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BRUTON

Every Thursday at 11.00am starting by the Museum there is a 40 minute Health Walk.  Generally flat with a mixture of pavement and fields in dry weather.   For more details call 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 Thursday 29 May from 6.30pm at Hauser and Wirth there is an Open Studio and talk with Catherine Goodman. Although Goodman is known for her portraits, her practice includes expressionistic landscapes, vigorous sketches and experimental collages; central to her process is the act of drawing from observation, whether from life, objects or the great masters and their works. Free event, booking required. From now until Sunday 9 September see the Hauser and Wirth exhibition ‘Lexander Calder – From the Stony River to the Sky’. Calder was one of the most influential and pioneering artists of the twentieth century, transforming the very nature of sculpture by introducing the fourth dimension and the actuality of real-time experience into his work. (See ‘Arts’) On Thursday 7 June from 11.00am the Horticultural Society visit The Manor House in Cranborne. The garden has a variety of interesting features include a vegetables garden, an orchard, a cottage garden, a north garden, vistas and magnolias. Non members £5. On Saturday 9 from 10.00am go for a Tree ID Walk with BlueCrew. A two hour walk led by Emma Donovan to find and identify some of Bruton’s special trees. Children welcome with adult. Free entry. Booking essential on info@bruecrew.org  On Wednesday 20 from 2.00pm the Horticultural Society visit Jekka’s Herbetum, Herb Farm in Alveston. This will include a talk from host, Jekka, and will give guidance about herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes. Jekka has built up the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK with around 300 and has a broad knowledge about the history. Opportunities for questions. Refreshments available. Non members £12. For more information visit www.jekkasherbfarm.com On Saturday 30 from 2.00pm Hauser and Wirth presents ‘Pin Drop with Russell Tovey’. The British actor will take centre stage to read a story from ‘A Short Affair’, the forthcoming anthology of original short fiction from Pin Drop Studio and also features new illustration by artists from the Royal Academy Schools.  Russell has starred in award-winning films including ‘The Pass’, ‘Pride’ and Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’, and played leading roles in major television shows including ‘Being Human’, ‘Quantico’ and ‘Him and Her’ as well as recently started in the theatre in ‘Angels in America’ at the National Theatre. He will then join Pin Drop Studio founder, Simon Oldfield, for an interview and audience Q&A. ‘A Short Affair’ will be available to purchase. Ticket £15.

CASTLE CARY

Every Tuesday at the Market House from 8.30am to 2.00pm there is a weekly market. Fruit, vegetables, bread, fish, cheese, preserves, baked goods, gluten free options, season plants and other giftware available. On Saturday 26 May from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House the Amateur Theatrical Society has a Coffee Morning. Cakes, raffles and refreshments. For more information phone 01963 350548. On Saturday 2 June from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House the Carnival Society has a Coffee Morning. Refreshments and stalls. On Saturday 2 June from 6.45pm at Caryford Hall see Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage with support from Jack Harris. Classically timeless folk duo. Tickets £10 from www.wegottickets.com/event/420053 On Thursday 7 from 7.30pm at the Methodist School Room the Gardening Association have a talk called ‘A Rogue’s Gallery for Gardeners – Organic Ways to Tackle Pests and Diseases’ by Sally Nex. Non members £1. On Saturday 9 from 9.30am to 12.00 noon at the Market House the Sixpilgrims have a Coffee Morning. On Saturday 12 from 12.00 noon until 5.00pm it is Pitcombe Fayre in and around Hadspen Village Hall. Barbeque, bar, stalls, dog show, amusements and live music. A fun afternoon for all the family. Dogs welcome. Free entry and parking. On Saturday 16 from 9.30am to 12.00 noon at the Market House the Rotary Club of Brue Valley host their Charity Summer Fair. Toys, furniture, books, plants, clothing, tombola, refreshments and much more! Admission free. On Saturday 16 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at All Saints Church the volunteers from the Save the Children Community Store are hosting a Charity Art Fair. Exhibits for sale will include pictures, ceramics and glass that have been donated to Save the Children, together with related items, art materials and books. To optimise the event success, they would love to receive any items that might be suitable to include in the sale, before Wednesday 13 at their shop in Fore Street. All money raised will go to Save the Children, with a small proportion going to the All Saints Development project for using the space for event. Coffee, cake and cream teas will be served. On Thursday 14 from 2.30pm at Caryford Hall the Camelot U3A Branch have their Open and Enrolment Day where there will be displays of what all their groups do. All welcome. On Saturday 16 from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm it is the Millbrook Gardens Summer Fete. There will be a Tai Chi demonstration, Cary Majorettes display, BBQ, Raffle, tea, cakes, crepes and many other stalls. For more information contact Brian on 01963 350092. On Saturday 17 at 4.00pm at Caryford Hall the History Society presents an illustrated talk called ‘A King, A Hoard and Some Clubmen’ by Maureen Wincott. About Castle Cary in the Civil War. Tickets £5 from Bailey Hill Bookshop or on the door. Tea and biscuits – donations appreciated. On Tuesday 19 from 11.00am at Caryford Hall the Arts Society have a lecture entitled ‘Three Great Families and their Gardens – A History of the Astors, the Rothschilds and the Sackville Wests’. Caroline Rayman will look at these three families with their very different backgrounds and created gardens here in the English countryside. Visitors £6. For more information phone 01963 350132. On Saturday 23 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House the WI have a Coffee Morning. Refreshments. On Saturday 23 from 6.45pm at Caryford Hall see Claude Bourbon – master of the classical guitar. Tickets £12 from www.wegottickets.com/event/436535 On Tuesday 26 from 7.30pm at Caryford Hall there is a film showing called ‘Darkest Hour’. Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 30 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House go along to Toybox. Refreshments, cake and toys.

