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BRUTON    Every Thursday at 11.00am starting by the Museum go along for a 40 minute Health Walk.  Generally flat covering with a mixture of pavement and fields in dry weather.  Please wear suitable footwear.  For more details call the walk leader Bryan Pearson on 01749 938191.  Every Saturday morning between 10.00am and 12.00 noon at the Community Hall there is a coffee morning to raise funds for local charities.   On Saturday 30 September money raised goes go to Bruton District Flower Club, on Saturday 7 October funds go to the Methodist Church, on Saturday 14 to the WI, on Saturday 21 and on Saturday 28 money goes to Mini Day Centre.   There are hot drinks and refreshments served as well as cakes, books, bric-a-brac and a raffle.  For more details call 01749 812074.   On Monday 25th September at 7.30pm at the Community Hall the Horticultural Society have a talk called ‘Development of Burrow Farm Gardens’ by Mary Benger.  After two previous visits to the gardens the group now host a talk by them on how Mary developed the garden from a mere field.  She will also bring plants to sell.  On Friday 13 at 11.00pm to 2.00pm and Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 from 11.00am to 5.00pm it is the Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford.  (See 'Village News')  On Monday 23 at 7.30pm at the Community Hall the Horticultural Society have a talk called ‘Climbers and Wall Shrubs' with Alan Eason.    Alan is a past resident of Castle Cary who now runs his own garden design and maintenance business.  He has been head gardener at Hadspen House, worked for the National Trust and spent time working in Portugal.  On Sunday 29 from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Hauser and Wirth there is a Pumpkin Festival.  A fun filled day for all the family with a host of entertainment including themed activities, competitions, live music, and seasonal food and drink.

CASTLE CARY    On Tuesday 26th September at the Caryford Hall from 7.30pm Cinema in Caryford presents ‘Hidden Figures’.   Tickets £5 from Market House or £6 on the door. On Friday 29th at 2.30pm at Caryford Hall the U3A have their AGM with a talk with Andrew McElwee, former National Trust Property Manager.  With gentle humour and amusing anecdotes, Andrew recounts his time managing one of the south east’s largest properties.  On Saturday 30th at Caryford Hall from 9.00am it is the Macmillan Coffee Morning.  On Saturday 30 at Caryford Hall from 9.00am it is the Macmillan Coffee Morning.  On Saturday 30th from 7.00pm at Caryford Hall there is a Harvest Supper with entertainment by Robert Bond - 'Tales from the Cider Cellar'.  Funny and moving.  Proceeds to All Saints Church.   On Tuesday 3 October at 7.30pm at Caryford Hall from 7.30pm the Somerset Wildlife Trust have a talk called ‘Beavers on the River Otter in Devon’.  Hugh Graham of Exeter University will talk about the trial re-introduction of Beavers on the River Otter in Devon and their impact on local wetlands. Tea and coffee available.  Adults £3, Children free.  On Thursday 5 from 7.30pm at the Methodist School Room there Gardening Association has a talk called ‘Plants, Poisons and Potions’ with Adrian Hutchinson.  Non members £1.  For more information phone 01963 240837.  On Saturday 7 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House All Saints’ and St Andrew’s Church has a Hometrade Stalls and Pickles Sale.  Coffee and refreshments available.   On Saturday 7 from 7.30pm at Caryford Hall see Charlie Dore in concert.  Tickets £12.  (See ‘Arts’)  On Saturday 14 from 10.00am at the Market House the Somerset Bee Keeper host a Honey Show.  On Tuesday 17th at Caryford Hall from 11.00am the Arts Society have an illustrated lecture entitled ‘The Horse and Modern Art from George Stubbs to Mark Willinger’.  Entry £6.  For more information phone 01963 350132.  On Friday 20 from 7.30pm at the Market House the WEA have a talk called ‘Speaking in Signs: the Life and Work of Otto Neurath’ by Prof Michelle Henning. Neurath was a philosopher, polymath and pioneer in social planning and modern housing. For more information phone 01749 860352.  On Saturday 21 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House there is a Coffee Morning in aid of Girls Guides’ Trip.  On Tuesday 24 at the Caryford Hall from 7.30pm Cinema in Caryford presents ‘Their Finest’.   Tickets £5 from Market House or £6 on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)   On Friday 27 from 2.30pm at Caryford Hall the Camelot U3A have a talk called 'Incorrect Political Correctness' by Ralph Jerram. Drawing on his experiences as Personnel Manager in the police force in London, Ralph Jerram offers an entertaining, humorous and thought provoking look at a serious theme. He is unafraid to discuss perceived taboo subjects!  Visitors welcome.  On Saturday 28 from 10.00am to 12.00 at the Market House noon the Cary Amateur Theatrical Society have a Coffee Morning.

