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Sherborne firm celebrates 20 yrs | Delicious Indian Summer Salad

About the hybrid drive | Mooching around Titchfield | WIN Rag ‘N’ Bone Man tickets! Serving Bruton, Castle Cary, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Langport, Sherborne, Somerton, Wincanton, Yeovil & Surrounding Villages

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Established in 1826, Pittards is world-famous for its high quality leather and still makes it locally in Yeovil today. Visit the factory store to buy direct from a huge range that includes gloves, bags, accessories and leather for crafts. Pittards, Sherborne Road, Yeovil, BA21 5BA Coffee shop, free car park. Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm

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From the Editor We aren’t quite there yet with the promised summer freedoms we all envisaged in June, but fingers and toes firmly crossed that this month sees us opening up on 19 July. It’s been a long time coming, and don’t forget to check with organisers before attending any of the events we have listed in the magazine, most of which are going ahead with appropriate social distancing. At The Conduit we aim to bring our readers some great competitions and this month’s is a cracker with the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Rag ‘n’ Bone Man perform at Bath Racecourse on 31 July. Our front cover shows glorious Minterne Gardens - be sure to make a note to visit the Summer Fair on 1 August or get some tickets for the Festival of Music at the end of July. Finally it’s great to hear some good news from local businesses - check out the feature on Girlings on p39 and see what Bradfords has been up to on p20.




AUGUST DEADLINES News and Articles: FRIDAY, 9 JULY Advertisements: MONDAY, 12 JULY

WHAT’S ON p4-11 Info on markets, workshops and social activities


p12-14 Gardening is good for you

BUSINESS p15 What’s on the menu?

ARTS p21-27

Exhibitions, Music & Movies


p31 The Bishop and the Flagpole

FOOD & DRINK p33 -34 Tales from The Trading Post


p35-36 Travel ideas

VETS p37

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What’s On Charity DORSET Inspire a child to read! Local charity Dorset Reading Partners is recruiting volunteers to deliver vital literacy support to children in primary schools across the area. The charity has been supplying primary schools with trained literacy volunteers for fifteen years. Volunteers will be provided with full training, a DBS check, resources and ongoing support from the charity’s friendly team. If interested and can spare two hours a week over a school year, please contact Juliet on 01305 458515 or visit SOMERSET Great Somerset G&T Party! St Margaret’s Hospice Care is inviting people across Somerset to host their very own Great Somerset G&T Party to support the hospice’s patients and their families. Don’t like gin, tea or even cake? Why not have a party theme such as festival fun, garden party, afternoon tea, children’s tea party or a bottomless brunch? Host a party with friends, families, colleagues or neighbours in the garden or host a virtual party to allow more people to attend. For more details and to request a free fundraising pack, visit www. great-gt-party. YEOVIL On Saturday 18 July from 8.00am to 5.00pm starting at St Margaret’s Hospice is the 2021 Charity Cycle Ride. This edition offers riders a choice of hospice-to-hospice or the epic route from Yeovil via Taunton hospice to finish back at the Yeovil Hospice Hub. Book a place for just £25 for any distance, then start training and raising sponsorship. Sponsored by Clarke Willmott and the Bicycle Chain. For more information, visit


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4 cycle-ride. Breast Cancer Unit Appeal Yeovil Hospital Charity is still collecting unwanted or broken jewellery and watches to help raise the £2 million required to build this much needed dedicated Breast Cancer unit - £1.73 million raised so far! To donate, please call Maggie (appeal committee volunteer) on 01963 250108. Yeovil Hospital Charity would like to thank Acreman St. Antiques for their invaluable support (last month’s auction of jewellery made £5000), The Pod in Cheap Street who raised nearly £400 for the appeal from their window display and everyone who has donated to this appeal.

Coffee Morning SOUTH PETHERTON Every last Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at The David Hall, there is a coffee morning. Pop in for a cup of real coffee and a chat. Look around the book and brica-brac stalls and, more often than not, listen to some live music. Free entry. WEST CAMEL Every Thursday from 9.15am to 11.30am at The Davis Hall, there is a coffee morning. There will be the usual tea, coffee and cake, a selection available from The Bakery, eggs and local produce as available, plus post office. Free entry.

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Fair BARTON ST DAVID On Saturday 17 July from 2.00pm to 11.30pm at the Village Playing Field is the Barton St David Carnival and Evening Event. Family fun, live music, bar and food. Free entry. CREWKERNE On Sunday 4 July from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Lower Severalls, the Somerset Hardy Plant Society holds its Summer Plant Fair. Fourteen of the South West’s top nurseries, plus other stalls, will be attending. A wonderful opportunity to purchase hardy perennials and other plants grown locally. Enjoy tea and a slice of cake in beautiful surroundings and take home some new treasures for the garden. Admission £4, RHS & HPS members £3.50. For more information and booking, visit

MARSTON MAGNA On Saturday 26 June from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at Marston Magna Moat Field (behind the church) is the Marston Magna Midsummer Fair. Duck race at 1.15pm then gates open at 1.30pm. Includes brass band, dog show, Morris men, live music, BBQ, various stalls and refreshments. Entry is free this year. Come along and enjoy a fun-packed afternoon at this great family event. MINTERNE On Sunday 1 August from 11.00am to 4.30pm in the grounds of Minterne House is Minterne Summer Fair. There will be a Punch and Judy Show, BUG-FEST, craft stands, plant stalls, RNLI souvenirs, food, cakes and cream teas, alongside longbow demonstrations. This year, Kate Adie, Chief News Correspondent for BBC News (retired), will be judging the Family Dog Show. A popular day out for all the family and dogs! Entrance £5, children free. Free parking. In aid of the village

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Events listed are correct as we go to press but we advise checking with organisers before attending any event as the Covid-19 situation may change. church and the RNLI. For more information, visit or phone 01300 341370. POYNTINGTON On Sunday 4 July from 2.00pm in the village square and the village hall is the annual Plant Fair. Plants, cakes and produce are available, together with teas, a tombola and games. The Manor gardens will also be open. Any profit from the fair will be used for the maintenance of the village amenities. SOUTH PETHERTON On Sunday 25 July from 10.00am to 4.00pm at The David Hall, come along to the first Wedding Fayre at the hall’s new civil ceremony venue. Beautiful and joyful things to see and consider for the big day! Visitors entry free. All welcome. Refreshments available. Any traders wishing to participate should contact the Wedding Team on 07835 949619 or email Tables £25. Table set-up from 8.00am. www.

Food ALHAMPTON Levant Takeaway Treats Delicious, fresh, safe home-cooked food. Collect from the Corner Cottage front door between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. 5* Food & Hygiene rating. Please check the website for the week’s menu and collection day. To place an order, email tanya@levantcatering. com or text 07779 093020. Payment by BACS or cash. For further information, call 01749 860314 or visit ILMINSTER The Gallery Café at Ilminster Arts Centre is open for breakfasts, lunches, cakes, savouries and takeaways. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30am to


SELLER’S FREE PRIZE DRAW Sellers Gates Open 6.30am: Cars £5 Medium vans £10 Merchant/Commercial Vans £15 Trailers - additional £5 Buyers No access to stalls prior to 7.30am Car Entries £1 Pedestrians 50p Dog Friendly OFF A37/A303 ROUNDABOUT Mobile: 07967 280754 (weekends only) Facebook: Ilchester Charity Car boot @ilchestercharitycarboot

3.00pm. Garden Café, a delightful sunspot with a stunning view, is now open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 2.00pm. Pre-concert Supper Club restarts in June. Check out the exciting menus on Instagram (sueforemanatthegallerycafe). To book a table or a takeaway, phone 07883 852724 or email LOPENHEAD The Trading Post Farm Shop is a veritable Aladdin’s cave, bursting with local organic produce from over 120 local suppliers – locally baked bread, locally made jams and chutneys, West Country cheeses, biscuits, deliciously tempting tiffin, cakes, meat, smoked fish, and charcuterie. Visit the amazing zero waste room packed full of loose organic dried goods: cereal, rice, grains, pasta, herbs and spices, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. A weekly organic fruit and veg box scheme is available for delivery or collection. For further information, visit www. SANDFORD ORCAS The Mitre Inn has set out a number of measures so that guests can have a safe and enjoyable dining experience. Booking essential as seating inside the pub is limited. The outside bar is open for drinkers as is the garden and marquee. Opening hours are now: Wednesday to Friday from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm; Tuesday to Saturday from 7.00pm to 10.00pm; open for drinks only on Sunday and Monday evening from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. For further information, call 01963 220271, email or visit SOUTH CADBURY Teals Farm Shop, on the A303 at the North/South Cadbury junction, is a brand new eco farm store, packed with sustainably sourced products from fantastic local suppliers. Why not stop for breakfast or lunch and explore the food market and colourful store of independent-label gifts, or just take a break from the road? There’s also a nature-inspired kids play area. Open seven days a week from 8.00am to 6.00pm. For more information, visit SOUTH PETHERTON Frogmary Green Farm Stop by the Farm and Field Café for a salad bowl, loaded panini or a delicious Clifton coffee and a piece of gorgeous homemade cake. Indoor and outdoor seating. Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm (last food orders from the kitchen at 3.00pm). Find further details and latest menus via social media or website, or phone 01460 242775. Open Farm Sunday is on Sunday 27 June from 11.00am to 4.00pm.


pies and pasties, Swanky Cakes, freshlycooked Thai food and sauces, and Jack’s Mac and Cheese. Contact 01963 351763. www. CREWKERNE Every third Saturday from 9.00am to 1.00pm outside Henhayes Centre is Crewkerne Farmers’ Market. It has a comprehensive selection of around 16 stalls, offering bread and baked goods, dairy and eggs, drinks, fish, fruit, vegetables, meat, as well as preserves and honey. For further information, visit www. DRAYTON Every third Saturday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Village Hall is the monthly market. Produce includes bread, vegetables, meats, butter, cheese, cakes, preserves, honey, desserts, savouries and plants. Refreshments available. Free parking. ILMINSTER Every Thursday from 8.00am to 5.00pm at the Market House is the Ilminster Town Market. There are a variety of stalls, including a barber. Regular traders sell fruit and veg, bread, cakes, fish, preserves, olives and nuts, cheese, decorative items for the home and plants. For further information, contact Ilminster Town Council on 01460 52149. MARTOCK On Saturday 10 July from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Moorland’s Shopping Precinct is Martock Farmers’ Market, with stalls selling vegetables, cheese, coffee, chicken, beef, cordials, jams, bread, savouries and plants. Any enquiries, please phone Fergus on 01935 822202. SHEPTON MALLET Every Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm at the Market Place is Shepton Mallet market. This historic market, which dates back to 1318, offers a wide range of fresh local produce, such as fruit, veg, bread, cheese, seafood, and cider. For further information, visit the market’s Facebook page or phone 07912 769731. SHERBORNE On Sunday 18 July from 10.00am to 4.00pm, The Sherborne Market


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MINTERNE SUMMER FAIR Sunday 1 Aug 2021 11.00am to 4.30pm

ENTRANCE £5 FOR ADULTS Minterne House in the Cerne Valley is the stunning backdrop for this year’s Summer Fair to be held on Sunday 1 August. With one of the best shrub gardens in England and 100-year-old rhododendrons and azaleas at their peak splendor, this promises to be a popular day out for all the family and your dogs.

RNLI souvenirs, food, cakes and cream teas will be some of the attractions on offer, alongside demonstrations from the Longbow Champion.

As seen on BBC Gardeners’ World and voted One of the Ten Prettiest Gardens in England by The Times, there are wonderful walks in 27 acres of woodland garden through towering rhododendrons in full bloom collected since the 1840s.

We are hosting the Summer Fair in aid of the village church and the RNLI again this year. The day starts at 11.00am and ends at 4.30pm. Entrance is £5 for adults and free for children.

Head Gardener Mark Bobin will be on hand during the day for all those horticultural skilltesting questions! Punch and Judy show, BUGFEST, craft stands, plant stalls,

This year Kate Adie, CBE, DL, English journalist and chief news correspondent for BBC News (retired) will be judging the Family Dog Show.

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Live music returns to Dorset! This summer the grounds of Minterne House will be filled with live music as the house launches ‘Minterne Festival of Music’. With three concerts taking place across three days, each concert is a standalone event celebrating a different genre of music from classical to pop, ensuring there is something for everyone. Join us on Thursday 22 July as one of most exciting British cellists of his generation, Guy Johnston, takes to the stage with a programme that includes Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet. Friday 23 July will have everyone tapping their toes with internationally renowned jazz pianist Ben Waters and his band. Saturday 24 July sees the three-day event close with 70s pop nostalgia filling the grounds as Les Gray’s MUD II will have you stomping your feet and singing along to their chart topping hits. To make use of our natural setting, performances will offer time to picnic and enjoy the grounds before the concert begins. With a selection of hampers available, guests are welcome to enjoy Minterne’s delicious offerings delivered straight to their group. Alternatively, if they would prefer, guests


can bring their own. So come and enjoy our beautiful surroundings alongside an evening of sublime music. All of our events will be run safely with social distancing measures in place, with guests being seated in their groups of up to four. We ask that our audiences take all possible precautions, and not attend if they have any signs of infection or have been asked to self-isolate. Should you be unable to attend due to any reason related to the pandemic, we will offer you a full refund of your ticket including the booking fee. Tickets for each event are sold in ‘pods’ with a maximum of four guests per pod and guests can select ground or chair seating within their pod. Guests are able to select the location of their pod at the time of purchase only. The dress code is discretionary so if you enjoy dressing up, please do! Minterne House looks forward to welcoming you to its beautiful grounds to enjoy an evening of uplifting music in a beautiful setting. To book your tickets or find out more, visit www.minterne. or contact music@

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will take place along Cheap Street, Digby Road and Pageant Gardens. This hand-picked and selected artisan market features local producers and suppliers, amazing food, plus arts and crafts. @thesherbornemarket. Every third Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm at Cheap Street, there is a Dorset Farmers’ Market. Come and support local Dorset traders with a gorgeous selection of outdoor stalls. For more information, visit www.visit-dorset. com/food-and-drink/farmersmarkets. SOMERTON Every first Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm at the Buttercross, Market Place, is the Somerton Market. Vintage, retro, artisan food, bike repairs and more. For further information, visit the market’s Facebook page or phone 01458 273008. WINCANTON Every first Friday from 9.00am to 11.30am at The Barn (via the Peace Garden) is the Wincanton Country Market. Enjoy locally homegrown produce including cakes, cheese, jams, vegetables and flowers. www.