CREWKERNE

Every Monday to Friday the Henhayes Centre has hot lunches freshly prepared. Two courses for £8. Please phone on 01460 74340 before 10.30am to let them know you are going. Every Tuesday at the Sports Centre from 6.00pm to 7.00pm join in at the weekly Walking Netball sessions. For all ages and abilities. All sessions contain a gentle warm up. 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. For more information contact Laura Gowers on 01460 74001.  On Friday 25 May from 7.00pm at Wadham School the Film Club have a Members’ Choice evening chosen from a shortlist in April. For more information contact 01935 822656. On Saturday 26 at the Henhayes Centre from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a ‘Breakfast/Brunch’. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, tea and coffee for £4.  Extras 50p each. No booking needed.   For more information phone 01460 74340. On Saturday 9 June from 2.00pm to 5.00pm there is the Henhayes Fete and Town Criers’ Competition. Celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War. In association with British Legion. Bar, live music, stalls, food, chainsaw woodcarving, classic military vehicles, Devon and Somerset fire service demonstration and parade. On Friday 15 from 12.30pm at the Henhayes Centre there is another Chef’s Special Lunch. Three course meal with Gammon and seasonal vegetables, followed by pineapple upside down pudding. Choice of three fruit juices, tea, coffee and chocolates. Bar open. Entry £9. Booking essential on 01460 74340. On Saturday 16 from 9.30am to 1.00pm at the Henhayes Centre there is a Craft Fayre. Free admission. On Friday 22 June at the Henhayes Centre there is a Centenary Event from 10.00am to 4.00pm. A day of celebration of 100 years of the R.A.F with an exhibition of artefacts relating to 1918. A two course themed hot lunch will be served (booking essential). After lunch there will be a special guest speaker followed by wartime songs. Cream teas available. There will be a collection for the benefit of RAFA and the Royal British Legion. For more information contact 01460 74340. The event is sponsored by Marks and Spencer. On Tuesday 26 from 10.30am there is a Guided Walk of the Town by Museum and Heritage Centre. Tickets £3 from the Museum. On Saturday 30 at the Henhayes Centre from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a ‘Breakfast/Brunch’. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, tea and coffee for £4.  Extras 50p each. No booking needed.   For more information phone 01460 74340.

ILMINSTER

From Thursday 31 May to Friday 8 June the Ilminster Literary Festival returns. Over 20 events at local venues. Tickets prices vary per event, available from Airs and Graces, 7 Silver Street or visit www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org On Friday 1 June from 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre see Morgan and West ‘Time Travelling Magicians’. Not content with their lot as the nineteenth century’s greatest magic duo, the pair present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day. No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters bring you a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time. Tickets £12, Children/Students £6 available from Harrimans Menswear. On Saturday 2 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 2 from 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre Concerts in the West presents ‘Jubilee String Quartet’. Tickets £15. (See ‘Arts’) On Saturday 23 from 12.00 noon at Archie Gooch Pavillion, Canal Way it is the Lions Summer Fete.

LANGPORT

On Monday 4 June from 7.30pm the History visit Aller Church with Anne Michell giving a presentation about the restoration of Aller Church bells, followed by a short demonstration of bell ringing by two local tower captains. Final event until September. Non members £2, annual membership £12. For more information phone 01458 273471.