CREWKERNE    Every Tuesday at the Sports Centre from 5.00pm join in at the weekly Walking Netball sessions.  No need to book.  First session free then £3.50 per session.   Every Wednesday it is the Crewkerne Market now extended until 2.00pm in the effort to help rejuvenate the market and attract both traders and shoppers.  Pitch fees for traders are also waived until the end of September.   For more information contact Laura Gowers on 01460 74001.  On Friday 29th September from 7.45pm at the Henhayes Community Centre see 'The Farey Family' concert.  A multi talented local family playing Folk and Country music with superb harmonies.   Entry £10 or £18 including pre show supper, available from 01460 74340.  Bar available.  On Saturday 30th at the Henhayes Centre from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is the usual 'Big Breakfast'.  Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, tea and coffee for £4.  No booking needed.     On Saturday 7 October from 7.30pm at the Dance House Concerts in the West presents ‘Carneval String Trio’.  Tickets £15 available from Crewkerne Local Information Centre.  On Friday 13 at 7.30pm at Wadham School the Film Crew host ‘The Olive Tree’. Alma’s grandfather has not spoken for 12 years, since the family’s ancient olive tree was sold.  Their quest for its return leads to unexpected consequences in this gently comic Spanish fable.   Admission for the year is £25.  For more information contact 01935 822656.   On Wednesday 18 from 7.30pm at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall the Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society host an Ask the Experts Evening.  On Friday 20 at the Henhayes Community Centre at 12.30pm it is the Chef's Special Lunch.  Three course meal including Roast Pork, followed by Baked Apple and finish with tea/coffee and chocolate. Bar open.  Entry £8.  Booking essential on 01460 74340.  Advance notice: Christmas lunches will be served each day between Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 December.  Cost £9.  On Saturday 21 from 9.00am to 1.00pm at Henhayes Centre it is the Farmer’s Market.  Good local produce.  On Saturday 28 at the Henhayes Centre from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is the usual 'Big Breakfast'.  Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, tea and coffee for £4.  No booking needed.      

ILMINSTER     On Thursday 28th September at the Warehouse Theatre in Ilminster from 9.15am the Thursday Group have a new season of talks beginning with local author Caroline Newark on 'Joan, The Fair Maid of Kent'.  Coffee/tea available.  Visitors £3, Membership for season £20.  For more information phone 01460 259596.   On Saturday 7 October at the Market House from 8.30am to 12.30pm go along to the monthly Produce Market.  Local groups and producers sell their goods locally and support the projects that are in need of support.  If you are interested in having a stall at £5 contact Emma Jane at 01460 298090  On Saturday 14 at 7.45pm at the Warehouse Theatre the Cinema at the Warehouse presents ‘The Olive Tree’.  A deceptively simple, playful Spanish drama about a family and its thousand year old olive tree that is rooted in the best cinematic soil there is — emotional truth.  Members are given priority seating first.  Guests asked to pay donation.  On Saturday 21 from 7.00pm the Minster Church hosts Minster Music 65 Charity Concert.  Featuring recorded singer-song writer and Stogumber Festival prize winner Jemima Farey.  The concert will be supported by the Zembard Singers directed by Trevor Lloyd-Jones, the Minster Voices directed by David Sutcliffe and guest artists.  Refreshments available for donations and a special raffle with top quality prizes.  All proceeds go to Children's Hospice South West.  Tickets £10 available on the door.  For more information phone 01460 62075.  On Saturday 21 at the Square and Compass from 9.00pm see legendary folk group Fairport Convention celebrating their Golden Anniversary.  Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love.   Throughout the intervening five decades and numerous changes of line up the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered.  Fairport Convention still attract critical acclaim and won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award at the turn of the century.    To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport has released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. At this series of autumn shows, the band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long established favourites from their extensive repertoire.   The line up includes Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.  Tickets £25.  For more information phone 01823 480467.  On Friday 27 from 7.30pm at the Parish Hall Somerset Wildlife Trust have a talk called ‘Some of the World’s 52 Pheasant Species and their Conversation’.  For much of his life, local conservationist John Corder has been involved in reintroduction programmes for endangered species in Asia. This illustrated talk will discuss some of these programmes, particularly those of the world’s most threatened pheasant species and will also touch on reintroductions for Tigers, Orangutans and Pandas.  Tea and coffee available.  Non members £3. 

