of the African Queen”. Talk begins at 10-30 a.m. and tickets can be obtained at the Library, costing £3 for non-members and £2 for members. Refreshments

provided. All will be welcome.

India Sweets and Spices (12A) A charming comedy-drama from the producers of Crazy Rich Asians. 7.30pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Sticks & Stones: A riot in Dorchester 1850. In 1850, on a wet February day in Dorchester, a violent disturbance over the Corn Laws culminated in the killing of a 19-year old youth by an irate farmer. The subsequent manslaughter trial at the Shire Court revealed a deep split in Dorset society and led to a verdict that many saw as a miscarriage of justice. In a talk at the Shire Hall on Saturday 4th February 2023 at 2 pm, Philip Browne will explain why the Corn Laws provoked such strong feelings and pitted Dorset landowners against free traders and the poor of Dorchester. This talk will remind us of a dramatic event in our town’s history that has been long forgotten. Tickets: £6.00 on the door or from https://shirehalldorset.org/whats-on/  Shire Hall Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UY

Cinema at the Warehouse Ilminster The Duke7.45pm Warehouse Theatre, Brewery Lane, Ilminster. Contact details crisrainbow44@gmail.com

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Burton Bradstock. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340.

4 – 12 February

Compton Valence snow drops village hall lunches and teas Come and walk/drive through our beautiful village and see the stunning white drifts of snowdrops. (The village hall is below the church)

open (weather permitting): 11.00am -3.30 pm Daily. To Book Please ring or email so we can cater accordingly: Tessa Russell Tel: 01308 482227 or email: tessa@cvfarms.co.uk Or Pippa James 01305 889338 m 07880882985. email:enquiries@dovehousedorset.co.uk Pre booked guests will take priority as the hall is small. In bad/icy weather we may not be open. Please be considerate of our village/verges etc when parking or ring us to discuss your needs so we can advise you where to go. We very much look forward to seeing you.

5 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 12 mile strenuous walk. ‘Winter warm up’ Trinity Hill, Rousdon, Combpyne. Tel 01395-567450.

Modern Jive Tea Dance  2-5pm, Salwayash Village Hall – All Modern Jive Dancers welcome – £7 includes refreshments www.dynamic-dance.uk

6 February

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock. Evening of Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Village Hall 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own mug. No partner required. Cost £2.00  Contact David on 01460 65981  www.chardscottishdancingclub.org.

Bridport Folk Dance Club dance sessions in the W.I. Hall on Monday evenings from 7.15pm-9.30pm. All welcome, especially beginners. Occasional live music, and always a caller. Musicians welcome. Tel: 863552 or 459001 for more information.

Hawkchurch Film Nights in association with Devon Moviola, proudly presents ‘The Lost King’ (108 mins, Cert. 12 – infrequent strong language, discrimination). 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. Subtitles for the hard-of-hearing provided.  Home-made cake and other delicious refreshments available.

The Stanchester Quire will be all at sea as we learn songs and shanties that illustrate how the sea has affected the lives of the people of the South West of England through the years. We meet at The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA, at 7:30pm and new members are always very welcome. In fact new members get the first two weeks free! For further details please email stanchesterquire1@gmail.com or phone Bonnie on 01935 822287.

Modern Jive (Leroc) Social Dance Classes. 7:30pm, Chideock Village Hall. £6 per person, Come with or without a partner. Beginners and Returners Welcome Every Week. www.dynamic-dance.uk Also 13, 20 and 27 February.

7 February

Scottish Country Dancing at Ashill Village Hall Nr Ilminster TA19 9LX every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30 pm with break for drink and biscuits. Please wear soft , flat comfy shoes if possible. £ 3.00 per evening. All abilities welcome including beginners so why not come along and join us ?. Further information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com

8 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 5 mile leisurely walk. ‘Around Sowton’ Clyst St Mary village. Tel 07977-544749.

Colyford & District Photographic Club  Come along to our Club nights 7.15 to 9.45 pm, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Road, Colyford EX24 6QJ.  For more information please telephone 07753911751 or check out our website  www.colyford-photographic-club.co.uk. Also 22 February.

Scottish Country Dancing  at 7.30 at Church House, South Street, Bridport,  DT6 3NN. All welcome, no partner required but please wear soft shoes. First evening free, thereafter £2.00, which includes soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits. Contact:  Malcolm on 07790 323343. Check out bridportscottishdancers for more information.

