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Bridport Arts Centre November 9 - December 7

Dave White Tania Kovats John Makepeace Kate Malone Brian Griffin alongside 20 artists/makers to be announced

COVER STORY Robin Mills met Matt Kingston in Boadoak, West Dorset ‘I grew up in Cheltenham, the fourth of five chilbefore I was born, so Bridport always felt like a second dren. The musical side of my family comes from my home. I had a lot of friends here too, so in my midmother’s parents; my grandfather was a music teacher, twenties I decided I’d like to move here permanently, composer, violinist, organist and conductor whose renting a flat in Beaminster which my sister and I name was Eric Coleridge, so I use the name Matthew shared. I met my wife Ellen at Bridport farmer’s market Coleridge when I compose, as a tribute to him. My where she was selling her family’s cheese. I remember parents weren’t musical at all so it skipped a generagoing for a walk along the Monarch’s Way many years tion, but all five of us children learned instruments. I ago, spotting an isolated cottage and thinking it would don’t remember a time when music wasn’t part of my be a lovely place to live one day. It was quite a surprise life. I remember dancing to Dire Straits and Queen on when Ellen invited me back to her place, which turned Top of the Pops when I was four, whilst Iron Maiden out to be the very same cottage! Her family have lived and Van Halen were blasting out of my teenage brothat Denhay since the 1950s, and it’s a wonderful place ers’ bedroom. for us to live and bring up our family. I joined the local church choir, St Mary’s, Charlton Ellen sang in Broadoak Choir, and I was soon Kings, where my grandfather had been choirmaster, invited to join. I hadn’t sung much since leaving school, when I was six. I was very much aware of his musibut soon found myself falling in love with choral cal achievements, although he died when I was only music all over again. The choir had a plan to perform two so I never knew him. Singing in that choir was Fauré’s Requiem, and a conversation in the pub after © Matt Kingston Photograph by Robin Mills choir practice ended with me volunteering to conduct completely magical for me, and I became just immersed in wonderful music from the likes of it. That led to me being asked to conduct the New Bach, Tallis and Stanford from that early age. As well as singing, I was Elizabethan Singers in Bridport, for a performance of Vaughan Williams encouraged to compose, conduct, and (as soon as my feet could reach Sea Symphony. I’d never conducted an orchestra until the afternoon of the the pedals) to play the organ. concert, and the score was so huge my music stand collapsed under the During school holidays, we’d occasionally go and sing at Llandaff Caweight of it, but it was a great success. thedral, and I also sang at the Royal Albert Hall alongside a few thousand At Broadoak we sing a lot of music composed by our ‘choir herd’, other choristers. Most importantly, I learned to listen acutely, to respond Chris Reynolds. Chris’s passion for choral composing encouraged me to to what I was hearing, and that ‘musical ear’ I developed as a boy has get back in to it, and one afternoon I sat down and wrote a short choral served me well over the years. piece. I sent it to a friend who sings in the choir at St George’s Chapel, I loved junior school, and then went to a very good grammar school Windsor Castle, and before I knew it he’d recorded it with his a cappella where I was very much bottom of the pile. Most of my contemporaries group, for a Christmas CD for BBC Music Magazine. were working towards Oxford or Cambridge, to become doctors or work Our son was born in 2014. I was keen for Sebastian to be his middle at GCHQ; I preferred messing around in the music department. There name (like Bach) but we couldn’t think of a first name, so it got upgraded. was a large portrait of Gustav Holst, one of my musical heroes, who had I took a bit of time off work, and as he was a good sleeper I found attended the school 100 years earlier. A friend and I discovered a dusty myself spending quite long spells at the piano writing music. Almost by cupboard full of old synthesisers, mixing desks and reel-to-reel tape accident, I managed to write about 20 minutes of a large choral work, decks, and set up a recording studio when we should have been studying. which would become a Requiem. The head of music was my choirmaster from St Mary’s, and very much Rather sheepishly, I got a small group of singers together at Eype a mentor to me. Just as I was starting A-levels, he had a devastating bike Church to give it a spin. They really took to it, so I knuckled down and accident. We were left with a succession of supply teachers and I lost finished writing the work, setting myself a deadline by booking St Mary’s interest, scraping a D at A-level music. Church in Bridport for the first performance. It was a sell-out success, After school I met Jaz Coleman, the lead singer from punk band and people started asking me for a CD. We decided to crowdfund a Killing Joke. Jaz had been taught to play the violin by my grandfather, professional recording, spending a day in London with an amazing choir. and later became Composer-in-Residence at the Prague Philharmonic. They turned up, sight-read it to an incredibly high standard, and produced He offered me a job as his assistant on a project to write and arrange a a recording of which I’m extremely proud. And we were hugely lucky to score for a hugely successful Czech folk band, Čechomor, who wanted an get Guy Johnston, one of the country’s top cellists, to play the solo cello orchestrated version of their album. I learned quickly how to transcribe part. He invited me to the Royal Academy of Music to play it through orchestral scores by ear, often working late in to the night to get instruwith him; I never thought I’d accompany a BBC Young Musician winmental parts ready for the next day’s recording sessions. It was an incredner when I stopped piano lessons after Grade 6. Then, last year I was ibly tough but very rewarding time. I was on a family holiday in Prague asked to lead a workshop on my Requiem at Buckfast Abbey. 140 singers last summer, and was delighted to hear Čechomor’s music being played in spent the day learning the piece, followed by a concert performance in the gents’ loos in a restaurant I was eating at! the evening. It was quite an overwhelming experience, hearing my music It also helped me realise that I wanted to write my own music, not reverberating around such a beautiful building. And next year I’m taking to transcribe other peoples, so I started to think about ways in which the Requiem ‘on tour’, with workshops and performances around the I could earn a living from my music. I’d played trumpet from an early country, including Exeter and Portsmouth Cathedrals, as well as dates age and grew up playing in brass bands, so I thought I’d try my hand in Bristol, London, Cambridge, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire. It’s a at composing and arranging for brass ensembles. I found a gap in the slightly intimidating prospect, but it’s going to be incredible working with market selling brass quintet arrangements—on eBay of all places!—and so many singers, in the acoustics of some of the country’s most wondersoon had my own website up and running, selling print-it-yourself brass ful churches. sheet music. Within a couple of years I had customers all over the world, Our children, Sebastian and Bea, are five and three. They fill me with including far-flung places such as the Faroe Islands, Muscat and Guam, constant joy and pride. I’m fortunate to spend most of my time working and was just about able to earn a living from it. These days I mostly write at home, so I’m a big part of their daily routine. Like me at his age, Sefor beginner groups - young players who have only been learning for a bastian is nature-obsessed. He has a huge encyclopaedia of animals which year or two. My brass music has been performed everywhere from Prehe’s pretty much memorised, and seeing his love for the natural world is miership Rugby grounds and cross-channel ferries to medieval cathedrals an absolute joy. Bea seems more creative, loves painting, dancing, singing; and US military bases. whatever their passions are, if they’re lucky enough to follow them in life My family used to come and camp at Eype three times a year since that will be enough for me.’ Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine October 2019 3

MV UP FRONT Many decades ago, I started a small company with a couple of friends. We had become tired of clocking on for someone else’s benefit and decided to launch ourselves into the world of corporate video production. To begin with, our main clients were book publishers. The issue for them in those days was the fact that their sales reps never had the time to read all the books they were selling. So they were often unable to offer a juicy story that might tempt a bookshop owner to order a large number of new titles. Consequently, our job was to make 2 or 3-minute videos about the books for the reps to watch. We would be given an outline story and would then create an audio-visual preview of the book—a bit like a film trailer. In some cases, the book hadn’t even been finished before we got to work. But whether it was a new Dick Francis novel or a book of David Bailey photographs, our job was to make it interesting in less than 3 minutes. Other than the occasional mishap, like nearly burning down a studio while setting fire to an artificial spider web for Iain Banks’ Wasp Factory, or falling out with a very grumpy Spike Milligan on an early morning shoot, it was an interesting and educational time. Today publishing has changed and the need for sales reps to visit individual bookshops equipped with knowledge of every book they are selling (or at least the story gained from a 3-minute video) is rare. But what surprised me recently was a comment from a video producer that the average time he had to get a message across was between 20 and 30 seconds. Marketers using social media have long been involved in a discussion about attention span, or the dwindling rate of it, while sociologists, psychologists, and teachers have talked about a developing problem caused by the ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO). A study, conducted by a team of European scientists earlier this year, concluded that social media now produces so much competition for our attention that our mental resources have become too densely packed. This has made it hard to retain and process information, let alone take in news and cultural messages. An article published in 2015 suggested that we now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish, and while that claim was unsubstantiated and probably designed to get attention, there is little doubt that to focus properly we need to pull back from our use of information tech. So with such a fantastic line-up of literary events around the local area over the next few months, perhaps the answer is to switch off the phone and read a book.

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The Maer

One of Exmouth’s Hidden Gems By Philip Strange

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owards the end of July, I visited the Maer, a nature reserve situated at the eastern end of the promenade in Exmouth. With its sand dunes and sandy grassland, the Maer is a remnant of a much larger dune system that once stretched down to the beach. Nowadays, it provides an oasis of calm close to the busy sea front as well as a habitat for special plants and insects.

Over page: cinnabar moth caterpillars on ragwort; Sea Holly and Common Mallow Above: Female beewolf on thistle. Opposite: Sand Lucerne

A slight mist softened the long views as I walked eastwards along Exmouth sea front. Some warmth penetrated the cloud and a few people were already enjoying the beach on this late summer morning. The sandy tip of Dawlish Warren lay tantalisingly close across the water and further on, the Ness at Shaldon lurked in the mist like a gigantic wedge of cheese. The commercial area with its big wheel, pubs and cafes was busy but eventually I reached a quieter part where sand and scrub tumbled downwards at the side of the beach road. This is the edge of the Maer, a local nature reserve and one of Exmouth’s hidden gems. Superficially, the Maer is a large grassy, sandy space sandwiched between the beach road and Exmouth Cricket Club but it conceals a mosaic of different environments with unusual flora and fauna. A substantial sandy dune ridge forms the southern border of the Maer giving views across the reserve on one side and towards the beach on the other. Marram grass grows thickly giving the sand stability but there are also areas of bare sand and areas of scrub, reminders of the dune system that must have occupied this area before the beach road was built. Restharrow with its pink and white pea-type flowers and a few residual yellow evening primrose provided some colour but it was the sea holly that surprised. This is an unusual and unexpected plant that grows extensively along the first part of the ridge. Its spiky greenish-grey leaves with white margins

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and veins and its powder blue flowers light up the sand as though someone had spilt pale paint. Sea holly flourishes in these arid conditions by having leaves covered in a waxy cuticle to help retain water and through its deep roots. Although sea holly has some visual resemblance to our Christmas greenery, it is a relative of the carrot; in the past it was employed as an aphrodisiac. Several large insects with bold black and yellow markings crawled about the bright blue sea holly flowers collecting nectar. These are beewolves, some of our most spectacular solitary wasps, that nest in sandy places and specialise in catching honeybees. Both male and female beewolves were feeding that day but it is the larger female (up to about 2cm long) that catches and paralyses honeybees and may be seen flying back to the nest carrying a quiescent honeybee beneath her. She digs a nest tunnel in sandy soil up to a metre long with multiple terminal branches where she lays eggs and provides honeybees as food for the developing larvae. These once rare insects have expanded their UK range since the 1980s, possibly in response to climate change and I saw them in several places on the reserve notably on a stand of mauve thistles. They are not aggressive towards humans. Further along the ridge, before it is colonised by brambles, scrub and low trees, I found a large clump of an unruly scrambling plant covered in pea-type flowers of an impressive reddish-pink colour.

This is broad-leaved everlasting pea, a perennial relative of our annual sweet pea, growing through the grasses on the Maer ridge holding on via thin tendrils. A chunky dark bee was feeding from the flowers, apparently undeterred by their jerky movements in the breeze. This was a leafcutter bee, most likely the Coast Leafcutter Bee that favours sandy habitats near the sea. They nest in burrows in vegetated sand lined with pieces of leaf cut from trees and plants. Later, when the sun came out, I saw several of these bees chasing one another around the bright pink flowers like children in a playground. The large central part of the reserve was coated with golden brown grass criss-crossed with paths for walkers and looking very dry, a reflection of the recent lack of rain. Within the grass were mats of restharrow and many of the yellow dandelion-like flowers of catsear. One area resembled a lunar landscape with many small craters where the surface had been dug out exposing the sand. Solitary wasps and small leafcutter bees had happily nested here. Tall clumps of ragwort with bright yellow daisy-like flowers and deeply lobed green leaves were dotted around the central area. This plant provides valuable habitat and food for invertebrates and I found one clump that had been appropriated by black caterpillars with prominent yellow bands. They were moving about, eating the leaves of the ragwort, voraciously consuming the greenery and destroying the upper parts of the plant. These are caterpillars of the cinnabar moth and as they feed, they assimilate some of the toxic alkaloids contained in ragwort, rendering themselves unpalatable to birds and other predators. It is said that their yellow stripes act as a warning to birds. Once fed and mature, the caterpillars dig themselves into the ground to spend 12 months or so as pupae before emerging as beautiful day-flying red and black moths. The adult moths live for a few weeks, feeding on nectar before mating and laying eggs on the ragwort leaves. The eggs grow into caterpil-

lars and the cycle starts all over again. The cinnabar moth is entirely dependent on ragwort for its survival. Towards the western end of the reserve, I found a large colony of flowering plants, perhaps suggesting damper conditions. Clumps of common mallow up to a metre tall dominated with their trumpet flowers composed of five deep pink petals each with purple stripes. At the centre of each flower was a mass of grey pollen-covered stamens emanating from a single stalk like a miniature bunch of flowers. Near the mallow, large areas were covered by a sprawling, scrambling plant richly covered with pea-like flowers above many small, spear-shaped, mid green leaves. Flower colours varied from very pale to light blue, mauve and deep purple with some plants having several of these colour variants. One plant even had bright yellow flowers. This is Sand Lucerne, a fertile hybrid of lucerne and sickle medic, naturalised in East Anglia, where its two parents grow together, but now transplanted elsewhere. There’s so much to see at the Maer and I could easily have spent several more hours looking about. But I had a train to catch so I headed back along the promenade and across the town towards the station.

Philip Strange is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Reading. He writes about science and about nature with a particular focus on how science fits in to society. His work may be read at http://philipstrange.

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Coast &Countryside TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Bridport Hospital 2-4pm. Learn how to manage your hearing loss using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details 07855 340517 or just come along on the day. Also on 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER East Devon Ramblers leisurely 6.3 mile circular walk from Newton Poppleford. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567450 West Dorset Ramblers Walk, West Dorset Wander. 10.00am 8.5 miles/13.7 km. No dogs. Please call 01308 459159 Bridport Scottish Dancers at Salwayash Village Hall 7.30 to 10pm. Cost £2 For information ring Caroline 01308 538141 or Ana 01308 422927 THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER Axminster Country Market Thursdays 8.30am -12noon, Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster. Come and meet the producers! Cakes, savouries, crafts, cut

flowers, plants, free-range eggs, fruit & veg - all seasonal, produced in or near Axminster. Reduce your carbon footprint, with food you can trust. Tea & coffee available too, come and say hello. Talk: ‘New Discoveries from Roman Devon’ by Thomas Cadbury, Assistant Curator, Royal Albert Museum, Exeter. Thomas talks about recent archaeological evidence relating to 350 years of Roman occupation. 2.30pm Entry is £2 for Friends of Lyme Regis Museum & £3 for non-members. The talk is being organised by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. For further information please contact David Cox on 01297 443156. Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. Hardington village hall 2pm, “Medicine and Literature in the long 19th Century” tutor Greta De Plage. £33 Ref:- C3539592. From Wolf Hall to Poldark: Historical Dance Class meets 19.30-21.30, St George’s Church Dorchester DT1 1LB. Taught by friendly specialist. No experience or partner needed. Wear light loose clothes & flexible footwear. £6.00 per stand-alone session, just turn up (every first Thursday, check before first time). Info Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

“Captain Cook” is the subject of the talk to be given by Emma Down to the Tatworth Wives Group, at 7.30pm in St. John the Evangelist church rooms, Tatworth. This is an “open meeting and all are welcome. A Lavishly Illustrated History of Mr Punch. Mr. Punch has been around for a very long time and has had a rollercoaster of a life. Whisper and Shout uses this talk to illustrate a multitude of historic drawings and photographs to tell a story and introduce his family, friends and adversaries. At the Phoenix Hotel, Fore Street,Chard in the Ball Room upstairs. Refreshments available. New members and Guests welcome. Member £2 Guests £3 For information 01460 66165 Short Mat Bowls 7.00pm Beaminster Public Hall Geoff Neal 01308 538971 Chard Camera Club The club will meet at the Baptist church hall Chard at 7.30pm for a talk entitled ‘Atmosphere Detail’ given by Linda Wevill. Any further details can be obtained by visiting their web site www.chardcameraclub. or by contacting the club’s membership secretary Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885 Lyme Voices Community Choir.

19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (pine hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@ FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER Christine Collister and Michael Fix. 8pm. Christine draws her inspiration from the Celtic mysteries of the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. Michael has both the dry deserts of Australia and a German heritage in his blood. Between them, they create a rare musical synergy that enraptures audiences wherever they perform. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. Plastics Plankton and Poo, 7:30pm – 9pm, Dorset Wildlife Trust talk on the impact of micro-plastic pollution on marine invertebrates, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LJ, East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Hawkchurch. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01460 62060 Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity

Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have an interesting talk ‘The Roman History of Ilchester’ (the Roman occupation of Ilchester and the surrounding area with items to show and talk about, up to AD 427 – end of coinage – in the reign of Roman ‘Western Emperor’ Valentinian III). Speaker – John Smith. Guests £2 at the Door. Contact 01935 477174. www. The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Emma Gilmore – Body Works. 3.15 – 4.15pm Therapy session – Worry Busting with Louise Wender. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. Womans (Like Romans but with a ‘W’), 7.30pm, It’s 44BC, Ancient Rome. Our hero, Leta, has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate. A physical comedy for adults and children ages 7+ devised & performed by Scratchworks Theatre, The Beehive, Honiton. www. 01404 384050 Fish & Chip Friday. Battered Cod with chips, mushy peas & tartar sauce followed by a fruity dessert served

at lunchtime. Booking Essential. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340 SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER Autumn Fest 2019 10.00am to 4.00pm Activities and for all the family, including Scarecrow Building Competition on the green and Open Mic in the Minster The Minster and green, Axminster Contact: 07878080188 11-12 am. Family Storytime with The Flying Monkeys. 11am. Stories told not showed for 3-8 year olds and their carers. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute FREE/ Donation at 8pm Landslip Harvest artist feast and live music Limited availability. 6 - 9 pm: Cost - £15. Book tickets. Well Trodden Wrong Ways (14 September – 26 October 2019). Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Free admission. Visit for more details. The Tuckers Jazz Club Bruce Adams and The Martin Dale Quartet The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Tickets £10 Info. at www.dalwoodvil-

Coast &Countryside Events 01404 831 280 Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Symondsbury Colmers Hill, Copper Hill, Lower Denhay Farm 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. Bridport Folk Dance Club’s Centennial Dance with the talented Chris Jewell and Ted Framer calling. 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church House Hall, Bring and Share Supper. Tickets £8 from the Music Shop or call 01308 423 442. Friends old and new welcome to come along and help the club celebrate its 100 years of dancing in Bridport; expect dance displays, cake and, who knows, even bubbly. No experience or partner required. Prohibition Special Concert. Mike Denham & Tom ‘Spats’ Langham’s whistle stop tour of Jazz. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340 Jumble / Nearly new sale, at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall. ( TA146SF.) Doors open 11am. Admission 50p Adults. All usual stalls, New/ nearly new, Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Books, DVD’s, Toys, Collectables. Bric a

Brac, and much more. Cakes, Rafle and Refreshments. Everyone welcome. Proceeds in aid of Village Hall funds. Any enquiries, please contact Jennie Harris. 01935 881718. Folk singer/songwriter Steve Knightley ‘Old Songs & New’ candlelit benefit gig for The King’s Arms Inn 7.30pm.. At Stockland Church( EX149BP) Tickets £16Adv or £18 OTD. Call Wendy on 01404 881027 Kilmington Jumble Sale 9am-12pm the P.T.F.A Kilmington primary school community Jumble sale.Homewares, bric-a-brac, toys, books and more. Come along for a browse, a cup of tea and a bargain! Free parking in car park. Free entry. Kilmington village Hall, EX13 7RF SAT 5 – SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER Sidmouth Science Festival Come to Sidmouth for science by the sea. Lots of fun activities and serious talks with events for everyone; adults, children and families. Various venues. Mostly free. SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER Tales from the BBC Antiques

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Roadshow With book and manuscript expert Clive Farahar. Traditional afternoon tea served. A fundraising event organised by Guide Dogs South West. £12.50. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Lyme Regis Parish Church, 3pm. A recital by young organists learning under the Salisbury Diocese PipeUp! scheme. Part of the South Wessex Organ Society autumn concert series. Free with a retiring collection. Apple Harvest Celebration at Combe Farm in Axmouth EX12 4AU from 2-5pm Come and celebrate by picking, pressing, sampling and bottling the golden juice; traditional live music while we work; and of course enjoy our wonderful teas, juice and cakes. £1 entry, accompanied children free. Please contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for further information Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners - we’re a friendly bunch! (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. More male

Coast &Countryside dancers please! The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699 East Devon Ramblers strenuous 9 mile circular walk from Meldon. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07866 047793 MONDAY 7 OCTOBER Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall. Scottish Country Dancing. 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Learn steps , formations and Scottish dances in a relaxed and fun setting. Ashill Village Hall nr Ilminster TA19 9LX. Contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail. com Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am - 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details 07855 340517 or just come along on the day. Also on

14th, 21st and 28th. 7pm – Harvest Supper & Produce Auction, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall. Please book in advance; tickets £12 - include drink on arrival, 2 course hot supper, cheese & biscuits, coffee/ tea. All proceeds shared between St Michael’s Church Wayford and Clapton & Wayford Village Hall. Licensed Bar from 6.30pm. Exciting Raffle prizes, including a hamper of edible goodies. Auction between courses – donations of produce most welcome. Further information from Jackie (01460 72324) or Mary (01460 74849). The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton, TA13 5DJ. 7.15 Punch and Judy Show – a Subversive Symbol from Commedia Del’Arte to the Present Day by Bertie Pearce. Visitors £10. Bridport Folk Dance Club, enters its second century, at 7.30-9.30 pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ. Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playfordstyle to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s long-established weekly club, with club callers and recorded music

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All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Admission £3 for members, £4 visitors (membership available). Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Sue on 01308 458 165. TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing departing from Uplyme Village Hall. Depart by coach UVH 9.30am Sherborne Castle and Gardens. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this historic house reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English History. 30 acre Capability Brown English Landscape Garden with sweeping lawns, stunning herbaceous bordersand majestic trees. Delightful walks to Raleigh’s Seat, the Cascade, Courtyard Gardens and Orangery. Tea Room. Cost £17.50 total for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book. Arts society Honiton “Harlots, Rakes and Crashing China” Lars Tharp. You will look at Hogarth and ceramics with new eyes. Lars is a regular lecturer and broadcaster. He read Archaeology at Cambridge, was at Sothebys for sixteen years, and is today London’s Foundling

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Museum’s ‘Hogarth Ambassador’. This lecture is open to as many relatives, friends and neighbours as our members would like to invite. There will be no charge for visitors, although any donations gratefully received. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ at 2pm. The Ile Valley Flower Club at Broadway Village Hall This months demonstrator is Amy Shakeshaft with the title “ The Worlds your Oyster” Starts 7.30pm prompt Visitors welcome £6 entrance Chard WI meeting at Chard Baptist Church Rooms, Holyrood Street TA20 2AH. Music quiz and cake and scones! Meeting starts 7.30. Guests and new members welcome. Call Madeleine on 01460 68495 or e-mail info.chardwi@ for more information. Meetings second Tuesday of each month. Time for Tea and a Talk ‘Reels in Time’ John Fowler, former projectionist at Lyme Regis Cinema, gives an illustrated talk about his life in film £3 Tea & cake served. Call 01404 831207 to book or visit www.axminsterherit- 2.00 pm at Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH Turn Lyme Green Dr Sue Beckers will talk about ‘Slow Carbs and Healthy Fats.’ Eating what works with your body to cut the risks of many modern diseases and reverse the changes of diabetes. Please join us for an informative and interesting evening at the Royal Lion Hotel 7pm for a 7.30 prompt start. Queries, Jo Smith Oliver 07525005420 WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER 7pm for 7.30 start. Bridport Camera Club. Presentation by Nigel Hicks -‘Landscape and Nature Photography from far-flung places right to your doorstep’. Showing work from 20 years as a professional photographer. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3HA. info@ 01935 892353. Axe Valley Centre National Trust Talk History of the Corporation of Trinity House part 1 by Alan Nicholas. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Visitors welcome £2. Tel.01297631801.

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A Year in the life of Bridport Community Orchard. 7.30 pm. A short film by Rob Jayne. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www.lsibridport. FREE/Donation Friends of Sidmouth Town Band Coffee Concert, Free Admission, Coffee 10.30am, Concert 11.00 - midday, Andy Benoy Organist and Magician, Adam Owen-Jones Baritone, Timothy Shephard Piano, John McGregor Piano. Historic Music Room, Sidholme Hotel EX10 8UJ 01297 599255 East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Donkey Sanctuary. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 513974 The Beehive Acoustic Café, 8pm, A supportive open mic session in the Beehive bar with host and guitarist Terry Stacey. Free entry. Come along to listen or to play. The Beehive, Honiton. 01404 384050 West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Strenuous Coastal Walk. 10.00am. 8 miles/12.9 km. No dogs. Please call 01305 459315

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Coast &Countryside Bridport Scottish Dancers at Church House South Street 7.30 to 10pm. Cost £2 For information ring Caroline 01308 538141 or Ana 01308 422927. Also 16th, 23rd, and 30th. THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER Thorncombe Gardening Club meets at 7.30pm in Thorncombe Village Hall. The speaker is Roger Hirons Visitors welcome - £4 at the door. We are a very active group and also run day trips and outings for our members during the year. New members will be made very welcome and Subscription is only £10 per year. For further information please contact Mary Morris 01460 30938. Dorchester Probus - Lunch Meeting at the Gamekeeper, Charminster, Dorchester 12 noon for 12.30pm. The speaker will be Julian Black on the Bankes family of Kingston Lacy and Corfe Castle. All welcome. For more details, please contact the secretary on 01305 269315. Crewkerne Gardening Club will welcome John Butler to give a talk on “Bumblebees in the garden”. In a wider context these insects are vital for our survival! This takes place in the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors

welcome-£2.50 including refreshments. Seavington Gardening Club, 7.30 speaker is Rosy Hardy, subject is Autumn Flowering Perennials. Held in Seavington Millennium Hall. Enquiries Karen Day 01460 249728. Visitors welcome. The year round bulb garden. 7pm. A talk by Lady Christine Skelmersdale proprietor of Broadleigh bulbs, admission £3. Plant Heritage Dorset, The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR. Contact Mrs Alex Brenton (Plant Heritage Dorset) on 01929 459496 or by email at Short Mat Bowls 7.00pm Beaminster Public Hall Geoff Neal 01308 538971 Seaton garden club meeting at 1430 Masonic hall Queen street Seaton - talk by Jenny Short, ponds & water features visitors welcome £2 contact 01297 24049 Chard Royal Naval Association The association members will be meeting for their next social at 7.30pm in the Chard Rugby football club Essex close for an evening quiz/music quiz and catch up with members of the branch. People wishing to show interest in maybe joining the association would be

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made most welcome if they would like to call in on the evening. Further details can be obtained by visiting the official headquarters web site Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (pine hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@ FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square , Seaton. Mike Denham’s Speakeasy with Emma Fisk Swing violinist Emma joins Mike for another session of vintage ragtime jazz, blues and Django swing. 8pm. Tickets £14 (£29 with pre-show supper at 7pm, must be prebooked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www. Discussion: YCAA & Waterstones Man Booker Event Tickets available from For more information about these and other YCAA events, reading groups and

competitions, see The Neil Maya Quartet play Brubeck Project. Iconic jazz numbers from a brilliant and hugely popular band can be heard at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £14 (under 18’s free) from Crewkerne Town Hall or Ian on 01460 271440. Bar available. Proceeds to Friends of Crewkerne Church. 12 noon: Food on Friday, at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall - two course lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee, £5. Special diets can usually be catered for if requested in advance. Disabled facilities, ample parking, lovely view. Open to all ages; very friendly atmosphere, newcomers really welcomed, but please book places in advance by phoning June (01460 77057) or Jackie (01460 72324), who will also provide more information if required. Late Turner: Talk with slides by Nick Reese: Sladers Yard Gallery, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL Opening / performance times: 6.30pm Admission fee (if any): £12 or £30 with dinner to follow Venue contact number: 01308 459511 Website: Leading Turner expert, Nick Reese, will give an entertaining and fascinating talk with slides about the extraordinary late works of JMW Turner. East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5.3 mile circular walk from Weston. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 519547 Kingston Lacy Garden through the seasons by their Head Gardener Andrew Hunt. This beautiful restored gardens with its snowdrop display, Camellias and Rhododendrons and Kitchen garden from season to season. Kilmington Garden Club, Village Hall,Whitford Road Kilmington EX13 7RF 7.30pm non members £3 The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Laurence Anholt – writer. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session - Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check

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Marine C From Drill Hall to GI Palace THE Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis, which began life as a drill hall and has played host to performers from Acker Bilk to Status Quo, Jimmy Cagney to Ian McKellen this year celebrates 125 years of entertainment. The theatre has a series of special events, including a sell-out evening with acting legend Sir Ian McKellen, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, performing in theatres and arts centres around the country, raising funds for the venues and their projects. The proceeds of Sir Ian’s visit to Lyme will boost the fund-raising for a youth theatre and to refurbish the dressing rooms. From 4th to 7th December, there will be a new play by Marine Theatre patron Andrew Rattenbury, a screenwriter for television hits including Eastenders and Doc Martin, focusing on the theatre as the heart of the community.

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Another patron, Deep Purple rock star Ian Gillan, has funded a new website. Although the current theatre has stood on this dramatic seaside location since 1894, the history of building on the rather exposed site goes back more than 200 years to the rise of seaside resorts. In 1806 Giles Davies built his seaside baths, which were described as “conducted so as to appear a rival establishment to [Assembly] rooms. A daily paper was taken in and the reading room was well attended..” The Reading Rooms, like the baths –  and the Assembly Rooms – were fashionable necessities for the well-off visitors who came to Lyme. Bathing in sea water was thought to be a cure-all, and having a private bath rather than dipping directly in the sea was a luxury, especially if the bath was heated. If bathing

Celebrates During the Second World War, American troops used the Marine as a place to eat and entertain, with James Cagney and Joe Louis believed to have performed here.