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sessions at any time. For more information, visit www.goldieslive. com. Martock & District u3a continues to meet online for talks, social events and interest groups. Hopefully, by the Autumn, it will be back to ‘live’ meetings! Until then, the focus is on finding new ways to share information, learn together and, most importantly, have fun in the process. Why not learn, laugh, live with the u3a? To find out more, visit the Martock & District u3a website. Anyone interested in membership, please contact the Membership Secretary on 01460 240788. www. SHERBORNE Every Thursday at 6.00pm at Culverhayes car park, join a friendly group for a cycle ride. The rides usually last about an hour and are at a relaxed pace. Newcomers/beginners welcome. For details, contact Peter Henshaw on 01935 389357 or at

Talk ONLINE On Tuesday 6 July at 3.00pm via Zoom, there is a Blackmore Vale u3a talk entitled ‘My Musical Life in Russia’ or ‘How I nearly became James Bond’ by Professor Gerald Seaman. Gerald is a well-known international authority on Russian music with a unique insight into the Russian system of music education. He has visited music specialist schools, attended the Union of Soviet Composers and met many outstanding musicians including Shostakovich. Zoom opens at 2.30pm. To receive the link, contact Susan Kidd at For more information about Blackmore Vale u3a, call 01936 31077 or visit On Wednesday 7 July at 5.00pm via Zoom, there is an Arts Society lecture entitled ‘Art Transported: How did it get here from where it was made? Who owned it before?’ When looking at works of art in museums, one rarely questions where they may have been before, who may have gazed upon them in earlier times or by what practical means they were transported. This lecture delves into the astonishing history of the movement of art works. Please join the lecture by 4.45pm. Members will receive links. Nonmembers (£5), contact www.


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DON’T MISS MENDIP’S ‘LITTLE EAT FESTS’ A new concept in food and drink festivals is coming to Mendip this summer. eat:Festivals will be delivering four ‘little eat festivals’ in Street, Glastonbury, Wells and Shepton Mallet during July and August. These have been commissioned by Mendip District Council as a part of the Reopening the High Street Safely campaign. Showcasing around twenty of the finest local food and drink producers and the usual high production values of eat:Festivals, these are a taste of something different in the region. Head of Spreadsheets Bev Milner Simonds at eat:Festivals told us, ‘we are delighted to be working in Mendip this summer and helping the local businesses welcome back shoppers and visitors. The small producers we work with and many of the town centre businesses have had a horrid 18 months. Getting back to face-to-face or mask-tovisor trading is such a welcome step on the roadmap to economic recovery and we are pleased to play a part in this.’

The four events in Mendip are a smaller scale than our other events - but you can still expect to find farmers’ markets favourites alongside top class street food, music and entertainers. Head of Sparkle Sarah Milner Simonds added, ‘We are looking forward to four Sunday editions across Mendip - there will be opportunities to buy ingredients for your Sunday lunch, take a break from cooking and buy your Sunday lunch (and a pint), find a new favourite product, learn the stories behind the produce from the makers and rediscover what your town centre has to offer. Our entertainers will be on hand to provide some beats for your eats and raise a smile with their strolling acts. The whole market is in the open air and it will have measures in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We are asking visitors to keep local, plan their visit and abide by the latest government advice.‘

eat:Festivals is led by Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds – two women on a mission to reconnect residents with the productive landscape that surrounds them. The social enterprise started in 2012 in their hometown of Burnham-on-Sea and has grown steadily now hosting 25 events in Somerset, Devon, South Gloucestershire and Dorset each year. Little eat:Street 11 July Little eat:Glastonbury 18 July Little eat:Wells 25 July Little eat:Shepton Mallet 8 August


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Somerset Sight is the local independent charity supporting blind and visually impaired people all over Somerset. The organisation provides practical and emotional support to enable over 3500 visually impaired people to live full and independent lives despite sight loss. Services include: Volunteer Befriending, Mobile Advice, Activities and Socials, Seeing Life Differently Courses, Emotional Support and much more. Sunday 12 September brings Somerset Sight’s Country House Fair and Treasure Trove Sale at beautiful Yarlington House, Wincanton. Count and Countess Charles de Salis, Patrons of Somerset Sight, hold this event to raise funds so Somerset Sight can continue its great work across the County.

This year the fair will include: • Classic cars • Antiques and collectables • Vintage and artisan stalls • Plants • Stunning gardens to visit • Refreshments The event will run from 10am to 4pm and will be £5 entry, Under 16s Free. All proceeds go to Somerset Sight. Pitches are booked by prior arrangement, starting at £35 and all the details can be found at www. Classic cars are welcomed to exhibit for a £10 minimum donation per car. For more information, please contact Holly on 01823 366147, email holly. or visit

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Events listed are correct as we go to press but we advise checking with organisers before attending any event as the Covid-19 situation may change. On Wednesday 14 July at 2.00pm via Zoom, there is a Martock & District u3a talk entitled ‘The Garden Centre Year’. A behindthe-scenes view of Castle, Brimsmore and Poundbury garden centres with an insight into the garden centre industry. Open to nonmembers: if interested in attending the talk, send an email to martocku3achair@gmail. com. For information on membership, contact or 07510 178094. Members will be sent Zoom details.

Walk BRUTON On Saturday 26 June from 11.30am at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, there is a group audio experience for outdoor spaces entitled ‘Walking Stories’. Supplied with an mp3 player and headphones, a walk in the park amongst open-air sculptures becomes an interactive and absorbing audio journey – moving between watching, listening and following instructions. Age 7+. Sessions will take place at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 4.00pm for one hour. Please book a free ticket in advance. To book and for more details, visit (select the Locations tab then Somerset) or phone 01749 814060. MARTOCK Every third Friday at 9.30am at Martock Precinct is the start of the Martock Health Walk. This is a friendly walk lasting about 60 mins led by trained volunteers at a pace suitable to the group. Due to government guidelines regarding social distancing, booking is essential so that contact details can be recorded for the NHS Track and Trace to ensure everyone’s safety. To book a place, contact Maggie 01935 824252 or Pam 01935 826429. MINTERNE MAGNA Every day until November from 10.00am to 6.00pm at Minterne House, the gardens are open to visitors. With a world-renowned and completely unique collection of Himalayan rhododendrons and azaleas, spring bulbs, cherries, maples and many fine and rare trees, there is something to see throughout the year. Wander the trail, around a mile in length, and enjoy the chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. A haven of tranquillity to explore and inspire! Book online for tickets. Adults £6, under 12s free, season tickets available. For further information, visit or phone 01300 341370. SHERBORNE On Wednesday 7 and Monday 12 July at 10.00am at The Conduit, there is ‘A History of Entertainment and Leisure in Sherborne’ walk. The highlight of which is a visit to the Grade I listed Georgian Shell House. Meet Sherborne Walks and Blue Badge Tour Guide, Paul, at The Conduit, The Parade. Maximum group size is six. Cost £15 per person. Book and pay at www. On Saturday 10, 17 and 24 July at 2.30pm at Sherborne School, there is a ‘Discover Hidden Parts of Sherborne School’ walk. The highlight of which is a custodian’s guided visit to the old classroom, cloisters, antechapel and chapel

green. Meet outside the school entrance arch in Abbey Road. Maximum group size is eight. Cost £15 per person. Book and pay at www. STOURHEAD On Sunday 27 June at 10.15am, Dorset Ramblers will be walking at Stourhead. Please see the Facebook page or for details. WELLS From Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at The Bishop’s Palace, visit this year’s Garden Festival, with its fourteen acres of stunning RHS partner gardens. See the gardens at their very best with dramatic summer colour and the evocative fragrance of roses. Festival speakers include Roy Lancaster, John Horsey, Claire Greenslade and James Cross. The South Lawn will be filled with stalls including nurseries, food and drink, garden gadgets, gifts, sculpture and more, plus live music, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, flower installations and garden tours. Tickets £12.50, child £6.50. Tickets available to purchase at

Workshop CREWKERNE On Tuesday 13 July from 10.00am to 2.30pm at Lower Severalls Nursery, there is a ‘5 Plants for a Medicinal Herb Garden’ workshop led by Mary Tassell. Mary is a consulting medical herbalist, author, and senior tutor on the Heartwood Foundation Course in Herbal Medicine. She will focus on five well-loved safe and effective medicinal plants, and include information on how and where to grow the plants, medicinal properties, a guided tea tasting, folklore and simple remedies. Cost £55, RHS members £44, includes refreshments and lunch. To book, contact Mary Cooper on 01460 73234 or email ILMINSTER On Friday 25 June from 10.00am to 12.30pm or from 1.15pm to 3.45pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a ‘Slow Stitch – Contemporary Indian Applique and Stitch’ workshop with Paula Simpson. Create interesting circle designs in a Kantha– style stitched roll, embellished with an Indian flower applique design, using a simple running stitch, cotton fabrics and sari fabrics. Bring own equipment and materials or use the materials provided at a small cost. Cost £15 per morning or afternoon workshop (both can be booked as two workshops). For more information and to book, please email Paula Simpson at www. On Friday 16 July from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a ‘Felting’ workshop with Geraldine Field. Come and have a go at making felt. 2D or 3D, wet or dry, learn from scratch or learn a new technique. Have fun with fluffy colour! Cost £25, excluding materials. To book, phone 01460 54973. For further information, visit www.


On Thursday 22 July from 10.00am to 1.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a ‘Colour Pencils’ workshop. Topics will include a mallard, rabbits, owl and daisies. The sixweek workshop costs £75. To book, phone 01460 54973. For further information, visit SHERBORNE ArtsLink will provide news about workshops as soon as it is available. One-off, full day or weekend workshops are a great opportunity to try something new or to explore a subject in greater depth. All workshops are tutored by specialists in the technique being explored and aim to bring the best out of everyone in a supportive creative atmosphere. Covid-19 Secure arrangements will be in place for all activities. For more information, visit www. WELLS On Saturday 26 June at 3.00pm at The Bishop’s Palace, there is a ‘Sea Shanty Singing’ workshop with Dora Darling. Sea shanties are rousing songs with a long history and tradition. They are a joy to sing, uplifting and full of the passions of life at sea. All songs are taught by ear with words provided. Tickets £12.50. Each session is 2.5 hours long (with a small break) and the ticket includes day entry to the Palace and Gardens. To find out more and to book, visit On Sunday 27 June from 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Bishop’s Palace, join accredited Mindfulness teacher and guide Alison Sackett to experience the benefits of Mindful Photography. No fancy equipment required. The aim is not to take technically perfect photos nor to create award-winning images, but to enjoy the process and not to worry about the outcome. Bring a sense of curiosity and an open mind and enjoy a relaxed mindful photography walk through the gardens. £30 per person. To find out more and to book, visit

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PLANT FAIR Sunday, 4 July 2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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By Mike Burks, Managing Director of The Gardens Group

Gardening is good for you! And in the last 18 months, this has never been more true. Physically, for sure, it can be very good for you; it has been shown that planting a tree uses more muscles than a work out in the gym – and that workout probably involves a membership fee! But gardening is good for us in many other ways. The first of these is that it is an occupation that can be peaceful and, whilst carrying out what seem to be menial tasks of watering, weeding or deadheading, this allows the mind to wander off and make sense of the day’s problems. Research has recently shown that contact with well-maintained garden soil, teeming with microorganisms, can trigger the release of serotonin in the brain. This is a natural antidepressant, which also strengthens the immune system. Therefore, gardening is good for physical and mental well-being in a world where our screen time and virtual experiences can dominate and,

as an industry, we should be doing more to shout about this. Gardening is regularly proven to be good for you in many other ways too, including helping to reduce stress, burn calories and release endorphins – ‘the happy hormones’ – that relax us and make us feel content. There have even been studies to suggest it can help reduce the risk of dementia. Getting outdoors and being close to nature in the garden is also great for mindfulness. In our restaurants and farm shop we are witnessing the growing trend for more vegetarian and veganbased dishes too, as the nation becomes ever more interested in nourishing both the body and soul. The government have been encouraging us to eat 5 a day for some time, although now that should be 7 and, if you are Japanese, 15 a day! But it’s


actually 15 different colours of vegetables and fruit that are the key thing, which is perhaps why so many varieties of vegetables are now available in ‘rainbow’ ranges. It’s not just being outside in the garden that can have health benefits. Houseplants too are excellent for improving the conditions in which we live. Research has shown that houseplants can help de-stress us and detox our homes, while they filter out chemicals from the atmosphere. They also help improve air quality, relax and revive you mentally and physically, and can help reduce dust, which saves on the housework. The right indoor plants could also reduce susceptibility to stress, allergies, asthma, fatigue, headaches and respiratory congestion. Houseplants are proving increasing popular with younger customers, who want easy-care gardening solutions combined with a healthy edge. The tendency for new homes to have

small or non-existent gardens and the increasing number of rented houses or flats have also boosted this trend. Even tech firms advertising gadgets on TV for university-bound students to have in their digs, feature houseplants on desks alongside the technology! For me though, another health benefit is that gardening is a pastime that can help bring communities together. In normal times we go around speaking to garden clubs in the towns and villages in the area and such groups are really important in bringing people together. They’re wonderful spaces for those, perhaps retired, who may not see many people day-to-day, giving them the chance to have a friendly chat instigated, perhaps, by a discussion on the vagaries of growing cabbages! So, get out there; mow the lawn, weed the border, tend the soil, but also have a socially distanced chat over the fence. It’s good for you!

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Sandhurst Garden Design Julie Haylock Garden Designer 20 Sandhurst Road, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 2LG

By Julie Haylock, Sandhurst Garden Design ‘Orange is possibly the most exciting colour in the gardener’s palette … yet it is the only one that many reject out of hand’ Christopher Lloyd, Gardener, Writer and creator of Great Dixter When you mention the colour orange, some people think of autumn leaf colour, whilst others imagine hot summer borders designed to create drama that bring a jungle feel to the garden, but when it is used with other plants that combine texture and form, it is a fabulous colour choice to use. Orange sits on the colour wheel between the warm colours of yellow-orange and red-orange and used with these colours will create a harmonious and balanced planting scheme. Alternatively, orange can be used to create a ‘complementary’ planting scheme, using colours that sit opposite it on the colour wheel such as blue-violet to create a dramatic planting plan. You could even try using it as an accent colour by dropping one single orange plant into your border to create some impact which is repeated throughout the garden. Choose your

‘impact’ plant variety carefully and ensure that has a long flowering period so the effect lasts for as long as possible. A good choice for a tall statement plant at the back of a border is Canna Lily ‘Wyoming’ which will give an instant tropical feel. These plants need to be over-wintered in a warm dry place as they are too tender to stay outside during our winters. Mid-height plant choices could include Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ or ‘Shain’s early Flowerer’. Both have masses of daisylike flowers in shades of orange, gold and mahogany which flower from June onwards, 90cm. One of my favorite perennial plants is Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’. This plant first took Chelsea by storm in 2010 and has remained popular ever since. It looks great when planted amongst grasses and will give an airy feel. Try combining it with Stipa Tenuissma or Anemanthele Lessonia for a great look. Or how about Echinacea ‘Irresistible’ with its vivid orange flowers, or Achillea ‘Terracotta’? Both make a great addition to your border and

Tel: 07899 710168 Email: Contact Julie for garden and border design, planting plans, plant selection advice and garden styling

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are exceedingly popular with the insects and will flower from June to September, 60cm. A good choice for the front of a border is Calendula ‘Indian Prince’ or Tithonia ‘Torch’, both will add a zip to your borders. Or perhaps the perennial Heuchera ‘Marmalade’, a new variety that has ruffled peachy/bronze leaves. Finally, to add some height, look out for the climber Lonicera ‘Dropmore Scarlet’. This climber really gives a garden a tropical vibe. The vivid flower trumpets are scarlet at first, but then burst into hot orange flowers. In mild areas this plant may well retain its leaves over winter and so makes a useful screen. Ensure you give this plant a good sturdy structure to grow on to support the woody stems, 4m. I hope that this has inspired you to bring a touch of the tropics to you own garden this summer, then all you need is a hammock, some long summer days and a fruity cocktail!





