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COVER STORY Robin Mills met Margie Barbour in Bridport ‘My parents, Jane Galbraith and Michael Barbour, and I applied for a job as Floor Assistant at the were born in the early ‘20s, and joined the services BBC, hoping there might be more opportunities in when war came. My mother became a meteorolotelevision. That was in 1974, and I would work at gist in the WAAF, and my father a submariner in the the BBC for 22 years. At first, I was just calling perNavy. They were both keenly academic, and immeformers like Eric Morecambe and Prunella Scales to diately after the war, went up to Oxford University the studio, but then I stage managed dramas, such where they met and married in ’46, and a year later as the first series of Angels. In my spare time I had a baby, my sister Rosalind. My father became a directed plays in pub theatres, including a lunchlecturer in Geography at the University of Khartime show about Greenham Common at the Kings toum in Sudan and two years later I was born in Head. Then the BBC gave me a chance to direct: Oxford while they were home on leave. During my Playschool, Jackanory, Grange Hill, Tucker’s Luck early years we spent the summers in England and the and Bodger and Badger. I learnt so much working academic year in the Sudan. I remember sleeping on with the actors, scriptwriters, camera crews and the flat roof in Khartoum under the brilliance of the designers, and I was tremendously aware how lucky stars with Dad pointing out the constellations. I was to have a career I loved and which chimed In ’53, my mother, six months pregnant, my with my feelings about the world. Central to our sister and I were on a flight to the Sudan across work in children’s television was the Reithian ethos the Mediterranean when one of the engines caught of inform, educate and entertain. fire. My mother heard we were going to ditch and Working in Glasgow I had seen the terrible de© Margie Barbour Photograph by Robin Mills knew from her Air Force days that the plane could privation in the Gorbals, which led me to join the flip and break up on hitting the water. Nevertheless Labour party, becoming union rep for Children’s she got us all safely strapped into our seats, and the pilot, a WW2 veterTV. Following John Birt’s shake-up at the BBC in 1996 I took redunan, managed to sit the plane on the surface of the sea, in the pitch dark, dancy along with many other creatives, but soon returned to train people long enough for us to get out with our lifejackets on. We were picked up to direct EastEnders. by Sicilian fishermen, and we may be some of the few people whose lives My mother turned to the Quakers after my brother’s death, and like her, have been saved by the whistle and little light on lifejackets. Eventually I experienced a sense of homecoming attending my first Quaker Meeting. we made our way to Khartoum by boat where my brother David was It was there I met a fellow Quaker, we made a life together, and to our safely delivered. Unsurprisingly, my mother wasn’t keen on flying after mutual joy had a son, Richard. We had a spare room in our house and were that so my father looked for a lectureship in the UK. He regretted leaving able to take in a young person from Ealing on the assisted lodging scheme. Africa as he had loved going off on treks across the Sahara researching Marian arrived when she was seventeen and remains very much part of our his books, some of which became standard academic works. family. These days Richard works in financial services in the City, specialisMy father was appointed to University College, London and we reing in International Development, and Marian is vice-principal of a sixthturned to England, to Wimbledon. My two younger sisters Katherine and form college in Bristol. Sadly, my relationship with Richard’s father didn’t Sarah were born. Family life of five children was lively, with a Mum who last, although he remained a great father. loved us but really wanted to be following her academic interests. After But through the Quakers I then met the person who would change Dad died, I found some magical film he had shot of our wild camping my life, Chris Savory. We fell in love and married at the Hammersmith holidays in Africa and Europe, which was a wonderful reminder of their Quaker Meeting House. Chris became a wonderful stepfather to Richard, shared sense of adventure. took Marian under his wing and has been the most fantastic support for In 1961 my father became Professor of Geography in Nigeria at the me. We moved to Thame near Oxford, and, inspired by working with University of Ibadan, so schooling arrangements had to be made for us Rik Mayall on storytelling programmes, I started telling stories in schools older ones who were staying in Britain, and at Christmas and Easter we and at festivals. Chris and I and our neighbours began a film society, would fly out on our own. The University was an international campus, and booking actors or directors to talk after the screenings. we made friends from all over the world. Later I went there to study French Having had many holidays in Dorset in Uploders, and at Tamarisk and Drama, relishing the diversity. As part of my course I was sent to Farm in West Bexington, when a job as director at the Marine Theatre in Paris for a year to the Université International du Théâtre. It was 1968 and Lyme Regis came up I jumped at it, and was lucky to work there for two the May riots meant that everything was still in turmoil and the university years. Then Lindsay Brooks, director of the Bridport Arts Centre, asked didn’t start till after Christmas. However, directed by Andre Perinetti, we me to join her there. On holiday I had always thought I would love to produced an inventive version of Madame de Sade by Yukio Mishima. work at the Arts Centre, and now I had the chance! I became one of the All through my childhood I’d made little cardboard box theatres and at many people who holidayed in Dorset for 30-odd years before comschool got involved with any production going. By the time I left univering to live here. I was programme manager for 5 years, and our vision sity, I knew I wanted to direct. And I was accepted on the Bristol Old Vic was to find creatively challenging, interesting work, to show music and Theatre School’s Postgraduate drama directors’ course. performance from all over the world, and to give everyone in the town Just before I started at Bristol, when I was 21, my brother’s best friend a reason to come through the door. I set out to maximise the use of the committed suicide while they were taking their A levels at Charterhouse. venue, using the café at the back for comedy, jazz and storytelling. Huge It was a terribly painful time for my brother David, and we didn’t support highlights were inviting Dire Straits’ Mark Knopfler to play a fundraiser him by talking about his friend’s death nearly enough. My parents were for us, squeezing Shaffer’s Equus onto our stage, and Imagined Village’s away on holiday and I was alone at home with him when tragically he barnstorming performance. After five exciting years, I left for London to took his own life too. It was a shattering event in all our lives and the programme the little theatre inside the Cutty Sark. silent misery of my parents in the following years meant as a family we Now I’m back in Dorset, I’m involved with the Friends of the Dorset never reached a place of peace and healing. Women’s Refuge and support the Youth Centre. I’m learning to play the I threw myself into the world of the theatre, a place to escape reality. saxophone, and I’m passionate about dance; my family are always first on On leaving Bristol I went to the Kings Head Theatre Club in Islington as the dance floor! I’m a member of Grace and Growl, a contemporary dance assistant stage manager. I loved it, but it was hard work, sometimes finish- company for older dancers. I attend classes in ballet and musical theatre and ing the “get out” at 2am before starting the “get in” at 3am. But it taught have tried Morris dancing. In the future I’d like more opportunities to be me a lot about the business and led me to a job at the Citizen’s Theatre in creative as a dancer, get better at the saxophone (for my neighbours’ sake) Glasgow where I got my precious Equity Card. I was still keen to direct, but make sure I find time for my family and to be a bit less busy!’ Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 3

MV UP FRONT As a youngster, I was what my mother described as ‘soccer-mad’. I’d wake in the morning wishing I could dribble like George Best and shoot like Bobby Charlton. And by the time I got to bed in the evening—after a full day practising my world cup-winning skills on a patch of grass at the edge of the village—I’d sleep surrounded by my vast collection of Shoot magazines and dream of football glory on the pristine turf of Wembley stadium. On a wall by the side of our house, I had painted the shape of football goalposts and circled numbers in different parts of the net area. When I had no one else to play with, I set myself a target of a certain amount of points before I was allowed to rest, and as I became more proficient, I rewarded myself with lemonade. Those were glorious days. Like the summers we remember from our childhood they did indeed seem perennially sunny and endless. Until one day I discovered rugby. There wasn’t an immediate change, and I didn’t turn my back on football completely, but I soon developed a love-hate relationship with the ovalshaped ball. The hate part was struggling to catch and hold a greasy ball in mucky fields on a stormy winter’s day, or trying not to show how painful a grazed leg felt after a tumble on an icy pitch. But the love part was the appreciation of a complex game played with a level of mutual respect that, considering the physicality of it, was always surprising. That appreciation stayed with me long after it became impossible to continue to participate, and like many others, I look forward to the Rugby World Cup in September. But I still enjoy the ‘beautiful game’ and I was recently reminded of a piece of soccer research announced by scientists at Ghent University in Belgium last year. The study was inspired by a slightly tongue-in-cheek quote by ex-footballer, now TV personality, Gary Linaker, who said: ‘Soccer is a simple game: twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.’ As it happens, the research findings proved that the Germans didn’t always win. But in Gary’s day, and mine, it did seem that way. It’s not something the average rugby fan has had to deal with since German rugby hasn’t yet brought their national team to prominence. Looking at the fixture list for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, the only European teams outside the United Kingdom are Italy, Ireland and France, all countries with whom we have friendly relations—at the time of writing. It’ll be fun to see who we’re cheering for in the final on November 2nd.

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Around the House

DESPITE the return of the sun there is no doubt that autumn is not far away and getting a few jobs done around the house is always better done now than in the winter. So it’s a good time to get in touch with a few local experts to guide and advise. The exciting news at Wyvern Fireplaces is that their newly refurbished showroom is having a special Open Week from 30th September to 6th October when they will have fantastic offers throughout the week. Wyvern Fireplaces, established in 1958, are one of the South’s largest fireplace manufacturers. Phone Wyvern in Dorchester on 01305 268 981 or Yeovil on 01935 424 488. And when it’s time to get some plumbing done

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Call your LOCAL supplier make sure to contact Bridport Plumbing Supplies. They are Bridport and West Dorset’s leading independent plumbing merchant with a huge range or plumbing components, bathrooms, showers, taps, work clothes and more. Call Bridport Plumbing Supplies on 01308 420230. Time to do some tiling? There’s never a better time than right now and Lyme Bay Tiles in Bridport has just the range to suit all needs. Phone them on 01308 426401. When it’s time to get in touch with an independent builder don’t forget to check in with E. Bailey & Sons. Phone them on 01308 862346. And when it’s time to tarmac driveways, footpaths, car parks or even roads make sure to call Lawrence Contractors Ltd in Dalwood on 01404 831937.

Land fit for Heroes In 1882, legislation was started to enable Somerset County Council to acquire land for smallholdings. But it was not until the passing of the Smallholdings and Allotments Act of 1908 that Somerset began to create a smallholdings estate. Margery Hookings’ grandparents were tenants of neighbouring farms in Donyatt. The council bought the village in 1918 for £100,000.


was born and brought up at Park Farm, Donyatt, in the house where my father was born in 1925. It was part of an estate of smallholdings set up by Somerset County Council for men who had served honourably in the First World War. My paternal grandfather, Arthur Hull, was among the first Donyatt tenants. He had enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force at Sydney Showground in 1914, just a few years after leaving England with his friend, Ernest Hoare for a new life Down Under. Arthur fought at Gallipoli and Delville Wood, France, and never returned to Australia. He came back to Blighty, wounded, on a hospital ship, just as Armistice was declared.

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Ernest never returned. He died in action in 1916 and is buried at Courcellette Cemetery. My maternal grandfather, William Percy Withers, was the tenant of Coldharbour Farm, the next one on from Park. Percy, as he was known, was a veteran of The Somme where he served with the North Somerset Yeomanry. A keen observer of everyday life, he kept a record of those terrible times in his journals, which are astonishing in the matter-of-fact way he deals with death and destruction. What comes through in his memoirs, and the poems he wrote subsequently, is the extraordinary sense of camaraderie in the face of such adversity. In 1918, Somerset County Council bought the Donyatt Estate

Opposite page: Haymaking 1939 Above Present-day Donyatt: the church and view to the village. Centre: Percy Withers and his son, George (right)

from Mr R T Combe of Earnshill, for £100,000. This family had owned the land and had been the Lords of the Manor since 1755. Additionally, further land was bought from the Dowlish Manor Estate, owned by the Speke family, and the land was carved up into parcels of between one to fifty acres. The number of agricultural labourers dropped considerably. My mother has a newspaper cutting from 8 May 1920. We don’t know which paper it was from or the name of the correspondent, but, under the heading ‘Village bought for ex-soldiers’, the following picture emerges. “What do you think of Somerset?” asked mine host at Ilminster. “It looks a county fit for heroes to live in,” I said, looking across a golden valley where the cattle waded knee-deep in buttercups. “Aye, and we’re making it one,” he replied. “Do you see the church tower among the trees? That’s Donyatt Village: Church, School, Inn, houses and shops complete, with the surrounding estate, it has been bought outright for ex-servicemen who wish to settle on the land.” As this sounded more like a politician’s promise, I decided to investigate. Donyatt was only a mile away through the fields and here I found a score or two of sturdy stone houses, some with bonnets of thatch pulled low on their brows and diamond lattices winking drowsily in the sun, all shaded under the great elms. At the estate office in the village I met Colonel Locke Blake, a member of the Somerset Land Settlement Committee, who assured me not only was the story of purchase of the village was correct, but also that the scheme of establishing ex-soldiers on the land was in operation. “Somerset is the leading county in this work,” he said. “It has acquired 11,459 acres. On this estate we have purchased 2,230 acres and have divided it into smallholdings. We have taken over the whole village, which lies at the centre of our property. With the exception of the rectory, the rectory cottages and the almshouses, everything is ours. The living (responsibility to elect the Parson) of the church belongs to us. The village school, the post office, a fully licensed inn, a baker and provision dealer’s shop, a smithy, the businesses of wheelwright, cobbler and ropemakers, potteries, grist mills and a quarry are included in our purchase. “The school will be resold to the county education authorities, and instead of being a church school it will be a council school. The inn will be let to the Western Counties Public House Trust

and the Bakery, Blacksmiths and Wheelwrights’ shops will be given to ex-servicemen. We hope in time that the whole community will consist of such. All available cottages with a small piece of land have been allocated to demobilised soldiers, who will assist in running the estate. The rope-workers will be allowed to stay, but the potteries may not continue. Our quarry ought to prove a valuable asset. “The colony is split up into some eighty agricultural holdings varying from one to fifty acres, and so far we have settled about one hundred ex-servicemen either as smallholders or estate workers. We have a market town and railway station at Ilminster, only a mile away. The River Isle runs through the centre of our property, and generally speaking the land is well watered for cattle, while homesteads have ample resources for drinking purposes. The majority of the land is mostly what we call two-horse land. A drawback is that a good deal of the arable land is hilly, but it can be grassed down. Our estate is exceptionally well wooded and the timber is very valuable. A lot of it has been ‘thrown’ and will be converted into gates and posts. At the estate office we are setting up carpenter and painter’s shops, sawing and drying sheds and a timber yard. All the holdings have been let an economic rent and we mean to keep strict supervision over our people to ensure they farm the land to the best advantage. There is bound to be a loss on the scheme at first, owing to the enormous cost of building and repairs, but in time the colony ought to be a paying concern.” Cupid has been busy down Donyatt way. Since the estate was opened between ten and twelve of the newcomers have married and, as the housing problem will soon disappear, the parson will look forward to a lively season. In the years that followed, there was much activity on the estate, through lean periods as well as the golden times. Sadly, in recent years the county council has sold off many of the farms. • I am indebted to my mother, Pamela Hull, for the information she has compiled over the years, some of which appeared in The Story of Donyatt, a book brought out in 2000 to celebrate the millennium, and for the family photographs. The pictures of present-day Donyatt were taken by my brother, Andrew Hull. Destination Unknown, the memoirs of Percy Withers, was published in 2015 through

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Coast &Countryside TUESDAY 27 AUGUST Diesel Day 11am – 3pm Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 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. Brian Freeland, Director and scriptwriter presents ‘The view from the Wings’. Lyme Regis Ghost Walk 7.30pm subject to the weather. Meet outside the museum. No unaccompanied children. Adults £8 ; 8 to 15 £4 ; 0 - 7 free. 0797 00 687 00 - but no need to book. WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles/12.9 km. Bridport Local Ramble. Bridport, Allington, Bilshay, Moorbath, Symonsbury, Eype. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 424512. East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Newton Poppleford. 10.30am start and bring picnic Dogs on short leads. 01395 513974. Coffee Morning 10am - 12noon Free Entry. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA 01460 240 340. Worbarrow Bay and Tyneham Guided Walk 10.30am - 2pm Join Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador John Scott for a geology walk to one of the Jurassic Coast’s most beautiful locations. Tickets £5, JCT Members £2.50.Visit to book or call 01308 807000. AV&DCS Family Explorer Afternoon 2pm – 4pm (check times on website) Holyford Woods LNR, with Penny Evans. £5 per family. Book with EDDC at or 01395 517557. Arts in Residence Piano Recital by Peter Rhodes 4.30pm - 6pm. Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach, Mozart. Sidholme Music Room. Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Talk 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Plants of the Dolomites’ by Paul Cumbleton. THURSDAY 29 AUGUST West Bay Discovery Walks Discover the treasures of the seashore. (Stepping into Nature) 10.45am -11.45am West Bay is rich in history, culture and wildlife and is internationally recognised for its dramatic landscape. Through themed guided walks, taking about 40-60 minutes (1 mile distance), you can learn

about and see what West Bay has to offer. Starting at the West Bay Discovery Centre (DT6 4EN). To book please call 01308 427288. This event is Free as it is funded by Stepping into Nature through the Big Lottery Fund. Coastal Wildlife Wellbeing Walk at the Chesil Beach Centre (Stepping into Nature) 11am A gentle, relaxing walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, taking in the seasonal wildlife. Over 18’s only. All abilities welcome. This walk is dementia friendly, and particularly suitable for anyone wishing to discover the outdoors, lose weight, recover from illness or wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This event is Free as it is funded by Stepping into Nature through the Big Lottery Fund. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland (DT4 9XE). To book your place please call Chesil Team on 01305 206191. Lyme Regis Ghost Walk 7.30pm subject to the weather. Meet outside the museum. No unaccompanied children. Adults £8 ; 8 to 15 £4 ; 0 - 7 free. 0797 00 687 00 - but no need to book. Pub Quiz The Bell, Winsham. Every Thursday. Starts at 8.30pm. Teams of 4 entry 50p per person. Free round of drinks for the winning team. The evening ends with a roll over cash prize quiz. For details contact 01460 30677. Wyld Morris Dancers West Bay with guests Frome Valley Morris, 7.45pm centre of West Bay, 8.15pm Quarterdeck Tavern. FRIDAY 30 AUGUST Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square , Seaton. West Dorset Ramblers 7 miles/11.3 km. Bride Valley. Shipton, Chilcombe, Fish Ponds, Graston. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702. East Devon Ramblers moderate 5.5 mile circular walk from Beer Cliff Top. 10am start. dogs on short leads. 01404 823644. Summer Concerts at St Paul’s On Friday lunchtimes you can come and enjoy a tasty lunch, and follow it up with a short concert, featuring the renowned organ in the church, as well as other instruments. Lunches from 12noon for £4.50, concert tickets (bought on the day) are £5. Concerts begin at 1pm. Andrew Carter ( organ) Lynn Carter (oboe) and Catherine Sweatman (soprano) “Song and Dance”. The Living Tree Cancer self help group 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Art with Libby. 2.30pm - 4pm Therapy- 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. Vimala Rowe/John Etheridge World music and jazz from top guitarist John Etheridge and vocalist Vimala Rowe. Refined jazz and blues tones shot through with tantalising touches of flamenco, Indian classical, and African timbres that beat at the boundaries of genre. 8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be prebooked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www. Lyme Folk Weekend: Jon Boden Opening Lyme’s folk festival with a bang is Jon Boden, previously of Bellowhead. Support comes from the wonderful Askew Sisters. £20 advance and on the door Starts at 7.30pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www. FRI 30 AUGUST – SUN 1 SEPT Lyme Regis Folk Festival See www. for details. Including Popular local band HiDDeN will be appearing at Lyme Regis Folk Festival on Sunday 1st September. Prospect House Open Garden The prize-winning gardens will be open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme from 1pm - 5pm. The 1-acre garden, featured on BBC Gardeners’ World, is hidden behind stone walls with well-stocked borders with many rare shrubs, 250 varieties of salvia, other summer perennials and grasses. Tea and cakes are available on a patio with stunning Axe Valley views. Plants for sale. Prospect House is on Lyme Road, Axminster. Please look out for the yellow NGS signs. Entrance £4.50. Dogs on lead welcome. All proceeds go to the charities sponsored by the NGS including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help the Hospices, among others. Local artist Zee Jones will be exhibiting her work. SATURDAY 31 AUGUST Big Breakfast / Brunch 10am – 12noon Last orders 11.30am. Only £4.50 for egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast & tea or coffee. Extra portions 50p each. Vegetarian options available. Henhayes Centre - South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA, 01460 74340. 40s Fashion Bridport Town Hall, 10am – 2pm free event, organised by the Bridport Heritage Forum. 40s Fashion, ‘Make do and Mend’, Knitting, Darning, Vintage Costumes, ‘Pop up’ 40s Fashion Shows. For more details contact Sheila Meaney on 01308 424169 or email: Bridport & West Dorset Rambling

Ron Frampton 1940 - 2019 A regular contributor to The Marshwood Vale Magazine, Ron Frampton’s contribution to recording the social history of the South West community was enormous. His son Magnus Frampton recalls Ron’s life and work.

Ron Frampton, photograph by Paul Harvey ARPS

MARSHWOOD Vale readers will be familiar with the photographs and stories of regular contributor Ron Frampton. Ron passed away in June this year. In this piece, we will be recalling his life and work, and his interests in photography, local and personal histories, and the preservation of local culture. Ron was born in Courshay Cottage, on the edge of Hawkchurch in 1940. Thoroughly a local man, he never left the area: living in Holdich, Tatworth, Thorncombe, and Churchill, he managed to stay within 6 miles of his place of birth. Apart from a year exploring the British Isles in his twenties, he hardly travelled, rarely holidaying outside his beloved West Country and seldom leaving the country. Ron’s parents were locals. His mother, Dorothy Frampton (née Churchill) was a professional cook, his father Arthur Frampton a chauffeur and gardener. Ron was not only aware of his family’s social history at a young age, he was fascinated by it his whole life long. His paternal grandfather, whom he remembered well from his early childhood, was born in Chard Union Workhouse; he later discovered that his paternal great-grandmother had experienced a similar fate in Beaminster. Ron attempted to research these family histories in his late teens, approaching his grandfather’s brother, but found him closed and taciturn. Perhaps this disappointing personal experience shaped his later interest and skill in eliciting valuable personal life stories from family, friends, and local people. The primary interest of Ron’s youth was a quite different one though. Being a child of the golden age of the British motor industry led to Ron pursuing an ambitious career choice: motor engineering. Both Ron and his brother Brian Frampton completed this extensive practice and college-based training at a remarkably

young age. Ron and Brian quickly established a highly successful and well-regarded motorcycle business. Within a few years of their 1960 start, Frampton Bros quickly built up a customer base of over 400, building and repairing the British motorbikes. Their passion was clear to all. In their free time Ron and Brian competed in off-road motorcycle scrambling events. The British motorcycle industry entered a crisis period in the mid-1960s, but Ron and Brian were able to quickly shift their focus to auto engineering, and thus remained a successful economic unit. Ron enjoyed his work in motor engineering, but the coming decades saw him developing new interests. His childhood fascination with photography had developed. By the late 1960s he was regularly giving well-attended slideshows. Friendships with local people who had received the privilege of a wider education than his own expanded his experiences: the Pinney family, museum curator John Sales, and West Country author Monika Hutchings for instance. Parallel to this, Ron deepened his knowledge of nature and wildlife with the Somerset natural history group, where he made some lifelong friends. Ron had always been interested in his environment, in the broad sense of the term: geographical, natural, social, and cultural. By the 1970s, this interest in social and natural history had evolved into keen and clear political and ecological views. Ron attended and photographed demonstrations on a variety of social, political, peace, and environmental issues. In the 1980s he was keenly involved in environmental activism. He became area coordinator for the environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth. Ron organised campaigns, coordinated media coverage, and learnt to sell his cause with passion and conviction. In the 1980s Ron left motor engineering for good, pursuing his lifelong passion by retraining as a photography teacher. He successively picked up qualifications at the Licentiate, Associate, and Fellowship levels, parallel to developing his college photography courses into exciting degree-level programmes. He did this in beautiful and inspiring locations such as Symondsbury College and Dillington House. Ron was proud of his awards and achievements: receiving the Fenton Medal, being a Royal Photographic Society Fellowship assessor, and managing to find his way into Debrett’s People of Today. His students, however, will probably instead recall his passion and commitment to helping them learn and qualify. He was an able teacher, fostering the technical skill-base of his students, whilst infusing them with his passions: both for the art of monochrome photography (with the specialisation of the fine silver gelatin print), and for the subjects (whether people, architecture or landscapes), and the subjects’ stories. In the course of his publications Shadows in Time, Beyond the Vale, and Images in Time, Ron pursued a parallel activity: conserving the past. Perhaps this was to be expected, as preserving records of an endangered culture and environment in the face of its demise and disappearance had always been his key concern. He left the Axminster Heritige Centre an archive of his local and family history research. In his monthly assignments for the Marshwood Vale he typically gave his students the job of portrait photographer, whilst training them parallel to this as life-story researchers, piecing together and recording a life, and often a way of life that was either in danger of disappearing, or had already disappeared. The articles which resulted from this work captured not just West Country people’s faces, but the rich and unique human stories behind them. For this, we at the Marshwood Vale and our readers will remember Ron Frampton fondly. Text by Magnus Frampton, July 2019. A celebration of Ron’s life and work will be held at the Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, on Saturday 7 September 2019, 2.00-3.30pm. Further information, or if you wish to attend or contribute please contact Magnus via

Coast &Countryside Events Club 8 mile walk around the Isle of Portland 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. Free live music by Unknown Quantity 11am – 1pm five-piece band performing a range of songs from the 60s onwards, using a variety of instruments, with interval music by Silver Chix: Female duo accompanied by ukulele and guitar This event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455. CHILL-FEST Chillington Village (TA19 0PU) hold their annual festival in aid of St James Church, 11am - 3.30pm, Adult entrance £1 for the whole event. The highlight is the Children’s festival with live music, games, face painting, various activities, nature trail etc (£5 per child for the whole event). There is a car boot sale (sellers set up from 10am, £5 per pitch, no food vendors), an Alice in Wonderland Flower festival in the Church, various arts, crafts, furniture and produce stalls throughout

the village, a woodland nature walk, as well as Teas and Cakes, BBQ and Ice Creams. More details on Chillington Facebook page or tel 01460 55423. Bridport and District Gardening Club 2019 Late Summer Show in the United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. The closing date for entries is 28th August from members or nonmembers, schedules are available on line from or from Ann Brown on 01308 424055. The show opens at 12noon until 3pm and entry is free. Teas and light refreshments are available and there will be a plant stall from 9am. The Ancestors A ‘Support The David Hall’ Event at 7.30pm. The Ancestors are a dynamic, four-piece, Yeovil-based band playing hits from the 90’s right through to the current day. Throwing in a mix of Rock and Pop tunes, The Ancestors can guarantee a great evening to get you dancing. They cover songs from artists that include The Kooks, The Cult, Stereophonics, The Killers, Hard-Fi, Maroon 5, The Dandy Warhols, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. Tickets: £10. No concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South

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Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www. 01460 240 340. Lyme Folk Weekend: Ninebarrow & Friends By popular demand, festival patrons will be bringing their unique ‘Ninebarrow & Friends’ show to Lyme Folk Weekend once again—this time with a whole new bunch of friends! £18 advance and on the door Starts at 7.30pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis FRIDAY 30 AUGUST – SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Lyme Regis Folk Festival See www. for details. Including Popular local band HiDDeN will be appearing at Lyme Regis Folk Festival on Sunday 1st September. SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Ferne Fun Dog Show With classes for all canines, pet-friendly stalls and doggy activities galore, it is set to be another fantastic dog show. £7 per car, £1.50 per class Registration from 10am, Dog Show 11am – 4pm. Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook TA203DH 01460 67587. Steam Train Day 10.30am – 4pm Yeovil

Coast &Countryside Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 The Decadettes performing on the bandstand in Greenhill Gardens, The Espanande, Weymouth. Free Entrance 2pm -4pm. A Friends of Greenhill Gardens Event 01305 775829 www. Sidholme Music Room Elysian Fields, Sidmouth. EX10 8UJ 3.30pm - 4.30pm The Maesteg Gleemen Welsh Choir, Guest Soloist Val Howels. Lyme Folk Weekend: Sam Sweeney – The Unfinished Violin This violinist is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, artistic director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist who was named BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year in 2015. £18 advance and on the door Starts at 7.30pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Axe Vale & District Conservation Society, 10.00-17.00 Undercliffs walk for fossils and fungi. A strenuous 8 mile walk. Booking essential with shop. £10 charge.