LANGPORT  On Monday 2 October from 7.30pm at the Library the History Society have a brief AGM followed by a talk called 'Gypsy Caravans' with Brian Phelps speaking.  Non members £2.  For more information phone 01458 273471.  On Saturday 14 October from 8.00pm at All Saints Hall in Langport Living Spit presents ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’.   After their previous self-funded historical drama is savaged in the press, Howard & Stu are at their wits end. Then they hit on an idea for a show that could change everything…. But can two of the South West’s favourite theatrical sons put aside their differences and make it through to the end without killing each other? ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ is an undisputed hit and with live original music, embroidary, barbie dolls, silly songs and historical hysteria, this promises to be an ill-researched lesson in Tudor history you will never forget.  Tickets £8.  Brown and Forrest have a Smokery Open Day on Saturday 23rd from 10.00am to 4.00pm.  

SHERBORNE     Every Tuesday at 10.30am from the TIC join the Guided Walks of Sherborne with Blue Badge Guide Cindy for a gentle stroll around this historic town and explore The Abbey Green, Almshouse and Kings School.   Then every Thursday from 10.30am from outside the Post Office join them to explore Upper Cheap Street, Newland and Saxon Hound Street.   No need to book for either walks, just turn up, whatever the weather.  £5 per person.  Walks last for approximately one and a half hours and are wheelchair friendly.  For more information phone 01935 815341.   On Monday 2 October at the Digby Memorial Hall at 7.30pm Dogwood Production presents ‘No Finer Life’ by Graham Harvey.  He brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero and an enduring romance.  Tickets £12, includes glass of wine and after play discussion.  (See ‘Arts’)  On Tuesday 3 at The Rendezvous, Cheap Street Church between 10.00am to 12.00 noon Age UK have an Information and Benefits Advice Surgery.  Age UK Dorchester is working to help older Sherborne residents to maximise their benefits entitlements, and to obtain information and advice on all matters pertaining to the over 50’s.  Surgeries will operate on the first Tuesday in each month and will be in conjunction with the coffee morning.  For further information contact 01305 269444.   On Friday 6 from 7.30pm at the Digby Memorial Hall the Sherborne Douzelage have a fundraising talk about Churchill’s money called ‘No More Champagne’.  Tickets £10 available from Winstone’s Bookshop and the TIC.  On Saturday 7 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Digby Memorial Hall the Yeovil and District Philatelic Society have their Annual Stamp and Postcard Fair.  There will be both stamp and postcard dealers along with a light cheese ploughman lunch and refreshments.  For more information phone 01460 74422.  On Monday 9 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall the West Country Embroiderers have a workshop.  £15 in advance.  New members welcome.  For details call Ann on 01963 34696.  On Monday 9 from 7.30pm at Digby Church Hall the Sherborne Insight Programme hosts a lecture called ‘I Think, Therefore I am?’ with Jon Riding.  Tickets £5 available from Parish Office, 3 Abbey Close or 01935 812452.   On Wednesday 11 at Digby Church Hall from 7.30pm ArtsLink Flicks presents ‘The Sense of an Ending’.    Based on a novel by Julian Barns, a divorced man is forced to confront his past when he receives a mysterious legacy.  Tickets £6 from 01935 815341, the TIC, or on the door.   (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  From Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 it is the annual Sherborne Literary Festival.  On the Wednesday historic author Giles Milton returns, Ysenda Maxtone Graham in conversation with Blanche Girouard and Sir Jeremy Greenstock.  