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With international travel still being limited and only a handful of countries to travel to, it’s looking like it will be another summer of holidaying at home. You may think ‘it’s not a summer if it’s spent at home’ but keep reading and perhaps I will change your mind. Looking at the statistics, over twothirds of Brits have not booked a summer holiday this year as the fear of cancellations and the hassle of rearranging bookings deters them. It seems the country is sceptical about the future of foreign breaks, and until the virus is under full control the feeling of uncertainty will continue to loom. However, there is still some hope and positivity. The lockdown restrictions are easing, with the new guidelines allowing gatherings of larger groups and visiting friends and family. You’re probably thinking, is that all I have for the positive side but there’s more; money is being saved from all those holidays abroad we aren’t booking, which allows us all to invest a little in our home and garden. If not now, then when? Investing in our outdoor living solution will brighten up your summer, allowing you to spend all the time you want outdoors by creating a perfect space to relax and spend time with loved ones, even if England disappoints us with more rain than sun! Remember our verandas are designed for every weather.

Our products are constructed using hard-wearing, corrosion resistant powder-coated aluminium for durability, so it is safe to say that they will provide endless outdoor living moments for years to come. In which case, going back to my first point on how it’s hard to accept it’s a holiday at home, with this you won’t even feel like you are at home. There are so many different additions you could make to your outdoor space to make it even more special once you have an outdoor room, all depending on what you like and want. Get creative. Think about the things you enjoy most when you are on holiday. Maybe it’s having an outdoor kitchen? Or perhaps install a hot tub? What about a swimming pool or even a mini outdoor bar? Our glass rooms can be used all day and night. They are perfect for sheltering you from the sun and heat in the summer months, as well as protecting you from the cold, rain and wind during the rest of the year. The best part is, we create with passion, and design your garden extension to your exact requirements, creating the perfect, personally tailored indoor/outdoor experience. The only thing you need to remember is: a holiday can be anywhere, even in your back garden as long as you let it.

THE POPPY I am alone but not forlorn, A single poppy in a field of corn. I am more scarlet than the setting sun, Signaling another summers day is done. Moonlit field I am in its spotlight, A fox brushes by and slinks into the night. I am a beacon in a field so still, The church clock strikes from over the hill. The swallows fly jet-like across the field and back, Replaced on night shift by a colony of bats. I stand strong against a sudden hailstorm, Just me and several billion heads of corn. In the morning I will sway in the breeze, As the sun rises silhouetted by trees. I will stand sentry until summers end, Then as nature’s clock ticks, I’ll return again.

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CLOUD STORAGE AND CLOUD BACKUP By James Flynn, Milborne Port Computers They may sound similar, and they are, but they have very different purposes. Cloud storage or personal file storage services are aimed at private individuals, offering a sort of ‘network storage’ for file access or file distribution. Users can upload their files and share them publicly or keep them password protected. Document sharing services allow users to share and collaborate on document files. These services originally targeted files such as PDFs, word processor documents and spreadsheets, however, many now allow users to share and synchronize all types of files across all the devices they use including music, pictures and video. It’s just about how much storage you need and how much you’re willing to pay. The big movers and shakers in this business are Dropbox, iCloud, Livedrive, Google, Microsoft and Amazon to name but a few. All offer a limited free amount of storage, but you can pay a reasonable sum for more. You decide what data you want to store, and the provider makes it accessible across all of your devices (desktops, laptops, mobiles, etc.). Changes you make on one device are replicated everywhere else and some offer a version history so you can go back if you need to. The main point of note is that cloud storage is intended to be working files that you access and update regularly. Cloud

backup is where you might keep a copy of everything so that you can retrieve it in the event of computer loss or hardware failure. The most important word in that last sentence was ‘copy’. How often do I come across people who have moved their life’s work onto a memory stick only for it to fail a few months later? It was the only copy they had! A backup implies at least two copies, so that if you lose one, you’ve still got another. Memory sticks and removable hard disks are all very good but they can fail, and they are only as good as the most recent backup taken. Most people keep them next to their computer so in the event of fire or flood, they lose the backup as well as the original! Cloud backup sits quietly in the background and continually manages a backup remotely on a cloud server, up to 30 days of version history to go back to, and in the event of disaster you simply download all your precious data onto a new computer. It’s not expensive at about £50 a year and it gives you genuine peace of mind. Most of the large players operate in this field as well, but there are a number of specialists, such as Carbonite and Acronis. Whatever you do, don’t be without a backup! The choice as always, is yours, but if you need help making that decision, you know where to come.



By Jim Rayner

Most of us will have had the experience of eating out in a group where someone takes an age to choose from the menu. Almost inevitably when the food arrives he (or just occasionally, she) prefers the look of somebody else’s meal and spends the rest of the evening regretting their original choice. It’s annoying, but may not be entirely his fault. He could be the victim of a phenomenon called the ‘Paradox of Choice’. When we’re presented with a list of possible choices we instinctively come up with rules to narrow them down. Sometimes that’s easy. In a fine dining restaurant, I might whittle the choices down by thinking: I’m not keen on belly pork; I’m not paying tonight so I better not choose the steak; we had chicken yesterday; the veggie option sounds weird. Pretty quickly I’m left with a simple choice between fish or venison. But if the list is long, the process breaks down. I need to retain in my head a longer set of criteria and remember which dishes I’ve rejected. Comparing two dishes is easy; comparing 20 almost impossible. What happens is a mental paralysis and we end up taking a shortcut. Sometimes we’ll stick with an old favourite, sometimes we’ll choose at random, or maybe follow a companion’s lead, or occasionally just give up and walk away. If it’s tough for customers to choose from a long menu, it’s also difficult for you to profitably price and market a long list

of dishes. I’ll stick with the restaurant example, but the principle applies equally to other sectors. A great technique for analysing your menu is to use a process called Menu Engineering. The starting point is to establish how popular each dish is by counting how many are sold. Next you need to know the profit margin on each menu item. That could be in cash or percentage terms. By comparing the two you can split your menu items down into four categories, with commonly used names: • Stars – high popularity dishes with high margins • Plough horses – high popularity with low margins • Puzzles – low popularity and high margins • Dogs – low popularity and low margins Having categorised your menu items you can start to think about tactics for carefully reengineering your menu to improve its profitability. For example you could consider promoting your puzzles by making them more prominent on the menu. You might consider adjusting the prices, changing the recipes or portion sizes of your plough horses. Or you might decide to remove or replace some of the dogs. If you need help to get started with re-engineering your menu I have software tools to make the process simple.


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Indeed, withdrawing capital from the company via pension contributions means that the payments should not be subject to income tax or national insurance for either yourself or the company. They should also help reduce the potential capital gains tax liability created when your business is sold.

Successful business owners are good at what they do - and therefore when thinking about their eventual retirements and exit from their business, more times than not, their plan involves relying on their business to fund their life in retirement. After all, this feels a comfortable strategy, you know your business inside out, you know the market, you know the projections and you feel in control, compared to handing over the reins for someone else to make investments for your future on your behalf.

Many business owners have been put off pensions by a bad experience, perhaps mediocre advice for which they have paid high fees. A good financial planner with experience of working with business owners, building plans, constructing personal future cash flow and capital projections can help you make the most of the tax planning opportunities available to you, whilst being sensitive to your individual attitude to risk.

However, having all your eggs in one basket is not only a risky strategy, but you may be missing out on some significant tax breaks too. If you own a limited company, pension contributions can be treated as an allowable business expense, potentially saving the company 19% in corporation tax or dare we say it, but potentially 25% from April 2023.

It is sometimes hard for business owners to distinguish between their business and personal finances, often with investing in the business

taking priority over saving for retirement. However, the full single tier state pension is currently just under £9,340 per annum, which highlights why it is unlikely that you could rely on the state pension alone without having a real income shock and reduced living standards later in life. In our opinion, the state pension should be seen as a safety net, not a default source of income. Engaging with a dynamic and experienced financial planner should help you transfer your business wealth into your personal wealth in a tax efficient way, using visualisations of the future and helping you manage future exit strategies. If the past fifteen months have taught us anything it is

that you never really know what is around the corner and, without personal wealth built up outside the business, a turn in revenue could have a detrimental effect on your ability to live the lifestyle you envisaged. If you would like help planning your future and turning the successes of your working life into a sound plan for your ‘golden years’, please contact us to arrange for a free, confidential and no obligation chat.

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PUTTING YOUR PERSONAL PLANNING IN PLACE By Naomi Dyer, Head of Private Client at Battens Solicitors The times in which we are currently living have shown that life can change completely overnight and the future can look uncertain. The best way of dealing with this uncertainty is to ensure that all your personal planning is in place. There are two pillars to this planning – the first is executing a Lasting Power of Attorney so that your family can help you if you become ill or mentally incapacitated and the second is making your Will to ensure your estate passes to those who you wish to benefit on your death. A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you (the donor) to make a choice now, when you are fit and healthy, about who you would trust (the attorney) to make financial and personal decisions on your behalf if, in the future, you lose the mental capacity to make them for yourself. There are two types of LPA. One type is a Property and Financial Affairs LPA which allows the attorney to make decisions about your finances and property. A Property and Finance LPA is very flexible in that it can be used whilst someone is incapacitated, but as soon as they have returned to health the attorney will step aside – it is not a permanent arrangement unless it needs to be. The other type is a Health and Welfare LPA which gives the attorney authority to make decisions for you in respect of giving or refusing consent to healthcare, staying at home and receiving support, or moving into care. A Health and Welfare LPA can only be used when a person has lost capacity. All LPAs have to be registered at the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), before they can be used. If it appears that the attorney is abusing their position, then anyone can

raise a concern with the OPG or Social Services, who will investigate. If you have an accident or become ill, it may be too late to make an LPA and then an application will have to be made to court to appoint somebody, called a deputy, to look after your affairs. This person may not be your choice, and appointing a deputy through the court is also a longer and more expensive process. This can take at least three months and there are costs which include application fees, medical assessments, solicitor’s fees, deputy appointment, annual management fee and a security bond. Your Will is used to appoint a person (your executor) who will deal with the administration of your estate after you have died. The executor is responsible for valuing your estate, closing bank accounts, dealing with your house, paying any tax that is due as well any debts and making sure that the balance of the estate passes to your chosen beneficiaries. If there is no Will, the Law of Intestacy sets out who can inherit your estate and how much they can inherit. This may not be what you want. Making sure your Will is up to date will provide you with the

comfort of knowing that your family is provided for how you want them to be, even if times are uncertain. Your solicitor will help you make an LPA and a Will that give effect to your wishes. You can

then rest assured knowing that your family will benefit from your planning. For more information, please contact Naomi Dyer on 01935 811307 or email at naomi.dyer@


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By Dawn Woodward, The Emporium, Yeovil

Sitting here in the lovely courtyard garden at The Emporium Cafe, I’m thankful for this little, green oasis! When the sun is shining and the coffee is this good, it’s a perfect place to escape.... So let me update you on our news, so much happens here in the space of a month, where do I begin? Let me start off by welcoming some stunning new shops to The Emporium. We’re so delighted to now stock original pieces of resin and plaster art by Deni Lauchlan. Her work is truly outstanding, beautiful and mesmerising! Come and take a look at her shop, it’s like nothing else. Another new shop to recently launch in The Emporium is Artisan Steel & Timber. Showcasing this gorgeous range of handmade accessories for your home, each piece is handmade locally from rustic, reclaimed wood and chunky, industrial steel. Next, the bright and uplifting world of Busy Hands, a

stationery lover’s paradise! Greeting cards designed by the owner of this shop sit alongside lots of gorgeous, colourful stationery essentials. Overall, the blend of 65 different shops at The Emporium is amazing. A lovely eclectic, independent shopping experience in the centre of Yeovil awaits you... hope you’ll be visiting us soon? If you’d like to be one of our traders, we’d love to talk to you! Please visit our website and find out about trading with us as one of our 65 independent businesses. As you’re probably aware, we have a very soft spot for antiques here at The Emporium and we’re very lucky to have many experts amongst our Traders. So... here’s introducing our new series of monthly talks given by our antiques experts.

Join us for cream tea and an entertaining, informative presentation on the first Thursday afternoon of each month 2-4pm, £5.95 per head inclusive of cream tea. Chris and Sandy, our experts in antique glass will be our first speakers. Hear them on Thursday 2 September and treat yourself to one of our really delicious cream teas, served in our wonderful cafe. Booking is essential for this, please contact us. Our new Antiques Showroom will be launching on

Wednesday 1 September and we welcome enquiries from any antiques traders wishing to join us. Before I sign off, I must let you know that we are excited to reveal our latest shop window displays! We’ve entered the ‘Yeovil in Bloom’ Best Window Display Competition and as you might expect, we’ve created something truly amazing. Look out for photos in next month’s edition, but take it from me, we’ve been very busy bees! (Clue!)

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SUMMER READING By Wayne, Winstone’s

We have selected some fabulous summer reads, all £2 off for staycations, garden relaxing or for the pure pleasure of enjoying a good book.

Small Pleasures By Clare Chambers £8.99 Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper, disappointed in love and - on the brink of forty - living a limited existence with her truculent mother. A small life from which there is no likelihood of escape.

When a young Swiss woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth, it is down to Jean to discover whether she is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely intertwined with that of the Tilburys. Gretchen is now a friend and her quirky and charming daughter Margaret a sort of surrogate child. And Jean doesn’t mean to fall in love with Gretchen’s husband, Howard, but Howard surprises her with his dry wit, his intelligence and his kindness - and when she does fall, she falls hard.

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In the twilight of the Gold Rush, two siblings cross a landscape with a gun in their hands. Ba dies in the night, Ma is already gone. Lucy and Sam, twelve and eleven, are suddenly alone and on the run. With their father’s body on their backs, they roam an unforgiving landscape dotted with giant buffalo bones and tiger paw prints, searching for a place to give him a proper burial... a sweeping adventure tale, an unforgettable sibling story and a remarkable novel about a family bound and divided by its memories.

