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Wednesday 18 October / Talk: ‘Islam’ Colliton Club, Dorchester. 7:30pm. By David Warden from Dorset Humanists. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 18 October / Bridport & District Gardening Club Talk WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. 7:30pm. “Secrets of the Victorian Walled Garden” with Chris Smith, from Pennard Plants – always a popular speaker. www.bridportgardeningclub.co.uk
Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 October / Dorchester Literary Festival Various locations around Dorchester. A celebration of great writing and great writers, in a town rich in literary associations. Tickets available online and from Dorchester TIC www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com
Saturday 21 October / Tuneful Stories Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester. 1pm-4pm. Tim Laycock brings Hardy’s work to life through song, poetry and readings. Free but usual admission fee. 07770 701320 / 01305 262366 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/max-gate
Saturday 21 October / Bridport Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. 9am-3pm. A variety of stalls inc. jewellery, cushions, cards, wood turned items.
Saturday 21 October / Quiz Royal British Legion Hall, Bridport. 7:30pm. Quiz, in aid of Millennium Green.
Saturday 21 October / Wind Serenade St Peter’s Church, West Knighton. 7:30pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra wind players including pieces by Danzi, Debussy, Poulenc and Ibert. Tickets £10, £6 (U18s) 07443 659912 artsreach.co.uk www.BSOlive.com
Saturday 21 October / 21 Jess Upton & The Guilty Pleasures Symondsbury Tithe Barn Doors open 7:30pm – Bar until 11:30pm. £10. Raising money for St Catherines Pre School. Tickets available from www.billetto.co.uk 01308 424441
Sunday 22 October / Voskresenije – The Russian Choir Herrison Hall, Sherren Av, Charlton Down, DT2 9UA. Tickets from Dorchester TIC.
Sunday 22 October / A View From The Edge Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. 7:30pm. Owdyado Theatre. Tickets £9, £6 (U18s). 01258 839230
Wednesday 25 October / Burton Bradstock Guided Walk – How It Was Burton Bradstock Playing Fields. Led by Elizabeth Gale, meet at the playing fields at 2pm, approximately 2 hours level walking. £4 each in aid of Rotary charities. 01308 459039
Wednesday 25 October / Busch Piano Trio Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Membership season tickets available. Individual concert tickets £15 from museum : 01305 756827 www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk
Thursday 26 October / Annual Autumn Tasting Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock, Nr Bridport, DT6 4RB. 6pm-9pm. Presented by Mark Banham of Morrish & Banham Wine Merchants. Free but please book: 01305 261480 www.morrishandbanham.com
Thursday 26 October / Mind the Gap: Gender Equality in the C21st United Church, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 7pm. Talk by Alison Judd, World President of the World Federation of Methodist & Uniting Church Women. Free. All welcome. email@example.com
Friday 27 October / Annual Autumn Tasting Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock, Nr Bridport, DT6 4RB. 6pm-9pm. Presented by Mark Banham of Morrish & Banham Wine Merchants. Free but please book: 01305 261480 www.morrishandbanham.com
Friday 27 October / String Serenade Sydling St Nicholas Village Hall. 7:30pm. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra strings inc. pieces by Mancini, Handel, Vivaldi. Tickets £10, £6 (U18s) and £25 family. 01300 341700 / 01300 341104. artsreach.co.uk www.BSOlive.com
Friday 27 October / Saturday 28 October /Tolpuddle Craft Fair Village Hall Tolpuddle. Beautiful crafts to inspire your Christmas shopping.