On the Thursday guests include travel writer Rory Maclean, author, broadcaster, lecturer Jonathan Aitken and Rory Stewart. On the Friday it is your chance to see Joshua Levine who was historical advisor to major Hollywood film ‘Dunkirk’, Rosamund Young, Simon Weston in conversation with David Fitzgerald and Gulwali Passarlay in conversation with BBC Radio Solent’s Steve Harris. On the Saturday see author Ben Freeth and BBC Four presenter Natalie Haynes.  Finally, on the Sunday the line up concludes with Michael Pennington and Roger McGough and the band Little Machine.  Venues are the Digby Hall and Sherborne Girls School.  Tickets £10, £15 or £20 available from Sherborne TIC, 01935 815341 or www.sherborneliterarysociety.com  The festival also hosts a school programme with Tom McLaughlin at Sherborne Primary and Sherborne Abbey Primary on the Wednesday.  On the Thursday Joffre White hosts workshops at The Gryphon whilst Nicole Burstein hosts Secret Superheroes Workshops at Sherborne Primary and later The Gryphon and also Crescendo Concerts will be at Sherborne Abbey Primary.  On the Friday see Joanna Nadin at Sherborne Primary and Gulwali Passarlay at The Gryphon.    On Thursday 12 at 7.30pm at Digby Hall the Gardeners’ Association have a talk called 'Berried Treasture - Berries, Bark and Evergreens for Winter Colour' by Jenny Short.  Visitors £2.    On Saturday 14 from 6.45pm at the Golf Club it is the Fosters and Digby School 25 Anniversary Dinner.  It is 25 years ago that the long history of Fosters and Lord Digby’s Grammar Schools came to an end with the amalgamation of all the Secondary Schools in Sherborne to The Gryphon.  However Old Boys and Girls from the two schools continue to meet, renew old acquaintances, catch up on news, reminisce over stories and photographs.  It is not necessary to be a member of either of the Old School Associations  - the Dinner welcomes anyone associated in any way with the two schools over the years and partners are welcome too. For ticket details email Dr Ian Maun on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Philip Dolbear on 01935 873497.  On Wednesday 18 at 7.30pm at the Digby Memorial Hall the Dorset Wildlife Trust have a talk called ‘The History and Mystery of Eels’ with Michael Brown, founder of Brown and Forest Smokery.  Admission £2.  Tea and coffee available.    On Saturday 21 from 9.30am to 4.00pm at Digby Hall it is the monthly Chasty Cottage Antique Fair.  Entry £1.  Enquires 01963 370986.   On Tuesday 24 from 11.00am to 2.00pm at the Museum go along to the ‘Mad Victorian Science’ event.   Mad Victorian Scientist Gordon Le Pard is back with his potions and poisons and peculiar facts. He has an amazing brain under his huge hat and he is willing to share lots of yucky stories with you. The scary thing is that everything he says is true. Free family friendly event although donations are welcome.    On Tuesday 25 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon or 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall Arts Link have an Arts Buffet. A free family holiday art session.  Be creative together.  Materials provided.   On Friday 27 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Museum it is ‘Going Batty for Halloween’.  The lovely people from East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation are back with their chilled-out bats to help celebrate Halloween and learn more about these fascinating and vulnerable little creatures.  Free and family friendly, donations welcome.   On Friday 27 from 7.30pm at Cheap Street Church see the Sunset Cafe Stompers with singer Hamish Maxwell. A jazz Concert on behalf of the Rendezvous.  On Saturday 28 at Digby Hall from 10.30am to 3.30pm the Handmade Craft Market returns for its third year.  The traders only sell handmade goods made by themselves.  The range is very wide and includes embroidered gifts and contemporary textiles, together with beadcraft, chainmaille jewellery, children's clothes, crocheted sculptures, felted bags and hats, fishing flies, fused glass, gemstone and silver jewellery, household textiles (tea cosies/oven gloves), keyrings and wine glass charms, needle-felted pictures, wood turned gifts and wooden keepsake pictures and plaques.  Teas and cakes available.  Free entry.  Car park £1. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