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THE HUMBLE HUT IN ESSEX WHERE RADIO BEGAN By Steve Haigh, Station Manager, Radio Ninesprings 104.5 FM The first radio broadcast in Britain was in February 1922. But it wasn’t the BBC who made the first broadcast. That honour rests with Guglielmo Marconi and a small hut near Chelmsford. Guglielmo Marconi was an early inventor of wireless and regarded as the father of radio as we know it today. Under his guidance, the Marconi Company established a short-lived experimental radio station in Writtle near Chelmsford. The station was called 2MT Writtle and, from a small hut used as a studio, made history, taking to the airwaves to become Britain’s first ever radio station on 14 February 1922. 2MT Writtle was on-air each evening for two hours only. The broadcast included stories read from newspapers, records played on a wind-up gramophone, and live performances by Marconi employees, hired more for their skills at twiddling knobs than tickling the piano keys. Unfortunately for Marconi, complaints were made about the broadcasts, not by those who listened to 2MT Writtle but by operators of aircraft and shipping who claimed the station’s long-wave signal was interfering with their communications. Marconi was ordered to take the station off-air and duly complied. But not to be defeated, he built a new transmitter and within just weeks of falling silent, 2MT Writtle was back on-air, much to the relief of its small band of loyal followers. The manager of 2MT Writtle was Captain Peter Eckersley. He was a leading boffin with the Marconi Company having developed his technical skills building primitive radios to communicate with primitive aeroplanes with the RAF.

responsibility for radio in those days – asking for more stations like 2MT Writtle to be allowed to broadcast. The mix of read news items, gramophone records and live singing by Marconi staff – although often out of tune – had struck a chord with the great British public. Realising these wireless lovers could not be dismissed - they all had votes after all - the government decided to establish a British national broadcasting service. So it was that on 18 October 1922 several wireless manufacturers, including the Marconi company, came together to form the British Broadcasting Company - the forerunner of the British Broadcasting Corporation. It began daily broadcasts from Marconi’s London studio, 2LO, in the Strand, on November 14 1922 and appointed John Reith General Manager at the end of 1922. There were no rules to guide John Reith in his new role but with the help of his newly appointed chief engineer, Peter Eckersley, who had run 2MT Writtle, the British Broadcasting Company was launched to a grateful nation. No recordings survive of the programmes on 2MT Writtle, but the hut, used for the first broadcast and then as a cricket pavilion for many years, was moved to the Sanford Hill Museum in Chelmsford where today it has become a place of pilgrimage for radio enthusiasts. To listen to Radio Ninesprings: Tune in: 104.5 FM Listen Online: www.radioninesprings.

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PLAN AHEAD FOR ANY BUILDING PROJECT By Paul Harvey, Branch Director Covid-19, Brexit, the Suez Canal incident and unprecedented demand for building materials have combined to create a perfect storm. Never in my 30 years with Bradfords have we seen such challenges around getting the stock that we need to service our customers. Our buying team continues to work miracles - sourcing products from new suppliers and keeping close to longstanding ones to ensure that we can share what we know about any challenges as early as possible. Imported shipping container costs have increased circa sixfold over the course of last year. Timber prices have doubled. Indian sandstone for understandable reasons is difficult to source and even cement has become difficult to come by, courtesy of this unprecedented demand as you’ll have seen reported in

the national and international press. All this makes quoting appropriately for the materials you need for a building project challenging to say the least: prices are changing between date of order and delivery, and we’re working hard to ensure that we manage expectation around lead times and availability. What this means for our customers is that for the foreseeable future at least, it’s going to be more important than ever to plan ahead as far as possible to be sure of getting the materials they need. If you are undertaking a project, or considering it, please talk to us as early as possible: I’m confident my team can get you what you want as long as we have enough warning. Only time will tell whether this will revert to pre-pandemic availability, but of course there are also plenty of good lessons we’re learning

through this which will make our service better in the future. All in all, working in a builders’ merchant is certainly an interesting place to be right now. We know that the challenges I outline above are national: regardless of who you use for your building materials, thinking ahead and planning is key. To end, a very positive note about what we’ve been getting up to beyond core trading at Barton View. In previous articles I have spoken about Charlie Bartlett, a retired long serving employee of the Sherborne Branch who sadly passed away just prior to Christmas last year. We were honoured to be able to join the funeral procession with our 250th anniversary truck as it passed through Sherborne town as a mark of respect in January .This

inspired us to think of what else we could do to honour Charlie and June saw us present the first ever Charlie Bartlett Going The Extra Mile award. This award was presented to the member of staff voted for by their fellow colleagues for standing out over and above for both the business and in support of their colleagues and customers in the past 12 months. In such an extraordinary year we had numerous standout performances, but it was Branch Supervisor Colin Wileman who won the trophy which was presented to him by Charlie’s daughter Lorraine and his grandson Ryan. Do congratulate Colin if you visit!



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Until Wednesday 30 June at The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne, there is an exhibition of twenty sculptures by Mark Coreth. His expressive modelling of animals and birds is in the tradition and style of the animalier sculptors of the nineteenth century. Influenced by his upbringing in Kenya where he immersed himself in the wildlife of the surrounding bush, Mark has developed his own unique recognisable style of sculpting. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm. For more information, visit or phone 01935 815261. Until Saturday 3 July from 9.30am at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a photography exhibition entitled ‘Through West Country Eyes’ in the Main and Café Galleries. Enjoy the delights of the region through the eyes of two creative photographers, Richard Lawrence and Gillian Ann Hooker, and the exceptional renaissance textile artist, Vivienne Swatridge. Gallery open: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday 9.30am to 3.00pm (closes at 1.00pm on final day). Admission free. For more information, phone 01460 54973 or visit www.

Until Tuesday 6 July, Ilminster Arts Centre is calling for entries to its 2021 Open Exhibition. Artists are invited to submit work for this year’s exhibition. Cash prizes to be won. Prizewinners’ exhibition. The exhibition will run from Tuesday 20 July to Friday 13 August. Details and entry forms are available from the Arts Centre, by email (artscentreopen@ or via the website (

Until Saturday 17 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, Moish Sokal will be holding his 26th annual summer exhibition. This year’s gallery and online exhibition is entitled ‘Safari’ and features new paintings from the wild animal kingdom of Africa. The Malthouse Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday. No preview. Covid safe. Free entry to exhibition. Online exhibition available at www.moishsokal. For further information, phone 01935 881350 or 07940 506757.

From Saturday 26 June to Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition entitled ‘Endangered’ by Sky Siouki. A new collection of abstract paintings overlaid with intricate illustrations of various endangered species. These paintings become their own imagined, ethereal landscapes, full of rich, earthy hues and a multitude of textures inviting the viewer to look deeper and contemplate the threat of extinction the animals in the artworks are facing. Exhibition open: Tuesday to Saturday. For further information, phone 01458 273008 or visit www.

Endangered Exhibition Sky Siouki From Saturday 26 June to Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at

ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition entitled ‘Materiality’. 2020 was a time to look at the material world with new eyes. Everyday objects are no longer taken for granted. How did this happen? How did they become inspirations for artists and acquire new meanings? This exhibition explores these questions through the new work of fourteen artists and a unique collaborative book with more than fifty participating artists. Exhibition open: Tuesday to Saturday. For further information, phone 01458 273008 or visit www.acearts. From Saturday 26 June 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 from 10.00am at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, there is an exhibition of work by Eduardo Chillida. One of the foremost Spanish sculptors of the twentieth century, Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) is widely celebrated for his monumental public sculptures and enduring fascination with interconnected shape, space and organic form. A significant body of Eduardo’s sculptural works and drawings will be displayed throughout the farm buildings and surrounding outdoor landscape. Opening reception is on Friday 25 June from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. For either event, please book a timed reservation online. Open Tuesday to Sunday. For more details, visit www.hauserwirth. com (select the Locations tab then Somerset) or phone 01749 814060. From Thursday 1 July to Thursday 30 September at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is an exhibition of nature-inspired paintings entitled ‘Light in the Dark’ by the artist Jackie Henderson. Country lanes, The Levels and Moors, birds,

flowers and even home-grown vegetables are all celebrated in vibrant watercolour. A yearlong project commenced when the world had turned into a dark place, but the light was there, if only one chose to see it. The exhibition will be held in the Exhibition Room of the Palace. Entrance is included with any valid admission ticket to the Palace and Gardens. For further information, visit www. or phone 01749 988111. From Friday 2 to Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.30pm at David Simon Contemporary Art Gallery, Castle Cary, there is an exhibition ‘The Cornish Path’ featuring Julia Cooper, George Dannatt, Alice Mumford, Myles Oxenford and Neil Pinkett. Open Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesday and Sunday). The gallery specialises in established and emerging British artists with a focus on semi-figurative painting, ceramics, sculpture and glass. For more information, phone 01963 359102 or visit www.

The Cornish Path Exhibition On Friday 9 and Saturday 10 July at Milborne Port Village Hall is the Milborne Port Art Show. Friday evening from 6.00pm to 9.00pm (ticket only) is £5, including a glass of wine. Saturday from 10.00am 21

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to 4.00pm is £3, children free. Tea, coffee and cake available. In aid of the Yeovil Hospital Breast Care Unit. Friday evening tickets available from Wayne Pullen Family Butcher (Milborne Port) and MacAndrew ART and Trouvaille Gallery (Sherborne). For further information, phone 01963 251628. From Saturday 24 July to Saturday 14 August from 10.00am to 5.00pm at East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, there is an exhibition ‘Petal Poise’ by Helen Simpson. Helen’s pastel and oil paintings are no ordinary views of flowers – they are well observed and beautifully drawn but not immediately recognisable, partly due to their enlarged scale. ‘There is a stillness about a flower, but a stillness that masks an unceasing journey of transformation’. The Studio and Malthouse Galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry to exhibition. For further information, visit www.

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On Friday 25 June at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, The Tommaso Storace Quartet returns to the stage, supported by Dave Newton (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Chris Nichols (drums). Tomasso, probably Italy’s best jazz 22

musician, has gained a very high reputation for top quality dynamic performances. Tomasso’s superb performance at the Centre four years ago comprised a broad mix of jazz, from lyrical ballads through to contemporary new compositions. The trio supporting him is probably the top piano/bass/drums trio in the UK (Dave and Alec have won the annual UK jazz award numerous times). Tickets £18 (£36 with pre-show supper at 6.30pm, supper to be prebooked). To book, phone Box Office 01460 54973. www. On Thursday 1 and Sunday 4 July at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, there Is a screening of ‘Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: Back Together’. This ultimate musical duo is set to delight audiences throughout the country with the final show of their UK tour at the O2 Arena. Hot on the heels of their star turns in the West End’s phenomenally successful staged concert of Les Misérables, Ball and Boe’s sensational voices and irresistible chemistry will undoubtedly light up the big screen. Tickets £8.50 to £14.00. Box Office 01935 422884.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe On Friday 2 July at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a concert by South West’s leading chamber ensemble, Bath Baroque. Lucy Hewson, Jamie Hughes, Ruth O’Shea (violins), Tim Robb (viola), Linda Stocks (cello), Bethan Foister (bass), Leslie Sheills (flute), James Watts (oboe

and recorder), Neil Moore (recorder) and Jacquelyn Bevan (harpsichord) are all professional working musicians with wide orchestral experience. Bath Baroque formed in 2016 to play the music of JS Bach and his contemporaries. With their lively style they have rapidly established themselves as a leading Baroque ensemble. For the full programme, visit the website. Tickets £20. Pre-concert supper is available: to pre-book, please call 07883 852724 or email susanforemancatering@gmail. com. Box Office 01460 54973. From Friday 2 to Saturday 10 July is the Somerton Music & Arts Festival. The festival will include a family fun day, with a variety of events at venues across town, and reach its finale on the last day with Somerstock, Somerton’s own family friendly music festival. There will be more than fourteen local, covers and original bands performing across three stages, headlined by pop and soul legends, The Christians. Somerton Recreation Ground, the venue for Somerstock, has plenty of space for all festivalgoers as well as for family entertainment, food, licensed bars and on-site car parking and camping. The festival ticket office is open at Somerton Library. For further information, visit www.somertonartsfestival. On Saturday 3 July at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, enjoy a dynamic live performance by Martin Harley. Following the success of his ‘Roll with the Punches’ band

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tour across the UK and Europe, Martin takes to the road for a run of intimate solo acoustic shows. Slide guitar is always at the root of Martin’s sound, mirroring his whisky-soaked northern-breeze vocals. Tickets £17.50, concessions £16.50. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit On Friday 9 July at 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, there is tribute show to Tina Turner ‘Tina Live’. This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the world’s iconic performers, Tina Turner, The Queen of Rock. Full of hits including Private Dancer, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, River Deep Mountain High and Let’s Stay Together, to name but a few. Starring Julie Nevada as Tina. Powerful vocals, live band, backing singers and fabulous professional dancers with electrifying dance routines makes ‘Tina Live’ simply the best night out of the year! Tickets £19.00 to £23.00. Box Office 01935 422884. On Friday 9 July at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, come and listen to three of the very best-known award-winning names on the jazz scene, Ben Cummings, Ian Bateman and Julian Stringle, with the Craig Milverton trio. Ben (trumpet), Ian (trombone) and Julian (clarinet) play mainstream/ modern jazz in the way the Ilminster audience likes to hear it, swinging easy and very relaxed. It is almost certain to be a sell-out so book early. Tickets £22. Box Office 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse. Pre-concert supper is available: to pre-book, please call 07883 852724 or email susanforemancatering@gmail. com. On Saturday 10 July at 7.30pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, there is a night of passionate rhythms of Flamenco music by Fiesta Flamenca. The intense sounds of hand clapping, foot stomping, singing and exquisite guitar playing will

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Fiesta Flamenca On Sunday 11 July at 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, there is tribute show to Neil Diamond ‘Hello Again’. Evocative imagery, video and narration enhance the magic, as the show takes the audience on a musical journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50year career, from The Bang Years to the present day. Sing along to all the hits including Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, Hello Again, Love on the Rocks, America and many more. Tickets £24.50 to £26.00. Box Office 01935 422884. www.octagon-theatre. On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July at 3.00pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is a Wells Orchestral Weekend. WOWFest presents two picnic concerts in the stunning surroundings of The Bishop’s Palace Gardens. Enjoy the thrilling sounds of live classical music from a range of young artists in ensembles and orchestras who form part of Wells Orchestral Weekend. Bring a picnic and blanket or low-backed seating. Price is included with any valid admission ticket. For further information, visit www. or phone 01749 988111. From Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 July in the grounds of Minterne House is the Minterne Festival of Music. Thursday: one of most exciting British cellists of his generation, Guy Johnston, performs a programme that includes Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet. Friday: an evening of jazz with internationally renowned jazz pianist Ben Waters and his band. Saturday: Les Gray’s MUD II closes the event with 70s pop nostalgia filling the grounds. Order a hamper or bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds before the concerts begin. Tickets for each event are sold in ‘pods’ (maximum of four guests per pod). To book tickets or to find out more, visit www.minterne.