Saturday 28 October / Bonfire by the Beach West Bay. From 5:30pm. Fireworks at 8pm. A great evening out for all the family with a giant bonfire and dazzling fireworks, food, drinks, live music and stalls www.westbay.co.uk/events/bonfire-night.php
Saturday 28 October / Latch Charity Tasting Litton Cheney Village Hall. 7pm-9pm. Presented by Steven Spurrier of Bride Valley Vineyards and Mark Banham of Morrish & Banham Wine Merchants. TBC 01305 261480 www.morrishandbanham.com
Sunday 29 October / Bridport Vintage Market St Michaels Trading Estate, DT6 3RR. 10am-4pm Vintage & Antiques, Food, Drink & Music. Last Sunday of every month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 29 October / Billy Bragg in conversation with Chris Huxley Bridport Arts Centre. 6:30pm, Roots Radicals and Rockers: An evening spent with Billy Bragg as he illustrates the music that inspired him Tickets from Bridport TIC £10. 01308 424901 bridlit.com
Monday 30 October / The History of the Savoy United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 2:30pm. Talk by Eric Beckly. Presented by the Golden Cap Association (West Dorset). Non-members welcome. £3 inc. tea/ coffee and biscuits. 01308 863577
Wednesday 1 November / Christmas Applique Barn House, Loders, DT6 3SA 9:30am-12:30pm Design & create your own personalised applique christmas picture to create a card/present. Materials provided. 01308 456958 www.boarsbarrow.com
Thursday 02 November / English Historical Dancing St. George’s Church, Fordington, DT1 1LB 7:30pm-9:30pm. No previous experience needed, nor partner – light loose clothes advised &flexible low-heeled footwear. £5. 01935 472771
Thursday 02 November /Origins of Genius: Edward Elgar & His Birthplace Brownswood Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW 2:30pm.Talk by James Grassby, NT cuarator. Members £3. Non-members. £4 email@example.com
Friday 03 November / Applique Class Barn House, Loders, DT6 3SA Recreate your home, landscape or the local Colmer’s hill in applique. Full tuition, no experience required. £85 inc.materials & refreshments. 01308 456958 www.boarsbarrow.com
Friday 03 November / Bridport Christmas Cheer Bingo Fundraiser Bridport Town Hall, South Street, DT6 3LF. Eyes down 7:30pm. A fundraiser event for a bigger & better Christmas Cheer. Bar. £10 per bingo book + £1 star prize. 01308 424901
Saturday 04 November / Local Charities Autumn Fair United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester. 9:30am-12:30pm. Fundraising event for 10 local charities organised by The Rotary Club. 01305 266175 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 04 November / Craft Fare at Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RE. 10am-2pm. Beautiful crafts for all. Refreshments available. Entry – Adults 50p, Children Free. Phone Clarice on 01929 462338 if you are interested in a table.(£10)
Saturday 04 November / Afternoon Tea Party Walditch Village Hall, DT6 4LE. 3pm-5pm. Tea, cake, raffle, crafts, book stalls, Bothenhampton knit & natter. All proceeds to West Dorset Mencap.
Saturday 04 November / Fireworks Extravaganza Sherborne Castle, DT9 5NR. Gates Open & Entertainment 5pm. Bonfire 7pm. Fireworks 7:30pm. Tickets from Sherborne TIC. 25% off before November. www.eventscrew.com
Saturday 04 November / Charmouth Fireworks Charmouth Beach.Event starts 5pm / Fireworks 6:45pm. www.charmouth.org
Saturday 04 November / Lyme Regis Fireworks The Cobb, Lyme Regis Harbour, DT7 3JJ. 6:30pm. Free! However a collection will bemade during the evening for local charities. Followed by bonfire on the beach. www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk
Saturday 04 November / Curry & Wine Firework Night Lister Rooms, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Watch the fireworks in comfort with a homemade curry and wine. £10pp. Supper proceeds in aid of Cancer Research UK. 01297 446155
Saturday 04 November / Grand Firework Display Bridport Leisure Centre. Gates Open 7pm. Display Starts 8pm. £4 on the gate.
Thursday 09 November / Stourhead Gardens: Past, Present and Future The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR 7pm for 7:30pm. Plant Heritage Dorset Group talk by Alan Power, Head Gardener NT Stourhead. Visitors £2.50.
Friday 10 November / Tim Kliphuis Trio 10th Anniversary Concert Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. 7:30pm. £15 from museum. Season tickets available. 01305 756827 www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk
Friday 10 November / Rememberance Concert Moreton Village Hall. 7:30pm. Bovington Military Wives Choir for The British Legion. £3
Friday 10 November / Jo Burt – Acoustic by Candlelight St Andrew’s Church in Yetminster are proud to present Jo Burt (Freddie Mercury, The Troggs – and many more!) and the fabulous backing vocalists from his full band, Kathy and Antonia, in an atmospheric night of exhilarating acoustic music and rich harmonies; raising money for the upkeep of the church.
In the beautiful surroundings of St Andrew’s Church, ablaze with candlelight, Jo and the girls will entertain the audience with acoustic versions of his own music – in his trademark positive, uplifting style – and no doubt there will be an amusing story or two from his fascinating rock & roll past. The show also includes Jo’s own versions of some of the biggest hits that shaped his career (a stunning version of The Troggs ‘Love is All Around’ and a beautiful ‘psycho-country’ version of Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ which needs to be heard to be believed, for example).