MONDAY 2 – SAT 14 SEPTEMBER Axminster Photography Group are holding their Annual Exhibition at The Light House (formerly The Marle Gallery), 1 Victoria Place, Axminster EX13 5NQ. The Exhibition will be open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm weekdays, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday. All are welcome to look in and visit the Exhibition - free admission. MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER Severalls Jubilee Bowls Club Coaching for All ages 10am – 12noon at War Memorial Grounds, Severalls Park Avenue, Crewkerne, TA18 8HQ (entrance off Lang Road). Fancy trying outdoor bowls? Come and have an enjoyable morning at a very friendly club with bowls provided and refreshments halfway through and please wear flat soled footwear. For more information please phone Geoff Kerr on 01308 867221. Bridport Choral Society Do you like singing? Bridport Choral Society always welcomes new members. Their new season of rehearsals starts at 7.30pm in the United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. Come and join in – no auditions, just an enthusiasm for singing

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required. Ability to read music useful but not essential. Contact details can be found on our Facebook page or website:, or just come along on the night. Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall. Cooking Made Easy – Sidmouth A cooking demonstration and 2 course sit down lunch for anyone who wants to learn to cook delicious, nutritious meals on a budget. The Lymebourne Centre 11:00 – 13:00 Scottish Country Dancing every Monday 7.30 to 9.30 pm at Ashill village hall , nr Ilminster TA19 9LX. Learn steps, formations and dances. Led by fully qualified teacher. Come along for fun, fitness and friendship. For more information contact Anita on 01460 929383 , email or just come along and have a go. TUESDAY 3 AND WED 4 SEPTEMBER Dillington House, Ilminster. Family History: Pre 1837 Records, looking at Parish Records, Poor Law, Wills and Probate etc. Bridport based Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard is the tutor. Cost is

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£105, includes three course lunch, coffee and tea throughout the days. For more information contact Dillington House on 01460 258648 or TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER Psychic development group, Black Dog tea room 7.30 untill 9pm Commited individuals only, for more Info email Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting as usual in the Baptist Church hall at 7.30 pm for a talk on the subject of ‘Atmospheric Detail’ by Linda Wevill. further details can be obtained from the club membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885. My Life as a Vet by retired vet, Martin Fielding, Dorset’s James Herriot. 6.30 for 7.00pm. Cheese and Wine. Chideock WI Centenary Talk in the Village Hall. Tickets £8.00 for non-WI members from Janet Carey 01297 489782. Everyone welcome. West Dorset Ramblers Walk, Corfe to Swanage. 10.00am Views of Poole Harbour, return by steam train or bus, 8 miles/12.9 km. No dogs. Please call 01300 320346

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER HiDDeN Popular local band will be returning to Bucky Doo Square Bridport on market day from 10.30am. Secondhand Book Sale from 11am Jubilee Pavilion, Lyme Regis. Living Spirituality Event “Seeking the Peace Within” led by Jo Jamil Parsons Quaker Meeting House 95 South Street Bridport 10.00 - 4.00 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. Lyme History Walks: 11.00 am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed, Thurs and Sat in September. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people including Mary Anning, and adventures on land and sea. Experienced Tour Guide: Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half www.lymehistorywalks. com Call 01297 443140 mob 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required. West Dorset Ramblers Walk in the Area of Blackdown Hills. 10.00am Blackdown to Valley of Stones and Ashley Chase,

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10.0 miles/16.1 km. No dogs. Please call 01300 320084 Friends of Sidmouth Town Band ‘Coffee Concert’ Coffee 10.30am Concert 11.00am – Midday Free Admission, with retiring collection for Sidmouth Town Band (ch no. 1163475) … towards new timps for our young percussionists. Incidental piano music with John McGregor during coffee/tea half-hour. Concert … Piano Trio, Dorothy Worthington piano, Ruth James violin, Ruth Lass cello, joined by Dorothy Ferrier, soprano. The historic and unique Music Room, Sidholme Hotel Elysian Fields, Temple Street, Sidmouth, EX10 8UJ Val Howels … … 01297 599255 Gittisham Folk Dance Club meets at 8.00 - 10.15 pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF. A friendly club with live music and guest caller every week - this week featuring Fresh Aire with Graham Barrett calling. Membership available, with entry at £4.00; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie,

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Coast &Countryside See THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 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. Secondhand Book Sale from 11am Jubilee Pavilion, Lyme Regis. Historical Walking Tours of Colyton Every Thursday until 29 September at 2pm. Meet at the Dolphin Street Car park. Booking not necessary. £3 for adults, under 16s Free. To arrange a walk for a larger group please phone 01297 552514. Chard History Group The Windsor Family, Darren and James are Metal Detectors. James will talk about the reasons why they love Metal Detecting and about the artifacts they had found during hundred of hours searching Somerset, Dorset and Devon farmland and unusual places like the Thames foreshore in London. The Windsors have many finds under their belts although still yet to find that elusive Saxon coin. At The

Phoenix Hotel, Chard in the Ball Room upstairs Refreshments available. New members and Guests welcome. Members £2 Guests £3 For information 01460 66165 Broadwey, Upwey and District Horticultural Society “Ponds for Ornamental Plants and Fish” by a speaker from the Gold Club Held at St Nicholas and St Laurence Primary School, Broadwey, Weymouth DT3 5DQ, starting at 7.30pm – website LSi Bridport. Building Britain – a talk be architect and designer Ben Pentreath 7.30pm £12. The Galapagos islands are the subject of the talk by John Foulkes to the Tatworth Wives Group, in St. John`s Church rooms, Tatworth at 7.30pm. WDHS Retirement Fellowship The West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship will meet again after their summer break at 2 pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ. The speaker will be Anna Shapter who will tell us about her life as a Cruise Director on Soviet cruise vessels during the Cold War. The West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship was set up over 30 years ago for retired employees of the Health Service and

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their partners living in Dorset and meet on the first Thursday of every month except August and December. In addition to the monthly meetings, we have coach outings, a theatre trip and Christmas lunch. New members welcome. Chard Camera Club The first meeting back from the summer recession sees members meeting in the Baptist Church hall Holyrood Street at 7.30 pm for a talk given by Mr Jonathan Warner on Audio Visual Photography., it is also the closing date for members to submit their DPI images on their recent Mystery Trip, Roving Hunt and Walking hunt competitions. Further deatils can be obtained from the club’s official website or by contacting the membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885 Tatworth Flower Club Holding Flower demonstration, ‘Wild About Flowers’ By Tracy Johnson Held at Tatworth Memorial hall TA20 2QW Doors open 1.30pm all welcome Visitors £6 Home made cakes! Further information Julie Kettle 01297 33924 Pie, mash & quiz Thursdays only £9.50 (Members £7.50) Join us every Thursday throughout September for Pie & Mash followed by a fruity dessert and then a

general knowledge quiz with a prize up for grabs. Every week will offer a different pie for you to try. Bar Opens from 12:00, food served at 12:30, quiz starts at 13:15. Booking essential by 10:30. Quiz entry only - £2.00. Henhayes Centre, South Street Car Park Crewkerne, TA18 8DA FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER Coach outing to Cardiff / St Fagans, an Elizabethan manor with extensive gardens and the open-air St. Fagans National Museum of History showcasing historic buildings from across Wales: a farm, a tannery, mills and a chapel. £22 Coach only (£19.50 for AH members) Picking up at Dalwood, Axminster, Tatworth, Chard. Call 01404 831207 for info or to book. An Axminster Heritage Alive Event. Unique Boutique Event last community evening street food market for summer 2019. Friday evenings in the summer have become a way to get together over food and connect with your community. You’ll find a great location with views out across the Jurassic coast, the reasonably priced pop up bar and cool music to accompany your culinary journey around the world. Jubilee Gardens, Seaton, EX12 2QU First Friday of the month – 5pm – 9pm. Contact: Eleanor Carr chat@UniqueBoutiqueEvents. 07970 857696. Concerts in the West presents the Eusebius Quartet. String quartet playing a programme of Haydn, Bartok, Beethoven, Mozart and Schumann. For full details see 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Ceilidh: An evening of easy dances with a Caller to guide you Dancing to CDs 7:30-9:30pm, Southill Community Centre, Radipole Lane, Weymouth DT4 9SS, Adults £3 Children £1, BYO alcohol/glasses., Soft drinks/nibbles provided. 01305 833660 for more info. Weymouth Scottish Country Dancers The New Jersey Boys, Axminster

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Guildhall, 7:30 p.m. Ticket £18 from Archway Bookshop 01297 33595.Online: Cooking Made Easy – Exmouth A cooking demonstration and 2 course sit down lunch for anyone who wants to learn to cook delicious, nutritious meals on a budget. Bidmead Community Centre Fish & Chip Friday – Battered Cod with chips, mushy peas & tartar sauce followed by a fruity dessert - only £8.75 (Members £6.50). Vegetarian alternative available. Booking essential. Henhayes Centre, South Street Car Park Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. Coach outing to Cardiff / St Fagans, an Elizabethan manor with extensive gardens and the open-air St. Fagans National Museum of History showcasing historic buildings from across Wales: a farm, a tannery, mills and a chapel. £22.00 Coach only (£19.50 for AH members) Picking up at Dalwood, Axminster, Tatworth, Chard. Call 01404 831207 for info or to book. An Axminster Heritage Alive Event St. Gabriel’s Players present “A Walk Along the Dorset Coast” with J M W Turner. Turner walked the coast of Dorset from Lyme Regis to Poole while

sketching and this show takes readings from Turner’s contemporaries to follow in his footstep; music and even a dance are also integral to the performance The show will be performed at Bridport United Church starting at 7.0pm and proceeds will be split between the United Church and the Bridport Museum Tickets are £5 and can be bought from Bridport Tourist Information Centre or from 01297 489658 The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm. Alicen Dines is a member of the Living Tree who works as an independent celebrant based in Bridport. She writes and leads personal weddings and funerals which reflect people’s character, wishes, spirituality and family traditions. 3.154.15pm 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. www. Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd. Bridport, Using DNA for Family History Research. For those who have done a DNA test with Ancestry and don’t

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know what to do with the results. You must have the test results to attend the day. 10.00 - 4.00, coffee and biscuits provided, bring lunch, cost £30.00. Easy access all on the flat and plenty of parking. WiFi access, bring along laptops. For more info contact Jane on 01308 425710 Phil Beer. 8pm. Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multiinstrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the Folk, Roots and Acoustic scene, and is also one half of the award-winning powerhouse, Show of Hands. Tickets: £16. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www. 01460 240 340. 6-15 SEPTEMBER Artbeat The 7th annual exhibition for 10 East Devon artists. Affordable, original art, prints & cards. An exciting and varied show from this talented group. Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8NG. 07717 810460 www.kennawayhouse. 10am-5pm. Free admission SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER The Neil Maya Quartet: 1959 8pm

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Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Apple Harvest Celebration at Combe Club, 8 mile walk from Symondsbury Farm, Axmouth EX12 4AU 2-5pm Colmers Hill, Copper Hill, Lower Denhay Celebrate by picking, pressing, sampling Farm 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No and bottling £1 entry, accompanied dogs. All welcome. 01308 898002. children free 01297 23822

Student £8, Adult £10 in advance, £12 on the door. Celebrating the jazz of 1959, a vintage year with tunes from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and Charlie Mingus. The Beehive, Honiton. www. Box office 01404 384050. Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Trinity Hill Musbury, Woodlands Farm, Woodhouse Hill 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. Bridport St Swithuns Church Coffee & Jazz 11am Fundraiser for Weldmar Hospice Eype Guided Walk 10am to 1pm Guided walk from Highlands End Holiday Park led by a Jurassic Coast Trust ambassador Tickets £5/£2.50 Members. Location: Highlands End Holiday Park Visit shop or call 01308 807000. Bridport Ceilidhs at 7.30 - 11pm in St Mary’s Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport, featuring the talented “A Pair of Shears”, with Simon Maplesden calling. This is on Bridport’s Hat Festival Weekend, so wear something glamorous, humorous or just plain daft, and you might even win a prize! All are welcome regardless of experience for a fun evening of dance with Bring & Share supper. No bar, but the Woodman Inn is just opposite. Tickets £9 on the door, cheaper at £8 if bought in advance at

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Lyme Regis Parish Church, 3pm. A recital by young organists learning under the Salisbury Diocese PipeUp! scheme. Free with a retiring collection.

The Music Shop or booked on 01308 423 442 / monty3dayslate AT See http://www. Tor Theatre presents: The Fire Catcher. 2pm. Physical theatre and storytelling collide in this fast and furious performance for children aged three and upwards - and their adults. Supported by South Petherton Combined Arts Society. Tickets: £6 Full. £5 under 12s. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www. 01460 240 340. SATURDAY 7 – SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER Open Garden Weekend 10am 5pm Free admission & refreshments. See the Sitting Spiritually Garden, near Lyme Regis & try out the many swing seats on display & enjoy the newly designed garden, by award winning designers Jarman Murphy. Other local artisans will also be exhibiting. Bramble Hayes, Yawl Hill Lane, Uplyme, DT7 3RP T: 01297 443084. Food Rocks Mark Hix, Mitch Tonks, Angela Hartnett and Richard Bertinet all appearing at Food Rocks in Lyme Regis. Food Rocks goal is to bring together the surrounding communities and showcase the best of local produce whilst raising awareness for their chosen charities. As always, all money raised from the weekend will go direct to charities RNLI and The Fishermen’s Mission.

Free live music by PaSaJaDa: 4Ukuleles from 11am, then from 12.15pm Four Tune Tellers: Barbershop Quartet singing traditional barbershop, blues, spiritual & popular music. This event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. 11-1pm. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455 Mind body spirit fayre 9.30am to 5:00pm Mackarness Hall, High Street, Honiton Sat Nav EX14 1PG Admission £2, under 16 Free SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER Yeovil Ukulele Festival Taking place at Haselbury Mill join in to enjoy a day of exceptional musicianship from the likes of Andy Eastwood, Sam Brown and Operalele, wonderful workshops, exciting trade stands, merchandise and more. For more information and to buy your festival and workshop tickets visit www.yeovilukulele. club. The day runs from 11am - 9pm, festival tickets are £20 online and £25 on the door, workshop tickets are £7 each. Lym Delta Rhythm Kings Expect to hear toe-tapping train songs, ragtime and jazz-time instrumentals, raucous rockabilly and lots more, played on the latest acoustic instruments, guitars, mandolins and ukes, all hand-crafted by the band. £8 advance / £10 on the door Starts at 7.30pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre. com. Seaton Dance Club, 7-9 pm at The Gateway Theatre, Seaton Town Hall, Fore Street EX12 2LD. 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! Contact Jackie: 01297 23953 or Gateway box office 01297 625699. Also 15th, 22nd and 29th. Divine Union Sound Bath 2-4pm The David Hall, Roundwell St, SOUTH PETHERTON, Somerset TA13 5AA £12 Booking in advance and further details ahiahel@ 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. Hester Goodman & Matthew Robins present Requiem for a Hatters The Lyric Theatre 7pm Mercury poisoning was common amongst hat makers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Pathological shyness and St Vitus Dance were among the many gruesome symptoms. Upon finding a collection of love letters, diaries, and old trinkets in a box half buried on the beach a picture is pieced together of two people’s journey through shyness into madness. With films, stories, and songs about hats, milkmaids and winged messengers (amongst other things) award-

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winning performers Hester Goodman (actress, singer, and long serving member of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain) and Matthew Robins (musician, artist and filmmaker extraordinaire, who has performed two fabulous Christmas shows at The Lyric) — a pair of shy showoffs — team up to present this new piece of work, coinciding perfectly with Bridport’s unique Hat Festival. Tickets are £12 / £5 (12-18s) available from Bridport TIC: 01308 424901 / bridportandwestbay. and BearKat Café. Doors & bar open 6:30pm for a prompt 7pm start. Tamarisk Farm at West Bexington Dorset Wildlife Trust. Farm walk and cup of tea. 2pm – 4.30pm, meet at farm DT2 9DF. Book with Adam Simon, 01308 897 781. St. John The Evangelist Church Tatworth Organ Recital, St. John’s, Tatworth, by Ian Heavisides at 3pm followed by afternoon tea at 4.15pm Retring collection in aid of St.John’s Church Also Harvest Lunch in aid of St Francis Hospital, Katete, Zambia 12.30pm in the Church Hall All Welcome. contact Lesley Frankay for more details 012970 33420 Oborne Village Fete, 1-3pm. Traditional Village Fete with Jazz Band, Granny’s Attic, Duck Race, Human Fruit Machine, BBQ, Skittles and lots, lots more! Oborne Village (Just off A30 between Sherborne and Milborne Port). Contact Karen Perryman Tel 07866933736 Email: MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER Yeovil Probus Club 1.30pm Influenza. The Yeovil Court Hotel, New Members always most welcome, please contact the Hon. Secretary on 01935 414765 for further details. Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included. 7.30pm – 10.00 pm. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. Cost £1.50 West Dorset Flower Club meet at the WI Hall in North Street, Bridport. The meeting starts at 2.30 pm when Denise Bright will be presenting her demonstration “Your Flowers Our Passion”. New members and visitors are very welcome. For further details please contact the secretary on 01308 456339. West Dorset Ramblers Walk in the beautiful country around Golden Cap. 10.00am. Wandering from Langdon. 6 miles/9.7 km. No dogs. Please call 01297 489567 The Probus Club of Beaminster for retired and semi-retired professional business men holds its monthly coffee meeting at the Fleet Club, Beaminster. New members welcome, please contact

the Hon Secretary, Alec Crawford, 01308 861621. Jurassic Coast boat trip from Lyme Regis. A choice of circular trips. Lyme Regis heading west to Beer Head and back leaving at 11am. Lyme Regis heading east to West Bay/ Burton Bradstock and back leaving at 2pm. Each trip lasts around 2 ½ hours. Light commentary on all aspects of the coastline. £17 per person. More information see the what’s on page of or contact 01297 489481. Online bookings only via Stuart Lines website. Bridport Folk Dance Club, now in its 100th year, starts the new season at 7.30-9.30 pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ. Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playford-style to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s longestablished weekly club, with club callers and recorded music 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. Radipole and Southill Horticultural Society: The society will be holding its next meeting at the Southill Community Centre on Monday 9th September starting at 7.30pm. The evening’s presentation is entitled “Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter” and will be given by a speaker from Poundbury Garden Centre, providing advice on preparing your garden over the coming months for a successful spring. The meeting is open to members and non-members and refreshments will be available. Further information can be obtained on 01305 788939. TUESDAY 10 – THUR 12 SEPTEMBER Axe Vale & District Conservation Society 10.00-16.00 Goat Island grass management; cutting and raking. All welcome, wear walking boots & bring lunch and drink. Meet Stepps Lane SY266903. TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER Volunteer Day - Harvest + sow 10am – 4pm Free. Join organic kitchen gardener Linzie to harvest our seasonal produce and sow winter salad. Magdalen is a working organic farm and education centre based on the Dorset/Somerset borders near Forde Abbey. Our volunteer days are a great way to make new friends, share skills and help our educational charity. Dress to be outside and we will offer a free simple lunch in return for your hard work. Booking essential – visit, or for more information please email julia@ Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly

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anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale will be celebrated with a live broadcast. The evening will see exclusive readings by special guests and promises to be an intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her humour and intellect. £5 under 18s advance and on the door / £11 advance / £13.50 on the door Starts at 7.30pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www. Chard WI meeting at Chard Baptist Church Rooms, Holyrood Street TA20 2AH. Speaker from British Red Cross. Meeting starts 7.30. New members welcome. Call Madeleine on 01460 68495 or e-mail for more information. Meetings second Tuesday of each month. Chard Heart Hub A cooking demonstration for anyone living with, or at risk of, a diet related illness. The Crowshute Centre, 11:00 – 13:00 The Stanchester Quire,” the community quire with a difference”, restarts for the Autumn season at The Martock Christian Fellowship Centre, Church Street, Martock, TA12 6JL, every Tuesday evening at 7:30pm, when we will be learning West Country Christmas Carols with a view to performing them at a series of Christmas Concerts. New members are always very welcome; there are no auditions and the ability to read music is not essential as we learn everything by ear. You can learn more about us by visiting our website at For more information please either: phone 01935 477884 or 01935 822287 email or LSi Bridport Shakespeare’s Bitches and Bastards - a talk by Nims Gribler 7pm Free/Donation Ile Valley Flower Club at Broadway Village Hall Iminster This months Demonstrator is Michele Davies from Bourenmouth with the Title of Kitchen Kapers. 7.30 pm start Visitors welcome for £6 entrance This is the start of our new year so new members always welcome Time for Tea and a Talk ‘Leonardo De Vinci’s life – The Man’ An illustrated talk by Jan Young. £3 Tea & cake served. Call 01404 831207 to book. 2.00 pm at Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH West Dorset Ramblers Walk between Chardstock and Membury 10:00am. 8 miles/12.9 km. Dogs optional. Please call 01308 898484 Bridport History Society meeting 2.30 in United Church Hall, East St, Bridport, talk by Prof Colin Divall ‘Do you really call that prgress Mr Marples? The policy of railway closures in west Dorset’. Membership renewals can be made on the day. Members £! and guests £3.00, all

welcome. For more info contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing departing from Uplyme Village Hall. Depart by coach UVH 7.45am The Lost Gardens of Heligan. 200 acres of Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds rediscovered thirty years ago. The Lost gardens include aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over 100 years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a wild area filled with subtropical tree ferns called “The Jungle”. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head Restaurant. Cost £25 total includes guided tour. Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book. Bridport Camera Club First night of the season. A chance to get together after the summer break and an introduction to the coming programme. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start at Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3HA. A good night to see what we are about if you are thinking about joining -new members are always welcome All enquiries to or call the Club Secretary on 01935 89235. Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm Axe Valley Centre National Trust Talk by Richard Drysdale from the Jurassic Centre Non-members welcome. £2 including refreshments. Further information from Membership secretary 01297 631801 U3A Talk : The Late Flowering Lyricist.A talk by Miranda Pender.You are never too old to try something different! Miranda didn’t start playing guitar or writing songs until her mid-fifties,but she has more

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than made up for it since.She has recorded two C.Ds “Petrol Station Flowers” and “Lifting the Lid”, and published a booklet of song lyrics, “Late Flowering lyrisist”. She performs in pubs,folk clubs andat festivals, and talks abouther experiences. Coffee served from 10-10 40 followed by talk at11 till noon.Venue Woodmead Halls,Hill road,Lyme Regis DT7 3PG-free to members, non members £2 suggested donation.To join U3A,see website or telephone 01297-444566. Bridport Camera Club. First night of the Season - 7pm for 7.30 start Summer catch up, welcome to new members and introduction to the new programme. Bridport Town Hall DT6 3HA. info@, 01935 892353. THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER Saul Rose and Maclaine Colston. Saul Rose (Melodion and Vocals) Songman in War Horse and Maclaine Colston (Hammered Dulcimer, guitar and vocals) as seen with Waterson: Carthy, Faustus, Whapweasle and Eliza Carthy’s Kings of Calicutt and Wayward Band. In concert, the Function Room of the King William, Barn Street. Crewkerne. Soms. TA18 8BP. 8pm. Tickets £10. (Booking advisable as space is limited) 07877206124. “Formidable Bankes Family Women” a talk by David Beardsley. St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW.Presented by the National Trust South Dorset Association. Members £3 Non-members £4 inc. tea/biscuits. No need to book. 2.30pm Organised by Geoffrey and Elizabeth Wrench 01300 321601 Seavington Gardening Club - 7.30 pm ‘Growing Bulbs ‘ by Mickey Little of Avon Bulbs. Refreshments are available before the speaker . The meeting will be held in Seavington Millennium Hall . Visitors are welcome £2 at the door. Enquiries to Karen Day 01460 249728 Martock Guardians historical talk on “The End of World War 1 and its Aftermath” : A fascinating talk by Dr Rodney Atwood: an eminent historian and widely published author who served in the Royal Tank Regiment. The talk covers major WWI battles; political upheaval during and after WWI; the USA’s contribution and impact during and postwar; and the actions that led to WWII. Key issues discussed are the redrawing of the European national borders; the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; and the impact of these changes that led eventually to WW II. 19:30 hrs Admission: No charge but there will be a retiring collection for service charities. http:// Chard Royal Naval Association Members of the local branch will be meeting at the Chard Rugby Football

Club Essex Close at 7.30 pm for their bi monthly general meeting. Further details can be obtained from the branch secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978. Triassic Cruise 6.30pm to 9.30pm A fabulous late summer evening cruise from Exmouth to Sidmouth and back with Stuart Line Cruises and commentary from a Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador. Tickets £10/£5 for Members. Location: Exmouth Marina Visit shop or call 01308 807 000. 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 FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square , Seaton. Folk Triple Bill With performances by Sam Evans, The Merchant Men, and Jemima Farey. 8pm. Tickets £10. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Geoff Achison & The UK Souldiggers From the deep south of Australia, this guitarist’s exciting blend of raw blues and funky grooves has created scores of devoted fans around the world. Geoff Achison was chosen as one of the “Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists” by Guitar Player Magazine and included in the “Top 100+ Guitarists You Should Know”. £12 advance, £14.50 on the door. Starts at 8pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis John Kirkpatrick at Leigh village hall, DT9 6HL, in concert at 7:30pm, Admission £10 Tickets Phil 01935 477884 email:philwithsweets@ or: Bonnie 01935 822287 Folk Triple Bill With performances by Sam Evans, The Merchant Men, and Jemima Farey. 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. uk. Shute Festival. 2-4 pm Walk organised by Legacy to Landscape to King John Oak in Shute (free) 5-6 pm: Anthony Wilson reading from his latest books. 6:30-7:30 pm: Tim Pears on The Redeemed White Tara2:1s Individual Healing Sessions with crystal and Tibetan singing bowls in your personal key White Tara Healing, a fusion of traditional healing methods with White Tara energy, offered by Anna Howard simultaneously with Dean Carterʼs individually tailored Soundbath using Crysta lSinging Bowls and Vocal Overtoning in the clientʼs Personal Key.Limited spaces • available from 10am – 4pm • Individual Session

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£50Advance bookings email: ahiahel@ or tel Dean on 01935 389655 Oborne Village Hall, OBORNE, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA An evening of Baroque Music in St Mary’s Church, Thorncombe with Polly Orr-Ewing, violin and Peter Lea Cox, harpsichord. Polly performs with Dorset Chamber Orchestra, Taunton Sinfonietta and various ensembles. Peter is a renowned organist, continuo player and teacher. Programme to include works by Bach, Handel and Albinoni. 6.30 for 7:00 pm start – wine and cheese on offer from 6:30 and after the concert. Admission free, no need to book. Donations towards music at St Mary´s School. Enquiries to 07968 408993 Kilmington Garden Club. 7.30pm Fungi by Michael Jordan Michael is an author, TV presenter and is recognised as an expert on Fungi in the UK. So all welcome to come along to hear all there is to know on Fungi. Kilmington Garden Club, Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF Nonmembers welcome £3 The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 12.45 Mindfulness and Compassion with Sue Howse. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Eileen Haste of Bridport Community Shed introducing the community shed and an activity focussing on up-cycling rubbish, creating purses and/or notebook wallets out of tetrapaks. Find out more about BCS at www.bridportshed.wixsite. com/welcome. Therapy session to be confirmed. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www. Food on Friday, 12 noon 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. SAT 14 & SUN 15 SEPTEMBER Lucie Milner Original Art & Decorative Work. Exhibition/Sale of Work. The Reading Room, Burton Bradstock 10am - 4pm SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 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 1: 10am – 4pm “Seeking The Peace Within” In a world of difference and division, how can we live and work for healing and peace? led by Jo

Jamil Parsons. Spaces limited so booking is required Donations £10-£40 per day: bringand-share lunch. Contact: Janet Lake: iona. The Black Farmer Bangers and Mash lunch Wilfred Emanuel Jones is known as the Black Farmer as that is just who he is. Coming to England as part of the Windrush generation we are thrilled that he has very kindly agreed to attend a Bangers and Mash lunch (using his own brand of Black Farmer sausages) in Powerstock Hut at 12.30pm for 1pm. Wilfred, author, and entrepreneur, who farms over the Dorset/Devon border, has appeared on many UK wide television and radio programmes recounting the challenges of being a Black Farmer. We can be sure of a fascinating occasion. Learn more about him from Tickets are £10 on the door and available in advance from the Three Horseshoes, the Marquis of Lorne both in Powerstock or Julian Payne on Egyptian Society Taunton “Religion in Ancient Egypt”. Speaker: Maiken Mosleth KIng. The lecture will take place at 2pm at Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED http:// Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Paul Roberts at the Congregational Church, Fore Street. Beer, 2pm - 4.30pm, £7 at the door, children free, visit or phone 01297 24892. The Upbeat Beatles This celebration of the Beatles is second to none: their show takes you along the Fab Four’s long and winding road from the early Cavern days through Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, with a full visual experience featuring some of the finest musicians on the scene. £23 advance, £26 on the door Starts at 8 pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme

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Regis Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8-9 mile walk from Hawkerland Valley Woodbury Castle & Common, Stowford, Hardy’s Farm10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. Cream Tea - come and join us for a delicious cream tea of home-made scones with or without jam and cream served between 2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m. in our delightful Arts and Craft Church, Holy Trinity Bothenhampton. A lovely setting for a chat over a cup of tea or cold drink whilst enjoying a cream tea. Free live music by Mig & Roo: Folk songs and tunes from 11am, then from 12.15pm Buskerbeats: Singalong classics, originals and covers, accompanied on a variety of instruments. This event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455 Dorset Architecture Heritage Week Open day at West Bay Discovery Centre. Visit our beautifully restored Methodist Chapel which is now a Visitors Centre and for one day only, we are offering access to our small mezzanine level to enable high level views of the interior and West Bay. Disabled access to ground floor only. Our exhibition and displays on the ground floor are also worth seeing and appeal to all ages. Open 11am – 4pm. Admission free, donations welcomed. Further details http://www. Shute Festival 10-11 am Nick Jubber on his latest travel book Epic Continent. 11:30-12:30 Jaz O’Hara on her work with refugees. 2-3 pm David Jones on ocean sustainability and plastic pollution. 3:30-4:30 pm Fiona Benson reading from Vertigo and Ghost. 5-6 pm: Owen Matthews on An Impeccable Spy. 6:307:30 pm Christina Lamb on being a war correspondent. Wilfred Emanuel Jones is known as the Black Farmer. He came to England as part of the Windrush generation and organisers are thrilled that he has very kindly agreed to attend a Bangers and Mash lunch (using his own brand of Black Farmer sausages) in Powerstock Hut at 12.30 for 1pm . Wilfred, author, and entrepreneur, who farms over the Dorset/ Devon border, has appeared on many UK wide television and radio programmes recounting the challenges of being a Black Farmer. Learn more about him from Tickets are £10 on the door and available in advance from the Three Horseshoes, the Marquis of Lorne both in Powerstock or Julian Payne on White Tara day Anna Howard and Dean Carter will offer an introduction to

White Tara: who she is and how we can invoke her particular blessings through visualisation, meditation, sadhana practice and the pure sounds of crystal and Tibetan singing bowls with sacred vocal overtoning. £40 for day. Oborne Village Hall, OBORNE, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA West Dorset Greener Homes: 16 homes open to the public to showcase sustainable buildings and lifestyles. FREE. For more info please see bridport.greenopenhomes. net for details. Also 15th, 21st and 22nd September. Blackdown Church (DT8 3LE - B3165 Lyme Regis to Crewkerne Road) Coffee Morning & Local History Exhibition. 10.00am-12.30pm - open to everyone and a welcome to participants of the Dorset Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride who will be walking, cycling or riding around local churches). Books, cakes/produce, plants, bric a brac, raffle and a chance to learn more about the areas history including Martha Brown, the last woman to be publicly hanged in Dorset, as her husband John Brown is buried in the churchyard. All welcome. More info Helen -01460 30362 or Philip (30661/30517) (on A356) Village Hall at 2:30 pm. In aid of St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall Tel: 01935 891224 or 891214 for information. Long Bredy - refreshments in the unique Village Hall (DT2 9HP). Coffee, tea, cakes, savouries. Always held on the second Saturday of the month, 10.30am to 12.00. Dinosaur Footprints Walk to Keates Quarry 12 to 2pm Leisurely, familyfriendly Dinosaur Footprints Walks to Keates Quarry in Purbeck led by a Jurassic Coast Trust ambassador.Tickets £6 adults/children go free. Location: Square and Compass pub, Worth Matravers Visit or call 01308 807000. St. Gabriel’s Players present “A Walk Along the Dorset Coast” with J M W Turner. Turner walked the coast of Dorset from Lyme Regis to Poole while sketching and this show takes readings from Turner’s contemporaries to follow in his footstep; music and even a dance are also integral to the performance It will be at the United Church in Dorchester starting at 7.0pm and proceeds will be split between the United Church and a young couple going to work in China at an orphanage for physically and mentally disadvantages children Tickets are £5 and can be bought at the church shop or from 01297 489658 Dorset Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride. St Andrews Church Burstock will be open between 10am and 6pm to welcome visitors taking part. For more information visit the website Loders Village Hall, 2.00, Somerset

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and Dorset Family History Society, West Dorset Group meeting. Nick Speakman is talking about the new book ‘D-Day Spearhead Brigade: The Hampshires, Dorset and Devons 6 June 1944’. Members £1.50 and visitors £3.00, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 525710 or email: Martin Simpson. 8pm. The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength - every gig is a masterclass. Equally at home playing English traditional Folk, American Folk and Blues, and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Steam Train Day + Character 10.30am – 4pm Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway. Shute Festival 10-11 am Angela Gallop on When the Dogs Don’t Bark. 11:3012:30 Isabel Bannerman on Scent Magic: Notes from a Gardener. 2-4 pm: Film screening of Free Men, a documentary about the life of death row artist Kenny Reams who will dial in for a Q&A from his cell after the film Free, Family, Friendly Scottish Ceilidh organised by the Somerset branch of the RSCDS. 2.30pm - 4.30pm at The Davis Hall, Howell Hill, West Camel, Yeovil, BA22 7QX. Hot and cold drinks will be provided foc. All dances will be called and walked through. Dancing to CD’s. Wear something tartan if you wish. All welcome and bring your friends along too. For more information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@ The Sunday Sessions This regular free entry event is the Marine’s dedicated time to promote quality live music. Enjoy local drinks and the best musicians in our lovely bar overlooking the Cobb. If you’d like to play please email declan@howlrecords. com. Bar opens and starts at 3pm. Free entry, no tickets The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction, Stoford BA22 9UU: Train Day plus meet a Character. Recorded information on 01935 410420, or visit www.yeovilrailway.’ Lyme Regis Parish Church, 3pm. Organ recital by Andrew Caskie. Part of the South Wessex Organ Society autumn concert series. Free with a retiring collection. MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included. 7.30pm -10.00 pm. No partner required . Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461; or just come along. Cost £1.50 www. 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 23rd and 30th. TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER Open Arms Mental Wellness Group – Honiton A free, interactive, drop in cooking session with Open Arms East Devon, a group giving people with mental health difficulties a chance to socialise and take part in group activities Dunning Court, Honiton 15th Oct, 19th Nov, 17th Dec 12pm – 2pm Flower Essences and Osteopathy are the subject of the talk by Rachel Phillimore to Tatworth W.I. at 7.30pm in Tatworth Memorial Hall 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 24th.