Jive Talkin’ Bee Gees Tribute Show On Friday 23 July at 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Jive Talkin’ performs ‘The Bee Gees Live in Concert’. Renowned as the original and very best Bee Gees tribute show, and the only Bee Gees tribute show that has actually performed with the original Bee Gees! As with the original Bee Gees, Jive Talkin’ is very much a family affair, with brothers Gary and Darren Simmons taking the roles of Barry and Maurice Gibb, with Darren’s son Jack joining the group in 2014, taking on the role of Robin Gibb. For a truly amazing experience and an opportunity to hear all the great Bee Gees hits; Tragedy, Night Fever, Massachusetts, Stayin’ Alive, Jive Talkin’, and more, in a two-hour explosion

of music and vocal harmony, this is a night not to be missed! Tickets £21.00 to £22.50. Box Office 01935 422884. www. On Friday 30 July at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, listen to adventurous jazz played by The Dominic Ingham Quintet. The band comprises Dominic Ingham (violin), Jonny Mansfield (vibraphone), David Swan (piano), Will Sach (bass) and Boz Martin-Jones (drums). Expect to hear thoughtful and refined compositions, played in a way that requires careful listening, played by five extremely talented musicians. The acoustics in the building are superbly suited to the sound that this band generates. Tickets £15. Box Office 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse. Pre-concert supper is available: to pre-book, please call 07883 852724 or email susanforemancatering@gmail. com. On Friday 30 July at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, there is a ‘chance to dance’ event with Mr Tea and the Minions. United by a love of tea, energetic dancing, cheeky riffs, silly hats, and cake, Mr Tea and the Minions have been unleashing their colourful explosion of musical mayhem on unsuspecting audiences since 2013. Their raucous Ska Folk blended with full-fat Balkan beats has made them festival favourites, and has inspired frenzied dancing all over the UK (and on a number of forays into continental Europe)! Tickets £16.00, concessions £15.00. Tickets can be purchased via the website or from N&D News in South Petherton. For more information, phone 01460 240340 or visit www.


On Saturday 26 June and Saturday 24 July from 7.30pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, it is the monthly Acoustic Night. Petherton Arts Trust is encouraging


more local performers of all genres to come to The David Hall and perform on a professional stage – all types of performance welcome – music, comedy, poetry, dance and more! Take the opportunity to deliver for 10 to 15 minutes with full PA and lighting. To book a slot or a seat, please email Chris Watts at folk@ or call 07715 501157. Suggested donation: £1 for performers and £2 for audience (to cover the cost of heating and lighting). Payment is on the door. On Friday 25 June at 6.00pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, is the start of its summer outdoor theatre season. The first production is ‘Robin O’ The Greenwood’. Was Robin Hood a real person? Is it true he stole from the rich to give to the poor, or was that a thin excuse for relieving travellers of their purses? Join storyteller Beth Webb and folk singer Neil Eaton for a delightful evening of traditional tales, songs, and a little bit of history. Age 11+. Bring a picnic blanket or low-backed seating. The performances, on the stunning South Lawn of the Palace Gardens, will go ahead whatever the weather, so dress accordingly for the Great British Summer! Standard ticket £15. To book, visit www. or phone 01749 988111. On Friday 25 June at 7.30pm at Higher Orchard, Sandford Orcas, there is an open-air performance of ‘Oh Mary!’ – a swashbuckling tale of transportation, love, escape, tragedy and redemption that spanned the world between Cornwall and Australia. Cornish actor Bec Applebee’s solo physical theatre show is based on the incredible life story of Mary Bryant: Cornish highway woman, convict, mother and maritime adventurer. Using specially commissioned music with a mix of physical storytelling and evocative narrative, this show promises to be an adventure through the senses! Age 11+. Tickets £10,

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under 18s £6. To book, phone 01963 220208 or book online at On Wednesday 30 June and Thursday 1 July at 7.30pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Living Spit presents the classic French tale of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. A beautiful young woman is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. She learns to look beyond its hideous exterior and discovers the kind heart that lies within. The enormously popular Living Spit stars Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin. Howard is beautiful – there’s no escaping that – but so is Stu! However, one of them will have to portray an ugly, foul-tempered beast. But which one will it be? Suitable 12+. Tickets £14. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. For further information, visit

treat or alternative night out! Tickets £5.00 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884. www.

to sit on and refreshments. Tickets £10, concessions £9. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit

On Friday 2 July at 7.00pm in Halstock Village Hall Field, The Festival Players Theatre Company presents ‘Henry V’. After a rebellious and spirited youth, Prince Hal takes on the responsibility of kingship and leads his troops across the channel to do battle with the French at Agincourt. Follow the charismatic King Henry the Fifth in this stirring tale of leadership, bravery, humour, and love. Expect exhilarating open-air entertainment for a summer’s evening! Bar and hog roast from 6.00pm. Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Tickets £12, under 18s £8, family £35. Book in advance. For more information and to book, visit www. or call 01935 891744.

On Monday 5 July at 6.00pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is a performance of ‘As You Like It’ - Community Theatre in the Garden. Ember Theatre Company, an amateur theatre company based in Glastonbury, bring their rendition of this timeless romantic comedy to the Palace Gardens this July. The performances are in support of The Nelson Trust, a charity that brings belief, hope and long-term recovery to people whose lives have been torn apart by addiction. Shakespeare’s classic pastoral comedy will be performed outside on the South Lawn, so bring along a picnic blanket or low-backed camping chair, along with refreshments or picnics – and the show must go on, whatever the weather, so do dress accordingly! Tickets £10. For further information, visit or phone 01749 988111.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party On Friday 2 July at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, there Is a screening of ‘ZooNation: The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. Young psychotherapist Ernest has a new job in the Institute for Extremely Normal Behaviour, but his patients all seem to be a long way from being ‘normal’: Alice doesn’t know what size her body should be, White Rabbit’s OCD means he’s always late, and the Queen of Hearts has a problem with anger. ZooNation has reinvented Lewis Carroll’s original story in an imaginative, contemporary way, exploring perceptions of mental illness and what counts as ‘normal’. Innovative, colourful set designs and music make this tea party the perfect family 24

Old Herbaceous On Sunday 4 July at 6.00pm at Barcroft House, South Petherton, Kick in the Head Theatre presents an outdoor performance of ‘Old Herbaceous’. Described as ‘Downton Abbey with gardening tips’, this charming one-man play is the humorous love story of a single-minded yet gentle man with a passion for plants. As Old Herbaceous, renowned actor Giles Shenton truly lives the part of the legendary Head Gardener, Herbert Pinnegar, inviting the audience to feel included in a private chat from a bygone, comforting age, and leaving them with a feeling that, perhaps, all’s right with the world. Please bring something

On Friday 9 July at 7.30pm at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, Illyria Theatre presents ‘The Further Adventures of Doctor Dolittle’ by Hugh Lofting. Breathing new life into the Doctor’s adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig and Polynesia the Parrot, this show has something for everyone as children and grown-ups gather for some much-missed theatrical fun. Please bring picnics, blankets, seating and warm clothes for an evening of fast and furious madcap comedy in the walled garden. Gates open 6.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, under 16s £5.00. Tickets on sale from Castle Gardens and online via On Friday 9 and Saturday 10 July at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, there Is a screening of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s modern and passionate staging of

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, returns to the big screen this summer. A production with ‘pulsating energy’ starring Richard Madden as Romeo and Lily James as Juliet, with Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio and Meera Syal as The Nurse, this is a heartbreaking tale of forbidden love where the longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict. Tickets £8.50 to £14.00. Box Office 01935 422884. www. On Sunday 11 and Monday 12 July at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, there Is a screening of ‘Akram Khan’s Giselle’. Hailed as ‘a masterpiece of twenty-firstcentury dance’ from English National Ballet, Akram Khan’s Giselle comes to cinemas for the first time with Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, dancing the role of Giselle, one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. Tickets £8.50 to £14.00. Box Office 01935 422884. www. On Wednesday 14 July at 6.30pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is an outdoor performance of F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. Join Heartbreak Productions and the Nick Carraway Quartet for an evening of jazz, prohibition style. Nick, a band leader and top-notch storyteller, will take the audience back to the summer of 1922 when he lived next door to the infamous Jay Gatsby. Nick was working as a bond salesman in New York the summer he met the mysterious party-throwing millionaire. Dress for the weather, bring along a picnic blanket or low-backed camping chair, along with refreshments or picnics. Doors open 6.00pm. Suitable 9+. Tickets £15, under 16s £10, family (two adults

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On Friday 16 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, ‘Here Come the Boys’ returns with three of Strictly Come Dancing’s most popular and incredible dance superstars in this brand-new dazzling production. This dancing extravaganza will feature most genres of dance. Join Aljaž Škorjanec, Pasha Kovalev and Graziano Di Prima alongside a spectacular cast of international dancers, a world champion beatboxer, a huge LED screen and lavish production, in what promises to be the hottest ticket for 2021. Tickets £29.50 to £43.50. Box Office 01935 422884. www. On Friday 16 July at 6.00pm at Yetminster Sports Club, Circus Around & About presents a circus double bill ‘Ripe’ and ‘Pirate Taxi’. Tilly Lee-Kronick is an outstanding aerialist who performs static trapeze: her solo show ‘Ripe’ fizzes with fun and fresh ideas. Pirates of the Carabina are award-winning circus artists, acrobats and musicians; their brand-new show ‘Pirate Taxi’ tells their own tale of running away to the circus. Extraordinary physical skill, humour and storytelling are combined in this new double bill of jaw-dropping circus for all the family! Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Suitable 5+. Tickets £10, under 18s £5, family £25. Book in advance. For more information and to book, visit www. or call 01935 873546. On Saturday 17 July at 7.00pm at the Octagon

Auditorium, Yeovil, students from Razzamataz Yeovil present a fabulous night of family entertainment, with a fantastic mix of songs from the shows and commercial hits. Tickets £11.0 to £13.00. Box Office 01935 422884. From Monday 19 July to Thursday 22 July at 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Project Play presents an amateur production of ‘Dad’s Army’ by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals Company. The classic BBC comedy series of the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea, who battle daily against the Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges, comes to the stage complete with all the well-loved characters: Pike, Jones, Fraser, Godfrey, and all under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring and his effacing deputy Sergeant Wilson. Three wonderful episodes, more side-splitting comedy and a nostalgic finale to boot! Tickets £16.00. Box Office 01935 422884. www. On Thursday 22 July at 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, enjoy an evening with Paul Smith. A lot has changed for Paul in recent years. Join him for his third and largest ever tour of the UK and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off-thecuff wit. Suitable 16+. Tickets £23.50. Box Office 01935 422884. www.westlandsyeovil.

Paul Smith On Friday 23 July at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, Concerts in the West presents

‘Creating Carmen’ by Clare Norburn. Prosper Mérimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character, Carmen, turns up with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Who is in control? And what will happen next? A fun-filled performance of fantasy, comedy, drama and tremendous music arranged from Bizet’s Carmen and inspired by Boccherini, de Falla, de Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albéniz. Live music performed and arranged by the Andrews Massey Duo with Francisco Correa. Tickets £15. Box Office 01460 54973. uk. Pre-concert supper is available: to pre-book, please call 07883 852724 or email susanforemancatering@gmail. com.

Creating Carmen On Saturday 24 July at 7.30pm at The Dance House, Crewkerne, Concerts in the West presents ‘Creating Carmen’ by Clare Norburn. Prosper Mérimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character, Carmen, turns up with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Who is in control? And what will happen next? A fun-filled performance of fantasy, comedy, drama and tremendous music arranged from Bizet’s Carmen and inspired by Boccherini, de Falla, de Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albéniz. Live music performed and arranged by the Andrews Massey Duo


with Francisco Correa. Tickets £15, student £5, under 12s (with a paying adult) free. Book in advance from Town Hall Information Centre (email or phone 01460 75928) or email On Sunday 25 July at 6.00pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s breathless and brilliant tragedy ‘Macbeth’ by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, UK’s premier all-male theatre company with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare. This is a play of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and an examination of the dreadful consequences of the insatiable lust for power. Bring a chair and a picnic, and enjoy watching Shakespeare in the open air, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. Doors open 5.30pm. Suitable 9+. Tickets £16, under 16s £10, family (two adults plus two under 16s) £45. For further information, visit or phone 01749 988111. On Friday 30 July at 7.30pm at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, Illyria Theatre presents ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ by William Shakespeare - breathing new life into the Bard’s tale of love and deception. Please bring picnics, blankets, seating and warm clothes for an evening of fast and furious madcap comedy in the walled garden. Gates open 6.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, under 16s £5.00. Tickets on sale from Castle Gardens and online via On Saturday 31 July at 2.00pm in Stalbridge Village Hall, The Last Baguette presents ‘King Arthur’. Somewhere in England, a very, very, very long time ago – so long ago that nobody quite knows whether it happened or not – boy pulled a sword from a stone and became king. A story of the old world, with knights, wizards, mist, and magic. This fun and farcical family adventure is a

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deliberately anarchic and anachronistic re-telling of the Arthurian legend with live music, physical comedy and lo-fi acrobatics. Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Suitable 5+. Tickets £6, under 18s £5, family £20. Book in advance. For more information and to book, visit www. or call 01963 362978.


On Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 July from 10.00am at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are coming to Yeovil with their fun-filled live show ‘Igglepiggle’s Busy Day!’. Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them all! See all the favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, enchanting music and the amazing flying Pinky Ponk. Now in its twelfth year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. See website for various performance times. Tickets £15.50 to £19.50. Box Office 01935 422884.

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A timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a reallife friendship between Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks) and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his scepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour. SHOWING AT West Camel on Friday 25 June, The Davis Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £5 on the door.


At the start of WWII, Churchill orders his new spy agency to train women for covert operations. The agency’s ‘spymistress’, Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Atpe), a Muslim pacifist. Together, they help undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Wednesday 23 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £6.50 to £14.00. Box Office 01935 422884. Yeovil on Thursday 24 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am. Tickets £6.50 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884.


On Tuesday 25 July at 10.30am and 1.30pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, is ‘The Bishop’s Code’ – escape room family fun in The Undercroft. The Bishop of Bath and Wells needs help! It’s 1953 and Bishop Bradfield is getting ready to leave for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. He has locked something very important in the Palace’s safe and he cannot remember the code! Aimed at families with children aged 5-12, The Bishop’s Code is an escape room style activity session where families will solve clues and puzzles together. What does it take to crack the Bishop’s Code? Price is included in any valid admission ticket. For further information, visit or phone 01749 988111. 26

In the post-WWI era, two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), both naturally gifted fast sprinters, strive for Olympic glory in their own fashion and for their own separate reasons. Inspirational film with Oscar-winning score by Vangelis. SHOWING AT West Camel on Friday 30 July, The Davis Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £5 on the door.