SOMERTON     On Monday 25th September at 10.45am at West Street Church Somerton Sings are meeting.  They sing anything well known, songs from the shows, old English melodies, and songs from the 30’s up to present.  For details  01458 272750.   On Thursday 28th at 8.30pm at the Sports Club there is a Quiz Night.  Teams of up to six people, £2 per person.  All welcome  to this friendly monthly brain teaser.   From Friday 29 September to Saturday 7 October there is a Fabric Sale at Bespoke.  For more information phone 01458 273970.  Closed Sunday’s.  On Friday 6 October from 10.00am to 2.00pm at the Market Place go along to the monthly Market.  Plenty of stalls including meat, plants, homemade soaps and candles, wool art craft, Dorset pies, preserves, Italian cheeses, bespoke catering and more.  For more details email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   On Saturday 7 from 8.00pm at the Sports Club it is Tim Bassett’s ‘A Tribute to Elvis’ Charity Event.  Favourite songs from over the years with Elvis and other artists such as Neil Diamond, Buddy Holly, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Johnny Cash and many more. Tickets £5 from 01458 273808 or 01458 273808. There will also be a prize raffle.  Raising money for St Margaret's Hospice.   On Monday 9 and 23 at 10.45am at West Street Church Somerton Sings are meeting.  They sing anything well known, songs from the shows, old English melodies, and songs from the 30’s up to present.  For details  01458 272750.   On Tuesday 17 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms the Somerset Wildlife Trust have a talk called ‘Saving the Levels’.  Sabine Peukert of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Groups highlights the work being done in the upper catchment of the River Parrett to ‘slow the flow’ from the hills to the Levels and to reduce the impact of flooding on the Levels and Moors. Non members £3.   Tea and coffee available.   On Saturday 21 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Old Town Hall ACE Arts presents a family workshop. Learn to make sculptures with found and recycled materials led by Edwina Bridgeman.  For more information phone 01458 273008.   On Monday 23 at the Parish Rooms from 7.30pm the Green Gardeners resume their indoor programme with a talk on ‘Alpines and Orchids’ by Paul Cumbleton, ex curator at RHS Wisley.  Refreshments available.  Visitors £3. On Thursday 26 at 8.30pm at the Sports Club there is a Quiz Night.  Teams of up to six people, £2 per person.  All welcome  to this friendly monthly brain teaser.  On Friday 27 at 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Edgar Community Hall the U3A are meeting.   After any announcements there will be a guest speaker.  Non members £1.50.  