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didn’t work, drinking sea water was thought to be good. After the town’s fame as a seaside resort faded, the disused Davies baths were used by a fossil collector for summer displays. The building fell into disrepair, and in 1894 when the Marine opened as the Drill Hall, the Mayor said that everyone was glad to see the back of ‘the dilapidated and disreputable-looking old ruin that for many years marked the site.” The hall was used for training the military, and by organisations including the Lyme Regis Musical and Literary Society. It became a cinema in the 1930s when the art deco front was constructed. During the Second World War, American troops used the Marine as a place to eat and entertain, with James Cagney and Joe Louis believed to have performed here. In the 40s and 50s, there were professional seaside summer seasons at the Marine, including family entertainment, comedians and cabaret. In 1962, Lyme Regis council bought and refurbished the Marine Theatre The upper circle was replaced with a bar. As the swinging 60s reached Dorset, the Marine became a dance hall. Every Saturday, London promoter Bob Alexander brought acts to Lyme Regis, including The Searchers, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and The Troggs. The theatre also attracted big names in jazz such as Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, and Kenny Ball. In the 1970s Fleetwood Mac and Status Quo performed there. In 2001 the people of Lyme Regis voted in a referendum for the Marine to be taken over by an independent charity, and today the Marine is run by LymeArts Community Trust. Under the energetic and imaginative direction of Gabby Rabbits, the Marine is enjoying a resurgence, attracting big names from comedy, music and theatre, with acts such as This Is The Kit, Tom Allen, Jethro and Alabama3, as well as folk, jazz and blues festivals. On October 12th Scott Lavene takes us on a musical journey, finding out what it takes to be a man in the modern age. Imagine Ian Dury with a touch of Stephen Sondheim. Scott performed music around Europe and became the front man of many bands. After coming close to a major label record deal, he disappeared

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for six years before seeking help and arriving in Boscombe, Dorset. Tickets available in person from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres and over the phone on 01297 442138. Dave Johns, the lead actor from I Daniel Blake brings his new solo show to the Marine on October 19th. As well as an actor, he’s a celebrated comic who has made guest appearances on many television programmes, including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of Ten Cats and The Football’s On. Dave is one of the most respected and best loved stand up comics working on the British comedy circuit, and is an accomplished stage actor and improviser. Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, local comedian Tom has been a familiar face on the local circuit for the best part of a decade but for the first time he brings his award nominated show, A Glover not a fighter to the Marine on October 27th. Tom’s show, which takes a wry look at his life growing up in the westcountry with an alpha male father, was nominated for the best new show at the Leicester Comedy Festival and he has been touring it around the festival circuit visiting Shaftesbury, Reading, Manchester and more before taking it to Edinburgh in August. Tom will be a familiar face to local comedy goers as he is a regular at the Bridport Lyric Theatre and the host of the Lyme Regis Comedy Club at the Marine Theatre, the comedy exchange in Blandford and Sunday Night Comedy at the Weymouth Pavilion. Tom also hosted the Bridport Comedy Cafe for 7 years at the Bridport Arts Centre. His A Glover not a fighter tour will be at the Bridport Lyric Theatre on Wednesday, October 9th at 8pm and the Marine on Sunday, October 27th. Tickets are £10 and are available from the Bridport and Lyme Regis TIC for the respective dates. For more dates and information on how to book online visit www. For a complete lineup of events at the Marine in October visit

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beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. 150th Anniversary of Loders School, Calling all former pupils and teachers from Loders School. Please join us to give thanks and celebrate this occasion: 10:30 Bell Ringing, 11:00 Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary’s Church, Loders, 11:30-13:00 Exhibition of School History at the Village Hall, Tea/ Coffee available, please bring your own lunch, 13:00-14:30 Visit the school. Get a tour of the school with current pupils and share your memories with them. Please park at the Village Hall. We look forward to welcoming you to our celebration of 150 years of school life in Loders. Contact Chuck Willmott mob 07855995378 CoCo and the Butterfields, 8pm, Canterbury-based folk-hop band. Folk-hewn pop, with gliding guitars and powerful vocal melodies. Support band: Gentlemen of Few. The Beehive, Honiton. 01404 384050 West Dorset Ramblers Walk, into north Dorset. 10.00am. 9 miles/14.95 km.No dogs. Please call 01300 320346 FRIDAY 11 – 13 OCTOBER 2019 Norton Festival at Norton sub Hamdon. Church open 10.30am to 4pm. Hobbies Exhibition, Organ, Flowers, Refreshments. Saturday 12th October – Folk Concert featuring The Four Foot Four, Mitchell & Vincent, Jack & Alison. Advance ticket £7 from Village Shop. (on the door £8). Sunday 13th October – 9.30am: Harvest Communion – preacher David Mangles; 4pm: Festival Praise – requested hymns. Further information: Bridport Mind Fest - Sunflower Project 2019 Three days of wonderful events and workshops, Supporting mental Wellbeing and raising money to help local people in a crisis. The money raised will pay for ‘Sunflower Befrienders’ and excellent qualified therapists to go and be with people when they are housebound and lonely. SAT 12 - SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER Apple Tasting, Art exhibition and vintage tractor rally, North Perrott Fruit Farm, TA18 7SS. 11am-4.30pm. Tel: 01460 77090

SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER A Space for Living Spirituality at The Quaker Meeting House, 95, South Street, Bridport. DT6 3NZ. Series 8 “Care of our Souls, Care of our Planet” Connecting personal transformation with sustainability of life on earth. Event 2: 10am – 4pm. “Connecting our Souls and the Natural World through Poetry and Story” led by Janet Lake. Spaces limited so booking is required Donations £10-£40 per day: bring-andshare lunch. Contact: Janet Lake: iona.lake@aol. Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Stephen Austin at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm - 4.30pm, £7 at the door, children free, visit or phone 01297 24892. Living Spirituality Event 10.00-4.00 ‘Connecting our Souls and the Natural World through Poetry and Story’ led by Janet Lake Quaker Meeting House 95 South Street Bridport iona.lake@aol. Bridport Community Orchard will be holding it’s Apple Day. This fun event has various entertainments, including a range of children activities, music, dancing, and a Mummers Play! There will be delicious freshly pressed apple juice, some of which will be made from our own apples. Other refreshments include cider, ploughman lunches and cakes. The event will run from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., entrance is free, and all are welcome. The orchard is behind St Mary’s Church, off South Street. For those wishing to take away freshly pressed apple juice, please bring your own clean bottles. Moscow Drug Club - Transcendent Troubadours of Gypsy Cabaret & Swing. 8pm. Making their fourth visit to The David Hall, Moscow Drug Club are a curious musical place where elements of Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, French Musette and Storytelling meet. This five-piece band delivers an intoxicating and intimate musical experience. Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. Doors 7 for 7.30 Start. Leon Hunt and Jason Titley. Banjo, percussion and vocals. Bluegrass music at its very best! The Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street. Crewkerne. Somerset TA18 7HY. Tickets £10. Contact 07877206124. Jumble Sale, 2.00 - 3.30pm, In aid of DCH Charity with Free Parking 50p entrance, St. Swithun’s Church Hall, Allington, Bridport, 07741457505 Magellan Circumnavigation, Bob

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Whitley and Lee Cuff Following the lives of explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his wife Beatriz, the show takes you back to a time 500 years ago when a sailor’s greatest fear was falling over the edge of the earth. An evening of great music, drama, history, and storytelling. 7.30 p.m. Shipton Gorge Village Hall Tickets from 01308 897407 OR OR www. Egyptian Society Taunton “Who Was Buried at Beni Hasan”. Speaker: Prof Sara Orel. The lecture will take place at 2.00pm at Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED Arabian Night - Auction of Promies and Arabian themed meal, 7-11pm, Auction of Promises - Tea at the Houses of Parliament, Gig rowing taster session, home improvement consultation, weekend in a holiday cabin and much, much more ...Arabian Knights themed meal in aid of Uplyme Communicy Sponsorship, which is raising funds to support the resettlement of a refugee family from Syria in the Lyme/Uplyme area under the Home Office programme, Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme DT7 3UY, Tickets in advance £20 from Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138 and the Uplyme Village Store. Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8.5 mile walk from Eype Eype Down, Doghouse Hill, Thorncombe Beacon, West Bay 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. Bridport Apple Day, 11am - 3.30pm, music by HiDDeN, Community Orchard. Jumble Sale at Colyford Memorial Hall. 2-4 pm. Tea/coffee cake. Free level car park. Toilets. 20p entry. In aid of the hall. If you have any items to donate please call Katie on 07594864872. SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER From Wolf Hall to Poldark: Historical Dance Class meets 13.30-16.00, Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD.Taught by friendly specialist. No experience or partner needed. Wear light loose clothes & flexible footwear. £6.00 per stand-alone session, just turn up (every second Sunday, check before first time). Info Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 For a garden full of autumn colour visit Frankham Farm in Ryme Intrinseca (DT9 6JT), a lovely 3½ acre garden set on a working livestock & arable farm. Large garden of lawn, herbaceous

borders, unusual shrubs and trees and productive vegetable garden. Woodland walks under-planted with azalea, camellias, magnolias and cornus. Home produced lunch and teas. Sorry no dogs as livestock close by. Open in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities, 11.30 to 5pm, Adm £5 chd free www. Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre - Open Day See the wheel and steam engines running, audio visual displays and many items of local and historic interest. Free entry but donations welcome. 11.30am to 3.30pm. Tea Room. Picnic Area. Toilet. Oborne Road DT9 3RX. Free parking on road. NO Seaton Dance Club! We’re stepping aside for the Youth Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music. We’ll be dancing as normal next week! Gateway box office 01297 625699 East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Tipton St John. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07926 076302 MONDAY 14 OCTOBER Yeovil Probus Club 1.30pm Railway Disaster at Yeovil Pen Mill. The Yeovil Court Hotel, New Members always

most welcome, please contact the Hon. Secretary on 01935 414765 for further details. Mission Shed Meeting an evening of Christian praise and worship with the Archdeacon of Exeter, Canon Andrew Beane at The Beehive, Honiton, EX14 1LZ 7pm-9pm Coffee and cake on arrival; this is a free event. All welcome. For further information call 01404 881 313. Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society The society will be holding its next meeting at the Southill Community Centre starting at 7.30pm. The evening’s presentation is entitled “Through the Garden Gate” and will be given by experienced garden designer Jenny Short, who will guide us through some distinctive gates to gardens at home and abroad. The meeting is open to members and non-members and refreshments will be available. Further information can be obtained on 01305 788939. West Dorset Flower Club meet at the W.I. Hall in North Street, Bridport. The meeting starts at 2.30 pm when renowned gardener/floral designer Charlie McCormick will be giving a talk. New members and visitors are very welcome. For further details please contact

the secretary on 01308 456339. Musbury Garden Club a talk by Ken Basterfield of Blackbury Honey Farm on ‘Pollinating Insects’. Doors to Musbury Village Hall, EX13 8AJ open for refreshments at 7p.m. before the talk at 7.30p.m. Members: £1.50. Nonmembers very welcome: £2.50. WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER Bridport Probus Club Namibia & Botswana – Chris Legrand. Meet at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel at 12noon on the third Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by a talk. For more information contact Graham Pitts on 01297 561569. Colyton & District Garden Society Talk: ‘The History and Conservation of Stourhead Gardens’ by Alan Power, Garden and Estate Manager, National Trust. Colyford Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Members free, guests £3. For information: Sue Price 01297 552362. Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Steve Lord entitled “Round the Houses in the North West - Part 2” The meeting is at Thorncombe Village Hall, TA20 4NE and starts at 7.30pm. Non Members are welcome, there are refreshments, a raffle and the parking

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is free. Contact Richard Holt, Chairman Tel. 01460 30428 or Google TRAC “traclubsite” for information. Sherborne Group, Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk, 7pm for 7.30pm, Dorset Blue Butterflies and their symbiotic relationship with ants, Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road,Sherborne, DT9 3NL, contact Mary Howes 01935 872742. Honiton U3A October meeting at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. A talk by Stewart Raine entitled ‘ You can do a lot of things at the seaside’ . Stewart will explore the origins and development of the seaside with particular reference to Devon. Members Free / Visitors £2.00 donation. Contact details 01404 598008 or Website http:// East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 circular walk from Lamberts Castle. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567987 THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER Bridport & District Gardening Club Growing Sweet Peas for Exhibition & Pleasure, speaker Jim Mcdonald. 7.30pm in the Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport. The meetings are also open to non-members (£2 entrance fee). The LSi in Bridport. 7.30pm. A talk by historian Tim Connor. Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute www. £12 (fundraiser) The Arts Society West Dorset:.The First Atlantic Liner: Brunel’s Great Western. Speaker: Helen Doe. The Town Hall, Bridport at 2.30pm. For details contact 01308 485487. Ancient DNA and the Archaeology of South Dorset 2.30pm a talk by Bob Benyon. St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW Presented by the National Trust South Dorset Association. NTSDA members £3 Non-members £4 inc.tea/biscuits No need to book. Contact: Geoff and Elizabeth Wrench 01300 321601 “The Story of Country Cheese” is the subject of the talk to be given by Derek March at the Tatworth W.I.meeting at 7.30pm in Tatworth Memorial Hall. Short Mat Bowls 7.00pm Beaminster Public Hall Geoff Neal 01308 538971 Clarks Village Shopping Trip: Sister Axe WI, Axminster, event. Coach pickups Axminster: Gamberlake 9.00am; then Trinity Square; Flamingo Pool (Lyme Road); Millwey (A358 bus stop); Chard; Ilminster Stonemasons Inn. Leave Clarks Village 3.30/4.00pm. WI members £5; non-members £7.50. Contact 07789 645028 from October 2nd.

Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (pine hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@ West Dorset Ramblers Walk around Dewlish 10:00am. 8.5 miles/13.7km. No dogs. Please call 01308 423346 FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER Craig Milverton and his Legacy Band Easy listening jazz and vocals from the family Milverton and top musicians Ashley John Long and Coach York. 8pm. Tickets £14 (£29 with pre-show supper at 7pm, must be prebooked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www. Fun Quiz at the Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall, 7pm, in aid of The Friends of St Candida. Details from Alan 01297 489055. Royal British Legion The Popular Poppy Appeal Band Concert Featuring St. Swithun’s Band Burton Bradstock Village Hall 7.30pm Tickets £5 from Burton Bradstock P.O. Or on the door. Come and make Lesley Rundle’s Colmer Hill calico shopper. Simple machine applique to produce a fine shopping bag full of local interest. New members and guests welcome, Bridport Embroiderers meet monthly, at St Swithuns Church, Bridport, from 10.00 – 3.30. For further details, or to join/book, phone 01308 456168 or email cherry.bonhamlovett@ East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Salcombe Hill. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 578699 The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Sheila Ann Norton – writer. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session - Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. Chef ’s Special Lunch. Roast beef followed by Lemon Ginger Crunch. Booking Essential. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340 SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER Volunteer Day – Hedgelaying 10am – 4pm Free. Looking to find a way to meet new people and to help care for the environment? Join our volunteer

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group and master the traditional craft of hedgelaying. Hedgelaying has long been used to lengthen the life of trees, encourage new growth and thicken the hedge to encourage a greater range of wildlife. This is a practical session based on a working organic farm and education centre where we encourage wildlife and nature to thrive. The day includes light refreshments and a simple lunch. Free of charge to willing volunteers. Suitable for adults only. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. This session is weather dependent. Magdalen Farm Booking essential – visit www.magdalenfarm., or for more information please email Quiz Night, 6.45 for 7pm, Soft drinks & nibbles available. Please bring own wine/beer, £4 per head teams of 4, St. John’s Church Hall, Waterlake Road, Tatworth, Chard TA20 2SH, Tickets available from Helen Johnson 01460 220221 Cancer Research Fund Raiser Hinton St George “Village Hall” 2.30 pm Prompt Start Jenny Chance will demonstarte with the tiltle “ Autumn Splender “ Tickets £8 includes Tea and Cake Spend a pleasant afternoon relaxing and watching wonderful flowers been put together Tickets £8 raffle of arrangements Tickets can be purchased at “ Our Shop “ Hinton St George or by phoning 01460 75025/77233 Chris While and Julie Matthews. 8pm. With 24 years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, major British artists and singer/songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews are celebrating 25 years as a duo in 2019 with an extensive autumn tour of the UK. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. C.U.P.I.D. the West Dorset group for those with any type of stoma or pouch will be holding their next meeting from 10:00 until noon at The Dorford Centre (Dorchester Baptist Church), Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR. You, your friends and family are invited to this informal gathering to see products demonstrated by Sian Nixon of Pelican, our sponsors. This is also an opportunity to hear Captain Robin Drysdale talking about rowing the Atlantic as part of the 2018 Talisker Trans-Atlantic Challenge in his boat ‘Men of Oar’. There will be a ‘brain teaser’ as you enjoy a tea or coffee for those who enjoy a little mental stimulation, or you can simply chat to others who share the same health issues

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unique collaboration between an American folk singersongwriter and the ‘smoke and velvet’ voice of UK singersongwriter Kirsty McGee offers a tantalizing evening at Slader’s Yard in West Bay in October. From activist beginnings, singer-songwriter Kirsty McGee has toured the UK and Europe for 15 years, releasing 7 albums. Collaborators in her Hobopop Collective have included New York jazz legend Marc Ribot (Tom Waits), Nick Blacka & Rob Turner (Gogo Penguin). With a voice that has been described as having the texture of ‘smoke and velvet’ Kirsty McGee’s ever-evolving sound has been described as ‘filmic, joyful and dirty with hints of gospel and blues’. An innate curiosity, a DIY ethic and with an abiding love of the Great American Songbook have produced music that’s hard to categorise but difficult to ignore. In the past twelve years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his music for audiences all over the United States hitting notable venues such as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Folkstage in Chicago, and Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He’s also played festivals like The Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, The Fox Valley Folk Festival in Illinois, and the Fayetteville Roots Festival in Arkansas. His music has received extensive airplay on folk and roots radio in the U.S., as well as in Europe, taking him overseas on several occasions for concert dates on the continent and in the UK. Notable dates there include Izzy Young’s famed Folklore Centrum in Stockholm, Toogenblik in Brussels and The Green Note in London. In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago. The list also included Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, and John Prine.

Ben Bedford (and cat) and Kirsty McGee, coming to Sladers Yard in October

In May of 2018, Bedford was named one of the six Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk winners at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Bedford has recorded five studio albums: Lincoln’s Man (2007), Land of the Shadows(2009), What We Lost (2012), The Pilot and the Flying Machine (2016), and The Hermit’s Spyglass (2018). Presented by Sladers Jazz Club Kirsty McGee and Ben Bedford play on Saturday 19 October 8pm. Tickets are £12 or £30 with dinner from 6.30pm. Telephone 01308 459511 to book now.

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that you might be experiencing. ‘Buy By Donation’ Disposal of many items including household and plants by donation at The Church Room Axminster from 9.00 – 12.30pm on Saturday October 19th. Tea coffee and cakes available. All donations to support Axminster’s Memory Café, Willow and Conybeare Day Centre and Church Services and events for those living with dementia in Axminster. Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Awareness information available. Come for a chat with others. Contact: 01297 32927 Axe Valley Community Choir 10th anniversary charity concert in aid of Arc Axminster at The Minster, Axminster. Tickets £8 available at Archway Bookshop, Axminster, Colyford Stores, Colyford and at the door. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30. For further information on the choir please contact Jan on jan. and for Arc please visit Hawkchurch Church. 7pm. Three generations of the Gibbins and Thatcher Families present Music for all … 1960s to the present day. A fabulous evening of musical entertainment from this talented family. Music for all taste. Refreshments included. Bring a bottle of your own choice. Tickets £10 from 01297 678622/678285. Raising funds for Community Facilities within the church. Free Defibrillator and First Aid Workshop at Axmouth Village Hall from 10am to 3pm Refreshments will be available + soup and bread for lunch. Organised and funded by The Spiral Centre. Please contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for more information and to book your place. Kirsty McGee with Ben Bedford Café Sladers, Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL Opening / performance times: 8pm Admission fee (if any): £12 or £30 with dinner from 6.30pm Venue contact number: 01308 459511 Website: Singer songwriter Kirsty McGee has released 7 albums, collaborated with jazz legends and featured in Danny Boyle’s movie Trance, don’t miss her now performing with the American artist Bed Bedford. Chard Royal Naval Association The association members will be meeting for their next social at 7.30pm in the Chard Rugby football club Essex close for an evening quiz/music quiz and catch up with members of the branch. People wishing to show interest in maybe joining the association would be made most welcome if they would like to call in on the evening. Further details can be obtained by visiting the official headquarters web site

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SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER Sarah St John. 3pm. Sarah was fortunate enough to perform as leading lady in such classics as My Fair Lady, Fiddler on The Roof, Anything Goes and Hello Dolly. Then, after a short break as a lead singer for a Rock/Pop covers band, Sarah decided to strike out on her own as a soloist, supported by the Big Band sound of Smooth Jazz, Slow Swing and songs from The Great American Song Book, along with a few of her most favoured Blues and Easy Listening numbers. Tickets: £8. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www. 01460 240 340. Dances With Shakespeare: Historical Dance Class meets 13.30-16.00, Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE. Taught by friendly specialist. No experience or partner needed. Wear light loose clothes & flexible footwear. £6.00 per stand-alone session, just turn up (every third Sunday, check before first time). Info Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be holding their annual ‘Battle of Trafalgar’ church service at St Thomas church Cricket St Thomas at 10am. Anyone wishing to attend the service with a Naval flavour would be most welcome to join all in attendance at the church. Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners - we’re a friendly bunch! (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. More male dancers please! The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699 East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Budleigh Salterton. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 442326 Shute Community Apple Day, 12pm – 4pm Celebrating the Crimson Victoria, Shute’s very own apple variety and Devon’s rich orchard heritage. At Rowlands, the 16th century orchard of the historic Shute Estate. Further details: Samantha Knights, samanthaknights@, or Ruth Worsley, Legacy to Landscape Project Coordinator: 01297 489741 MONDAY 21 OCTOBER Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall. Chard, Ilminster & District U3A Open meeting at 2.00 pm with a talk entitled “Lost in the Clouds”. Ros Liddington presents a humorous view on digitising your photos and makes an impassioned plea for us to retain the objects from our

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s a special Halloween treat, there will be Spells in the Cells at Shire Hall in Dorchester on October 31st at 7pm, featuring drinks mixed in a cauldron! Visitors will then get to try their hand at some practical magic of their own - using ingredients sourced from ancient magic textbooks, guests can chop, grind, and mix up concoctions such as the Transfiguration Tonic, which can then be drunk. Dressing up as witches and wizards to join in is strongly encouraged! Finally, discover your inner pirate and learn about the history of rum with the Piratical Rum Night. Master Mixologist at Grey Bear Bar Co, Lloyd Brown, will be explaining about the drink’s historical origins.

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Hall in Dorchester Events Manager Harriet Still said: “We’ve had real fun looking at ways to link the history of Shire Hall with local artisanal drinks producers. Some links are obvious – of course, we had to look at the West Country revolting when their cider was taxed, and who could resist a night of rum and pirates! Others explore the playful side of the building, like Spells in the Cells. Watch this space!” All evenings are for over 18s only. Booking for all sessions is essential and for more information and to book visit

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Looking Ahead Friday 1 November

Concerts in the West presents the Consome Quartet. 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973.

past. Admission free to members and retired visitors. The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard. Further information 01460 68629 or our website https:// TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER U3A Monthly Talk The U3A (University of the Third Age) offers a wide variety of general interest groups for retired, and semi retired people in Bridport and the surrounding areas. 2pm in Bridport United Church Hall in East Street. The cost to non members for each talk is £2. Further Information can be found at bridport. James Feaver presents: ‘Food for Free, foraging for wild food’. Dear Events Martock History Group, 7 for 7.30 pm. Julian Orbach on non-conformist chapel buildings and the impact all the different sects have made on our towns and villages. Julian revised the Pevsner for Somerset in 2011 and has many photos. In Martock Primary School Hall, Elmleigh Road, TA12 6EF. £3 for non-members, 01935 822202. West Dorset Ramblers Walk alongside the Fleet. 10:00am. 8.5 miles/13.7 km. Dogs optional. Please call 01308 898484 WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER Vintage Textiles Fair A treasure trove of gorgeous and unique textiles, haberdashery, trimmings and vintage fashions and accessories. 9.30am - 3pm. Admission Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Autumn Show and Harvest Supper. (Bring and Share). Show classes that celebrate the autumn harvest – produce, flowers, preserves and baking. Colyton Parish History Society Start 7.30pm Entrance fees £2 for members, £4 for non-members - meetings open to everyone. Colyford Memorial Hall. Chard & It’s Victorian Heritage by Vince Lean. 7pm for 7.30 start. Bridport Camera Club. Colin Varndell, internationally renowned local photographer, with an introduction to Nature Skills. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3HA. 01935 892353.

Saturday 2 November

Fireworks at Forde Abbey 5pm 8pm, Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Watch a spectacular firework display light up the night sky. www.fordeabbey. Tel: 01460 220231.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Ottery St Mary. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. 07922 651426 West Dorset Ramblers Walk on the Downs. 10.00am. 7.5 miles/12.1 km. No dogs. Please call 01300 320084. WEDNESDAY 23 – 26 OCTOBER 7:30 pm, Nude With Violin, A classic comedy play by Noel Coward, performed by S.T.A.G. and directed by Enid Perry. Bringing live theatre to the community. With a themed Art competition and exhibition open to local students. Kilmington Village Hall, Kilmington EX13 7RF, Tickets available at Archway Bookshop, Axminster. 01297 33595. Or online WED 23 – WED 30 OCTOBER Halloween Half Term Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Try your hand at pumpkin rolling and all manner of ghoulish delights, and enjoy an A-Z rainbow of pumpkins and gourds grown in our kitchen garden. Normal admission prices apply. Tel: 01460 220231. Chard and Its Victorian Heritage by Vince Lee Colyford Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. £2 Members, £4 non-members to include refreshments All welcome THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER From Wolf Hall to Poldark: Historical Dance Class meets 19.30-21.00, Castle Cary Market House BA7 7AH Taught by friendly specialist. No experience or partner needed. Wear light loose clothes & flexible footwear. £6.00 per standalone session, just turn up (every fourth Thursday, check before first time). Info Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 Furleigh Foraging Flavours - Pairing Furleigh Wines with Foraged Gems… 6:45pm. Chris Onions from The Old Dairy Kitchen will present a selection of foraged gems sourced from seashore to woodland and hedgerow and explain their culinary uses. You will then taste them in the form of six especially created canapés each based on a different foraged flavour. Rebecca Hansford will introduce a selection of Furleigh Estate wines from which she will help you

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The Exiled Collector, a talk by Anna Sebba. 1pm. Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. For more information visit

identify the best flavour pairings with each foraged item. Places are limited so booking is essential at https://www. Cost £30.00 per head. Furleigh Wine Estate, Salway Ash, DT6 5JF 10am – noon: Community Coffee Morning in Clapton & Wayford Village Hall. There will be a raffle, and a cake stall/’bring & buy’ with home-made items, produce etc. Croissants & bacon rolls will also be served. Do come and join us, for an opportunity to meet friends & neighbours - or get to know new people. Local or not, you can be sure of a warm welcome in Clapton. More details from Julia (01460 72769) Short Mat Bowls 7.00pm Beaminster Public Hall Geoff Neal 01308 538971 Lyme Voices Community Choir. 19.30 to 21.15. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Baptist Church (pine hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@ Lily and the Albatross, 3pm, Live on stage an original story by Tall Tree Theatre about a small family of three, the legend of Great Captain Markham and how they learn to fly in the face of a storm. A heartfelt story about achieving the unachievable and never letting go of your childhood dreams. For ages 5+ but younger welcome. The Beehive, Honiton. 01404 384050 The South Dorset RSPBGroup will hold a meeting at The County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester starting at 7-15pm. The speaker will be Peter Robertson talking about The wildlife and management of RSPBArne from Ladybird spiders to Sika deer. Admission is £3-0 members, £4-0 visitors to include coffee and biscuits. All welcome FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER The Teacups Award-winning A-capella quartet singing British folk songs, with heart, soul and extraordinary closeharmony. 8pm. Tickets £14 (£29 with pre-show supper at 7pm, must be prebooked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www. The Tweed Project. 8pm. The Tweed

Project is a collaboration between some of Scotland and England’s most in-demand explorers of their respective country’s Folk traditions. The band will be interpreting songs from traditional collections, as well as contemporary compositions. This is their first performance at The David Hall. Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. Meet the Author: Andrew Lownie, 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start, acclaimed historian Andrew Lownie marks 40 years since the assassination of Lord Mountbatten by the IRA with a new book, ‘The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves’. Andrew will be discussing these two remarkable people and their complex marriage, while revealing new information on the controversies of Mountbatten’s career, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, EX10 8NG, contact 01395 515551 “Orthoptera & Allies” 7.30pm. Bryan Pinchen, Ecologist & Author will look at the recognition & identification of British Grasshoppers, Crickets, Groundhoppers, Cockroaches & Earwigs: their lifecycles, predators, habitats & conservation. Sales table,

refreshments. Admission by donation SWT Ilminster/Chard group Adult members £2.50, non-members £3.50, no charge for children. Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG roadside parking or town car parks. Enquiries: Valerie 01460 234551 East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Woodbury. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01392 873881 Broadwindsor and District Horticultural Society Autumn Quiz Night. Comrades Hall , Broadwindsor. 7.30pm Start .Teams of up to 4 people.£5 per person ,includes a cheese supper. Please bring your own drink. The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Activity – art with Libby. 2.30 – 4.00pm Therapy session - Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Anne Escott offering Foot massage. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. Track Dogs, 8pm, Joyful folk, Latino, Americana fusion. The band has a striking line-up of 4-part harmonies,

acoustic guitar, ukulele and bass alongside cajón and trumpet with a bit of banjo and mandolin thrown in for good measure! The Beehive, Honiton www. 01404 384050 Lyme Regis Parish Church, 7.30pm. ‘The Organ in Concert’ - the South Wessex Organ Society’s birthday concert. Music by Handel, Haydn, JS Bach and Telemann. Orchestral ensemble with organ soloists Alex Davies and Peter Parshall, soprano Chloe Stratta, bass Jim Wills. Tickets £10. See www. for details SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER Halloween at Yeovil Railway 10.30am – 4pm Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 Barn Dance, 7:30 to 11:00, in Chideock Village Hall, dancing to Mischief and Mayhem, Ploughman’s supper, Bar, Tickets £10:00 from Val on 01297 489 417 Talk from Gordon Barnett “Music in every home” he brings his musical box collection to Weymouth Library Great George Street for the Friends of Weymouth Library group and their visitors. £3 non members of FOWL, 10.30 start, booking advisable, tickets

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from Library Desk. Ring 01305 750557 for information, or look on the website The David Hall Quiz Night – A ‘Support The David Hall’ Event. 7.30pm. Join us for an evening full of fun and facts. Test your knowledge, enjoy a ploughman’s supper and raise money for The David Hall at the same time. Maximum four team members. Tickets: £6 incl. supper. Advanced booking only by Wednesday 23 October. No Tickets available on the night. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. Axe Valley Centre National Trust Autumn Fair. Colyford Memorial Hall 10.30am-12.30pm. Entry £1. Further information 01297598296. Anna Mudeka for Artsreach with KURE KURE/ Faraway. Zimbabwean singer, musician, dancer, storyteller in Powerstock Hut 7pm for 7.30pm .Tickets 01308 485474/485730 £9,£6,£25 Stockland Jumble Sale Bric a brac, Books, Refreshments. 2pm Victory Hall Info 01404 881535. Talk on Music in Every Home Gordon Barnett brings his musical box collection to entertain us. 10.30 Weymouth Library, Great George Street, Weymouth, DT4 8NN £3 for non members of FOWL Tickets from the Library, booking advisable Friends of Weymouth Library 01305 832613/750557 Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Hooke mNorth Poorton, Burcombe, Mapperton 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. Henhayes Big Breakfast/Brunch. Full breakfast menu available with vegetarian and vegan options. The Henhayes Centre, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Contact 01460 74340. Screen Bites – Second Slice. Doors open at 7pm. Screen Bites, Dorset’s Food and Film Festival, is coming to Halstock. There’ll be a mini farmers’ market with local food producers offering tastings, followed by a fascinating talk from Liberty Dairies about their new organic milk venture. Then settle down to watch the great comedy movie:- Madame (15) with Harvey Keitel and Toni Collette. Venue: Halstock Village Hall. Tickets £8.from or from Halstock Shop. Axminster Musical Theatre are having a Quiz Evening! Come along to The Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster EX13 5AD. 7 for 7 30 pm. £5 entry. Maximum 6 persons per team. Good prizes and fun plus a bar! SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER