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Coast &Countryside WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER Bridport Probus Club The Wonderful World of Glass – Francis Burroughes. 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. When Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Douglas Beazer entitled “The Bridport Railway” 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 is free. Contact Richard Holt, Chairman Tel. 01460 30428 or Google TRAC “traclubsite” for information. Sherborne Group of the Dorset Wildlife Trust Andrew Pollard, Director of Landscape Conservation will be giving a talk on the work of the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL at 7.30pm. Cost £2.50. Axe Vale & District Conservation Society, 10.00-16.00 Undercliff work party: the Plateau, grass cutting and raking. Meet Stepps Lane SY266903 for car share to Rousdon. Colyton & District Garden Society

‘The Clematis Story’ by Charles Chesshire of Charles Chesshire Plants and Gardens in Symondsbury. Meeting starts at 7.30pm, members free, guests £3. This is a change to the published programme. For information, Sue Price 01297 552362. The Honiton U3A will be meeting at The Beehive when they welcome the return of well-known local historian Todd Gray who will be giving his talk entitled ‘Sexual Misconduct in Devon 1500 1697’. Todd will be giving a fascinating glimpse into some of the more unusual aspects of the county’s past. Venue: The Beehive, Dowell St., Honiton Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start Members free and Visitors welcome (Suggested donation £2.00) Further information: 01404 598008 OR Website; honiton Summer evening Nordic Walking Sessions at Furleigh Estate Enjoy a Nordic Walking session in the vineyard under the experienced eye of Julia Williams & Paul Duffy from The Garden Studios in Bridport. Walking poles provided. Tea available from 5.30pm followed by a one hour session from 5.45pm including warm up and cool down finishing with a rewarding glass of sparkling wine on the terrace. Tickets are £10. Book online at www.furleighestate.

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“If You Don’t Go To Chapel You Will Never Get On Here” By Cecil Amor


hen I was 16 I took up a General Engineering apprenticeship with a large manufacturing company and was placed with a foundryman for a few months. The Works Manager, an impressive figure, processed through the factory, rotund with a prominent watch chain proudly displayed over his waistcoat and was also apparently a pillar of the local chapel. My mentor said “Unless you are seen attending chapel you will never have promotion here”. This may have been said partly in joke, “tongue in cheek”. It was my first lesson, which I disregarded as my home was nine miles away. However this advice could have applied in Bridport from the time of King James II. Protestantism began to be established in this country at the time of King Henry VIII when he broke with the Pope, followed by dissolution of the monasteries. When Oliver Cromwell came to power the Puritans disagreed with the decorations and idolatry remaining in the Church of England. Queen Elizabeth I also broke with Rome causing problems with Roman Catholics. This is a broad brush consideration of the religious issues of the time, but shows people moving from the established church and forming independent meetings. However the move led to many problems, bruising encounters and sometimes jail. A Cromwellian Act of 1654 set up “Triers” to approve preachers in the Established Church, including “trying” clergy in office. Local Triers were Robin Tuchin or Touchen of Chideock and John Hardy of Symondsbury. Touchen was admitted in 1646 presumably as priest at Bridport parish church. About this time only one or two people were listed as Roman Catholics in the town, but there may have been a few more under cover and in surrounding villages. In 1672 an ejected clergyman, Rev. Richard Downe was licensed to preach at a private dwelling of John Golding as an “Independent Dissenting or Congregational Teacher”. This was allowed under an Indulgence from King Charles II. However in 1680 Downe and “his people were imprisoned for nonconformity”. In July 1683 Mr Strode of Parnham broke into the Independent Meeting House and broke up all the seats and pulpit and then continued with the same destruction in other places in Bridport. A letter of June 1698 to “Mr Pinny minister of the Gospel living at Betcombe” from “the Church at Bridport” asking Pinny to assist in the ordination of Samuel Baker, a member of the congregation at Axminster. It was signed by Math. Gollop, John

Sissons, Tho. Ridgway, John Hardy, Will Lush, John Stone, Will Picher, John Stevens, Tho. Goudge, William Stevens and William Bishop. It seems that this group first met just off East Street and Stake Lane, now Barrack Street, probably in a hay loft. Shortly after the group moved up to what is now known as the Lyric Theatre.

The Dissenters attended the parish church once a year for Holy Communion which was the minimum requirement for official office. Dissenters were frequently church wardens and overseers of the poor. Quakers would not enter a “steeple house”, as they called the parish church and so barred themselves from public office.

In those days the Quakers were more confrontational than the other independent groups By 1696 the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, had converted a barn belonging to Quaker Daniel Taylor in South Street, Bridport, opposite the parish church as their meeting house. In those days the Quakers were more confrontational than the other independent groups, when attendance at the parish church was compulsory, and they chose to meet almost opposite the church. They also refused to “doff their hats” to anyone. Their meeting house was frequently broken into by local authorities and the members taken out roughly and thrown into jail for non-attendance at the parish church. The Quakers had their own burial ground in South Street from about 1659, whereas the other nonconformist groups continued to use the parish church for burials. By 1676 Bridport had a higher percentage of “Dissenters” than the rest of Dorset. In 1735 the Independent Congregation had grown to about 500 and the meeting split over a confrontation with the minister over the question of the Trinity. What then became the Unitarians were about 300 and the remaining 200 became Congregationalists. The Unitarian Chapel was built in 1794 in East Street Bridport, commonly known as “The Chapel in the Garden”. Later in 1859 the United Reform Church was built almost opposite the Unitarian Chapel. A Wesleyan Chapel was built in 1837 (now the Arts Centre) with an attendance of 843 in 1851 and the Baptists erected their chapel in 1842 with 215 attenders. Basil Short in his small book A Respectable Society - Bridport 1593 - 1835, wrote that in 1692 and 1695 two Dissenters were appointed to the town Corporation, Thomas Way and Samuel Gundry. By 1708 there were 5 Dissenters: Samuel Gundry, Robert Bull, Thomas, Joseph and Benjamin Way. As time passed Andrew Way and Joseph Gundry joined so that by 1720 the council was firmly in the hands of the Dissenters. One of their first actions was to remove the toll on wheat, reducing the price of bread.

Short quotes Hutchins, the Dorset historian, “Since the year 1720 a great many brick houses have been built here and the streets well paved”. The better fortunes of the town were based on local industry and most of this was owned by Dissenters including some Quakers. Some of the owners of business were the Gundrys, Hounsells, Downes, Colfoxes, Ewens, Bools all possibly coming under a blanket title as “Chapel”. So perhaps the warning I received at age 16 was relevant in Bridport years ago! The first meeting of the autumn season for Bridport History Society is on Tuesday 10th September at 2.30 pm in the United Church Main Hall, East Street, Bridport when Prof. Colin Divall will ask “Do you really call that progress Mr. Marples?” and talk about the closure of local railway lines. All welcome, non members entrance fee £3. Cecil Amor, Hon President, Bridport History Society.

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THURSDAY 19 – SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER Wellbeing by the Lakes A brand new three-day festival exploring what it means to be mindful and how to live well in our fast-paced modern world taking place at the beautiful sculpture park, Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester. A curated blend of expert talks, live performance, meditation, movement sessions, breathwork, wholesome food and healing therapies will be on offer at one of the UK’s most unique festival location. Speakers include wellbeing guru Liz Earle MBE and Gelong Thubten. The Tashi Lhunpo monks will be creating a beautiful sand mandala over the three days. Day tickets to the festival start at £30 and include all talks and workshops. The event will run from 10am - 5pm, with late night performance and live music on Friday and Saturday evening until 10pm . www. FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER Bath Baroque Baroque music featuring the Brandenburg Concertos no.2 and no. 4, JS Bach Cello Suite no.1 in G major, Handel Trio Sonata in C minor. 8pm. Tickets £20 (£35 with pre-show supper at 7pm, must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www. Try out some fun fabric distortion techniques - phone or email for details and equipment list. 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@ The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Melanie Hammick talking about EFT (emotional freedom technique). 2.30-4pm Therapy session - Peter Cove offering Swedish 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. SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER The Big BSQ A fun and friendly fundraising evening in aid of Ilminster Arts Centre with Bingo, supper and locally themed quiz. Tickets £18.50. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Scottish Dancing Party in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included. 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. Cost £3.00 . Please bring

a plate of food to share. Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Otterton Estuary Mouth, Brandy Head, Ladrams Bay 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. Free live music by Stampita: A mixture of folk songs and tunes accompanied by a variety of instruments. This event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455 LSi Bridport. Architectural Heritage Week Tours 10.30am-3.30pm free/ Donation Flaxdrayton Workshops Open Day 11.00am - 4.00pm – free entry. Join us at our Open Day and visit the amazing arts and social enterprise hub in this historic Victorian farmyard: local food and drink tasting and sales, demonstrations and exhibitions, discounts on BODYSMART fitness and photography, art and craft workshops, jewellery, joinery, metal gaming miniatures, antiques, “Club Tropicale” games and play, refreshments at Imagine Learn & Create’s “Once in a Blue Moon Café” (profits to charity), live music from John Adamson, Plum Jam and Toadflax. Flaxdrayton Farm, Drayton, South Petherton TA13 5LR - 1/2 mile from A303. Go to or ring 01460 241062. Landscapes for Life: National Moment 1.00 – 4.00pm To kick start Landscape for Life week, hearts are being formed across the country in our most loved landscapes on Saturday 21st September at 2pm. Join us for a mass picnic before we create an enormous heart in one our most iconic spots. Artist Lorna Rees will bring her special take on the Dorset landscape to the proceedings. Cerne Abbas. More Info Golden Cap Guided Walk 10.30am to 1pm Join a Jurassic Coast Ambassador for an invigorating walk to the top of the highest point on England’s south coast. Tickets £5/£2.50 for Members. Visit or call 01308 807000 to book. Location: Golden Cap Holiday Park Jumble Sale, 2pm, with tombola & refreshments at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall. Contributions most welcome & can be left at the hall from 10am – mid-day. Information from Jackie (01460 72324) The Blackheart Orchestra. 8pm. Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington, plus their on-stage ‘musical spaceship’ of 13 instruments, are The Blackheart Orchestra. Their shows combine elements of Folk, Progressive and Classical music, and have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and

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placements on TV commercials and films. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. FRIDAY 27 – SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER Run Jurassic Saturday 28th September - Ultra Race and Marathon @ 8am Chaos Race (3km) @ 6pm Sunday 29th September - Half Marathon @ 8am, 10km @ 8.30am and Children’s Race @ 2pm Inaugural Jurassic Coast running festival, Run Jurassic is a family-friendly festival of fun, activities, and most importantly, running! Organised by White Star Running in support of the Jurassic Coast Trust. Location: Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock Visit or SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER Appassionata! Locally based but widely followed Jonathan Delbridge presents an hour of exciting and emotional piano music, mostly from the Romantic period, ranging from Beethoven to Rachmaninoff. 3pm St. Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne. Tickets £8 (£10 on the door) and under 18’s free from Crewkerne Town Hall and Stephen Morrice on 01460 73960 or Bar available and free canapes. Jazz in the Bar: The Golden Age of Jazz Join vocalist Emma Sanders and pianist Philip Clouts for a sparkling rendition of songs made famous by the likes of Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Waller. £8 advance / £12 on the door Starts at 8.30pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www. Bridport St Swithuns Church, Harvest Festival 11am. Axe Vale & District Conservation Society, 10.00-12.00 Big Beach Clean, Seaton. Booking essential with Fran Sinclair 07804 835905. Meet Fisherman’s Gap, Seaton SY244898. Wear gloves, bring a pencil. Divine Union Sound Bath 2-4pm Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, BRIDPORT, Dorset DT6 3JX Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath Experience a magical performance of therapeutic Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/ absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.) £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound. org 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you

Wootton fitzpaine social club, Tractor run, 10.00am Tea, coffee and bacon rolls 11.00am start run Entry 10.00 pounds to include lunch voucher Raffle, BBQ, Bar Info 07539 529486 Guided Walk: Myths & Legends of the Land of Bone and Stone10.30am – 12.30pm Story teller Martin Maudsley explores the folklore of the South Dorset Ridgeway and re-story’s this fantastical landscape, on this entertaining walk for all the family, showing a whole new side to this ancient landscape - a ‘land of bone and stone’. Nr Hardys Monument. Suitable for Families FREE / Bookings Essential Burstock Church Harvest Lunch The Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. Lunch will be served from 12.30pm Hot lunch and dessert. Adults £10 and Children £5 Details 01308 868083 Lyme Regis Parish Church, 3pm. A concert of Indian classical music with Ricky Romain, sitar. Part of the South Wessex Organ Society autumn concert series. Free with a retiring collection. Acoustic Night. 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please email to secure a slot. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall. Art and Design History in Bridport, Art talks with Pam Simpson MA. For 6 wks at Chapel in the Garden, in the ‘White Room’, East St, Bridport, DT6 3JX, 2pm-3.30pm. Fee: £60 This Autumn we are exploring ‘Romanticism’ in painting and its contexts, English, French and German painting, Constable, Palmer, Turner, Friedrich, Blake, Fuseli, Delacroix, Gericault etc. It is a period of significant changes in painting, with new ideas and philosophies to explore, including the Gothic Horrors which we will touch on. Literature, art and music are tied very closely together in this period and a new sensibility in portraying and reacting to the landscape develops. To book or for more information contact Pam Simpson, 01300 321715 or email Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included. 7.30 pm. – 10.00 pm. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461; or just come along. Cost £1.50 TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER Volunteer Day - Practical farming 10am – 4pm Free Help our ranger Julia

with animal care tasks around the farm. Magdalen is a working organic farm and education centre based on the Dorset/ Somerset borders near Forde Abbey. Our volunteer days are a great way to make new friends, share skills and help our educational charity. Dress to be outside and we will offer a free simple lunch in return for your hard work. Booking essential – visit uk/events, or for more information please email 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 Matthew Denny speaks about the 1951 Festival of Britain. Martock History Group John Smith returns by popular demand with a fast moving and interest-rich talk on domestic Roman life in Somerset. He’ll talk of their houses (villas were late, bling ‘Grand Designs’ at the end of the Empire, like today) and how they evolved during their stay here. John dresses up in costumes, this time he is bringing a lady’s costume recreated from one found petrified in a waterlogged rhyne – watch out! He will also bring new revelations about why the Romans really left Britain. Fergus Dowding 01935 822202, fergus.dowding@ Chantel McGregor A guitar prodigy, at fourteen this rock musician was told by major labels that she had a “great voice, but girls don’t play guitar like that!”. With support from Felix Rabin £15 advance / £17.50 on the door Starts at 7.30pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www. The Lyme Regis Society ‘The Old George Inn’ A talk by Audrey Standhaft 2.30pm- 4pm at Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. DT7 3PG. All Welcome. Members Free. Visitors £3.00. Including Refreshments. www. Merriott Gardening Club We start off this month after our summer break with an interesting talk about Companion Planting by Stephanie Hafferty who is a ‘no dig’ gardener. Stephanie is also an author writing about growing vegetables, fruit and herbs in her garden and allotment. Her book ‘The Creative Kitchen’ is based on seasonal plant based recipes and she is also the co-author with Charles Dowding of the book ‘No Dig Organic Home and Garden’. Please meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments and raffle. Don’t forget to bring your flower for the ‘Flower of the Month Competition’. Visitors £2 at

the door. All very welcome Martock History Group. John Smith returns by popular demand with a fast moving and interest-rich talk on domestic Roman life in Somerset. He’ll talk of their houses (villas were late, bling ‘Grand Designs’ at the end of the Empire, like today) and how they evolved during their stay here. John dresses up in period attire, this time he is bringing a lady’s costume recreated from one found petrified in a waterlogged rhyne – watch out! He will also bring new revelations about why the Romans really left Britain. In Martock Primary School Hall, Elmleigh Road. Tea from 7 pm, talk 7,30 pm, free to members, £3 to non members. WEDNESDAY 25 SEPT – 4 OCTOBER Cerne Historical Society is holding an exhibition to mark the centenary of the sale, by auction, of Cerne Abbas, by the Pitt-Rivers family in September 1919. Most of the village was included in the sale. Using original sale particulars and plans, maps, newspaper articles and photos, the exhibition looks at the sale and life in Cerne Abbas at this period. The exhibition in St. Mary’s Church will run from 25th September to 4th October, daily, except for the 28th September, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘The Living Jigsaw Explained’ – the nitty gritty of eco-friendly gardening by Val Bourne. Colyton Parish History Society Start 7.30pm Entrance fees £2 for members, £4 for non-members - meetings open to everyone. Colyton Town Hall. Devon & Dorset Migration in the 1800’s by Jane Ferentzi. Bridport Camera Club A presentation by Homer Sykes, well known photographer with work in the permanent collection at the V&A, who has been documenting British life & customs for 50 years. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start at Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3HA. New members always welcome. All enquiries to info@ or call the Club Secretary on 01935 89235. 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. Silver Years’ Fair Are you retired, about to retire or wanting to support family and friends in their retirement? You don’t want to miss this FREE event at Ferne Animal Sanctuary 11am-3pm, where you will find everything you need to know about managing finances and increased leisure time all under one roof. More

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than 30 businesses and organisations are exhibiting to assist you in gaining peace of mind through financial security and help to understand legal processes attached to Will Writing, Powers of Attorney etc. alongside having fun and learning new skills as diverse as playing croquet and willow sculpting! For more details, call: 01460 67587 West Dorset Ramblers Walk and Pub Lunch. 10.00am. Marquis of Lorne Inn, Nettlecombe. 5.5 miles/8.9 km. No dogs. Please call 01308 897702 by 24/09 to book lunch. Coffee Morning. 10am-12noon. Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors is showing at the Marine to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday. Encore screening £5 under 18s advance or on the door / £11 advance / £13.50 on the door Starts at 7pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre. com. The Arts Society West Dorset: Art & Architecture in Imperial Farnborough: The Empress Eugenie in Exile 18801920.. Speaker: Anthony Geraghty. The Town Hall, Bridport at 2.30pm. For details contact 01308 485487. New: Art and Design History in Lyme Regis, Art talks with Pam Simpson MA. For 6 wks at Lyme Regis Football Clubhouse, Charmouth Rd, DT7 3DT. Free Parking at the venue. 2pm-3.30pm. Fee: £60 This Autumn we are exploring ‘Romanticism’ in painting and its contexts, English, French and German painting, Constable, Palmer, Turner, Friedrich, Blake, Fuseli, Delacroix, Gericault etc. It is a period of significant changes in painting, with new ideas and philosophies to explore, including the Gothic Horrors which we will touch on. Literature, art and music are tied very closely together in this period and a new sensibility in portraying and reacting to the landscape develops. To book or for more information contact Pam Simpson, 01300 321715 or email Stepping into Nature West Bay at War –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. Meet at the Discovery Centre at 10.40am.Advance booking and further details 01308 427288 Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild will welcome speaker, Emma Duke, to its meeting when she will talk about the lost

coast of Somerset. Emma is an excellent speaker and came to us last year to talk about other aspects of the north Somerset coast with fascinating details about the Bristol Channel and the river Parrett. Our meeting will start at 6.45 at the Crowshute Centre where there is ample free parking in the adjacent public car park. New members and visitors are always welcome to join us. The South Dorset RSPBGroup will be given a talk by Steve Oakes on “Pura Vida” - Costa Rica’s magical birds. We now have a new venue and time. We are now meeting at County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ . Meetings will start at 7-15pm. Admission Members £3-0, Visitors£4-0 to include coffee and biscuits. All welcome. What is a Community Land Trust, and how can it provide affordable housing? Talks by Vanessa White of Powerstock CLT, Julian Peacock of Hastoe Housing association, and Bridport Co-housing update. See for details. St John Ambulance Hall, Rax Lane, DT6 3JJ 7.00pm £3.00 or 3 NETS, less if you can’t afford it. 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 FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square, Seaton. Craig Milverton Trio with Enrico Tomasso, Jim Mullen and Christian Brewer. Dynamic mainstream jazz played by multi-award winning players. 8pm. Tickets £20 (£35 with pre-show supper at 7pm, must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www. Chris Foster Originally from the South West, Chris was a founder member of the Yeovil Folk Song Club in the Sixtees. He is one of the very best performers of English Traditional Song, in the way he has modernised traditional songs with inventive guitar arrangements and potent vocal delivery. 8pm. The Trooper, Stourton Caundle. DT10 2JW. Tickets £10. Booking advisable as space is limited. 01936 362890 Lyme Regis Comedy Club with Julian Deane This great value comedy club has four acts on the bill. This month our headliner is a star of Russell Howard’s Hour, who writes for Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and Morgan Spurlock’s New Britannia. £8 advance / £10 on the door Starts at 8pm The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre. com. Macmillan Coffee Morning.

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Hawkchurch Village Hall 10am till Noon Stalls..Raffle...Cakes.. Further info. Maggie Stead 01297 678458 West Dorset Ramblers Circular Walk from Kimmeridge. 10:00am. 8 miles/12.9 km. No dogs. Please call 01305 459135 The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 12.45 Mindfulness and Compassion with Sue Howse. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15 Art with Libby. 2.30-4pm Therapy- 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. www. “A Wild Garden” 7.30pm, Dorset based award-winning Natural History photographer Colin Varndell shows the variety and breadth of wildlife that can be attracted to a garden specifically planned for that. All aspects of garden wildlife: birds, mammals and insects. Shows how a formal garden can be attractive to wildlife as well as less formal. 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 SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER Count Arthur Strong The BBC Radio 4 and TV legend brings his new show to the Marine—‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ “Undeniably brilliant” ~ The Guardian £22.50 advance / £26 on the door Starts at 8pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Askerswell Village Jumble Sale, United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 10 12 am. Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Uplyme Dragon’s Hill, Hogchester Farm, Charmouth 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. Free live music by Nine Pound Catfish: Ragtime blues and hokum on guitar, banjo, mandolin & washboard. This event is the last of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455 Cloakham Lawn Sports Club presents an Elton John Tribute evening ( Martin Cox as Elton John) 8.30 Start till 12pm. Ticket £15 and includes Buffet, Bar, Raffle and support Comedian (Stewart Masters). Tickets on sale at Archway Bookshop Axminster and Cloakham Lawn. For more information: Tel Dawn 07742 988566 or Geoff Enticott 07840 268730. Event at Cloakham Lawn Sports Centre, Chard Road, Axminster, EX13

Thursday 19th September, Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly at The Marine Theatre. Dave Kelly, the legendary blues guitarist who played with John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, and Buddy Guy, is joining forces with Scotland’s Queen of Soul (and founder member of Stone the Crows) for a special concert of blues, soul, folk, rock, and gospel. Starts at 8pm. The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis .5HW Café Sladers. A four-course sit-down dinner with wines to be held at Sladers Yard with the artist Marzia Colonna during her solo exhibition of collages, drawings and sculpture. The dinner will be cooked by the acclaimed Café Sladers head chef Jacqueline Spendlow, 5 x Gold Award winner from Taste of the West. Wines chosen and presented by multiaward winning winery Furleigh Estate. Sladers Yard Café Ltd, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL, t: 01308 459511 Quimantu. 8pm. The Anglo-Chilean band Quimantu creates a unique cultural blend through their exceptional use of the numerous traditional Folk styles of Latin America, skilfully incorporated with contemporary influences from Western Classical music to Celtic, African and Indian styles, to name just a few. This multi-talented group of musicians have quite deservedly gained a reputation as one of the UK’s best and most creative Latin groups. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall. 01460 240 340. Charity Disco, 8-11pm, Charity Disco in aid of the Uplyme Community Sponsorship Fund, which is raising funds to sponsor and support a Syrian refugee family to live in Lyme Regis/ Uplyme area. DJ Ayvin has an eclectic mix of Jazz, Soul, Disco, Reggae, World, Remixes and Electronica – something for everyone! Cash Bar available. Tickets £8 (£5 students and unwaged), Location -

The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3BS, Tickets from the Tourist Information Centre 01298 442138. SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER Steam Train Day 10.30am – 4pm Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10AM-12.30PM If you think meditation means only silent navel gazing-think again! Toning is an ‘out loud’ form of meditation, energising the subtle body chakras by joyfully sounding the sacred Sanskrit (actually universal) vowel sounds. You will also learn your Personal Sonic (Soul Note) and Key Tone to then work meaningfully with the notes/chakras in your key alongside our Chakra Tones CDs. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound. org 01935 389655. Divine Union Sopundbath 2-4pm Oborne Village Hall, OBORNE, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA Experience a magical performance of therapeutic Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/ absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.) £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound. org 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. Pottery Collectors Meeting At 5th Floor

Meeting Room, Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1BW (www. You are invited to ‘Potted History’ a presentation by pottery enthusiasts Steve and Mary at 11:30am with examples from their special collection of Honiton and Crown Dorset Pottery. After 2pm review the display of diverse designs featuring people on Crown Dorset and Honiton Pottery as well as discussions of recent acquisitions and mystery pots. Opportunity to view our products and some of our archives. Stay for all or part of the day. Tea/coffee available. Bring sandwiches for lunch or go out to eat. Members free: Non-members £2.. For more information visit our website at or our HPCS Facebook Group Page Any questions please email Lyme Regis Parish Church, 3pm. Devon flute trio Flute Cake present a varied programme of classical, folk and film music. Part of the South Wessex Organ Society autumn concert series. Free with a retiring collection. MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall. Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included 7.30p.m. – 10.00 p.m. No partner required Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. Cost £1.50

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Lamanver Bel Ami makes three for Wessex Racing Club By Jeremy Blackburn

The Wessex Racing Club enters its second season with the acquisition of a new horse called Lamanver Bel Ami – a 5-year-old bay gelding by Black Sam Bellamy. He has run twice in his first season last year at Ffos Las and Exeter where he came 5th and 4th respectively. He is a very exciting prospect who will be trained by Jack Barber and he will have a Novice Hurdling campaign mapped out for next season. He joins existing Wessex Racing Club horses Three in One, also trained by Jack Barber and Le Coeur Net, trained by Anthony Honeyball. Jack Barber and Anthony Honeyball train on the outskirts of Seaborough in West Dorset Three in One ran 5 times last season - finishing his season with a running on 4th place over hurdles at Taunton. Now that he has a mark (81) we believe that he can be more competitive. Jack will be looking to run him over fences in the season ahead. If he doesn’t show the form that we still believe he retains, we will revert to point to pointing after Christmas and take a view after a few runs at the local point to point tracks. The aim will be to build up his confidence and tell us whether he should go back under rules next season. Le Coeur Net kicked things off for us with a great 18 length win at Ffos Las in November and subsequently came 5th and 2nd in his further two runs this season. Considering he had 10 races the season before last a return of only 3 runs was disappointing. However, the need for Anthony Honeyball to shut down his yard for three months (from November till mid-February) and the subsequent unsuitable fast going from March onwards did not help his cause. On a positive note we will have a lightly raced horse ready to do battle again next season off a very appealing mark of 112. Members enjoy regular communications during the National Hunt season, which includes detailed plans about the plans for the Club horses and stable updates. Membership includes regular visits to the gallops to watch the horses work and of course trips to the races, including passes, when the Club horses run. Despite the addition of a third horse we have kept membership the same as last year at £100 per month. For more details please visit: Top left: Expectant racing club members at Exeter with top jockey Nick Scholfield discussing running plans Left: Jack Barber – trainer Below: Le Coeur Net with happy members after winning at Ffos Las Right: Three in One on his summer holidays

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Courses&Workshops TUESDAY 27 AUGUST Bridport Summer Yoga A different Yoga Teacher each week. Tuesday mornings 10am - 11.30am The Ballroom of The Bull Hotel, 34 East St, Bridport DT6 3LF (Public Car Parking is very near in East St car park). For information contact Corrie van Rijn on 01308 485544, WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST Children’s Paint Pouring 1.30pm – 2.30pm or 4pm – 5pm £12.50 Leader : Gillian Beckman-Findlay. Suitable for children age 6+. Paint pouring uses acrylic paint along with a paint medium that encourages the paint to develop circular cells which create abstract masterpieces by letting the paint pigment basically run amok. There are endless creative possibilities. Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 www. FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 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. 10.30am – 3pm More info or to book: 01404 831207 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH. Willow Workshop Bees £65 Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset jojo. josadlerforgednwillow. 07531417209. Textile Workshop 3D forms at The Durbeyfield, West Bay. 9.30am -3pm, all materials and morning tea and coffee included, £40 per person per workshop (10% discount for booking all 4 sessions). 07973 769432. FRI 30 AUGUST – SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER Wallpaper Weekend Workshop Create your own plant-inspired repeat patterns and design before printing a length by hand. Taught by Hugh Dunford Wood. The course will start at 4.30pm on Friday with dinner at 6pm and an introductory session. Residents are welcome to arrive from 3pm. R £345 NR £261. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, DT20EQ. T: 01300 320684. Visit to book online. TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 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 Stained Glass Make a stained glass leaf, apple 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 Dragonfly £65 Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset 07531417209. Art Class with Hannah Twine Every first Tuesday of the month Kennaway House, Sidmouth10am-12.30 & 1.30pm-4.00pm Contact Hannah on or call 07912 627071 3 – 5 SEPTEMBER Relief Sculpture with Neil Wood £180+£30 materials Artwave West, Morcombelake, DT6 6DY www.artwavewest. com T:01297 489746 Relief sculpture is significant in world art, from ancient times to the present day and continues as a means of creative expression. This workshop will equip you with the skills and knowledge to create your own cast relief artwork. THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER Exploring Kantha Learn about the relaxing and therapeutic nature of hand-stitching by creating a small design, purse or wall hanging. Tutor Paula Simpson.10am - 1pm. £15. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. 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 FRIDAY 6 – SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER Historical Ecology of Ancient Grazed Woodlands and Meadows. Uncover the hidden stories of ecology, geology, and wildlife of Kingcombe and Powerstock that define this ancient landscape. Led by Bryan Edwards. Arrive by 4:30pm on Friday. Residents are welcome to arrive from 3pm. The course will finish at approximately 4pm on Sunday with afternoon tea. R: £303 NR: £219. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, DT20EQ. T: 01300 320684. Visit to book online.