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am 10 mile moderate walk. ‘Hemyock winter ramble’. Tel 07870-804711.

8 – 9 February

Fisherman’s Friends One and All (PG), Kilmington Community Cinema will be screening at the Village Hall (EX13 7RF). Doors open 6.45 film starts 7.15 on Wednesday.  Matinee on Thursday 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.  Pre-booked seat tickets @ £5 or £5.50 on the door. Tickets can be pre-booked by email: wattsjohn307@gmail.com or Tel: 01297 639758 see www.kilmingtonvillage.com/other-organisations.html for more information.

9 February

Janice and Jon A folk duo with a spellbinding presence, ‘Janice & Jon’s’ compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin, bouzouki, and guitar. Cash bar. 7.30pm Shipton Gorge Village Hall. Tickets: £10, £5 (u18s), £25 (fam 4 – max 2 adults) online at www.artsreach.co.uk. For enquiries, call 01308 897407.

Chesil Bank Writing Shed Do you write? Would you like to be a writer? Whatever you want to write come and learn with our creative writing group. New writers always welcome. 7pm – 9pm, Portesham Village Hall. Find out more by calling Linda on 01305 871802.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens will be open for the NGS annual Snowdrop Festival on Thursday 9th February when all entry money will go towards supporting the NGS’s nursing and palliative care charities. East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Silver Street, East Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5HH. enquiries@eastlambrook.com  www.eastlambrook.com.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be holding their first social meeting at 7.30 pm at their new location of Chard Cricket Club (The Club House, Chard Cricket Club, Dening Field, CHARD, TA20 1JL). where members will be entertained by Alan Hall speaking on the development of the ‘Somerset Wood’.  Further information for those interested in joining the association (you do not have to be former services to join) can be obtained by contacting Chairman Paula Moon 07929291401.

Sea Shanty Sessions at The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Join us and The Chantry Buoys, of Colyton, for an evening of sea shanties, and other well known maritime songs. Entry is free. Drinks will be available from the licensed bar along with soft drinks,  The Buoys start at 7.30pm.   Tel  07761 469676

Dance Connection movement for well-being £12, 7:15pm, Bridport St Mary’s CHH  DT6 3NN, 07787752201, danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com

10 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 6 mile leisurely walk. ‘Coastal path and river Otter’. Otterton Green. Tel 07802-877978.

Aftersun (12A) Paul Mescal (Normal People) stars as idealistic father Calum, whose holiday with daughter Sophie triggers bittersweet memories 20 years later. 7.30pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Hunting the Hunter: Brian Lane-Smith Chairman of the Southwest Airfields Heritage Trust. An illustrated talk on the activities of American forces operating from Dunkeswell airfield during World War 2, drawing on a unique collection of photographs and some film, including attacks on German U-boats. Aspects of the construction and operation of Dunkeswell airfield also will be covered. Details on www.lymeregisu3a.org Guests welcome for a donation of £2. 11am at Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis.

East Devon Branch, Devonshire Association The History of Seaton Tramway; Seaton Tramway is one of Devon’s best loved tourist attractions, operating narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton and Colyton. Dave Rawlings will talk about its founder, Claude Lane, why and when he started building trams and the evolution of the tramway from its early days to the present. Dave will also speak about the original Seaton branch line from its opening in 1868 to closure in 1966; 2.30pm, Manor Pavilion Theatre Sidmouth EX10 8RP; contact Brian Ludford 01395 513232 or edevon.sec@devonassoc.org.uk.

A Great Trio of Talent Mike Denham, Julia Titus & Steve Graham at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Welcoming back Mike Denham for the latest of his popular SpeakEasy nights. His guest is actress, poet, singer and songwriter Julia Titus, otherwise known as Ma Bessie. Among her talents is the ability to convincingly put over the songs of that great blues and vaudeville singer of the 1920s, Bessie Smith. On this occasion Mike, at the grand piano, will be joined on trumpet by long-time colleague, Steve Graham, one of the UK’s most respected vintage jazz trumpeters. Concert starts 19:30, bar available. Tickets: £18. To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/music.

‘A Man Named Otto’(15) Picnic Night Screening, doors 6.30pm, screening 7.30pm, tickets: Adults £7.50, Under 16s £6.50. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

11 February

Wille and the Bandits It’s rare to find a band as dynamic as Wille and the Bandits, one as comfortable and as impressive at both ends of the sonic spectrum. Best experienced LIVE!. 8:00pm. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR, 01308 424901. www.bridport-arts.com/whats-on.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Pymore. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340.