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A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil. Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, a young clever and creative girl, named Estella (Emma Stone), is determined to make a name for herself with her fashion designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they build a life for themselves on the London streets. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Friday 2 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am. Tickets £5.00 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884. Yeovil on Saturday 3, Monday 5, Tuesday 6 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.00 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884.


A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Friday 25, Saturday 26, Monday 28, Tuesday 29, Wednesday 30 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.00 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884. Yeovil on Sunday 27 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.00 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884.

LE MANS ‘66 (12A)

American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford, in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Based on a true story. SHOWING AT South Petherton on Friday 25 June, The David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5, available on 01460 240340 or at


After losing everything in the Great Recession, Fern (Frances McDormand), a woman in her sixties, packs her van and embarks on a journey through the American West, exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Thursday 24 June, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.00 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884.


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26 Lewis & The Sound of the Suburbs, Ska/2-Tone, The Lord Nelson, Norton-sub-Hamdon, 9.00pm ReD, Rock, YESS Club, Yeovil, 7.15pm


2 New Ocean, Rock Covers, The Unicorn, Somerton, 8.30pm 3 Rexes Hollow, Rock/Pop Covers, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm Roadstars, Rock/Pop Covers, The Globe Inn, Somerton, 9.30pm 4 Cover All Bases, Covers, Somerton Sports Club, 3.00pm 17 Chill, 60s to 90s Covers, White Hart Inn, Crewkerne, 9.00pm Slipstream, Rock Covers, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm Unknown Identity, Covers & Originals, The Royal George, West Coker, 9.15pm 24 Chill, 60s to 90s Covers, The Lord Nelson, Norton-sub-Hamdon, 9.00pm The Relics, Rock/Blues, The Railway Hotel, Yeovil, 8.30pm Wrecking Ball, Country Rock, Westfield Playing Fields, Curry Rivel Live, 12.00 noon. From £6 25 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, Mike Saint Cricket Pavilion, South Petherton, 3.00pm 31 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, The Railway Hotel, Yeovil, 9.00pm Lewis & The Sound of the Suburbs, Ska/2-Tone, The Lord Nelson, Norton-sub-Hamdon, 9.00pm The Rhythm Collective, Rock/Pop Covers, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE RAG‘N’BONE MAN

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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE RAG‘N’BONE MAN Rag’n’Bone Man announces Bath Racecourse show taking place on Saturday 31 July 2021! Following on from the announcement of his long-awaited second album ‘Life By Misadventure’, his first full-length since the ground-breaking and award winning 2017 debut ‘Human’, and the record’s lead single ‘All You Ever Wanted’ climbing to #2 on the UK Airplay Charts, Rag’n’Bone Man announces a summer date taking place at Bath Racecourse on Saturday 31 July 2021. His 2017 landmark debut ‘Human’ was a phenomenal success; a 4x platinum album, which shot to #1 week of release in the UK, became the fastest-selling album by a male artist for the entire decade and earned him BRIT and Ivor Novello Awards. If that’s a hard act to follow, Rag‘n’Bone Man tore up the rulebook and went to Nashville to write and record what would become ‘Life By Misadventure’, returning to the UK just before the pandemic first erupted. ‘Anywhere Away From Here’ is the brand new single from Rag’n’Bone Man and Pink, taken from ‘Life By Misadventure’ released in May: an album of depth and soul, about growing up and moving forward. Enjoy the trip. Rag‘n’Bone Man promises a superb night of entertainment. Be sure to get your tickets for a perfect summer’s evening, a gig that really should not be missed!

Pre-sale tickets for the Rag‘n’Bone Man July 2021 show at Bath Racecourse are on general sale via Following on from the announcement of his long-awaited second album ‘Life By Misadventure’, his first full-length since the ground-breaking and award winning 2017 debut ‘Human’, and the and’s lead single ‘All You Ever Wanted’ climbing to #2 on the UK Airplay Charts, Rag’n’Bone Man announces a summer date taking place at Bath Racecourse on Saturday 31 July 2021. tickets/10988675. Ticket Price: £38.50

His 2017 landmark debut ‘Human’ was a phenomenal success; a 4x platinum album, which shot to #1 week of release in the UK, became the fastest-selling album by a male artist for the entire decade and earned him BRIT and Ivor Novello Awards.


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By Tim Saunders, Motoring Correspondent Purely electric cars have a long way to go to be a truly attractive proposition. This is because the batteries are not advanced enough yet to hold enough charge to drive long distances at a decent speed. This is where a hybrid is attractive, giving the motorist the best of both worlds: an electric motor and a petrol engine. The aim is to use the electric mode as much as possible and to have the engine as a backup to get to a charging station. There are two types of hybrid: self-charging and plug-in. Driving in Electric Vehicle (EV) mode allows us to travel 30 miles when it is 91 per cent charged. A bit disappointing as I was hoping technology had advanced to allow a far greater range by now. This makes it attractive for doing the school run and other short trips. And relying on that battery for such journeys will allow the fuel to remain in the tank for a considerable time. A full tank of fuel should cover 500 miles. Interestingly, the battery charge doesn’t go below 8 per cent and when on a long journey it seems to recharge slightly to 12 or 13 per cent.

Tim Saunders is an advanced motorist and journalist. He has always been passionate about motoring and regularly reviews cars from the leading manufacturers. His first report on a BMW 520i was published in the Dorset Echo when he was 17 (just after passing his driving test) in 1995. He went on to become business and motoring editor at the Bournemouth Echo.

one rotation of the crankshaft, rather than the two required in the more common Otto cycle engine. At the same time the compression ratio is reduced and the intake stroke is shorter than the power stroke, therefore requiring less fuel to turn the engine over. For me a plug-in hybrid is more appealing than a completely electric car because it can be driven like a normal car at a normal speed, and all the mod cons like listening to the radio and having warm feet can be taken for granted. Not so in a completely electric car because the radio, windows, and the like, all deplete the battery charge, and certainly in the Nissan Leaf the driver and passengers have to put up with cold feet due to no heating down there.

several chassis components are constructed of aluminium to save weight. The remaining 53 per cent is made of advanced high-strength steel. It is well built and comfortable with black leather upholstery. There’s a good driving position.

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The petrol engine uses the Atkinson cycle combustion process to make greater use of energy. Invented by James Atkinson at the dawn of the motoring age (he first filed for patents in the mid-1880s) it is now proving to be an ideal solution for emissions-reducing hybrid cars. It works on the principle of completing all four stages of the combustion process (intake, compression, ignition and exhaust) on just Brewers Garage.qxp_Layout 1 16/03/2020 14:23 Page 1

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ACREMAN ANTIQUES At Acreman St. Antiques Auction in Sherborne, the fine weather over the bank holiday weekend didn’t put a stop to the fierce bidding for the large collection T.G.Green Cornishware that made over £1,000 hammer, along with the rest of the kitchenalia that was heavily fought over. Other stand-out items were the fantastic quality nineteenth century papier-mâché table cabinet, £700 hammer, and an unusual silver jewelled snuff box in the form of a gun, £1,000 hammer. As part of the large clearance we are undertaking, we are holding an extra auction this month on Friday 18 June of Textiles, Fashion and Apparel, to include 60s and 70s clothing, designer and antique clothing, linen and lace, handbags, fabrics, embroideries, a large collection of antique lace bobbins and a very early set of three wax dolls of Louis XIV and family in original silk clothing. We are still accepting items for our 25th June General Antiques and Collectables Auction. On offer will be a magnificent carved ivory lions head handled walking cane, thought to have belonged to King Alfonso of Spain. There is also a collection of Cranberry glass, jewellery being sold on behalf of the

Yeovil Hospital Breast Cancer Unit Appeal, as well as many more items from our ongoing clearance of items from a large country house belonging to an avid collector of anything and everything. The house is crammed to the gunnels with beautiful items put together over the years.




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We are always happy to give free valuations and appraisals of any items you may be considering for auction and home visits can be arranged. We take in from single items up to complete house clearances. For any enquiries, please contact Gill Norman on 07908 333577 or 01935 508764 or by email auction@

We are now taking in for our 30th July auction. For all enquiries please contact Gill Norman 07908 333577 / 01935 508764

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TAKING THE INDOORS OUT By Alec and Caroline Grant, from Grants of Somerset Is that a cheeky ray of light I see peeking out from behind a cloud? As we emerge dripping wet from spring, attentions are once again turning to the outdoors as we prepare for lazy

days and BBQ gatherings. Although some holidays are being tentatively booked, many are gearing up for another summer of making the most of outdoor spaces closer to home. Whether you’re meeting in public areas or inviting people around to your own garden sanctuary, chances are you may well be thinking about a few investments to make the outdoors work as comfortably as the indoors. Design and gardening enthusiasts may have come across the term ‘biophilic design’. This is the concept of increasing one’s connectivity to nature through architecture. Biophilia (meaning ‘love of nature’) focuses on the inherent connection of human beings to nature and to natural processes. Creating a smooth flow between indoors and out not only maximises your home 30

space, but also does wonders as a mental boost – and it doesn’t have to involve major architecture to achieve it. At its simplest, biophilic design softens the lines between nature and modern living. You can do that by arranging outdoor furniture as if you were in your own living room or by introducing accessories that lessen the contrast between inside and out. Blend it further by investing in some jugs, glasses and a decent tray – perfect for taking your drinks outside so you can while away the hours chatting instead of running inside for top-ups. You can also introduce extra cushions for maximum comfort and a cosy rug or two so you’re not dashing indoors as soon as

the sun hides behind a cloud. A really lovely touch for the outdoors is lighting. Hurricane lamps are a beautiful addition. You can opt for a simple approach with clear glass or incorporate the summer vibes by introducing bold designs. Tea lights dotted around your outside space can also bring a magical lighting

element. For something more striking, uplighting focused on your favourite flowers or garden feature are perfect for accentuated highlights. After so much time focused on the indoors, it’s time to embrace the outdoors as much as we can. Here’s hoping for a summer we can all enjoy.

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Bargain Hunters Corner If an item/items are valued at more than £200 there will be a £6 charge. Wanted adverts are also charged at £6. Baby’s travel cot, in carrying case, with mattress and fitted sheet for sale. Has had very limited use (£59 new) £30 Tel: 01935 817609 (Sherborne) White bath 1600 x 700 c/w chrome sidegrips, deck-mounted bath legs, front panel, curved screen. Bath/shower mixer, 5-mode shower kit, click-clack waste. Was £723 (receipts available). For quick sale £250 Tel: 01935 700108 (Yeovil) Brand new conservatory furniture comprising 1 chair, settee and 2 tables £100 Over the mantel gold mirror £50 Tel: 01963 440146 (South Cadbury)

Real Bargain Antique stylish D-shaped side table. 36” wide, 31” tall, 21” D-shape wide. Top swivels to form dining table for 4 - full size 43” (£200 new) £60 B&Q white wardrobe vgc. 39” wide, 65” tall, 20” deep, hanging space on L, shelves and 3 drawers underneath £45 Ladies dark wood chest of 4 drawers, shaped front edge. 28” wide, 31” tall, 17” deep £20 Small dark wood rectangular table. 24” wide, 13” deep, 28” tall, with 2 flaps up makes 30” square £15 Bosch Stick Hoover with detachable stairs unit. (£299 new) £45 Buyer collects. Tel: 01935 813706 (Sherborne)

Portable gas grill (red and black) 15”x 12” cooking area complete with fold-up stand, and 7kg Calor gas butane bottle, still ¾ full plus regulator and pipe £35 Apollo CX Irvine Motion 21-speed bike with dirt monkey guard, bell, bottle bracket and gel seat cover. Frame size 20 £40 Tel: 01935 476815 (Bradford Abbas) Terracotta and glazed plants pots, from £10 photos available Tel: 01460 5505 (Ilminster)


By Barry Brock

The White Hart was built in the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century: located at the centre of the village and the natural choice for auctions, inquests and various other events, a focal point for village life. Sergeant-major Ralph Lamb became landlord in December 1898, and although a seasoned ex-soldier, he soon found himself at the heart of a storm - a storm typical of village life in rural England. Ralph flung himself into his new role, joining in the activities of the village, including becoming an assistant churchwarden at St Andrew’s church. He soon noticed there was no flagpole on the church tower, and was told the old one had rotted away. Determined to obtain a replacement, he raised enough money to purchase a new flagpole, which led to the publication of a short item in a local newspaper. Once the pole was erected, the vicar’s wife gave him a flag, which he had repaired and hoisted proudly. At this point, things started to go wrong. Seeing that the flag was not flying correctly, Ralph called on the sexton’s wife for the keys to the tower. In a terrible temper she challenged him over the newspaper report: ‘We know all about putting the flag up and down’ she said, ‘and we don’t want your assistance’. Then the sexton too had harsh words to say - it was clear that they both resented the involvement of a newcomer.

Worse was to follow. When Ralph took the flag to be repaired, the vicar’s wife snatched it back, saying it should not have been taken from the church. News spread like ripples in a pond and the village was soon agog at what had happened. Mortified, Ralph resigned as sidesman and complained to the bishop, whereupon the village divided, with Ralph and the churchwardens on one side, and the vicar on the other. The Bishop of Salisbury held an enquiry; the Rural Dean, the vicar of Sherborne, in the chair, supported by his assistant, the vicar of Bradford Abbas. The clergymen listened carefully to the evidence presented by the witnesses, before reporting back to the Bishop, who soon delivered his verdict:

Ralph Lamb remained as landlord of the White Hart until November 1901 when, saddened by the issue, he retired to Sherborne, where he died two months later. The White Hart is now the only pub in the village which at one time or another had thirteen inns or alehouses. The name is from chivalric heraldry and was especially the device of Richard II. Its first recorded Dorset use was in Weymouth in 1648. With my thanks to Malcolm Balmer, for permission to use the photograph of the White Hart from his Dorset Camera website:

Hasty acts and words have given offence, but the public discussion of these has been punishment enough for those involved. Mr Lamb was hard used, but he made more of his grievance than it was worth and he should have laughed it off. The parish has been placed in an undignified position and the chances of peace have been diminished by the public enquiry.

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Macintosh Antiques in The Courtyard, Newland, has a unique artefact in storage the Sherborne House Screen, on behalf of owners, Sherborne House Trust. The object consists of the eight six-foot-high panels, each covered with some 50 art pictures, all works of art, reproductions of paintings, etchings and lithographs. Such ‘scrap screens’ were the height of fashion between 1840 and 1870 but few if any can compare in scale and artistic input. The object is essentially a collage.