Acoustic Night. 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop us an email at folk@ to secure a slot. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www. 01460 240 340. Traditional Choral Evensong, with the Whitchurch Occasional Choir. 6pm, Whitchurch Canonicorum Church South Somerset Ramblers 10 mile walk from Ham Hill, Lime Kiln CP. via Haselbury Plucknett and Middle Chinnock. Meet at 10 a.m. and bring a picnic. Registered assistance dogs only. Contact, Carl 01460 30163 Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm. Ballroom, Latin and Jive with lots of help for beginners - we’re a friendly bunch! (No formal lessons and no sequence). £4 per person (All profits support The Gateway Theatre). Bar open. More male dancers please! The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699 East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Sidmouth. 10.00 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 578699 MONDAY 28 OCTOBER Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall. TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER La Baracca presents: Upside Down. 11am and 1.30pm. An enchanting nonverbal, early years theatre show for 2-5 year olds from the Italian company, La Baracca. The show runs between 35 – 40 minutes. Tickets: £5 for one child, £8 for two. Children must be accompanied by an adult, for whom entry is free. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www. 01460 240 340. Axminster Heritage Ltd 7th Annual General Meeting 6.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH. Merriott Gardening Club - 7pm - Hawk & Owl Trust Birds of Prey - Tithe Barn, Merriott - 01460 72298 Theatre Fideri Fidera - Ogg n Ugg n Dogg 10am, in the Village Hall, the Causeway, Milborne St Andrew, DT11 0JX Tickets £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam. Post show: arts & crafts workshop available for ages 4+. 40 minutes, places limited. £3 each. WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER Coffee Morning. 10am-12noon. Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. East Devon Ramblers moderate 6.5 mile circular walk from Broadwindsor. 10.00 start. Dogs on short leads. 01460 220636

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West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Hardy’s Monument, Circular. 10.00am. 7.0 miles/11.3 km. No dogs. Please call 01300 341664 THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER Halloween at Yeovil Railway 10.30am – 4pm Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway. Charity Christmas Card Sale Stock up on Christmas cards and support your favourite charities at the same time. 10am - 1pm. Admission free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www. Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells. 7pm. Try your hand at mixing potions, and yes, they are whipped up in a cauldron. Using a set of ingredients sourced from ancient magick textbooks, you’ll chop, grind, and mix up concoctions such as the Transfiguration Tonic, which you will then proceed to drink. No witches or wizards under the age of 18. Dressing up strongly encouraged! Booking is essential and tickets are £30 each. Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. For more information visit or call 01305 261849. Yeovil Railway centre, Yeovil Junction, Stoford BA22 9UU: Halloween Event. Please see website for details and booking - or recorded information on 01935 410420 Stepping into Nature Roots of Religion. Meet at the Discovery Centre at 10.40am. A leisurely themed walk around West Bay. Open to all ages, suitable for the over 55’s and dementia friendly, this is a free event. Donations welcome. Further details 01308 427288 Monmouth Club Lunch 12.30pm. The Monmouth Club of Lyme Regis meets at a local hotel. The Club is open to retired or semi-retired professional gentlemen and is ideal for those who have recently moved to the Lyme Regis area. Members enjoy a 2 course lunch and convivial conversation with no after lunch speaker. For further information contact Dr Charles Wright on 01297 443258. Short Mat Bowls 7.00pm Beaminster Public Hall Geoff Neal 01308 538971 Julia Bradbury’s Weymouth to Portland. 10.00am. 8.5 miles/13.7 km. No dogs. Please call 01308 459159 7.30pm: Annual General Meeting of Clapton & Wayford Village Hall; followed by cheese & wine. All welcome; information from Mary (01460 74849). THU 31 OCT – MON 4 NOV Yeovil Literary Festival For full details, visit

Get ready for


at Forde Abbey


et against the historic backdrop of Forde Abbey, watch a spectacular firework display light up the night sky. It’s unmissable entertainment for all ages with live music, a pipe band, delicious food to warm the cockles and a show stopping theatre of illumination that will take your breath away. Taking to the mic this year, we’ll be joined by a talented band set to makes waves. And with the accompaniment of delicious loaded sweet potatoes from V Dorset, burgers and bangers with all the extras, flavours from around the world served up by The Green Bean and introducing Weird Doughs—deep fried cookie dough with a side serving of ice cream. Deliciously moreish with a choice of salted caramel, unicorn and Oreo flavours. Otter beer will be on tap and there’s hot drinks and all the usual cheer to be found in the beer tent before proceedings get underway. It wouldn’t be fireworks at Forde without a procession of bag pipes and drums leading the way to the lighting of the bonfire. And with much fanfare and to do, it’s a truly beautiful start to the evening. “It is so wonderful to be moving into our second year of Fireworks at Forde,” says Angus Fletcher who has created and produced shows all over the South West and further afield in the UK. “From the moment of arrival at the Abbey we will be offering our audience great entertainment, music, food and drink alongside the anticipation of what is to come. The drama of the bonfire lighting is a particular favourite moment for us all and it really brings the evening alive. Once again, we will be using the stunning location to its fullest effect, creating light and shade, smoke and fire amidst the majestic trees as well as a visual feast high in the sky above. We are really excited to be back on the big firework stage of Fireworks at Forde and look forward to seeing you on the 2nd November.” Gates open at 5pm, Fireworks from 7pm. Discounted tickets available to buy online in advance: www.

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Spirit of Place

Why is that some locations have a special place in our hearts? Is it the landscape, the people, the personal connection or the way some places can literally ground you to the here and now and also to the past and future? Margery Hookings meets three Dorset writers for whom ‘place’ is all important.


rowing up as a farmer’s daughter in rural south Somerset, I know that the landscape, the fields, trees, animals and the seasons have a profound effect on me. I remember as a child of about six years old being taken by my mother with my siblings to Tarr Steps on Exmoor. I imagined a film shot of this ancient clapper bridge across the burbling River Barle panning out to the trees, the moor and a big open sky, all to the I Vow to Thee My Country melody in Jupiter from Gustav Holst’s Planet Suite. In my head, Tarr Steps will always be like this. Places evoke certain feelings and memories. I feel similarly connected to Lewesdon Hill, especially at sunrise before the day really begins and no-one else is about. Three writers from Dorset will be leading the discussion on ‘Spirit of Place’ at Bridport Literary Festival this year. They are Gail Aldwin, whose debut novel, The String Games, is longlisted in the fiction category of The People’s Book Prize 2019, Maria Donovan,

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whose debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, has been shortlisted for the Dorchester Literary Festival Local Writing Prize 2019, and Rosanna Ley, published by Quercus Books, whose latest novel, The Lemon Tree Hotel, is set in Italy. The three of them have formed a writing triangle to discuss their work-in-progress and are looking forward to being part of the festival. It will be the first time they will have taken to the stage together. Maria Donovan I’m a native of Bridport. As an adult I have gone away and been drawn back many times. I lived in the Netherlands and trained as a nurse there. Back in the UK I gave lessons in juggling and travelled around Europe as a performer and musician. For many years I was in Wales, first as a student and then as a lecturer in creative writing. On a trip to Dorset, I met my husband when the wheel fell off

my car outside his house in Melplash. We moved to a smallholding near Aberystwyth but after he died I came back to Bridport, where I now live and work full time as a writer. The love of a town or a landscape can get right into your bones. That’s how I feel about Bridport and West Dorset. For me the spirit of a place is affected by its present, past and future. People and other creatures matter too, and the knowledge and associations we bring from memory. It’s always dynamic. In my debut novel, The Chicken Soup Murder, I combine observations of Bridport and Cardiff, as they were in 2012, with memories and invention. It begins with a sense of a childhood paradise that is lost when loved ones die and new, disruptive characters move in. The place is not outwardly much changed but its spirit is altered. Even unhappy experience is useful in fiction. For instance, in the short story Transit of Moira from my collection, Pumping Up Napoleon, the many times I took the bus from Yeovil at 6pm in the 1990s inform the feeling of what it might be like to be a cleaner on a run-down space ferry trundling between Earth and Moon. The ‘ferryman’ no longer sees the wonder of it all: writing and reading can help connect us with a sense of the strange in the familiar and the familiar in the strange. Leaving a place we love can feel like a tearing away that is troubling to our own spirit, while the spirit of the place itself continues quite well without us. Rejoining with the spirit of a place feels like healing. Now that I’m in Bridport again, I miss the quiet fields and pine woods near Aberystwyth, the mountains behind, the kites overhead and not a house in sight between me and the sea four miles away. When I go back to the Netherlands I get excited about windmills, bicycles and storks. But every time I walk through Bridport I feel the thrill of being back where I grew up. I love to experience it as it is now and at the same time memories are stirred at every step. Rosanna Ley Place has always inspired me—to travel, to explore, to write—and it may be that hard to define ‘spirit of place’ that ignites the inspiration. It’s partly the landscape, but also the culture, the people, the atmosphere and the sense of history that makes up this ‘spirit’ that can be such a seductive draw. Certain places have seduced me into wanting to move there (West Dorset is the best example of this), into travelling there as much as possible (Italy is my favourite; I can’t keep away) and of course into writing about them. I have set books in Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Cuba, Sicily, Fuerteventura, Burma and West Dorset. Every place brings something different to the party. For me, the sense of place in my novels is as important as any other element—for example that of plot or characterisation. In fact, it’s integral and intertwined with both. Place can even be the original seed from which the rest of the novel grows. West Dorset’s unique spirit of place drew me here some years ago and I worked to make it my home. It inspires me—I love it. We are fortunate, in Bridport, to have our own literary festival and I’m delighted to be part of it this year. As a panel, we will be discussing how we use sense of place in our writing and what spirit of place means to us. We look forward to discussing this with anyone who

would like to come along to listen and hopefully join in—whether they are writers or readers or both. Gail Aldwin There is a quality about place that is absorbed in a sensory way. When I think about living in Papua New Guinea, I listen to the rain plinking on the corrugated iron roof and wait a few seconds for the deluge of the wet season to begin. I watch the earth turn to the colour of cocoa and I remember stepping outside and being drenched by rain that turned my hair to string and gushed over my eyelids and lips. I use what I learnt about living near the equator to write about other countries with similar weather patterns and climate. Something about the spirit of place gets under the skin of my characters and sinks into their bones. They become the essence of where they’re from, where they’ve been and where the action of the story takes place. This inheritance of the places they’ve known informs their reactions to the obstacles I present to them through the plot. I moved to Dorset in 2006, somewhat reluctantly. I had an interesting job in London, my children were settled in good schools and I loved my suburban home but when my husband was offered a new post, we moved. It didn’t take long for the spirit of Dorset to do its work. I secured a job on a teaching service that required me to visit schools across the county. There isn’t a better commute in the world than driving through the Dorset countryside. I am so looking forward to joining Maria and Rosanna as chair of the Spirit of Place panel discussion. We three have made Dorset our home and between us we have substantial experience of locations that are remote and beautiful, surprising and sensuous, accessible and exciting.

• Gail Aldwin, Rosanna Ley and Maria Donovan discuss ‘Spirit of Place’ on Sunday 3 November at Bridport Library, South Street, at 3pm. Tickets, at £7, can be obtained from Bridport Tourist Information Centre, 01308 424901, bridport.

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Courses&Workshops TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER Adult Art Class every Tuesday 10am – 1pm, term time only at Whoopsadaisy, Silver St, Lyme Regis. Beginners and improvers welcome: Watercolour, acrylic, mixed media and drawing skills with Trudi Ochiltree BA Hons Fine Art, Art & Design PGCE. Half termly fee, equivalent of £15 per class depending on length of term. Taster class £7.50. Contact: 07812 856823 Willow Workshop Veg Trug £55 Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset 07531417209. Art Class with artist Hannah Twine, 10.00am-12.30pm / 1.30pm-4.00pm, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, EX10 8NG, contact: 07912 627071 or email: hannah.

mark this year’s Big Draw weekend (the world’s largest drawing festival) we will be tackling the basics of drawing using chalk and charcoal to create large observational studies. We will be looking at both still life subjects and the human form (referring to an unclothed model) to address the 5 main elements of drawing: line, tone, form, space and proportion. Capturing light and shadow contrasts to depict volume and three dimensional form will be a focus of this weekend. Please look on the website for the course details www.artandwellbeing. net or phone 01404 45699.

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER A day course, East Coker village hall “Gustav Klimt”, tutor Paul Cartwright, £28 to inc lunch. Ref:- C3530594. All details on the WEA web site. To register Tel:- 03003033464 - Local contact 01935 863954 Calligraphy workshop ‘Create a Colourful Background’ with Gina Youens Learn how to add colourful backgrounds to your calligraphy using sponge effects, pastels and watercolours and practise your calligraphy skills. Suitable for beginners. 10am – 12.30pm £16 Please bring cartridge or watercolour paper, paints and brushes (materials can also be purchased at a small cost). To book phone Jane 01404 831207, or visit www.axminsterheritage. org At Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH ‘Create a Garment’ Busy Bee Sewing Day with Jan Dimond Bring along your own pattern, fabric and sewing machine and spend the afternoon creating a garment and learning expert sewing techniques. You’ll need: sewing machine (don’t forget your lead/plug), basic sewing equipment (scissors, etc). 1pm – 5pm £16 To book phone Jane 01404 831207, or visit At Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH

MONDAY 7 OCTOBER Long Stitch Book Binding, 10.00 to 16.00 £62.50 Eclectic Studio, Church Hill, Beer, Devon, EX12 3JB. 01297 691362 hello@ Modern Floral Watercolour Workshop 2 to 4.30pm. Cost £16 Contact the tutor for a materials list( some can be bought from the tutor). At Axminster Heritage Centre Silver St , Axminster EX13 5AH This is a beginners class for those new to watercolour painting. Learn about materials, laying a wash, layers and dry brush technique. Study the beauty of flowers in this relaxing workshop. Call 01404 831207 to book a place Or

SAT 5 AND SUN 6 OCTOBER ‘The Big Draw’ the basics in chalk and charcoal: Big, Bold, Black and White to include one day Life Drawing at The School of Art and Wellbeing. This is a 2 day courses with Tutor Louise Banks. To

SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER Sew a Christmas Table Runner & Mats, Saturday 09.30 to 13.00, Sunday 09.30 to 11.00 £40 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362

TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER Willow Workshop Flying owl £75 Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset 07531417209. WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER Upholstery Class in Dalwood Village Hall with tutor John Cooper. 9.30am to 3.30pm, £15 per day. As places are limited, please book in advance by phone on 01404 831207. Introduction to Shibori - the ancient Japanese resist dyeing technique, 10.00 to 13.00 £35 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER Impressing air drying clay Create

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textured squares or discs of clay by impressing with natural and man made items. With Claire Jeanes. 2pm - 4pm. £12 (materials extra). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www. FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER By The Loom - Axminster Heritage Spinning and Weaving Group. Come along and learn new skills or use old ones with a friendly and supportive group. £3 Everyone welcome; beginners and the more experienced. 10.30 – 3.00 pm More info or to book: 01404 831207 or visit 10.30 – 3.00 pm at Dalwood Pavilion EX13 7EU SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER Needle Felt a Mouse or Fox, 13.30 to 16.30 £20 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 SAT 12 AND SUN 13 OCTOBER Mosaic Workshop, Saturday 09.30 to 13.00, Sunday 09.30 to 11.00 £40 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL www. 01297 691362 TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER Paper Flower Workshop, 10am-1pm, make your own beautiful and longlasting floral arrangements, Kennaway House, Sidmouth, EX10 8NG, contact THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER Making Jams and Preserves 10am – 3pm £60. Learn the art of making jams, chutneys and preserves using a glut of seasonal produce. This is a beginner’s course based in Magdalen Farm’s working kitchens. Whatever you make can be taken home to enjoy at a later date. A tasty homecooked lunch is included where you can sample a variety of pre-made chutneys. Learn secret tips and what to look out for to ensure that your preserves are simply the best. Magdalen Farm Maximum 6 people – Booking essential – visit www., or for more information please email lisa@ Driftwood Creations, 09.30 to 12.00 £18 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL www. 01297 691362

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER Jewellery making workshop with Caroline Parrott. 10am-4pm. Caroline creates beautiful, colourful jewellery using hand printed and coloured aluminium. Students typically create 5 different pieces in a day including, earrings, bangles and pendants. Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. For more information please call Abbie King on 01305 261849. Paint Pouring, 14.00 to 16.30 £28.50 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL www. 01297 691362 SAT 19 AND SUN 20 OCTOBER ‘Lino print workshop’ at The School of Art and Wellbeing - This is a 2 day course with Tutor Hugh Dunford Wood. In this practical and fun approach to Lino Printing, you will learn the fundamentals of lino prints, from drawing and carving your image, to the inking and printing process. This will include a variety of techniques and methods including transfer of your design, safe carving techniques, types of tools and the variety of papers, the printing process and an introduction

to hand burnishing. The course is suitable for beginners to intermediates. Creating lino cuts and prints need not be an expensive pastime with lots of kit required, so Hugh will show you the best options for becoming a homebased print maker. Please look on the website for the course details www. or phone 01404 45699. SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER Bookbinding at ink & page 29a West Allington, Bridport DT6 5BJ. German Longstitch: a traditional method with decorative sewing on the spine. 10am - 5pm £120 contact kim&inkandpage. Tel: 07425163459. FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER By The Loom - Axminster Heritage Spinning and Weaving Group. Come along and learn new skills or use old ones with a friendly and supportive group. £3 Everyone welcome; beginners and the more experienced. 10.30 – 3.00 pm More info or to book: 01404 831207 or visit The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH

SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER Artsreach and Anna Mudeka African dance workshop in Powerstock Hut 4-5pm. Tickets £6 01308 485474/485730 TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER Stained Glass Make a stained glass robin, Christmas tree or angel decoration. With Sharan James. 10am - 1pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm. £37.50. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Willow Workshop Bats! £55 Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset 07531417209. Christmas Block Printing, 14.00 to 16.00 £20 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL k 01297 691362 hello@coastalcraftcollective. WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER Upholstery Class in Dalwood Village Hall with tutor John Cooper. 9.30am to 3.30pm, £15 per day. As places are limited, please book in advance by phone on 01404 831207.

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News &Views




Award-winning Lyme Bay Winery has produced a special edition Donkey Sanctuary cider. It has been launched to coincide with The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50th anniversary. The sparkling, medium-sweet cider features its own distinctive label showing a pair of donkeys under an apple tree. James Searle, head of commercial activities at The Donkey Sanctuary, said the charity and company shared ‘many of the same values’ and every purchase would help the donkeys. Bob Harding from Lyme Bay Winery said he and his colleagues were extremely pleased to be partnering The Donkey Sanctuary and the collaboration had provided ‘a real highlight’ for the team this year. The cider is available from The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.

Controversial cuts proposed by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service could see Chard losing its second fire engine. Other fire stations in the area could be closed as part of the service’s ‘most significant change for 50 years’. The proposals are aimed at boosting coverage where it is most needed. Stations at risk include Colyton, Porlock and Woolacombe, with Yeovil, Taunton, Bridgwater and Martock possibly losing an engine. The Fire Brigades Union is furious with the plans, claiming it would compromise public safety across both counties. James Leslie, FBU Devon and Somerset brigade secretary, said: ‘“Despite promises from senior management to protect frontline services, full-time fire cover and jobs have been slashed since the combination in 2007 which created DSFRS.’

A series of events marking what the town was like in the 1940s has come to a stylish end. Bridport Heritage Forum displayed the food, fun and fashion of the era. The town hall was packed with visitors when Terri Weller’s extensive collection of vintage costumes went on show, featuring evacuees with gas masks, labels and suitcases, the latest in utility clothing and, inventive ‘make do and mend’ dresses. Smart daywear for the office was modelled before the show’s finale of a wartime wedding, complete with bouquet, confetti and wedding cake. Many memories were evoked by the displays of hats, underwear and children’s home-made toys. The forum plans to recapture the 40s spirit at the 80th anniversary of VE Day next year.

New cider will help donkeys

Fire station could lose second engine


Plans to build homes approved Proposals to build up to 74 new homes on the former CeramTec factory site in Colyton have been given the go-ahead by East Devon District Council. The factory, which closed four years ago, was sold in June 2017 to the Homes and Communities Agency. It plans to build homes along with creating up to 1,000 square metres of employment space. Some 20 per cent of the homes will be ‘affordable’ although the parish council wanted the percentage to be higher at 30 per cent, to 21 houses, which would go some way towards fulfilling the 34 affordable homes needed in the parish. A report given to the meeting stressed the wider benefits of bringing the largely brownfield site back into use, providing employment and the demolition of unsightly commercial buildings.

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Stylish end for wartime homage


Old letter shed insight into author

A handwritten letter from Thomas Hardy has been bought by Dorset Archives Trust and the Thomas Hardy Society so the public can see it at Dorset History Centre, alongside a range of other Hardy-related archives. The letter was written in June 1922, six years before Hardy’s death, and addressed to Sir Clifford Albutt, Regius Professor of Physics at Cambridge University. In it, Hardy talks about visiting a mental institution with Allbutt and of his fascination with meeting the patients there. Thomas Hardy Society chairman Tony Fincham said the society was very pleased to contribute to the acquisition of ‘this important letter from Thomas Hardy to a physician, whom he most admired—and for the letter now to be kept safe and available for scholarly inspection at the Dorset History Centre.’

Mediterranean Divorce Laterally Speaking by Humphrey Walwyn


ou might have noticed that I wasn’t here last month. This was owing to our summer hols driving around bits of France and Spain to (a) check if they were still there and (b) to remind myself of some of the quirkier good things about Europe before all hell breaks loose on October 31st. After which date it may (or still may not) be more difficult or even impossible to travel across borders without at least a passport, separate driving license and insurance certificates and other forms of identification including DNA print out and a list of various tattoos and their exact locations on my body. No, it’s OK. I promised our editor that this article would NOT be about Brexit and it’s not! You can vote for whomever and what-so-ever you prefer! It is however about some of my personal thoughts and even regrets on what looks a bit like a forthcoming European divorce. Let’s start with travel. Quite apart from the obvious benefit of hassle-free transit, the first thing that strikes you is how good the French and Spanish roads are. No potholes, no bumps or heavy road noise—just a relaxingly smooth glide over the tarmac. Of course, continental roads have probably been mostly paid for by us and our contributions to the EC budget over the years, but if they could prioritise making their roads nice, why couldn’t we have done the same? On the same subject of travel, I prefer kilometres to miles mostly because they go down so much faster. I If you’re on a motorway and you see ‘Madrid 250 kms’ it sounds a lot, but in next to no time it’s 100 and then 50 and then you’ve arrived. Miles seem to take so much longer to cover than they should. Perhaps this is just me or I’m being a grumpy old continentalist. And French motorways have lots of rest stops too. They’re called ‘Aires de Repos’ and you find them every 20 kms or so with grass and green trees and places to sit and unwind without being bombarded by noise and adverts for burgers and chips and ice-creams. How much more civilised and relaxing than a typical UK Motorway Service Station. And don’t even start on me about continental trains. They are so much quicker, quieter and nicer than ours. And a journey from—say—Paris to Bordeaux

all fishy squiggly things that come from the sea, I was totally spoilt for choice. Rows and rows of cuttlefish and squid—chopped into batons, rings or strips, frozen or fresh or marinated. Even whole cooked baby octopus… I know, I know… It was heaven! This one’s obviously just me… In UK fish departments, you’ll be lucky to find a few rather tired old rings of calamari and that’s your lot. And supermarket trolleys are better over there too—they run easier and the brakes actually work rather than squeak and jam and you’ve got more space with much wider aisles. It’s just an overall nicer shopping experience… Something not to like about the French are their small yappy and noisy dogs What else? Well I haven’t mentioned healthy things like the ‘Mediterranean Diet’ which means less coronary will not only arrive on time but will get heart disease from loads of batter and you there at one third of the UK price for chips and the simple fact that Mediterthe distance! ranean weather is much warmer than ours OK. There are plenty of other things because it’s further South. I realise this that the French and Spanish do NOT is particularly pertinent as we are about get right. For a start, they like to think to descend into another English wet and of themselves as great lovers. This is blowy winter once again. Oh, to be on The total and utter rubbish. Many of them Côte d’Azur next January! I wish… also have horrid yappy small dogs and But there is one more thing we could some have a revolting habit of shooting, learn a bit from Europe before we cut the trapping and eating many small things like rope and drift off to our own windswept skylarks and turtledoves. However, apart shores. Like it or not, but the majority from that, I have to admit their food of Spaniards or French walk about their habits are pretty good. Only the French streets with a sense of style and the ‘chic’. would make bread so delicious it’s a spiriCompared to—say—the grey streets of tual creed in itself. Collecting the morning Bristol or Barnstable or Bridport where fresh ‘Pains de Campagne’ from the many of us look so gloomy, European bakery is a semi-religious experience. Why men and women seem to dress better and is it that so-called ‘French bread’ sticks or just look cheerier. It’s probably because baguettes in English supermarkets taste (unlike us) they haven’t had to worry so boringly of sawdust and nothing? Is it themselves sick over Brexit. Call me our flour or our water or the English air “Continental”, but I’d love it if we could or something? And yet, in France why are just be a bit more stylish sometimes and they always so yummy? And another thing smiley and—dare I say it—look happier? that we could do better… supermarket Anyway, I’m off to read a good funny fruit and veg. When I do the shopping in book in my favourite Dorset pub with Europe, I often discover that the pile of a roaring log fire and I’ll smile a lot as I fruit is an art display and the veg is ardown some excellent West Country cider. ranged with flair and style. Over here, the I shall share a few ribald anti-French fruit is stacked in their boxes and racks as jokes and then I’ll order a proper full it arrives and without any great thought English breakfast (two eggs, fried bread for panache or attention to detail. I don’t and bacon and a huge traditional pork know, but over there they seem to be sausage). Now, that’s a real breakfast! prouder of what they are selling and want None of your so-called continental to show it off to you. And this is a purely brekkie rubbish with namby-pamby little personal food comment, but being a lover brioche rolls and no decent marmalade of squid and calamari and octopus and either…

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Museum Celebrates Queens Awards for Voluntary Service


Some of the volunteers with the Lord Lieutenant after the presentation

eaminster Museum recently received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Or, more precisely, its volunteers did. This is the highest accolade in the country for groups of people who give freely of their time and talents for a particular concern or for the general betterment of their local community. The citation in their case was: ‘for bringing to life the wonderfully diverse heritage of rural West Dorset and making it available to all’. The award recognises all those who have played any part in the journey leading to the Museum’s deserved reputation for the warmth of its welcome and the excellence of its product. The product changes continuously, so there’s always plenty for the volunteers to do. Beaminster Museum has always been run entirely by volunteers. It was officially opened in 1998, but the acquisition and conversion of the redundant Congregational Chapel in Whitcombe Road had been masterminded over several years already by a group of unpaid administrators and craftsmen whose example has inspired dozens of others ever since. The basic ethos has never changed: today’s volunteers remain as determined as ever to enjoy working together to generate high quality without high expenditure. The volunteers have come in all different shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life. Because the Museum is open during what might loosely be described as ‘normal business hours’, it follows that almost all of the willing helpers step forward from the ranks of the retired. The Museum has been richly blessed over the years by the know-how of former company directors, accountants, schoolteachers, shopkeepers, electricians, and many other worthy trades and professions. At the same time, many volunteers go to the Museum with the specific intention of indulging in a well-loved hobby, or even of doing something they’ve never tried before. It’s clear that you can retire from paid employment without having to abandon all your vision, energy and practical usefulness! Most museums in this day and age are pretty complex organisations, and require enthusiasts with a formidably wide range of skills to keep them running smoothly: to serve on management com-

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mittees; to build and fix things quickly; to meet and greet visitors; to dream up special exhibitions; to look after cataloguing, care and conservation; to carry out research… The list is almost endless. The museum world has changed hugely since Beaminster’s new attraction first opened its green doors to the public. Perhaps the most significant changes now affecting volunteers relate to legislation and administration. In order for Beaminster Museum to remain fully accredited with Arts Council England, it has to maintain dozens of documents covering almost every aspect of museum life: state-of-the-art accounts; risk assessments; rolling plans; volunteer agreements; data protection statements; and policies on topics ranging from collection development to equal opportunities. It’s also the case that fundraising is now tougher than ever for voluntary organisations, be it organising appealing events or trawling through the multiple pages of an online grant bid. Beaminster Museum receives no regular funding from local authorities. In addition, keeping up with information technology and marketing trends presented far fewer worries in the 1990s. The early pioneers would quite possibly have found it hard to predict or even comprehend some of the things their successors have got up to. Who’d have thought, for instance, that there might one day be an exhibition, subsequently featured on BBC TV, called Rubbish!, or an Open Day at Horn Park Quarry which would pull in over 300 visitors? Who’d have thought that local residents might be welcomed to the Museum by a volunteer carrying her head under her arm? Moreover, how many of those first volunteers imagined for one moment that they’d still be in the Museum’s engine room themselves, as valuable and valued as ever, more than a quarter of a century later? At a brief ceremony Murray Rose, Chairman of the Beaminster Museum Trust, received the prestigious award on behalf all past and present volunteers from Angus Campbell, Lord Lieutenant of Dorset and the Queen’s representative in the county, who also attended the subsequent large gathering for a celebratory tea at the Masonic Hall. The Queen’s greeting was read out, and volunteers were told that the award was given only for exceptional achievement. Long-standing volunteers Marjorie Aird and Duncan Harris shared memories of their own experiences at the Museum, before current Curator Brian Earl tried to foresee what volunteering might be like in the future. Newest recruit Sandy Malpas has been impressed by what she has seen thus far: ‘When you volunteer for anything you can never be sure of what it may entail or the reception you may receive’, she says. ‘From my first meeting I’ve been overwhelmed by the warmth and sincerity of everyone I’ve encountered. I look forward to being involved in many new and interesting displays, and of course meeting and introducing the public to Beaminster Museum.’ Murray Rose, one of the original volunteers, has enjoyed watching the Museum and its volunteers develop. He added: ‘Right from the start, the museum has had to be very reliant on volunteer effort because of lack of funds. To see so many people together, all volunteers, is a sight to behold. It really must be an achievement that so many have volunteered for so long and are going on as strongly as ever’.

