Diary Date: Saturday 15th March.
Next Friends of the Yeatman event!
Dorset Voices present a “Nautical but Nice Night” – an evening of light-hearted entertainment broadly on a nautical theme.
Together with the New Hardy Players - of whom Dorset Voices are an offshoot - they have raised over £35,000 for Weldmar Trust, as well as helping other organisation to raise funds through their performances. This will be their first appearance in Sherborne.
The event takes place in the Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, starting at 7.30pm. A cold “rustic” supper is included and there will also be a bar and raffle to enjoy. To add to the atmosphere of the evening, the audience is invited to wear a token or full fancy dress on a nautical or rustic theme. Tickets are £10 and are on sale at Winstone’s Bookshop or the Abbey shop in the Close.
Diary Date: Saturday 29 March – French Flicks from the Sixties
Details are still being finalised for an evening featuring two French films. The highlight is Plein Soleil (1960) starring Alain Delon. This is the original film based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. Those who saw the 2000 version with Jude Law and Matt Damon may think it unsurpassable – but wait until you see this version, made 40 years before!
The other film planned for this amazing French double-bill programme is the fascinating François Truffaut thriller The Bride Wore Black (“La mariée était en noir” 1968) starring the enchanting Jeanne Moreau.
Both films are based on crime or thriller writers and both films pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock.
The films will be screened at the Powell Theatre and the double programme will start at 5.30pm. There is a one hour interval before the second film which starts at 8.15pm and finishes at 10.15pm. Tickets are available from the Sherborne Tourist Office from 1st March priced at £5-50 each or £10 for both films – if purchased in advance. On the day tickets are available at the door from 5.00pm – 5.30pm and 7.45pm – 8.15pm at £6-00 each. Any proceeds will be donated to Rotary charities.
Alain Delon in Plein Soleil
Looking along Long Street
Sherborne is a delightful, small historic town in the north-west of Dorset. It has a total population of about 10,000, having doubled its population during the last 40 years. It lies on the northern slopes of the beautiful Yeo Valley surrounded by wooded hillsides and green pastures. Dominated by its golden-coloured abbey, the town has a number of buildings of architectural note including the 17th century castle and 18th century school. Within the town the narrow streets are lined with old grey stone buildings interspersed with early timber-framed, gabled-ended houses and local Ham stone structures.
This bustling little town and the surrounding area offers visitors some attractive sights, a pleasing variety of shops and a choice mix of coffee shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. On the surface, Sherborne might appear a quiet town but there is more going on than might be imagined: indeed, the town has innumerable societies and clubs pursuing many interests. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of entertainments from the local amateur dramatic productions to school jazz concerts and classical repertoires, from quiz nights, sporting events and arts lectures, to wine tastings and open gardens. There is definitely something for everyone; you can be as busy or as quiet as you want to be.