WINCANTON      Every Monday between 6.00pm and 7.15pm Wincanton Choir meets at the Balsam Centre.  They are a friendly choir currently looking for new members.  No audition or previous singing experience is necessary.  First session is free then £15 per month.  Go along and have a try as they would be very pleased to see you. For more information phone 07739 045593 or visit www.thechoirwincanton.com    Every Friday afternoon join the 'Feel Better with a Book' reading group from 3.00pm to 5.00pm.  This is a weekly social reading group held at the Balsam Centre and everyone is welcome.   On Friday 6 October from 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall the Gardeners Association have their AGM and a talk on bulbs.  Sue Hazeldean will be talking on growing and looking after bulbs.   From Monday 9 to Saturday 14 it is National Libraries’ Week at the library.  On Monday 9 there will be poetry readings from the Poetry Group from 12.00 noon and Monday Readers in the afternoon.  On Tuesday 10 there is a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the usual Rhyme Time with music from Colin on the guitar.  On Wednesday 11 there is a craft demonstration of decoupage and care making from 1.30pm.  On Friday 13 there is afternoon tea from 2.30pm to 5.00pm with a cake competition.  Finally, on Saturday 14 there will be a Children’s Mad Hatters Tea Party along with a craft activity.  Go dressed as your favourite book character.   On Saturday 14 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Memorial Hall there is a Coffee Morning. There will be a raffle, books, cakes, tea, coffee and biscuits.   On Saturday 14 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at King Arthur's School Wincantata are hosting a Handbell Rally.  The rally is to celebrate 50 years of Hand Bell Ringers of Great Britain Association and 25 years of their team.  They are a team of 11 players playing 45 bells.  They are expecting 106 bell ringers all will play together in a 'massed ringing'.  For more information 01963 33834 or 01935 372320.   On Tuesday 17 from 10.00am at Wincanton Racecourse Marquee there is an Early Christmas Fair.  Entry £3.  For more information phone 01963 33656.    On Saturday 28 at the Library there is a ‘Spooky Spiders’ craft activity for children aged 4 to 10 years.  Please sign up at the Library desk in advance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YEOVIL   Whist Drive every Saturday at the Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Enquiries 01935 862325.  On Tuesday 26th September at 7.30pm at the Manor Hotel the Soroptimist International group invite you to their supper meeting.  A local club for women who work to improve opportunities for women and girls.  For more information visit www.sigbi.org/yeovil-sherborne-and-districts  To attend phone 07707 055806 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   On Thursday 28 September the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association offers a ‘Walk in the Bourton area’ led by Barbara Smith from 10.00am starting at Bourton, then to Penselwood and back which is around four to five miles. Lunch/drinks will be at the White Lion in Bourton or at Stourhead Restaurant.  If you would like to attend contact 01747 825468.  On Wednesday 27th at 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church the Floral Society have a demonstration called 'In My Element' by Anne Clark.  Visitors £5.   On Saturday 30th from 10.00am to 4.30pm at St James Church, Preston Road going along to ‘New Beginnings’ – an exhibition of new traditional and non traditional quilts and textiles by Star Quilters Yeovil.   Entry £2.50.  For more information phone Frances on 07795 146509.  (See Arts) On Saturday 30 from 10.00am to 4.30pm at St James Church, Preston Road going along to ‘New Beginnings’ – an exhibition of new traditional and non traditional quilts and textiles by Star Quilters Yeovil.   Entry £2.50.  For more information phone Frances on 07795 146509. On Sunday 1 October at Yeovil Junction in Stoford between 10.30am to 4.00pm there is a Steam Train Day.  There will also be model railway, art gallery displays and historical railway exhibits.   On Sunday 1 at the Octagon Theatre from 7.30pm see the Yeovil Concert Band.  Tickets £14.50.  (See ‘Arts’)   On Friday 6 at 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church the Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society have an interesting talk called ‘Albert Bioletti - A Soldier of Napoleon and Master Clockmaker of Wincanton’ with speaker John Baxter.  Guests £2.   On Friday 6 from 7.30pm at Digby Church Hall there is a book signing and talk with author with David Lough.   Bar and raffle.  Tickets £10 from Sherborne TIC and Winstone's Bookshop.   On Saturday 7 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon discover some fabulous examples of fungi on a guided walk through Ninesprings Country park with renowned mycologist Michael Jordan.  Fungi are fundament to the life of plants and animals as the third Natural Kingdom of the world.  Welcome to bring a camera to capture some of your own shots. Wellies or walking boots advised.  Adults £7, Children £5.  Booking required.  