ALWESTON On Saturday 22 October from 9.00am to 11.00am at the Village Hall there is a Community Big Butty Breakfast. A free child’s breakfast with the purchase of an adult breakfast. Children’s activity table. Cards and preserves available. Food bank collection.
BARRINGTON On Saturday 21 October from 10.30am to 4.00pm go along to Apple Days. There celebration of all tings apple with much activity centred around their orchards and pressing barn. On Saturday 21 from 11.00am to 4.00pm go and Paint a Spooky Wooden Shape. Call in at the master woodcarver’s workshop where Jozef has cut a selection of wooden shapes to be painted. On Monday 23 from 11.00am to 4.00pm go to the Spooky Shadow Play Puppet Workshop. Fun for all ages. On Tuesday 24 from 11.00am to 3.00pm try the Den Building Day. Their ranger will show you how to build a crafty woodland hideaway. Suggested donation of £2 per child. All events at Barrington Court.
BOURTON On Saturday 23rd September from 9.00am to 1.00pm at St George’s School there is a Car Boot and Table Top Sale. Refreshments and cake sale. Sellers £8, Buyers 50p donation. All proceeds in aid of new school library. All welcome. For more information phone 07803 195831.
CORTON DENHAM From Monday 25th September from 7.30pm at the Village Hall a series of six WEA lectures begin until early November. These one a half hour lectures will explore local beliefs about West Country Fairies, dragons, Green Man carvings and witchcraft and more and will be looking at their origins while relating to them to present day beliefs. Cost is £35 for the series and to enroll phone 0300 303 3464 or enrolonline.wea.org.uk and quote course number C3528582. For more information phone Julia on 01963 220515.
DITCHEAT On Wednesday 4 October at 7.30pm at The Queens Arms the Film Night is showing ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salzaars Revenge’. Main Meal (Chefs Choice), Vegetarian alternative available, 125ml glass of house red or white, pint of Legless Liz or Scrumpy, for drivers a glass of coke or lemonade. £15 per person. Pre booking essential.
EAST COKER From Thursday 5 October to Thursday 16 November from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Village Hall the WEA begins their six weekly sessions entitled ‘The Golden Empire of Ancient Egypt’. The Tutor John Billman will cover the history of three millennium including art, artefacts, tombs and temples. Cost £44. To enroll phone 0300 303 3464 or visit www.enrolonline.wea.org.uk On Thursday 12 October at 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Gardens of the Rich and Famous’ by David Moon. Visitors £3. For details phone 01935 862447. On Wednesday 25 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall see the film 'Their Finest'. Tickets £6 on the door. For more information phone 01935 863002. (See 'Arts') On Saturday 28 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Village Hall it is the East Coker Society's Annual Winter Fayre. Start your Christmas shopping early from a wide selection of produce including Christmas cards and decorations, diaries, calendars, bric-a-brac, home-baked cakes, savoury, preserves, farm foods, garden plants, books, crafts, pictures, pottery, jewellery, knitwear, home furnishings, wooden products, children’s toys and much more. Entry £2.50, includes tea/coffee and mince pie. Under 14s free entry. Spaces are still available for stall holders. For more information phone 01935 862218.
EVERSHOT On Saturday 7th October from 8.00pm at the Village Hall see ‘Sam Kelly’s Station House’. Tickets £10.
HAM HILL On Monday 23 October from 10.00am to 12.00 noon ‘Find the Yeti’ at the Country Park. Somewhere deep in the woods at Ham Hill lies ‘The Ham Hill Yeti’. Join the rangers for a morning to try and track him down. Learn about animal tracks and signs to look out for while they walk through the woods trying to track the Yeti down. Some mild fear and not for the faint hearted! Entry £5. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult, accompanying adults free. Booking required. On Monday 30 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm go along to Spooky Stories at the Country Park. Get ready for Halloween with an evening of spooky stories. Not for the faint hearted, they will regale you some spooky tales, some are real, some are not and some may be happening as the night unfolds! Entry £5. Please wrap up warm and wear suitable footwear.