Dorchester writer tells the hidden stories of Dorset’s LGBTQ+ community in new play


iscover the hidden stories of Dorset’s LGBTQ+ explorers, writers and poets in an inspiring new play. Playwright Roni Neale, 22, from Charlton Down, wanted to bring to life the hidden stories of the LGBTQ+ community in Dorset. Using first-hand reports from letters and diaries together with research from Dorset History Centre she has created a brand-new play Indecent Acts, which will premiere at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum on October 5th. Through poignant and life-affirming monologues, the audience will encounter the voices of five historical characters, as they relate in their own words, the victories for the LGBTQ+ community in Dorset. The play includes William Herbert Poole who was briefly admitted to Herrison Hospital when it was a mental health facility, writers Valentine Ackland and Sylvia Townsend-Warner, Playwright Roni Neale and the magistrate-turned-explorer William John Bankes, who was forced into exile following charges of ‘indecency’ with another man. Bankes continued to send treasures back to his home in Kingston Lacy. However, from Roni’s research it is suggested that Bankes might have used smuggling routes from France and some odd UK laws to avoid being arrested. Roni said: “One of the laws from that time was that from sunrise to sunset on a Sunday you couldn’t be arrested, so he used to sneak back into the UK to see his house. There’s evidence of him writing to his brother after one visit and saying he couldn’t believe what he had done to the house! It’s a play about the little victories.” Another monologue looks at the lesbian writer Radclyffe Hall from Bournemouth. In 1928, she wrote the novel The Well of Loneliness. Roni said: “She kicked off the idea in the social consciousness that women who dressed in a masculine way were lesbians. They banned the book as it had one line about kissing another woman. But the thing about banning books is it often makes them more popular. So again, it’s about the little wins and saying, ‘We are here, and you can’t get rid of us.’” Roni’s love of theatre grew from her time with the local Dorchester Youth Theatre and The New Hardy Players, as well as many other productions. She studied Actor Training for Theatre and Media Performance at Weymouth College, before going on to work with the National Youth Theatre in the West End. She is currently touring the country with Birmingham Stage Company as technical assistant stage manager for David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy. Indecent Acts is directed by Emily Wilkinson and its young cast draws on alumni of the Dorchester Youth Theatre. The performance is part of the new British Museum touring exhibition Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories which opened at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester on September 21st and runs until November 17th. The exhibition encourages visitors to question their assumptions about the past and looks at the LGBTQ+ voices which have too often not been heard. As part of this, the collection will look at the local Dorset voices and stories of the LGBTQ+ community. The play will start at 7.30pm and tickets are available from

Fascinating history of Bridge 77

COLIN Divall, Emeritus Professor of Railway Studies at University of York continues his exploration of Dorset’s fascinating railway history with a talk at Dorset History Centre on Thursday 10 October, 6.30 for 7.00pm. Colin’s talk brings to life hidden aspects of our county’s past. Bridge 77 popularly known as ‘Lady Wimborne’s Bridge’ on the Canford Manor estate is a remarkable structure, a survivor of mid-19th century railway building in southern England. Colin’s talk will draw upon many sources including some at Dorset History Centre to explain the history and symbolism of this ostentatious landmark and how it came to be created in the first place. This ornate feature is now accessible as part of the Stour Valley Way but has a fascinating history of its own. Tickets: £11.00 (members £9.00) (incl. canapés & a glass of wine) To book your place visit: or and follow the links to booking on Eventbrite. For further information about this event contact Sam Johnston, DAT Hon Secretary at Dorset History Centre on 01305 228929. Dorset Archives Trust is the charitable body set up in 2009 to support the work of Dorset History Centre (DHC). Its principal aims are to fundraise (to assist with the purchase of documents and for archive related projects), encourage the donation of collections for public benefit and to promote archives and the work of DHC as widely as possible: Its president is Valerie Pitt-Rivers DL.

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Can Andy Parsons heal the nation? Brian Donaldson talked to him in advance of his show at Yeovil in October


ndy Parsons is on a mission with his new stand-up tour. In one simple nutshell, he’s looking to heal this divided nation. The man who was a fixture on Mock The Week for years, has been in a very successful double act (alongside playwright Henry Naylor), worked on Spitting Image and brought us sell-out tours and unit-shifting DVDs such as Britain’s Got Idiots and Gruntled, is calling time on the negativity that reverberates on this split island with his new show, Healing The Nation. “On my Twitter feed currently it says ‘Initially upbeat. Often disappointed’,” says Andy. “The general thrust of everything I’ve ever done has an optimistic note to it, and there is always something in the glass rather than there being something missing from it. Life can get extremely frustrating and your optimism can fade, but I retain the faith and I’m looking forward to getting out there and meeting people in some nice theatres.” Happy to be known as a political comedian, Andy has never shirked from putting the opinions he expresses on stage into full practice, having hosted People’s Votes rallies, including one in Parliament Square to over 100,000 people and fronted the Independent Age’s most recent Campaign Against Loneliness. Plus he created the Slacktivist Action Group podcast in which he chatted to the likes of comics Josh Widdicombe and Angela Barnes, politicians David Lammy and Peter Hain, and commentators Suzanne Moore and Miranda Sawyer.

“I think we’re a nation desperate to be healed, in the sense that people would rather come together than diverge,” believes Andy. “In the current media analysis, everyone is in the centre of their own social media bubble, and everything is kicking off left, right and centre. So the idea for the tour was that rather than being incredibly one-sided and partisan and throwing stuff at the opposition, it’s nice to see both sides of the argument. I’ll be taking on viewpoints that wouldn’t normally find a natural home in one of my stand-up sets and try to genuinely see the other side of that argument.” As he prepares to take Healing The Nation on the road, Andy is clear that while the country seems utterly divided with individuals permanently lodged on their own unwavering side of the debate, he believes that there are always more issues that unite rather than separate us. “The idea in the show is that everything is proving divisive at the moment, and that no one is talking to each other or seeing issues from both sides. Essentially, people have the same concerns whether it’s health or education or jobs, and I want to narrow down the focus of what people do want and bring them together. The blurb of the show says that, if nothing else, we can be proud of some form of tolerance and freedom of speech throughout our history. It’ll be interesting to see where those concepts are going in the next few years.” It was former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson who is credited with first saying that a week was a long time in politics. In the febrile and often toxic terrain of modern British politics and society, events seem to alter dramatically on an almost hourly basis. While this might be ideal for political correspondents, it can prove something of a challenge for topical comedians who are trying to take a show across the country over the course of many months. Andy, however, is confident about accepting the challenge of updating his material to suit the prevailing circumstances. “When your show is topical then inevitably it will be very different when the tour finishes from where it started. This is mainly because of current events, but also it’s good to keep it fresh anyway, not just for the audience but for myself. If you’re performing over 100 shows and just doing the same set every single night then it becomes a job rather than a pleasure.” When you watch Andy Parsons in full flow, it’s clear that you’re witnessing a performer who is not only having a great time, but is enjoying the pleasure he’s passing on to others. Partly, this might come down to a realisation that it’s a good time to be in the topical comedy game with such rich pickings to be had from the various parties and many individuals across the ever-elongating political spectrum of the UK. “It goes in cycles, and for a while political comedy was dead. If you suggested to a TV company that you wanted to have some sort of a political comedy vehicle they’d say ‘why would you want to do that? No one is interested.’ But now, there’s a whole slew of them. The reasons for that are various, but the bottom line is that people are more interested in politics now simply because it’s effecting more of their lives. And now that more people are talking about it, there are comics you wouldn’t associate with politics who will still address it in some way because every aspect of life is somehow influenced by it. That was less true ten years ago.” Whatever the future holds in terms of politics in Britain, Europe, the US and across the wider global landscape, it’s comforting (healing, almost) to know that comedians such as Andy Parsons will be around poking fun at those who claim to lead or speak for us. Catch Andy at Westlands in Yeovil on Thursday October 17th. Visit for details.

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A Look Back at OCTOBER in the Marshwood Vale Magazine

2004 & 2009 HERE we go again, the memories come flooding back. After nearly 20 years of producing this magazine there is so much to take in looking at past issues. It’s hard to believe that it’s fifteen years ago this month, in 2004, when we featured Gijs van Hensbergen and his extraordinary book about Picasso’s painting Guernica. Whilst those years may have flown by, the importance of Picasso’s work remains huge and now more than ever Guernica should be a reminder of how badly people can treat each other. We also featured an interview by Ron Frampton with master baker David Bryant who remembered giving left over bread to the animals in Cricket St Thomas and finding that when he didn’t have any left over he had to bake a batch especially for the them! We also featured a profile of the wonderful Montacute House in 2004. Ten years ago we featured Bridport based photographer George Wright, as well as articles by former Independent editor Rosie Boycott and war memories from Derek Stevens. And books were also popular that month, with pieces on Tamasin Day-Lewis, Sallyann Sheridan and Hilary Dixon. Humphrey Walwyn was, as ever, in fine form, contemplating setting up a ‘searchlight, razor wire and a machine gun tower, an alligator trench or a shark pool’ to try to save his fruit and veg from marauding animals. Who hasn’t been there? As we continue to look back over the pages on the Marshwood Vale Magazine’s coverage of the local area we invite readers to update us on any of the items featured in this section of Marshwood+. Please email us at Fergus Byrne

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MAGAZINE October 2004-Issue 67

Gijs van Hensbergen, photograph by Dianne Dowling

Arts & Entertainment Food & Dining

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Outposts in the community Where to get your Marshwood Vale Magazine

OUTPOSTS is a regular feature where we highlight some of the many outlets that carry your community magazine. Copies are available along the coast from Sidmouth in East Devon to Portland in West Dorset and in towns and villages from Ottery St. Mary to Yeovil. To stock the Magazine telephone 01308 423031.

Preserving art

Winsham Village Shop, Somerset, photograph by Belinda Silcox

The Winsham Village Shop was saved from closing in 2002 and has just celebrated it’s second year trading as a cooperative. Over a quarter of the village own shares in the shop. With help from VERSA, the village retail services association charity and a grant from the Countryside Agency, the shop is now a thriving centre for the local community. Denise Nicholls (pictured) and a small army of volunteers run the shop and news agency successfully alongside the Post Office. A small shop offering so much variety in its stock and such a commitment to local produce deserves all the success it has achieved. Winsham Village Shop is open 7 days a week (until lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday) Tel. 01460 30225.

A DISPLAY of 78 preserving jars has been installed in the café at Bridport Arts Centre as part of the Bridport Food Heritage project. Provided by a broad range of local people they show examples of a wide range of food and methods of pickling, drying, preserving, salting and smoking. The jars are arranged on a shelf around the café wall by colour, ranging from pickled eggs at one end, through all the amazingly beautiful colours, tones and textures of fruit and vegetable, to blackcurrant jam at the other. Each jar has been individually lit from below on shelving specially made by Bridport craftsman Dan Williams. Artist and WDDC Visual Arts Development Officer Cleo Evans was responsible for the concept, and has been working with artist and project manager Catherine Batten to co-ordinate the joint

effort by over 50 local people who have taken part. The exhibition is accompanied by a recipe book, the aim of which is to feature not only methods of preparation, but the individual stories behind the recipes of eighteen widely differing members of the local community. The exhibition also includes six stunning portrait photographs by George Wright accompanied by excerts from interviews with them by Christina Ballinger. Overall, the installation aims to draw attention to Bridport’s food heritage and the huge range of ways in which local food can be preserved. The project is run by West Dorset Food and Land Trust and is funded by the Local Heritage Initiative, WDDC and DCC. It can be viewed until Saturday 16th October.

The Admiral Hood, Mosterton, photograph by Belinda Silcox

The Admiral Hood in Mosterton offers proper pub grub in convivial surroundings. The owners Gerry Willis and Marian Davison produce home cooked food with an evening a la carte menu. Sunday lunches are a must and really good value at £6.95 for a two-course meal with a choice of Roast meats and plenty of tempting desserts! The pub is well stocked with local beers too. The venue is available for party bookings and the pub has a skittle alley too for skittle enthusiasts! Gerry is also available to do outside bars. The Admiral Hood can be contacted on 01308 868394. Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine October 2019 47

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Parallels and echoes

In October Bloomsbury Publishing will release Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon by Bridport author Gijs van Hensbergen. No other painting has evoked such emotion as Picasso’s 30s masterpiece. THE day Gijs van Hensbergen’s Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-Century Icon arrives in the post is the same day that more than 300 people are massacred in a school in southern Russia. It is an irony that is not lost on the author, who found many parallels with the current climate of unrest while editing the final draft.

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The book tells the story of a painting produced by Pablo Picasso over a six-week period in 1937. Painted on more than seven meters of canvas that Picasso had to literally squeeze into his studio in Paris, it was a response to the decimation by bombing of the Spanish city of Gernika (Basque spelling), the spiritual homeland of the Basque people. It has come to symbolise for many the horror and fruitlessness of war and atrocity and has become a symbol of man’s brutality and ‘human inhumanity.’ A resident of Bridport in Dorset, Gijs van Hensbergen doesn’t claim a strong family influence for his interest in art. A ‘corporate orphan’ whose father worked for a multinational, he grew up travelling the world. Having studied medieval Dutch and German and not found it overly inspiring, his change of direction to study art was more by chance than design. One day while walking through Portland Square he saw a beautiful building, walked in and asked what happened in it. “They said History of Art” he remembers. “I never knew it existed so I applied and got in.” About two months before finishing his degree he was offered a job with an art dealer in London and found himself selling paintings worth half a million pounds. “I did that for three years” he says. “I wasn’t a particularly gifted dealer but that was where I learned so much about American Art. One day someone suggested I should do research so I went back to the Courtauld to do a doctorate.” He didn’t finish his doctorate but did meet his wife Alex. They went to live in Spain and it was there that he wrote his book A Taste of Castile. His highly acclaimed biography of Gaudí, which revealed more about Gaudí's personal life than had ever been reported before, was published in 2001. However Picasso was always close to van Hensbergen’s heart. “I was incredibly lucky” he says. “I had three of the worlds top experts on Picasso as my tutors. Anthony Blunt, John Golding and Christopher Green. John Golding was particularly inspirational. His love of Spanish

“This history of a painting - how it was made, what it meant and what happened to it - is an astonishing achievement, a cornucopia of startlingly original insights. Elegantly and passionately, Gijs van Hensbergen recreates the story of Picasso and his denunciation of war through a series of kaleidoscopically overlapping contexts.” Paul Preston, author of Franco and The Spanish Civil War culture was a great influence.” Although Guernica has been the subject of dozens of books, Gijs van Hensbergen’s offering probes the historical background to the painting without dwelling on art history. This makes for compelling reading. He tells the story from the painting’s beginnings in the Spanish civil war, through its use as a weapon in the propaganda battle against fascism, then its role as a symbol of reconciliation when it returned to Spain after the death of Franco and the re-establishment of democracy in that country. Without unnecessary detail it tempts the readers’ imagination with snippets of the social world in which the artist lived during his life in exile. Photographs of Picasso with lovers and friends add an extra dimension to the historical context of the Guernica period. Exhaustive research, including taking out adverts in, and trawling through archives of, local newspapers, allowed van Hensbergen to trace the movement of Picasso’s masterpiece as it travelled through England and America against a background of political wrangling and intrigue. The efforts to get the painting back to Spain were particularly difficult. Much gossip and obfuscation needed to be untangled and van Hensbergen doggedly pursued the detail to present an intriguing and moving picture of the events and people involved. Setting the painting against a historical background highlights even more the almost chameleon like ability of Guernica to be all things to all people. “It has almost a human presence” he says, “something that changes as we change, something that has changed history and looks different at different times.” The painting has an ability to reach people at different levels with a compelling message but that message can only be interpreted by each and every individual. Van Hensbergen says, “You stand in front of the painting and teenagers who turn up chatting are suddenly silenced, they look stunned, some possibly not knowing what they are looking at.” As the event and the painting it inspired merge into one, the lie, perpetuated by Franco supporters that the bombing of Gernika actually never happened, still echoes in some corners of Spain. The late Sir Michael Culme-Seymour of Witherston in Dorset was on a ship in the Bay of Biscay

Picasso and Dora Marr on the beach, Mougins, 1937

on that fateful night and is quoted in the book saying, ‘It was horrific. From out at sea we could see the smoke rise. Of course, we couldn’t know then the real target.’ Setting such an important and powerful painting against a political and social background serves to cement Picasso’s vision and passion to the event that inspired it. Today the horror of war and the senseless brutality of which the human being is capable, can be flashed across a TV screen as it happens. Picasso’s considered, yet deeply provocative response to the same senseless cruelty shows the potency of art when used as a tool to both horrify and heal. Gijs van Hensbergen has taken a powerful painting and highlighted not only its importance to the world of art but also its vital role in history. His book has taken the most important work of the most celebrated artist of the twentieth century and offered it to a wider audience, in a world that is in dire need of listening to its message. Gijs van Hensbergen will be signing copies of his new book at The Bookshop in Bridport on October 16th from 6-8pm, Hooked on Books in Chard on October 30th from 11am-1pm and Ottakers in Yeovil on the same day from 3-4pm. Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth Century Icon is published in special hardback with wraparound jacket by Bloomsbury Publishing on October 11th.

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Historic impressions Montacute House

Montacute House, Somerset, photograph NTPL/Rupert Truman

IN recent years Montacute House has been the location of choice for a number of box office hits. The makers of Sense and Sensibility and Elizabeth in the 1990s chose Montacute as one of the locations for filming. This year Johnny Depp has been gracing the lawns and building in his film The Libertine due out early next year, detailing the life of the 17th Century poet The Earl of Rochester. One can understand why. The House itself is a beautiful country mansion that was built using local hamstone in the late 16th century. It was home to Sir Edward Phelips, a lawyer and politician who found notoriety by giving the opening speech at the prosecution of the infamous Guy Fawkes. Much of the historical charm of Montacute lies in the fact that none of the subsequent Phelips family achieved the same level of eminence as Sir Edward. Therefore, with the exception of a new facade to the West front

of in the 1780s the house remains relatively untouched. Many of the great houses we see today are a mixture of so many architectural styles, due to centuries of additions by different owners. Thus, Montacute is a real jewel of Elizabethan architecture. The Symmetrical H shaped house with its elegant chimneys and curved gables on the roof and the windowed façade with its elaborate stone carved detail, is typical of the period. Much of the heraldic glass is still intact and the Heritage trail tells us that Montacute was once described as “the most beautiful Elizabethan house in England”. The impressive Long Gallery is the longest in Britain and stretches the entire 172ft of the building. Montacute stayed in the Phelips family until the National Trust took it over in 1931. By this time the contents of the dwelling had been sold twice over and little furniture or ornaments remained.

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Montacute now houses 100 historic portraits in the Long Gallery due to a joint venture between the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust. About 50 of these are from the Elizabethan period. The other contents are by no means solely Elizabethan either and bequests and loans over the years have helped to fill the house with a large and diverse collection of furniture and artworks. The mostly 17th and 18th century furniture sits wonderfully in the staterooms. Sir Malcolm Steward bequeathed a large number of tapestries and furniture and there are some beautiful 17th and 18th century samplers from the Goodhart Collection. The house sits in mature formal gardens with interesting topiary and an array of old roses. It is within the wider estate that encompasses a landscape park and St Michael’s Hill, the site of a Norman castle.

Images of everyday life Compiled by Ron Frampton

David Bryant, photograph by Gordon Hall

FOR this issue of Images of everyday life, Gordon Hall met David Bryant at his home. This is David’s story: “It was with great reluctance that I made the decision to wind up the family bakery business which has extended over three generations. It was a sad day for me, as well as my customers, but I had several reasons for reaching the decision. Some of the old equipment in the bakery would soon require replacement, at enormous cost; I was finding it more and more difficult to operate as an independent baker in a marketplace that was becoming increasingly dominated by the supermarkets; and I had reached the age of 63, bearing in mind that the life of a baker is extremely hard, the hours are long and holidays are few and far between. A typical day would begin at 4.00 am and continue until 9.00 pm. Frequently I would have to work all through the night on Fridays, baking for the weekend. At some stage I had to find time to complete the paperwork which is a necessary accompaniment to all modern business activities. I really felt that the time had finally come for me to take a rest and spend some time with my wife, Margaret, in our retirement. Baking by the Bryant family originally began in the 1820s when my great grandmother, Lavinia, started up a small bread business, selling to local people in the village of Roadwater, near Minehead. Her children, Wilfred, William, Harold, Percy and Amy, assisted her. Wilfred was obvi-

ously inspired so much by this that, when he grew up, he established the firm of Bryant & Son in the same village. Around 1900, the bakery moved to Greenham, near Drimpton and was there for some twenty years before moving to Crewkerne in the early 1920s. Wilfred’s son, Don (my father), entered the bakery business as soon as he left school. In those days, bakers used to sell bread and cakes from their vans, which travelled great distances around the surrounding areas. The days were long and tiring. Bryant & Son had five vans, one of which was driven by a long-standing employee named Bill Strawbridge who was well known in Broadwindsor. One Christmas Eve, they sold out of bread and my father had to go back to the bakery to bake some more. He finally got back to Broadwindsor as the church clock was striking midnight to find Bill asleep in the back of his van. When Wilfred died in 1948, my father took over the business and continued to run it until the year 2000, when he died at the age of nearly 90. He worked until the last week of his life and as he was taken off in the ambulance he was still talking about his PAYE cards, which were of greater concern to him than his own health. It then became my turn to take charge, but by now life for a small bakery was getting very tough. The accountant’s opinion was that I would find it virtually impossible to keep it going, not only because of the fierce competition from the supermarkets,

but also because, in his latter years, my father had allowed the business to decline somewhat. However, I was determined to try and turn it around and I think I succeeded. I implemented a strict policy to reduce the amount of waste and, although it was hard going, I had the satisfaction of knowing that my careful management resulted in the business ending on a high. In 1983 I was elected President of the Somerset Master Bakers Association and later became President of the Western Region Association. The bakery has won many prizes for its bread and pasties and over the years it’s hard to imagine just how many customers we have supplied. One of the ongoing problems faced by bakers is knowing how much bread to bake at any one time. Sometimes we would run out and have to close the shop early whilst on other occasions we would be left with bread we hadn’t been able to sell. I managed to establish a limited market for stale bread by supplying it to the wildlife park at Cricket St. Thomas, where it was fed to the animals. Apparently the elephants were particularly fond of it. Having established this market, however, the supply of bread came to be expected and occasionally the situation would arise where there was none left over and I would have to bake a batch of bread especially for the animals.” Next month Ron will be meeting someone in Devon.

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George Wright, photograph by Pete Millson

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Fergus Byrne met photographer George Wright in Bridport. This is George’s story. ‘I was born in London in 1950 and grew up in a basement in Holland Park Avenue. My grandmother and great grandmother lived above us. It was real old fashioned Kensington but surrounded by, as I recall, bombsites. I remember London in that period as very grey. It lacked colour. I remember the buses were red and the sky blue etcetera, but otherwise it was a very colourless place. I was then dispatched to boarding school in Buckinghamshire at age 7½. Far too young to be sent away I thought, and I remember thinking later that, for eleven years I never spent the months of February, May or October at home. My parents moved to Hampshire around the same time and to me it was very rural. They bought a beautiful old timber framed cottage near Selborne and I remember Tom Chiverton, the gardener, taking his bath in a tin tub outside his back door. You wouldn’t recognise it now for Volvo estates and carriage lamps. So I had a very idyllic childhood really, I was very lucky. I then went on to Stowe where I was in the same class as Richard Branson. He did rather better than me in retrospect. I didn’t get on very well with Stowe and although one was expected to go to University, ideally Oxford or Cambridge, I opted for a few months cruising around Morocco with a friend. It was 1968 after all and having a career wasn’t exactly fashionable at that time. However I did eventually do an Arts foundation course at Farnham School of Art followed by Graphic Design at Wimbledon. Graphic Design had become rather groovy in the sixties. No longer was it looked down on as ‘commercial art’. And I had always been interested in photography. I remember when I was young discovering my father’s photograph albums and being fascinated by the details in the pictures. At college we had a succession of brilliant visiting lecturers, one of whom was an American photojournalist called John Benton-Harris who introduced me to the work of Tony Ray Jones, the celebrated English documentary photographer and the Americans Garry Winogrand and Robert Frank who had taken black and white photography onto the streets. Like everyone else at that time, I wanted to be Cartier Bresson. Although Benton-Harris had advised me never to take commissions from newspapers, or from anyone else for that matter – he thought anything commercial was “full of sh*t” – I still had to get a job. So I signed up with a recruitment agency who got me a job as an assistant to a fashion photographer. It was a bit like working in a sweat shop but I did it for a year and got paid twelve pounds a week. I was able to top up with overtime work, taking photographs of wanna-be models, ninety percent of whom had no hope whatsoever of getting any work. It was not my thing at all. I had no interest in fashion photography, nor any interest in clothes, but I had the use of his studio and the use of his darkroom, which meant I could just get on with my own stuff. After that I went to work for Michael Boys which was working on a whole different level. I learned about sheer professionalism and about

Cover Story Fergus Byrne met George Wright in Bridport

George Wright, photograph by Pete Millson

working in colour. I went from twelve quid a week to six pounds a day. At weekends Michael would let me use the firm’s car and sometimes he’d say, “George let’s a take a couple of days off and go sailing” and off we’d go. He really looked after people. He fired me in the end because he thought I was nicking some of his clients. However we remained friends and I still worked for him occasionally after that. So I had accumulated quite a portfolio and one of the models that was looking for work had some of my photographs in her book, so I got commissioned to do a fashion shoot. Suddenly I was on £100 a day instead of £6. So I thought, great I’ll give this a go and I’ll allow myself time off every year to try and do some of the pictures I think I should be doing. I had a tiny studio so decided I would do a lot of location photography and it was fun. I remember one trip in the mid seventies with a friend called Emma Parsons and her boyfriend, the journalist Roger Cooper, who was later to spend 6 years in solitary confinement in Evin prison in Tehran, (when asked on his release how he survived with the ordeal, ‘Mrs Thatcher’s Spy’ put it down to his time at an English public school!). He decided we should drive his VW camper from Gloucester Road to Kuwait. He was working for the Sunday Times and the idea was that he would interview all sorts of important people and we would submit these stories to the newspaper. So off we went. Fortunately Emma’s father was a diplomat so we had letters of introduction to various embassies and I recall one occasion when we arrived in Damascus and hadn’t yet got visas for Iraq. So we presented our letter to the ambassador and had dinner with him. As the next day was Sunday we invited him to have Sunday lunch with us in our camper van. So we parked up outside the embassy compound, and he took one look at it and suggested we might be more comfortable in the garden. So there was this wonderful scene where these white coated servants came out to collect this unlikely meal we had cooked for the ambassador.

During the same trip we ended up in Djibouti where we came across this extraordinary refugee camp outside a barbed wire fence which the Djiboutians had erected after receiving independence from the French. There were these poor guys who had fled from Addis Ababa and there were qualified doctors, aeronautical engineers, highly intelligent people living in cardboard boxes. It was like a sort of forgotten refugee camp. It was after that trip that I started to work for the Observer. The picture editor was Colin Jacobson and he sent me all over the place. Jane Grigson was the food writer so when Jane was doing a guide to European food I would go off to Spain, Italy, Ireland, France or wherever. Eric Newby was their travel writer. And Christopher Lloyd was their gardening writer and photographing gardens was one of my big interests. I decided that English gardens should be photographed in English weather so I went for shots of the potting shed and that sort of thing. I was very lucky. I came in at the end of the golden era for the colour supplements – the end of the eighties. I have photographed so many people over the years. Harold Acton in Florence, Russell Harty in East Berlin. The Observer did a regular feature called Room of my Own and I used to get those to do. I was asked to photograph Ted Hughes, who at first said no because he ‘didn’t believe in the cult of the personality’. It was my job to change his mind and he turned out to be absolutely delightful. Tom Sharpe I photographed in Bridport for an article by Anna Pavord called Disaster in the Deep Bed. I went to his house and he had a lovely garden but he parked his ride-on mower in a dog kennel and it looked like it had just crashed into it. A typical Tom Sharpe scenario. He gave me lunch afterwards which consisted of great huge bulbs of raw garlic. My career has taken me all over the world from the Yemen to Irian Jaya. I moved to Dorset in the mid eighties and bought what was advertised as ‘a remote farmhouse in need of modernisation’. I bought it at auction for the same amount I had sold my property in London for, so it was a straight swop. That was when I started doing the photographs that were used in Vanishing Dorset. I started photographing my neighbours and began to notice how things were literally vanishing around me. I used to drive past old farmer Wallbridge’s house and could see this amazing interior lit by one naked light bulb. Then when the place was going to be auctioned his sons let me in to photograph it. I hadn’t planned a book, I was just photographing for posterity, but the more I did it the more I could see disappearing. And the boom in DIY stores meant that these individual windows, doors even wallpaper would be gone forever, replaced by plastic. I’m a great fan of rusty corrugated iron. I have never thrown away a photograph in my life. I probably have between five and ten thousand little Kodachrome boxes, each containing thirty-six slides. I will go through them eventually and maybe I’ll select fifty that have slipped through the net, but the rest, who knows what will happen to them?’

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The view from the country Life during World War Two by Derek Stevens IN The Autumn of 1944 the numbers of prisoners of war being brought to the UK was increasing rapidly. Marked with the letter P sewn onto their trouser legs, white, grey and black patches were also added to signify the strength of their Nazi inclinations, white being the goodies, blacks being the baddies. German officers were mainly kept in camps in Scotland and it was the train journey of some which caused great upset to a Somerset peer of the realm, Lord Poulett, whose experience was reported in the local press. “At a quarter to two on a very cold night I and my wife travelling on a crowded London to Scotland train were wakened up at a Midland station and turned out of our carriage into the corridor by an officer of the Military Police to provide seats for German officer prisoners of war. While the Germans sat in comfort, my wife - Lady Poulett - stood for five hours. When the British officer told us to get out I expostulated, said it was ridiculous and asked for the Station Master to be sent for, but naturally he was in bed. The assistant

stationmaster came and said there was nothing he could do. The officer had a sten gun. As a result my wife and I and a naval officer had to squeeze between other passengers on the overcrowded train but my wife found it so uncomfortable she decided to stand in the corridor for the rest of the journey.” Relating his experience to the House of Lords he added “After Dunkirk British prisoners of war had to march and then were boxed in cattle trucks. We don’t have to imitate the Hun, but it is time that the British people were treated a bit better than this!” Lord Croft, UnderSecretary of State for War, said the regulations laid down that when prisoners of war were being taken by train accommodation must be reserved in advance. In this case it appears that the reservations were properly carried out, but someone removed the labels from the compartment. I have experienced that sometimes in recent times when returning to Axminster from Waterloo, although I do believe that the reservation tags had not been slotted into the seats in

the first place. South West Trains please note! As told previously, despite obvious tensions which existed between the civilian population and captured enemy soldiers planted within their midst, many friendly relationships developed between POWs and British families. One such became a story of some poignancy. The story is recorded in the BBC archive, The People’s War. Three young English speaking POWs, all of junior officer rank, are affectionately remembered by the daughter of a Herefordshire farming family. As in similar records, the Germans having children of their own back in Germany spent their spare time making wooden toys which, in this case, included a pram and a large doll’s house. These young men remained in this country long after the war until Hans and Max were eventually repatriated leaving Otto behind in England. He, like many who found their homes had become enveloped within the Soviet empire, opted to stay in this country. Having lost contact with his wife he was eventually informed that she had been put in a Russian concentration camp from which she had escaped bur her whereabouts was still unknown. The English farming family paid a search fee to the International Red Cross who traced Otto’s wife. She had escaped to West Berlin, then occupied by the western allies but isolated deep within the Soviet sec-

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tor of Germany. She had courageously managed her escape by crossing the border clinging to the underside of a train. Unhappily Otto was informed that his wife had lost all contact with their small son who had been lost within the frantic melee of the thousands of displaced persons now drifting about war-torn central Europe. Otto’s English friends paid another search fee and the International Red Cross, now employed with the massive task – the huge problem of bewildered refugees presented to them – fortunately located the child and reunited him with his mother. They both travelled to England and Otto’s reunited family settled in a cottage in Herefordshire where they became accepted and eventually integrated into the local English community. There are many records of appreciation for the goodness and kindness of their captors by German POWs. Here is a letter left by two returning POWs from Clifton Maybank near Yeovil dated May, 1946. Published in the local press under the heading BEAUTIFUL PRISONER TIME HERE. ‘Your Dears - Before I begin. I beg your pardon for my English what I am writing in this letter. Therefore I’m writing this letter becouse you was particular very god to us. Here in England I met many English peoples and they are all god to us German POWs. It is a pity that we was in a war against you.