SHERBORNE

Every Tuesday and Thursday until September the Blue Badge Guided walks with Cindy Chant start from the Tourist Information Centre from 10.30am. Cindy will take you to explore the Abbey Green, Almshouse, the Conduit, Bow Arch and more. These delights take at least 1½hours to enjoy, but with Cindy’s enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the town the extent of your walk is limited only by your interest. Additional Bank Holiday walks and Winter Specials also available. Tickets £5, no need to book. Walks happen whatever the weather. For more information or to make a private booking for a tour contact Cindy on cindyatsherbornewalks@gmail.com and visit www.sherbornewalks.co.uk  Every Thursday until Thursday 28 June, except Thursday 31 May from 2.30pm to 4.00pm at Tinney’s Lane Youth Centre go along to ArtsLink Parkinson’s Dance. A fun, supportive, specialist class with movement specifically designed for those with Parkinson’s, followed by a cup of tea and social time. For more information phone 01935 815899. On Thursday 26 April from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Floral Group have a demonstration called ‘Going to Town’ by Amy Shakeshaft. Raffle available. Visitors welcome. For more information phone 01935 812722. . Admission free. Organised by West Country Fairs. Enquiries on 01749 677049.  Until September between Sherborne and Marston Magna there are Equine Assisted Therapy and Wellbeing workshop days. Compassionate and healing, equine assisted therapy and wellbeing sessions are tailored for individual needs. They work with the horses/ponies/donkey in the natural countryside, learning new ways to manage life’s challenges. Activities are for self development and education. Skills include using meditation, mindfulness, relaxation, communication, leadership, teamwork, confidence and creative ways to understand and release issues that may be holding you back. Workshops are in small groups of three people from 11.00am to 4.00pm with lunch of soup, rolls and light refreshments and is £45 per person. Another option is one on one sessions of one hour is £55 or 1.5 hours is £75. There are also parent and child sessions to improve connection with your child or young person with sessions tailored for ages. Claire is an experienced and qualified counsellor who is offering this amazing and authentic service and is a LEAP registered Practitioner in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. For more information email claireryallcounselling@hotmail.com or phone 07805 548306 or visit www.thehealingherd.wordpress.com On Monday 28 May from 10.00am to 6.00pm it is the Annual Sherborne Castle Country Fair. This family day-out is held to raise funds for local children’s charities and youth organisations.  It is a traditional country fair with displays and attractions, trade and craft stands and a rare and native breed animal show. Tickets Adults £12.50, children 5-16 £4, under 5’s free available from 01749 814041. For more information visit www.sherbornecountryfair.com On Friday 1 June from 7.30pm at the Rendezvous, Cheap Street Church see Mike Denham and Tom ‘Spats’ Langham in concert. Tickets £10, includes refreshments. On Sunday 3 from 11.00am to 2.00pm at the Museum go along to ‘H is for Hawk’ with Jack Lewis Palladwr Falconry Hoods. This is a perfect event to complement our Text & Textile exhibition as Jack will be bringing along his Lanner Falcon and demonstrating the craft of creating hoods and other accessories for birds of prey. Jack is also fascinated by how the language of falconry has migrated into everyday speech. Have a fascinating encounter with this beautiful creature. Free for all the family, donations welcome. On Tuesday 5 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at The RendezVous Age UK has an Information and Benefits Advice Surgery with a coffee morning. Age UK are 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. For further information phone 01305 269444. On Wednesday 6 at 2.00pm and 8.00pm at the Digby Hall the Arts Society has a talk called ‘The Splendour of Hampton Court’ by Linda Collins. The lecture covers both Henry VIII’s palace and the later work by Sir Christopher Wren for William and Mary. It also includes the fire of 1986 and the restoration of the state apartments. Visitors £5. On Friday 8 from 7.30pm at the Raleigh Hall the Sherborne Literary Society host The New Hardy Players ‘Woodland Words’. They bring the stories and poems of Thomas Hardy to life through evocative dramatizations of his work. In 2018 they are commemorating ninety years since the author’s death.  Their performance will feature extracts from ‘The Trumpet Major’ and ‘The Woodlanders.’ Raising money for Dorset charities. Tickets £5. On Monday 11 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall the West Country Embroiderers have a workshop called ‘Fabric Books’ with tutor Annette Bolton. £15 in advance. New members welcome. For details call Ann on 01963 34696.  On Wednesday 13 from 7.30pm at Digby Hall ArtsLink Flicks presents ‘Darkest Hour’. Not so much a period war movie as a high octane political thriller set in the early stages of WWII. A film skilfully woven out of familiar historical events. Tickets £6 available from Sherborne TIC on 01935 815341. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Thursday 14 at 7.30pm at Digby Hall the Gardener’s Association have a seasonal flower demonstration with florist, Judith Searles. On Saturday 16 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Digby Church Hall it is the monthly Fleamarket. A quality antiques, crafts and collectables market with up to 35 stalls. Single stalls from £16. Admission free. Organised by West Country Fairs. Enquiries on 01749 677049.  On Saturday 16 and Saturday 23 from 10.00am to 12.30pm at the artists Ceramic Studio ArtsLink have a Decorative Tile Making Workshop with Joan Biles. Cost £55 from 01935 815899. On Sunday 17 from 3.00pm at Cheap Street Church the Wessex Strings have a concert. Tickets £9, includes tea, available from Sherborne TIC or £10 on the door. On Monday 18 from 7.30pm at Sherborne Abbey the Insight Programme has a lecture called ‘National Truths’ by Bishop Jana Jeruma-Grindberga, Chaplain of sister church St Saviours, Riga in Latvia. During the 20th century the Baltic states found themselves at the mercy of the Soviet Union with their national stories often buried beneath a tide of soviet propaganda. The perversion of truth to serve a national interest is nothing new but the systematic and wholesale corruption of reality that characterised the Soviet Union was unprecedented. In our own time the Baltic states once again feel the chill of Russia seeking to re-establish her influence in the West. How does it feel to live just barely 100 miles from the land border with Russia? How should we as nations and indeed as the church respond to the ‘alternative realities’ published by the Russian state and media? How can the church ‘Do Truth’ in such circumstances? Tickets £5 from 01935 812452 or visit www.insight.sherborneabbey.com On Thursday 21 from 9.30am to 11.30am at the Griffiths Room there is a Card Sale. On Friday 22 from 3.00pm at the Griffiths Room there is an Anniversary Party. Contact Kathleen Mills on 07340 368032 for names to go on list. On Saturday 23 from 11.00am to 4.00pm at Digby Hall ArtsLink hosts ‘Celebrating the Arts’. A day of demonstrations, exhibitions, dance, art activities for all ages. Free entry. On Thursday 28 from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Floral Club have their 65th Celebration with club competition and judge Sheila Bendall. Raffle available. Visitors welcome. For more information phone 01935 812722. On Saturday 30 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Digby Hall ArtsLink have a workshop called ‘Basic Watercolour Techniques’ with Diana Pilcher. Cost £45 from 01935 815899. On Saturday 30 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Digby Church Hall it is the 14th Annual Summer Craft Fair. Free admission. Organised by West Country Craft Fairs. Enquiries 01749 677049.

 

SOMERTON

From Tuesday 29 May to Saturday 2 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Parish Rooms there is an Art and Photography Exhibition. (See ‘Arts’) On Thursday 31 May from 8.30pm at the Sports Club there is a Quiz. All welcome to this friendly monthly brain teaser. Teams of up to six people. £1 per person. From Saturday 26 May to Sunday 15 July you can buy tickets for the Somerton Music and Arts Festival from the ticket office in Overt Locke’s Shop, West Street Wednesdays-Saturdays 10.00am to 1.00pm. Early bird tickets until Saturday 9 June. Tickets also available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/somerton-music-and-arts-festival Free programme widely available. The festival is from Friday 6 to Sunday 15 July with a variety of music and talks. For more information visit www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk On Friday 1 June from 9.00am to 2.00pm at the Market Place go along to the monthly Market. Plenty of stalls including meat, plants, Italian cheeses, preserves, olives, spices, rare breed woollen products, fruit juices, jewelleries, dog treats and much more. For more details email marketonatsomerton@gmail.com On Tuesday 5 from 7.15pm at the Parish Rooms the WI have their meeting. New members welcome. On Friday 8 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at ACE Arts go along to ‘The Transformed Land’ Curator Q&A. Paul Newman and featured artists will be taking questions. Entry £5. Include refreshments. On Sunday 10 from 2.30pm to 5.00pm it is Love Somerton Live Jazz at Crane Farm. Prosecco bar and cream teas. Tickets £8 available from Cobbs or Another Sky. On Monday 11 and Monday 25 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. £1 a session. For details 01458 272750.   The deadline to submit your views and questionnaire about the future of Somerton Library (and most libraries in Somerset) has been extended until Wednesday 13 June. Somerset County Council have next to no budget for the future and this means changes and closures for libraries in the area. Somerton’s options are a volunteer-run library or mobile service that comes once a week. The Friends of Somerton Library do not approve of a mobile library to replace the existing one for a number of reasons. They wish for reduced hours and keeping the same staff or if not possible than a member of staff splitting their time between Somerton and Langport libraries which would not cost the council more money. For a questionnaire please visit the library or go to www.somersetlibraries.co.uk/consultation/ or write to Libraries Consultation 2018, B3S, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY or phone 0300 123 2224. On Saturday 16 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms see ‘The Post’. Tickets £6 from Cobbs Wholefoods or on the door. For more information phone 01458 241808. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) From Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm there is a National Animal Welfare Trust Barn Sale and Afternoon Teas. Go along and browse an array of items, some everyday items and some very curious indeed. Definitely worth a visit to bag a bargain or two! You can also sample lovely homemade cakes and savouries in their snack room. Free entry. On Thursday 21 from 11.30am at the Library there are Health Walks. They walk for about an hour and socialise at the same time. Wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. At the end those that wish can go to a local pub for refreshments. Organised by Macmillan, The Ramblers Association and South Somerset District Council. For more information phone 01458 274631. On Saturday 23 the Green Gardeners visit RHS Wisley for the day. Seats to be pre booked on 01458 273753. From Saturday 23 June to Saturday 21 July ACE Arts hosts their next exhibition called ‘Matter of Identity’ by Pip Woolf. Drawings and installations exploring dementia and identity – mine, yours, ours. On Wednesday 27 from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm at the Sports Club the Probus Club are meeting. The club is for retired professionals or business men. Includes lunch. For more information and how to join (four or more days before meeting) phone Ewan on 01935 822968. On Thursday 28 from 11.30am from the Sports Club there is a Short Health Walk for 30 minutes. Tea and coffee available. For more information phone 01458 274631. On Thursday 28 from 7.00pm at Parish Rooms the History Society have a talk called ‘Chivalry’ by Nigel Saul. Guests £2. For more information phone 01458 273859. On Thursday 28 and from 8.30pm at the Sports Club there is a Quiz. All welcome to this friendly monthly brain teaser. Teams of up to six people. £1 per person.