HALSTOCK On Saturday 21 October at the Village Hall at 7.30pm the Village Cinema presents ‘Their Finest’. For more information phone 01935 893485. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)
HARDINGTON MANDEVILLE On Friday 6 October at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see ‘Their Finest’. Tickets £5 in advance from Springfield Stores on 01935 862363 or £6 on the door. For more information phone 01935 862688.
HOLNEST On Saturday 30 Sept and Sunday 1 October at the Church from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is Coffee and Cakes. The church will be decorated for the Harvest Festival on the Sunday 1 from 6.30pm.
MERRIOTT On Tuesday 26th September at the Tithe Barn from 7.30pm the Gardening Club have a talk called 'Organic Vegetable Gardening' by Brian Hesketh. Do not forget to bring your favourite flower to enter the Flower of the Month competition! Non members £2. Refreshments and raffle. For more information phone 01460 72298. From Friday 29 September to Sunday 1st October from 10.00am at All Saints Church go along to ‘Say It With Flowers’. There will be a free flower festival and a Songs of Praise concert at 7.00pm for £6 available from Osborne’s Shop. For more information phone 01460 78461. On Tuesday 31 October from 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Trees and Shrubs and the Correct Way and When to Prune Them’ with Dave Usher from Hestercombe Gardens. Non members £2. Refreshments and raffle. For more information phone 01460 72298.
MILBORNE PORT On Wednesday 13 October at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film ‘Denial’. Tickets £5 in advance from Wayne the Butcher or £5.50 on the door. For more information phone 01963 251858. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages)
MONTACUTE The triple award winning Farmers and Craft Market at Montacute House, organised by Levels' Best is on Saturday 28 October from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Parking, entry free and dog friendly so a great time to top up on local seasonal products.
MUDFORD On Friday 6 from 7.00pm and Saturday 7 October from 10.00am at the Village Hall the Mudford Players will be holding auditions for their new pantomime. They have already performed four successful pantos and are ready to stage another in the new year. They need people for cast – major or minor parts - and back and stage – crew, scenery, props, costume and more. They welcome you to go along and find out more. For more information phone Jo on 07757 865575.
NORTH CADBURY On Wednesday 18 October from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Birds of Prey’ by Chris Sperring. Non members £2. On Saturday 28 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall Take Art hosts The Brubeck Project presented by the Neil Maya Quartet. The Golden Age of Jazz is reborn in this show featuring some of the most exciting jazz musicians working in the South West taking you back to 1959 and the cool sounds of one of the greatest jazz bands in existence, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, playing such classics as Blue Rondo Ala Turk, Unsquare Dance and Take Five. This is a unique opportunity to hear this classic music played live by top class players, so come and be transported back to the hip 1950’s as the village hall is transformed into the coolest of jazz clubs. Bar available. Tickets Adults £10, Children/Students £5 available from 01963 440705 and www.takeart.org
NORTH PERROTT From Saturday 14 to Sunday 15 October there is a Apple Day and Arts and Craft Fair.
NORTON SUB HAMDON On Saturday 30 September from 7.30pm at the Village Hall there is the Norton Festival Harvest Hoedown with Fiddlestix and Will Antell. Tickets £8 from Community Shop. From Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October from 10.30am to 4.00pm at the Church it is the Norton Festival. There will be Harvest Floral Displays, photographic exhibition of Old Norton and a scarecrow trail around the village. Refreshments available. On Friday 6 from 7.30pm at the Church it is the Norton Festival Folk Concert featuring 2 Folk, Jim and Laurie, Alison and Jack, The Village Folk. Tickets £7 from Community Shop. From Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th from 10.00am to 4.30pm at Apple Barn, Great Street there is a Norton Arts Exhibition. A group of dedicated painters and sculptors are holding an exhibition. Meet Salvador Scarecrow and his friend. Free entry. Donations welcome for Yeovil Blood Bikes and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. On Saturday 7 from 7.30pm in the Church see Stoke Sub Hamdon Band in concert. Tickets £7 from Community Shop. On Sunday 8 from 4.00pm go to 'Raise the Song' in Church. A celebration of harvest in song, music and word. For more information visit www.nortonfestival.org On Saturday 28 from 11.00am at the Village Hall there is an Autumn Jumble Sale. Bargains galore. Great quality new/nearly new clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac, books, toys and much more. Cake stall, raffle and refreshments available. Admission 50p, Children free. In aid of hall funds. For more information phone 01935 881718.