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FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER Hedgerows – the good, the bad and the ugly- guided walk 10am – 12noon A short ecology and habitat creation course to help you get the best from your hedges. Hedges are among UK’s most important habitats. We have lost half of them in living memory, and most are now mere skeletons of what they should be. A good hedge is an abundant habitat for all sorts of wildlife, as well as being pleasing on the eye, and a traditional feature of our countryside. This is not a practical course, (hedgelaying courses will be run later in the year), but bring a pair of boots and appropriate clothing for a full morning outdoors as we will be walking and talking, and seeing what hedgerow inhabitants we can find. All-terrain electric wheelchairs are available – please let us know in advance if you need one. Magdalen is an organic farm with an abundance of wildlife and habitats, (including 4.5 km of hedges), and a fascinating place to get better acquainted with nature. Booking essential – visit, or for more information please email julia@ Textile Workshop Nuno felting at The Durbeyfield, West Bay. 9.30am -3pm, all materials and morning tea and coffee included, £40 per person per workshop (10% discount for booking all 4 sessions). www. 07973 769432. SATURDAY 7 AND 14 SEPTEMBER Ikebana Workshop for Beginners Learn how to create beautiful Ikenobo Japanese Floral Art 2pm-4pm Kennaway House, Sidmouth Booking essential. Contact: or call 01395 514001 SATURDAY 7 SEPTEMBER Flower Painting Day with Guy BarkleySmith £60 Artwave West, Morcombelake, DT6 6DY T:01297 489746 Using a combination of acrylic and oil paints we will paint the classic still life subject of flowers. Modern Floral Watercolour Workshop for beginners. Learn the basic techniques of painting with watercolours: laying a wash, brushes, paints and paper. Create a beautiful study of a flower or paint a boarder. Call 01404 831207 for info or to book. 10.00am - 12.30 Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH Tor Theatre: The Fire Catcher - Drama Workshop. 3.30pm. Enjoy a fun and friendly hour-long workshop with the cast from the show. Giggles a-plenty and suitable for children aged three and upwards - and their adults. Tickets: £5 Full. £4 under 12s. The

David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 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 thedancingmaster@outlook. com Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Journey. 2pm - 3.30pm. Experience a magical journey of therapeutic Pure Sound with musician Dean Carter. To reserve a place email, phone 01935 389655 or visit Payment required on the day. Tickets: £12. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER Board Games Evening Come and enjoy a fun and sociable evening of board gaming. Games and tuition will be provided. 7.30pm - 10pm. £4 per person. Bar available. Second and fourth Mondays. No need to book - contact Andrew Fawcett for more

info. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Introduction to Calligraphy, 14.00 to 16.00 Explore the beautiful art of calligraphy and develop your skills over the weeks. £20 per session or £75 for all 4. Also on 16, 23 & 30 September Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 hello@ TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER Lavender, Linen and Lace Enjoy a relaxing morning of hand-stitching your own unique lavender sachets using linen, lace, vintage textiles or upcycled fabrics. With Paula Simpson. 10am - 1pm. £15. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Willow Workshop Chickens £65 Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset 07531417209. Mindfulness & Self Compassion, Half-day course on with Susan Howse (Accredited Mindfulness Teacher - UK Teachers Network). Tuesday morning 1012.30 at the Othona Community, Burton Bradstock. Course fee £15. Contact Sue on 01308 898337 or howsesp@yahoo. Website:

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER An Introduction to Portraits Learn how to capture a likeness and hone your observational skills. Suitable for those with some prior experience. Tutor Juliet Farnese. Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm. £75 for 6 workshops. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Until 16 October. “Back to Basics” Art Classes with Bryan Dawkins For beginners and those artists wishing to improve their skills Wednesdays weekly for six weeks, starting 11th September. The last class will be 16th October 2019. 10am-1.00pm Kennaway House SidmouthContact Bryan on www. or call 01395 512526 Paint Pouring, 14.00 to 16.30 There are endless creative possibilities thanks to a number of techniques which aid the process which we will explore throughout the workshop. £28.50 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER Painting Portraits in Oil Paint a portrait of your choice and discover a variety of oil painting techniques. Suitable for beginners. Tutor Heather Ford. Thursdays. 1.45pm - 4.15pm. £65 for 6 workshops

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(plus £7 for materials payable to the tutor). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. Until 24 October. FRI 13 SEPT – 4 OCT Breathing Life into Paint with Claire Barnett £120 Artwave West, Morcombelake, DT6 6DY www. T:01297 489746 Exploratory drawings have direct energy and freshness. Finding ways of getting that equivalent quality into the paint can seem elusive. This course gives you four, half studio days of painting from drawings that are created in situ. Your inspiration will be the views of the land and sea. FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 6-Week Nutritional Therapy Cooking Course, with registered Nutritionist (MBANT) Helen Ross. Friday mornings upstairs at Yellow Gorse, £20 a class. Telephone 07704093016 or book via Eventbrite. 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 10.30 – 3.00 pm at Dalwood Pavilion EX13 7EU SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER A taste of Autumn Workshop 10am - 3.30pm, Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Come and enjoy the bounty of Autumn in a kitchen garden workshop celebrating all that is in abundance in September. Join garden writer Sally Nex, head gardener, Joshua Sparkes, local chef Ed Versluys, and the veg growers, Hewood Organics for a day long course in how to grow your own and make the most of this season’s harvest. Tickets cost £85 and include lunch, tea, coffee and cake. Tel: 01460 220231. John Kirkpatrick will lead a CAROLD HARMONY WORKSHOP. This event is aimed primarily at choirs but individuals will be very welcome subject to spaces available.11:00am - 4:30pm (doors open 10:30) Bring and share lunch Admission £10 per person includes tea/coffee Ticket reservations for both events: Phil 01935 477884 email:philwithsweets@ or: Bonnie 01935 822287 Alexander Technique Introductory Workshop with Inge Dyson at Othona Community, Burton Bradstock, 10.00 to 4.00. £35 including lunch. Contact Inge Dyson on 01297 489526 or ingedyson@ SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER Expressive Florabunda with

Claire Barnett £60 Artwave West, Morcombelake, DT6 6DY T:01297 489746 Claire’s informal workshop combines demonstrations and practical work. It is for people with some experience and not complete beginners. However, as you work on your own paintings you can develop them to your own ability and individual and appropriate advice will be offered accordingly. The aim is to experiment, loosen up and develop exciting and expressive ways of mark making. SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Bookbinding at ink & page 29a West Allington, Bridport DT6 5BJ. Oriental style: an ancient method featuring decorative stab sewing. 11am - 4pm £85 contact kim& 07425163459. 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 Sea Glass & Pottery Creations, 14.00 to 16.00 Make items out of sea glass, sea pottery and other beach finds and bits & pieces. We’ll have a selection of materials available - please bring your own finds if you want to use them. £15 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 hello@ TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER Sugar Craft For Beginners, 14.00 to 16.00 Try the fascinating craft of making beautiful sugar flowers. In this session we’ll explore the basics, touch on the tools needed and make a small project to take home. £12.50 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER All day Appliqué Workshop, , 9.30 - 3.30pm All day workshop where you learn the appliqué technique and create your own fabric version of your home, favourite image or scene. Learn or perfect your appliqueing skills at the fun all day workshop with Rachel and Lucy. £85 includes all instructions, materials, lunch and refreshments. THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER Drawing From Observation, 09.30 to 12.30 Come and learn new drawing skills. We will be working from observation of natural forms, such as fruit, shells and plants, using a variety of different materials from pencils to pastels. £20 Coastal

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Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 hello@ FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER LSi Bridport. German Language course with Lucy Chant 10-11am (5 weeks) £65 SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER Felt Stocking Advent Calendar Bunting 11.00 to 17.00 Come and have a relaxing day of hand sewing, creating your very own felt Christmas stocking advent calendar bunting. £30 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 hello@ Lampshade Making Workshop. Make your own drum lampshade for your table lamp or ceiling pendant. 10am-12pm at Sophie Rose Soft Furnishings, 11 Hogshill Street, Beaminster, DT8 3AE. £30 per person including a 30cm lampshade kit. Email or call 01308 861064 for more information or to book. MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER Time for two tiers 10am - 3pm £30. Come flower arranging and learn how to make a stunning two-tiered floral design that will delight you and your friends. Inspired by an Autumn kitchen, it features rich jewel colours, flowers, foliage and seasonal items. Don’t miss it - this one is a show-stopper! Workshops taught by award winning Somerset tutor Jackie Nicholls from Ashville Design. Venue Combe St Nicholas Village Hall near Chard, TA20 3NY. For details of this and upcoming workshops visit or call Jackie on 01460 67795 or 07906 259 683. Silver Clay Jewellery Taster, 13.30 to 16.30 Explore the wonderful properties of metal clay and create a unique jewellery set in a single session. £60 Eclectic Studio, Church Hill, Beer, EX12 3JB 01297 691362 TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER Creative Process & Self Expression Workshops (Level 1) begin today in Bridport - The Chapel in the Garden. 10 Tuesdays 9.30am-12.30. ‘Serious play’ with art materials & group discussions. Max 10 participants. Successful course at London’s Central St. Martins’ College for 20+ years. Suitable for artists & designers as well as beginners wanting to explore + develop creativity and self expression further. Great if you are looking to find or change creative direction, feeling creatively stuck etc. Fun and challenging. Contact M. Caddick (MA DipAT) asap to discuss the course & to book a place 07557 275275. For course flyer email “In 10 weeks I learnt more about my own creative processes

Bookbinding on Sunday September 15th at ink & page 29a West Allington, Bridport DT6 5BJ. Oriental style: an ancient method featuring decorative stab sewing. 11am - 4pm £85 contact kim& 07425163459. than in 6 years at art school.” “A deeply enriching experience.” WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER Next Steps With Wet Felting 10.00 to 13.00 Have fun creating a piece of fabric using a pre-felt method. Create your own picture to hang or turn it into a cushion cover. £28 Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 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 Workshops in Creative Process and Self Expression level 2 begin today in BRIDPORT. 10 Thursdays 9.30am12.30pm - excluding half term holiday. ‘Serious play’ with art materials combined with group discussions, enquiry and reflective practice. Max 12 participants. Suitable only if you have attended part 1 of the course in Bridport or London. Contact Mary Caddick to discuss the course & to book a place 07557 275275 FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 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 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH

Coffee & Crafts for MacMillan Cancer Support, 14.00 to 16.00 Crafts, a cuppa and cake - what a great way to spend an afternoon while helping us raise money for a great cause! Please join us if you can. Donation Coastal Craft Collective, 10 Marine Place, Seaton, Devon EX12 2QL 01297 691362 SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER Fabric Scraps Wreath Use fabric scraps to create a beautiful decorative wreath for your home. 10am - 1pm. With Claire Jeanes. £16 (plus £2 for materials) Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. uk. Drypoint Printing with Nicky Harwood £60 Artwave West, Morcombelake, DT6 6DY T:01297 489746 A fun and informative day learning the basic elements of Drypoint, an intaglio press based printmaking process. Drypoint uses scratching and layering to create an image which is then ‘inked up’ ready to print. Hand Embroidery for beginners. Learn the best 15 hand embroidery stiches. 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 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH Drawing Autumn Berries and Seed Heads in Graphite Pencil. Explore the wonderful variety of autumnal hedgerow plants in this one-day botanical drawing workshop. This will be a relaxed, fun workshop suitable for all skill levels where you will receive all the support you need to realise your creative ideas. Taught by Penny Brown. Arrive at 9.45am for morning tea. The workshop will start at

10.00am and will finish at 4pm with tea and cake. £80 pp inc all refreshments and lunch. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, DT20EQ. T: 01300 320684. Visit to book online. Quimantu’s Family Music Workshop with Songo. 3pm. For children 0-5 years and their parents. An engaging and funfilled session introducing young children to our favourite character Songo, who loves to sing and share music. Children need to be accompanied by an adult throughout the session. Tickets: £5 Adult. £3 Under 10s. Family Ticket: £12 (2 Adults & 2 Children). The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER Fungi Foray at Kingcombe Meadows. Learn about the amazing array of fungi amongst the ancient pastures of Kingcombe Meadows. Led by John Wright. Arrive at 9.45am for morning tea. Course will start at 10am and finish around 4 - 5pm. £72 pp inc all refreshments and lunch. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, DT20EQ. T: 01300 320684. Visit MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Scottish Dancing for Beginners Chard Scottish Country Dancing Club is offering a 9 week course on Monday evenings covering the steps and formations used in Scottish Country Dancing. 6.15 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. on Monday evenings from 30th September and then 6.15 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. from 28th October. No need to come with a partner but bring light shoes. Why not try Scottish Dancing with this friendly club for free on 30th September? Thereafter £1.50 per evening. For more information contact David on 01460 65981 or email aclandfamily@btinternet. com or visit , or just turn up at Chardstock Community Hall EX13 7BJ.

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Luke Bearpark has been named BTEC student of the year for hospitality, travel and tourism. Luke, from Charmouth, was one of nine Exeter College students recognised at an awards ceremony at Westminster celebrating BTEC students and apprentices. He has now secured his dream job as international cabin crew with British Airways. He said his lecturers had made a ‘massive impact’ on his studies. Joanna Watkins, a lecturer on Luke’s travel and tourism course, described the student as ‘a shining example of vocational excellence’. Rod Bristow, the president of education company Pearson, which organises the awards, said: ‘This year’s awards are a fantastic celebration of them, alongside the schools, colleges, universities, training providers and employers who have underpinned their efforts.’

Ben Hamer, who was born in Chard, has moved from Huddersfield Town to Derby County on loan. Hamer, 31, played seven times for Huddersfield last season after joining from Leicester City last summer. Derby County is managed by former Barcelona, PSV and Netherlands midfielder Phillip Cocu. Ex-Manchester United star Wayne Rooney will join Derby as player-coach in January. Hamer, a Bristol City fan, moved to Germany with his family when he was three years old, moving back to Chard when he was eight. He was a student at the town’s Holyrood Community School and played football at county level for Somerset, where he was spotted by a scout from Reading. He signed for Reading at the age of 15.

The village carnival is all set for 7.30pm on September 14 after the celebrations were cancelled last year when the previous chairman stepped down. It was one of the first cancellations in nearly 40 years. But now Heather Thomas, who lives in South Petherton, has filled the role. The event is the only illuminated village carnival taking place in the district. In 2017, the carnival had more than 30 entries from all over Somerset and Dorset. The parade will be led by the Bournemouth Carnival band, which will play in the village centre before the main procession. The fun fair will also return in carnival week. The committee, which is looking for volunteers to help with events during the year, meets in the Brewers Arms once a month.

The sky’s the limit for Luke

Goalie Ben moves to Derby County


Pharmacy flowers a tonic Morton’s Pharmacy has been named winner of the Rotary Club’s hanging basket competition, which is open to commercial premises in the town. Judge Phil Banner had a difficult task as, despite a hot, dry spell, the standard of entries was high. Pharmacist Ian Morton put his success down to an efficient watering system. Axminster Rotary Club encourages events within the town, including supporting the Axe Vale Show and the Light Up Axminster Campaign. Three new members have been welcomed to the club since the beginning of the year, with Peter Creek about to take over as president from Don Waterhouse. It is a friendly, informal club where traditional Rotary values and humour are the order of the day, with a varied programme of speakers and events.

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All set for carnival


Drug crime increases

Drug-related crime is on the rise as gangs move out of the cities to target more rural areas. Local towns have seen an increase in possession or supply of illegal drugs over a five-year period. In Bridport in 2013 there were 26 offences but this has risen to 47. Over the same period, Lyme Regis went from one to eight and in Beaminster the increase was from zero to two. The police data on drug crimes for towns was obtained by the BBC. The increase is attributed to ‘county lines’ drug dealing where city gangs use young people to ferry drugs to smaller places, often taking over the homes of vulnerable addicts as a centre of operation. Many local neighbourhood policing teams list county lines as one of their top priorities.

It’s time for Open Studios BRIDPORT & West Dorset Open Studios is the annual 9-day celebration of over one hundred contemporary visual artists showing their work in Bridport and the surrounding towns and villages. The event runs from 7th - 15th September 2019. Over 21 years, Open Studios has grown to become a distinctive showcase for the thriving West Dorset art scene. The event offers the public an opportunity to visit artists’ studios and workplaces (which are usually private) where visitors are encouraged to talk to the artists about their creative process and enjoy their latest work, fresh off the easel.

You’ll find a wide variety of art on display, from established names to emerging artists. Whatever your taste in art, you’ll find something to enjoy. Pick up a free 56-page Guide with helpful maps to 56 studios, homes and galleries, including Fred Cuming RA, the 2019 Patron, along with stunning artist portraits by photographer Pete Millson. Everyone is also welcome to the launch night at the LSI Bridport from 6pm - 9pm on Wednesday 4th September. Mart Tebbs, Greta Berlin, Nigel Dawes, Gerry Dudgeon, Bjork Harraldsdottir and Ella Squirrell, photographs by Pete Milson

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Record Roadkill to help Mammal Conservation

Kitty sings for Wildlife

WILDLIFE charity People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is calling on volunteers across Britain to record sightings of mammals, dead or alive, as part in its annual Mammals on Roads survey. PTES is asking families going on summer holidays or day trips, car-sharing commuters and anyone else using Britain’s roads, to record sightings of mammals and submit the records via the free Mammals on Roads app – available on both Apple and Android smartphones via Google Play and the App Store. The data collected helps conservationists to see changing population trends and most importantly, identify where conservation action is needed most and for which species. David Wembridge, Mammal Surveys Coordinator, explains: “Mammals on Roads began over 18 years ago, and though no-one likes seeing roadkill, recording such sightings every year tells us how wild mammals are faring in the surrounding landscape. For example, thanks to the many volunteers who’ve submitted records over the last two decades we found out that hedgehog numbers are plummeting. Now, we’re doing everything we can to help this species, but we wouldn’t have known they were in trouble without volunteers helping us.” With clear audio descriptions of each mammal, colourful illustrations and easy-to-use navigation, the Mammals on Roads app couldn’t be simpler to use. Set it running at the start of a journey and each sighting can be recorded with a few clicks. The survey should of course only be done by passengers. The wild mammals you’re more likely to spot from your vehicle include hedgehogs, badgers, rabbits, foxes and deer, but there are dozens of other mammals in Britain, so keep your eyes peeled for some of our lesser seen wild neighbours too, such as stoats and otters. To further help mammals, last month the Department for Transport announced the launch of a new mammal road sign, featuring a hedgehog, which will soon be on the side of Britain’s roads. The new sign will remind road users to keep an eye out for small wild mammals, in order to lessen the number of collisions involving animals each year. The data collected via PTES’ Mammals on Roads survey will help inform where these new road signs should be placed, in areas where collisions with animals are highest. David concludes: “Taking part in Mammals on Roads can really make a huge difference and helps ongoing conservation efforts by building a countrywide picture of how mammal numbers are changing. Helping mammals couldn’t be easier, so we hope our regular recorders and lots of new ones will take part this year.” To take part download the free Mammals on Roads app, and you can also see and post updates on social media using #MammalsOnRoads 44 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 Tel. 01308 423031


omerset Wildlife Trust is excited to announce that local up and coming folk singer, Kitty Macfarlane, will be performing at Strode Theatre for a special fundraising evening in aid of the Trust on Friday 13th September 2019. On the heels of a largely sold out UK tour promoting her debut album Namer of Clouds, local songwriter and guitarist Kitty is coming home to Somerset to perform at this very special event, to raise awareness of the importance of the local wildlife and wild lands that inspires her song writing. As well as playing songs from her new album, Kitty will share with the audience the inspiration for her folk music, including the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels and the European eel’s epic transatlantic migration. Her songs include ‘found sounds’ - short recordings taken on the Levels, which are then woven into the song. Many of these sounds used on her album were recorded just down the road from the theatre in secret places on Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Avalon Marshes reserves. Kitty was voted Female Artist of the Year 2018 by FATEA, nominated for Album Of The Year in the fRoots Critics Poll and, her debut Namer Of Clouds released last year was included in The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of 2018. In the last few weeks, she was also nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Folk ‘Horizon’ Award, which is the ‘best newcomer’ category. “Her remarkably accomplished debut album, Namer Of Clouds, beguiles with its poetry and tenderness, and her eye for detail, vivid imagination and bright vocals make it a captivating listen. She is a talent to watch” - The Guardian Kitty will be signing her albums which will be on sale after the show and all profits from this fundraising event will go towards the work of Somerset Wildlife Trust, protecting and safeguarding the wildlife and wild places of Somerset for everyone to enjoy. We are also offering 30 lucky people the special opportunity to meet Kitty at the wooden amphitheatre on our Catcott Lows Nature Reserve in the afternoon before the show in Street. She will share the inspiration for her songs and play a short acoustic set amongst the landscape that gave her the imagery for her writing. We will also be offering a glass of local cider or apple juice provided by Torre Cider Company and a short tour around the reserve afterwards. You will also get your choice of seat(s) in the front 3 rows for the evening performance. Tickets are going fast and are priced at £10 for concessions, £15 for a standard ticket and £30 for VIP tickets. You can book tickets for this fundraising evening by visiting Strode Theatre’s website here: view/a-fundraising-evening-with-kitty-macfarlane/ or by calling Strode Theatre directly on 01458 442846. All profits from this fundraising event will go towards the work of Somerset Wildlife Trust, protecting and safeguarding the wildlife and wild places of Somerset for everyone to enjoy. You can find out more about this event here: https://www.somersetwildlife. org/KittyMacFarlane

Cerne Abbas Giant big birthday clean up CERNE Abbas hillside Giant is to be rechalked in time for the 100th anniversary of its ownership by the National Trust. For the first time this year, the National Trust is offering special family volunteering days, when families with children are able to get involved in the rechalking of the Giant. Families can sign up for a two hour session on either Thursday 29 August or Saturday 31 August. Booking is essential, via Eventbrite: follow the link here: www. Dozens of volunteers and National Trust staff will spend two weeks rechalking every centimetre of the outline of the Giant to give it back its distinctive white outline. Standing at 55 metres (180 feet) tall, and brandishing a 36.5 metre (120 feet) long club, the Giant is Britain’s largest chalk hill figure and probably its best known, though its origins are shrouded in mystery. Different theories surround the giant’s identity and origin. Some claim he is an ancient symbol, perhaps a likeness of the Greco-Roman God Hercules, though the earliest recorded mention of the Giant dates back only to the 1700s. Others suggest he was created to mock Oliver Cromwell. Local folklore has long held the giant to be an aid to fertility. The Giant was given to the National Trust to look after in July 1920 by the Pitt Rivers family and the Trust is planning a year of celebrations next year to a mark the centenary. More information about The Giant and its mysterious origins can be found at

AN Exhibition of collage entitled Cut and Paste has just opened at the Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art (Modern Two) in Edinburgh. Dominating the first room, and beautifully presented, is the William Charles Macready/Charles Dickens Sherborne House Screen, newly cleaned, repaired and conserved by Rebecca Donnan. It is stunning! Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage is the first survey exhibition of collage ever to take place anywhere in the world. Collage is often described as a twentieth-century invention, but this show spans a period of more than 400 years and includes more than 250 works. The Screen was given to the Friends of Sherborne House by Sir Nevil Macready, (a direct descendant of the great Victorian Shakespearean actor, William Charles Macready) so that it can go on display in the place where it originated, Sherborne House. It is made up of four leaves, each 6’ 3” x 3’. It had suffered much from age, children, dogs and above all with tobacco/smoke damage, so the Friends launched a very successful appeal, raised £22,000 for its repair and had it wondrously restored by the conservator, Rebecca Donnan. The Macready family say that the 400+ art pictures that decorate the screen were put in place by the actor and his family, Charles Dickens, his close friend, and frequent visitor to Sherborne House, (along with Charles Darwin and others). They clearly put much thought into the selection and placing of the pictures and to maximum effect. Professor Catherine Walters from Kent University says, “We have discovered the title/material and source of over 80% of the original images so far and will soon be ready to launch a brandnew web-site purely devoted to the history and make-up of the unique Macready/Dickens Screen”. The Screen will be on view in Edinburgh until Sunday 27 October 2019. The exhibition is open daily, 10am - 5pm at £11 (age 25 & under £7.50). Following this The Friends hope the screen can go on permanent display in Sherborne House in accordance with the donors’ wishes. Where it will go until then is under negotiation. A visit to Edinburgh to see it and the accompanying exhibition would be very rewarding for anyone making the journey.

Sherborne House Screen Steals the Show

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Volunteer rangers show their metal at Iron Age landscapes


ozens of National Trust volunteer rangers have spent three months unearthing an array of wildlife and rare archaeological finds at one of the most ancient sites in the UK. Glow worms, butterflies, rare bugs and birds are among the species identified at the stunning and historic sites across Dorset and Wiltshire since May. It is the first time in several years that this rare chalk grassland habitat has been so closely monitored, with the 43 volunteers—known as ‘Hillfort Heroes’—recording species to provide a baseline for future measurement to aid management of the land. This year’s hillforts work across the South West has been made possible thanks to a generous award made to the National Trust by Postcode Earth Trust, raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and a further award from the South Dorset Leader Action group. National Trust Ranger Clive Whitbourn says: “Over the past few months our volunteers, have been helping record some of the key species that make chalk grasslands so special. Chalk grassland is an amazing habitat, densely populated with plant species which support a wealth of bugs, birds and other creatures like the chalkhill blue butterfly, Great green

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bush cricket as well as glow-worms which are pretty rare. Glow worms are so fragile and so susceptible to the smallest changes in the climate, or their habitat, that they really are the barometer as to the health of our landscapes. “Species monitoring is therefore massively important because we will be immediately alerted to any changes in numbers, enabling us to investigate whether these changes might be down to weather conditions or even pests or diseases.” The Trust has also introduced conservation grazing in some areas across the 13 sites where the livestock’s main role is to control the spread of more aggressive plant species and helping to prevent scrub encroachment. As a result, better conditions are created for fine grasses and wildflowers to thrive including devils bit scabious, knapweed and autumn lady’s tresses. Using cattle is a more sensitive approach because it gradually removes plant material than cutting and burning the scrub using machinery. Image taken by John Miller / National Trust Images.

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ith tickets now on sale for BridLit (3 – 9 November) 2019, in various venues around the town, here are just few of the events that are likely to sell very quickly. Tickets from and Bridport Tourist Information Centre on 01308 424901.

Carey Mulligan and filmed at Mapperton House, near Beaminster.


MAX Porter’s first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, won the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, the International Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for many others. It has been translated into 27 languages. His new bestselling novel, Lanny, focuses on a village an hour from London. It’s no different from many others today: one pub, one church, redbrick cottages, some public housing, and a few larger houses dotted about. Voices rise up, as they might anywhere, speaking of loving and needing and working and dying and walking the dogs. This village belongs to the people who live in it, to the land and to the land’s past. It also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythical figure that local schoolchildren used to draw as green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth, who awakens after a glorious nap. He is listening to this twentyfirst-century village, to its symphony of talk: drunken confessions, gossip traded on the street corner, fretful conversations in living rooms. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, ethereal boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny. Max Porter will be in conversation with Jon Woolcott at the Bull Hotel ballroom on Tuesday 5 November at 4pm.