On Saturday 7 at Digby Hall from 2.30pm the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association have a talk called ‘In One Lifetime: Rapidity and Change in 19th Century New Zealand’ by Peter Tait.  Peter has an interest in history of New Zealand and different interpretations of history and offers a view from a colonial viewpoint.  Visitors £5, includes tea and biscuits.   On Saturday 7 from 7.30pm at Yeovil Conservative Club there is a Radio Comelot Quiz Night.  Tickets £6 per team, includes refreshments.   On Monday 9 at 12.00 noon at the Yeovil Court Hotel The Probus Club have a lunch followed by a talk on ‘Battle of Trafalgar’.  From Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 at 7.30pm at Octagon Theatre YAOS presents ‘9-5: The Musical’.  Music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick and based on the 1980 hit film.  (See ‘Arts’)  On Wednesday 11 at Yeovil College from 7.30pm Yeovil Cinematheque Film Society will be showing ‘Graduation'.  There is a welcome clarityu of vision in this tough yet elegant exposure of Romanian compromise and corruption.  Romeo, an honest doctor, is confronted with moral choices to be made when his daugher's academic success is jeopardised by a physical assualt.  Annual membership £30.  Guests £5.   For more information phone 01935 421905.  Until Monday 16 at Vicarage Street Methodist Church from 10.00am to 12.00 noon the Yeovil WEA have the first of their interesting six week courses called 'The Human Story.  This looks at the broad sweep and patterns of human history with tutor Greg Morter.   Cost £45.  To enrol phone 0300 303 3464 or enrolonline.wea.org   On Wednesday 18 at Yeovil College from 7.30pm Yeovil Cinematheque Film Society will be showing ‘Manchester By The Sea'.  This award winning drama set in a wintry, coastal Massachusetts is totally absorbing.  E Annual membership £30.  Guests £5.   For more information phone 01935 421905.    On Friday 20 from 7.00pm at Majestic Wines there is a Gin and More Fundraising event hosted by the Mayor of Yeovil. Majestic Wines will be running a gin tasting evening including Newton Gin and Conkers Gin. Other drinks will be available to sample (and buy) on the night.  All money raised will be going towards St Margaret's Hospice (Yeovil) and School in a Bag.  For more information phone 01935  848768.   On Tuesday 24 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre see John Illsley perform with his band. (See 'Arts')   On Thursday 26 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre see the Magic of Motown.  (See 'Arts')   From Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 it is the annual Yeovil Literary Festival.  On the Friday guests include Joanne Harris, Mark Billingham in Conversation with Chris Ewan, Michael Portillo, Polly Toynbee, Paddy Ashdown and Suzi Quatro.   On the Saturday you can see Jacqueline Wilson, Alan Johnson, Jeremy Vine, Miles Jupp and An Evening with Sarah Millican.  On the Sunday the line up includes Lauren Child, Professor Robert Winston, Harry Hill, Dame Harriet Walter, Ben Fogle, An Evening with Monty Don and George Costigan, Hugh Fraser and Robert Daws in conversation.  Tickets prices and venues vary.    For more information visit www.yeovilliteraryfestival.co.uk  On Friday 27 at Yeovil Country Park from 11.00am to 2.00pm there is a Halloween Trail.  Follow the pumpkin markers through the haunting woods and collect the missing letters from the witches spell.  Help her complete the wicked spell to conjure up a prize.  This is a self- led trail and there is an adventurous pushchair/short trail available.  Turn up anytime - the trail takes around one hour to complete.  Entry £2.   On Saturday 28 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Vida Comida, Swan Yard it is the Big Bibic Bake Off. Much loved Great British Bake Off contestant and Cake Whisperer Val Stones is joining them for a very special event.  A retired headmistress with a fondness for talking to her cakes, Val is the perfect baker for them to partner with. Val’s passion for baking is infectious and magical. There will be fun for all the family with games, raffle prizes, a cake auction and BBBO goodies to buy.  Fancy sharing your baking passion? Take part in their #bibicshowstopper competition on the day.  Val will be judging entries, all ages welcome!  Tickets £5 per adult (no advance purchase) and includes a delicious cake and hot drink.  Donations for children.  All proceeds to bibic – you will help change children’s lives.  Val has also kindly donated her Virtuous Cake recipe to the Big bibic Bake Off.  Find the secrets to Val’s delicious and nutritious recipe in your free fundraising pack.  For more information phone 01458 253344.  On Saturday 28 and Tuesday 31 from 5.00pm to 9.00pm Yeovil Junction Railway near Stoford host their Halloween Evenings.   Go dressed in your scary outfits with prizes to be won.  Free horror bag for children.  Ghostly steam train rides from the haunted house into the night.  Halloween themed food on sale.  Admission £5 in advance, £6 on the door, under 5’s free.  On Monday 30 October to Monday 4 December from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Vicarage Street Church the WEA have their sessions entitled ‘1930’s Detective Fiction’ with tutor Dr. Greta Depledge.  Cost £45.  To enrol phone 0300 303 3464 or visit www.enrolonline.wea.org.uk