OBORNE On Tuesday 10 October from 10.30am the Dorset Wildlife Trust visit Wolfgang Grulke’s Fossil Museum. Small charge.
QUEEN CAMEL On Saturday 7 October from 10.30am to 12.00 noon Castle Cary’s Save the Children have their Autumn Fayre. There will be Christmas cards, cakes, boys, toys, gifts and a tombola. On Thursday 12 at 2.00pm the Horticultural Society have a talk called '20th Century Women Gardeners' speaker Mrs Jane Crozier. On Saturday 14 from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 15 from 10.00am to 2.30pm Quiltessentials together with Queen Camel Quilters will be holding an exhibition of patchwork and quilting. There will be displays of work created in the past two years, the popular bag/cushion raffle, small articles for sale, patchwork magazines to take away and demonstrations where you can actually ‘have a go’! Refreshments served throughout both days including Ploughman’s Lunches. Admission free, but donations requested in aid of the hall. All events at the Memorial Hall.
SANDFORD ORCAS On Sunday 15 October from 12.30pm to 6.00pm at the Village Hall it is the second Apple Fair. An apple celebration with pork hangi, apple puddings, apple games and cider. For more information phone 01963 220163.
SEAVINGTON On Thursday 12 October at 6.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a Gardening Quiz. Flower of the Month Competition and annual presentation of Irene Williams Memorial Plate.
SOUTH PETHERTON On Wednesday 27th September from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is aCoffee Morning. Free Entry. On Wednesday 27th at 8.00pm at the Methodist Church Hall the Local History Group have a talk called 'The 1913 Railway Disaster at Yeovil Pen Mill' with speaker Roger Marsh. Visitors £3. OnFriday 29th at 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show presents 'The Odyssey'. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Friday 29th at 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show presents 'The Odyssey'. Tickets £5. On Saturday 30 September to Sunday 1 October from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the David Hall there is a Bluegrass and Oldtime Mandolin Workshop. On Monday 2nd at 7.15pm at Frogmary Green Farm the Arts Society Neroche begin a new season with a talk called ‘Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture’ by Rupert Willoughby. This looks lightheartedly at one of the ugliest episodes in English architecture while revealing the nobler Basingstoke buried beneath the concrete and the few historic gems that have survived. For more information and for the 2017-18 programme visit www.theartssocietynerochesouthsomerset.org.uk On Saturday 7 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Methodist Church there is an Autumn Sale. Stalls include books, jigsaws, bric-a-brac, cakes, preserves, raffle and a tombola. Refreshments and teacakes will be served. Free entry. On Wednesday 11 at Crispin New Farm Restaurant there is a Ladies Lunch. On Friday 13 from 8.00pm at the David Hall the Petherton Picture Show presents 'Interlude in Prague'. A fictitious but captivating story of Mozart’s years in Prague. Tickets £5. On Monday 16 from 7.30pm the Gardening Club have a talk ‘Creating Biodiversity to Encourage Friends Not Foes’ by Penny Richards of Somerset Wildlife Trust. On Wednesday 18 at 7.30pm at the David Hall there is a talk entitled ‘Around the World with BBC Natural History Unit’ with Stephen Moss. Stephen is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and natural history television producers. A lifelong naturalist, he has travelled to all seven of the world’s continents in search of wildlife. His TV credits include Springwatch, The Nature of Britain and Birds Britannia. Stephen lives on the Somerset Levels, where he is President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust. He now teaches an MA in Travel & Nature Writing at Bath Spa University. Tickets £8. On Thursday 19 October from 9.00am to 4.00pm at the Market Square it is the monthly Artisan and Craft Market. To book a stall call 07966 658966. On Sunday 22 from 7.30pm at the David Hall it is the Acoustic Night. On Wednesday 25 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a Coffee Morning. Free Entry. On Wednesday 25 at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall there is a talk called ‘The Story of Clark’s of Street - a Quaker business’ by Dr Tim Crumplin of the Alfred Gillett Trust. He will draw on the Clark's own archives to show how the family built up their successful shoe business while enhancing the lives of their employees. Visitors £3 on the door. On Friday 27 at 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show presents 'The Sense of an Ending’. Based on the novel by Julian Barnes and starring Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) All events, unless stated, are at The David Hall.