Yarcombe Village Market 10am -12 noon – Fantastic local produce – Eggs, Cakes, Plants, Jams, pickles, Woodwork, Metal work, Pottery , also Bric a Brac and Homeware – Come and have a  Coffee and Cake -Yarcombe Village Hall EX14 9BN. Any  queries please contact Helen 07858625421.

Upyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Coffee morning. Container and tuber for the summer show potato-in-a-bucket competition class on sale for £3. All welcome. Uplyme Village Hall 10am-12noon. More information www.ulrhs.wordpress.com

Scottish Dancing Party in Chardstock 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  Contact David on 01460 65981   www.chardscottishdancingclub.org.

‘Valentine’s Gala Night’ doors 6.30pm, Magic 7.15pm, Music 8.15pm: table seating tickets £23, row seating £20. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at our Gala Night featuring tricks from award-winning magic circle magician ‘Simply Simon’ and live music from ‘The New West End Jerseys’, a tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Beekeeping for Beginners East Devon Beekeepers, Hunthay Farm, Nr Axminster EX13 5RH. 14 hours of classroom tuition over several weeks covering all the basic aspects of beekeeping, plus a full summer of practical sessions in the apiary and winter meetings indoors will equip aspiring beekeepers to take up the craft.  Details on edbk.co.uk or from Richard Simpson, education@edbk.co.uk or 07900 492242.  Cost: £100 (includes a free text book and annual membership of Devon Beekeepers and British Beekeepers’ Assoc’s). Booking required as places limited.

11 – 19 February

Half Term Fun at West Bay Discovery Centre come and make a paper boat, see our latest exhibition ‘ West Bay memories’ and enjoy our hands on interactive displays.  West Bay Discovery Centre 11:00am -16:00. Please note we will be shut on Monday 13th February.  Admission free. Further details http://www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk/ 

12 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 9 mile moderate walk. ‘Viaduct View’ Trinity Hill, Newcastle, Uplyme. Tel 07759-324849.

Divine Union Soundbath Bell Street  United Church, Bell St, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8AL 2-3.30 PM. Lie down, relax, and allow the Pure Sounds of a crystal and Tibetan bowl soundbath plus sacred vocal overtoning take you into the deeper brainwave states of ‘the relaxation response’, while charging and balancing the aura and chakras of the subtle body, and detoxing the physical body.£15 Please book in advance.01935 389655 or email ahiahel@live.com Last minute booking queries or cancellations 07798530515.

13 February

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Village Hall 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own mug.  No partner required.  Cost £2.00  Contact David on 01460 65981   www.chardscottishdancingclub.org.

Bridport Folk Dance Club dance sessions in the W.I. Hall on Monday evenings from 7.15pm-9.30pm. All welcome, especially beginners. With Angela and Tim Laycock calling and providing the music. Tel: 863552 or 459001 for more information.

Meeting Fun Quiz Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild 2 p.m. Mr Iain Campbell will be hosting this fun, non-Mastermind Quiz. Visitors very welcome (£2.50). Tea and Coffee available. Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury DT1 3DF. Any queries 01305 832857.

14 February

Scottish Country Dancing at Ashill Village Hall Nr Ilminster TA19 9LX every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30 pm with break for drink and biscuits. Please wear soft , flat comfy shoes if possible. £3.00 per evening. All abilities welcome including beginners so why not come along and join us ?. Further information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com.

14 – 18 February

The Addams Family Hilarious family musical presented by Honiton Community Theatre Company. 7pm + 2pm Sat matinee The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

15 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 9 mile moderate walk. ‘Saints and Sinners’ Broadhembury. Tel 07771-935117.

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

Scottish Country Dancing  at 7.30 at Church House, South Street, Bridport,  DT6 3NN. All welcome, no partner required but please wear soft shoes. First evening free, thereafter £2.00, which includes soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits. Contact:  Malcolm on 07790 323343. Check out bridportscottishdancers for more information.

16 February

Talk on Banking in the 1950s by Sandra Brown.  2.30pm at Bridport WI Hall, in support of Bridport Millennium Green.  £5/£4 members to include tea and biscuits. More details 01308 423078.