BESTSELLING author David Nicholls is currently on a world tour promoting his new novel, Sweet Sorrow, which was recently serialised for Radio 4. You can see him at this year’s BridLit at The Electric Palace on Saturday 9 November at 5pm. Tickets are likely to sell very quickly. Sweet Sorrow, Nicholls’ fifth novel, is a return to his One Day style, according to the Guardian, which awarded it Book of the Day: ‘He has always been a comic novelist and Sweet Sorrow is full of passages of laugh-out-loud Inbetweenersish humour.’ Reviewer Alex Preston describes it as ‘a beautiful paean to young love and teenage lust, the whole thing prevented from falling into schmaltz by the air of melancholy that hangs around it, the recognition that such loves do not last, that all about is “the sound of summer packing its bags and preparing to leave town”.’ Nicholls, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, is a graduate of Bristol University and went on to train as an actor at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. He juggles his novel writing career with that of a screenwriter. Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose won the BAFTA this year for the best mini-series as well as the best actor award for its star, Benedict Cumberbatch. Nicholls also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptations of his books, Starter For Ten and One Day, as well as Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles for the BBC and the BBC Films version of Far From The Madding Crowd, starring


MOGGACH AT THE ‘HEIGHT OF POWERS’ DEBORAH Moggach, bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever, will be in conversation with Susannah Simons at The

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Electric Palace on Friday 8 November at 2.30pm. Her new novel, The Carer, is a deliciously waspish, witty and poignant novel about ageing, sibling rivalry and having to grow up fast. James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. His middleaged offspring, Robert and Phoebe, employ Mandy who is happy to take him off their hands. but Mandy has vices as well as virtues and life, as it unfolds, suddenly becomes one that none of them can handle and does not curtail at old age. The Sunday Times says: ‘Moggach is at the height of her powers with this book’, while The Times says: ‘A cracking, crackling social comedy, with some brilliant observations about ageing and a devilish plot twist’. Marian Keyes verdict? ‘Unputdownable, fun and tender with characters that jump off the page. Perfection.’ Marian Keyes MELYVN BRAGG’S LATEST NOVEL WRITER, broadcaster, polymath Melvyn Bragg’s award-winning series, The South Bank Show, is the longest running arts programme (1978-2019) on British television and has also been acclaimed as the best. His BBC Radio 4 series, In Our Time, is a masterclass in the history of ideas and one of the most popular podcasts available. His latest novel: Love Without End re-imagines the legendary love story of Heloise and Abelard and breathes fresh life into one of the most remarkable and enduring passions, uniting the middle ages with today. Heloise, a brilliant scholar, arrives in Paris in the year 1117 and falls passionately in love with the young radical philosopher, Abelard. Their dangerous love affair incurs terrible retribution. Nine centuries later Arthur, an English academic, arrives in Paris to revisit the story, and finds that his connection with the subject is more emotional than he cares to admit. Melyvn Bragg is at the Electric Palace on Friday 8 November at 6pm.

A Look Back at SEPTEMBER in the Marshwood Vale Magazine

2004 & 2009 HAVING produced the Marshwood Vale Magazine for the best part of twenty years, looking back over these pages from our 2004 and 2009 editions brings back many memories. Fifteen years ago this month, in 2004, we featured Margaret Wall on our cover with a beautiful photograph by Janet Carmichael. Pat Garth photographed Muchelney Abbey and Ron Frampton introduced us to Graham York in Honiton. We also featured a preview of Ron Frampton’s second book of West Country photographs Beyond the Vale. There is a tribute to Ron by his son Magnus on page 11 of this issue. Wind on to ten years ago in 2009 and we see Julia Mear’s wonderful photograph and story of Ema Pop from Offwell near Honiton. Derek Stevens offered more insights into local life during World War Two while Jenny Hopkin introduced Axminster Heritage Centre. In arts coverage Mary Talbot spent a morning with John Wragg RA before his exhibition at Sladers Yard. 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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For West Dorset, South Somerset and East Devon

September 2004-Issue 66

Margaret Wall, photograph by Janet Carmichael

Arts & Entertainment Food & Dining Gardening Interiors Health & Environment

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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.

Margaret Wall, photograph by Janet Carmichael

Margaret Wall is a photographer specializing in black and white, producing her images using classic cameras and traditional hand-printing. Born and brought up in London, Margaret has lived in the West Country for over 30 years. After studying sculpture at art college, the birth of her first daughter in 1973 increased her determination to live in the countryside so she and her husband moved west. Her traditional role of staying at home, looking after her family and raising her three children brought with it the freedom to develop her interest in the arts and explore different media and means of expression. Pottery became a passion and she eventually set up a studio at home, producing hand thrown domestic ware and sculptural pieces. Five years ago, Margaret began to take a serious interest in photography and became fascinated by the power of the monochrome image and the magic of the whole darkroom process. She studies at Dillington House, achieving a Royal

Photographic Society Distinction in applied and professional photography and continues to work there with other photographers. Her family, children and now grandchildren are still a central part of her life as is the beautiful countryside in which she lives. Her work is currently on show at the Beyond the Vale exhibition in Lyme Regis. Her photographs are reproduced in the accompanying book of the same title together with two of her articles written for The Marshwood Vale Magazine. Margaret’s series of flower and plant studies will also be exhibited as part of Somerset Art Weeks. This is the second time her house in South Petherton has been opened as an exhibition space for SAW and this year she shares the venue with the potter Christine Buckler and Monica Murphy, stone carver and enameller. The Beyond the Vale exhibition in Lyme Regis ends on Tuesday 7th September. Somerset Art Weeks run from 11th 26th September.

Bridge Cottage Stores, Burton Bradstock, photograph by Belinda Silcox

Bridge Cottage Stores in Burton Bradstock is a general store, curiosity shop, tea room and bed & breakfast all under one roof! Tim and Liz Comley have run the busy store for the last 5 years with the help of a small and dedicated team. Liz Derryman, (pictured above), has worked here for 30 years and has seen many changes. The organic bread, pies and pasties are very popular as are the cream teas, which are served in a quaint room adjacent to the shop. The B&B is behind the shop and offers well appointed accommodation. Bridge Cottage Stores is open from 7.30-6pm Monday to Friday, 8 - 7.30pm on Saturday and 9-1 on Sundays. Tel. 01308 897222.

The Ann Day Gallery, photograph by Belinda Silcox

Robin and Ann opened The Ann Day Gallery and Café 12 years ago in the centre of Beaminster. The bright and airy café is popular and serves delicious home cooked food; breakfasts, snacks and lunches. Paninis, homemade soup, salads and scrumptious puddings are all on the menu and the Dorset Rarebit is a favourite with the locals! The speciality coffees are also a real treat. On the walls hang original artworks by Ann Day. These beautiful watercolours mainly depict animals and local landscapes and both originals and prints are available to purchase. The café is open from 9.30-2.30pm Monday - Saturday and can be found on Hogshill Street, Beaminster. Tel. 07957 813779. Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 51

Historic impressions Muchelney Abbey

Muchelney Abbey, Somerset, photograph by Pat Garth

THOUGH Muchelney Abbey prospered in the 14th and 15th century, it could not withstand the romantic inconstancy of King Henry VIII and was largely destroyed after its dissolution on 3rd January 1538. The systematic destruction of the English monasteries by Henry VIII is one of the notable events of the 16th Century. It came about after Henry’s breach with Rome, a situation that arose to allow the fickle King a divorce. The Monks, “the great standing army of Rome”, and their buildings and assets, were to suffer enormously and much of Muchelney Abbey was destroyed and sold for building stone. Indeed, the Abbots House at Muchelney, on the Somerset levels, is the only surviving monument of the former Benedictine monastery. The Abbots House was the sole building to survive the dissolution, all that can be seen today of the rest of the Abbey is its foundations in the grass of the once magnificent site. Muchelney Abbey is reputed to have been founded in the 7th century by Inne,

the King of Wessex, but this early site does not appear to have survived the later invasion of the Vikings. Norman invasions took over the lands of Saxon nobles and, indeed, this same process happened with the monasteries. A Saxon crypt was preserved within the walls of the larger scale Romanesque abbey that replaced the former Saxon one. Muchelney grew with additions such as the 13th century Lady Chapel at the east end of the church and by the 14th century was economically a thriving monastery. The Abbot’s House at Muchelney was finished in the early part of the 16th century, being fully completed by the time the Abbey was handed over to Henry VIII. The south cloister ceiling is highly decorative and traces of the elaborate fan vaulting can still be seen today. Carved woodwork and fragments of paintings still survive and offer a great insight into the importance of the Abbot, reflected in his lodgings. Externally there are great examples of

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carved stonework which adorn the handsome building. It remains a great example of monastic beauty combined with a practical living space. Like all notable historic and monastic buildings, Muchelney has it’s own ghostly tale! It seems apt following the transgressions of King Henry VIII and Muchelney’s demise that the story is a romantic one! The folk tale goes that a man fell in love with the daughter of a knight, who forbade the marriage. Devastated, the man became a monk and his beloved a nun. Both ended up at Muchelney and planned to elope. This plan was foiled and the union ended. The man was sent to another monastery and the poor nun was buried alive. It is said she still haunts the Abbey looking for her lost love. English Heritage now owns the site and has undertaken massive works to allow the visitor to the Abbey both accessibility and a better understanding of the structure that stands today and the foundations of the earlier buildings.

Images of everyday life Compiled by Ron Frampton

Graham York, photograph by Ron Frampton

FOR this issue of Images of everyday life, Alexis Lykiard met Graham York at his Honiton bookshop. This is Graham’s story: “Honiton when I moved here in the early eighties had few antique shops, and certainly no specialist bookshops, secondhand or new. (Though Geoffrey Woodhead had been active hereabouts for nearly thirty years.) In fact much of Honiton was very different then: there were many small shops selling greengrocery, shoes, sweets. The pubs were earthier, often lit by striplights, with hardly a beer-engine in town. Certainly the arrival of the big supermarket saw off many smaller stores, but Honiton has developed in ways that other market towns must envy. It is an important Westcountry antiques centre some thirty-odd antiques shops, two major auction houses, three specialist antiquarian and secondhand bookshops. This has, however, been a gradual growth, not a sudden surge of dealers forcing up property prices and rentals. I was born in Northampton in 1959, into the third generation of a family of coach operators. We lived in a village outside the town, but I eventually attended Northampton Grammar School. The family business was well known in the area, and there I picked up the nickname “Coach”, which has followed me around faithfully ever since. My Dad went out on breakdowns several times a week - a common occurrence in those days. I’d help him clean out the double deckers on Sundays: this made me allergic to buses, aged ten! At eleven I took up guitar, then two years later pestered Mum and Dad into buying me a small dilapidated half-drumkit from a newspaper ad. Drums and I became inseparable - then part of a group formed with some

schoolfriends. After dropping out mid-Alevel, I attended Art College in Northampton but left part-way through a jumbled-up foundation course. The main reason I’d enrolled was that I hoped to meet likeminded musicians, and I met quite a few. Several part-time jobs followed, including farm labouring and musical instrument repair, before I accepted a gig with a Londonbased soul band. The instrument repairer I’d worked for was a folk fiddler who’d suggested a musical project based on Gypsy folk-lore: this sounded interesting. As the soul band travelled the country extensively, I took advantage of free daytimes to visit secondhand bookshops, seeking Gypsy material alongside things I thought I could sell for a profit. I took any gig going, to fill in the gaps in our schedule. At one point I contacted some old pals and formed a funk band, working nightclubs and American bases. We had one prolonged stay on a US Navy base in southern Spain, and I was struck by the cultural and geographical differences as we crossed the country, and by the numerous Gypsies living there with little of the prejudice they face here. Another field explored was improvisation and modern jazz. This scene has always been financially precarious, and like many jazz musicians I also did a share of dance music - invariably well paid, but rarely spiritually rewarding! Seduced by the money I took a summer season job with a dance band, backing cabaret etc. Though I didn’t like it, I was back looking for similar work the following year when the money had run out. This led me to Devon where I came to stay with a former girlfriend whose parents had relocated to Honiton. I didn’t secure a

‘season’, but did fall into opening a bookshop cum antique shop with her father, who’d been many years in the business. Books fascinated me then, and still do. And there was a far more healthy jazz scene in Devon than Northampton: indeed, altogether a healthier cultural scene than I was used to. I’ve met some excellent musicians around Devon; recorded a variety of albums; backed visiting jazz soloists from London and America, and played in Rennes for a week on an Exeter Twinning trip. I’ve now expanded my business into two shops: an antiques centre run jointly with my partner Janice (another migrant), and a large rare bookshop, opened a couple of years ago after both our children started full-time school. We’d taken a conscious decision to share the running of the shop and child-rearing duties, although late-night gigs could prove difficult, what with baby-feeding timetables. But Honiton is a friendly town for small children - not too big, not too small, good schools, busy High Street yet near open countryside and pleasant beaches. It could do with a cinema, though, plus rather more for teenagers. Possibly the biggest change to my own business in recent years has been the internet. One American customer said recently: “Y’all don’t live in a vacuum no more!”. But I still prefer actually handling books, offering a reasonable stock rather than just existing in cyberspace. I also enjoy exhibiting at book fairs in London, especially Chelsea and Olympia, and attend numerous overseas fairs - in Spain and Europe generally. There too I hope I do my bit to promote the name of Honiton far and wide!” Next month Ron will be meeting someone in South Somerset.

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IT was with great anticipation that I opened my copy of Ron Frampton’s Beyond the Vale : Images from the West Country. Having thoroughly enjoyed Ron’s previous photographic compilation, Shadows in Time, I was expecting another high quality publication - and I was not disappointed. Indeed, Ron’s new book, featuring black and white images taken by twenty West Country photographers, surpasses its excellent predecessor. Beyond the Vale is a real treasure trove for those interested not only in high quality traditional black and white photography but also in rural life and the history of the West Country. With 80 superb photographs and 18 fascinating ‘Wessex tales’, the book highlights the people, architecture and landscapes within an area of West Dorset, Devon and Somerset. The ‘Wessex tales’ cover both people and buildings. Shepherds, fishermen, carpenters, farmers and country characters tell their life stories alongside their portraits. Mills, chapels, tithe barns, almshouses and tollhouses are amongst the buildings photographed and their histories recorded. Together the photographs and tales provide an intriguing glimpse into the history and contemporary life of this beautiful part of England. Some of the images and stories are familiar, having appeared in The Marshwood Vale Magazine, and it is rewarding to see them again in such an impressive collection. In his introduction Ron Frampton refers to the great literary heritage of Wessex and in their own right these images and tales are valuable additions to the West Country canon. The photographs in the book are truly remarkable, all beautifully reproduced from the original fibre-based exhibition prints. Being aware of the expertise and sheer hard work required in the darkroom to produce these hand-crafted images, I am sure the photographers must be delighted

Book review by Iris McCretton Above: The Snowdon Tollhouse, Chard, South Somerset by Gordon Hall Below: Axmouth Harbour, East Devon by Rob Hunt Opposite, top: The Viaduct, Cannington Valley, Lyme Regis, West Dorset by Paul Harvey Middle: Martin Elson, Builder, North Perrott, South Somerset by Gordon Hall Bottom: Loughwood Meeting House, Kilmington, East Devon by Christopher Rimmer

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with the high quality reproduction achieved by printers J. H. Haynes. The photographs are displayed one per page and have been carefully matched and sized for maximum impact. I am particularly drawn to the portraits. These are such strong images, portraying wonderful characters. As with all top class portraits, each photograph goes beyond the mere representation of physical appearance and leaves the viewer with a strong sense of the personality of the individual portrayed. The more we look, the more we imagine the character - and wish for knowledge of each life. For those whose tales are told, the text is ideal for confirming or confounding those first visual impressions. The life stories of these very diverse West Country people are totally absorbing. Humour abounds alongside sadness and loss, details of long gone working practices and very personal recollections of friends and family. Throughout, there is a strong sense of life being lived and experienced to the full in so many different ways. Honest and refreshing voices speak of resilience in the face of a myriad changes but also impart a clear sense of the endurance and continuity of local communities. These invaluable personal histories could so easily have been lost and forgotten but thanks to Beyond the Vale they will be preserved for the benefit of future generations. The fine architectural photography is another joy of the book. From the glories of Wells Cathedral to the humble shepherd’s hut, these buildings form an important part of our heritage. We are treated to general views of entire buildings in their environmental contexts and to exquisite details of craftsmanship dating back centuries. The fine skills of stonemasons and carpenters speak to us across the generations, their work a precious and tangible link with the past. The building histories featured make extremely interesting reading. Again we learn of continuity and change, buildings surviving in spite of long forgotten functions, adaptations of use, dereliction and restoration. The portraits and the architectural photography are beautifully complemented by a small section on Somerset gardens and a series of impressive landscapes and seascapes. In spite of the many changes wrought by nature and human intervention, much remains of the timeless landscapes beloved of countless generations, providing us with a vision of Hardy’s Wessex. The perennial beauties of the Marshwood Vale adorn the cover and there is much to treasure beyond the vale. This book should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the history and natural history of the West Country. It should also serve as a timely reminder to those of us interested in our region’s present and future preservation. We need to act to protect all that is good in our heritage and record those elements which will inevitably change. Ron Frampton’s Beyond the Vale : Images from the West Country : the work of twenty West Country photographers (ISBN : 0-9543170-7-1) is available from local bookshops and the Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis priced £ 19.50. Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 55

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SOME years ago Julia Mear worked for the Woodruff family at their home in Offwell, East Devon. It was a busy household with four lively young children. Just after the revolution in 1990 Sue and David had travelled to Romania and managed, with a degree of tenacity, to successfully adopt two small babies, Ana and Alex. It therefore came as little surprise to Julia when in 2000 she met Ema, another addition to the Woodruff family, who had just arrived from Romania. Though Ema has only just turned twenty, her life is already a rich tapestry. This is her story. ‘When I arrived in England at the age of eleven I really thought I was entering a ‘brave new world.’ With the invaluable support of Sue and David Woodruff, and aided by the funding from a generous academic scholarship, I came from Romania to start school in Devon and to live with the Woodruff family. Life is so different at home in Romania, living in a city, my parents have never owned a car and I certainly had never travelled by plane. Coming to the West Country felt a million miles from the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca where I was born and brought up. When I go back to visit my parents and my own brother, Andrei, I see a changing world. The fragile economy wavers and unemployment is high. Like many thousands more, my mother is forced to work abroad as a chef to support the family, as my father is unemployed. The effects of the recession are not just felt here and in the USA as the media sometimes portrays. My parents recall the days of the communist regime when food was rationed and there were virtually no opportunities to travel. They can remember, as a young married couple, practising a dance to be performed with fellow workers to welcome Ceausescu on a visit to the city. My mother particularly likes to return to her village, Parduren, which means ‘edge of the forest’, and is situated in the hills outside Cluj. Cut off from the city when the snow lays thick in the winter, little has changed in the village since my mother’s childhood. The small houses with their patch of land where they mostly grow vegetables, now have electricity, though there are generally no bathrooms. Many young Romanians travel to other countries to seek their fortune. There is a very popular green lotto competition where a winning ticket wins a visa to America. The ‘brain drain’ of the young and able from Romania seems inevitable until opportunities to stay at home are better and the endemic corruption ceases. However home will always be home for me. As I step off the plane to visit my family there is always huge excitement. There will never be anything as good as the love of your family and some real home cooking.

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though life may carry on at a frenetic pace around us, the beauty of West Dorset remains steadfast. In my few quieter moments I reflect that wherever I am in the world and wherever I lay down my head, places I love, like Lambert’s Castle, will always be there. My ‘English brother and sisters’, as they have become, and I, are all beginning, as we move on from being teenagers, to go our separate ways. However, on the rare occasions that we all manage to come back home at the same time, we all want to walk, to talk and to laugh together at the places we have all come to love, like Stonebarrow or Golden Cap or just around the fields at Summerdown. My life might appear quite eventful but so are the lives of my family. Sue and David are nearing the end of a contemporary cob and thatch build at Summerdown, the main work being done by Julia’s brother-in-law David Joyce. Though we are giving Sue and David a bit of grief likening the house to a ‘Hobbit House’ and question why they would want to Amy, Alex, Tom, Ana and Ema, photography by Julia Mear build out of what essentially is mud and straw, it is actually a fantastic In 2007 I realised a dream and gained example of strong design and beauty. a place at Newnham College, Cambridge Tom (pictured with all of us above) is to read Modern languages. When you read studying at Nottingham University. For the this I will have just arrived in Buenos Aires last two years he has spent the summer to study for one year at The University of working in the USA for a charity funded by Buenos Aires in Argentina prior to returning the late Paul Newman that gives terminally for my final year at Cambridge. ill children the chance to have the holiday From a very young age I have always been of a lifetime. This year Tom completed the interested in different cultures and languagLondon Marathon for the charity. We are all es. I now speak five languages fluently and I hopelessly proud of him. have just started to learn Japanese, which is Alex is training to be a plumber – a great proving a real challenge. With the absence extrovert, we have a lively friendship. Ana, of formal classes and textbooks when I was despite being absolutely tiny is excelling in growing up as a child in Romania, I used to the equine world and Amy is a great sportswatch the foreign language channels on TV, woman who seems to face all challenges with and I tried to learn the words by ear. After her customary humour and determination. the fall of communism when Ceausescu was One day I hope I will be able to support executed with his wife Elena on Christmas my parents and family in Romania. It must Day 1989, the television channels were no have been very hard for them to let go when longer controlled by the Communists with I came to England at such a young age. The their constant propaganda. The networks opportunity to go to Cambridge was amazwere flooded with foreign language chaning; it is a very cosmopolitan city. From nels, films and soap operas. initially being very shy, I have become more I became fascinated, particularly with outgoing with what many would consider Spanish and Latin-American culture. Buenos a rather debatable taste in fashion; mostly Aires is such a vibrant city. I love the buzz, hunted out in thrift shop corners. I love the colours and I love the smell. It is My life is building up like a jigsaw puzlike I imagine Paris might have been fifty zle and I already have some solid corner years ago but with no boundaries. I have pieces. One is my family at home and my a healthy ‘passion for fashion’ especially home country of Romania. The other is the shoes. Teetering heels are commonplace here Woodruff family, Summerdown and the West in Buenos Aires which seems incongruous Country. Who knows what the other pieces against the poverty of the bare footed street of the jigsaw will be made up from but I children. Excess sits beside poverty. Gold know that the places and the people I love Rolls Royce cars travel beside old bangers will always be there. As Hardy says in his done up mostly with bits of tin and string. poem, In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’ Though I am often away, it is always lovely to come back to Summerdown and ...Yonder a maid and her wight the Woodruff family. When I studied English Go whispering by: I was introduced to the work of Thomas War’s annals will cloud into night Hardy. Hardy often alluded to the fact that Ere their story die.’

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The view from the country Life during World War Two by Derek Stevens DURING the war our small village of Rousdon had a searchlight battery to the west, anti aircraft guns and mine fields on the cliffs to the south and a Royal Air Force signals establishment to the east where a caravan site exists today. Tall radio masts and interconnecting wires warned that it was a place not to be talked about. We befriended a Welsh airman from here who would turn up to do the garden and repair broken parts of the chicken runs which had fallen into disrepair since granddad had died. We had no fresh water supply, except for a ten gallon milk churn dropped of by Ron Carter who made the rounds each day picking up the milk from surrounding farms in the morning and delivering coal on the same lorry in the afternoon, so it became a habit for us to take a bottle with us wherever we went to bring back fresh water from other people’s taps. One of our neighbours was Mr Cook, the gamekeeper of Stedcombe estate. He lived down a lane which led along a small valley through a spinney, past a barn alongside a pool where

we children would catch freshwater shrimps. It was here Mr Cook had his rogues gallery. This consisted of a line of wire stretched between two posts from which was suspended dead magpies, crows, weasels, stoats, sparrow hawks and other birds of prey. This was a warning to all other similar creatures who posed a threat to the estate’s supply of game. The attitude of landowners and country sportsman in those days was pretty heartless towards any creature considered a threat to their sport. Game fishing conservation groups paid a bounty of 2s 6p on each head of a cormorant presented to them. Taffy, for that was the name we had given our Welsh airman friend, and I set off one Sunday morning to visit Mr Cook and as we walked through the estate fencing alongside the spinney a disturbed animal suddenly crashed out from within the undergrowth into our path. It was a wonderful young stag. Having leapt over the rails of the fencing on one side it faltered as it was confronted with the rails in the opposite side. I remember running towards it with my bottle. I turned for support

from my Welsh friend but he was running in the other direction. I suppose he had never seen such an animal in Cardiff. The stag by this time had gathered its wits and with a bound was over the fence and pranced wonderfully over a field, just like one of those young stags in ‘Bambi’, and disappeared into the tree line. We walked on to gamekeeper’s cottage and I excit-

it could have been from farther away. Single stags from Red deer herds have been known to roam far away from their herds in Exmoor or the Quantocks in search of hinds, one was flushed out in recent times in Gittisham near Honiton. Despite the apparent pressures being suffered by certain local wildlife it did seem evident that, with most guns being

Shute Woods. Early in the morning he would start work with his father, Tom being the underdog in the pit his father being the top dog. They were cutting out 60 foot lengths of Scots Fir timber 18 inches by 18 inches square which were then sent off to Devonport dockyards. After a break at lunchtime they would work on until father would stop and pull out his fob chain

...fierce wartime restrictions had forced them to partake in a bit of petty larceny in order to continue with important wartime business. edly told Mr Cook about it all and he told me that if I had knocked it on the head with my bottle and brought it on to the cottage he would have given me sixpence. I remember that animal vividly, it was much larger than a roe deer and was surely a red deer stag. Could it have come from the deer park of Shute house, the historic home of the Bonvilles and Poles? At the end of the war the house was in use as a school for girls. In her book “The Story of Shute” published in 1955, headmistress, Marion Bridie, writes “During the recent war, labour being short, the landowner sought to give up the keeping of the animals because of the constant need for the mending of the palisades to prevent them from escaping and making for the hills.” So, perhaps the chap I saw that day was an escapee from Shute. On the other hand a huntsman I was talking to recently suggests

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overseas and being aimed at the enemy, populations of some species were expanding. I remember the seasonal experience of seeing wide skeins of wild geese flying along the course of the river Axe, not to be seen so often today. I remember one alarming evening when walking over a stubble field in the light of a full moon the whole field seemed to erupt as I disturbed a mighty flock of wild duck. There were so many of them they blocked out the face and the light of the moon. Momentarily frightening it was a fantastic sight, and they made quite a memorable racket too. Shute woods run along the crest of the hill which lies opposite the old deer park and runs down the far side to Kilmington village. At the time of the war a grand plantation of Scots Fir grew there and the late Tom Reed, a great countryman, woodsman and well known thatcher told me about his wartime labour in the sawpits of

and look at his watch. As Tom brushed off a layer of accumulated sawdust from the afternoon’s work his father would announce “Nearly 6 o’clock, I reckon we can go on for another couple of hours.” and so they would. There was one occasion, Tom remembered, “When we finished sawing one evening and went on to put in a couple of gateposts in the moonlight.” It was one of Tom’s not too distant relations who told me that fierce wartime restrictions had forced them to partake in a bit of petty larceny in order to continue with important wartime business. Whilst a hospitable lady of the village of Dalwood was entertaining American soldiers in her cottage with tea and cakes two young village lads were outside relieving the parked Jeep’s petrol tank of US Government property. “Well, us couldn’t get no petrol, could us!’” he explained.

Historic impressions Axminster Heritage Centre

John Church and Laurence Hitchcock of Axminster Heritage Ltd, photograph by Jenny Hopkin

PHOTOGRAPHED above are John Church and Laurence Hitchcock, Chairman and Vice Chairman of Axminster Heritage Ltd. They are outside the handsome building in Silver Street which, with a group of volunteers, they have raised enough money to buy. Originally the site was the carpet factory built by Thomas Whitty in the early eighteenth century. Like most manufacturers in those days he built it next to his house, as family members, including children, were often the workers. The story of how Whitty visited the warehouse of William Freke, in London, and saw for the first time a Turkish carpet is well known. What impressed him was that here was a very large carpet made as a single piece, not made up of several small pieces, (each the size of a traditional horizontal loom) carefully stitched together. Whitty showed his true genius in utilizing the vertical loom so that a carpet of any size and length could be woven in one piece. It is worth visiting the Heritage Centre to see the vertical loom and understand how it worked both in terms of creating very large carpets and how Whitty’s beautiful designs were woven. His first experimental carpets were made by his family, including his daughters, and indeed Whitty went on to mainly employ girls

and young women because they had nimble fingers. This was essential for the knots which were individually tied and for his best carpets as close as sixty to the square inch. The first carpet ever made was bought by Mr Cook of Slape Manor near Beaminster. What made the carpets so desirable in the great houses of the time was that this method of weaving meant that architects could design carpets to fit the rooms exactly and for the pattern to compliment the design in the plaster ceiling. Examples of this are found all over the UK. Whitty’s success was assured when in 1789, George III visited the factory and Queen Charlotte ordered several carpets. Thomas Whitty died in 1792. He was succeeded by his son, and then grandsons and the business continued to flourish until the factory was burnt down in 1828. The building pictured above was then built, but it may have been too ambitious and expensive, as the business collapsed, went bankrupt and closed in 1835. The building then had a checkered history including at one time being the town’s first hospital, founded by the daughter of Rector Conybeare. Carpet making returned to Axminster in 1937 when Harry Dutfield, who came from a Kidderminster carpet making family, bought a site in the town and the first carpet for over one hun-

dred years was made. All again came to a halt during the Second World War when the factory made aircraft parts and stirrup pumps but shortly after the end of hostilities, production of carpets resumed. As before, Axminster carpets were ‘made to measure’, with unique designs for the great houses and palaces of European royalty and aristocracy. A stunning example is the carpet in St. George’s Hall, Windsor Castle, which was commissioned after the fire in 1992. Harry Dutfield died in 1991, but like Thomas Whitty he has been succeeded by his son and grandson. It is thanks to them that the opportunity has arisen for Axminster Heritage Ltd. to purchase this building and planning permission for its development has been obtained. The premises are large enough to fulfil several functions from museum to National Collection and Resource Centre or it could house the present Axminster Museum and Tourist Information Office. Axminster Heritage Ltd has enough funds to purchase the building, but they must be sure that they can develop it further. It currently houses a fascinating exhibition where visitors can register their support for this very exciting project. The Centre is open until 26th September 2009 Tuesdays to Friday 11am-4pm and Saturday 10am till 12 noon. Story by Jenny Hopkin

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Entertainment A Morning with John Wragg RA been difficult for galleries to describe me. I might show a set of work but I’ll have changed by the next year,’ he explains. ‘I don’t have a choice. That’s what I have to do.’ There are abstract paintings and three dimensional structures he made in the nineties when he was with Deborah. Tall elegant structures combine geometric and organic shapes, strong and yet delicate like plants. Later he has taken those smooth pared down forms and made them human, mythological figures holding up a child or bowing in subservience. A series of busts catch my eye. They have been molded with clear fingermarks. The women are beautiful. Wragg has a way of capturing the essence of a person and projecting it with such extraordinary immediacy that the person is there open before you. Below the store are the studios. Piled with materials and canvases, the floor is thick with paint. Photographs take us back in time. When he graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1960, Wragg won the first ever Sainsbury Award for Sculpture. Later in 1966 he won a prestigious prize, again sponsored by Robert Sainsbury. This began a long friendship and association. Wragg was on the panel of the Sainsbury Award for many years and through this he got to know artists including Miró, Gabo, Henry Moore and Giacometti. However the work of Germaine Richier has been his strongest influence over the years. She was an artist who struggled always for the truth in her work and Wragg is not interested in anything else. ‘All the pieces I keep are alive,’ he says. ‘It’s got to have that convincing flow – however much you distort it – that you find in nature. You can be painting all day and then something happens and the painting takes off.