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    A non-profit making cooperative, made up of people with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome is running a small computer refurbishing project - upgrading and repairing old computers to sell or give to people who are on a low budget, disabled or elderly.

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    Fresh new look for Drayton Village Hall

     

    Drayton Village Hall has new kitchen blinds and blackout curtains thanks to contributions from the local community and a £750 grant from South Somerset District Council’s Area North Committee.

     

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  • Town News October

    Carneval String Trio, Minster Music 65 Charity Concert, Fairport Convention, ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ performance, ‘No Finer Life’ performance, Sherborne Literary Festival, Mad Victorian Science’ event, Sunset Cafe Stompers, Arts Buffet, Handmade Craft Market, Tim Bassett’s ‘A Tribute to Elvis’ Charity Event, National Libraries’ Week, Honey Show, Handbell Rally, John Illsley, Guided Walk, Yeovil Literary Festival, Big Bibic Bake Off, Halloween Trial, Quiz Night, markets, films, talks and lectures and more...

    Image result for bruton antique fair     Image result for val stones bake off    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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  • Films October

    Many films this month: 'Viceroy's House', 'The Sense of an Ending', 'Churchill', 'Interlude in Prague', 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Salzaars' Revenge', 'Denial', 'Their Finest', 'Jackie' and more.  Do not forget to look at films in Town News and Village News. 

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  • Music October

    Yeovil Concert Band, Martin Roscoe, ‘And finally...Phil Collins’, Liza Pulman, Charlie Dore with Julian Littman, Gaz Brookfield, ‘9-5: The Musical’, Hazel O’Connor, Mad About The Musicals’, James Hickman and Dan Cassidy, Martin Carthy, 'Oz and Armonico Drink to Music', Jackson: Live in Concert’, ‘Magic of Motown’, Whole Lotta Shakin’ and more.

    Gaz Brookfield with support Nick Parker. Sat 7th Oct. 8pm.Hazel O'Connor

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  • Performance October

    Many different shows taking place:   ‘No Finer Life’, Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives’, 'Folklore', Mi Flamenco – Incognito, ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’, 'Romeo and Juliet’ Ballet, 'A View From The Edge', ‘A Murder Mystery – Whodunit’, ‘Tap Factory’, Sean Kelly and The Stars of Storage Hunters, 'That'll Be the Day' and more... Do not forget to check Town and Village News!

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  • Visual Art October

    Exhibitions in the upcoming month: 'Take Five', 'Objectscapes', 'Art in Ilchester', 'New Beginnings', 'Light’ exhibition, 'Menagerie', Exhibition of New Work by John Maddison, Neroche Artists exhibition and more... 

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  • Village News October

    Apple Days, Annual Winter Fayre, ‘Sam Kelly’s Station House’, ‘Find the Yeti’, Coffee and Cakes, Heritage Day, Say it with Flowers, Neil Maya Quartet, Norton Arts Exhibition, Autumn Jumble Sale, Norton Festival, Autumn Fayre, Artisan and Craft Market, Trafalgar Night Dinner, Fish and Chips Quiz, Fieri Consort, Bruton Decorative Antiques Fair, Autumn Sale, Quiz, coffee mornings, films, talks & lectures and more...

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