Thorncombe Environment Group Eco Fair 11am-2pm at Thorncombe Sports and Social Club, Horseshoe Road, TA20 4PS.  Local eco-friendly community groups, wildlife and conservation organisations, children’s activities. All welcome. Entry free.  Refreshments available. Bar open. For more information or to book a stand please e-mail ThorncombeEnvironmentGroup@outlook.com.

‘Strange World’ (PG), matinee, doors 2.30pm, screening 3pm, tickets adult £7.50, under 16s £6.50 age 15. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Dance Connection movement for well-being £12, 7:15pm, Bridport St Mary’s CHH  DT6 3NN, 07787752201, danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com.

Bridport & District Gardening Club will meet at 7.30 pm at the W I Hall North Street Bridport when Colin Varndell will talk about Garden Birds. He has been photographing the landscape and wildlife for over 42 years. His evocative photographs of animals, birds, insects, wild flowers and the landscape are reproduced in books, magazines, newspapers, greetings cards, calendars and in advertising worldwide. He has won awards 4 times in the prestigious International Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. The meeting is open to non members for the fee of £2.00 and further information about the club can be found at bridportgardeningclub.co.uk.

16 – 19 February

Brew Dorch, Dorchester’s Festival of Drinks Venues across the town are celebrating the town’s prestigious brewing and distilling history and have organised some refreshing events that will involve a fair amount of frivolity! Follow the Brew Dorch Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BrewDorch and book tickets at: www.DiscoverDorchester.co.uk/BrewDorch

17 February

East Devon Ramblers 5.5 mile moderate walk. Beer. ‘Coffee on the beach’Tel 07772-069940.

Fisherman’s Friends One and All at 7.30pm Village Hall, The Causeway, Milborne St Andrew DT11 0JX Doors and bar open 7.00 Tickets cost £6, which includes a drink or an ice-cream. 

Voices of Hope Beautiful songs from around the world taught in harmony. Group is accessible to all ages and abilities. £5 suggested donation per session. Very relaxed atmosphere, uplifting and fun. No singing experience necessary. Drop in 11am to 12am

Borough Gardens Bridport near Buckydoo Square (benches in gardens for those who need to sit or rest) If it is very wet we sing in The Unitarian Chapel in the Garden on East Street Bridport

Jane Silver Corren 07887675161. janesilvercorren@gmail.com

Flying Folk Jemima Farey and Friends at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Jemima and her talented family will be joined this time round by folk stars Danny Ward, Colin Elliott and Toadflax. Concert starts 19:30, bar available. Tickets: £12. To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/music.

Mrs Harris Goes To Paris is the film to be shown by T & F Movies, in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm. The doors open at 7.00pm, the entry charge is £5, and there is the usual bar and raffle.

Felting Workshop at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Transform wool into a wearable scarf, or make a 3D model of a bird or animal using special barbed needles and lots of stabbing! Most techniques can be taught in this workshop with experienced tutor Geraldine Field. Suitable for all levels from complete beginners to those returning. 10:00-15:00. Cost: £30. To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/workshops.

17 – 18 February

Giovanni Lonati; classical piano Tincleton Gallery, The Old School House, Tincleton, nr Dorchester, DT2 8QR. Opening / performance times: doors open 19:30; concert starts 20:00. Admission fee: £15. 01305 848 909. http://www.tincletongallery.com.

18 February

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6 mile walk from Abbotsbury. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340.

Bridport Folk Dance Club Come and join the regulars for a stomp and swing at their Saturday Night Barn Dance in the W.I. Hall ,7.30 -10.30 pm.  All welcome including children. Tea, biscuits and soft drinks available or BYO. £5.00 entry…children free. Proceeds will go to Julia’s House Hospice. (The last Barn Dance raised £85 for Air ambulance).  Tel:863552 or 459001 for more information.

Paddleboat Theatre – Hansel and Gretel doors 2.30, show 3pm, tickets adults £8 Under 16s  £6. Family £26. This inclusive version of Hansel & Gretel is a sensory story full of magic, gentle interaction and integrated signing. With an enchanting woodland set, playful characters and poetic storytelling it is a perfect first time theatre experience for little ones. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Cinema at the Warehouse Ilminster Parallel Mothers Penelope Cruz stars in this boisterous swapped-at-birth melodrama full of mix-ups and moral quandaries. Spain 7.45pm Warehouse Theatre, Brewery Lane, Ilminster. www.cinemaatthewarehouse.co.uk contact details crisrainbow44@gmail.com

19 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 8 mile leisurely walk. ‘An East Devon Stroll’ from The Bowd lay-by. Tel 01395-577891.