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Sometimes nothing happens and then the painting’s dead. It may be a nice painting but it’s not worth keeping.’ This process takes a tremendous amount of energy. ‘I’ve always been a whirlwind of energy,’ he says. The photographs of him as a young man show a passionate face with burning dark eyes. He would stay up all night welding vast aluminium sculptures and then teach the following day. He taught two days a week at Chelsea Art School for years plus blocks of time at Falmouth, Bristol and the Royal Academy. In the sixties he had three solo shows at the Hanover Gallery and each time his work sold to private and public collectors from all over the world. The Tate bought at two of the shows. He received a major Arts Council Award in 1977 and became an RA in 1986. Recently Wragg has been painting confident powerful pictures inspired by stories he sees in the news, people and landscape. ‘When Deborah was gone I could take more risks again and so I am,’ he says. His friend Imo is an inspiration. Nothing stops him working. ‘You’ve got to keep practising eight hours a day like a concert pianist.’ This is how he sees the exhibition at Sladers Yard, like a performance in an intimate setting. ‘I feel at home in working buildings and the work is at home too.’ The exhibition, his first solo show since 2000, will track Wragg’s work alongside his life story. His restless passion for expression is shown in bodies of work alight with energy, grasping the stuff of life. John Wragg RA Paintings and Sculpture 1974 – 2009 will be at Sladers Yard West Bay from 19 September to 8 November. T: 01308 459511. By Mary Talbot

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JOHN Wragg is a Yorkshireman living in Devizes. You can tell that from his voice on the telephone. His house is a warehouse he converted himself. In fact as soon as you go in the front door you are surrounded by his creations, paintings as big as people line the walls and on the window sills are ethereal sculptures, as thin strong and disarming as ancient artefacts. John Wragg himself is a man of such vigour and directness that there is no time to think we haven’t met before. He is a friend of a friend of mine and we are to look at his work before we all have lunch. While he makes us mugs of tea, he talks and we laugh but very soon we are both almost in tears. His wife, Deborah McAbe, died suddenly in 2005 of cancer. They were told she had two months to live and he nursed her at home. She is there in the sitting room in a group of delicate misty portraits he painted from memory immediately after she died. ‘We were just right together,’ he says, ‘I couldn’t believe I could lose her.’ In another room there are pictures of old men in overcoats in the rain. He did these when he first came to Devizes, after he split with his first wife. ‘I was on my own and often very low. I became interested in these men. I asked them to sit for me and we would talk. They had extraordinary lives.’ The rejected, living outdoors, they speak volumes about humanity as a whole. Suddenly Wragg is pushing at a panel in the wall of his sitting room and a door opens into a cavernous space, peopled with sculptures and paintings roughly assembled into groups. ‘Welcome to the contents of my brain,’ he comments. ‘Chaos.’ We move round and he waves dismissively at work that is beautiful, powerful and astonishingly varied. ‘It has always

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Literary delights at Budleigh Salterton TWO-time Man Booker Prize Winner Dame Hilary Mantel is part of an exciting line-up for this year’s Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival. It also includes BAFTAwinning journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark; ‘War Doctor’ Dr David Nott and Sunday Times Chief Foreign Correspondent and best-selling author Christina Lamb. The festival takes place from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 22nd September 2019 in locations across the town, the Festival programme is packed with events, talks and workshops for all ages, designed to inspire, fascinate and engage. For more information and a full line-up visit

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Vegetables in September By Ashley Wheeler SEPTEMBER is the real beginning of summer handing over to autumn, and although it is still a time of harvest, the cooler temperatures, shorter days and damper soils bring a different feel to work in the garden. It is a sort of second spring with new plantings and sowings in August (such as salads, turnips, winter radish, Successions of lettuce fennel, chicory, chard, pak choi, Chinese cabbage, kohl rabi and kale) putting on lots of lush growth. It is a good idea to try and keep as much of the soil covered as possible over winter and September is the right time to start thinking about this (I know it feels too soon to be thinking about winter…). There is still time to sow green manures if you have areas that are bare after harvesting summer crops. Ideally sowing a good mix of green manures will ensure different root depths and provide the diversity of roots in the soil that will lead to higher levels of microbial activity and in turn more organic matter and better drainage and nutrient retention. We usually sow phacelia, cereal rye, vetch and sometimes oats and mustard or fodder radish. Phacelia is not hardy unless it is sown in September, in which case it grows only a few centimetres tall and is not damaged by the frosts, but instead covers the ground and helps to reduce compaction from winter rains and maintain a healthy soil. We then mow these green manures down in the spring a few weeks before we need to plant in them, we cover with black plastic after mowing and this kills off the green manure and any other weeds. Another technique to make sure that there is crop cover overwinter is to undersow vegetable crops with green manures which will slowly grow through the summer and then get going in the autumn once the crop is taken out. We undersow our squash plants with red and white clover along with yellow trefoil and maybe a few wildflowers soon after planting the squash (once they have about 5 true leaves). Ideally hoe the ground two or three times before broadcasting the green manure seed, this will knock back the weed burden and create a tilth for the green manure seed to germinate. If conditions are dry then water the seed in. Once the squash are harvested in autumn we flail mow the beds, rake off the debris and then oversow with rye and vetch. This germinates in fairly low temperatures and puts some growth on before winter giving a good ground cover. If crops are still in the ground until November time then beds can be mulched with compost or even straw overwinter (as it will be too late to sow most green manures) to lessen the impact of the rain on the soil and to feed soil life through the winter. The only thing to watch out for when covering the soil overwinter like this is slugs, so be prepared to squish a few in the spring once the plastic has been taken off or straw has been raked off. Anyway, enough of this winter talk—let’s hope that September provides us with the Indian summer that we are always after! WHAT TO SOW THIS MONTH: Direct sown outside: turnip greens, leaf radish, red Russian kale as salad leaf. Sow in trays: overwintering salad leaves for cloches or polytunnel/glasshouse such as winter purslane, landcress, rocket, mustards, corn salad, endive, chervil, lettuce. Also spring onions for overwintering in a cloche or tunnel/glasshouse WHAT TO PLANT THIS MONTH: OUTSIDE: salad leaves: leaf radish, winter purslane, landcress, rocket, mustards, overwintering spring onions, spinach and spring cabbage. INSIDE: overwintering salad leaves (at the end of the month and into October), chard, coriander, chervil and parsley. OTHER IMPORTANT TASKS THIS MONTH: Get your squash in by the end of the month and cure them either in a glasshouse, polytunnel or ideally in your house—this will make sure that the skins are hard and will last through the winter. 64 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 Tel. 01308 423031

‘Run Jurassic’ in September THE last weekend of September will see the launch of a brand new Jurassic Coast running event—Run Jurassic. Organised by White Star Running in collaboration with the Jurassic Coast Trust, the three-day event aims to be the “official” Jurassic Coast Running Festival, with a percentage of income from the event supporting the Trust’s work in looking after the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Featuring an Ultra Marathon, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 3K Kids’ Race, Run Jurassic takes place from 27-29 September at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock, in West Dorset. The routes for the various races take in spectacular Jurassic Coast scenery, including Golden Cap, West Bay and Chesil Beach. As part of Run Jurassic, the Jurassic Coast Trust is encouraging participants to register as official JCT Fundraisers. This select group will have a target of £220 each to raise before the end of September, and will each receive a special Run Jurassic pack including t-shirt and personalised Thank You card from the JCT team. Donations from these runners will go towards the Trust’s work in protecting and engaging people with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Places on the Ultra and Half Marathon races at Run Jurassic are already sold out, so registering as a JCT fundraiser is the only way you can still make it onto those distances at the event. Visit run-jurassic-2019 for more information and to register as a JCT fundraiser. Lucy Culkin from the Jurassic Coast Trust said, “The Jurassic Coast Trust is very excited about our first Run Jurassic running festival. We expect it to be a fabulous weekend celebrating everything that’s special about our World Heritage Site. We encourage both seasoned runners and new participants to come along and have a go—it’s a great way to build health and fitness while having a brilliant time. We are tremendously grateful to White Star Running for their support – the income raised from our official Jurassic Coast Trust fundraisers at Run Jurassic is incredibly important towards our work in protecting and engaging people with the World Heritage Site.” To find out more about Run Jurassic, please contact Guy Kerr from the Jurassic Coast Trust at or on 01308 807000 / 07904 990 207.

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September in the Garden

By Russell Jordan


t the time of writing, we are having a wet end to the summer, although I’m hoping that, just by stating that, the weather Gods will wake up and deliver us an ‘Indian Summer’ to balance out all the August rain... In the ‘old days’, September was perceived as more colourful than the parched (!) weeks of August. The cooler, damper, conditions encourage bright, fresh, flowers on all those plants which are genetically programmed to perform during shortening day lengths. The evolution of garden styles away from high summer, peakiness, of herbaceous borders towards, what has become known as, ‘New Perennial’ plants has blurred this line somewhat. Pre-dating the ‘New Perennial’ trend; Japanese anemones are a real treat at this time of year. When creating London gardens, my first job after graduating, the pure white Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ was a mainstay of border designs. It copes well with shady conditions and, in my experience, flowers better when treated a little ‘mean’ and not grown with too much food and water. Newly planted specimens may take a few years to settle into a decent flowering pattern, I suspect they like to ‘get the measure’ of their plot before committing to making blooms, but, once happy, they are as tough as old boots. Strangely I don’t have it in my current garden because I chose a double, pink, form (A. huphensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’) when I should have planted ‘Honorine Jobert’’. One day I’ll correct that mistake... Spiky flowering plants seem to hold sway this month. Persicaria, in all its varieties, continues to excite me and is peaking around now despite having been in flower for months already. My current favourite is the wiry beauty and simple charm of Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’; less boisterous than some of the larger leaved varieties and worth a place in any garden. Tall perennial grasses are the natural backdrop to all the late flowering, spiky, herbaceous perennials but I mention Miscanthus so often, in these musings, that I’ll not ‘big them up’ yet again. Where would we be without Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii (or its 66 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 Tel. 01308 423031

commercially available close substitute ‘Goldsturm’) in the late summer palette? It’s one of those foolproof herbaceous perennials that is just so hugely generous in every department (except scent). If it threatens to take over an allotted space, dig it up after flowering, replant one third and pot the rest up to plant elsewhere or give the divisions to friends who need cheering up. If it proves too floppy for your style of gardening then hem it in between shrubs or, those natural bedfellows, the perennial grasses such as Miscanthus (damn, I mentioned them again!). It’s all the myriad species and varieties of the ‘daisy tribe’ (Compositae) that add so much vibrancy to the garden at this slide into autumn. I’m afraid that I’ve given up trying to keep on top of all the Latin name changes in the ‘daisy’ genera; it was pretty complicated three decades ago when I had to learn them first time around. I think if I just point you in the direction of ‘Asters’, ‘Heleniums’, ‘Rudbeckias’, ‘Echinacea’, ‘Helianthus’ et al then you can’t go far wrong. If in doubt take a look at what’s being posted on ‘Instagram’ for inspiration and then check for nurseries that stock them—they should have both the old and new names. Social media will be awash with the favourite ‘comeback kid’ of the gardening world, the dreaded dahlia, but if you can wade through all the images of them (I guess they’re OK if you love staking and earwigs) then there will be plenty of even more colourful, not to mention perennial, members of the Compositae to inspire you as we leave summer behind and look forward to the planting opportunities that autumn affords. On the shrub front hydrangeas must be the main group peaking around now. Even the big mop-head forms, which have been in flower for some time already, seem to swell and refresh with the added mistiness of lengthening nights and cooler days. The tall and graceful Hydrangea villosa is my favourite but I’ve noticed that the stonkingly confident blooms of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ have done particularly well this year. There is a pink form with a terrible name, ‘Tinky-Winky’, or somesuch nonesense, which has

taken my fancy (if I was in the market for a new one). …...STOP PRESS.........STOP PRESS......... I’ve just Googled it and discovered that it’s Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pinky Winky’ (told you it was a stupid name) so please don’t write in to our illustrious Editor complaining that I’ve given up totally on correctly naming plants (having been ‘let go’, by the BBC, for standing up for correct nomenclature, I think I’ve earned my stripes where using Latin names is concerned!). On a maintenance note cutting hedges continues as does looking after the lawn with regular cutting and an autumn feed, towards the end of the month, to pep it up before winter. Now’s a good time to sow new lawns although if you are clearing the ground first, with glyphosate weed killer, it’s worth noting that September is getting towards the end of the period when these nonpersistent herbicides will be effective. I like to apply glyphosate to all visible bindweed growth as it will begin to die down soon and I like to get as much treated as possible in the hope that the underground portions will shrivel away over winter. At the time of writing I’m pretty sure glyphosate is still legal—but the debate over it’s safety (it’s safer than many chemicals you come across in everyday life) continues to blow hot and cold. Planting bulbs should be a priority, as is preparing tender plants for coming under cover before the nights become too chill. I tend to take a few cuttings from them too, even though it’s getting a bit late for successful rooting; ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ and all that. Fingers crossed for a period of decent sunshine and warmth to aid rooting and also to give us time to actually get out and enjoy blooming September and all its charms. Happy Gardening, y’all...

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Agents Choice By Helen Fisher


An appealing detached house, having been built to the owners specification on the site of a former barn. With modern standards. Inglenook fireplace. Large south facing rooms with views over the half acre garden. Semi detached barn with pp to convert, plus large workshop, garage and ample parking. Gordon and Rumsby Tel: 01297 553768

AXMINSTER £960,000

A stunning, principal part of a Victorian mansion house with an abundance of original features: high ceilings, tall windows and ornate cornicing. Beautifully restored to blend contemporary decor with period grandeur. Plus an undeveloped coach house. Set in over 2 acres of secluded gardens with far-reaching views across the valley. Stags Tel: 01308 428000

CHARMOUTH £395,000 Leasehold

A spacious, first floor 2 bedroom apartment in an elegant listed Georgian house. Wonderful country views yet only a mile from the beach. Refurbished to the highest standard with new classically designed kitchen and bathrooms. 2 parking spaces and landscaped gardens, further apartments available within the building. Symonds and Sampson Tel: 01308 422092 68 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 Tel. 01308 423031


A beautifully restored Georgian farmhouse nestled within its own idyllic valley. Constructed of local Ham stone with a brand new thatched roof. Period features inc: flagstone floors, mullion windows and inglenook fireplace with bread oven. An excellent set of outbuildings inc: stables and party barn. Beautiful gardens and grounds of 14.3 acres. Jackson-Stops Tel: 01308 423133


A charming cottage with 3/4 bedrooms with characterful and modern features situated in a tucked away position, yet easy reach to the town and coast. Beautifully maintained garden with far reaching countryside views. Conservatory with garden outlook. Single garage with power and ample private parking. Goadsby Tel: 01308 420000

BRIDPORT £425,000

A semi-detached cottage with 3 bedrooms, situated towards the end of a no-through road enjoying direct access to country and coastal walks. Improved and updated to modern requirements, yet retaining character. Lawn gardens with apple tree plus large modern greenhouse. Rural views to the sea in winter. Detached garage and parking for 3/4 vehicles. Kennedys Tel: 01308 427329

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GARLIC MUSSEL BISQUE A simple rustic dish of local mussels in…red wine. This dish was borne out of a mistake some years ago when I ran out of the usual white wine to go with some mussels and reached for a bottle of red. The gutsy flavours worked brilliantly together and the dish has become a favourite, especially for entertaining.



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In a large pan heat the olive oil. Add the shallots, cover and cook over a low heat for 4-5 minutes until softened. Stir in the garlic and chilli and cook for a further 30 seconds.


Stir in the canned tomatoes with their juice, red wine and sun dried tomato paste. Bring to the boil, season with black pepper and simmer for 15-20 minutes.


Add the mussels to the pan. Cover with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes or until all the mussels have opened. Ladle into serving bowls and serve straight away with crusty bread.


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1 tablespoon olive oil 3 shallots, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 red chilli, de-seeded & finely chopped 425g can good quality chopped tomatoes 300mls (1/2 pint) red wine 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato paste 900g (2lb) mussels, cleaned & scrubbed freshly ground black pepper crusty bread to serve Serves 4 as a starter, 2 as a main course

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Food&Dining ‘Great Taste’ triumph for local businesses WEST Dorset charcuterie business Capreolus had plenty to celebrate when the 2019 Great Taste Award stars were announced—Karen and David Richards had four three-star products, one of which, Guanciale (smoked pig’s cheek) has been nominated for a coveted Golden Fork Award. The couple, who founded their business at Uphall Farmhouse, Rampisham, ten years ago, were thrilled by their success. David said: “Karen and I are humbled by the three star awards that we have won this year. We have entered products many times and always dream about getting three star awards but this has really bowled us over. It is a tribute to the team who work so hard for us and care so deeply about what they do.” Other Marshwood Vale Magazine area successes include: Baboo Gelato, West Bay. Clipper Teas of Beaminster and Solkiki Chocolate, Thornford near

Sherborne. There were also one star awards for Caroline Drever of Dorset Shellfish, for hand-picked mixed and

Denhay Farms. The Great Taste Awards are run by the Guild of Fine Food, based at Gillingham in North Dorset.

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LOGANBERRY AND HONEYCOMB COUPE I reckon the sundae and knickerbocker glory are going to make a bit of a comeback on restaurant menus. They are lovely and colourful, and can be tweaked and adapted according to what’s in season;



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Blend about half of the loganberries in a liquidiser until smooth.


Spoon some of the purée into coupe or sundae glasses. Pile two or three small balls of ice cream into the glasses with a spoon of clotted cream , scattering in more loganberries as you do so. Spoon on the rest of the purée, then top with the remaining loganberries and chunks of honeycomb to serve.

250-300g loganberries or tayberries 250-300g good quality vanilla ice cream About 120ml clotted cream 80-100g honeycomb

Serves 4


HIX Oyster and Fish House is Mark’s local restaurant that overlooks the harbour in Lyme Regis and boasts the most stunning panoramic views across the Jurassic coast - this is easily one of the most picturesque spots to enjoy British fish seafood. To book please call 01297 446 910 72 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 Tel. 01308 423031

Taking up Fly Fishing By Nick Fisher


earning to fly fish is like trying to learn Spanish. From a distance, it all sounds very complicated. Some of it is. But some of it is very basic. You could spend years learning lots of complicated Spanish tenses and grammar and yet still never be able to order a bottle of beer. Alternatively you can learn combat Spanish, pick up a few phrases, one tense and a handful of linking words and you’ll never starve or go thirsty. Fly fishing is as complicated as you want to make it. Or it can be very, very simple. In many ways it’s the most basic form of fishing. You have no complicated bait to find or keep or mount on hooks. You don’t need much tackle. One rod, one line, a little tippet (leader) line and half a dozen flies. And if you get lucky, a net. Fly fishing aficionados want fly fishing to be cloaked in mystery and expertise, full of long Latin entomological names and clever showy casting techniques. They want it to appear as a rare wisdom handed down in dusty old books with complicated copper plates, mixed, using the skill of an alchemist, with ultra modern research and hi tech materials. There are institutions devoted to casting. Whole international guilds and bodies devoted to the material you use to make flies. Scientific industries who focus on the development of radical polymers used in line construction. But if you just want to learn how to catch a fish on a fly, none of the complicated stuff needs a moment of your attention. Fly fishing is painfully simple. It is easy. It is elementary. Basic. Almost primitive. Trout feed on bugs. Artificial ‘flies’ look like bugs. Get one on the water, or under the water, near a fish that’s feeding and you are half way to calling yourself a fly fisherman. The most difficult thing about fly fishing is casting. Casting is the key to successful fly fishing. Nothing else really matters. Certainly not to begin with. You don’t need to be able to cast brilliantly. But you do need to understand the simple physics. Understand what it is you’re trying to do. When you’re doing it right. When it’s wrong, and how to put it right if it is wrong. Casting is a pig. Even when you’re mastered the basics it’s a pain because when you put it into practise, suddenly all these other factors which never existed, loom their ugly heads. Wind is never in the right direction. Trees, bushes even grass gets in the way. Flies get hooked on everything including you. I didn’t have casting lessons when I learnt to fly fish. I taught myself. And it’s a mistake I’ve been trying to undo ever since. Take a lesson. Even if it’s only one. Learn the basic steps. And listen. I know it sounds pedantic but it’s true. Men of a certain age find it very hard to listen. Just do what you’re told. Follow the basic steps like a robot. Heed the warnings about not cocking your wrist or raising your elbow. All that stuff. Because although you can cast without doing it text book style. It helps to know how it’s meant to be done.

Your local tackle shop will tell you where your basically imitate tiny fish or tadpoles. These are nearest casting instructor lives. Have a lesson and retrieved in short jerky pulls and will attract rainbow then go out to the park or back garden and just trout. They don’t necessarily look like any fly but they practise. look tasty enough or annoying enough to make a fish If you want to buy a rod. Buy basic. Buy a seven or take a bite. eight weight rod. Don’t pay more than £100 for your Here’s a few simple do’s and dont’s: first rod. It’s not worth it and won’t make you cast • Don’t buy much tackle. any better. Forget fancy stuff like Sage and Orvis and • Do buy cheap stuff. all the top gear. You don’t need it. No one needs it. • Don’t buy more than 10 flies. But if you get very good, you might one day be able • Do buy a couple of lures a couple of nymphs and to tell the difference, but to be fair, the difference isn’t a couple of dries. that much, especially when it comes to basic trout • Don’t worry too much about what you use and fishing. when. If you see fish on the top, try dries. If you A line is worth spending money on. Go for a medon’t, try something else. dium to high priced line. But don’t go over the top. • Don’t think too much. Feel. Be intuitive. ExperiEven a great line will only last a couple of years and ment. Enjoy. Fish can be deliciously unpredictable. the first line you buy will get knackered badly from • Do take a casting lesson. learning with it. You’ll stand on it. Snag it. Abuse it. • Do talk to other anglers and bailiffs. So don’t waste your money. • Do ponce flies whenever the opportunity arises. A floating line is all you really need. Limit yourself. • Don’t worry about entomology (the science of fly Unless you’re fishing a reservoir which rarely sees life), unless you feel a burning desire. A great many rising fish, you don’t really need a sinker. Sinking lines trout are caught by guys who haven’t a clue. are horrible to cast anyway. • Do try tying a fly. You’ll be surprised how ugly and So when you’re learning don’t bother with them. cack-handed a creation trout will eat. I’ve cut open An intermediate line does have its uses, but again, you trout and found fag ends inside. Believe me, they can live without it. And in terms of sheer pleasure aren’t too clever. the sensation of catching a fish on a floating line is • Do practise at well stocked put-and-take fisheries. the best. There is so much less water tension bearing • Don’t pay for an expensive day on a chalk stream on the floating line because it’s laying on the surface, when you’re just starting out. rather than under the weight of any water, so you feel • Do pay for a day out with a guide. all the movements of the fish much more directly. • Don’t try and cast too far. Plenty of fish get caught Go to a stocked stillwater to practise. Fish for at very close range. cooperative dumb, but sporty rainbow trout. Make it • Don’t be put-off by purist mumbo jumbo. easy for yourself. Don’t try to be flash and posh and • Do ask questions on the bank. Anglers love to talk. book yourself expensive days on chalk streams or fancy rivers. These can be a great disappointment to a learning angler. To catch fish on a clear river you need to be able to cast well and keep out of sight of the fish and to be able to understand how the flow and water movement effects your fly. Get to a stillwater and catch some fish before venturing off to do any more exotic fly fishing. September 2019 Food Markets At the water, ask the bailiff what to Please check dates and times with venues or organisers do. Get him to suggest flies and a good spot. Keep the wind behind you. Look Poundbury, Queen Mother Square - 9am - 1pm Sat 7th for fish moving, taking food off the top. Shaftesbury, Town Hall - 9am - 1pm Cast to these fish with basic all round Thu 12th Wareham, Town Hall, East Street - 9am - 1pm flies like Hoppers, Daddy Long Legs, Blandford, Blandford Forum - 9am - 1pm Fri 13th and small hare’s ear nymphs. Bridport, Arts Centre, South St - 9am - 1pm Sat 14th Martock, Moorlands Shopping - 10am - 1pm Dry flies sit on top of the water, Yarcombe, Village Hall - 10am - 12noon nymphs (made to look like sub aquatic Purbeck, Commercial Road, Swanage - 9am - 1pm bug life) sit under the water. Some have Thur 19th Honiton, St Paul’s Church, High St - 8.30am - 1pm a bit of lead wound into them so they Fri 20th Sherborne, Cheap St - 9am - 1pm will sink. A dry fly can be left stationary Wimborne, Market Square - 9am - 1pm Sat 21st on the surface or tweaked slowly along. Crewkerne, The Henhayes Centre - 9am - 1pm Same applies with a nymph, although Wareham, Town Hall, East Street - 9am - 1pm Thur 26th it’s best to keep a nymph moving. Slow Dorchester South, High Street - 9am - 4pm Sat 28th Barrington, Village Hall, 10am - 12noon and jerky. Yeovil, Middle Street - 9am - 2pm Lures are another type of fly which Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 73

Guest Recipe

PAM CORBIN Pam Corbin has been making preserves for as long as she can remember and for more than twenty years her passion has been her business. As well as judging at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards in the Lake District, she works closely with the team at River Cottage. She is the author of Preserves and Cakes, both of which are part of the awardwinning River Cottage Handbook series.

COURGETTE CHUTNEY Courgettes are magnificently prolific, which makes them good value when they’re in season in the late summer and early autumn. This chutney is a delicious method of using up gluts if you grow your own. Although my preference is to use tender young courgettes, when they are little more than 15cm long, you can use big courgettes too, either green or yellow. Coriander and cumin are a classic spice duo and will turn a panful of courgettes into a dazzler of a chutney. Don’t skip toasting the seeds; the few minutes it takes will bring out their best flavour.

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1kg courgettes (green or yellow) 2 tbsp fine sea salt 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced 3 fat garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped 1–2 chillies, halved and deseeded 40g fresh root ginger, peeled 100ml rapeseed or sunflower oil 1 tbsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp black mustard seeds 1 tsp ground turmeric 300ml cider vinegar 150g light soft brown sugar


Makes 3–4 × 300ml jars


2. Pam the Jam by Pam Corbin (Bloomsbury Publishing, £20.00) is out now. Photography by Mark Diacono.


Rinse the courgettes, trimming away the stalks. For small courgettes cut crossways into slices about 1.5cm thick; for bigger courgettes, halve and quarter lengthways then cut into chunks. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt, lightly tossing to coat. Cover with a piece of baking parchment and a plate. Leave the courgettes for at least 2 hours (and up to 4) for the salt to draw out as much moisture as possible. Rinse with cold water, then drain and dry well with kitchen paper. Meanwhile, blitz the onion, garlic, chilli




and ginger in a food processor with 50ml of the oil, or pound to a paste with a pestle and mortar. Toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 2–3 minutes in a dry frying pan until fragrant. Remove from the heat and pound to a coarse powder, using a pestle and mortar. Heat the remaining oil in a large heavybased pan or preserving pan. Sprinkle in the mustard seeds and cook for a couple of minutes until they begin to pop, then stir in the pounded coriander and cumin and the turmeric, and cook for a minute or so. Add the onion paste and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent the mixture from catching, before finally adding the courgettes, the vinegar and the sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and everything is well combined. Continue to cook over a gentle heat for about 40 minutes until the liquid has reduced and the chutney is nicely thick, stirring from time to time. Meanwhile, sterilise your jars and twist-on lids. Spoon the cooked chutney into the warm jars, packing down tightly and using the back of a spoon to tease out any air pockets, then seal immediately with twist-on lids. Ideally, leave the chutney for 2–3 weeks or so for the flavours to mingle and mellow. Store in a cool, dry, dark place for up to a year. Once opened, keep in fridge and use within 3–4 months.