‘Never I forget my prisoner-time here in England, it was more beautiful than the wartime. The war did bring the hatred, the prisonertime did bring the love. How beautiful it is once all nations perceive that they live without hatred and grudge. Then the world is gay and happy. I will end this letter with the hope that you understand what I mean. We thank you very much for your kindness and particular for your god position of trust in us. Thausent regarts from us. Cherrio! Theo, Rudolph.’ A wonderful and colourful token of thanks for kindness received whilst being held prisoner here in this country was given to the parish church of East Chinnock. Gunter Anton, an 18-year-old Luftwaffe rear gunner shot down in 1944 worked on Somerset farms until his return to Stuttgart in 1948. Together with his father he built up a business making stained glass windows. In 1962 he returned to East Chinnock with the first of a number of windows, the last of which was installed in 1982. These were his gift to the people he had lived and worked with for the kindness he had received and for his safe survival and return to his family in Germany. Sadly he died just six months after the dedication of the windows. However colleagues in Germany said they were sure that he had died with the satisfaction of knowing that he had fully completed his task of conciliation he had set out to do twenty years previously.

The Pig and I by Rosie Boycott

I’M still surprised by how many people are surprised that London now boasts so many food growing initiatives. Our Capital growth scheme, launched by the mayor and I last autumn is about to celebrate its first birthday with the news that Transport for London has joined up, along with the waterways and many, many big landowners and businesses. People are equally surprised to hear that there are several flourishing Transition Town Movements in the capital, harnassing local enthusiasms around food growing, local businesses, waste and self-sufficiency. Its not yet possible for people to start erecting their own wind turbines, but in the middle of September, Brixton launched the Brixton Pound, their own version of the local currency that has been circulating in Totnes and Lewes for some years now. But this was the first urban community to do so. Brixtonites came out in force to cheer in the new notes at the Lambeth Town Hall on Thursday. Local businesses supporting the initiative – there are over 70 of them – were present alongside interested locals. Now, in Brixton, you can shop with the new notes for everything from records to food, get your bike fixed or indeed have a belly dancing lesson. So far, there are £1 and £5 notes, but others of bigger denominations are in the pipe line, The images on the notes were voted on by the community: so the faces of Olive Morris, an inspiring local woman, as well as Vincent Van Gogh, James Lovelock and CLR James grace the new currency. The system works like this: whenever you purchase a product or service from a participating business, you are offered the opportunity of receiving your change in Brixton pounds. These may then be spent at any other participating business, either as an alternative to sterling or in combination with sterling. By “sticking” to Brixton, the notes will, in theory, help to boost local trade and reduce the reliance on “external” economies. Some participating businesses have also pledged to offer discounts to anyone paying with Brixton pounds. The initiative encapsulates the sense of community that has long marked Brixton out from fellow London boroughs. It’s nice to see it in the news for something other than gang shootings or drug dealing. I’ve been to speak at a TT movement meeting there myself and I was hugely impressed by the energy and commitment of the audience. The Brixton pound is supported by all the key local businesses – both Caribbean and non-

Caribbean – with the notable exception of Brixton Wholefoods, which turned down the offer, and The Ritzy cinema, which was keen to get involved but was prevented at the last minute by its owners, the Picturehouse. Lambeth council has been especially enthusiastic – there are even rumours of a Lambeth Pound, with Streatham and Kennington watching developments closely. But will the pound actually make a difference? The aim in Brixton is to “support local businesses and encourage trade and production,” says the team of volunteers who have spent the last year preparing for the Brixton pound’s introduction into the local economy. “It’s a complementary currency working alongside, not replacing, pounds sterling, for use by independent local shops and traders.” By nurturing this highly visible sense of localism and civic pride, the organisers hope to show that self-reliant communities can not only thrive, but be better prepared for looming environmental threats and the resulting social stresses. There has been no official evaluation of the economic impact of local pounds in Totnes or Lewes. According to one blog I read, a staff member at the Lewes cafe, Bills, said that they take in roughly £600 a week in the currency, but still “it hasn’t made a difference to our business personally, although I know that lots of smaller businesses are keen to promote it.” County Carpets in Lewes have only taken in a few hundred pounds this year. What is generally agreed upon, however, is that, if not a direct financial help, it has raised awareness about the importance of local shopping and the pound sign in the window always attracts punters. One major difficulty for the urban scheme is that local traders often do not use suppliers from London, let alone from Brixton. The Brixton pound team answer the sceptics with their “cheerful disclaimer” – they don’t have a damn clue if it will work either. Josh Ryan-Collins admits that it will be an “enormous awareness-raising exercise” to convince traders to keep supply chains within the area, but he is confident of the strength of their viral marketing It seems unlikely that the Brixton pound will make a major difference to business – but even if it doesn’t lift the area out of the recession it certainly won’t drag it down. And if it creates community cooperation and an awareness about shopping locally and sustainably, done with creativity and fun, then indeed, why not? Its an initiative I wholly support and welcome.

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Caramel and Cardamom Ice Cream with Tarocco oranges

Serves 8 250g/9oz unrefined vanilla caster sugar 1 vanilla pod, cut into a few pieces 350ml/12fl oz Jersey or full-cream milk 8 cardamom pods, gently crushed to open 284ml/10fl oz pot thick Jersey or double cream 8 organic large egg yolks 6 Tarocco or blood oranges

Slowly heat the sugar with the vanilla pod in a wide, heavy-bottomed frying pan without stirring, though if your pan has hot spots you may tilt and swirl it a little, until the sugar has melted completely. Meanwhile, heat the milk with the cardamom pods to scalding point, then remove from the heat, cover and leave to infuse for 5 minutes. Once the sugar has melted, let it brown to a dark mahogany all over, at which point you will see darker bubbles beginning to erupt from beneath. Then, and only then, carefully pour over the cream and stir as the two cohere like molten lava. Remove from the heat. In the meantime, beat the egg yolks in a bowl, strain the infused milk through a sieve onto them and whisk together. Whisk the milk and egg mix into the hot caramel as soon as you

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take it off the heat. Return the pan to a gentle heat and stir until it is just below boiling point. Pour into a bowl set in a larger bowl full of ice, or just pour into a bowl and cool more slowly, whatever suits your timing. Once cooled, churn in an ice-cream maker, until firm. Or freeze in a plastic container, whisking every 30 minutes to break down the ice crystals. To prepare the oranges, squeeze the juice from two of them and set aside. Cut away the peel and pith from the rest, in strips from top to bottom. Slice the oranges across into circles and place in a dish. Strain the reserved juice over them, then cover and chill until ready to serve. You’ll only need a few orange slices alongside the untold richness of this most more-ish of ice creams.

Supper for a Song

Murder in Lyme

Though written for the cost-conscious kitchen Tasmasin Day-Lewis’s new book is definitely not about cheap food. She talked to Fergus Byrne

TAMASIN Day-Lewis tells me she wrote her first novel when she was nine. She laughs. It was her first foray into the world of writing and she can’t quite remember much about it. She has just sent the finished manuscript of a new novel to her agent and is inevitably nervous about how it might be received. Tamasin has already made two careers out of words. After spending fifteen years writing and producing films and documentaries she then launched a new career writing about food. She doesn’t divulge details of the content of her new novel, but if her book, Where Shall We Go For Dinner, published two years ago, was anything to go by, then there is much to look forward to. It was the story of a culinary adventure around the world, a tummy-rumbling blend of travel memoir and recipe book that showed both her sense of humour and adventure, as well as the driving curiosity that has made her one of the foremost cookery writers in the country. The book came at the end of a long list of successful cookery books which had begun with West Of Ireland Summers: Recipes and Memories from an Irish Childhood. Although she grew up in Greenwich and brought up her children in Somerset, she sees Ireland as her real home. “I wanted to write a memoir about my childhood summers,” she says. “And I suppose having lost a father early in life it was also recapturing all that.” Her memories of Ireland are

very powerful. She once called it a place that induces a ‘semi-permanent carbohydrate-crazed appetite’. Her latest book, Supper For a Song is subtitled ‘For the clever cook in the cost conscious kitchen’, but Tamasin is quick to point out that it is not about cheap food. She says, “People were starting to write about thrift, and austerity and being frugal, and the ‘three for the price of two’ mentality. That’s not what this is about. This is about having a banquet, about bounty, about doing it cleverly. I just thought that people were going up the wrong track with food. This is about the way that I like to eat.” She remembers how being in boarding school instilled a need to learn to cook in order to eat well. “I’m really a forager and a hunter gatherer and I still have a student mentality. I don’t mean getting things cheap. I have never believed in cheap food. But it’s about getting the good ingredients. It’s about getting the flavour of things and not spending the money.” She rails against the supermarket driven rush to buy food that simply shouldn’t ever have been harvested. She says, “I think people just don’t know how to shop. They buy too much. You’re fighting against the two or three for the price of one offers, and the only reason the shops are selling them at that price is because they have bought too many and they are under ripe – two of them are never going to ripen anyway. And people think they have got a bargain!” She points out that value and good cooking can come together with a little effort to maximise the wonderful taste produced by well thought out ingredients along with the purchase of just a few special quality products. She offers a simple philosophy, “The thrift should take care of itself if you really understand what works and what doesn’t.” Supper for a Song is a beautifully produced dance around the culinary senses with a splash and a dash of clever planning, and it should be a highly prized addition to any kitchen. Published by Quadrille, ISBN 9781844007431, it is available at £20.

SALLYANN Sheridan is no stranger to the written word. As a freelance copywriter she has worked for companies such as Benckiser and WH Smith. Her books include The Good Handwriting Guide, An Introduction to Calligraphy, The Magic of Writing Things Down and Painting for Pleasure. She also runs creative writing courses, and although she has had features and short fiction published in journals and magazines, If Wishes Were Horses, published in September, is her first novel. The story is set mostly in Lyme Regis in 2006, a year when the summer was warm and Woolworths was still open for business. Eighty year-old Jetta Fellowes is spending what she plans to be a short stay in a hotel not far from the cinema. Hoping she will blend in as just another grey-haired elderly lady, struggling up the hills of a pretty seaside town, she plans a murder. However her plans don’t include the chance meeting with Charles, a man she thinks may have looked a bit like Clark Gable in his younger days. There is an obvious spark between them but surely not enough to derail her plans. Cleverly written and beautifully paced, the story is both believable and enjoyable and likely to be the first of many from an obviously talented writer. Sallyann is also involved in the first Charmouth Literary Festival in October, (see page 41). If Wishes Were Horses is published by IndePenPress, ISBN13: 978-1-906710-90-3, and is available from all good book stores, libraries, online at Amazon and at Waterstones.

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The Invasion of the Snatchers Laterally Speaking by Humphrey Walwyn LAST month I mentioned the vast volume of veg grown in the garden and in particular the super abundance of this year’s crop of courgettes. I even offered you some vaguely helpful ideas as to what to do with them. This seems to have touched a raw veggie nerve out there as many of you appear to suffer from the same problem. So, thank you dear readers for your new suggestions telling me what I can do with my unwanted courgettes – some of which are highly original although perhaps physically challenging. However, as this magazine is aimed at a genteel family readership, I can’t really mention any of them right now on this page. I can however talk about the other unplanned downside of growing fruit and vegetables. It’s the thievery, destruction and sheer meanness of other beings – not so much human beings but the rest of the animal kingdom. For example, I never knew I had a badger problem until I tried to grow sweet corn. Only a few modest plants mind you, tended by me with loving care throughout spring and summer, personally protected from the wind and worshipped by me in keen mouth-watering buttery anticipation. All in vain – they were exhumed and munched overnight without a word of warning or even a badger bark. Where did they come from? Who invited Mr and Mrs Badger to my party? They must have walked for miles along the A35 all for the sake

of my mighty crop of just five measly little plants! I hope they were satisfied at the damage they caused. Why not choose the acres of golden maize in the field at the end of the road? I hope my entire badger family suffered from tummy pains afterwards… And then there were our three small cherry and plum trees which I had planted at considerable expense and then cared for like new born lambs – individually watered and cherished, leaves delicately polished and praised and spoken to softly each morning. We go away for the weekend to find all their lower branches bent and broken off, all the fruit removed and nearly all the leaves missing. It’s chaos. This is too tall to be the work of badgers and too many broken branches for passing birds (unless they happened to be I suppose a flight of giant Andean condor eagles or migrating vultures on their way to Poole Harbour which I think is unlikely). No, this is seriously systematic destruction. The postman nods and sniffs expertly: “You’ve got a problem with deer, mate.” What… deer? Real live deer in my garden? Doe-eyed deer nestling not so far from the A35? Even to a converted town-to-country boy like me, the amount of wanton destruction caused by wild deer is still surprising. This isn’t a case of gentle Bambi nestling in the bracken – it’s Barbarossa butchering the orchard. I would have been just as prepared to

It’s a shame that animals can’t read

accept that such havoc was caused by a 30 foot Jurassic Iguanodon bending down to sniff my apple blossom. Perhaps it was hiding from a passing T-Rex or just admiring my pruning technique... But no – it’s the Majestic Monarchs of the Glen who are munching my damsons. No way! How dare they attack my stuff! They’re MY trees – I planted them all. It has nothing to do with any beasts wild or otherwise who, without the hours of labour that I spent on tree care, would have had nothing to even consider eating or trashing like a party of teenage gatecrashers. And then there’s the family of foxes who regularly remove my precious blueberries. I thought they only went after rabbits, but these must be the eco-conscious variety – a new breed of politi-

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cally correct vegetarian foxes. They also have an annoying habit of always doing their poo business right in the middle of our driveway. Bold as brass, like an advertising sticker left on a car windscreen, they’re leaving it there deliberately to be noticed. And it works – their foxy ‘calling cards’ are a daily reminder of my failure to drive them away. And what about the birds, rabbits, moles and mice and the like? This is the countryside after all. Well, I’ve been warned about them, so I’ve been prepared. Netting, wire, buzzing plastic string, balloon bird scarers, dried lion dung (in £4 plastic bags, very smelly) as well as electronic gadgets, ultrasonic alarms, vibrators and owl noise makers. Some of these are moderately useful and some are not. Incidentally, if you

were wondering, lion dung doesn’t really work for me. It certainly seems to put off neighbouring domestic cats who turn white with fear (unless they’re already white I suppose), and slink away looking nervously behind them. But this technique does not work with larger animals such as deer (or dinosaurs). I am thinking of setting up a searchlight, razor wire and a machine gun tower, an alligator trench or a shark pool. A 50 foot brick wall might also work although I wouldn’t be able to see the trees any more which rather kills the object of the exercise. Failing that, next year I will ask a party of Tibetan monks to bang gongs and wail loudly all through the night in a desperate attempt to keep wild beasts away from the orchard. I suspect the neighbours might object…




An unusual request Photograph, Michael Defriez

Hilary Dixon’s first novel, an unusual story of love and emotional challenge, is published in October. Fergus Byrne met her at her home near Chard.

“IT is impossible to claim pure invention” says South Somerset based writer Hilary Dixon, “the mind constantly watches, absorbs, and re-cycles material, including people.” Her first novel, When Rooks Speak of Love, due to be published on October 8th, couldn’t possibly be described as re-cycled. The story of the poet Arthur and his partner, Clementine, once an artist, and their curious relationship with Lily is both absorbing and unsettling, but it is in all ways a revelation to read. It is a story with characters that live very much within and for themselves. Arthur and Clementine’s intense privacy is shaken by Lily’s arrival with a very strange request. Each has to adjust to the vision and selfishness of the other; later, a child is born. Hilary says, “I wanted to create characters whose relationship with themselves shifts and changes as things happen. As a result, I’ve written characters that readers are not expected, unequivocally, to like or dislike.” Good novels don’t thrive because of the characters or the plot alone. More often, there are levels that lift and carry a reader into hidden emotional realms. Some will simply tug at the heart strings in that way in which television production has recently become so adept, whilst others will jar the very foundations that most of us cling onto for comfortable sanity. In the case of When Rooks Speak of Love, the peculiarities of Arthur and Clementine and the world they have built around them, can sometimes seem ridiculous. To Lily, they seem barking mad, but Hilary Dixon delivers them with slightly distant warmth, and humour, and sympathy, such that there are times when the eccentricity she creates becomes enviable. “I had attempted five novels prior to ‘Rooks’ but when I reached 40,000

words I would panic” she told me as we sat in her writing room at her cottage near Chard. “I would suddenly think ‘I don’t know where it’s going!’ So when I started this one I decided, I’m just going to write as if I am painting. I’m going to put words on the page that I like. I’m not going to think about characters, or plot, or anything. I’m just going to write words. That went on for months and then the characters Arthur and Clementine just popped into my head, and I decided to do something with them. About six months later I had this 130,000 word tome!” The original manuscript had a second storyline which she culled for the final edit. She has since written two more novels and is currently working on her fourth. Growing up in Bath Hilary went to Grammar School, married at 18 and finally went to university when the youngest of her six children, twins, were 3. Her new life eventually led to her teaching undergraduates at Exeter, UWE, and Bath Spa University. She also trained and worked as a counsellor with Relate, and with Bristol University’s student counselling service. Hilary says she had two dreams when she was young. One of them was to live in the country and have six children, and the other was to teach at university. She achieved both. Now there is a third career on the horizon. “As a child, I read a great deal, and lived almost entirely in my imagination. Writing followed quite naturally. It’s almost a compulsion with me” she says. “I have always kept journals and I almost feel that I don’t experience what I do unless I write it down. I think the relationship between me, pencil and paper is very important. The experience of teaching has been absolutely vital, because I spent so much time helping students with essays, going on and on

about editing. Saying to them, this could be good, or it could be brilliant, and the difference is in the editing.” Although trained as a counsellor she has since become a little sceptical of the world of counselling. She makes critical reference to ‘therapy-speak’ in the book, but though she says she is disillusioned with the preciousness of the counselling world – the feeling that people are so careful about everything they say in case it is misunderstood or that people might read things in to it – her training is very evident in her knowledge of how the minds of her characters unfold. Her writing style brings much poetry to the interaction between Arthur, Clementine and Lily, both in descriptions of land and sea-scape, and as the intricate workings of each character’s psyche dance around the dialogue and narrative. The way people think and relate, the minutia that impels us to act, often foolishly or embarrassingly, is gently bared in When Rooks Speak of Love. “It’s what we do all the time when we talk to people” Hilary says. “You know you’re saying something more than your words are saying and you know the person is hearing something different. If I have communicated that then I’m really pleased.”

When Rooks Speak of Love is published by Solidus Press on October 8th. It is available on Amazon, and from local bookshops, or directly from helenmiles@ When Rooks Speak of Love is Solidus’ October entry for the web-based People’s Prize. Go to

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GREEN is Trending


ith ‘Tranquil Dawn’ named as the Dulux Colour of the Year 2020—and ‘Neo Mint’ popping up everywhere - green hues look set to steal the show. These soft new shades work beautifully with neutral pastels, bringing a calm, comforting feel to an interior. Rich jewel tones, including bottle green, are also joining the on-trend oxygenated shades, as we look to ‘balance’ our lifestyles through colour and design. “Restful green shades are the new neutrals and they work so well with earthy, natural colours. By combining them with a wood or stone-effect floor, and lots of organic elements, you can create a harmonious space that’s calming and rejuvenating,” explained Harvey Maria founder, Mark Findlay. But why stop at the floor? “Designs like Parquet Sage and Lattice Pear Tree combine cream and soft green shades, so they subtly elevate a room, introducing pattern and colour underfoot. They can be used across large floor areas or bordered with a neutral wood effect to create a floor feature; this works particularly well in narrow hallways, around kitchen islands or in front of fireplaces,” continued Mark. Other green-toned designs from Harvey Maria’s range include Little Bricks Apple Green—a short stave design, in a soft organic shade – ideal for creating parquet patterns and borders. For more ideas and inspiration, visit 60 The Marshwood Vale Magazine October 2019 Tel. 01308 423031

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Rivers of Dorset By Cecil Amor “See you later alligator—in a while crocodile”. This was a common exchange or song some years ago. But neither of these creatures inhabit the rivers of Dorset. The rain falls on our land and permeates the chalk until it reaches an impermeable layer when it eventually emerges as a small spring. Other springs coincide as a stream and finally become a river which runs down to the sea. Sea water is evaporated by the sun and moved by the wind to form clouds, until it eventually falls as rain to complete the cycle. We are blessed with many small rivers in Dorset. If the water falls over stones as a small waterfall, it gurgles and glistens like silver even from a dirty slow river. Look carefully and you may see a flash of silver in the water, this time it is a fish. If the river is large enough you may see swans paddling majestically along and perhaps a heron, looking for fish in the shallows. Fussing around the rivers’ edge there could be a moorhen or a coot and less frequently a water mammal. All are maintained by the river which provides food and some shelter by the growth on its banks.

The origin of local river names is shown in Cullingford’s book History of Dorset. From west to east Celtic river names are, Lym, Char, Bride, Toller, Cerne, Frome, Lydden, Divelish, Stour, Iwerne. Then Saxon names are Piddle, Trent, Winterborne (and I infer Crane). The river Brit is named after Bridport, not the other way round, according to Marie Eedle in A History of Beaminster. The Lym exits to the sea at Lyme Regis, the Char at Charmouth, the Bride (pronounced Briddy) at Burton Bradstock, or Burton Freshwater. The Toller and Cerne join the Frome to exit near Wareham, as does the Trent. The Lydden, Divelish, Iwerne and Winterborne join the Stour to leave at Christchurch. The Brit exits into Bridport Harbour, now known as West Bay. Already we have so many rivers that the picture is becoming confused, so let us look more closely at West Dorset. In the Marshwood Vale a stream started on Sliding Hill in the Bettiscombe area, to eventually join the river Char. Moving east, the river Winniford passes Chideock to emerge at Seatown. The Brit starts above

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Beaminster in Fullers earth clay in several streams which combine at Beaminster to flow through the grounds of Parnham House, recently subject to a disastrous fire and on to Netherbury, once known for cheese and cider, where it passes under a 17th century bridge of three spans. It flows on to Oxbridge and Pymore, where it runs under Watford Bridge via a weir. The Brit passes West Mill in Bridport under West Street. The river Simene rises west of Bridport in Filford and down the valley to Symondsbury past 16th century cottages, through fields and Skilling to join the Brit northwest of the parish church of St Mary. The combined river passes the Chantry, the oldest non religious building in Bridport, although it once housed a priest who said prayers for his landlord and supplied him with pigeons from the Chantry loft. In olden times the river was navigable from the sea to past the Chantry which has a possible fixing for a beacon, so it may have acted as a lighthouse or customs house. The river Asker takes its name from Askerswell, which is said to be 1000 years older than the Domesday book and the river flows through the valley to Uploders and then Loders. It is joined just east of Bradpole by the Mangerton river, which passes Mangerton Mill, known now for cream teas. The combination is then again called the Asker. It passes under a stone road bridge in Lee Lane from the Dorchester road, close to the disused Bradpole railway halt. The bridge is also over an old sheep dip. The river continues near a field lane from Bradpole towards Bridport under an attractive stone foot bridge near a bay in the river enclosing a sand island, known as Happy Island, a favourite haunt for children and earlier for Victorian Sunday School tea parties. The Asker reaches the east end of Bridport to flow under East Bridge and on down to join the Brit just above the brewery, which is thought to be the only thatched brewery in the country. The Brit then carries on down to the sea at West Bay. In 1774 the river entered the sea near East Cliff but its course was altered when a new harbour was built and the piers were erected changing the course of the river. In the past the river has flooded, causing considerable problems in Bridport and a road near the brewery is named Flood Lane. At West Bay the river has sluice gates which control the flow into the bay at low tide and enables a broadening of the river mouth so that boats may be rowed up river towards the brewery and an annual raft race is organised with crews in carnival costumes.

Moving east to Burton Bradstock we find that the river Bride springs from chalk hills above Bridehead, Little Bredy which at first seems surprising as one might expect it to have run off to the sea earlier and flooding has been a frequent problem in Burton. Elizabeth Gale tells us that it is often after an accumulation of heavy rain and a rough sea causing Freshwater to “bay up”, when the shingle bar at Freshwater builds up and blocks up the river mouth. I have frequently seen Bredy Road flooded near to where it joins the main road to Abbotsbury, but this may be the result of water runoff from the fields. Next to Abbotsbury which has the Fleet, partly salt and partly fresh water. The Fleet has a hidden causeway where it narrows to about 100 metres just south of the Abbotsbury Swannery which has been known from the 1600s. Gordon Le Pard calls it a “wadeway” almost permanently under water and it was possibly used for waggons to collect fish directly from boats on the Chesil Beach back to dry land. It has a rubble base topped by rough cobbles, but it has passed the test of time. This practically finishes the West Dorset rivers. Some readers of my age may recall a song on the radio sung by Donald Peers many years ago which goes : “In a shady nook, By a babbling brook, Mid the flowers, I spend hours, Every day”. Another verse is: “Rippling waters call me far away, to a shady nook I’d be more than satisfied, if I could hide away, beside a babbling brook”. This seems to be a pleasant ending to this piece about rivers, streams and brooks. Bridport History Society meets again on Tuesday 8th October in the United Church Main Hall, East Street, Bridport at 2.30 pm for a short AGM, followed by Lady Sandwich with a talk entitled “Inside and Out”. All welcome, visitor entrance £3. Cecil Amor, Hon President, Bridport History Society.

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GMA Sets Out Road Map Timelines Towards Sustainable Growing Media


he Growing Media Association (GMA), a group of manufacturers and suppliers producing over 90% of growing media used in UK domestic and commercial sectors, continue to make progress with the industry road map. Timelines for two initiatives are announced today demonstrating the action and commitment towards achieving sustainable bagged growing media for the consumer market in a manageable timescale. One of the initiatives included in the road map is the Responsible Sourcing Guide which will allow all growing media ingredients to be consistently labelled. The scheme uses seven criteria for indicating environmental performance for growing media and these are: energy use, water use, social compliance, habitat and biodiversity, pollution, renewability and resource use efficiency. This unique approach will enable each ingredient to be scored ensuring that environmental performance for all ingredients is taken into account. Once scores are available bags will be able to be labelled using a recognisable traffic light system. This approach will mean that consumers will be able to understand bag contents at a glance enabling them to make better informed purchase decisions. This demonstrates GMA’s commitment to improved on pack labelling with the aim of introducing such an approach onto bags for the 2020/21 season. Steve Harper, GMA lead for the Responsible Sourcing Scheme comments, “It is important that the environmental performance of all growing media ingredients are assessed and that all growing media is made from raw materials that are environmentally and socially responsibly sourced. This is where the Responsible Sourcing Scheme can make a real difference. By the end of 2019 an auditable scheme will be in place allowing all growing media manufacturers to undertake an audit by the end of 2020.”

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As part of the road map towards reducing the use of peat to zero in growing media within a manageable timescale, a university research project has been commissioned to look at the socio-economic impact of the use of all materials and the barriers to change. The results of this are expected in 2020. The road map also includes goals such as improving the quality of green compost so that it can fulfil its potential in the growing media market through the widespread adoption of existing protocols.

New Horticulture Manager for HTA HTA grower member support has been boosted by the appointment of botanist and broadcaster Pippa Greenwood as HTA Horticulture Manager. With qualifications in Botany and Crop Protection, Pippa is a well-known figure in the garden industry as a horticultural and gardening writer, author, broadcaster and media commentator, advisor and speaker. She is best known for previously presenting BBC Gardeners’ World and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. Her previous work experience includes running the Plant Pathology department at RHS Wisley. The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is the trade association for the UK garden industry. It helps its members to flourish by representing, promoting and developing the garden industry through their key values; collaboration, innovation, influence and integrity.

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Vegetables in October By Ashley Wheeler ALTHOUGH October feels like it should be a time when work in the garden slows down, we find that there is still a lot to be done, especially with changing over summer polytunnel crops to winter salads and herbs. Also getting beds prepared and mulched or covered with black plastic before the winter rains come and compact the ground can take a fair amount of time. As we clear crops from the polytunnels at this time of year there is one in particular that we are keen to save seed from, as the seed that you can buy is so often poor quality. Agretti (Salsola soda) also known as Barbe dei Frati (Monksbeard) or Agretti plants hung up in the polytunnel Saltwort seems to love being grown beneath our for the seed to continue to mature tomatoes in the polytunnels. It is a tasty vegetable, usually blanched or steamed and then dressed with lemon and olive oil and either eaten on its own as a green or run through pasta dishes, or when young and tender eaten raw in salads. It has a slightly salty flavour and a bit of a crunch, a little like samphire. Once germinated it is an easy crop to grow and seems to benefit from the slight shade offered by the tomatoes, growing slightly finer and more tender than when grown in direct sunlight. We start sowing the seed in January and sow successionally through to April, after which germination rates tend to tail off. We sow into module trays—two or three seeds per module and cover with vermiculite. After germinating the plants hold well in the modules so they can be planted once the ground is ready (covering with fleece if growing outside until the threat of frost has passed). We grow some outside and some under the tomatoes in the polytunnels, all at 20cm apart. After a few weeks the tips can be cut which encourages sideshooting and a bushier plant. Subsequent cuts can be made every couple of weeks through the summer until early autumn when the plant becomes a little woodier. We mark some plants in early summer to leave and save seed from. We do not harvest from these, but let them grow and produce the unusual “seed” later in the season. The seed is actually a tiny rolled up plant rather than a seed and we find that after leaving it to mature until around October on the plants it keeps well if hung up in a polytunnel (see picture) and threshed when needed from January, rather than drying them further and keeping them in an airtight container which would be the normal way to treat seeds. Bought seed often gives very poor germination rates, and is rarely viable for more than three or so months, whereas our own saved seed usually gives us around 100% germination for the first couple of sowings and then slowly declines over the next few months. If you are interested in starting to save seed then I would say that agretti is as good a crop as any to start saving from as the results are always so much better than bought seed (I would recommend buying the starter seed from Real Seeds), and the process is so simple. WHAT TO SOW THIS MONTH: Spring onions (for polytunnel/glasshouse), broad beans, garlic, peas, sugarsnaps and peashoots (all for overwintering in the polytunnel/glasshouse), mustards, rocket, leaf radish (last chance for sowing these for overwintering in polytunnel/glasshouse) WHAT TO PLANT THIS MONTH: OUTSIDE: overwintering spring onions (if not before), direct broad beans and garlic. INSIDE: overwintering salad leaves, coriander, chervil, parsley, spring onions, overwintering peas. OTHER IMPORTANT TASKS THIS MONTH: continue mulching beds for the winter, and it is probably your last chance to sow cereal rye as an overwintering green manure in any bare ground

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Electric car skills boost at Weymouth College

WEYMOUTH College will undertake a £250,000 engineering upgrade to introduce hybrid and electric vehicle facilities Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) has secured £250,000 of Local Growth funding to create a Centre of Excellence for Motor Vehicle Technology at Weymouth College. The redevelopment aims to future-proof the College’s infrastructure, introduce pioneering industry standards to a growing number of students and support local employment in engineering. The project will upgrade the 500m2 motor vehicle workshop space and develop hybrid and fully electric vehicle facilities. The current petrol and diesel motor vehicle fleet will be injected by a modern array of hybrid and electric vehicles. An increase in available space will also support the local engineering industry as employers gear up to offer new machinery. Improved facilities and equipment will advance the present College curriculum and increase places on engineering courses at the main Cranford Avenue campus. The transformation aims to advance teaching and produce skilled college graduates to meet current and future local employment needs. The improvements will provide increased College capacity to support apprenticeships and full-time learners. Upon completion, the number of engineering apprenticeships offered is expected to double, from 80 to 160, and increase by 80 places per year thereafter. Jim Stewart, Chair of DLEP, says: “I have no doubt that Weymouth has the appetite and ambition to lead the UK in low-environmental impact engineering. I am proud of Weymouth College’s vision to equip students with the skills to shape our current and future automotive industry.” Principal of Weymouth College Nigel Evans stated: “Providing the cutting edge training our students want – alongside developing the skills our local businesses need – is at the very heart of everything Weymouth College offers.”