Open Music Day in Crewkerne Museum 10am-4pm

Come and play, listen, learn, talk to musicians. All instruments welcome. Entry free. Donations to Museum welcome.

Enquiries 01460 73168.

The Royal Opera – The Barber of Seville (12A) screening, doors 1.30pm, screening 2pm, tickets adults £14.50, under 16s £7.50. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Royal Opera Cinema: The Barber of Seville (12A) With vocal fireworks, scheming lovers and one very busy barber, Rossini’s comic opera is packed with fun & mischief. 2pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Divine Union Soundbath Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX  2-3.30 pm  £15 Please book in advance via 01935 389655 or email ahiahel@live.com Last minute booking queries or cancellations 07798530515

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am 8 mile moderate walk. ‘Play the snowdrop lottery’. Dunkery Beacon, Blagdon wood. Tel 01404-811267.

Dance Connection Dance Day Workshop, 11am-4pm, Bridport St Mary’s CHH  DT6 3NN, 07787752201,

danceconnectionwessex@gmail.com

20 February

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Village Hall 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own mug.  No partner required.  Cost £2.00  Contact David on 01460 65981  www.chardscottishdancingclub.org.

Bridport Folk Dance Club dance sessions in the W.I. Hall on Monday evenings from 7.15pm-9.30pm. All welcome, especially beginners. Occasional live music, and always a caller. Musicians welcome. Tel: 863552 or 459001 for more information.

21 February

Turn Lyme Green Talk The Common Ground Project creates community land trusts that take land out of private ownership and drive its use towards diversity, regenerative practice and common good. The Project works in all areas of human wellness in relation to the land, including food, ecology, affordable housing and energy. It is creating two land trusts in East Devon, near to Lyme Regis, and will be sharing how the model works and welcoming proposals about the use of the land. Graham Willett of the Common Ground Project will be talking about the project. 7pm Driftwood Cafe, Baptist Church Broad Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3NY.

Watercolours Workshop at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. Weekly morning and afternoon sessions. Learn to paint in watercolours with experienced tutor Nicky Clarke. Tuesdays, mornings 10:00-12:00, and afternoons 13:00-15:00. Cost: £15 per session. To book: 01460 281773 or randnclarke@hotmail.co.uk. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/workshops.

Scottish Country Dancing at Ashill Village Hall Nr Ilminster TA19 9LX every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30 pm with break for drink and biscuits. Please wear soft , flat comfy shoes if possible. £ 3.00 per evening. All abilities welcome including beginners so why not come along and join us ?. Further information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com

22 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 10 mile moderate walk. ‘St Boniface Way’. Newton St Cyres. Tel 07885-951863.

The Beehive Acoustic Night. Hosted by Terry Stacey. Perform or listen in the Beehive bar. Free entry. 7.30pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Scottish Country Dancing  at 7.30 at  Church House, South Street, Bridport,  DT6 3NN. All welcome, no partner required but please wear soft shoes. First evening free, thereafter £2.00, which includes soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits. Contact:  Malcolm on 07790 323343. Check out bridportscottishdancers for more information.

Upyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society talk on The Secret Lives of Garden Bees by Jean Vernon. Uplyme Village Hall 7.30pm. Refreshments from 7pm. Members free, non-members £3. More information www.ulrhs.wordpress.com

Acrylics Workshop at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. First in a series of six classes. Learn to paint in acrylics with experienced tutor Juliet Farnese. Wednesdays, 09:45-12:15. Cost: £105 for 6 sessions. To book: 07920 133358 or julietfarnese@gmail.com. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/workshops.

Dorset Museum Music Society will be launching its 2023 series with a concert given by the Solem Quartet, an outstanding young string quartet with glowingly reviewed recordings and concert appearances both in the UK and further afield. The concert takes place in the Victorian Hall of the Dorset Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, a splendid chamber music venue highly regarded by both performers and audiences, at 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased on line from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/dorset-museum-music-society-cio or, if still available, on the door. This is the first in a series of six monthly concerts featuring varied and exciting programmes given by leading performers, details of which can be found on https://dorsetmuseummusicsociety.uk   

23 February

I’m Glad I asked This funny, tender heart-felt, one woman (and a puppet) show is drawn from workshops with women of all ages and Michele’s own lived experiences with her 91-year-old Mother, Gena. 7:30pm. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR. 01308 424901. www.bridport-arts.com/whats-on.