Drinks are available – the first of which is included in the ticket price. For subsequent drinks we would be grateful if audience members would make a donation towards the upkeep of the church itself.
Paper tickets are available from The Old Gallery Café, The White Hart pub or Spar shop (all in Yetminster); Sherborne Tourist Information Centre – or by telephoning the Three Valleys curate on 01935 872 414. Online tickets can be purchased at skiddle.com (search Jo Burt).
For full information on Jo Burt and his amazing musical history, including music and video links, please see his website at www.joburt.co.uk.
Saturday 11 November / Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall, Bucky-Doo Square. Bridport, DT6 3JP 9am-3pm, free entry. A variety of stalls including jewellery, cushions, cards and wood turned items. 01308 424901 www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk
Saturday 11 November / Sew your own Roman Blinds & Cushions Unit 7b Browns Farm, Nettlecombe, Bridport, DT6 3SS. 9am-5pm. Expert tuition, all abilities welcome. Pre-book due to small class size. £130 inc. materials (except face fabric). email@example.com 07533 344609 www.hazelmastersoftfurnishings.co.uk
Saturday 11 November / The Dorsets in World War 1′ Loders Village Hall, Bridport, DT6 3SA. 2pm-4:30pm The Somerset & Dorset family history society. Do come along & meet other family & local historians researching ancestors from all over the world, not just Dorset! All welcome. Members £1.50, Visitors £3. More info: 01308 425710 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 14 November / Domestic life at Druce Farm Beaminster Museum, DT8 3NB 2:30pm. A talk held by the museum, the speaker will be Lilian Ladle, admission £2.50 per person. www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com
Tuesday 14 November / The Life Time of Eldridge Pope: a Dorset Brewery’ United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3NN 2:30pm. Bridport History Society, members £1, visitors £3. All welcome. 01308 425710 email@example.com
Thursday 16 November / The Country Catalogue Festive Shopping Evening. Join us for a glass of mulled wine and discover unique and stylish countryside Christmas gifts for all the family. 5pm to 8pm. Manor Farm, Pulham, Dorchester DT2 7EE. Look for the white sign! www.country-catalogue.co.uk
Thursday 16 November / The Hedgehog Predicament Bridport United Church Hall. 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk by Colin Varndell. Entry £3.
Friday 17 November / ‘A Plastic Ocean’ Thomas Hardye School Theatre, DT1 2ET. 6pm-10:30pm. Tickets £8.50 adult, £7.50 concessions, £5.50 U18s available from Dorchester TIC.
Saturday 18 November / Books, Coffee, Cake at Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RE. 10am-12 noon. Come and enjoy a cuppa and home made cake whilst you browse our vast selection of books – all books at 25p. 01929 463221
Sunday 19 November / High End to High Street Arts Centre, Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 3pm. Bring and buy clothing sale, music and gifts 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
Saturday 25 November / St Swithun’s Christmas Fayre St Swithun’s Church, North Allington, Bridport. 12noon-2pm. Dickensian theme fayre, with soup and bread roll lunch, tea, coffee & cakes. Lots of vintage bargains & present ideas.
Saturday 25 November / Duncan Honeybourne – 40th Birthday Concert St. Mary’s Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Dorset Chamber Orchestra. Tickets £14, U18s £1 available in advance from Harmony Music, The Forum Centre, Dorchester and online. 01305 260360 www.dorsetchamberorchestra.org
Saturday 25 November / Beaminster Singers Autumn Concert St Mary’s, Beaminster. 7:30pm. Hummel: Mass in Bb, Stanford: The Revenge, Bach: Christmas Oratorio. Director Hilary Kenway. £12 Church office & Yarn Barton. beaminstersingers.org
Sunday 26 November / Bridport Vintage Market St Michaels Trading Estate, DT6 3RR 10am-4pm Christmas Market; Vintage & Antiques, Food, Drink & Music. Last Sunday of every month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 27 November / Slavery, Dorset and West Country Connections United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport 2:30pm. Talk by Jane Ferentzi Sheppard for the Golden Cap Association. Non-members welcome. £3. Info: 01308 863577
Tuesday 28 November / ‘Hooke Village – Delving into the Past’ Beaminster Museum, DT8 3NB. 2:30pm A talk held by the museum, the speaker will be Duncan Harris, admission £2.50 per person. www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com
Friday 8 December / New Scorpion Band Concert by a popular local folk group. Tickets are £12.50 available locally at Wayne’s the butcher or on line now at bit.ly/mpvh-nsb Licensed bar and free parking.