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October in the Garden

By Russell Jordan


ll things being equal, now is the time that any last vestiges of summer turn into autumn and the change of season brings with it new opportunities. Cooling temperatures will elicit the appearance of autumn flowering bulbs, chiefly autumn crocus and colchicums, with their very welcome, spring-like, blooms. A gentle reminder that planting spring flowering bulbs should be in full swing and goes hand in hand with a good amount of garden ‘editing’. Editing the borders makes the most of any remaining blooms and prevents the whole lot from becoming a brown ‘mush’, as the herbaceous constituents die-down completely. I used to subscribe, out of laziness more than anything else, to leaving all the border clearance until very late winter / early spring but now I compromise somewhere between the two extremes. Use your common sense to determine which stems and seedheads are sturdy enough to resist turning to mush and whose skeletal remains are worth leaving in the hope of achieving lovely frost effects. Add the collapsing herbaceous foliage to the compost heap but, as you are adding mostly non-green material at this time of year, a compost activator may be required to boost the breaking down process. Fresh leafy material is the best thing to add so layers of grass clippings between the dead stuff will help. As the grass is growing more slowly now, and you shouldn’t be cutting it so short anyway, grass clippings may be in short supply. Growing an area of comfrey, which has big, nitrogen rich, leaves is one solution. I keep a patch of a purple flowered comfrey clone, usefully sterile, in a shady part of the garden solely for the purpose of adding to the compost heap. I chop the leaves off every time I need to speed up the compost heap and, during the growing season, they soon bounce back bigger and better than before. Peeing on the compost heap is another way of aiding the breakdown process, thanks to the nitrogen component of urine, but this may depend on where your compost heap is and how squeamish you are about such things! Traditionally this is the time to make new beds and borders as practically every type of plant will move well at this time of year. Reshaping lawns is timely too as it’s still, just about, warm enough to sow new areas, during clement weather, and there’s usually enough dry weather to facilitate the laying of new turf. Attempting major planting, or remodelling, during very wet weather will result 68 The Marshwood Vale Magazine October 2019 Tel. 01308 423031

in a quagmire so keep everything on hand, to tackle the job, but be prepared to pause operations if common sense dictates that ‘discretion is the better part of valour’. With frosts looming; sort out your greenhouse, windowsills, porch, or any other space you have, in readiness for the influx of plants which need to be kept frost-free over winter. These plants will also need to be checked over and gathered close to the house where they can be whipped indoors as soon as overnight frost is forecast. Tidy up these tender perennials and remove any damaged or diseased foliage so that they stand the best chance of surviving their time ‘ticking over’ during the cold weather. Approaching cold weather does have some positive advantages for the garden especially when this change in season brings with it spectacular autumn colour. The best autumn colouring needs a good preceding growing season, which I think we have had, and a slow descent into cooler weather, without too much wind, to ensure that the leaves actually remain attached long enough for the autumn colour to develop. A sharpish frost, at the end of the initial cooling, can kick-start the colouring process so that the blaze of glory appears almost overnight in the best years. The reason why the best autumn colour is reliant on deciduous plants having had a good summer is because the fiery reds, oranges and yellows, are the result of the breakdown processes acting upon the chemical compounds made during the vital, energy capturing, photosynthesis that plants do best during warm, sunny, weather. The better the growing season has been, the higher the concentration of these complex compounds, the more spectacular the autumnal fireworks will be. Choosing specimens for autumn colour is, obviously, best carried out during this comparatively tiny window of opportunity - a wander around an established arboretum, ‘Westonbirt’ comes to mind, would be time well spent. Even better if you can find a tree nursery with a good choice of classic autumn colour species, maples being chief amongst these, so that you can pick out the best forms for your garden. It is a happy coincidence that now is a propitious time to plant such specimens and the upcoming months, November to March, are recommended for planting bareroot trees and hedging if you need to have something sent from a remote, specialist, nursery. With the current trend for demonising the use of plastic, the

usual ‘posturing’ response having turned a blind eye all these years, I think it’s safe to predict that we will rediscover some of the traditional horticultural practices that pre-date the invention of plastic plant pots. I’ve already noted some mail-order specialists making a fuss about sending out wallflowers in their naked, bareroot, state (personally I’ve always obtained mine from ‘Groves’) as opposed to plastic packaged plug plants or potted specimens. This is akin to ‘reinventing the wheel’ because it was only the convenience of plants being offered in plastic pots, a much more profitable commodity for suppliers and growers, that saw the demise of the, plastic pot free, bare-rooted offerings. Plastic packaging is not the demon here. It is our constant desire for things to be ‘easy’, ‘long lasting’, ‘available on demand’ that has led us to using plastics as the mechanism for supplying our greed. A large amount of our convenience culture is only possible due to the widespread use of plastics. They protect practically every consumer product and foodstuff. I almost feel sorry for plastics because they have served us well, perhaps too well, for practically a century and only now are we suddenly noticing that their very best attribute of being durable is actually a ticking time-bomb for our planet. At least in gardening we can look back on what we were doing only a couple of generations ago and, just like returning to chemicalfree horticulture, there were always plastic-free methods of growing and supplying plants. They may require more skill, timeliness and effort, than the plastic-potted approach, but they are not beyond the wit of man / woman / nongender specific person. Removing plastics from the supply chain of the rest of our, convenience driven, lives will not be so easy - but we only have ourselves to blame for that. Happy gardening !!!

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Garden day and night: a Devon gardener tells the story of 55 years with a garden


ocal gardening celebrity Mary Benger of Burrow Farm Gardens has just released her new book A Compulsive Gardener. The book takes you on a journey through the history of this thirteen-acre Devonshire garden starting in 1959 when John and Mary first moved to Burrow Farm. It tells how the garden was created from scratch and evolved over the next 55 years. During this time Mary has developed from being an inexperienced gardener to a compulsive gardener and woven throughout the narrative Mary shares her learnings about perspective, structure, plants, planting and plant combinations while threading this through with a number of personal anecdotes about family and the various animals that have strayed into the life of the gardens. A Compulsive Gardener is a book for anyone who loves gardening and for those who need inspiration to see what can be done. It also makes an ideal Christmas present for all garden enthusiasts. A Compulsive Gardener is now available to purchase online -

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Harvest Film Festival H

arvest Film Festival explores our relationship with farming, food and land through its curated programme of fiction, documentary and art films. It also encourages communities, in both rural and urban places, to gather and celebrate the season and their locality. Harvest Film Festival is a biennial celebration and critical exploration of farming, food and land, through the medium of film. The festival builds on the success of the 2014 Food and Farming Film Festival and the Harvest Film Festival in 2015 and 2017. It is a day of screenings, conversations and communal eating, taking place at Lower Hewood Farm in November 2019. The event is supported by Lower Hewood Farm and Common Ground. Harvest Film Festival first emerged in 2013 at Lower Hewood Farm, an organic mixed smallholding in West Dorset producing organic vegetables and meat boxes for sale locally. Co-founded with the artist Maria Benjamin (now farming full-time in Cumbria), the owner Alexa de Ferranti hosted the first Harvest Film Festival in the converted buildings and outbuildings of the farm, with mostly local audiences seated on straw bales as they watched films, listened to talks and the ate a harvest supper with organic produce straight from the fields. In 2017 Harvest Film Festival was curated by Alexa de Ferranti and Common Ground. The day-long programme of fiction, documentaries, archive films


and art pieces, short films and features was launched at Lower Hewood Farm before touring to other venues around the Southwest—village halls, farms, old factories, museums, art galleries—where other communities will host their own Harvest Film Festival, followed by a harvest supper. The daylong festival programme is a curated selection of feature films, documentaries and other moving image material exploring the themes of land use, agroecology and food production. Included in the programme will be a shortlisted selection of competition entries for the 2019 Harvest Short Film competition. The result of an open call to filmmakers to submit films, under 15 minutes, relating to the festival themes. The prize-giving for the winning films will take place at Lower Hewood Farm, followed by a harvest supper to celebrate the event. The 2019 programme will include films ranging from 70s science fiction, Icelandic drama and historical documentary, as well as the screening of the Harvest Short Film Competition shortlist, followed by dinner. The full film programme details will be published on the Harvest website shortly. Harvest Film Festival – Saturday 9th November 2019 For further information please email:

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Houses with Orchard FruitTrees By Helen Fisher


A super village house spread over 3 floors with 5 bedrooms. Modern kitchen with Aga, stone mullion windows with wood-effect double glazing, plus far-reaching village and countryside views. Large productive gardens with raised terrace area. Veg/fruit section inc: Mulberry tree. Outbuildings, garaging and parking. Kennedys Tel: 01308 427329

SEATON £495,000

A detached 1920/30s house, modernised to create a stylish and beautiful home. Featuring a large balcony of glass and oak with lovely countryside and sea views. Bright and contemporary throughout with new carpets. Double glazed plus cellar. Well designed rear garden with apple trees. Garage and parking. Gordon and Rumsby Tel: 01297 553768

FISHPONDS £450,000

A generous 4 bedroom detached dormer bungalow in a stunning rural position with sea views. Flexible and versatile living accommodation with wood burner, conservatory and double glazing. Southerly aspect with fabulous views. Landscaped gardens, fruit trees, shed and wood store. Garage and parking. Greenslade Taylor Hunt Tel: 01404 46222 72 The Marshwood Vale Magazine October 2019 Tel. 01308 423031


A well-proportioned former farm house which has been improved and updated. Pretty French windows to the orangery. Plus an extensive range of outbuildings inc: a self-contained annex. Kitchen garden, wildflower meadow, bordered by the River Piddle, paddock and orchard. In all about 2.7 acres. Knight Frank Tel: 01935 808523


An outstanding period detached former farm house tucked away in an idyllic location with sea views. Recently extended and improved while retaining many period features. Truly delightful gardens featuring a woodland walk, stream and elder orchard. Plus ample parking and outbuildings. All set in 13.5 acres approx. Jackson Stops Tel: 01308 423133


A detached, architect designed house built in 2005. Well presented and proportioned throughout. Solid oak kitchen, attractive bathroom with roll top bath plus sitting room with inglenook style fireplace and wood burner. Well stocked walled rear garden with fruit trees and veg plot. Double garage and ample parking. Stags Tel:01308 428000

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The Sporting Netsman By Nick Fisher


en with nets get very bad press. To most currently grief-stricken salmon anglers, netsmen represent the living embodiment of the antichrist. Angry wagging fingers are pointed at the evil netsmen for plying their heinous trade and ruining the sport of honest, noble anglers. But, you still can’t get away from the fact, netting is just brilliant fun. My first experience of netting was in a freshwater lake, with a fisheries consultant who was assessing the water’s fish population for its owner. The bloke who lived by the lake wanted to know what sort of species were in it, how big they went and how fit they were. We dropped a 30 yard net in a semi-circle and pulled the two ends together working it foot-by-foot into the bank. As we pulled and the circle tightened and tightened, coming closer to our feet, the rare tension mounted. It was as good as hauling a big fish deep off the sea bed. You know that feeling, when you’re fishing off a boat deep into the ocean when there’s a good bend in your rod but you have no real notion of what could be tugging at your string. It could be a big bass, a cod, a ling or a conger? The lack of knowledge just really winds up the excitement factor. It was like that with this tightening circle

of net. I could see through the silt-stirred water that fish were flopping over each other in a vain attempt to escape, but there was no way of telling what they were, and what size they might be until the whole net was hauled. It was a big rush of adrenalin and excitement which very nicely tweaked my hunter-gather gland, but resulted in the demise of not one single fish, as they were all released after a quick headcount and inspection. Now, I have a cellar well loaded with nets and I’d dearly love more. I have fyke nets for eels, eel traps made of netting, crab pots, shrimp nets, minnow traps and even a wrasse net (which I’ve never used, haven’t got a clue how to use but would love to try one day). Setting a net or a trap is a rare joy. I love it. Pulling a fat two-pound eel out of my trap in the docks at St Katherine’s Haven in the centre of London, in the shadow of Tower Bridge was a blissful experience. Even though I only let the fat green wriggler go again, the challenge of setting and catching a beast with a bit of netting and a splash of guile definitely bakes my cake. My favourite net is a fairly new acquisition. It’s a six-foot cast net. Anyone who’s fished in the Florida flats will have come across guides who throw cast nets to catch baitfish for snook fishing. The cast net is a six or nine-foot circle of netting with lead weights strung all the way around. With a tricky technique and a lot of practise you can learn to throw the net in a perfect circle. It sinks fast because of the weights and scoops up any fish dumb enough or slow enough to get underneath. Florida mullet have been my bete noire. They are fickle fussy annoying buggers with all the appetite of a busload of anorexic schoolgirls. They will not take bait. I have even crouched on a dock above a shoal of Florida mullet and loose-fed every

sort of bread (flake, crumb, paste) corn, worm, shrimp and even sausage, to watch the mealy-mouthed mothers turn their pert grey little noses up at it all. Then I bought a net. I bought a six-foot cast net from a bait shop in Florida where the red-necked Texan fishing guide gave me a free lesson. He chewed tobacco all during my complicated, but well-taught lesson, which included learning the technique of holding part of the spreading net in my teeth as I made the cast. My much loved, and now much used, net still bears the tobacco juice stains of his chewing wad, on the white lead line to this day. God knows what colour his teeth are. Learning to cast the net is as difficult as learning to cast a fly rod. Every time you use it you can alter stance, trajectory, even the kick you put into your wrist and all the factors combined vary the shape and distance of your cast. My first big haul after ages of practice in a dirt yard, was seven Florida mullet in one throw. Seven! I could’ve cried wet tears of fisherman’s joy. I was throwing blind in murky water near a dock where splashes of mullet movement could be seen but no fish were visible through the murk. Hauling the net in with big silver things flapping inside wasn’t quite up to cradling my firstborn, but bloody near. My best mullet throw came several months later, back in Florida where I took 13 in one throw. These fish averaged two and a half pounds in weight and when grilled and served with horseradish or green salsa, were the equivalent of having a band of celestial angels massaging your tongue with secret oils handed down by the Gods of Good Taste. Twenty-three pompano in one cast is my all-time record, achieved in St Lucia in Rodney Harbour with the help of a sevenyear-old Edinburgh lad called Mark. Not that numbers are the important thing. No Siree, on that same trip I caught a tenpound tarpon in my net while throwing for tiny live baitfish. Next time I fly to Spain to fish the river Ebro my cast net will be packed in the bottom of my suitcase. A quick chuck over some scattered bread crumb at the mouth of a tiny inlet pays off with finger-sized carp fry which make great live or dead bait for zander. The cast net is a brilliant anglers’ tool. It’s also heart pumpingly exciting to use. Personally I’d love to get the opportunity to do more types of netting.


Sunday Afternoon Tea at the Museum IN a new exciting weekly programme starting this Autumn, Lyme Regis Museum is working with poet, writer and creative facilitator, Sarah Acton, to offer creative writing afternoons that will bring to life the heritage of Lyme Regis town and coastal landscape and encourage writing inspired by objects in the museum collections. Sarah is the Jurassic Coast (UNESCO) World Heritage Site poet-in-residence. The afternoons focus on socialising with tea and cake, exclusive up-close access to selected objects and discussion about these, plus fun and inspiring prompts to get started or continue writing at all levels and abilities. The programme will see Sarah based in the Museum most Sunday afternoons until 1st December 2.15 - 3.45 pm. If anyone wants to join the group it’s easy, just pop into the museum, call or book online. A one-off payment of £5.95 includes the opportunity to book any/all of the ten sessions in advance, refreshments, museum entry for a year, and time in community together in the museum’s fully accessible education room. The project is open to everyone but places are limited. All materials will be provided. For more details or to book, please visit the front desk of the Museum or call 01297 443370 or go online:

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Welcome Back


he beauty of travelling resonates through its uncertainty. Pitfalls, encounters, cultures, innovations... Historically it has always been a challenge to exactly date the start of a trade, and then predict when it may disappear or even decide when to revive it as well as sharing a joyful tradition. As such, the third edition of the Onion Jack Tour will be a journey connecting the past traditions to the future of this profession. In 1828, Henri Olivier, a poor man from Roscoff and orphaned at the age of 20, embarked on a journey that would soon play a part in Brittany’s History. He was struggling to survive from the land he inherited when a crazy idea came to his mind: why not sell onions in neighbouring England? British production at the time was not enough to meet consumer needs whereas the harvests of onions in the Roscoff region were in abundance. With three friends to help, he chartered a boat, filled it up with pink onions and they took to the sea. He started by selling directly to the people and it was then the Johnnies’ trade was born, expanding little by little to the whole Kingdom. In 1928, a century on, 1,500 Breton men crossed the Channel for the selling season. The Roscoff onion is extremely appreciated in

all English kitchens, even the most prestigious houses. It can make you cry at first but its soft caramelization when cooked makes it a highly rated ingredient. Consequently, the trade has restructured with major companies taking over the market. The Johnnies, famous for onion strings hanging on their bikes, wearing the beret and stripy jumper, soon disappeared, engulfed by the global industrialisation of the 20th century. In 2028 how many Johnnies will there be? Let’s not predict too far away. In 2018, there are only 15 left, sole safe-keepers of a bicentennial tradition... quite a heavy burden they carry with pride. Laurent Caroff and Damien Zanlonghi are Johnnies of our century. At a time where the internet is the place to shop, they aim to take us on a journey back in time, by land and sea. With some retired Johnnies to lend a hand, they will make their way to England by sailing like old times, celebrating Henri Olivier’s path, his bravery, vision and open-mindedness. The first edition took place from 14th to 31st October 2015, the second edition happened from 7th to 23rd October 2017. These previous editions traced Henri Olivier’s first steps and those of his successors. Laurent and Damien, with the Onion Jack Association

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and a group of passionate farmers, salt manufacturers, terroir and artisan producers, traders, musicians and artists, recreated scenes from 1828. Like the old days, they started with transport by cart and horse on the Roscoff roads, harvesting in fields and making the onion strings on site. Then, they took to the sea on two sailing boats loaded with Breton AOC produce, arriving on the south coast of England in Bridport West Bay to promote their trade and produce to their cousins and neighbours, the people of Great Britain. A Breton market was set up with many delicacies: stalls selling pink onions, carrots grown in sand, traditional shallots, cheeses from the Monts d’Arrée, Saint-Pol-de Leon Artichokes, Noirmoutier organic salt, Roscoff seaweed, Breton beers and ciders and a selection of the best from Morlaix bay. An event that quite simply aimed to bring many great tastes of Brittany to Great Britain. Friendly moments in music with Electric Bazar, Madame Oscar and Les Vedette, the theatre company Xav to Yilo and many others… Because a party without music is like a Johnny with no onion!...this simply can’t happen! In addition, this adventure also reflects on an environmental aspect. The Onion Jack Festival is happening in a global current context where energy is a point of focus (whether it is fossil or nuclear energy). On its end, Onion Jack would rather make a point and promote the most ecofriendly energies possible, in other words: human physical effort, passion and tradition. Onions will be harvested by hand and transported to the port of Roscoff, to then arrive in Great Britain where they will be unloaded and transported to West Bay by horses. Obviously, sailing boats will be dependent on wind power energy. Party-wise, the live shows and acoustic music will ensure a reduced carbon impact! Because History is like a succession of waves and events, sometimes with winds in all directions, come to West Bay on 18, 19 and 20 October and celebrate reviving the spirit of the Johnnies. For when in 2028 we once again celebrate his journey and the thousands of encounters his story has made possible, we will all be able to say “at a time when many were selfishly looking after their own onions, we chose to celebrate the Roscoff pink onion: it’s past, present and future. Most importantly we were happy to be there”.

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COCONUT BEEF MADRAS If you’re serious about getting spicy you might want to invest in a pestle and mortar or electric spice grinder. Excellent for grinding hard spices, pounding pastes or crushing berries in order to release the essential oils and getting full flavour. Once you get hooked on spices you’ll be amazed how they can become part of your every day cooking.




• 900g (2lb) lean braising (chuck and blade) or stewing (shin and leg) steak, cut into 5cm (2inch) cubes • 3 tbsps sunflower oil • 2 large onions, peeled and finely chopped • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped • 1 x 5cm (2-inch) piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped • 2tbsps sun-dried tomato paste • 2 tbsps Madras curry paste or similar • 200ml (7floz) coconut milk • 200mls (1/3 pint) water • 2 small cinnamon sticks • 1 bunch fresh coriander leaves, chopped • salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Harvest inspired treats to remember great landslip dinner

Landslip dinner image from Lyme Regis Museum

ON Saturday 5 October, Thelma Hulbert Gallery will open its doors after-hours for an Artists’ Feast alongside their new exhibition Well Trodden Wrong Ways. The exhibition is a response to the East Devon Jurassic Coast by artists Jo Lathwood and Paul Blakemore using drawing, sculpture, film and photography. ‘The Landslip Harvest Artists’ Feast’ is a chance to meet the artists and enjoy the show with tapas, live music and a bar selling local ales. The Landslip Feast is inspired by the community meal following the Great Landslip of Bindon. On Christmas Eve 1839, an enormous section of cliff on the Jurassic Coast slid into the sea taking with it wheat and turnip fields, which were later ceremoniously harvested during a festival to mark the event. Celebrated East Devon chef Eve Vergano will create delicious harvest-inspired tapas. She explained, “The menu for this harvest feast has been created to celebrate the connection we have to the land.”

October 2019 Food Markets Please check dates and times with venues or organisers

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Poundbury, Queen Mother Square - 9am - 1pm Shaftesbury, Town Hall - 9am - 1pm Wareham, Town Hall, East Street - 9am - 1pm Blandford, Blandford Forum - 9am - 1pm Bridport, Arts Centre, South St - 9am - 1pm Martock, Moorlands Shopping - 10am - 1pm Yarcombe, Village Hall - 10am - 12noon Purbeck, Commercial Road, Swanage - 9am - 1pm Honiton, St Paul’s Church, High St - 8.30am - 1pm Sherborne, Cheap St - 9am - 1pm Wimborne, Market Square - 9am - 1pm Crewkerne, The Henhayes Centre - 9am - 1pm Wareham, Town Hall, East Street - 9am - 1pm Dorchester South, High Street - 9am - 4pm Barrington, Village Hall, 10am - 12noon Yeovil, Middle Street - 9am - 2pm Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine October 2019 81

GARDEN WRAP I’ve had a lot of fun in my new terraced garden this year experimenting with all sorts of herbs and salads and vegetables. It’s yielded more than I can eat so I have been taking leaves to the fish house and gifting bags to friends. I’ve even been focusing my cookery demo’s at festivals on produce from my garden just to add to the fun. This was a spontaneous idea before I had my kitchen table guests last Friday and worked really well as an intercourse palate cleanser. My shiso or parilla as it’s sometimes called has grown into good sized plants with big old leaves from the tiny plug plants I originally bought so I thought ideal as the base for a wrap.




• 4 large parilla or shiso leaves • A handful of Asian leaves like Vietnamese coriander, Thai basil, coriander and a few chives

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Screen Bites retur ns for more Food and Film SCREEN Bites is gearing up to bring you a new programme of events around Dorset this Autumn. The idea is to introduce people to local food producers—making anything from cheese to chocolate, meat or meat-free, sweet or savoury and show films at the same time. A typical Screen Bites evening starts at 7pm with a mini farmers market featuring food producers from Dorset and surrounding counties. After about an hour of tasting and buying, and checking out the local wines, beers and ciders at the bar, everyone settles down to watch a movie—with a food theme! The films this year come from all over the world and include favourites such as Babette’s Feast, Mystic Pizza, starring Julia Roberts, and the French rom-com Romantics Anonymous. Also showing

are Our Blood is Wine about renewing the tradition of wine making in Georgia, Toast about the young Nigel Slater and Noma, My Perfect Storm, about the world renown restaurant of the same name. New venues this year include: The Hive Beach Café, Langham Wine Estate and the Symondsbury Estate. Each is going to offer supper during the evening: fish and chips or loaded burgers made with local ingredients. You can book your supper online with your film ticket. Last, but not least, there is a slightly different evening on Saturday 12th October—a Murder Mystery Dinner at Ashmore Village Hall, 6.30 for 7pm. For information about this and all the other wonderful events or to book tickets visit the website www.screenbites.

Screen Bites Dates for Your Diary:

Friday, 4th October: Our Blood is Wine, Langham Wine Estate, DT27NG Saturday, 12th October: The Great British Bump-Off! Ashmore, SP5 5AQ Thursday, 17th October: Noma, My Perfect Storm, Symondsbury Estate, DT6 6HG Saturday, 19th October: Toast, Durweston DT11 0QA Wednesday, 23rd October: Mystic Pizza, Stourton Caundle, DT10 2JN Saturday, 26th October: Madame, Halstock, BA22 9SH Friday 1st November: Little Forest, Moreton DT2 8RE with Purbeck Film Festival Saturday 2nd November: Romantics Anonymous, Briantspuddle, DT2 7HT

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Guest Recipe

© Corey Schweikert

PETER GORDON Peter Gordon was born in Whanganui, New Zealand, and collated his first cookbook aged just four. At 18 he moved to Melbourne where he lived for five years, training and working as a chef in various restaurants. Eventually his spirit of adventure and culinary curiosity led him to travel through Asia for a year, from Indonesia to India. This life-changing experience was to become a major influence on his culinary style, and he went on to earn an international reputation as the ‘godfather’ of fusion cuisine. These days, Peter has restaurants in London (The Providores and Tapa Room in Marylebone) and Auckland (Bellota and The Sugar Club, the fourth iteration of the iconic restaurant brand). Peter has written eight books and contributed to a dozen others. In 1999, Peter was the first to receive the New Zealander of the Year Award from The New Zealand Society, London and in 2009 he was awarded an ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit – the NZ equivalent of an OBE) for services to the food industry, presented by Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle.

SUPER-QUICK STRAWBERRY AND PEACH ‘NOT QUITE’ TRIFLES These creamy fruity trifles are easy to knock up and look gorgeous when served in a fancy old glass. Any berry can replace the strawberries and any ripe fruit the peaches. For adults, I’d add a few good slugs of sweet sherry to the cream!



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Whip the cream, sugar and vanilla until so peaks, then beat in the yoghurt until quite firm. Place a tablespoon of the mixture into the bottom of each of 4–6 glasses. Purée three-quarters of the strawberries and spoon half of the purée on top of the cream. Cut the cake into 1–2 cm cubes and sit on the purée, gently pressing them in. Spoon on the remaining purée. Cut the peaches in half, remove the stones and cut into chunks. Divide the peaches among the glasses and top with the remaining cream. Place in the fridge to firm up for at least 2 hours. To serve, slice the remaining strawberries and lay on top, then dust with icing sugar.


Tim Edwards - photograph and words by Catherine Taylor

TIM EDWARDS Scraping himself out of bed at 4.15am each morning, Tim Edwards is away from his house in Bothenhampton and at work, just outside Weymouth, by 5am. He owns West Country Catch, with his wife Lou. They supply the best fresh fish to restaurants and wholesalers in and around Dorset, Devon and Somerset. They source their fish from Weymouth, Portland and Lyme Regis boats, as well as from Brixham, Plymouth and Newlyn day boats. Tim works ‘on the knives’ preparing and filleting the fish for their clients, to order. Lou organises everyone and manages the office, also greeting the customers buying direct from them on-site. By 6am, Tim has sent the delivery team out on their routes and the fish arrives from the markets and off the boats by around 7.30am. Ninety percent of their fish and shellfish comes from the South West and could appear on your plate at restaurants such as Hix Oyster House in Lyme Regis or at pubs like The Three Horseshoes in Burton Bradstock. Tim and his team ensure they get it right for their customers, working hard to establish their business which has been running for six years. Tim usually works till 3pm each day, but during busy summer months he can be filleting for 14 hours. Easy it isn’t, but Tim is used to working hard. And with Lou at his side they are proud to be working together, building a future for themselves and their two children. Both have a background in the food industry, Tim as a chef and Lou front of house. They have learnt the ropes a few times over. Lou jokes that Tim could be mistaken for a pirate with his muscly tattooed arms, West Country accent and hard stare as he rushes around during the dark early hours of the morning. However, his physique is a reminder of one of the other great loves of his life; rugby. Tim used to play for Bridport and still follows the game religiously. He ensures he is in the pub for every England game, enjoying the camaraderie with other current and veteran players. At home, Lou handles the cooking, creating restaurant quality food for the family. However, with a new enormous Braai BBQ in the garden, there is a rumour circulating about Tim dusting off his chef skills once more… it will have to wait though, until after the rugby season is over. Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine October 2019 85

Arts &Entertainment

Poet Laureate coming to Bridport By James Crowden


s they say ‘any port in a storm’. And when you are under sail in Lyme Bay and a South Westerly gale drives you towards THE ROCKS BELOW Golden Cap, that only leaves Brid Port and West Bay for shelter before the terrors of being wrecked on Chesil Beach. Writing poetry is not dissimilar and rarely if ever plain sailing. The other thing about writing poetry is that if you are rather good at it, port is often involved. As every school child knows the poet laureate gets rewarded with a pipe of port or is it a butt of Canary wine? A butt is fair amount of port, sherry, Madeira, Canary or Malmsey. One Butt equals two pipes or four hogsheads and as all Dorset cidermakers know, a hogshead is 64 gallons. There are of course kilderkins, firkins and puncheons which like rods, perches and chains have mysteriously gone out of fashion. Put very simply a pipe of port is 2 hogsheads which is 128 gallons which in ‘continental’ terms is 582 litres or 720 bottles of sherry. This sherry perk for the poet laureate was re-instated by John Betjeman in the 1970s. Dryden the first official poet Laureate received a butt of Canary wine and £200. Simon Armitage, our current poet Laureate also receives an honorarium of £5,750 which is not a lot these days. It means you still have to sing for your supper. Since Charles II’s time there have been 21 poet laureates. Queen Elizabeth II has had six poet laureates in her reign as opposed to seventeen Prime Ministers. It is the prime ministers and their minions who choose the Poet Laureates. Maybe it should be the other way round? Where poets choose the Prime Ministers? Now that would be interesting. The Queen of course has the last Word. Ma’am. Quite a choice. The post of poet laureate used to be for life but is now for ten years. That is 72 bottles of sherry per year. More than one a week... Simon Armitage, a remarkable and well known poet, was appointed in May this year and follows in the footsteps of Ted Hughes, Alfred Lord Tennyson and William Wordsworth. Wordsworth was no stranger to Dorset. As a young man fresh from Revolutionary France he lived with his sister Dorothy in a fine house overlooking the Marshwood Vale. He once had to go to Lyme Regis on a horse to order coal and when he came back his sister said, “Eh William where’s the ‘Oss?’ ? William had left it tied to a lamp post down on the Cobb. He must have been dreaming about poetry… or the sherry was better than normal. As for the present Poet Laureate, I have known Simon for over 20 years and have heard him wax lyrical in Oxford, Devon, London and Yorkshire. His formal lectures in Oxford as professor of poetry were exceptionally well crafted and unusually for Oxford, very humorous. Simon’s father was a stand up comedian and writing pantomimes when he wasn’t being a probation officer or selling old tyres to farmers for their silage clamps to keep the polythene down in a storm. Simon studied Geography in Portsmouth. Another Port. And then became a probation officer in Manchester. Simon is very down to earth which is his enduring and endearing charm. And that is why his poetry appeals to such a broad cross section of readers. His latest volume of poetry Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic is a collection of waifs and strays, odd poems, odd commissions, poems written walking on the hoof, Pennine Way and SW Coast Path, poems about war, poems on sculpture, poems on rocks, on paintings and within plays, playing with words, poems for sculpture parks and park benches. Bronte sisters, Henry Moore, even an

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apple poem—Apple Cemetery. The joke is that Simon does not like apples but he has not been averse to a drop of cider over the years, even in a Devon barn. In Brid Port we are very lucky indeed to be able to welcome Simon Armitage as part of the opening day of the 2019 Bridport Literary Festival. First Appeasement, then Max Hastings & the Dam Busters, not a rock band, and then Simon Armitage and Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic. They will all be performing in the Electric Palace. Simon’s readings will be accompanied by a strange eclectic raft of slides: Old Shanghai, Zodiac T shirts, David Bowie, The Bronte sisters, Hayle and hearty, the Lelant Saltings, the odd purse and typewriter. Poet Laureates like poems come in all shapes and sizes. It promises to be a very memorable evening. When I introduce Simon I will ask him a few questions about his poetry, probation work, sherry and the Queen…

Sunday November 3rd 6.30pm Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport. DT6 3NY . Tickets £10 or Tel: 01308 424901 bridport.