 

WINCANTON

Every Monday from 6.00pm to 7.15pm at the Balsam Centre The Choir Wincanton meets. New members welcome. First session is free. No auditions. For more information visit www.thechoirwincanton.com On Friday 25 May from 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall the Museum and History Society have a lecture called ‘Roman Life Around Wincanton’ with John Smith. Refreshments available. Non members £5. On Friday 1 June from 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall the Gardeners have a talk called ‘Climbing Plants’ by Castle Gardens. Tea and coffee available. Non members £1. On Sunday 24 from 7.00pm at The Dogs The Pilgrim Singers invite you to ‘Midsummer Melodies’. In support of Mityana, Uganda. Bring a picnic. Marquee cover with seating. Tickets £12, under 16’s free, available from Divine Wines. Pimms, strawberries and cream included in ticket price. Enquiries 01963 33965. On Friday 29 from 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall the History Society have a lecture about beekeeping called ‘A Buzz is in the Air’ by Jill Cleverly. Refreshments available. Non members £5.

YEOVIL

Whist Drive every Saturday at the Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Enquiries 01935 862325.  From Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 May from 7.45pm at the Swan Theatre the Civic Players present ‘Move Over, Mrs Markham’. Tickets £9 and Wednesday ticket offer – two tickets for £15. The Civic Players are always looking for production suggestions, more actors, technicians, directors and stage crew. (See ‘Arts’) On Tuesday 29 the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association there is a morning trip to Frome followed by a trip to the American Museum in Bath. Opened its doors in 1961 and it is the only museum devoted to American decorative art outside the USA. There are two galleries plus stables, coach house, vegetable patch and parkland walk. On Wednesday 30 from 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue there is a Quiz Night. Bar, raffle and prizes. Entry £2.50 per person, up to four people per team. No need to book. For more information email friendsofwestlands@Gmail.com  On Sunday 3 and Sunday 17 June at the Yeovil Railway Centre in Stoford from 10.30am to 4.00pm there are Steam Train Days. Unlimited miniature steam railway rides, turnable demonstrations, railway museum, model railway, art gallery and displays and more. Admission £9, Children £4, under 5 free. From Monday 7 to Saturday 12 May at 7.45pm the Swan Theatre presents ‘What the Butler Saw’ by Joe Orton. Set in the late 1960’s and takes place in a private psychiatric clinic run by Dr Prentice. Opens with the doctor examining Geraldine Barclay in a job interview. As part of the interview, her persuades her to undress. When his wife enter, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She promise Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion and then there is a policeman and a government inspection, which reveals the chaos in the clinic. Tickets £12. The charity night is on Monday 7 in aid of the Agusta Westland retirement association which promotes friendship and wellbeing of its members with social meetings and activities. Charity tickets available from 07436 013862From Monday 7 to Saturday 12 May at 7.45pm the Swan Theatre presents ‘What the Butler Saw’ by Joe Orton. Set in the late 1960’s and takes place in a private psychiatric clinic run by Dr Prentice. Opens with the doctor examining Geraldine Barclay in a job interview. As part of the interview, her persuades her to undress. When his wife enter, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She promise Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion and then there is a policeman and a government inspection, which reveals the chaos in the clinic. Tickets £12. The charity night is on Monday 7 in aid of the Agusta Westland retirement association which promotes friendship and wellbeing of its members with social meetings and activities. Charity tickets available from 07436 013862From Monday 7 to Saturday 12 May at 7.45pm the Swan Theatre presents ‘What the Butler Saw’ by Joe Orton. Set in the late 1960’s and takes place in a private psychiatric clinic run by Dr Prentice. Opens with the doctor examining Geraldine Barclay in a job interview. As part of the interview, her persuades her to undress. When his wife enter, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She promise Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion and then there is a policeman and a government inspection, which reveals the chaos in the clinic. Tickets £12. The charity night is on Monday 7 in aid of the Agusta Westland retirement association which promotes friendship and wellbeing of its members with social meetings and activities. Charity tickets available from 07436 013862 On Wednesday 6 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is the monthly Business Networking meeting at The Emporium. A relaxed and informal setting for business owners to network and meet like minded people. No membership fees, but numbers are limited to one from each professional area, please phone to join before attending on 01935 411378. On Saturday 9 from 10.00am to 4.00pm there is an ‘Antiques and Collectables Open Day’ at The Emporium. Many traders in antiques and specialist shops selling all sorts of collectors items including vintage toys, model railway tracks, vinyl records, ceramics, glass and furniture. An opportunity for customers to meet the traders. Free entry. For more information phone 01935 411378. On Monday 11 from 1.30pm at the Yeovil Court Hotel the Probus Club have a presentation entitled ‘A Queen’s Trumpeter’. New members always welcome. Please contact their Secretary on 01935 88142 for further information. On Tuesday 12 the Archaeological and Local History Society begin their trips in the summer starting with a guided tour of Weymouth Museum from 10.30am. The tour should take about one and a half hours. Entry £2.50. Maximum 20 people. On Tuesday 12 the Blackmore Vale and the National Trust Association visit the Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury followed by the Shoe Museum in Street with a guided tour. On Thursday 14 from 7.30pm at the Johnson Studio at the Octagon Theatre YCAA presents ‘An Evening with Popular Photographer Len Copland’. Bar and nibbles. Tickets £6. (See ‘Art’s) On Saturday 16 from 9.15am at the Emporium it is the monthly Rock Club. A music club for under 10 years olds. Entry £15 per child, includes breakfast. For more information and to book phone 01935 411378. On Sunday 17 from 11.00am from Yeovil College it is the Race for Life 5K. The 5k route winds itself around Yeovil Recreation Ground, local roads and even takes you cross country to explore the local countryside with beautiful views. The terrain is varied, a mixture of roads, paths and a small section of fields with even an uphill section to challenge you. Central and picturesque, this is a venue with ample space and opportunity for families to spectate and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of Race for Life. Enjoy a sports massage at the end provided by the college.   On Tuesday 19 there is a Teddy Bears Picnic at Yeovil Country Park. Stories, crafts and games. Bring a picnic. Free entry. On Wednesday 20 the Blackmore Vale and National Trust Association visit Loseley Park in Guildford with a guided tour of the house. The house has historic connections with Elizabeth I who visited on four occasions, and Sir Thomas More and more recently the poet John Donne. The Walled Garden of 2.5 acres is based on a design by Gertrude Jekyll with separate “rooms” amidst box hedge divides. On Saturday 23 from 10.00am to 2.00pm at St James’ Church, Preston Road there is a Top Table Sale. Refreshments available. £10 for a table. Free entry. On Saturday 23 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Westland’s Entertainment Centre there is Coffee and Card with Stampin’ Up!’. On Monday 25 from 7.30pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue see Giovanni Pernice – Born to Win. Choreographed by ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ creative director, Jason Gilkison, and produces by Strictly Theatre Co. Tickets £27 to £50. (See ‘Arts’) On Wednesday 27 from 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church the Flower Arrangers have a demonstration called ‘Oriental Takeaway’ by Rosemary Kerr. Visitors £5. On Wednesday 27 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon it is the Emporium Café’s Monthly Bookclub. Held in association with Waterstones, Yeovil. For more information phone 01935 411378. On Wednesday 27 from 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue it is the monthly Quiz Night. Bar, raffle and prizes. Entry £2.50 per person, up to four people per team. No need to book. For more information email friendsofwestlands@Gmail.com