SPARKFORD 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. Exhibitors include Alchemy, Appledore Antiques, Chris Holmes Antiques, Elizabeth Lee Interiors, Granta Fine Art, Hiscock and Shepherd, Jerram Gallery, John Wiseman Antiques, King George Antiques, Linda North Antiques, Mark Blower Antiques, Quillon House Antiques, Walton House Antiques, Waterfall Antiques, William Morris Antiques and many more. Entry £10. For more information phone 01278 784912 or visit http://www.brutondecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk
STOKE SUB HAMDON On Saturday 14 October from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Memorial Hall the Village Artists Group have an Art Exhibition. Refreshments available.
TEMPLECOMBE On Saturday 7 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at the Village Hall there is a ‘Get to Know Your Village’ event. Over 25 village clubs and groups will be represented, including bells, planes, trains, choirs, schools, churches, scouts and much more. Hosted by Templecombe WI, who will be organising refreshments.
THORNFORD On Saturday 21 October at 7.30pm at the Village Hall it is the Defibrillator Appeal Quiz Night. Tables of six, £3 per person. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. A raffle will be held. For more information or to book a table phone 07967 994186.
WEST CAMEL On Saturday 7 October from 7.30pm Country and Western Dance Club host 'Dave Wilson'. Tickets £6 pp. For more details 01460 78895. On Friday 29 October from 7.30pm see the film ‘Their Finest’. Admission £5 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) All events at the Davis Hall.
WEST COKER On Wednesday 11 October from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘What to Grow in Your Greenhouse’. Refreshments available. Annual membership £5. On Friday 13 at the Commemoration Hall from 7.45pm Cinema for All presents ‘Jackie’. Wine, beers, cider and soft drinks available at a cost. Tickets £5 from Marilyn on 01935 863176 or on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 21 at the Village Hall from 7.00pm go along to Trafalgar Night Dinner. Entry £40. Booking essential on 01935 862704. On Tuesday 24 at the Village Hall from 7.30pm the WI have a Fish and Chips Quiz. Entry £8. For more information phone 01935 863716.
YETMINSTER On Tuesday 26th September from 7.00pm the White Hart hosts a Quiz Night. £5 per head to include supper snack. Booking essential. On Tuesday 3 October from 7.30pm see ‘Viceroy’s House’. Tickets £6, includes a choc ice from Spar Shop, Sunnyside. For more information phone 01935 872552. On Saturday 7 October from 7.00pm at the White Hart there is a Wine Tasting. Entry £20, includes wine and tapas. Booking essential. On Sunday 8 at 7.30pm St Andrew's Church welcome back the Fieri Consort with a programme of soprano duets and music from seventeenth century Venice. Fieri have sung on Radio 3 and recently toured Australia. Tickets £14 available from John Summers on 01935 872414. Drinks in return for donations. Proceeds to the church restoration fund. On Tuesday 10 from 7.30pm the Garden Club have a talk called ‘Reach for the Stars’ by Jennie Short. On Wednesday 11 from 2.30pm the History Society have a talk called ‘Weymouth to Bath Train Line and More’ with Colin Maggs MBE speaking about the history of the Wessex Line. Colin is a railway historian and author of more than 60 books about British railways, particularly in the Southwest. He has written many articles and made several TV & radio appearances on the subject. On Sunday 29 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at the White Hart there is New Beats live music. All events at the Jubilee Hall unless mentioned.