James Brigden French - photograph and words by Catherine Taylor

JAMES BRIGDEN FRENCH ‘Frenchie’ has never been called James, he’s been Frenchie from the start, as long as he can remember. A local lad, who grew up in Litton Cheney, he has lived in Bath for a bit and Italy for a while, but mainly has made his way in hostelries in or around Bridport, working hard to now be General Manager of The Stable in Bridport. He was one of the original recruits when The Stable first opened its doors 10 years ago and although he has worked at other places in the last few years, including helping open up The Stable in Bristol, Bath, Newquay and Weymouth, has now returned to take the Bridport cider and pizza establishment through to the next decade. Passionate about what he does, Frenchie is proud to work for a company that celebrates and showcases local producers. He is keen to introduce more community links between The Stable and Bridport, demonstrated so far by inviting local artists to exhibit their art, installing soft furnishings on the ground floor, and showcasing live local music four nights of the week. Happy to be celebrating 10 years since they opened their doors Frenchie is looking forward to thanking the town for their continued support with a big showdown party in October. When Frenchie does manage to get home, it’s often late at night. The first thing he does is go upstairs to say hello to his young baby daughter, who greets him with a large gurgling smile when she sees him, before falling to sleep once more. Then he puts all the animals to bed; two dogs, five rabbits, three chickens, two pigs and a cat, before collapsing next to his partner Zoë. Pregnant with their second child, Zoe is long accustomed to the hours Frenchie works and takes it in her stride. On Frenchie’s day off you will find him rummaging around the charity shops and antique stalls in Bridport. He loves a good vintage find. Taking the chance to cook for Zoë, Frenchie will often produce exotic vegetarian food incorporating a fruit twist, such as jerk watermelon steaks or pineapple curry. Trying to avoid too much screen time for themselves and their children, the couple don’t have a television. However, it’s unlikely, with all those mouths to feed, that Frenchie would have much chance to watch one anyway. Tel. 01308 423031 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 75

Arts &Entertainment

Jasper Conran and Sibyl Fine to select 2019 ‘Collector’s Choice’ in Marshwood Arts Awards


his year The Marshwood Arts Awards & John Hubbard Prize is again being brought to the attention of Art collectors who will look at the exhibited work and award a prize to their chosen winners. Jasper Conran, OBE, will be choosing a ‘Collector’s Choice’ winner from the 2019 exhibition. Having trained at Parson’s School of Design in New York, he was a founding member of the London Designer Collections—subsequently renamed London Fashion Week. From ‘Designer of the Year’ in 1986 to ‘Retailer of the Year’ in 2013 he is no stranger to awards and commendations and is looking forward to seeing the 2019 exhibition. ‘I am honoured to have been asked to help judge this year’s Marshwood Arts Awards & John Hubbard Prize’ he said. ‘The work is always of an exceptionally high standard, and I look forward to seeing 2019’s entries.’ Sibyl Fine, Director of the Fine Family Foundation which supports Dorset-based charities working in the environment, arts, health and the community will also be selecting a ‘Collector’s Choice’ award from the exhibition. Sibyl was involved in setting up the KUBE Gallery in Poole and chaired it from 2000 to 2010. As well as being a keen art collector, she has, through her work with the Foundation, been able to actively participate in projects which add to the quality of our environment and our lives, including numerous visitor centres, commissioning public art, and most recently establishing a charity called ParkYoga. Over the past ten years many selectors have commented that artists often work in isolation, and that the opportunity presented by joining a group show can be of great benefit. In 2017, Laura Cockett, the then Director of Bridport Arts Centre said that it is ‘aspirational for the artists to be able to share the same space as the judges who have been involved in the selection process.’ Furniture maker Rupert Senior agreed that while working in isolation it is hard for an artist to know where they stand in their world without engaging with exhibi-

tion selectors and curators. Whilst John Makepeace, who along with ceramicist Kate Malone is selecting for the Applied Arts category this year, believes that artists working in isolation often don’t have the opportunity to communicate with other artists in varying fields, so an initiative that brings their work to public attention as well as the attention of other artists is hugely beneficial. As the Marshwood Arts Awards has grown and encompassed the John Hubbard Prize the value of developing a venture such as this has become more apparent, as both selectors and artists make their views clear about how important public and private support is to the future of our artistic culture. Kate Malone, always captivated and emotionally involved in her role as a judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down, is excited by the work that artists are involved in. ‘How wonderful it is that all these artists and people are being brought together to see and experience the joy of art for all’ she said. ‘A piece of craft, a piece of art, however one would refer to it, is never quite complete until it has been viewed by others. How can it otherwise exist? So this fabulous competition and exhibition bring alive and together a wonderful group. It is art fulfilling its reason to be. I am very much looking forward to being one of the judges in this event.’ Once quoted as someone who ‘let instinct fly’ Kate has said that she trusts her subconscious. She described her method of working as summed up in a comment that she once heard from Grayson Perry when he said that artists should trust their ability and feed their ideas ‘like little pets, stroking them from time to time and trusting that they will turn into something.’ It is that emotional connection to art that so often stands out in a mixed exhibition. In the Applied Arts category which includes: ‘furniture & works in wood, ceramics & glass, fashion & textiles, jewellery, metalwork or decorative arts’ both selectors Kate Malone and John Makepeace have enormous experience to guide them. That same experience and passion for his

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Jasper Conran is selecting a Collector’s Choice

craft apply to Dave White, who is selecting painting & drawing. He believes that to be a good judge; you have to be quite eclectic. ‘I would be looking for quality, individualism, a uniqueness and a spark—something that shows passion, integrity and honesty—people who enjoy what they do and love what they do’ he says. Brian Griffin, who is selecting photography, points out that the process of just looking at work to send in can take a photographer on an unexpected and often gratifying journey. While Tania Kovats, who is selecting sculpture, explained that becoming visible is very important. ‘They call it an artwork and some of that work happens in the studio with just you and the object, but so much of it happens beyond that. Engaging with the world, being present, making the work present, that’s all part of the artwork.’ The Marshwood Arts Awards is an open competition and the deadline for submissions is the 19th September 2019. For full entry information, visit

Kate Malone Studio Portraits by Dan Fontanelli. Work taken by Sylvain Deleu courtesy of Adrian Sassoon.

Exhibit alongside the selectors. Future Knowledge by Tania Kovats who is selecting Sculpture and Look Sharp by Brian Griffin who is selecting Photography for 2019

Be Part of the First Ten Years Enter at

The Marshwood Arts Awards & John Hubbard Prize 2019



Selector: DAVE WHITE

CATEGORY: APPLIED ARTS (To include: Furniture & Works in Wood, Ceramics & Glass, Fashion & Textiles, Jewellery, Metalwork and Decorative Arts)







Selected by The Hubbard Family COLLECTOR’S CHOICE


To submit work for the 2019 Marshwood Arts Awards visit

The final date for receipt of applications is September 19th 2019

Museums&Galleries 2 – 14 SEPTEMBER Art Exhibition and Sale to showcase, and celebrate the work of late local artist Colin Scott-Kestin. Held in conference room at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, entrance to the exhibition itself is free of charge. All proceeds from the sale of the art to be generously donated to Ferne. Wambrook CHARD, Somerset, TA20 3DH 11:00 am - 4:00 pm UNTIL 3 SEPTEMBER Textiles, Sculpture, Ceramics A feast of 3D art created by some of the SouthWest’s most talented sculptors, ceramicists and textile artists on show at the region’s newest art gallery. The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. Open daily 10.30-4.30. Free admission & parking. www.lymebayarts. UNTIL 6 SEPTEMBER Paint Freedom: exhibition by Bob and Roberta Smith. Bob and Roberta Smith is a contemporary British artist best known for his slogan art. Paint Freedom is a new exhibition of portraits and landscapes and the works are in collaboration with the National Trust’s People’s Landscape project. The exhibition has been created by Bob and Roberta, together with members of the public. The exhibition will be on display throughout the museum. Free with valid Museum Annual Pass. National Trust members get £1 off entry, and there is free entry to the museum for Arts Fund Members. For more information visit or call 01305 261849. Shire Hall, Dorchester. 6 SEPTEMBER - 12 SEPTEMBER MA Summer Show The MA Summer Show celebrates the achievements of the 2019 Postgraduate students. TheGallery and Northlight Studios, Arts University Bournemouth

UNTIL 7 SEPTEMBER Town & Country New work by wildlife artists Jackie Cox and Chris Sinden. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. 7 – 15 SEPTEMBER Exhibition of paintings and sculpture by Hilary Arnold at the Bomb Shelter, High Street, Beer. 10.00am to 5.00pm daily. Contact 01297 20064 7 – 22 SEPTEMBER Lyme Bay Arts: Members Exhibition Bringing together for first time recent work of artist-members of Lyme Bay Arts and celebrating its first participation in Bridport Open Studios, the popular arts festival The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG. Open daily 10.304.30. Free admission & parking. www. 7 SEPTEMBER - 5 OCTOBER David Gommon (1913-87) The Art Stable, Child Okeford, Nr. Blandford, Dorset DT11 8HB 01258 863866 UNTIL 8 SEPTEMBER Igniting Sight Contemporary artists inspired by JMW Turner. Fred Cuming RA, Luke Elwes, Vanessa Gardiner, Frances Hatch, Janette Kerr RWA RSA Hon, Alex Lowery. Sladers Yard, 5 W Bay Rd, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4GD. 01308 459511 9 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER Secrets & Codes South West Textiles group presents an exhibition inspired by the esoteric world of secrets and codes. Free. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. uk.

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UNTIL 11 SEPTEMBER 23rd Open Exhibition Malthouse Gallery Lyme Regis - exhibiting over 30 artists work Julie Oldfield will be exhibiting with Adrian Grey 13 SEPTEMBER - 2 OCTOBER ‘Change Matters’ This new venture together responds to environmental issues. Pauline Lerry looks at results of melting ice-caps and rising sea levels. Lesley Roberts looks at the disappearance of wild flower meadows. Sian Martin looks at plastic pollution. 10.30 - 16.30 daily Please note there is no parking at the Town Mill. 14 SEPTEMBER - 2 OCTOBER Louise Balaam, Jill Barthorpe, Emma Haggas, Elsa Taylor. The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN. Tel 01935 835261. www.jerramgallery. com 14 SEPTEMBER - 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 21 SEPTEMBER – 17 NOVEMBER Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories A British Museum touring exhibition, at Shire Hall, Dorchester. Samesex love and desire and gender diversity are an integral part of human experience. The way they have been expressed culturally has varied widely globally and over time. 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.

27 SEPTEMBER – 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. www.lymebayarts. UNTIL 28 SEPTEMBER A Sophie Capron feature Exhibition with supporting artists; Ashar, Lynda Ruth Brown, Liza Mackintosh, Shelley Morrow and Kathryn Stevens. Artwave West, Morcombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm UNTIL OCTOBER 5 Learn about the dark history of Wicked Wessex. The cat-o’-ninetails was a type of whip used in the Royal Navy. A sailor could be flogged for anything from drunkenness to desertion. Each of the cat’s ‘tails’ was knotted to increase the pain of the lashes. Free with valid Museum Annual Pass. Find out more at shirehalldorset. org or call 01305 261849.

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 Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4pm; Sundays 2pm - 4.30pm. Tel: 01308 863 623. website:www. 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 www.


Galleries & Studios

Recent collages, bronze sculpture, framed drawings and giclée prints by Marzia Colonna at Sladers Yard Gallery, West Bay, Bridport. 14 September - 10 November

Work by Elizabeth Richie is part of the Lyme Bay Arts exhibition at The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport 7 - 22 September

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BEHIND the physicality of Sophie Capron’s highly textured paintings, richly made up of layers and painterly marks, there lies a fascination with the constantly evolving impact of human presence on the environment. Using recycled materials wherever possible to reuse and reinvent the unwanted in a new and visually stimulating way is paramount to her activity. New paintings made for this exhibition highlight the different forms of application she uses; marking, scratching and abrasion, painted surfaces that are skimmed and overlaid revealing a multitude of worked marks are abundant. These surfaces become suggestive of the natural processes of weathering and seasoning and also hint at the traces we leave in the places we pass through; aged doorways, peeling plaster, crumbling walls, places where time has left its mark, where traces of human interaction speak of countless interventions. Her paintings glow with secrets of history and become objects of beauty that will only reveal their mysteries in the fullness of time. As part of the supporting Exhibition and forming a complementary element to Sophie’s work are new artists, Ashar and Lynda Ruth Brown. Ashar paints in oils on wooden panels creating moving abstract capturing her responses to place rather than what she sees. She represents fleeting moments within layers of colours and marks, deliberately kept ambiguous to enable the observer to form their own interpretation of the piece. Lynda Ruth Brown fulfils her reputation as a lyrical colourist. The latest paintings reference the ‘scapes’ of land, sea and weather without illustrative or narrative description but with an evocative subtlety which rewards close observation. She aims to suggest a history of experience through multilayering of colour and texture—each veil of translucent colour revealing itself and those beneath through density of accumulation and also elimination. Artists invited back to form part of this show and rapidly becoming Gallery favourites are Liza Mackintosh, Shelley Morrow and Kathryn Stevens. Liza Mackintosh uses her practice as a visual diary for investigation into the natural landscape. She follows an undetermined path of exploration fuelled by her curiosity and continual observation of the organic world. New paintings for this show such as ‘Dark Heath’ study the complex networks in plant materials and how these echo the terrain of the landscape. The unique figures created from thousands of tiny stitches by hand are the trademark of Shelley Morrow and are a very welcome return to the gallery. Shelley has been absent from exhibiting for a few years while she has completed her Masters and this reintroduction will not disappoint. Kathryn Steven’s work uses an intuitive, experimental approach to abstract painting. Influenced by natural forms and ideas about landscape, her paintings are much more focussed around the fluidity of the paint as she carefully pours it across the canvas perfectly balancing the fine line between control and accident. Time Reclaimed is a A Sophie Capron feature Exhibition with supporting artists; Ashar, Lynda Ruth Brown, Liza Mackintosh, Shelley Morrow and Kathryn Stevens Until – 28th September 2019 – Artwave West, Morcombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm

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Mike Bernard RI has a new show in Beer AWARD-winning artist and member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mike Bernard RI will be showcasing a range of new paintings for his 11th solo show at Marine House at Beer this September. Mike is nationally recognised for his unique and original style of incorporating collage and acrylics to form cleverly observed mixed media artworks. Although Mike’s subject matter often includes everyday landscapes, seascapes, street scenes, still life and figurative compositions, his experimental use of media and techniques allows his artworks to evolve and take on a life of their own. As Mike suggests; “I enjoy the way textures, shapes, colour and ‘happy accidents’ steer the direction of my paintings” Starting from an on the spot sketch, Mike portrays the key details and essence of the subject or scene, which he then brings back to his studio to start a layering process with paint, paper, and collage. From this state of “disarray”, he then utilises drawing techniques to define the subject and to create recognisable shapes and features. Mike’s natural ability to allow

these textures, vibrant colours, and shapes to simply fall into place, gives his paintings their own unique personality. As a result, his final artworks retain a semi-abstract impressionistic feel, which fully engages the imagination of the viewer. Originally trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, followed by postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools, Mike has exhibited widely in London and across the UK, but his closest association spanning 20 years has been with Marine House at Beer. He was elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in 1997, and has won an array of awards over the years and has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Born in Kent, Mike moved to Devon in 2008 inspired by the stunning Devonshire light. Mike’s new exhibition Exploring Devon’s Jurassic Coast & Countryside (with trips to Venice and London) will incorporate over 30 local paintings, as well as some landscape works from London and Venice.

Exploring Devon’s Jurassic Coast & Countryside Marine House at Beer Saturday 21st September to Friday 4th October 2019 Open daily from 10am – 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the launch day on Saturday 21st September from 11.00am, when Mike will be present. Simply contact the gallery on 01297 625257 for an invitation and colour catalogue.

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Studio Pottery to go

under the Hammer

A LARGE collection of studio pottery is to be sold by Lawrences Auctioneers of Crewkerne in their October Fine Art Sale on Thursday 10th of October, with estimates ranging from £100-£1500. The vast collection, compiled by a lady in Somerset over the last 20-30 years, includes many items by well-known potters. Works by John Maltby, Alan Wallwork, David Leach, Edmund De Waal, Walter Keeler, Mike Dodd, Rosemary Wren, John Leach, Janet Leach, Seth Cardew, Alan Caiger-Smith and many others are included. The collection will be sold as 35 lots, with some individual items and some sold in group lots. Highlights include a wonderful porcelain teapot by Edmund De Waal, which is expected to make £1000-1500 in auction. Also shown here is an Alan Wallwork wedge shaped vessel; a Walter Keeler jug; a John Maltby basket and a Rosemary Wren Dog. Visit for details.

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PREVIEW On Stage - In and Around the Vale Music at The Beehive HONITON

ONE of the most adventurous jazz groups, the Neil Maya Quartet, opens the autumn season at Honiton’s Beehive arts centre on Saturday 7th September, at 8pm, with 1959, celebrating the jazz of a vintage year with tunes from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and Charlie Mingus. There is the regular monthly event for local folk singers and musicians on Wednesday 11th at the Folk Café, from 8pm with free entry. Come along to sing or listen in the Beehive bar with host Sue King. Maesteg Male Voice Choir comes to Honiton on Saturday 21st at 7.30pm with a wide-ranging programme, raising funds for WHERE (Westcountry Health Education and Research Enterprise). Maesteg Male Voice Choir has performed at prestigious events and venues including Proms in the Park, the Royal Albert Hall, the House of Commons and Cardiff ’s Millennium Stadium. The month ends with guitar virtuoso Clive Carroll, on Saturday 28th at 7.30pm. The composer and musician has been described as “probably the best and most original young guitar player in Britain.”

Chekhov short stories BRIDPORT

THE timeless black humour and humanity of the Russian playwright Chekhov are demonstrated in a new production, In And Out of Chekhov Shorts, which comes to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday 21st September, as part of a national tour. Dragonboy Productions have taken five of Chekhov’s best known short stories, adapted and directed by Eliot Giuralarocca, who is also one of the cast of five with Graeme Dalling, Michal Horowicz, Tom

Neill and Elisabeth Snegir. Chekhov was one of the greatest playwrights of all time, best known for his plays including Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya and The Seagull. But he worked for many years as a doctor in rural Russia, an experience reflected in the bracing humour and memorable characters of the stories, The Lady with the Little Dog, The Chemist’s Wife, At a Summer Villa, An Avenger and The Bear. Described as hymns to the absurdity of everyday life, the stories are by turns hilarious, romantic, poignant, odd and memorable. They hold the mirror up to the half-comic, half-painful experience of love and relationships and create a world in which the tender and the grotesque are inextricably linked.

Eusebius Quartet TOURING

A GIFTED quartet who met as teenagers and reunited in 2015 give the September series of Concerts in the West, from Thursday 5th to Saturday 7th, with recitals at Bishops Hull, Bridport, Ilminster, Taunton and Crewkerne. The founding members of the Eusebius Quartet, Beatrice Phillips, violin, Venetia Jollands, violin, Hannah Shaw, viola, and Hannah Sloane, cello, met while studying and reunited to form their quartet, which is named after Eusebius, a dreamy fictional character created by Robert Schumann. All four share a passion for the intricate music written for quartets, but equally are not afraid to experiment with different styles of playing—they enjoy studying early Haydn editions as well as string quartet recordings made in the 1920s and 30s. Their programme for Concerts in the West is a showcase for their talents, including Haydn’s

Quartet No 6 in A major, Bartók’s Quartet No 6, Beet­hoven’s Quartet No 15 in A minor and Mozart’s Quartet in D major. In 2018 they were finalists in the Royal Overseas League Compet­ition. They were the resident string quartet at the Lewes Chamber Music Festival in 2016 and 2017 and at FitzFest, Fitzrovia’s newest music festival playing quartets by Schumann, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Bartok. The Eusebius will give their Concerts in the West recitals on Thursday 5th September at 7.30pm at St Peter & St Paul Church, Bishops Hull near Taunton, on Friday 6th at 11am at Bridport Arts Centre and at 8pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, on Saturday 7th at 10.45am at the Centre For Young Musicians Taunton, at Richard Huish College, and at 7.30pm at The Dance House, Crewkerne.

Beverley Craven and friends DORCHESTER

BEVERLEY Craven and friends come to Dorchester Corn Exchange as part of a lively September musical line-up for Dorchester Arts, starting on Friday 13th with the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners, vocal-guitar duo Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente. Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, their music traverses nationalities. With Josie singing in Gaelic, Scots and English, their repertoire ranges from centuries-old ballads to Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing. Josie is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions. Pablo Lafuente studied guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and has put down cultural roots in Scotland,

Tenth anniversary for Welsh folk band ACCLAIMED Welsh five-piece folk band Calan, bring their infectious bland of magical musical storytelling and pounding rhythms to Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 13th September. Since they got together in 2006, Calan have put the music of their native land on the international scene and are back on the road with a new collection, celebrating the tenth anniversary of their debut album. The new compilation, Deg|10, also includes some new tracks specially recorded for the CD. The band members play a wide range of instruments including accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes and there is also a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer. Calan’s music combines pounding rhythms with ancient traditions, drawing on the magic of Wales’ fairy realm, all set to beautiful and haunting melodies. 86 The Marshwood Vale Magazine September 2019 Tel. 01308 423031


Frisky and Mannish bring their PopLab show to Bridport Arts Centre in September

exploring the tradition to its deepest core. Beverley Craven makes a welcome return to the Dorchester Arts stage on Friday 20th with two of her favourite musicians, Julia Fordham and Judie Tzuke, and a string quartet, in an intimate one-off show featuring songs and stories spanning her (almost) 30-year career as a singer/songwriter and performer. Featuring special guest star, Judie Tzuke. Road Warrior is the new album from the Quentin Collins Sextet, who come to Dorchester on Wednesday 26th September. As one of the hardest working and in-demand internationally renowned jazz trumpet players, Quentin Collins has formed an all-star band which is a progression of his quintet with alto sax ace, Tom Harrison. On this tour, Quentin celebrates the release of Road Warrior, which features pianist Dan Nimmer, the star of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. The album is a musical depiction of life as a touring musician, which all of these artists know too well.

A peek into the PopLab BRIDPORT

EDINBURGH Fringe sell-out duo Frisky and Mannish bring their PopLab show to Bridport Arts Centre on Friday 20th September, their only date in this area. It’s 10 years since Frisky and Mannish burst on to the comedy scene, and now the Pop PhDs, fully qualified to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever, are for the first time inviting audiences into their PopLab. Have they found an effective vaccine for the contagious virus sweeping through the pop world? Who is the latest to benefit from their 80s Dance-Pop Conservation

Program? Brush up on your Pop Periodic Table with the mad scientists and you’ll be able to answer academic questions yourself, like just how can Coldplay be so popular even though everyone you ask says they hate them?

Charter Showcase BRIDPORT

BRIDPORT Arts Centre celebrates the venue, the town’s charter and the talents and creativity of the community at the Charter Showcase, on Saturday 28th September at 7pm. This historic event, now thoroughly revitalised, is hosted by the arts centre for a second year running—but with even more activities. The building and forecourt will be bustling from 10am to 2pm with community stalls, displays and music. These will be complemented by a non-stop programme of entertainment in Bucky Doo Square. From 7 to 9.30 pm, in partnership with the arts centre, the Charter Fair presents a showcase of local talent representing diverse interests and ages, and bringing together groups that have never before had the opportunity of sharing the same stage. They include the Arts Centre Choir, Backstage Theatre Group, Bridport Choral Society, Bridport Pantomime Players, Bridport Young Performers, Bridport Youth Dance, and the Minerva Choir.

Russian masterpiece score BRIDPORT

THE Cabinet of Living Cinema comes to Bridport Arts Centre on 15th September with Man With A Movie Camera, marking the 90th anniversary of a Russian film which is now regarded as a masterpiece and the greatest documentary ever made.

The Cabinet, which achieved sell-out success with its new scores for silent classics Nosferatu (2017) and The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (2018), is bringing the LSO St Luke’s performance of Man With a Movie Camera to Dorset, the home county of one of its performers, Kieron Chissik. Although originally dismissed by critics, Man With a Movie Camera is a unique experimental documentary film, made in 1929 by Dziga Vertov and edited by his wife, Elizaveta Svilova. It was voted the eighth greatest film ever made in the British Film Institute’s 2012 Sight & Sound poll and was later named the best documentary of all time in the same magazine. The Cabinet follows some of Vertov’s original notes to create a dazzling whirlwind of a score with weaving rhythms, soaring melodies and intricate melodies and textures on harp, clarinet, viola and voice to transport the audience back to the dynamism of daily life in the Soviet Union’s cosmopolitan cities. From dawn to dusk citizens of Kiev, Kharkov, Moscow and Odessa are shown at work and at play, and interacting with the machinery of modern life. The film is famous for the range of cinematic techniques Vertov invented, deployed or developed, such as multiple exposure, fast motion, slow motion, freeze frames, match cuts, jump cuts, split screens, Dutch angles, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, reversed footage, stop motion animations and self-reflexive visuals (at one point it features a split-screen tracking shot; the sides have opposite Dutch angles). Founded in 2010, the Cabinet of Living Cinema creates living cinema events in museums, galleries, festivals, pop-up spaces, bandstands, fossil museums, libraries, derelict theatres and other site-specific spaces. Programmes of short films, “living graphic

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PREVIEW novels” or feature-length scores are thematically linked to landscapes, buildings, artists, poets and philosophers. The Cabinet’s performers are musicians from a number of disciplines, bringing their own fields of world music (klezmer, Balkan and Turkish folk music, British folk, Indian tabla, oud) to live scores. Using loop pedals and “found object foley”, the Cabinet’s live scores stretch and redefine these genres to create wistful, rich cinematic atmospheres.

A hard life VILLAGES

THE Hard Way: The Story of Hannah Mitchell is the uplifting and empowering story of a remarkable woman who rose from a poverty stricken childhood on a Derbyshire moorland farm to become a Manchester magistrate. The show, written by the Wiltshirebased actor, singer and composer, Louise Jordan, has the first of three Artsreach dates on Friday 27th September at 7.30pm at Broadoak village hall, near Bridport. On Saturday 28th at 7.30pm it is at Langton Matravers village hall and on Sunday 29th at 4pm at Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. Hannah grew up on a remote hilltop farm in the Derbyshire moorlands. With just two weeks’ formal schooling and through sheer force of character, Hannah escapes domestic drudgery to become a campaigner, speaker, writer, suffragette, councillor and finally a magistrate. A self-taught, self-made woman, she left home aged 14 years, exchanging one exploitative situation for another. In 1906 she found herself face to face with Winston Churchill at a public meeting and spent time in Strangeways prison. Through story-telling and music, the show celebrates one woman’s determination to take power in the face of insurmountable barriers, motivated by a desire to improve life for those around her. For more information, visit www.artsreach.

Phil Beer and more SOUTH PETHERTON

THE autumn gets off to a great start at the David Hall, South Petherton, on Friday 6th September, with the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer, half of favourite folk duo Show of Hands, and a virtuoso soloist in his own right. Charming and disarming, Phil is a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. In his solo show he shares some of his most-loved songs, with the odd laugh thrown in for good measure. A very different style of world music is on offer on Sunday 8th September, at

2pm, when Dean Carter takes the audience on a crystal and Tibetan singing bowl sound journey. Dean uses vocal overtoning with the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, exploring the yin/yang principles of harmony, to promote a relaxing and healing state. Martin Simpson, at the David Hall on Saturday 14th, travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues, and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington, aka The Blackheart Orchestra, bring their “musical spaceship’ of 13 instruments to South Petherton on Saturday 21st. With four acclaimed albums and a string of awards, The Blackheart Orchestra combines elements of folk, progressive and classical music. The September music programme ends on Saturday 28th with a double helping of the brilliant Anglo-Chilean band Quimantu. In the afternoon, at 3pm, they will lead a family music workshop, a funfilled session for young children and their families, with Quimantu’s unique collection of songs for early years, inspired by world rhythms. In the evening, from 8pm, the band will give a concert of their distinctive music fusing a wide range of traditional Latin American folk styles with contemporary influences from western classical music to Celtic, African and Indian. There will also be a selection of new songs featuring the rising star Laura Venegas-Rojas.

War correspondent HONITON

CLARE Hollingworth was one of the most remarkable journalists of the 20th century. She made her name with astonishing and fearless wartime exploits, retold by Devon-based Paddleboat Theatre in a new show at Honiton’s Beehive Centre on Saturday 14th September, Exeter’s Phoenix Arts Centre on Wednesday 23rd October and Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Wednesday 30th. Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century is the story of an intrepid young journalist who left the relative safety of a busy London newspaper office and crossed over the border from Poland to Germany. What she saw—and reported— were events that would not only change her life but the course of history. With their trademark playful, interactive style, Paddleboat celebrates the remarkable life and work of a pioneer who changed

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the mould of journalism, not just for women but for everyone. The Honiton performance begins at 4pm; there are two performances at the Phoenix Arts Centre, at 11.30am and 2.30pm and at Dorchester the play is at 2pm.

Community play workshops DORCHESTER

DORCHESTER Community Play Association, preparing for its seventh play, is holding a series of free workshops and fund-raising events in the autumn, preparing for the production of Spinning The Moon by Stephanie Dale in spring 2020. The first free workshop for community play beginners will be on Sunday 1st September in Shire Hall, Dorchester, from 2-4pm. There will be further workshops on 6th October and 3rd November. Turn up on the day or book by email to Dorchester has a unique record of six community plays over 30 years and there is a chance to celebrate that legacy on Tuesday 3rd September when there will be a performance of songs and music from previous community plays at St George’s Church Hall, Fordington from 7.15pm after the annual meeting. On 28th September at 7pm at Ashton Farm Barn, Dorchester, the New Hardy Players will present an evening of sonnets, song and wine, with a Tudor circle dance devised by Sue Worth. The event is raising funds for the new community play. Spinning the Moon is Stephanie Dale’s second time working with DCPA—she co-wrote A Time to Keep with David Edgar in 2007. The play is based on documents provided by the DCPA Research Group. Set in the early 16th century, it offers a snapshot of what was happening in Dorset over a 50 year period and conflates those happenings to create a work of dramatic fiction. Central to the action are the Trenchard family, who lived at Wolfeton House on the outskirts of Dorchester. The Trenchards are desperately trying to stop their home, and the people who work their land, from spinning towards economic collapse and ruining the lives of all who depend on the estate for their livelihoods. But the advice they take from a monk leaves their community fractured to the point of violent disintegration. The characters include the Trenchard family, farmers, shepherds and their families, the Queen of Spain and her entourage and the cunning women who live in the hills. GP-W

On Screen - In and Around the Vale

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (12A) is showing at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. (2018, UK, 121 mins, Director: Mike Newell) True story of the book club formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WW II. Pre-booked guest tickets are £4 per film. For more information, to join or to pre-book, please email or ring Mick Wilson on 01460 74849 or Di Crawley on 01460 30508.

Hall in Beaminster. Based on a true story - this is about a group of Cornish Fishermen who are signed up by Universal Records and achieve a top ten hit with their debut album of Sea Shanties. Tickets are £5 if booked or £5.50 on the door. Ring Elaine on 01308 861746 The White Crow (12A), 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.

FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER ‘Green Book’. Milborne Movies Doors and Bar open at 7.00; film starts 7.30. It’s 1960’s America and Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. However, Shirley is black, and even though he is cultured, and an acclaimed musician who has played for royalty all over the world, that all counts for nothing in segregated America, where he will not be allowed to stay in most hotels or eat in most restaurants. They have to rely on The Green Book to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for AfricanAmericans. Confronted with racism and danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humour, they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. This film, based on true events, won the Best Picture Oscar, and both men were nominated for Oscars, with Shirley winning one. One, Allison Skornick-Rose, wrote ‘It was entertaining and emotional…above all, though, it is a story about breaking down barriers to build a friendship, and Mortensen and Ali did that beautifully’.