 

 

Village News

ALWESTON

On Monday 28 May from 8.00am at the Playing Fields there is a Car Boot Sale. Enquiries on 01963 23525.

BARRINGTON

On Saturday 26 May from 11.00am to 4.00pm at Barrington Court there is go along to ‘Paint a Hand Cut Springtime Wooden Shape’. Make up your own design and paint a hand cut wooden decoration. There will be a selection of shapes for you to choose from. On Tuesday 29 from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Barrington Court there is a Wildlife Day. Outdoor fun for all the family. On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June at Barrington Court from 2.00pm to 4.30pm there is Jazz on the Lawn. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy jazz tunes.

BEAMINSTER

From now until Wednesday 21 June at the Museum there is an exhibition called ‘Beaminster WI 1918 – 2018’ celebrating the centenary of the branch. From now until Sunday 28 October the Museum has their next exhibition called ‘Hatch, Match and Dispatch’ giving an historical insight into the births, marriages and deaths of local people. Opening times Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays 10.30am to 4.00pm and Sundays 2.00pm to 4.30pm. For more information phone 01308 863623. On Monday 28 May from 11.00am to 4.00pm it is Horn Park Quarry National Nature Reserve Open Day. The quarry is not normally open to the public, but is of international importance for the fossils it holds.  You will be able to see the wonderful specimens in situ, look at the examples from the Museum loan boxes, follow the fault lines and chat with the experts from Beaminster Museum, Jurassic Coast Trust and Natural England.  Activities for all ages. Footwear: strong shoes with grip essential.  Suitable for all ages, but beware steps, slopes and rough surfaces. Free entry, donations towards upkeep welcome. For more information phone 01308 863623. From Saturday 23 June to Sunday 1 July from 10.30am to 4.00pm at the Museum it is the Beaminster Festival with an exhibition from the school’s Photography Department. Admission free.

BISHOPS CAUNDLE

From Saturday 26 May to Sunday 10 June at the Village Hall from 10.00am to 4.00pm the Blackmore Vale Branch of the Embroiderers Guild have their Dorset Arts exhibition. Free entry. (See ‘Arts’) Alongside this the Embroiderers Guild host a workshop on Sunday 27 May from 11.00am to 12.00 noon and 2.00pm to 3.00pm at the Village Hall. Go along and have a go – stencil, stitch, folk appliqué, colourful stitching with ‘odds and ends’ includes threads, fabrics, wools and more. Materials provided. Further workshops in June. For more information and to book email contact.bveguild@gmail.com

BUCKLAND NEWTON

On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May from 12.00 noon until 5.00pm it is the Open Gardens and Flower Festival. Village Hall and church will be beautifully decorated by not only the Holy Rood church flower ladies, but also flower teams from surrounding parishes. There will be Organ recitals on both days, the Church bells will be ringing out across the village and with ice creams too, it promises to be two most enjoyable afternoons.  Picket Lane Nurseries will be there to tempt you with a selection of plants, Kate Parrish will also have hanging baskets for sale and a scarecrow competition in the churchyard. Raising money for Marie Curie Nurses and the Church Flower Fund. Refreshments available. Entry £5.

CHARLTON ADAM

On Saturday 30 June from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at the Memorial Playing Fields it is the Charltons Village Day. Join in the fun of a village summer celebration. There will be live music, a bar, hog roast, BBQ, tea tent, bouncy castle, a fun dog show, terrier racing, classic cars and motorbikes and a wide selection of stalls and games. Plenty car parking.