Collage was invented in China about 100 AD and from there spread to western Europe by the 1300s. Medieval portrait paintings are sometimes decorated with tinsel and crystals. Techniques later developed to convey information to help understand the world, ranging from revealing the parts of the human body to documenting the natural world, including labelling plant parts to images of the new plants being discovered by plant hunters in different parts of the world. Collages were a common way of teaching people at a time when major advances in trade and technology ect linking us to an ancient form of were media.being made. rd, Newland, e Sherborne s, Sherborne

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By the seventeenth century, ‘creative’ accomplishments were seen as a polite way for woman to express their views. Sometimes dismissed as ‘home craft’, collage formed a way for women to explore ideas and activities usually reserved for men, like science, travel, foreign affairs and politics. Industrialisation enabled paper production to became cheaper and with a new colour printing process, chromolithography, sales of paper scraps skyrocketed. Stuck in scrapbooks, on furniture, across walls, this provided a way to personalise homes, express feelings and document personal experiences. Patch portraits and tinsel prints also became very fashionable. Pictures of famous actors and religious figures were cut out and dressed up with fabric and accessories, a nineteenth century version of twentieth century pop star posts, sticker books and modern Barbie, Sindy and Fantasy dolls. Early photographers also used collage techniques in photographs using multiple exposure and layering objects over photographic paper. By 1900, photocollage was being explored by amateurs and professionals alike, arranging different photographic elements to create subversive new meanings and a distinct visual style.

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In Paris, collage techniques lead Picasso and Braque to experiment and create a new kind of realism which distorted images, disrupted logic and undermined conventional views of reality. This became the origin of the twentieth century Cubist and Surrealist art movements which have evolved today into eCollage using computer tools. So, the Sherborne House screen is an important historical artifact. Research has it that the screen was created in Sherborne House during the 1850s by the leading novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, who was a frequent visitor to the house, with his close friend, leading Shakespearean actor and impresario, William Charles Macready, who had the lease of Sherborne House from 1851 to 1860. The two men took great care not just in selecting the pictures but also in their artistic Advert PDF version arrangement according to subject and symmetry. Each

set of pictures being laid out carefully beforehand and placed in such a manner as to satisfy them both before sticking started. The screen provided a backdrop and talking point at Sherborne Literary Society talks which were hosted in the newly founded Sherborne Working Men’s Literary Institute, now the premises of Macintosh Antiques in the old mews building to the west of Sherborne House. The screen provides a unique window onto the cultural and historical interests of the families who made it and of entertainment at that time, therefore I look forward to seeing the Sherborne House restoration project finally being allowed to move forward so the screen can come out of storage and be put back on public display. This setting will be ideal for a new cultural attraction in Sherborne.

Unique opportunity only available summer 2021 Discover Hidden Parts of Sherborne School

The highlight is a Custodian escorted visit to the Old Classroom, the Cloisters, Antechapel and Chapel Green.

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Meet Cindy outside School entrance Arch, Abbey Road, Sherborne. 14.30 – 16.00

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‘Shop Local’ has certainly become the buzz word for the past year. As an independent retailer to us it is much more than just a phrase that we add to our social media posts – it genuinely is the backbone of our business and one that we are really really proud to reinforce. When you shop local with us you are not just supporting us and our little family, we also employ fourteen staff, a sizeable increase from just five back in 2017 when we took the shop over, you are supporting our staff and their families too. We stock a massive range of food, drink and craft from local suppliers. At the last count it was over 120 businesses and the list keeps growing! You want authentic local West Country cider? We have an entire wall dedicated to it; Harrys Cider, Burrow Hill, Axminster Cider Co, Bollhayes and Taunton Cider Co, often interspersed with new ranges from up and coming cider makers. Local preserves? Are you sweet or savoury? We have amazing seasonal selection from Bunnies Love, the fabulous Antonia, who grows all her own ingredients on her smallholding and spends hours each week stirring pots of chutneys, jams and marmalades. The amazing Kerry at Hembridge Organics rescues gluts of veg from organic farmers and creates the most amazing flavours. We also stock a massive range from Tracklements, The Bay Tree, South Devon Chilli Farm, The Wiltshire Chilli Farm, and the amazing Bumblees Preserves whose salted caramel sauce is a must-have in any store cupboard.

And what will you be putting these beautiful preserves on? We can help with that too! Three amazing local bakers keep us topped up with bread every week. Bakery Roy-Al in Martock supply us every day (except Sunday) with a delicious assortment of loaves – the absolute favourite of which has to be the Cornbread with its beautiful yellowy hue. Common Loaf Bakery from Dunkeswell deliver to us every Tuesday a selection of spelt and rye loaves. Jamie from Withies Deli rocks up every Saturday with the most amazing sourdoughs and focaccia – which our children have declared the best they have ever tasted! Added to this we have the most incredible West Country gin collection, including our very own Trading Post Gin ‘Cardinal’, local wines, beers and spirits, local charcuterie, meat, smoked fish, scotch eggs, pies, pasties and traybakes, and our West Country cheese counter is overflowing with all the goodness the southwest has to offer - which is probably a whole other article in itself! By ‘Shopping Local’ you are not only supporting all these amazing folk, their families and their staff but you also get to eat and drink the most astonishing selection of produce – grown, produced or created by a remarkable network of people who really really love what they do!

THE CLOCKSPIRE IS RECRUITING The Clockspire in Milborne Port, an excellent, welcoming and friendly restaurant situated in the stunning building that was once a former school built by Sir William Medlycott, is now fully open, and what’s more is expanding its Chef and Front of House (FOH) Brigade. The restaurant has announced that it is recruiting a variety of FOH positions and bar assistants. They say they are on the lookout for team players who share their passion for creating memorable dining experiences. Experience isn’t essential, they look for attitude first, and the rest they can teach! Restaurant Manager Thomas Gammella says, ‘This is a hard-working environment, but we have fun along the way and we’re proud of the reputation we have earned for providing fabulous hospitality and sensational food.’ For more information, email or phone The Clockspire Office on 01963 251458 or 07472 291711.

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DELICIOUS SUMMER SALAD! By Khrishma Preston, The Alternative Indian

I am grateful to have now started trading through popups, markets and private catering and, with the easing of restrictions have been even more grateful to have had my parents visit from London and stay for the half-term. As well as enjoying lots of hugs, we have really appreciated meals out at Haselbury Mill and The Fox Inn who thankfully both cater for vegetarians. It is with those in mind that I have created this month’s recipe. But first I wanted to tell you about a new collaboration we have coming out called the ‘Indian Kvas-Kanji’ drink. Made by The Bread Drink Lab in Yeovil, their Somerset Fermentary drink is made with their Brod Kvas Ruby as a base and then layered with carrot, mustard seed and gochugaru chili. Not spicy but with a hint of Indian flavours and the quench of a local Somerset cider. This month I’m giving you a summer salad with turmeric, curried lentils, chard and nasturtiums. This vegan and gluten-free recipe can easily be made in bulk to be frozen or kept in the fridge for three days to be eaten hot or cold. Highly recommend it cold with cheesy Jacket potatoes, stir-fried with some left over rice, or eaten straight from the stove! You can of course grow your own edible flowers, however, this year we have struggled getting everything planted in time, focusing more on re-launching the business. So as with each week going forward, I wanted to use this opportunity to highlight some other local amazing businesses, where I feel their values fit with mine. If you have local businesses with produce or products that I could utilise, please feel to get in touch via my social media pages (also ask about advertising alongside this column – Ed). Take no Wrap, Yeovil, is where I got my trio of lentils for this recipe as they are much cheaper than your average supermarket and I love their ethos. These amazing women have created a beautiful plastic-free zero-waste shop. For this recipe I am using Puy, brown and red split, however, please use what you have. Lentils are a fantastic way to bulk up meals or use as an alternative to meat protein. Low in calories, rich in iron and folate, they can be easily cooked in about 20 mins. Nasturtiums or ‘Indian cress’ are one of my favourite edible plants. These giant leaves and perfect flowers are from the green-fingered Sian at Incredible Edible Flowers, just outside Chard. She grows various edible, seasonal flowers and plants, that can make a great addition to any cake or meal itself. Easy to grow, their colourful leaves, flowers and seedpods are all edible. The leaves are high in vitamin C (supports a strong immune system), iron and other minerals, and the flowers are plentiful in vitamins and minerals. They have an amazing peppery spicy kick, however, the flower is slightly sweeter. These can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked. If you have not tried a nasturtium flower – please do – they are wonderfully unexpected.

Summer Lentil, Chard and Nasturtium Turmeric Salad Prep time (cooking lentils and prep veg) 20-25 mins Sauté time 20 mins Serves 4 as a main or 6 as a side



225g lentils – I used a mix of approximately equal amounts of Puy, brown and red split lentils

In a large pan, add water deep enough to completely submerge the lentils by a couple of centimetres. Add salt and curry powder and bring to the boil.

1 tsp salt 1 tbsp curry powder 2 tsp vegetable/coconut oil 1 brown onion 1 inch root ginger 2 garlic cloves 200g chard – I had a mix of rainbow and Swiss Approx. 80g nasturtium leaves and a handful of flowers (for presentation) 1 red pepper 1 yellow pepper 2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp chilli powder or paprika 40g desiccated coconut Dressing – 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp chili powder and juice of one lemon

Meanwhile place lentils in sieve, wash and clean thoroughly. Once water is boiling, add in the lentils and simmer for about 20-25 minutes or according to cooking instructions. Once cooked, strain off any excess water and set aside. While the lentils are cooking, finely dice the onion, ginger and garlic. Next, wash and trim the chard cutting the stalks into small batons and roughly cutting the leaves into thin strips along with the nasturtium leaves (keep a few leaves back for plating). Wash, deseed and dice peppers into chunks. The rest of your ingredients are ready to go. In a large saucepan on a low heat, warm the oil. Sauté the onions, ginger and garlic together for 5-7 minutes or until they become translucent. Add turmeric, cumin and chilli powder. Using a wooden spoon make sure the spices are fully mixed in, sauté for a couple of minutes. Add the peppers and chard stalks, sauté for another 5-7 minutes. Next the strips of nasturtium, chard, desiccated coconut along with about 40g water, sauté for a few more minutes, gently stirring until leaves wilt and look like spinach. Take it off the heat, add the cooked lentils. Serve with whole nasturtium leaves and flowers, drizzle dressing on top.


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UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND FOR 2022 HOLIDAYS …. By Heather Muir, Manager – Miles Morgan Travel, Yeovil With the ongoing restrictions and uncertainty about travel in 2021 we are seeing an unprecedented demand for 2022 and 2023 holidays from customers wishing to have something secured in their diaries to look forward to and before the prices rise. As a main agent for Saga Holidays, we are delighted to announce that they have just launched a fantastic choice of new cruise itineraries in ports both near and far, across Europe, to the USA, Canada, and South America, and to so many of the world’s most beautiful islands. Best of all, each cruise departs from a British port, so you can sail away without the need to fly. Built with you in mind, their boutique ships are small by modern standards, with a maximum capacity of just 999 guests. All Saga cruises include: √ UK Return Travel Service to the port √ All balcony cabins

Plus, if you book early and the price is then lowered, they will give you the value of the difference back and, love your first cruise or your money back – ask our staff for details! Book with us now at Miles Morgan Travel and you can save up to £2000 per person for a limited time only. With Saga the safety of passengers and crew are a priority, and they were the first cruise line to ask all guests to ensure they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least 14 days before travelling. Right now, with the everchanging rules and restrictions, it’s vital to get the most up-todate advice on current travel restrictions and that is where my team and I can help. Book your next trip with confidence and either call on 01935 428488 or pop in and see us at 14-16 Middle Street in Yeovil. We look forward to hearing from you soon.



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MOOCHING AROUND TITCHFIELD By Tim Saunders, Travel Correspondent

There are positives to be gleaned from Covid-19. For us it has been doing things that we otherwise wouldn’t have done. For instance, recently I was really craving fish and chips. We used to occasionally frequent an excellent fish and chip shop in Lee-onthe-Solent but just don’t like the idea of eating out anymore. So that forced me to explore how to do it myself. The only scary thing was heating such a large quantity of oil in my wok but once I’d overcome this it was remarkably easy and delicious. ‘Ten out of ten,’ said all the family. The other aspect is in a bid to entertain the children, during the holidays we try to go somewhere each day. This sees us mooching around Titchfield, a historic little village not far from our home. We park by the roadside and follow the road on foot for a short distance where we pick up a little path that leads to St Peter’s Church, a fine example of ecclesiastical architecture, and it is claimed to be the oldest church in Hampshire. Worshippers have been coming here for 1,300 years, since 720 AD. The eighth century was in the middle of Anglo Saxon times (the fifth to the eleventh century was from the end of Roman Britain until the Norman Conquest in 1066). In the seventh century Christianisation took place throughout the Anglo Saxon kingdoms, which ties in well with the building of St 36

Peter’s. There were seven main Anglo Saxon kingdoms: Northumbria, Mercia, East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Sussex, and Wessex. There are signs requesting that we wear face masks – we’ve left ours at home. However, when we peer through the front door we see a cleaner who beckons us in. ‘We have some face masks, let me go and get you a few,’ she kindly offers. So we accept. It is such a cool and welcoming place, on such a hot summer’s day. She is a mine of information, explaining how this church was added to over time. ‘The Victorians added the wooden frame at the front,’ she says. There’s the Earl of Southampton’s crypt. As we walk around the graveyard we learn that the richest were buried with the largest gravestones and tombs, nearest the church. It’s a very hot day and so we sit underneath a large, tree where there is welcome shade. We have our picnic. Over the road there is an enjoyable walk to Lee-on-the-Solent beach, alongside the old Titchfield Canal. Very idyllic although this can get badly flooded. For more information visit: www. Watch the video at

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HERE COMES THE SUMMER BARBECUES AND YOUR PETS By Peter Luscombe BVSc, PgC SAD, MRCVS As the summer progresses many of us plan outdoor entertaining, this year probably even more than in the past. Picture the scene – you are in your garden, the sun is shining, maybe you have friends and family around to visit, and the charcoals are just about ready for you to start cooking al fresco. The last thing you want is an emergency vet visit with your beloved pet. Our practice and other colleagues have already started seeing the casualties of the summer season. If you are planning a barbecue in the coming weeks, please consider the hazards and think ahead to keep your pet safe. It comes naturally to supervise small children closely, so please apply the same caution to your pets.


Your pet could get burnt by brushing past the barbecue, by a falling hot coal or by eating food directly from the cooking surface. Make sure they can’t access the cooking area.

Choking or obstructions

Discarded bones, skewers and corn on the cob can all be of danger to pets if swallowed. The sight of a dog with a skewer protruding from its side after 142 Preston Road, Yeovil Somerset BA20 2EE Lower Acreman Street Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3EX

piercing through its stomach is something never forgotten. This month we had to surgically remove a corn on the cob from a dog’s intestine, and it still amazes me what a dog can manage to swallow if it tries! Other items such as tin foil may contain tempting cooking juices which can cause issues if swallowed. Make sure rubbish is properly disposed of in a pet proof container away from inquisitive noses.