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER ‘Some Like it Hot’ Evergreens Cinema kicks off the new season at Age UK Dorchester

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER Fisherman’s Friends 7.30 in the Public

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER Fisherman’s Friends, CineChard, Chard Guildhall, 7pm for 7.30pm Tickets in advance from Barron’s, Eleos and the PO, or online from ticketsource/cinechard for £5 and £2.50, or on the door for £6 and £3 All is True (12A). 8pm. A look at the final days in the life of William Shakespeare. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan. Tickets: £5. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. 01460 240 340. SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER Fisherman’s Friends Hinton St. George ‘Flix in the Stix’ in the Hinton Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Tickets £5 in advance from the Village Shop and Dorothy’s Tea Room, or £5.50p on the door. Doors 7.00 pm. To reserve Tickets please contact Bob Kefford on 01460 72563. THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER All is True (2019) Wooton Film Club, Doors open 7pm, short film begins at 7.30pm, and tickets are £5, available on the door. All proceeds to the Hall. The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of

the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father. FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER Red Joan starring Judi Dench, will start the new season of films to be shown by T & F Movies in Tatworth Memorial Hall. The entry charge remains £4.50, but please note the new film starting time of 7.30pm. The doors will open at 7.00pm. The White Crow (12A). 8pm. Starring Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hoffman. The story of Rudolph Nureyev’s defection to the West. Tickets: £5. South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www. 01460 240 340. SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER Fishermen’s Friends (12A) 7.30pm (Doors 7pm) An unlikely group of fishermen from Port Isaac in Cornwall achieve a Top 10 hit after they are signed to Universal Records by a London music executive. Comedy drama based on a true story. Venue: Halstock Village Hall Tickets: Halstock Shop or on the door Contact: 01935 892485 MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Maudie A moving biographical drama about Maud Lewis a Canadian folk artist who continued to produce paintings in spite of a debilitating physical condition. Set in Nova Scotia, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. Tickets £5 More info or to book: 01404 831207 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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Spending Time At

B Wing

Contemporary Art Installations in

Shepton Mallet Prison

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to this architecture of remorse. Here you will never stop climbing, one heavy step at a time, your feet no longer yours. See how the levels go up and up. See what an illusion sky is, behind the barred windows. See these broken ladders to the moon…’ Extract by Rosie Jackson in response to Piranesi’s ‘Imaginary Prisons’ and Fiona Campbell’s work for B-Wing. B-Wing is an Arts Council funded project set in the unique spaces of B-Wing, Shepton Mallet Prison. Site-responsive artworks, poetry and performances will transform the space, reflecting its history, and confronting political and environmental issues. Somerset based artists and co- curators Luminara Star and Fiona Campbell are working alongside 6 other South West artists and writers for an exhibition and special events during Somerset Art Weeks Festival, 21 September - 6 October 2019.


hil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: ‘We are pleased to support B-Wing through our National Lottery Project Grant fund to deliver a programme of site-responsive artworks in the spaces of B Wing, Shepton Prison. Working with the community and non-arts organisations, this project helps to achieve our mission to make arts and culture more accessible to more people. This is a wonderful addition to the Silver anniversary of Somerset Art Weeks and will showcase a rich variety of work coming out of the region, as well as reflecting the unique history and politics of the prison.’ The project is engaging the local community through workshops, talks, readings and exciting one-off special events. Local Whitstone School, home education and adult groups have taken part in workshops creating collaborative artworks to form part of the exhibition. ‘B-Wing is full of history and memory, both of individuals, the town of Shepton and of the British penal system… these physical features will be amplified by imagination’ says B-Wing artist Lou Baker. Shepton Mallet Prison is infamous, yet remains hidden behind 75ft high walls, inaccessible to the public until recently. The oldest working prison in UK until closure in 2013, it now stands vacant. B-Wing’s evocative spaces, full of dark histories, summon powerful responses. Light through windows and bars casts dramatic shadows; strong acoustics conjure imaginings of its past. For visitors it will be an immersive, poignant experience. There will be a sense of wonder and curiosity as each person makes their own way through the labyrinth of cells and corridors, discovering unpredictable interventions in astonishing deserted spaces. Appealing to different interests, B-Wing will provoke thought and debate around art. ‘We are offering contemporary art with alternative narratives in a very charged, dramatic venue. While responding to site, the artworks retain artistic integrity. The opportunity for members of the public to visit Shepton prison before it changes hands, and see our exhibition will be a truly unique cultural experience. I am creating part of my large-scale sculptural installations in B Wing during a residency there in August, so summer visitors to the prison can see the work in progress.’ says co-curator/artist Fiona Campbell. B-Wing is delighted to announce that their Special Events Day on 28 September will be opened by John McCarthy, worldrenowned writer and broadcaster, with a brief introduction talk. John McCarthy has intimate knowledge of captivity. For five years he was held hostage in Lebanon during a long and vicious civil war. For much of that time he was beaten, tortured and held in solitary confinement. Often he was threatened with summary execution. The Special Events Day continues with activities: poetry reading, performance, artist talk and ‘Join-in-the-Conversation’ to bring the work to life and invite discussion. On National Poetry Day (3 October), award-winning writer Rosie Jackson, based in Frome, will lead a poetry performance ‘18 poets in B-wing’ with powerful female poets from across the South West. The exhibition includes participatory activities such as wearable sculptures created by Lou Baker; Alice Maddicott is creating a portrait of atmosphere through a companion piece of text art. A sacred cleaning to release negative energy will be performed by Luminara Star. Scott Sandford’s immersive work will reflect the architecture - grids, verticals, light/shadow, disrupting perceptions. Sound will permeate some cells alongside text and imagery by

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Geoff Dunlop, evoking personal experiences of incarceration; Lucy Large’s paper installation will captivate. In some works, artists have collaborated. ‘What’s exciting to me about this project is seeing how ideas from our different disciplines evolve, connect and, at times, converge. We’re not just exploring the prison as a penal institution, but as a space which can prompt all kinds of reflection and creative practice. I’m particularly interested in the idea of the cell as a spiritual enclosure - historically, this had particular meaning for religious recluses and hermits’ says Rosie Jackson. B-Wing is supported by Lottery funding from Arts Council England, Somerset Community Foundation, Somerset Skills and Learning, Shepton Town Council, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Cranmore Parish Council, MJW Architects, private donations and strong partnerships with Shepton Mallet Prison/Jailhouse Tours, Somerset Art Works and Ian Keys. ‘The Jailhouse Tour team are delighted to have several artists planning and working on a one off exhibition aptly named B Wing at Shepton Mallet Prison… The exhibition will be yet another compelling reason for people to visit Shepton Mallet Prison during the 2 weeks. We are thrilled that we can support such an unusual opportunity’ says Charlie Lawson, manager of Shepton Mallet Prison. ‘B-Wing would like to express our thanks and gratitude to our partners and sponsors’, says co-curator Luminara Star. B-Wing will be held in Shepton Mallet Prison open daily, 10-5 during Somerset Art Weeks Festival, 21 Sept–6 Oct. Visitors locally and from further afield will have the opportunity to explore the prison and the B-Wing event at reduced rates. Entrance fee: adults £10, children free. For further information about special events and free workshops visit: @ bwing2019 (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook).

John McCarthy

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PERFORMANCE Tuesday 27 August BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Bridport Musical Theatre Co in Legally Blonde - the Musical, to Sat, 7.30, Sat mat 2pm. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Cabaret (1972 film), 7.30. Wednesday 28 August WESTON super MARE, Playhouse Theatre, Julia Donaldson’s Tabby McTat, children’s show with music, 1.30 and 4pm. Thursday 29 August KIMMERIDGE, Smedmore House, PICMF, Louis XIV - the Man and his Music, Elizabeth Kenny, lute, historian Philip Mansel, 4pm. PURBECK, International Chamber Music Festival, various venues, to Sun. SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, Butterflies are Free by Leonard Gershe, to Wed. TOLLARD ROYAL, Larmer Tree, End of the Road Festival, with Beirut, Spiritualized, Jade Bird, etc, to Sun. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Jethro. Friday 30 August ATHELHAMPTON, House, Chapterhouse Theatre in Pride and Prejudice, open air, 7.30. CORFE CASTLE, llyria in Frankenstein, open air, 7. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, The Family Tree, Northcott Young Company, and Sat, 6.30. HONITON, Beehive, Lady and the Tramp, 1955 Disney film, 2pm: SpiderMan Far from Home, film, 7.30. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Vimala Rowe, singer, John Etheridge, guitar, 8. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Lyme Folk Weekend, with Jon Boden, Askew Sisters, Ninebarrow, Sam Sweeney, etc, to Sun. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Be Bop a Lula. Saturday 31 August CORFE CASTLE, St Edwards Church, PICMF, Festival musicians with Olivia Ray, mezzo, Samuel Barber, Purcell, Tchaikovsky, 7.30. EAST HOLME, Holme for Gardens, Folksy Theatre in Mister Magnolia, open air, 6pm. HONITON, Beehive, Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans, film, 3pm. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, The Ancestors, band from Yeovil, 7.30. SWANAGE, Durlston Country Park Learning Centre, PICMF, Festival musicians, Musical Fun for Families, 12.30pm. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Bootleg Blues Brothers. WORTH MATRAVERS, St Nicholas’ Church, PICMF, Solo Bach with Guy Johnston, cello, and Jennifer Pike, violin, 10.30am.

Sunday 1 September HARMANS’ CROSS, Village Hall, PICMF, Festival musicians, Musical Travels Across the World, family concert, 3.30. KINGSTON, St James’s Church, PICMF, Festival musicians, Bacewicz, Grief, Boccherini, 11.30am. Monday 2 September PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, Buddy, 30th anniversary tour, to Sat. Tuesday 3 September BRISTOL, Old Vic, Weston Studio, Unicorns Almost, by Owen Shears, about poet Keith Douglas, to Sat. Wednesday 4 September EXETER, Corn Exchange, Gill Sims, Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A ****, comedy, 7.30. Thursday 5 September SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, The Kingfisher by William Douglas Home, to Wed. WEST BAY, Sladers Yard, Dylan Thomas, talk with readings by Graham Fawcett, 7.30. Friday 6 September BATH, Theatre Royal, Stephen Mangan and Kara Tointon in The Man in the White Suit, to 21 Sept. BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Concerts in the West, Eusebius Quartet, Haydn, Bartok, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, 11am: The Handlebards (men), Much Ado About Nothing, open air. Various venues, Hat Festival, to Sun. HONITON, Beehive, The Lion King, 2019 film, 7.30. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Concerts in the West, Eusebius Quartet, Haydn, Bartok, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, 7.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Phil Beer, folk multi instrumentalist, 8. SWANAGE, Folk Festival, with Calan, The Tweed Project, John Kirkpatrick, Reg Meuross, etc, to Sun. YEOVIL, Octagon, Yeovil Rotary Club Last Night of the Proms, with Bristol Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, singers Andrew Forbes-Lane and Alison Roddy, 7.30. Saturday 7 September BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, The Lion King, 2019 film, 11am:Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys, 8pm. CREWKERNE, Dance House, Concerts in the West, Eusebius Quartet, Haydn, Bartok, Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, 7.30. EXETER, Corn Exchange, Simon Weston, My Life My Story, 7.30.

HONITON, Beehive, The Neil Maya Quartet, celebrating the jazz of 1959, 8pm. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Tor Theatre in The Firecatcher, family show, 2pm. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Ultra 90s. Sunday 8 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Delicatessen, 1991 film, 2pm. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Lym Delta Rhythm Kings, 7.30. POOLE, Lighthouse, BSO Benevolent Fund concert, cond David Hill, Tasmin Little, violin, Verdi, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, 7.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Dean Carter, Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Journey, 2pm. Monday 9 September PLYMOUTH, Theatre Royal, On Your Feet, the Gloria Estefan Musical, to Sat. Tuesday 10 September BRIDPORT, Electric Palace, Margaret Attwood, Live on Screen, 7.30. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Margaret Attwood Live in Cinemas, 7.30. Wednesday 11 September HONITON, Beehive, Folk Cafe, 8. ILMINSTER, Warehouse, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, to Sat. SIDMOUTH, Kennaway House, Jim Causley, folk, 7.30. Thursday 12 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Eaten by Lions, film, 11am: Gloria Bell, film, 7.30. Electric Palace, Artifishal, documentary, 7pm. EXETER, Northcott Theatre, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, 7.30. HONITON, Beehive, Fleabag, satellite broadcast from West End, 7pm. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Fleabag, satellite broadcast from West End, 7pm, encore 29 Sept 7pm. SEATON, Gateway, Fleabag, satellite broadcast from West End, 7pm. SIDMOUTH, Manor Pavilion, Tom, Dick and Harry by Michael and Ray Cooney, to 20 Sept. YEOVIL, Octagon, The Big Chris Barber Band, 70th anniversary tour, 7.30. Friday 13 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Callan, folk, 7.30: Jazz Cafe with Elaine Davies, 8pm. Electric Palace, Stuff and Nonsense in The Elves and the Shoemaker, 6pm and Sat 11am and 2pm. DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente, folk. HONITON, Beehive, Fast and Furious:

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PERFORMANCE Hobbs and Shaw, film, 7.30. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Flying Folk with Sam Evans, The Merchant Men and Jemima Farey, 7.30. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Geoff Achison and the UK Souldiggers, 8. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Petherton Picture Show, All in True, 8. YEOVIL, Westlands, The Mersey Beatles, 7.30. Saturday 14 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Mike Christie, singer, Dylan, Robeson, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, etc 7.30. DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Opera Holloway in La Boheme. HONITON, Beehive, Paddleboat in Clare Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century, storytelling and song, 4pm. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Upbeat Beatles, 8. SEATON, Gateway, Ferocious Dog More Fake News, 7.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Martin Simpson, guitar, 8. YEOVIL, Octagon, Julia Donaldson’s Stick Man on stage, and Sun, 11am and 2pm. Sunday 15 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Cabinet of Living Cinema, Man with a Movie Camera, 90th anniversary score, 7.30. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Sunday Sessions, 3. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, That’ll Be the Day. Monday 16 September EXMOUTH, 10 Bicton Street, Exmouth Players in Laura Wade’s Colder than Here, to Sat, 7.30. Tuesday 17 September YEOVIL, Octagon, John Challis, Only Fools and Boycie, 7.30. Wednesday 18 September DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Big Heads and Others, 3-She, comedy. Thursday 19 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Only Fools and Boycie with John Challis, 7.30. Electric Palace, The Producers, blues, 8. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Maggie Bell and Dave Kelly, blues, 8. SEATON, Gateway, Rigoletto on the Lake, by satellite from Bregenz, 7pm. YEOVIL, Westlands, Jack Dee, Off the Tele, comedy, 8. Friday 20 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Frisky and

Mannish, comedy, 7.30. Electric Palace, Griff Rhys Jones, comedy, 7.30. DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Beverley Craven, Strings Attached, with Judy Tzuke. HONITON, Beehive, Blinded by the Light, film, 7.30. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Bath Baroque, Bach, Albinoni, Handel, 8pm. YEOVIL, Octagon, UK Pink Floyd Experience, 7.30. Saturday 21 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, In and Out of Chekhov Shorts, five short plays, 7.30. Electric Palace, Horrible Histories: The Movie, 11am: The Chesterfields, 7.30. HONITON, Beehive, Maesteg Male Voice Choir, 7.30. ILMINSTER, Warehouse, Dave Carrett and Natasha Caulfield, music by Alison Krauss, James Taylor and Leo Kottke, 7.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, The Blackheart Orchestra, folk, progressive and classical, 8. Sunday 22 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Missing Link, film, 2pm. ILMINSTER, Dillington House, Coull Quartet, Mozart, Shostakovich, Beethoven, 2.30pm. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Golden Age of Jazz with Julie Dunn and Philip Clouts, 8. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Acoustic Night, 7.30.. Monday 23 September BATH, Theatre Royal, Laura Wade’s Posh, to Sat, Wed/Sat mats. Tuesday 24 September YEOVIL, Octagon, London Classic Theatre in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, 7.30. Wednesday 25 September DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Quentin Collins Sextet, jazz. WEYMOUTH, St Mary’s Church, Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts, Bethany Cox, soprano, Duncan Honeybourne, piano, Finzi, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Delibes, 1pm. Thursday 26 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Harvey, 1950 film, 11am: Neither Wolf nor Dog, film, 7.30. Electric Palace, NT Live, One Man Two Guvnors, tenth birthday screening, 7pm. HONITON, Beehive, NT Live, One Man Two Guvnors, tenth birthday screening,

7pm. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, NT Live, One Man Two Guvnors, tenth birthday screening, 7pm. SEATON, Gateway, NT Live, One Man Two Guvnors, tenth birthday screening, 7pm. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, The Goldhawks, Tommy - the album. Friday 27 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, The Urban Folk Quartet, 7.30. BROADOAK, Village Hall, Louise Jordan in The Hard Way, the story of Hannah Mitchell, 7.30. AR DORCHESTER, Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts, Jonathan Agnew, cricket memories. HONITON, Beehive, Father of the Bride, 1950 film with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor, 2pm: The Souvenir, film, 7.30. ILMINSTER, Arts Centre, Craig Milverton Trio, Enrico Tomasso, trumpet, Jim Mullen, guitar, Christian Brewer, saxophone, 8. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, LR Comedy Club with Julian Deane, 8. SEATON, Gateway, Tell it to the Bees, film, 7.30. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Petherton Picture Show, The White Crow, 8. Saturday 28 September BRIDPORT, Arts Centre, Bridport Charter Showcase, 7pm. Electric Palace, Angry Birds Movie 2, 11am. HONITON, Beehive, Clive Carroll, guitar, 7.30. LYME REGIS, Marine Theatre, Count Arthur Strong, Is There Anybody Out There? comedy, 8. SEATON, Gateway, Patsy Cline and Friends, country and western tribute, 8. SOUTH PETHERTON, David Hall, Quimantu, Anglo-Chilean music, family workshop, 3pm, concert 8pm. Sunday 29 September PIDDLETRENTHIDE, Memorial Hall, Louise Jordan in The Hard Way, the story of Hannah Mitchell, 4pm. AR WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Buddy Holly and the Cricketers. Monday 30 September EXETER, Northcott Theatre, The Lovely Bones, to Sat, 7.30, Wed/Sat mats 2.30. Corn Exchange, Alan Johnson, In My Life, talk, 8. WEYMOUTH, Pavilion, Dr John Cooper Clarke.

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Health&Beauty Celebrating Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty THE Landscapes for Life Festival, from 21 – 29th September 2019, is celebrating Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s very special anniversary with a packed programme of free walks, talks and have-a-go activities. Sixty years ago, a line was drawn around nearly half of Dorset’s landscape from the lush green hills and vales in the west, across the ancient South Dorset Ridgeway, to


the wild craggy cliff tops and coast of Purbeck. This line marked our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a designation that alongside our National Parks make up our finest countryside and landscapes protected in the national interest for future generations. Dorset’s AONB is the fifth largest in the country comprising a landscape of national and international

significance for the quality of its natural and cultural heritage, shaped over time by geology, hydrology and millennia of human occupation. Organisers of the festival have asked some very special people who live and work in this rich and vibrant landscape to share the places they love. Join artists, storytellers, wildlife experts, geologists, farmers, and archaeologists to uncover what makes the landscape so outstanding ... and find your own place to love along the way. Events will take place across the whole AONB area offering something for all interests, ages and abilities including autumn wildlife, poetry walks, forest school, ancient archaeology, river detectives, dry stone walling, fingerpost restoration and much more. For full information visit landscapes-for-life-festival/

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FOR SALE ono 01308 422363 mobile 07917 523173 Qualcast Classic Electric 30 lawnmower with grassbox plus quick-change scarifier. Full working order. £60. Tel: 01404 871691 Smallholder equipment fencing clamp and strainer £85; post basher £20; chainsaw + supplies £80; 2 x heat lamps £5; lawn seed spreader £5. Shaves Cross 07908 973542 Jersey stamp booklets and prestige stamp books (1969-2010). All in mints condition, in album. Real price approximately £380 £285 Ono, Jersey definitive stamps (1969-2007) all in mint condition. Also jersey postage dues all in mint condition in album (19691982) to include all bulletins with inserts. Real price approximately £360 - £265 Ono 01305 820878 Husqvarna safety helmet with combined mesh visa & ear defenders. Very good condition. £5 Tel: 01460 242644 Dog guard, adjustable width suitable for hatchbacks with rear head rests. Previously used in VW Golf. £10. 01460 242644

Free. At least 40 clean jam jars all with plain gold coloured tops. 12oz size. 01460 242644 Qualcast Suffolk Punch Cylinder Electric 12 Lawn Mower Used very little + original instruction leaflet. Can email photos. Ex.Cond. £140.00 Tel: 07773675792 (Charmouth) TimberPro Chainsaw, little used/excellent condition. 2 stroke motor/ tools/ instructions/ mixing bottle/ carry bag. Good starter. 2 new spare chains. £69 01305 777002 Motorhome Solar Screen silver external windscreen cover fits Fiat Ducato MK2 (1993 - 2006) £30. Tel 07796 902674 Mobility chair fully adjustable with brakes £40 buyer collects. 01308 423070 6 Eames/Herman Miller original aluminium group side chairs, apple green hopsack. Fabric worn/ marked. £100 each. 07557 275275 LEGO Technic Jet 9394. 100% complete with original box/instructions £20. 07557 275275 LEGO Star Wars Starfighter 7915. 100% complete with original box/

PEOPLE AT WORK instructions £10. 07557 275275 LEGO Town House 4954. 100% complete with original box/instructions £110. 07557 275275 Padders Mens Winter Shoes, Black, size 8, Brand New, £8.50 Cushion Walk Mens Sandals, Brown, size 8, Brand New £5.50 Gino Casual Mens Shoes, Brown, size 8, worn once, £5.00 Slippers, Mens, Navy, size 8, hardly worn, £3.50 01460 55018, Ilminster Painted pine dresser good condition 150 pound Tel 01308 488270 240 V Torro ‘ Recycle’ electric mower. 4 wheels. 15 inch (38 cm) rotary cut. £5000 01308 861051 Electric chainsaw with spare chain, instructions, use once only £25 07767749423 Coffee machine De Longhi as new £8 Black. Wifi Easy Booster New £10. 01460 57078. Small domestic safe, combination lock £20. 10 in l aluminium ladder £30. 01460 57078. Large bird cage £20. Fore Plane £20. 12 bore cleaning kit £15. 12 bore hide cartridge belt. £20. As new. 01297 21795.

WANTED Dave buys all types of tools 01935 428975 Oct 19 Secondhand tools wanted. All trades. Users & Antiques. G & E C Dawson. 01297 23826. www.secondhandtools.

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Postage stamps. Private collector requires 19th and early 20th century British. Payment to you or donation to your nominated charity. 01460 240630. Vintage & antique textiles, linens, costume buttons etc. always sought by Caroline Bushell. Tel. 01404 45901.

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Chris Chapman, photograph and words by Catherine Taylor

CHRIS CHAPMAN ON Chris Chapman’s 40th birthday he handed in his notice at work and returned home to his wife Steff. Cheerfully walking in through the door, he called out, “I’m home, 40 and unemployed”. He had been wanting to set up his own business for a while and finally took the plunge. So, phoenix-like Chris Chapman Ltd emerged, a bespoke kitchen and design company operating from Beaminster. Today, Chris has five carpenters and fitters working for him while he designs and liaises with clients. Steff is at his side “doing all the bits I don’t want to – and can’t. This business wouldn’t run without her”, he smiles. Translated, Steff does all the number crunching, payroll, tax and bookkeeping for the business. At work by 7.30am, Chris is there ready to send the fitters out in their vans at 8 am, giving them their jobs for the day. He sits at his mezzanine level desk, with huge screens in front of him, designing away for his clients. Conscious the buck stops with him, and to keep all the cogs turning, Chris often doesn’t leave till around 7 pm, working on Saturdays and even the odd Sunday. He is adamant that the finished result for his clients should be perfect. Chris enjoys what he does, transforming tired spaces, creating new storage solutions and levels of functionality for previously disused corners. Chris moved to Bridport 15 years ago, then bought a run-down house in Broadwindsor seven years ago where he lives with Steff, daughter Tabitha and their three dogs. Although the kitchen is fantastic, the rest of the house is still in need of his attention, vying with the demands of the business. When Chris does return home, Steff, a keen cook, has usually prepared something delicious, which is gratefully received. One indulgence that Chris does have, and which takes him away the odd Sunday or for a few days, is his motorbike. Recently having returned from a trip across the Pyrennees with some mates, he now has his eyes set on a wild camping trip in Scotland next year. Having to make do with the Jurassic Coast as a backdrop to his Sunday ride is no hardship though, something Chris takes advantage of, as often as he can.

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FOR SALE Fluval Roma 90 Aquarium as new with oak cabinet external canister UV filter fully equipped plus 25 ltr separate breeding aquarium £100. 01460 419005. Marine hand held VHF radio Icom M23 ‘Float and Flash@ model, boxed unused £50. 07980 186160. 4 x Litre containers of

Patio ‘Aquaseal’ (£10 each/ £35 for 4). Brand new green blackout Velux blind (GHL506-3059) £60 (new £100). Coopers Instant Water Boiler. Hardly used, £35. (new £69). Single Pine Headboard £3. Bob Marley souvenir banner 1995 £10. ‘Cookworks’ Microwave, gwo £5. 01308 459001.

Recliner/massage chair, nearly new and in immaculate condition. Cost £980. Buyer to collect (Bridport), £650 ono. 01308 427113. Sofa 3 seater, soft lt tan leather with matching foot stool (pouffe), 6 months old, cottage style £50. 01722 711456.

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FOR SALE Breathable caravan cover with bag to fit, approx. 2700mm x 4600mm, as new. £50. 01404 851267. Rise and Recline electric armchair in good condition, light brown, £120. 01404 851267. ½ price stamps GB/ World. Packets for re-sale. 20 packets £20. Sold for Christian Outreach Relief and Development. 01297 631025. Woodturning Lathe Workzone 400W model WWL-400/13. Unused, boxed £40. Ilminster 07773 212128. Rug from Afghanistan (via Selfridges) woven on hand loom, 1150cm x 1650cm. Predominately red pattern, good condition £350 ono. 01258 830537. Child’s cot, good clean condition, £25ono. 01935 872796. Hay for sale, top quality £4 per bale. 01460 239569. Garden furniture, wooden circular table diameter 43” and 4 sturdy chairs £35. Crewkerne. 01460 77135. Aluminium two section, 4 metre ladder and stand off. £40. Aluminium and glass garden frame 4ft x 2ft. £25. 01297 444471. Engine lifting crane, 1 tonne capacity. Used very little. Plus load levelling device £50. 01308 867497. Royal Albert Paragon bone china Belinda design, 4 place settings, dinner, coffee, tea. 43 pieces. £200. 01308 459158. G Plan sofa, cream leather, electric recliners, as new £250. About £1000 in the shops. Seaton 01297 20505. Little used Thule roofbox system 1060 with fittings for BMW, Volvo cars. £250ono, buyer collects. 01308 420755. Seasalt Ex Long Seafolly

jacket ‘Jewell’ (teal). 100% waterproof, size 18, cost £140 worn twice £80. 01308 422655. Laura Ashley armchair £80ono. Hostess trolley Philips Classic, mahogany £100ono, Gents 10 gear mountain cycle £75ono, Ladies Wellington boots, green size 9 new £9. 01308 459940. Gents black evening suit. Handmade in Bangkok, 44” chest, 29” inside leg. Raw silk with satin lapels. £40ono. 01460 63580. Van-Dal Winton metallic grey shoes, 7ee 2” heel, suitable for wedding. As new, cost £75. Will accept £40ono. 01460 63580. 4’6” double cream metal bedhead in excellent condition £85ovno. 01935 881111. Hayter Harrier mower, bought May 18, only used ½ dozen times last season and once this year. Over £600 new. Selling £400. 01460 220009. Mobility scooter, purchased 2018 £350ono. Gents jackets M/L beautiful quality original cost £150+. From £10 each 01308 425667. Chest freezer Bush make 42” x 27” x 31” with instructions. £45. Under counter fridge Argos make 19 ½ x 19 ½ x 33. £45. 01297 446061. Hedge trimmer Spear and Jackson petrol, 22” cut, good condition, can be seen running. £30. Seaton. 07980 186160. Stihl one man Earth Auger post hole drill with 5 Auger drills plus 1 ext. as new. £550. 01460 221793. Viking/Stihl MB755KS mower Kawasaki engine adjdecker bars 3 speed 22” cut, £225. Viking/Stihl GB350 chipper/shredder B&S engine £250. Both vgc.

01460 221793. Professional metal detector ‘Quest 40”. Wireless headphones, super condition, working order, 11” x 8” Search-EAD control box cover.£325. near offers. 07594 687485. Telescopic pruner with saw blade £15. 01297 639045. Pine banister 80” long and 19 rails. Pine unused perfect £30. 01308 897385. Kirby upright cleaner with tools guaranteed and serviced 3mnths. £150. Gents bike 3 speed fair condition. £45. 01460 242251. Rapid set putty 5kg tub new, unopened, natural. £7. 07768 927916. Two drawer Argos filing cabinet £20. Computer desk Argos £20. Large aluminium preserving pan. £5. 01308 863868. Electric Flavel cooker ceramic hob double oven excellent condition £90. Milano E60 and grill extractor unit included. 07713 126122. Electric tiller for breaking earth clods, only used three times moving house £30, no offers. 01460 55892. Nintendo DS Lite games console, seven games, case and charger. £15. 01305 250936. Painted pine dresser, good condition. £150. 07481 121085. Black leather car coat 42” chest top quality £60 ono 01297 631330 Edwardian tub chair red velvet upholstery good condition. £180ono. 01297 560707. Woodworking router Performance Power 1050 watts plus table. £35 ono. Please phone 01404 42081 Headboard single padded pink width 90cms, lovely example. Bath screen height

1450mm width 750mm. Only £35. Cane chairs salmon pink, pale, as new, bargain £20 each x 2. Can email images. 077761 35775. New/boxed Dartington crystal plain glass decanter/ carafe + 2 glasses excellent present £18 01297 631330 Combi Ladder (each step is articulated) length 13’3” also has telescopic safety legs, cost £237 selling £100 ono health forces sale 01297 631330

Garden table (plastic) white 85 cm with cover with 5 plastic chairs £15 01297 631 330

Upright freezer Hotpoint Frost-free model FZS150 (ie 5’ high); white with RHS door and five drawers. in good condition. £50 tel 01308 459694 All terrain mountain bike. 26 inch wheels. Triple chain wheel, 7 gears. Shimano brakes and gears. V.G.C. Little used. £45. 01460 30847.



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