Get Ready for a Feast of

From top left: Alexander McCall Smith (Photo Kirsty Anderson), Dorchester Lit Fest. Tracy Chevalier (photo Pete Yendell), Dorchester Lit Fest. Sabrina Ghayour (photo Kris Kirkham) Dorchester Lit Fest. Tim Pears (photo Rory Carnegie), Dorchester Lit Fest. Jonathan Scott, Yeovil Lit Fest. Rory-MacLean, Yeovil Lit Fest. Prue Leith (photo David Loftus) Dorchester Lit Fest. Max Hastings, Yeovil and Bridport Lit Fest. Matt Pritchard (photo Chris Terry) Yeovil Lit Fest. Libby Page, Sherborne Lit Fest. David Suchet, Yeovil Lit Fest. Paul Williams, Sherborne Lit Fest.

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ctober and November this year offer a veritable feast of literary events around the local community. The Marshwood Vale Magazine area will be awash with big names including Carol Ann Duffy, Alexander McCall Smith, Prue Leith and Victoria Hislop, who are amongst the line up of authors coming to Dorchester. Dorchester Literary Festival runs from October 15 to 20. Look for full details at www. Sherborne plays host to authors including Kirsty Wark, Raynor Winn and Max Hastings. The Sherborne Literary Festival is on from October 23 to 25. Full details are available at Yeovil sees events featuring a diverse range of authors including Dan Cruickshank, Clare Balding, Tom Holland and David Suchet. Yeovil’s literary events take place from October 31 to November 4. Full details available at www. Max Hastings then returns to Bridport where he joins a hugely impressive line-up that includes Lindsey Hilsum, Matt Frei, Isabelle Tree and Simon Armitage, as well as many others. Bridport’s hugely popular event, opens on November 3 and runs until November 9. Full programme available at

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Museums&Galleries UNTIL 2 OCTOBER ‘Change Matters’ This new venture together responds to environmental issues. 10.30 - 16.30 daily Please note there is no parking at the Town Mill. Louise Balaam, Jill Barthorpe, Emma Haggas, Elsa Taylor. The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN. Tel 01935 835261. www.jerramgallery. com UNTIL 5 OCTOBER David Gommon (1913-87) The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Nr. Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB 01258 863866 Secrets& Codes Mon-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat 9.30am-2.30pm, South West Textiles group presents an exhibition inspired by the esoteric world of GCHQ, Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, TA19 0AN, 01460 54973, www. Learn about the dark history of Wicked Wessex. The cat-o’-nine-tails was a type of whip used in the Royal Navy. A sailor could be flogged for anything from drunkenness to desertion. Free with valid Museum Annual Pass. Find out more at or call 01305 261849. UNTIL 6 OCTOBER James Lynch, first solo show at Messums Wiltshire, captures the ethereal light of the local land and skyscapes around Mere. A painter of the English landscape who has spent years mastering the ancient medium of egg tempera. Also as part of a focus on the medium of tempera Messums present a body of works by two of its most celebrated masters: Antony Williams NEAC and David Tindle RA. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW. 7 - 26 OCTOBER My Locality Textile art that draws inspiration from subject matter close to home. New work by the South Somerset

branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. UNTIL 9 OCTOBER Waterline. Photographers Lois Wakeman and Tricia Scott share an uncannily similar view of the world seen here in intriguing patterns and imaginary scenes suggested by close-ups of boat hulls. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission & parking. 10 – 20 OCTOBER Charles Poulsen large-scale threedimensional drawings are realised in layers of pencil, wax and gouache to create striking abstractions that capture the energy of drawing as a primary means of expression to coincide with the nationwide Big Draw Festival. Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW 11 OCTOBER - 30 NOVEMBER Pedestrian. Paintings, etchings, frescoes and drawings showcasing a two-year collaborative urban outlings project by Fiona Bradford and Nikki Taylor. Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA11JL. 01823 283244. 12 – 13 OCTOBER Art in the Barn, Ehibition of Art & Rural Crafts, North Perrott Fruit Farm, TA18 7SS. 11am-4.30pm Tel: 01460 77090 Annie Ward: Recent Work Annie Ward’s abstract paintings are inspired by and delve into historical narratives and halfremembered recollections. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission and parking. UNTIL 19 OCTOBER Laurence Edwards ‘A Gathering of

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Uncertainties’ new body of work, including the iconic Man of Stones before it is re-homed at the Sainsbury Centre Messums Wiltshire, Place Farm, Court St, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6LW. 19 OCTOBER - 6 NOVEMBER Ana Bianchi, Emma Dunbar, Fiona Millais The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, DT9 3LN. 01935 815261. 26 OCTOBER - 6 NOVEMBER Watercolour Magic Lyme Bay Arts will be showcasing the popular medium of watercolour in recent work created by members and guest artists. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission and parking. 28 OCTOBER - 23 NOVEMBER Neroche Artists Paintings, sculpture and prints by a group of artists who live and work in the Blackdown Hills. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. UNTIL 31 OCTOBER Crime & Punishment Concerned with the harshness of Georgian and Victorian justice, with specific reference to West Dorset. Plenty to interest children. Beaminster Museum D-Day+75 The Role of West Dorset in the preparation for the invasion and the invasion itself, with special reference to the American 16th Infantry regiment and the 1st Dorset Regiment. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays :10.30am - 4pm; Sundays 2pm 4.30pm. Tel: 01308 863 623. website:www. Down the Slipway at West Bay Discovery Centre. The harbour of West Bay no longer shows any visible signs of its shipbuilding past. However, during the period 17691879 over 350 ships were built here. We

will be bringing the shipyard back to life and discovering some of its secrets in this anniversary year. (Part of Turner events in Bridport.) Open daily 11am – 4pm excluding Mondays. Admission free, donations welcomed. Further details visit UNTIL 5 NOVEMBER Birds without borders explores the incredible feats of migration some birds must achieve in order to survive and breed. A playful mix of art, science and social history reveals why some migrant birds such as the swallow and cuckoo have found a place in our hearts, art and culture, both here and in their winter homes abroad. RAMM Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. UNTIL 10 NOVEMBER Marzia Colonna including over 40 recent collages of all different sizes, with bronze sculpture, framed drawings and giclée prints, this is an exhibition to appeal to everyone. Petter Southall furniture. Sladers Yard Gallery and Café Sladers, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6

4EL +44 (0)1308 459511 or email gallery@ UNTIL 17 NOVEMBER Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories A British Museum touring exhibition. Same-sex love and desire and gender diversity are an integral part of human experience. Based upon Professor Richard Parkinson’s award-winning book ‘A Little Gay History’ this British Museum touring exhibition offers glimpses into LGBTQ experience throughout history using the British Museum’s collection. For more information visit or call 01305 261849. UNTIL 30 NOVEMBER Arts University Bournemouth Across AUB Campus Galleries, Library, South House, University House, CRAB Drawing Studio Courtyard. “A series of Immersive Art Installations and Experiences” Lead Curator - Violet M. McClean Curator - William Hernandez Abreu Assistant Curator - Millie Lake Exhibition Designed by Rasa Vaineikyte and Thaires Vicentini

UNTIL 5 JAN 2020 David Smith. Field Work. Debut solo show conceived as four chapters of work spanning over three decades (from 1933 to 1964) that aim to demonstrate Smith’s diverse visual language and multifaceted creative process. Curated by the artist’s daughters Rebecca and Candida Smith. Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL Bharti Kher. A Wonderful Anarchy. New work following her 2017 three-month residency. Her first solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and marks a return to the most elemental themes within her practice. Kher, who works across a multitude of forms, will present a body of sculpture, installation, and paintings. In the process of transforming found objects, and continually experimenting with materials, she layers references: to the mythological and scientific, secular and ritualistic, physical and psychological. At the center of all works is the abstraction of shape and confluence of time in a provocative meeting of materials. Hauser & Wirth, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

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Galleries & Studios

Capturing the Essence in Sherborne

Pedestrian. Paintings, etchings, frescoes and drawings by Nikki Taylor and Fiona Bradford. October 11 to November 30. Brewhouse Theatre, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL Ana Bianchi Cypress Trees & Fields

THREE beautifully unique but complementary artists—Ana Bianchi, Emma Dunbar and Fiona Millais—will be exhibiting at The Jerram Gallery in Sherborne from Saturday 19th October. Whilst different in appearance, subtle threads weave between and unite the work of these three painters. Firstly, all show a tendency towards a tilting upwards and flattening of the picture’s perspective plains, which increases the immediacy and impact of the image—which almost seems trying to enter our space. Secondly, their work evidences a constant interest in the formalist abstract qualities of their subjects, rather than a detailed mimetic copying of reality. Thirdly, all explore and celebrate painterly brushwork and complex surface facture. Lastly, all are concerned with capturing the essence of a scene, and the collected memories, references and emotions that inspired their representation of it. The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN from Saturday 19th October to Wednesday 6th November 2019. Mike Barnard’s solo show continues at the Marine House at Beer until October 4. Fore Street, Beer, Devon, EX12 3EF

Neroche Artists. Paintings, sculpture and prints at Ilminster Arts Centre opens October 28. The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.

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Another Page A Mother and Daughter Collaboration


rominent UK and South West painter Charlie O’Sullivan SWAc will be joining together with her daughter Izzie O’Sullivan, for a unique mother and daughter exhibition at Marine House at Beer from 2nd – 15th November 2019. This is the second joint show the gallery has held presenting the work of parent and offspring. Over 20 years ago the Father and Son show (Bernard and Philip Vanier) was staged. Philip was just 16 years old and the show attracted nationwide media attention. This mother and daughter show is a fitting follow on embracing many new technologies not present 20 years ago. Promising to be a kaleidoscope of colour and mixture of mediums, the exhibition will present new artworks by Charlie which capture her ongoing artistic themes of narrative, abstract, and landscape, whilst her daughter, a recent graduate of Goldsmiths College, will showcase her experimental work with sculpture and 3D printing. Charlie O’Sullivan has been Marine House at Beer’s most successful artist since she was introduced by the much loved and distinguished artist Michael Morgan RI over a decade ago. Originally from Glasgow, Charlie studied at Bradford College of Art and spent her early career working in design for the BBC and Channel 4. At this time Charlie often undertook residencies for hospitals such as Hackney, where she offered art therapy for disadvantaged patients.

As a distinguished member of the South West Academy (SWAc) Charlie’s paintings are well-known for their unique use of colour and structure, as well as their deeper emphasis on the interpretation of personal experience. For Charlie, the act of painting lies between control and chance, intuition and skill, underpinned with a continuous level of infectious excitement. Having just graduated with a 1st class degree from Goldsmiths University and having previously studied at Plymouth College of Art, Izzie O’Sullivan’s artworks are a rich fusion of contemporary art practice and research. Izzie accumulates histories and personal narratives to translate statements on politics, the environment and class systems. Drawing from the everyday she is fascinated by the theory of Ethnographic Surrealism which is observing her environment, yet not being confined to the factual. Fully trained and a pioneer in ceramic 3D printing, Izzie’s interdisciplinary practice experiments with technologies, form and texture with mediums such as stereoscopes, latex, metal and clay. Charlie and Izzie O’Sullivan’s joint exhibition opens at The Marine House at Beer on November 2nd and runs until November 15th. The Marine House at Beer, Fore Street, Beer, Devon, EX12 3EF.

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PREVIEW On Stage - In and Around the Vale Landmark concert series WEYMOUTH

WHEN pianist Duncan Honeybourne prepares to play three great piano sonatas by Beethoven at St Mary’s Church, Weymouth, on 6th May 2020, it will mark a significant landmark in the Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts which he launched with Angela Nankivell nearly 18 years ago. The recital will be the 200th in the Weymouth series, and will be one of the highlights of the 2019-2020 season, organised by Duncan, who is piano tutor at Southampton University and Sherborne School. The October recital, on Wednesday 30th, will feature a return visit by clarinettist Neil Aston, who played in the 2013 series, with Duncan Honeybourne, playing Stanford’s Sonata and Lovreglio’s Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s opera La Traviata. On Wednesday 13th November, cellist Joseph Spooner will join Duncan to play sonatas by Greville Cooke and EJ Moeran. Duncan Honeybourne can trace his family back to the 16th century and beyond. As a professional musician, he made his debut in 1998 as concerto soloist at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. He has given recitals at many European concert halls and international festivals. The Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts were launched at Weymouth Arts Centre in the summer of 2002. Duncan had returned to his home town earlier that year and was keen to establish a platform for chamber music partnerships, to invite friends and colleagues to explore the area, to promote young artists and to try out his own solo programmes. Weymouth Arts Centre was the venue for some of Duncan’s own teenage successes, playing concertos with Angela Nankivell

conducting the Arts Centre Orchestra. He suggested the lunchtime series to her. “Good idea”, said Angela. “Would you like to run it? I’ll do the admin and you can do the artistic side.” They started with a summer series on Thursdays in August. Duncan recalls: “I gave the first one myself, on 1st August. We were gratified by the good turnout, and we decided to make it a regular thing. I’d never have imagined then that we’d still be going now, 17 years later. The central ideas and priorities have remained unchanged.” Weymouth Arts Centre closed in 2004 and the series moved permanently to St Mary’s Church in September that year. After Angela Nankivell’s death in 2011, Jean Shannon became concerts manager for the series. There are now ten concerts a year, which are also broadcast by Dorchester’s Keep 106 FM radio. Highlights of the new season include two concerts by Duncan’s own piano trio, and a year-long celebration of Beethoven, marking the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Cellist and pianist on tour CONCERTS IN THE WEST

TWO rising stars of the chamber music scene, cellist Nathaniel Boyd and pianist Simon Lane will give the Concerts in the West series from 3rd to 5th October, with recitals at Wellhayes Vineyard near Tiverton on Thursday 3rd, Bridport Arts Centre on Friday morning and Ilminster Arts Centre that evening, and The Dance House, Crewkerne, on Saturday evening. Nathaniel Boyd is not only an internationally recognised chamber musician and cello soloist who has appeared at the world’s leading concert halls, he is also a committed painter and sculptor. Nathaniel, who is the cellist in the

Atalanta Piano Quartet, plays a Grancino cello of 1695. His many prizes include awards for his work with the Navarra String Quartet. His recordings of Vasks’ Quartets and Haydn’s Seven Last Words, both with the Navarra Quartet, received five-star reviews from BBC Music Magazine. Pianist Simon Lane has collaborated with many of the world’s most exciting musicians including Danielle de Niese, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, Guy Johnston and Jack Liebeck. His recent recording with cellist Philip Higham was selected as Strad Magazine‘s CD of the month. He has performed frequently in the Wigmore Hall, at the Berlin Philharmonie and Leipzig’s Alte Handelsbörse, across Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Italy, Austria, Norway, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia and North America, and at many European festivals. The programme for the Concerts in the West series is Mendelssohn’s Sonata in D major, Op 58, Beethoven’s Sonata No 4 in C major, Op 102 No 1, Chopin’s Sonata in G minor, Op 65 and Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango. • At the end of the month, Concerts in the West has a tour with the Consone Quartet, with a programme of music by Boccherini, Mozart and Mendelssohn. The concerts are on Thursday 31st October at the Creative Innovation Centre in Taunton at 7.30pm, on Friday 1st November at Bridport Arts Centre at 11am and Ilminster Arts Centre at 7.30pm and on Saturday 2nd at the Dance House, Crewkerne at 7.30pm.

Through the eyes of the fool ARTSREACH VILLAGES

ODDBODIES Theatre brings a new approach to Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear, telling the story through the mouth of Lear’s fool, in a new production coming to Dorset on an Artsreach tour, starting

A Nice Hot Cup of Silence THE Scandinavian company Panta Rei Danseteater returns to Dorset for a remarkable performance for Artsreach in a private house at Halstock on Wednesday 16th October. Silence, which will be performed twice at Caternwood House, offers an alternative to the noisy hustle and bustle of our daily lives. We all want a bit of quiet—“a nice hot cup of silence”. It is precisely in those moments of quiet that our deepest thoughts arise. Panta Rei Danseteater explores what special sensations arise when silence is allowed. Along with a live musician, the dancers use gesture, rhythm, and interactive moments to share a very special experience. Afterwards, over a real cup of coffee or tea, you can get to know the performers, and let them get to know you. Visit for more information. 96 The Marshwood Vale Magazine October 2019 Tel. 01308 423031

PREVIEW at Melbury Osmond on Thursday 17th October. Armed with only a drum, a guitar, a knife and a chair, the tragic trajectory of Lear’s decline and death is presented to you from the point of view of his long suffering and ever-loyal fool. The bastard Edmund, haughty Goneril, poor deluded Gloucester, oily Oswald, sweet Cordelia, mad Tom—all the characters from this tragic tale are brought to life. Blindness, betrayal, delusion, deceit, love, loyalty, lust and greed—they are all here in this funny, poignant and ultimately heartbreaking production, told with all of Oddbodies’ trademark physical ingenuity and visual flair. Oddbodies’ King Lear is on Thursday 17th October at Melbury Osmond village hall and on Friday 18th at West Stafford village hall.

Womans (Romans with a W) HONITON AND EXETER

INNOVATIVE all-female theatre company Scratchworks comes to Honiton’s Beehive centre on Friday 4th October and Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday 8th with their new show, Womans (Like Romans but with a W). It’s 44BC, Ancient Rome. Our heroine, Leta, has been declared a traitor by the Roman Senate. She is given a punishment worse than death—Damnatio Memoriae —to be erased from history. While noble gladiators and infamous emperors around her are becoming legends, her name will be scratched out and forgotten forever. But with help from some mischievous Muses, she decides to rebel against the Republic. Follow Leta’s determined journey to reclaim her place in the history books— from crashing the Colosseum to freeing the slaves, she will go to the ends of the empire to make her mark. Anyone who enjoyed Scratchworks’ uniquely hilarious feminist take on The Great Train Robbery will love this new show, which is also at Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre on 19th October.

Coco and the Butterfields HONITON

IN 2012, Tom Twyman and Dulcima Showan expected to leave Canterbury—Tom had a plane ticket for Australia and Dulcima was going to art school in Dublin. But they had just formed a band and made the difficult decision to stay put. That worked out well—as the song-writer and singer and multi-instrumentalist leaders of Coco and the Butterfields they are now festival darlings playing to sell out audiences in large venues. Catch this exciting acoustic band in the intimate setting of the Beehive Centre at Honiton on 11th October, where they will

Tall Trees Theatre brings Lily and the Albatross to The Beehive in Honiton in October

be supported by Gentlemen of Few, who play an eclectic blend of old-time bluegrass and classic rock Other gigs at the Beehive during September include Albert Lee and his band on 17th, and folk-Americano-bluegrass quartet Track Dogs, on 25th. And on Wednesday 30th, Show of Hands come to Honiton with their quartet line-up, Now We Are Four, featuring long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes and percussionist Cormac Byrne.

Magellan circles the globe DORCHESTER AND VILLAGES

A UNIQUE show in music tells the remarkable story of the explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his wife Beatriz. Magellan Circumnavigation: We Sail to Prove the Earth is Round is at Dorchester Corn Exchange on Thursday 3rd October, and with Artsreach at Shipton Gorge on Saturday 12th. Magellan and a crew of 260 set sail from Spain on 20th September 1519 on a journey that would change human history. In their extraordinary show, singer and multiinstrumentalist Bob Whitley and cellist Lee MacKenzie combine vocal harmonies with intricate guitar and mandola and melodic cello. Magellan Circumnavigation is a musical story of mutiny, battles, storms, shipwreck, love and loss, inspired by the greatest voyage of human exploration the world has seen. It follows a sailor on the voyage and his wife at home, mirroring the lives of Ferdinand and Beatriz Magellan.

Tall Tree sails into town HONITON AND TOURING

TALL Tree Theatre comes to the Beehive Centre at Honiton on 24th October at 3pm with Lily and the Albatross, a heartwarming story by Anna Harriott which combines puppetry, live music and visual performance. Far out in the wild and remote ocean is a small family on an old fishing boat

who pass the time with exciting stories and merry music. The whims of the water control their daily routine but Lily finds herself gazing upwards, where birds swim weightlessly above her head before stealing the precious fish from the fishing nets. With the threat of the nightly storm and its whipping winds, the family must pull together, take a leap of faith and look beyond what they have always known to get themselves and their old boat moving again. Lily and the Albatross is also at Teignmouth Pavilions on 23rd October, and Crediton Arts Centre on 25th.

The end of childhood PORTLAND

A UNIQUE combination of storytelling and music from many ancient cultures, The Big Blind comes to Portland’s Royal Manor Theatre on Friday 11th October. A boy stands on a lakeshore. Behind him is all he’s ever known. Ahead is a chance for love but a much higher chance of death. He’s had a happy life, and a sheltered one. But his father gambled away that life, the debt cannot be paid in money and it won’t be his father who pays. Childhood is over… The Big Blind, brought to Dorset by the county’s touring rural arts charity Artsreach, is brought to life by storyteller Dominic Kelly, and international musicians Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottoson. Weaving tales from Norway, Scotland, Ireland and India with contemporary Scandinavian folk music, the trio explore the consequences for the young when older generations fail to make adult decisions.

Folk rock veterans look back BRIDPORT

FAIRPORT Convention, the founding fathers of British folk rock, come to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 12th October with a playlist that tours their repertoire over 50 years. Renowned for their musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity, Fairport

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PREVIEW her childhood in a free Zimbabwe, to the influence of her grandmother and the difficult decision to leave and pursue her dream as an artist in the UK. Expect a performance with haunting vocals, highly accomplished mbira playing, dancing and drumming and multi-media visuals.

Old time Appalachian BROADWINDSOR

Anna Mudeka brings her one-woman show, Kure Kure / Faraway to Powerstock Hut in October

Convention have attracted critical acclaim throughout their 50-year career. The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Radio 2 listeners have voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege and Lief “the most influential folk album of all time,” and their story and music frequently feature on radio and television. The current line-up features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar and vocals, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Blue Ridge Bluegrass VILLAGES

THE music of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is brought to life by the Orange Circus Band, which is on an Artsreach tour, starting on Thursday 3rd October at Corfe Castle village hall. The Orange Circus Band, a bluegrass collective which is based in the UK, will be playing on Friday 4th at Burton Bradstock village hall, Saturday 5th at Winterborne Stickland’s Pamela Hambro Hal and Sunday 6th at Sandford Orcas. All concerts start at 7.30pm. Performing on banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, double bass and drums, The Orange Circus Band play roots, rock and gospel music, and update traditional songs from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. The band also produces original music that has a wholly unique, fresh sound.

and the Beehive centre at Honiton on 22nd November. Tom who was a Best New Show nominee at Leicester Comedy Festival 2019 for Glover Not a Fighter, tackles some of the big issues of our day—horror movies, lactose intolerance, cycling, fatherhood, masculinity... He describes it as the “debut show from a snowflake son of an alpha male trying to do right in a world that is wrong.”

Zimbabwean journey POWERSTOCK

SINGER, dancer and storyteller Anna Mudeka brings her one-woman show, Kure Kure / Faraway to Powerstock Hut on Saturday 26th October at 7.30pm, with a workshop from 4 to 5pm. Reaching back 5000 years to the Bantu migration from the Tanganyika and Baka tribal regions, Anna takes the audience on an inspirational journey to modern-day Zimbabwe, London and Norfolk, from

LITTLE Bulb Theatre brings Mountain Music, a play about songs that leave and come back again, to Broadwindsor’s Comrades Hall on Sunday 20th October at 4pm, as part of a short Artsreach tour. When pioneers from the British Isles came to settle in the Appalachian Mountains they brought with them the invisible baggage of songs and reels from “the old country”. Little Bulb creates a tapestry of culture, migration and history in this unique performance, exploring the roots of what we now call country music and its impact on popular music today. The story is told in three part harmony, featuring fiddle, bass, guitar, banjo and mandolin.

Glass’s Bleak House EXETER

DAVID Glass, probably Britain’s finest mime artist, re-emerged after a lengthy sabbatical to direct a production of Charles Dickens’ Bleak House with the students of Arts University Bournemouth. Now he has adapted that production for his own company, the David Glass Ensemble and will visit Exeter Northcott on 15th and 16th October. His Bleak House is set on a scaffolding structure that allows his physical theatre approach to bring the complex and wide ranging story to vivid, visceral life. GP-W

A comedian, not a fighter LYME REGIS, HONITON

COMEDIAN Tom Glover, regular host of comedy clubs at Bridport and Honiton, brings his one-man show to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on 27th October

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On Screen - In and Around the Vale THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER Shoplifters is showing at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall on Thursday 3rd of October 2019, doors open at 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start. For more information, to join or to pre-book, please email or ring Mick Wilson on 01460 74849 or Di Crawley on 01460 30508 Wise Children (15), 7.30pm, Filmed live at York Theatre Royal. Multi-awardwinning director Emma Rice brings her unique, exuberantly impish vision to Angela Carter’s great last novel in this brand-new theatre production. The Beehive, Honiton. 01404 384050 FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER Our Blood is Wine, Screen Bites presentation at Langham Wine Estate, DT27NG. Visit for information. SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER The Mustang (15), 7.30pm, A convict in a rural Nevada prison is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy program involving the training of wild mustang horses. The Beehive, Honiton. 01404 384050 MONDAY 7 OCTOBER Rocketman’ (15), doors 7pm, film 7.30pm, presented by Hawkchurch Film Nights, Hawkchurch Village Hall, EX13 5XW. Tickets £5 in advance from Hawkchurch Community Shop or £6 on the night. TUESDAY 8 OCTOBER The Olive Tree Doors open 7pm for 7:45 film. Bridport Film Society, Bridport Arts Centre (Members and guests only; Text only to 07770 261348 guests@

WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER Calamity Jane, 1.45pm, A tribute to Doris Day, Age UK Dorchester 4 Prince of Wales Road DT1 1PW, Lucy 01305 269444 or THURSDAY 10 OCTOBER Royal Opera Live: Don Giovanni (12A), 6.45pm, Mozart’s much-loved Opera starts

our new Royal Opera House Season with style. Sexual intrigue, jealousy, wit, anger …and retribution! Sung in Italian with English subtitles. The Beehive, Honiton. 01404 384050 FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER Petherton Picture Show presents: Tolkien (12A). 8pm. The formative years of the orphaned author, JRR Tolkien. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney. Tickets: £5. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. Cinechard at Chard Guildhall 7pm for 7.30pm Red Joan (12A) starring Dame Judi Dench in an espionage drama. Tickets available from Eleos, the PO and Barron’s, as well as online at ticketsource/cinechard. SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER Downton Abbey (PG), 7.30pm, The Crawley family and staff cordially invite you to join them as they prepare for some rather important guests. The Beehive, Honiton. 01404 384050 FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER Petherton Picture Show presents: Rocketman (15). 8pm. A musical fantasy about Elton John. Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden. Tickets: £5. No concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall. 01460 240 340. NT Live: A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (12A), 7pm, Nicholas Hytner’s immersive retelling of Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy captured live in front of an audience at the Bridge Theatre. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton. 01404 384050 SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER Rocketman (15) 7.30pm (Doors 7pm). Stunning biopic-cum-juke-box-musical about the incredible human story of Elton John’s break-through years. The film follows his journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into an international superstar. Venue: Halstock Village Hall. Tickets: £6 from Halstock Shop or on the door). Contact: 01935 892485 Ad Astra (12A), 7.30pm, Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. Also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland. The Beehive, Honiton. 01404 384050

TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER Capernaum Doors open 7pm for 7:45 film. Bridport Film Society, Bridport Arts Centre (Members and guests only; Text only to 07770 261348 guests@ THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER Royal Opera Live: Don Pasquale (12A), 7.30pm, Royal Opera favourite Bryn Terfel heads the cast for this new production of Donizetti’s comedy of domestic drama across two generations. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton. 01404 384050 FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER Fisherman`s Friends a British musical/ biopic/drama, will be shown by T & F Movies in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. The doors will open at 7.00pm and the entry charge is £4.50. Please note the earlier times. Nostalgic Cinema: On the Town (U), 2pm, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are sailors in New York with 24 hours shore leave. Together they ‘paint the town with joy’. A dementia-friendly screening open to all. The Beehive, Honiton. www. 01404 384050 SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER Family Halloween Film Night. 6:30pm. The Corpse Bride. Tickets £7 for adults and £5 for children, price includes popcorn, shown in our Chapel. Please contact reception on 01297 442010 for details and tickets. Madame, Screen Bites presentation Halstock, BA22 9SH. Visit www. for information. MONDAY 28 OCTOBER Movies on Mondays – ‘Red Joan’ Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson and Stephen Campbell Moore. A widow, Joan Stanley, living out a quiet suburban retirement is shockingly arrested by the British Secret Service. The charge: providing to the Soviet government for decades classified scientific information with details on the building of the atomic bomb. As the interrogation gets underway, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and her beliefs. Directed by Trevor Nunn. Tickets £5 More info or to book: 01404 831207 or visit www. Doors open 1:30 for 2pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH

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PERFORMANCE Monday 30 September 2019 BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory, Opera Project in The Barber of Seville, to 5 Oct. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, The Lovely Bones, to Sat, 7.30, Wed/Sat mats 2.30. Corn Exchange, Alan Johnson, In My Life, talk, 8. PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Samantha Womack in Girl on the Train, to Sat. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Dr John Cooper Clarke

TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Russell Maliphant Company in Silent Lines, dance, 7.30. TIVERTON, Wellhayes Vineyard, Clayhanger, Concerts in the West, Nathaniel Boyd, cello, Simon Lane, piano, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Chopin, Piazzolla, 7.30. YEOVIL, Octagon, Joe Brown, 7.30. Westlands, The Greatest Songmen, Welsh brothers Richard and Adam, 7.30.