CHARLTON HORETHORNE

On Monday 4 June from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Pantomime Society have their AGM. If you are interested in cast, technical or committee role then do go along. Refreshments available. For more information phone John on 01963 220595 or chapspantomime@gmail.com

CHARLTON MACKRELL

On Saturday 10 June from 12.00 noon until 6.00pm there are Open Gardens. They will be at least 10 gardens open across Charlton Adam and Charlton Mackrell which includes a well established garden in a charming thatched cottage, several lovely cottage gardens with one with a fine display of old roses. They have gardeners experimenting with raised beds of and gardeners who love flowers and have developed cutting beds as well as many greenhouses full of thriving plants. Something for everyone with an interest in beautiful gardens and plants! Tea and cakes at deep Meadow Hillway where tickets for £5 along with a map and full description of all gardens can be obtained. All proceeds go towards two beautiful village churches which will also be open during the day.

CHEDINGTON

On Saturday 16 June from 11.00am to 5.00pm it is the Open Gardens and Studios. A once in a year chance to visit the many dazzling and varied gardens in this conservation village, ranging from small cottage gardens to the splendid grounds of Chedington Court. The work of local artists and makers will be on display in their studios and workshops. Morning coffee and lunch will be served in the Village Hall from 11.00pm to 2.00pm.  Chedington Great Hall will be open for cream teas from 2.00pm. Plants form the local gardens and nurseries will be for sale and there will also be an activity Treasure Trail for children visiting the gardens. Admission £5 available from 01935 891925 or chedingtonvh@gmail.com Proceeds to the Village Hall fund.

CHETNOLE

On Sunday 3 June from 12.00 noon at the Playing Fields it is the Inaugural Tim Edwards Memorial Cricket Day. Tim Edwards was a colourful and gregarious character who died far too soon, a year ago on 24 May 2017. Tim’s family and certain friends, who were fortunate enough to know him well, decided that they would like to celebrate Tim’s life and to keep his memory very much alive in some appropriate way. Tim’s love for cricket, fun and sociability provided the answer. There will be multiple teams limited overs cricket and for those who wish to you can take part in a Kwick Cricket game. Kwick Cricket is a high speed version of cricked aimed at encouraging all to take part, played with a softer ball with everyone having the chance to bat and bowl. There will be a bar including Somerset Cider Brandy, BBQ, cream teas, raffle. Money raised donated to Friends of the Yeatman Hospital Charity. Whether you knew Tim or simply share his love for cricket –  we hope that you will come to share his day, you will be very welcome – we think Tim would approve. For more information phone 01935 815341.

CHISELBOROUGH

On Saturday 16 June from 2.00pm there is the Street Fair. Many stalls, grand raffle and refreshments in the Village Hall. On Sunday 17 from 2.30pm at the Church there is a Flower Festival. Cream teas in Village Hall.

COMPTON DUNDON

On Saturday 26 May at the Meadway Hall from 12.00pm the WI host lunch and entertainment to celebrate the centenary of ‘Votes for Women’. Tickets £7.50. From Saturday 26 to Monday 28 from 10.00am to 5.30pm at St Andrew’s Church there is a Flower Festival of Memories. The theme this year is memories which is challenging the flower ladies to come up with some spectacular displays. There will also be stalls selling plants, produce and cakes. It will be a weekend of fun activities as the main fundraising event of St Andrew’s year. On Sunday at 6.00pm there will be a Choral Evensong by the vocal ensemble ‘Intermedii’, with a glass of bubbly afterwards. Then on Monday there will be a Barbecue and Fete from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm in the churchyard. Chris Swain and Sarah Morris of ‘Jurassic Hog’ are very kindly supplying the barbecue. The children need to bring their teddies as there will be parachuting from the church tower.

DITCHEAT

On Sunday 17 June from 1.00pm to 5.00pm there are Open Gardens with an illustrated talk on ‘No Dig’ organic gardening by Charles Dowding at 12.00 noon. Charles Dowding, the innovator of the concept of ‘No Dig’ organic gardening will be giving an illustrated talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvest.  Charles will explain how to make, buy and use composts of different kinds; how to clear perennial weeds; and how to maintain the plot – all with no back breaking digging! A variety of size and style of gardens will be open and plants will be for sale in the centre of the village.  There will be delicious homemade cakes and refreshments on offer. Combined ticket to include the talk and all open gardens is £10.  Entry to the talk only is £6.  Gardens only tickets are £5. Proceeds from the event will be shared between the Jubilee Village Hall and Friends of Haddon Wood. For more information visit www.ditcheatvillagehall.org.uk

EAST COKER

On Sunday 3 June from 2.00pm to 5.00pm it is the Mid Lambrook Manor Garden Open Day by kind permission of Sir Geoffrey and Lady Mulcahy. This private garden has been described as one of the best gardens in the south west and is only opened occasionally. Delicious teas provided by St James’s Church. In aid of St James’ Church. From Tuesday 5 June until Sunday 22 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Gardens travelling watercolour artist, Moish Sokal, brings an exciting collection of work from his trips for his latest exhibition ‘In The Open’. Alongside exotic paintings from New Zealand, Sokal will also show work he painted following his first ever visit to the Lake District last May and to Scotland when exploring the romantic west coast, as well as other subjects he discovered whilst exploring his beloved Somerset. Free entry. For more information visit www.moishsokal.co.uk (See ‘Arts’)

 

EAST LAMBROOK

On Sunday 3 June from 2.00pm to 5.00pm it is the Mid Lambrook Manor Garden Open Day by kind permission of Sir Geoffrey and Lady Mulcahy. This private garden has been described as one of the best gardens in the south west and is only opened occasionally. Delicious teas provided by St James’s Church. In aid of St James’ Church. From Tuesday 5 June until Sunday 22 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Gardens travelling watercolour artist, Moish Sokal, brings an exciting collection of work from his trips for his latest exhibition ‘In The Open’. Alongside exotic paintings from New Zealand, Sokal will also show work he painted following his first ever visit to the Lake District last May and to Scotland when exploring the romantic west coast, as well as other subjects he discovered whilst exploring his beloved Somerset. Free entry. For more information visit www.moishsokal.co.uk (See ‘Arts’)