Digestive upsets

Animal tummies aren’t designed to digest human food so burgers and hot dogs can cause your pet to develop vomiting or diarrhoea. The same rules of food storage, preparation and food poisoning applies to our pets as well as ourselves.

Alcohol ingestion

If alcoholic beverages are left around, your pet may be tempted to investigate, especially in hot weather. Alcohol is toxic to cats and dogs, causing vomiting, disorientation, high body temperature, restlessness, excessive panting, muscle

tremors and even seizures. Keeping drinks out of reach is advised.


If you’re having a great time it can be easy to get distracted. Make sure your pet has access to fresh water and shade while you’re enjoying yourself. Remember our pets cannot take off their fur coat or sweat like us. If you choose to keep them indoors away from the hustle and bustle of the party, open a window a small amount to allow a breeze into the space, or put on a cooling fan.

Heatstroke progresses quickly, especially if running around. We have already dealt with lifethreatening cases of heatstroke this year needing aggressive hospital treatment. A little planning and forethought can avoid these problems. Unexpected emergencies are distressing for pets and their owners and can prove to be very expensive. If you do have any barbecue mishaps, we’re here to help. Get in touch for advice without delay.

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We all feel fear, that’s a given. Did you know that we’re born with a protective part of our mind that senses potential danger, immediately causing our body to flood with adrenaline and prepare us for ‘fight or flight’? Here’s some further information you might find interesting. The conscious, the subconscious and the unconscious mind are always working to make sure that you are safe. The unconscious mind is really what doctors call the autonomic nervous system. When you’re born, you come in with an instinctual knowledge of how to operate your body. The unconscious mind is responsible for respiration, heartbeat - all the things that happen automatically. No matter what you’re doing or thinking, the unconscious mind is always protecting against perceived danger and uses automatic reflexes to keep you safe. For example, if a ball was heading towards your face, you automatically shut your eyes and cover your face, without thinking. Over time, some people develop seemingly irrational fear, clearly not related to life-or-

death situations, and what began as minor anxiety often grows into something much bigger, to the point where they avoid specific situations which might trigger their fear and even lead to panic attacks. These avoidance tactics create a feeling of emotional paralysis and ultimately a life filled with limitations. Once they reach this point, they will be told they have a ‘phobia’. In truth, a phobia is just a word for a strong fear, and use of the ‘P’ word only produces even more fear; as we may also have a belief that phobias are difficult to cure. Not so! Whether you choose to call it a strong fear of a phobia, you CAN be free of it! Most people with specific fears or excessive levels of anxiety report that they’ve worsened over the years, and are then relieved to discover this is quite normal. The subconscious mind, which houses our permanent memory, imagination and belief system, stores the emotions attached to life events from the moment of conception, and continues to do so throughout our life. If the

negative emotions outweigh the positive emotions, then we begin to increasingly experience the symptoms in our daily lives. If you suffer from fear or anxiety that is limiting your life, then please be reassured that there is nothing wrong with you. You’re just running some faulty programmes that need to be corrected. Hypnotherapy can help you to do this, and after just a few sessions, you can get your life back! If you need help overcoming your specific fears, or any other emotional issue, please call me for a free confidential chat on 07973 346 747, or email me at Please remember: Online sessions are my speciality! Note. This will be my last column for The Conduit. I hope you have enjoyed some of my articles over the past seven years, just as I have enjoyed writing them!

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Girlings Complete Hearing celebrates 20 years in Sherborne,

announcing expansion as a second generation joins the business Swan Yard premises in 2014, conveniently situated next to the Old Market Yard Car Park. The clinic offers contemporary and welcoming facilities, with tailored solutions for hearing loss and access to the very latest technology.

Pictured: L-R Ian, Nicola and Dan Girling When Nicola Girling first became a trainee hearing aid dispenser in 1984, she could not have imagined how hearing technology would develop, nor that her future family business would lead in the field of clinical ear treatments. She qualified in 1986 and, being a West Country girl, she and her husband Ian decided to return to Dorset with their young family and set up their own independent hearing practice. They chose Sherborne’s Swan Yard as their base and opened there in 2001, by which time Ian was also qualified as a registered hearing aid dispenser (RHAD). In 2014 they took the opportunity to move to the ‘sunny side of the street’, opening their current

In between times, the couple also launched a second clinic in Fordingbridge in 2011, enabling them to care for clients in Hampshire, while reaching out to those with a hearing loss in the Wiltshire and the Salisbury areas too. Now, 37 years after Nicola first started in her hearing career, Girlings Complete Hearing Service celebrates a double anniversary, with 20 years in Sherborne and 10 years in Fordingbridge. Not only that but the company is growing. Dan Girling, who was just a young child when his parents opened their Sherborne clinic, is now also a fully-qualified hearing aid dispenser and has joined the family business as it looks to the future. Nicola says: ‘We feel thankful and privileged to have been able to serve so

many long-standing clients during the past twenty years in Sherborne and we look forward to doing so for decades to come. Ian and I are delighted that our son Dan has now joined the business, enabling us to grow and secure the future of hearing health in our local communities. We look forward to continuing to provide impartial advice, along with the cutting-edge hearing technology and expert clinical ear treatments for which we have built such a strong reputation’. To mark this special anniversary year, Girlings has also announced expansion with the creation of a new business, The Microsuction Company, which offers specialist ear health services, including ear wax management, and is based near their home in Maiden Newton - further extending the reach of their hearing businesses to Dorchester, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. To find out more about the Girling family’s hearing businesses, visit www. and www.

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In last month’s column I wrote about the increased pressure on churchyards and the issues surrounding vault burials under the churches. However, it was not just under the church that problems arose, small churchyards across the country were soon over capacity and the problem was getting worse – something had to give. The churches in London provided one of main catalysts for the Cemetery Garden Movement; reformers and dignitaries of the time campaigning to bring an end to the health and social problems caused by the overflowing churches. The beautiful church of St Martin in the Field in London (next to the National Gallery) is a perfect example of the problems faced by small churchyards. In an area the size of a bowling green there was reportedly 60,000-70,000 people buried there, in addition many hundreds were placed in the vaults under the church. A visit to St Martin’s today shows scant evidence of what was a huge public health issue. The crypts were cleared out in 1859 and today is the site of the church coffee shop – the old headstones acting as flagstone flooring with the inscriptions to those lost hundreds of years ago now being worn away by tourists in search of a latte. Some of the more notable memorials surround the walls of the vault, including a life-sized

marble statue of Henry Croft, the first ‘Pearly King’ of London. Outside in the churchyard 200 years ago it was a different matter; coffins were buried one on top of the other in 20ft deep trenches – all dug by hand and with little regard to health and safety. There are many accounts of gravediggers being buried alive from collapsing trench walls, and also dying from the gases from decomposing bodies.

Mackinnon’s findings recommended that churchyard burial should cease in urban areas, and that parishes should provide their own cemeteries a safe distance away from urbanised areas. Mackinnon campaigned in parliament for new legislation but was facing an uphill battle – it was illegal to be buried anywhere other than a churchyard, opening a cemetery would require a completely new Act of Parliament.

He formed a Society for the Abolition of Burial in Towns to put forward his case, but it wasn’t just Parliament he had to convince – the general public whose religious beliefs hinged on being buried in a church with a Christian service were not convinced. However, it was an outbreak of ‘King Death’ – cholera – that was a turning point for the government to address the problem of urban burial. More next month…

At night the churchyard took on an eerie glow as the gravediggers made vents in the ground to burn off these gasses, bathing the churchyard in a macabre green and yellow glow. Dicken’s wrote of Nemo’s burial in Bleak House ‘a hemmed in churchyard, pestiferous and obscene, whence malignant diseases are communicated to the bodies of our dear brother and sisters who have not departed;’ As the churchyards continue to fill up at an alarming rate, an inquiry was urgently needed. The Mackinnon Inquiry of 1842 was a shocking tale of gravediggers playing skittles with skulls and bones, dogs running down the road with bones scavenged from the churchyard in their jaws, gravediggers being so intoxicated through drink they were unable to prepare graves, and coffins being disinterred and then broken up and burnt on bonfires in the churchyard to make more space for the next burial. The desecration of the dead was staggering.


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Sherborne WORDSEARCH School remembers Alan Turing NEWS

Sherborne School remembers Alan Turing A bronze cast bust of Alan Turing was recently unveiled at Sherborne School. Alan Turing (Sherborne School 1926-31) is today one of the School’s most famous former pupils. The face of the new £50 note and one of the nation’s greatest icons of the twentieth century, Alan Turing is now acknowledged as an inspiration to the whole Sherborne community and the bronze is a reminder of his pioneering work and his impact on both science and society today. Sherborne resident, Kathryn Ballisat, inspired by Turing’s story and his connection to the town, commissioned David Williams-Ellis to create the bust of Turing. Williams-Ellis is an internationally acclaimed sculptor, most recently known for his piece commemorating the D-Day landings at Ver-sur-Mer. The bust was unveiled by Turing’s nephew and former Sherborne pupil, Sir John Dermot Turing (Sherborne School 1974-78), and is positioned on a plinth in the school grounds. In 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Alan Turing joined the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where he was part of the team deciphering the Enigma machine. In

1942 he travelled to the USA to liaise with US codebreakers and in 1943 commenced work on speech encipherment at Hanslope Park. In 1945, Alan Turing joined the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington where he designed the ACE computer. Awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his war service, Turing gave the earliest known lecture to mention computer intelligence, so founding the field now known as Artificial Intelligence.

Sherborne School takes its roll in preserving and promoting Turing’s legacy seriously. In November 2020 the School was extremely Bronze bustWilliams-Ellis by David Williams-Ellis Bronze bust by David unveiled at Sherborne School, June 2021 pleased to hear that a settlement had been unveiled at Sherborne School, June 2021 A bronze cast bust of Alan Turing was recently unveiled at Sherborne School. Alan Turing (Sherborne School 1926 reached in the USA confirming that items is today oneto of the School’s most famous pupils. belonging to Turing would be returned Inspired by former Turing and his enduring legacy, Sherborne and restored to their The rightful pupils at Sherborne embarked a century, Alan Turing is face of the new £50 note and one of the nation’shave greatest icons of the on twentieth home in the School’s archives after they were project to whole produce an community app thatand provides acknowledged as an inspiration to the Sherborne the bronzeais a reminder of his pionee work are and his science and society today. stolen in 1985. Amongst the items siximpact of on both Virtual Reality experience of Alan Turing’s life, Alan Turing’s school reports dating from 1924 his possessions and his time Sherborne Sherborne resident, Kathryn Ballisat, inspired by Turing's story and at his connection to the town, commissioned Da to 1931; the OBE he was awarded in 1946to create the School. When the project is complete the sculptor, most recently Williams-Ellis bust of Turing. Williams-Ellis is an internationally acclaimed knownOffice, for his piece commemorating theto D-Day landingsmoney at Ver-sur-Mer. for secret war service in the Foreign boys plan donate generated together with a letter from King The George sales the Sherborne app to one ofJohn Turing bust wasVI unveiled bythrough Turing’s nephew andofformer pupil, Sir Dermot Turing (Sherborne Schoo regretting that due to ill health he was and unable 1974-78), is positioned on a plinth in the school grounds. family’s charities. to present the award in person; the Princeton In 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War, Alan Turing joined the Government Code and Cypher Scho University PhD certificate awarded to him Prior towhere the unveiling the received Bletchley Park,inBuckinghamshire, he was part of theSchool team deciphering the Enigma machine. In 1942 1938; and the portrait photographs taken limited-edition printandofinthe £50work on speech enciphermen travelled to the USA to aliaise with US codebreakers 1943Turing commenced Hanslope Park. aIn 1945, banknote Alan Turing joined the National at Teddington where he designed of Alan Turing in 1951 when he was made artwork fromPhysical SarahLaboratory John, Chief ACE computer. AwardedCashier, the Order ofDirector the British of Empire (OBE) Bank for his war service, Turing gave the earliest kn fellow of the Royal Society. Notes, of England. lecture to mention computer intelligence, so founding the field now known as Artificial Intelligence.


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That evocative George Gershwin song Summertime always makes me smile and think of long summer evenings sitting with friends, eating some delicious food and drinking a glass or two of rosé as I listen to some jazz classics in front of our new fire pit. Well, that’s the dream! Jazz is the inspiration for this month’s Wordsearch. Just find the hidden words associated with jazz in the grid below, ring each word until you have found all of them and when you have completed the puzzle send it to: The Conduit Magazine, Unit 4, Barton View Business Park, Sheeplands Lane, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4FW. The lucky winner receives a £10 cheque. The closing date is: Monday 19 July. Good luck.




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Imagine this, it’s 1651 and you’re on the run. Your father’s been beheaded and Cromwell’s men have the same in mind for you. There is a £1000 target on your back (£103,000 in today’s money), which would buy a commoner 156 horses or 185 cows. This is King Charles II who travelled much of the West Country as he fled. He was aiming for France following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. Precarious at best, he travelled an estimated 625 miles in 42 days, first north but then down through the Cotswolds, Mendips, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset. A messy route which eventually saw him get to Brighton and sail off to France, escaping by the skin of his teeth. You may wonder what this has to do with walking. In 1994 a rambler called Trevor Anthill mapped the way as faithfully as possible. The result is the Monarch’s Way. Trevor is no longer with us but his work stands testament to his commitment to the Way and he is fondly honoured by many walkers. This is the UK’s second longest waymarked trail; it’s only just exceeded by the South West Coast Path. The Way takes you through two World Heritage Sites, one National Park and six Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A good portion of the trail traverses our beloved Somerset and North Dorset. You’ll find this well marked on OS Explorer and Landranger maps, and they’re well covered in Trevor’s three guidebooks The Monarch’s Way logo represents the Royal Oak tree at Boscobel, the Prince of Wales crown and the Ship ‘The Surprise’ on which he eventually sailed to France. This logo is now the basis of the waymarks along the route. The ship being used to show the direction the route follows.

Parliamentarians, so he looped back. This means there is a walking trail of 91 miles that starts and ends in the village of Trent. There are spectacular sections that take in Golden Cap and Thorncombe Beacon, as well as a promising network of proximate B&Bs to plan a point-to-point journey with comfortable beds and welcoming pubs. I’ve walked portions in North Dorset and Wiltshire. It’s conveniently close to other great footpath networks, including the MacMillan way so an easy one to dip in and out of, should you choose. There is a lovely section from Castle Cary to Cadbury Castle which can link up to other footpaths to create a very pleasant circular route with a good OS map and a little planning. It’s on these walks I often look at the older oak and beech trees and wonder. Would Charles have rested against one or hidden behind them? What did they witness and what stories could they tell of those turbulent and violent times? See if you can spot the logo on your next exploration of local footpaths. Guide books and further information on The Monarch’s Way

I’m happy to say that one of the most appealing parts of the Way is the Yeovil Loop. When Charles found himself in Dorset, his plan to sail from Charmouth was thwarted as the town was full of 42

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