Tuesday 1 October LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Alan Johnson, In My Life, talk, 7.30. PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Drum Studio, Black Men Walking, to Sat. SEATON, Gateway, Placido Domingo 50th anniversary concert by satellite from Verona, 7pm. YEOVIL, Octagon, Armonico Consort, Land of Pope and Glory, with English Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, Allegri, Palestrina, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, 7.30.

Friday 4 October BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Concerts in the West, Nathaniel Boyd, cello, Simon Lane, piano, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Chopin, Piazzolla, 11am: Arthur Smith, comedy, 7.30. Electric Palace, Danny Bryant, blues, 8. BRISTOL, St George’s, The Tallis Scholars, dir Peter Phillips, plainchant from 16th to 20th century, 7.30. 02 Academy, War, 50th anniversary world tour, with Cymande and The Blackbyrds. BURTON BRADSTOCK, Village Hall, The Orange Circus Band, bluegrass and country, 7.30. AR DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Opera Anywhere in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, 7.30. EXETER, Corn Exchange, Comedy Club, 8.30. HONITON, Beehive, Scratchworks Theatre in Womans (like Romans but with a W), 7.30. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Concerts in the West, Nathaniel Boyd, cello, Simon Lane, piano, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Chopin, Piazzolla, 7.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Christine Collister and Michael Fix, Celtic folk, 8. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Into the Groove, Madonna tribute. YEOVIL, Octagon, That’ll Be the Day, and Sat, 7.30. Westlands, Jennifer Rees, The Psychology of a Serial Killer, talk, 7.30.

Wednesday 2 October BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Roger Waters’ Us+Them, documentary, 7pm. BRISTOL, St George’s, Quercus, June Tabor, voice, Iain Ballamy, sax, Huw Warren, piano and accordion, jazz/folk across the centuries, 8. DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Alan Johnson, In My Life, 8. EXETER, Corn Exchange, Lee Ridley aka Lost Voice Guy, comedy, 7.30. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, John Robins, The Hot Shame Tour, comedy, 7.30. POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO, cond Karabits, Weimar Connections, Hummel, Liszt, R Strauss, 7.30. SHERBORNE, Abbey, organ recital by James Henderson, 1pm. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, ABBA Mania. YEOVIL, Octagon, New Old Friends in Crimes on the Coast, 7.30. Thursday 3 October BATH, Theatre Royal, Birmingham Stage Co in David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy, to Sat. BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Emma Rice’s ELLED CANC Wise Children, filmed in York, 7pm. DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Magellan Circumnavigation, We Sail to Prove the Earth is Round, folk musical. 8. EXETER, Corn Exchange, John Robins, The Hot Shame Tour, comedy, 7.30. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, The Temple Brothers, Everly Brothers tribute, 7.30. HONITON, Beehive, Emma Rice’s Wise Children, filmed in York, 7.30. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Emma Rice’s Wise Children, recorded at York, 7.30.

Saturday 5 October BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Extremely Dan, The Steely Dan Experience, 7.30. Electric Palace, Jack Dee, SOLD OUT. CREWKERNE, Dance House, Concerts in the West, Nathaniel Boyd, cello, Simon Lane, piano, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Chopin, Piazzolla, 7.30. DORCHESTER, St Mary’s Church, Dorset Chamber Orchestra, cond Walter Brewster, Weber, Richard Strauss, Dag Wiren, Dvorak, 7.30. EXETER, Corn Exchange, Bon Jovi Experience, 8. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Chicago Blues Brothers, 7.30. NEWTON ST CYRES, Parish Hall, Multi-Story Theatre in Hefted, new play

about Devon by David Lane, 7.30. ViA TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Twist and Shout, music of the 60s. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Mad About the Musicals. Sunday 6 October BATH, Chapel Arts, Gordon Haskell duo, 8. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Richard Shelton in Sinatra:Raw, 7.30. Corn Exchange, Richard Herring, comedy, 7.30. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Jennifer Rees, The Psychology of Serial Killers, talk, 7.30. Monday 7 October PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Rocky Horror Show, to Sat. Tuesday 8 October BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Fleabag, satellite screening from West End, 7. Arts Centre, Briport Film Society, The Olive Tree, 7.45. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Les Musicals, with Jonathan Ansell and Jai McDowall, 7.30. FROME, Merlin, Don Giovanni from the Royal Opera House, 6.45. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Ocean Film Festival. Wednesday 9 October DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Joli Vyann in Anima, dance and movement. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Black Men Walking, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Band of HM Royal Marines, 7.30. HONITON, Beehive, Don Giovanni, recorded from the Royal Opera House, 6.45. PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Drum Studio, Kali Theatre in Homing Birds by Rukhsana Ahmad, to Sat. YEOVIL, Octagon, YAOS in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, to 19 Oct. Thursday 10 October BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Short Story Slam, 7.30. Electric Palace, All Floyd, 8. EXETER, University Great Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, cond Stephen Barlow, John Lill, piano, Love and Loss, R Strauss, Beethoven, Prokofiev, 7.30. Cygnet, Kick in the Head in Choice Grenfell, 7.30. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Maria Kombou, The Elvis Years, 7.30. SEATON, Gateway, The Sex Life of Bandages, satellite screening of Billy Connolly’s final tour, 7pm. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, A Beautiful

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PERFORMANCE Noise. Friday 11 October BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Jazz Cafe with Terri Quaye, 8pm. Electric Palace, The Sex Life of Bandages, satellite screening of Billy Connolly’s final tour, 8pm. DARTMOOR AND EXMOOR, Two Moors Festival, to 20 Oct. DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Dominic Alldis Trio plays Lacques Loussier. EXETER, Corn Exchange, Walk Like a Man, tribute, 8. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Whole Lotta Led, tribute, 7.30. HONITON, Beehive, Coco and the Butterfields, folk pop, 7.30. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Mike Denham’s Speakeasy with Emma Fisk, swing violin, 8. PORTLAND, Royal Manor Theatre, The Big Blind, with storyteller Dominic Kelly and musicians Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottoson, 7.30. AR YEOVIL, Westlands, Billy Connolly: The Sex Life of Bandages, filmed live show. Saturday 12 October BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Fairport Convention, 7.30 Electric Palace, The Christians, 8. BRISTOL, Old Vic, Cyrano, to 16 Nov. EXETER, University Great Hall, Fisherman’s Friends, 7. Cygnet Theatre, Wren Music, Gothic Dartmoor Myths and Legends, 7.30. MEMBURY, Village Hall, Multi-Story Theatre in Hefted, new play about Devon by David Lane, 7.30. ViA SEATON, Gateway, Gateway Youth Theatre in The Sound of Music, 7 and Sun 3pm. SHERBORNE, Abbey, Sherborne Festival Chorus, Come and Sing afternoon and concert, Hallelujah Chorus, The Heavens are Telling and I Was Glad, etc. 1.30, concert 6.15. SHIPTON GORGE, Village Hall, Magellen Circumnavigation: We Sail to Prove the Earth is Round, musical story of love and exploration, 7.30. AR SIDMOUTH, Parish Church, Daniel Rowland, violin, Maja Bogdanovic, cello, Debussy, Ravel, Piazzolla, 7. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Moscow Drug Club, cabaret band, 8. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Little Mix Experience, 2pm. YEOVIL, Westlands, Dave Pearce, 90s Dance Anthems, DJ event, 8pm to 1am. Sunday 13 October BRIDGWATER, MacMillan Theatre, Turin Brakes, acoustic, 7.30.

BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Turandot, encore from the Metropolitan Opera, 4pm. Electric Palace, Chris Packham, Pictures from the Edge of the World, part of Bridport Mind Fest, 3pm. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Ian Waite and Vincent Simone, The Ballroom Boys, dance, 2.30. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Rhys James, comedy. Monday 14 October EXETER, Corn Exchange, David Gower, On the Front Foot, cricketing stories, 7.30. PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Rambert, triple bill by Wayne McGregor, Hofesh Schechter and Marion Motin, and Tues. Tuesday 15 October BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Milton Jones, Milton Impossible, comedy, 8. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, David Glass Ensemble, Bleak House, and Wed, 7.30, Wed mat 2.30. Phoenix, The Music of Cream, 50th Anniversary world tour. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, David Gower, On the Front Foot, cricketing stories, 7.30. Wednesday 16 October BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, John Bishop, comedy, to Friday. SOLD OUT BRISTOL, Tobacco Factory, Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory in Much Ado About Nothing, to 9 Nov. DORCHESTER, St Mary’s Church, Trio Volant, Beethoven, Mozart, Milhaud, Gordon Jacob, Celia McDowell, 7.30. Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Braveface, words and music about mental health. EXETER, Corn Exchange, Greg Minnaar, Size Matters, mountain bike racer, 7.30. HALSTOCK, Catemwood House, Panta Rei Dansetheatre in Silence, dance theatre in a private house, 6pm and 8.15pm. AR HOLFORD, Village Hall, Little Bulb and Farnham Maltings in Mountain Music, 7pm. TA TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Carole, the Music of Carole King. Thursday 17 October BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969 film, 11am. EXETER, Corn Exchange, Stewart Francis, Into the Punset, comedy, 8. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Jason Byrne, Wrecked but Ready, comedy, 8. Phoenix, Kris Barras. HONITON, Beehive, Albert Lee and his band, blues, 8. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, A

Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded at the Bridge Theatre, 7pm. MELBURY OSMOND, Village Hall, Oddbodies in King Lear, 7.30. AR PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Welsh National Opera in The Cunning Little Vixen: Drum Studio, Graeae in One Under by Winsome Pinnock, to 26 Oct. SEATON, Gateway, Jenny Stern, piano, Emmanuel Bach, violin, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Debussy, etc, 7.30. SYMONDSBURY, Estate, Screen Bites, Noma - My Perfect Storm, documentary about Rene Redzepi. TAUNTON, Brewhouse, European Union Chamber Orchestra, dir Hans-Peter Hofman, Tony White, cello, Grieg, Haydn cello concerto, Dvorak. YEOVIL, Westlands, Andy Parsons, Healing the Nation, comedy, 8. Swan Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded at the Bridge Theatre, 7pm. Friday 18 October BRIDGWATER, Arts Centre, Tim Bonser and David Luke, 7.30. BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Bridport Prize Judges, 7pm. BUCKLAND IN THE MOOR, Community Hall, Zulu Tradition, song and dance, 7.30. ViA COLYTON, Village Hall, Fisherman’s Friends, Moviola film. EXETER, Corn Exchange, The Wall of Floyd, You Wish You Were Here tour, 7.30. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, The Three Degrees, 7.30. HONITON, Beehive, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded at the Bridge Theatre, 7pm. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Craig Milverton and his Legacy Band, 8. PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Welsh National Opera in Rigoletto. PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL, Rex Cinema and various venues, to 2 Nov. WEST STAFFORD, Village Hall, Oddbodies in King Lear, 7.30. AR WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Rock n Roll Dreams Come True, Meatloaf tribute. Saturday 19 October EXETER, Cathedral, Isca Ensemble and Chorus, Haydn Creation and Te Deum, 7.30. Northcott Theatre, Ballet Cymru in Romeo and Juliet, 7.30. Corn Exchange, Livewire, the AC/DC show, 8. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Meatloaf - the show, with Lee Brady, 7.30. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Dave Johns, from Byker to the BAFTAS, 8pm. PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Welsh

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A show that blurs the boundaries between dance, circus and theatre


using circus, dance and theatre to astounding effect, Joli Vyann perform Anima—Latin for breath, life and soul at Dorchester’s Corn Exchange on Wednesday 9 October at 8pm. Ex-stuntman Jan Patzke and ex-gymnast Olivia Quayle are Joli Vyann. They have created Anima in collaboration with multiinstrumentalist, Nao Masuda. Using their unique blend of dance and acrobatics, they explore how breath affects our emotions, our physicality and our very being. The performers push themselves to the limits of their physicality where breath is shared, breath is stolen and breath is forced. Dorchester Arts Artistic Director Mark Tattersall commented “I first saw this show at Circomedia in Bristol and was blown away with their use of movement and truly phenomenal partner work that mixes dance and hand-to-hand acrobatics. They possess

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an intensity that is only possible because they are a couple in real life as well.” Anima is Latin for breath, life and soul. Joli Vyann’s new show explores the simple act of breathing in all its forms and how it connects us all. Anima features a live musician, using dance, circus, voice and wind instruments, allowing breath to literally become the soundscape for the performance. Anima is at The Dorchester Corn Exchange on Wednesday October 9th at 8 pm. Tickets are £12 full price or £10 for Members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income and are available from the Dorchester Arts box office on 01305 266926, in person at the Corn Exchange (weekdays 10am - 4pm) or via www.

PERFORMANCE National Opera in Carmen: The Lab, Sing with Soul in Dawta, new musical. SEATON, Gateway, Dowlais Male Voice Choir, 7.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Chris While and Julie Matthews, folk, 8. STUDLAND, Village Hall, Little Bulb Theatre in Mountain Music, 7.30. AR WEST BAY, Sladers Yard, Kirsty McGee and Ben Bedford, jazz, 8pm. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, And finally … Phil Collins. YEOVIL, Westlands, Back to the 70s Boogie Wonderland, 8pm to 1am. Sunday 20 October BATH, Theatre Royal, Ben Elton. BROADWINDSOR, Comrades Hall, Little Bulb Theatre in Mountain Music, 4pm. AR EXETER, Corn Exchange, Vienna Festival Ballet in The Nutcracker, 5pm. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Alice’s Wonderland on Ice, 2.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Sarah St John, swing jazz and songs from the musicals, 3pm. TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Circus of Horrors 25 Year Tour. YEOVIL, Octagon, Dave Gorman, With Great Powerpoint comes Great Responsibilitypoint, comedy, 8. Monday 21 October BATH, Theatre Royal, English Touring Opera in Mozart’s Il Seraglio, 7.30. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Private Peaceful, 6.30. YEOVIL, Octagon, The Marmen Quartet, Haydn, Debussy, Beethoven, 7.30. Tuesday 22 October BATH, Theatre Royal, English Touring Opera in Kurt Weill’s The Silver Lake, 7.30. BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Briport Film Society, Capernaum, 7.45. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre and China Plate in Trying it On , 7.30. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Beastly Monsters and Monstrous Beasts, steam-punk show with Suzy Celensu, 7.30. TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Matt Chorley, This.Is.Not.Normal, comedy. Tacchi-Morris, Heathfield Community School Launch Pad Festival, Our Day Out, by Willy Russell, and Wed, 7pm. WEYMOUTH, College, Bay Theatre, New Old Friends in Crimes on the Coast, 7.30. YEOVIL, Octagon, Blackeyed Theatre in Jane Eyre, and Wed, 7.30. Wednesday 23 October EXETER, Northcott Theatre, New Old

Friends in Crimes on the Coast, 7.30. Cavern, Larkins. EXMOUTH, Pavilion, Comedy Club, 7.30. ILMINSTER, Warehouse, IES in Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, to Sat, 7.30. PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Birmingham Royal Ballet in Giselle, to Fri. Thursday 24 October BATH, Theatre Royal, Rambert in triple bill by Wayne McGregor, Marion Motin and Hofesh Schechter, to Sat, 7.30, Fri/ Sat mats 2.30. BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded at the Bridge Theatre, 7. CHARMOUTH, St Andrews Community Hall, Red Cape Theatre in Thunder Road, 8pm. AR EXETER, University Great Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, cond Andrew Litton, Philippe Quint, violin, Great American Songbook, Copland, Barber , Mussorgsky/Ravel, 7.30. Northcott Theatre, Dallas Campbell, We Choose to go to the Moon, a history of human spaceflight, 6.30. Cygnet Theatre, Colin Barrow Co in There Must Be and Angel, in aid of Force Cancer Charity, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2.30. Barnfield Theatre, Green-Matthews, Witty Ditties. HONITON, Beehive, Tall Tree Theatre in Lily and the Albatross, 3pm: Bryn Terfel in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale live from the Royal Opera, 7.30. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Dire Straits UK. WOOTTON FITZPAINE, Village Hall, Kind Hearts and Coronets,70th anniversary, Moviola film. YEOVIL, Octagon, James Wilton Dance, The Storm, 7.30. Friday 25 October BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Peter and the Wolf, family concerts, 11am and 2pm: Roger McGough, poetry, 7.30. DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Trio. EXETER, Corn Exchange, The Drifters, 8. HONITON, Beehive, On the Town, 1949 film, 2pm: Track Dogs, Americana, Latin and folk, 8. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, The Teacups, acappella quartet sings British folk songs, 8. KINGSKERSWELL, Church, The Alarm. PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, BRB First Steps, Peter and the Wolf, 4.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, The Tweed Project, folk, 8pm. TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Barbara Dickson with Rab Noakes, folk pop.

WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, 60s Gold with Herman’s Hermits, Merseybeats, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders, Marmalade, Steve Ellis from Love Affair. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Sixties Gold. YEOVIL, Octagon, The Magic of Motown, 7.30. Saturday 26 October BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, The Art of Vintage Burlesque, 8. CREDITON, Arts Centre, Cheap Date Dance in Stairs, 7pm. ViA DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Hang Massive, ambient soundscapes with Hang and Handpan, 8. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Soul Legends, tribute, 7.30. Barnfield Theatre, La Voix, live loud and fabulous, drag, 7.30. EXMOUTH, Holy Trinity Church, Exeter Philharmonic Choir, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, 7.30. HALSTOCK, Village Hall, Screen Bites, Madame, food film. PLYMOUTH, Pavilions, Diversity. Theatre Royal, BRB in Peter and the Wolf, with narration by Holly McNish. TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Cleverly Everly with Clinton and Stan Rogers. YEOVIL, Octagon, Rip it Up, the 70s, 2.30 and 7.30. Sunday 27 October BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Manon, encore screening from Metropolitan Opera, 4pm. Electric Palace, Raymonda, ballet live from Bolshoi, 3pm. BUCKLAND NEWTON, Village Hall, Tutti Frutti in The Boy Who Cried Wolf, 3.30pm AR CHILTHORNE DOMER, Village Hall, Little Bulb and Farnham Maltings in Mountain Music, 7.30pm. TA EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Doug Allen, Wild Images - Wild Life, 7.30. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Tom Glover, A Glover not a Fighter, comedy, 8pm. SEATON, Gateway, Riviera Dogs, Back to the 80s. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, acoustic night, 7.30. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Graeme Swann and Henry Blofeld, Dancing Down the Wicket. YEOVIL, Octagon, Lulu, 7.30. Monday 28 October BATH, Theatre Royal, A Taste of Honey with Jodie Prenger, to Sat, Wed/Sat mats. BROADMAYNE, Village Hall, Theatre Fideri Fidera in Ogg n Ugg n Dogg, 3pm. AR TAUNTON, Brewhouse, Focus.

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Health&Beauty Key concerns highlighted in Bridport Exhibition FOUR Dorset artists are participating in a lively, interactive and thoughtful exhibition at Bridport Arts Centre in October. From Saturday 12th October the Arts Centre will be transformed into an area of natural beauty. Botanical artist Sally Pinhey’s watercolours painstakingly craft the glory and beauty of Dorset’s nature and landscape in dazzling detail. Dawn Sprake charms the


visitor with her humorous and delightfully observed village scenes. Inspired by Dorset coast villages, Dawn relies on the waves and storms to provide her materials, foraging and recycling anything the elements throw up. Painter Hilary Warren’s loose and natural style celebrates all things Dorset, from the wild flowers in the hedgerows to our famous Jubilee clock in Weymouth.

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Finally, sculptor Cece Mills exaggerates the seed pods she finds on her rambles round Dorset, creating larger than life sculptural forms. With nature conservation high on the global agenda, the exhibition highlights the key points of concern—biodiversity and every living thing in our ecosystem is under threat from global warming, pollution and deforestation. By showing you the wonder and interconnectedness of the nature of our county the artists hope to inspire people to think carefully how they live, and actively support conservation. The artists also want their show to appeal to the younger generation and to this end have organised quizzes and challenges for children, and an interactive corner where they can engage in activities while parents enjoy the exhibition. The show runs for a month from October 12th to November 2nd with free entrance.


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Mind in Somerset launches campaign to fight mental health crisis in the workplace


ind in Somerset, the charity dedicated to improving mental health, has launched a new campaign to tackle mental health issues in the workplace, including the education sector. The launch event was attended by 80 business people in Somerset and sponsored by Porter Dodson Solicitors, Gooch & House, Norseland, Thales and Jones Building Group, on 26 September at Dillington House, Ilminster. Mind in Somerset outlined their campaign, including the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which commits employers to taking mental health in the workplace seriously and providing support for staff. The campaign is designed to help businesses tackle the growing crisis of anxiety, stress and depression among the work force. This is costing UK businesses at least £35bn a year, according to the Health & Safety Executive. The campaign, which is being fully supported by BBC Radio Somerset as Mind in Somerset’s broadcast media partner, will involve training both in the public and private sectors and includes: · · · · ·

Managing mental health at work for CEOs and managers Mental Health First Aid Emotional resilience Stress and Anxiety Toolbox Training Free Lunch & Learn sessions

Adrian Poole, Partner and Head of Employment and Head of Medical & Care at Porter Dodson Solicitors, stressed that mental health is still a massive taboo. “We must be able to discuss it and normalise mental health,” he told the event. “It’s not going to get better, if we continue the current narrative because the kind of treatment available in the workplace is simply not acceptable.” Matt Jackson, HR Business Manager at Somerset County Council, added that the Time to Change campaign would open up mental health training to a lot more people as till now it has been very expensive. “It will be a lot more affordable through Mind in Somerset and they know what they’re doing.” Richard Lowe, Director of Training and Digital Learning Solutions at Hewlett Rand, said: “The thing is how to get managers to lead by example and invest in mental health training and culture change. We need to

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educate them first and get face-to-face training in order to halt the epidemic of health issues in the workplace.” BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter anchored the evening. Her editor Nick Bull told the audience: “BBC as a partner to Mind in Somerset takes mental health really seriously and we think of our employees as the most important and valuable asset to the organisation. This campaign is all about how important mental health is and opening and engaging that conversation with staff. It’s about understanding what they need and getting support for them. And, more importantly, where they can get advice so they can be happy and comfortable.” David Fields, Community Fundraising manager at Mind in Somerset said: “We will be working in partnership with national Mind and other local Minds and organisations and, being a charity, all the profits from these courses will be ploughed straight back into the services we provide to help those suffering from poor mental health in Somerset. “We want to make Somerset the most mentally healthy county to work in in the UK. Part of the campaign will involve The Time to Change Employers’ Pledge where businesses can commit to improving mental welfare in the workplace and become Mental Health Champions. “Mind in Somerset is a Time to Change Hub and we want to encourage businesses to rethink mental illness and remove the old stigma attached to it. That means talking openly about issues like stress, anxiety and depression.” For more information about the campaign visit or telephone (01935) 474 875.

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Beth Bright’s parents, John and Bridget set up the company John Bright Fencing when she was born. Hoping for a better future John left his job in a meat factory behind and started working outdoors, gardening for others and doing some fencing work. Now, John Bright Fencing is the go to place for Bridport’s fencing, timber and general agricultural needs. Situated in Salway Ash the store has everything from shooting gear to railway sleepers, garden furniture to pet supplies and poultry houses to sheds which are so sophisticated they look like a second home. This is Beth’s world, one she grew up in, and one she now runs, alongside her parents. Living next door to the shop site means Beth doesn’t have far to travel. Her parents are also neighbours so the close family unit are united in more ways than work. With seven dogs between them, there’s usually one or two in the back office area, keeping their owners company. In charge of all the purchasing required, Beth does anything that needs doing in the office when she gets in. Emails with order enquiries are answered and stock takes are carried out. And the business is a family affair in more ways than one, with a set of brothers working for the Bright’s as well as a father and son. One loyal member of staff has been with them for 27 out of the 37 years they have been running. Outside of work, Beth loves animal husbandry, in particular attending to her herd of Texel sheep. With fields in Salway Ash and Pilsdon Pen she transfers the sheep between the two depending on the time of year. Beth also has turkeys that she rears for the Christmas market and some pigs. Her husband, Jim Cook, has a farm with cattle he tends to in Ryall, so conversation round the dinner table often turns to farming related subjects. It was at a talk about sheep worming at Highlands End where the two met, they are now celebrating their seventh year of marriage. Today they are still attending meetings together such as the South West Simmental Club Committee meeting, squeezing in some time to spend in each other’s company in their busy lives. As Beth is also on the Cattistock Hunt Skittles team, a committee member for Dorset Young Farmers 200 Club and Church Warden at Dottery Church, that’s not such an easy task.

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FOR SALE cost of petrol).” Nissan Juke car roof rack bars ,as new £25. Metal security (yellow ) arm +key for locking car. Steering wheel £18 Ono Bike rack for rear of car small £15 Pat 01297489567 4 wooden garden chairs 2 with arms £5 each. Dimples oil radiator, with timer

L50W6H60 inches £20 One unused window blind light green 120cm x 170 cm in box £10 Pat 01297 489567 Sugar craft items Selection of cut out shapes for sugar flowers. Some never used. £1 each Decorators cake stand plus figurine moulds etc .offers Pat 01297 489567 Chideock

Lakeland Food/Cake mixer, hardly used, Pink and white. £20 John Lewis office chair, tan leather, signs of wear £20. 01297 631025 Large all wool dense pile traditional rug Green and pink on cream background. Very good quality, recently cleaned. Non-smoking and pet free home, dimensions

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FOR SALE 2.35m x 1.52m.Bargain £16 Tel: 01935 872217 Elegant Italian brass floor standing lamp with sliding variable dimmer control. Dimensions: height 1840 mm, base dia. 270 mm. Very good quality - was an expensive purchase bargain £16 Tel: 01935 872217 Waterproof Sunderland golf trousers. Medium size. Regular length. Never worn. £20. Tel. 01297 443695. Chainsaw, little used/ excellent condition. 2 stroke motor/ tools/ instructions/ mixing bottle/ carry bag. Good starter. 2 new spare chains + can of chainsaw oil £60 01305 777002

Moses basket with rocking stand, hardly used, £18ono. Golf Clubs, full set left handed Slazenger golf clubs and trolley, hardly used. £80ono. 01935 421313. Infant Teachers resources treasure trove of books, display ideas and inspirations from many years of teaching. £125. 01297 21034. Woodturning lathe Faithful 36 inch 5 speed with record 4 jaw chuck tools and tool box. £100ono. 01460 67407. Villager woodburner 19” wide, 13” depth, 24” height. Buyer collects £100. Cast iron fireback, lion & unicorn 29”5 Buyer collects. £100. 01460 61996. Ercol vintage coffee table, light honey elm top, beech legs, exc condition. L 41 ¼” D 17 ¼” H 14 ¼”. £265ono. 01297 551408. Multi purpose chair bed, 3ft wide 6ft long, beige with cushion, excellent condition or near offer. £179. 01308 425459. Dining chairs 4 £20. Bissell Powerwash upright deep cleaner for carpets and

upholstery £40. Electric fire log effect, 2 radiant elements 1000 watts of heat each, £30. 01300 348513. Dining chairs x 4, dark carved wood back upholstered seat. £20 each ono. 07714 067059. Table, 4 chairs, 1920s-30s, mid oak, 3ft square, extends to 5ft long. Floral needlepoint chairs £175. Colyton 01297 551455. Ski jacket O’Neill, Ladies medium blue. £20ono. 01297 639023. Man’s Peugeot mountain bike. 15 gears, good condition, £35. 01308 427479. Pendleton Somerby Ladies bike with basket, mirror, bell and pump, purple and white. £120ono. 01297 32321. New Picnic Hamper £15. White hand basin & stand. £15. 01297 678536. Keyboard, Zennox, 5 full octaves, 100 rhythm/ timbre options. On own stand. Learning CD/ books. £55. 07442 164176 or Colyton 01297 552610. Cot-bed nearly new, kept at Grandparent’s house. £95. Grey sheepskin long coat, size 10. Worn twice. £85. Babydan playpen/ fireguard, 5 pieces with gate. £85. 01297 560742. Tile cutter £7.50. Storage wardrobe zipped fabric. £5. Gardens of Beauty plates full set £25. Reco. 01297 34547. G-plan Wardrobe – mid 50s – light oak with two internal shelves. Approx 122cms wide, 146 high 56 deep. Collect from Dorchester. £45. 01305 263092. Electric chainsaw with spare chain, instructions, used once only £25. 07767

749423. Kitchen tiles light mushroom modular sculptured design 10cm squares, 4 boxes covers 4 square metres. £15. 07980 186160 Seaton. Gate-leg table seats six. Good condition. £15. 01305 788284. Small dog/ cat bed not used. 2ft square. £10. Commando war stories in pictures in packs of ten. 5 ½” x 7”. Paid £30, sell for £10. 01460 74367. Telephone seat padded material and side cupboard, attractive. £30. 4 Chairs Captain style heavy, farmhouse. £30. 01297 489252. Lounge chairs high-back £30. 3 storey dolls house for DIY, heavy. £25. Pink bedroom chair £10. 01297 489252. Electric portable Smith Corona typewriter £3 and various tools and tool boxes and Bosch drill. 50p - £25. Weymouth 01305 750557. Collectable china trinkets inc. Wedgwood and 1937 and 1953 coronation dishes £20 approx 14 pieces or 50p-£5. Weymouth 01305 750557. Bicycle man’s French MBK make £55. Weymouth 01305 750557. Rustic handmade pottery made in Upwey with Bill Crumbleholme approx. 40 pieces £25 or £1/£3 each Weymouth 01305 750557. Teasmade Swan brand hardly used £5. Brabantia shopping trolley £2. Weymouth 01305 750557. Specialized Stumpjumper mountain bike, disc brakes, XTR gears, Rock Shox Duke XC Front Forks LX Deore gear change, 27

gears. £325. 01460 221759. Schwinn pro racing bike alloy wheels and frame, small frame, ex condtion, spare set of wheels £125ono. Hunters leathermotor bicy classic jacket (black white & red)with badges size XL £30. 80 Corgi matchbox size model cars made in Great

Britain (1985). All box like new £80 the lot. 01460 220178. Lg electric fire to put in a grate with heat adjustments on it. Cost over £300, for sale £50. Reason for sale moved into sheltered accommodation with central heating. 01460 65573.


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