GALHAMPTON

On Saturday 23 June from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm there is an Open Gardens and Flower Festival. Enjoy gardens of varying sizes, styles and surprises. Tickets £5, 5-12 ages £2.50, under 5’s free, includes ice cream on the Playing Fields. No vehicles. All proceeds to the new Village Hall Fund. For more information contact suecox1634@yahoo.co.uk

GLANVILLES WOOTTON

On Saturday 9 June from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Church Farm there is a Village Fete. Flower Festival and Photography Competition in the church. Gillingham Imperial Silver Band, BBQ, Pimms Tent, teas, games, fun dog show, dog agility and many stalls. For more information visit www.glanvilleswootton.org/fete

HALSTOCK

On Saturday 16 June from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Village Cinema presents ‘Edie’. An older lady takes on an unforgiving Scottish mountain. Thought-provoking performance of her life from an 83 year-old Sheila Hancock. Tickets £6 from the Village Shop or on the door. For more information phone 01935 893485. On Saturday 30 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Village Cinema presents ‘The Greatest Showman’. Hugh Jackman stars as PT Barnum in this breath-taking, feelgood musical for all ages. Tickets £6 from the Village Shop or on the door. For more information phone 01935 893485. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

HASELBURY

On Saturday 16 June from 9.30am to 2.00pm at the Village Hall the Somerset Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers host their Annual Fleece Fair.

HATCH BEAUCHAMP

On Saturday 2 June from 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn there is a Barn Dance. In aid of Macmillan Cancer. Tickets £18. On Sunday 17 June at Haselbury Mill there is a Historic Military Vehicle Show. Free entry.

HINSTON ST GEORGE

On Saturday 9 June at Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film see ‘The Post’. Tickets £5 in advance from Personal Services Store and Dorothy’s Tearoom or £5.50 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

HORSINGTON

On Saturday 9 June at Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film see ‘The Post’. Tickets £5 in advance from Personal Services Store and Dorothy’s Tearoom or £5.50 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

LEIGH

On Saturday 9 June from 1.00pm to 5.00pm there is some Open Gardens. Entry £5, includes tea and cake. On Monday 16 at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film ‘Paddington 2’. Tickets £6 from Bridge Stores on 01935 872323. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

LIMINGTON

On Sunday 10 June from 1.00pm it is the Limington Fete and Dog Show behind the Lamb and Lark Pub. Stationary engines, majorettes, police dog display, Martock Christian Puppets, fire engine, raffle, tug of war, bouncy castle, stalls, food, tea tent and more. There will also be a ‘Companion’ Dog Show with Pedigree and Novelty classes including Young Handling. Registration from 11.30am and the dog show entry fees are £3.50 for pedigree and £2 for novelty. For more information on the dog show phone 07860 796906. A traditional country day out for all the family!

LONGBURTON

On Sunday 24 June from 2.00pm to 5.00pm it is the ‘Made in Longburton’ Summer Fair. Showcasing many arts and crafts produced by the talent people of the Village. Refreshments available. Free admission.

LONG SUTTON

On Saturday 2 June from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at the Holy Trinity Church there is a Coffee Morning in aid of Age UK. On Wednesday 13 from 10.00am the Gardening Club have an outing. On Thursday 21 at the Village Hall from 7.45pm the WI have a ‘Belly Dancer Demonstration’. Competition: decorated bra.

MARTOCK

On Friday 8 June from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the United Reformed Church go along to Time For Tea. Everyone welcome. For more details call 01935 822929. On Saturday 9 at Moorlands Shopping Precinct from 10.00am to 1.00pm it is the Farmer’s Market. A glorious range of vegetables, buffalo, jams, cheese, coffee, black pudding, date and walnut bread, rock cake, baklava, and a chance to talk to the growers. For a stall or more information phone 01935 822202. On Tuesday 12 from 7.30pm at the Primary School the Gardening Society has a talk called ‘How to Grow a Bar Garden’ with Stephanie Hafferty. Annual membership £10, Visitors £2. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. For more information phone 01935 823366. On Friday 15 at 9.30am from the Shopping Precinct there is a free Health Walk. Walks are friendly and about 45 minutes long and are led by trained volunteers at a pace suitable to the group. Everyone welcome. For more information phone 01935 824252. On Wednesday 20 from 2.00pm at the Recreation Ground Pavilion the WI have their annual outing. Refreshments available. New members welcome. For more information phone 01935 508265. On Thursday 21 at All Saint’s Church see Dave Martin’s Jabbo Five. Traditional New Orleans jazz. Tickets £8 available from 07955 467896, under 16’s free. On Tuesday 26 from 2.00pm the History Group visit Brympton d’Evercy with a guided tour of the house. Tickets £10 available from 01935 822202. On Wednesday 27 the Gardening Society visit Burrow Farm Gardens in Dalwood, Axminster followed by an evening visit to the garden at Broomhill Rampisham. For more information phone Gareth on 01935 823366. Booking essential.

 

MARSTON MAGNA

On Saturday 9 June from 2.00pm it is the Midsummer Fair. Duck race to start followed by a dog show, brass band, live jazz, craft and produce stall and more! BBQ and licensed bar. Tickets Adults £1. For more information visit www.marstonmagnaparish.co.uk

 

MERRIOTT

On Tuesday 29 May from 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn the Gardening Club have a talk on ‘Roses’ from the Gardens Group Gold Club. Refreshments, raffle and flower of the month. Non members £2. For more information phone 01460 72298. On Saturday 23 June from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm at the Rectory Garden, All Saint Church there is a Summer Garden Party. Refreshments, stalls and games. All welcome. On Tuesday 26 from 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn the Gardening Club have a talk with slides called ‘The Victorian Garden’ by Christine Stones. Flower of the month. Raffle and refreshments. Non members £2. For more information phone 01460 72298.