Nostalgic Cinema: Now, Voyager (1942) Stars Bette Davis. A dementia-friendly subtitled screening open to all who love the old films. 2pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

National Theatre Live: Othello (12A) An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy. 7pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Folk dancing at Combe St Nicholas village hall (TA20 3LT) on at 1930 hrs. Mary and Robert Blackborow will be providing the music and calling the dances. 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.

National Theatre Live: Othello (12A) screening, doors 6.30pm, screening 7pm, tickets adults £14.50, under 16s £7.50 Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

Illustrated Talk: Cruise along the Jurassic Coast  West Bay Discovery Centre is holding another winter talk at The Salt House at 2:30pm with West Dorset marine photographer and sailor Steve Belasco who will be taking us on a unique journey along the Jurassic Coast using his photographs captured exclusively at wave level. Tickets £5 are available in person or on-line from Bridport Tourist Information Centre. Further details  http://www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk/

Pastels Workshop at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. First in a series of six classes. Linda Hampson’s ever popular Pastels workshop – this term’s theme is the Natural World and the letter ‘B’! Blackbird, Beaver, Begonia, Blueberries, Bateleur Eagle… Thursdays, 10:00-13:00. Cost: £85 for 6 sessions. To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/workshops.

Art Journaling Workshop at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. First in a series of six classes. Express your feelings in pictures and words – no rules, no experience needed. Thursdays, 13:30-15:00. Cost: £95 for 6 sessions. To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/workshops

The Dart Valley Stompers This 4-piece band has a repertoire firmly rooted in Traditional & New Orleans music. Members of the band have performed their style of jazz many times for us and are a major crowd pleaser playing a lively and exciting musical selection. 7:30pm Martock Church; TA12 6JL. Tickets: £12 or £10 at Guardianstickets@gmail.com /07547 213992/Martock Gallery/ Martock Newsagent. Website:www.martockonline.co.uk/events. www.dartvalleystompers.co.uk.

24 February

East Devon Ramblers 4.5 mile leisurely walk. ‘Around and about Shute Beacon Kilmington, Shute Hill. Tel 07966-300919.

Trevor Whiting and the Craig Milverton Trio at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. From Bechet to Bird – a celebration of clarinet and saxophone highlights of the classic jazz era from New Orleans through to Swing and beyond. Concert starts 19:30, bar available. Tickets: £18. To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/music.

A Rogues Gallery for Gardeners a talk by Sally Nex at Winsham’s Jubilee Hall at 7.30pm. £3.50 for members and £5 for non members. “A talk packed with practical advice on organic ways of tackling pests and diseases, including ways to prevent them from attacking your plot in the first place, and how to limit the damage if and when they do.” For more details & to reserve a seat please contact Debbie on 01460 432815.

Voices of Hope Beautiful songs from around the world taught in harmony. Group is accessible to all ages and abilities. £5 suggested donation per session. Very relaxed atmosphere, uplifting and fun. No singing experience necessary. Drop in 11am to 12am

Borough Gardens Bridport near Buckydoo Square (benches in gardens for those who need to sit or rest). If it is very wet we sing in The Unitarian Chapel in the Garden on East Street Bridport

Jane Silver Corren 07887675161. janesilvercorren@gmail.com

The Beehive Open day Showcasing the activities and opportunities at Honiton’s community venue. Come along and see what’s on offer. 2-8pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Glass Bead Jewellery Making Workshop at Ilminster Arts Centre, TA19 0AN. In this course, experienced tutor Jenny Harrison will guide you through the art of creating glass bead jewellery. Learn how to put beads onto head pins to make an easy fasten necklace and earrings. 10:00-13:00. Cost: £25 + £5 materials. To book: 01460 54973. https://www.ilminsterartscentre.com/workshops

25 February

Martin Carthy For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. 7:30pm. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR. 01308 424901. www.bridport-arts.com/whats-on.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (12A) British romantic comedy about contrasting approaches to love and marriage. Starring Emma Thompson, Lily James, Sajal Aly. (to be confirmed) 7.30pm The Beehive Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk 01404 384050.

Wootton Fitzpaine social club Quiz Night 8.00pm, Max 6 player in a  team, £1.00 per player. All Welcome Membership now due £10.00, Opening times wed, frid, sat from 7.30pm. Snooker table, pool table, football games, skittle alley and well stocked bar. Events to look out for Easter Bingo & Bumper Easter Draw Night.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Odcombe. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340.

‘The Darkside of Pink Floyd’ gig – Live Music, doors 7.30pm, music 8pm, tickets £20, £22.50 on the door. More than just an ordinary Pink Floyd tribute band, The Darkside of Pink Floyd entertain audiences with a fantastic light show and passionate performances. Tickets from 01297 625699, www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk or in person Tue – Thur 10am – 1pm.

26 February

East Devon Ramblers 10.00am. 10.5 mile moderate walk. ‘The Exe Valley and it’s rolling hills’. Bickleigh Mill. Tel 01395-516897.

Divine Union Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA  2pm-4pm Lie down, relax, and allow the Pure Sounds of a crystal and Tibetan bowl soundbath plus sacred vocal overtoning take you into the deeper brainwave states of ‘the relaxation response’, while charging and balancing the aura and chakras of the subtle body, and detoxing the physical body.£15Please book in advance via 01935 389655 or email ahiahel@live.com Last minute booking queries or cancellations 07798530515.

Axe Vale Orchestra invites you to “An Afternoon at the Theatre” at 3.00pm, The Town Hall, Colyton. Tickets, £12, students free, from www.axevaleorchestra.co.uk, via TicketSource, or from The Little Shop, Colyton. Cimarosa: Overture Il Matrimonio Segreto, Faure: Masques et Bergamasques, Bizet: Carmen Suite, Respighi: La Boutique Fantasque.

27 February

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Village Hall 7.30 – 10.00 p.m.  Tea and coffee provided but  please bring your own mug.  No partner required.  Cost £2.00  Contact David on 01460 65981   www.chardscottishdancingclub.org.

Bridport Folk Dance Club dance sessions in the W.I.Hall on Monday evenings from 7.15-9.30pm.  All Welcome, especially beginners.  Occasional live music and always a caller.  Musicians welcome. Tel 863552 or 459001 for more information.

Amanda Hampson will give a talk entitled “The Jurassic Coast: A Poet’s journey.” National Trust Golden Cap Association.  United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport.  2.30 pm entry £2.00 for members and £5.00 for visitors.  Information from Mike Nicks 01308 459855.

Scottish Dancing at All Saints An evening of Scottish Dancing at All Saints Village Hall. 7.30-10.00 pm Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own mug.  No partner required.  Cost £2.00.  Contact David 01460 65981 www.chardscottishdancingclub.org

28 February

Scottish Country Dancing at Ashill Village Hall Nr Ilminster TA19 9LX every Tuesday evening 7.30 to 9.30 pm with break for drink and biscuits. Please wear soft , flat comfy shoes if possible. £ 3.00 per evening. All abilities welcome including beginners so why not come along and join us ?. Further information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com.

Bridport & District u3a Monthly Meetings & Talks ‘Wild Gardening’ by Mitch Perkins of Dorset Wildlife Trust. Mitch works at Dorset Wildlife Trust in the Wider Communities Team.  Her background is in ecology and wildlife gardening.  The talk will be about wildlife gardening and why wildlife needs our help and what we can do to support nature in our gardens and local green spaces. The talk begins at 2pm in the Bridport United Church Hall in East Street.  The talk will last for about an hour and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.  Refreshments will follow.  The talk is free to members and there is a £2 charge for non-members.  Please see the Bridport & District u3a website for further information about this and future talks and if you are interested in becoming a member:  bridportu3a.org.uk.

The Lyme Regis Society present A Talk Lyme Regis Hospitals by Rachel Pope. To be held at 2pm Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. DT7 3PG. All Welcome. Members Free. Visitors £3.00. Refreshments Included. Check website for further information: https://www.lymeregissociety.org.uk.

Simon Nicholls, Home Safety Advisor for Devon Fire Service, will talk to Seaton u3a at their monthly meeting. He will give us tips and advice about keeping safe in our homes and take questions from the audience. The talk will start at 2pm at The Gateway, Seaton and is free for members; £2 for non-members who are welcome to join us for the talk and refreshments afterwards. More information about Seaton u3a can be found at https://u3asites.org.uk/seaton/home.