MILBORNE PORT

On Tuesday 12 June at 2.30pm the Gardening Club visit Common Farm Flowers, Charlton Musgrove. There will be a tour and talk by Georgie Newbery. Entry £10, includes tea and talk. For more information phone 01963 32883. The deadline to submit your views and questionnaire about the future of Milborne Port Library (and most libraries in Somerset) has been extended until Wednesday 13 June. Somerset County Council have next to no budget for the future and this means changes and closures for libraries in the area. Some Somerset libraries will receive a small amount, however Milborne Port will not. Milborne Port’s options are a community run library or mobile service that comes once a month replacing the current library. For a questionnaire please visit the library or go to www.somersetlibraries.co.uk/consultation/ or write to Libraries Consultation 2018, B3S, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY or phone 0300 123 2224. On Saturday 30 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall ‘An Evening with Jo Burt – Freddie Mercury The Troggs’. Tickets £10 from Sherborne TIC, Wayne Pullen Butchers or 01963 251217 or £12.50. Raising funds to refurbish the hall foyer. For more information visit www.joburt.co.uk

MONTACUTE

On Saturday 30 June from 10.00am to 2.00pm at Montacute House Levels Best Market returns for the year. All welcome. Free entry.

MISTERTON

On Sunday 24 June from 12.00 noon to 6.00pm it is the Village Fete.

MINTERNE

On Thursday 21 June go along and enjoy the Summer Solstice at Minterne Gardens marking the longest day of the year with the most hours of sunlight. Stroll through the gardens, enjoy a picnic or lunch in the café on the terrace overlooking the lake. For more information phone 013600 341370.

NORTH PERROTT

On Saturday 9 June from 3.00pm at St Martin’s Church see ‘A Swedish Serenade’ with The Ulrike Eleonora Choir from Sweden and Roma Loukes soprano as well as Mikael Onelius tenor. They will give a concert of sacred and secular music accompanied by trumpet and violin to include Jubilate by Hovland and Laudate Dominum by Mozart. Formed 154 years ago the choir have sung all over Europe performing many major works. Tickets £10, 12-18 ages £5, under 12 free, from 01460 72883 or georgina222@uwclub.net or the Farm Shop. Tea and cake after concert. Proceeds to St Martin’s Church Funds www.northperrottchurch.co.uk

NORTON SUB HAMDON

On Wednesday 20 June from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Crewkerne Astronomical Society has a talk called ‘Gilgamesh and the Bull of Heaven’ with David Strange. Refreshments available. Visitors £2, annual membership £18, under 16’s free. Time for any questions about astronomy.

QUEEN CAMEL

On Saturday 23 June from 12.00 noon it is the Village Fete at the Manor House grounds by kind permission of Sir Mervyn Medlycott. Live music, gymnastic demonstration, refreshments, stalls, games and children fancy dress. Followed by a BBQ at the Mitre Inn. Entry £2. All proceeds go towards the Village Hall and St. Nicholas’ Church. For more information phone Maggie on 01963 220893.

SEAVINGTON

On Thursday 14 June the Gardening Club has a trip to Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan. Enquiries on 01460 929605. On Thursday 21 from 5.00pm the Gardening Club visit Avon Bulbs, Burnt House Farm, Mid Lambrook. Entry £3. Tea and cake available. Enquiries on 01460 929605.

SOUTH PETHERTON

On Friday 25  May at 8.00pm at the David Hall the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘The Death of Stalin’. Starring Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale and Jeffery Tambor. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Sunday 27 from 7.30pm see ‘Calan’. Tickets £18. (See ‘Arts’) On Wednesday 30 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a Coffee Morning. Free entry. Every Wednesday at the Blake Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm there is a ‘Life Class’. Artists who enjoy challenge of drawing or painting the human form. No tutor, but help each other with constructive criticism. A range of profession models are sometimes employed but usually local people sit for portraits. All welcome. Small fee. For more information contact 01460 249613.  On Sunday 27 May from 7.30pm see ‘Calan’. Tickets £18. (See ‘Arts’) On Wednesday 30 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a Coffee Morning. Free entry. On Friday 1 June from 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Loving Vincent’. Starring Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn and Robert Gulacyk. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Sunday 3 June from 2.00pm go to the Open Gardens. Stroll around some interesting and varied gardens in Over Stratton, on a summer’s afternoon. Enjoy afternoon tea with homemade cakes plus traditional music and plant sales. Tickets £5. On Monday 4 from 7.15pm at Frogmary Green Conference Centre the Arts Society Neroche have an illustrated lecture called ‘Lover, Teacher, Muse…Or Rival?’ James Russell explores the careers of notable artist couples. Visitors £5. On Tuesday 5 from 7.30pm British Old Vic Theatre School presents ‘The Mill on the Floss’. Tickets £15. (See ‘Arts’) On Friday 8 at 7.00pm there is a Community Hospital Quiz Night. Teams of up to six people. Teams can be made on the night. Entry £5 available from Hospital Reception. On Friday 8 from 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 9 from 8.00pm see ‘The Travelling Band’ at the Chance to Dance event. Tickets £16, under 25’s £5. (See ‘Art’s) On Friday 15 from 8.00pm see Ange Hardy. Tickets £14. (See ‘Arts’) On Saturday 16 from 9.00am it is the Folk Festival in the Market Square, David Hall, the Church, the Blake Hall and The Brewer’s Arms. There will be stalls, refreshments, food and a craft market and folk music in all the venues throughout the day. Musical acts start at 10.30am and include The Harry Browns of Bristol, Owl in the Sun, Community Choir, The Dambuskers, No Mean Feet, plus a Morris Workshop. For more information visit www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk On Monday 18 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Secret Places of West Dorset’ by Louise Hodgson. On Thursday 21 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. From Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 from 7.30pm the Combined Arts Society Drama Group presents ‘Woman in Mind’ by Alan Ayckbourn. Tickets £8. (See ‘Arts’) On Wednesday 27 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a Coffee Morning. Free entry. On Friday 29 at 8.00pm Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Paddington 2’. Starring Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Hugh Bonneville. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 30 from 7.30pm at the David Hall it is Acoustic Night.   A great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety. All styles and forms of performance welcome. £2 audience, £1 performers. Unless stated, all events are at The David Hall.   Unless stated, all events are at The David Hall.

STOURTON CAUNDLE

On Thursday 7 June from 7.30pm at the Trooper see Martin Carthy performing an acoustic set. Martin is beyond doubt, the single most influential figure to emerge from the English folk music revival of the 1960’s and 1970’s, and has remained at the top of the tree ever since. Still touring and filling larger halls regularly, he retains a liking for the smaller, more intimate venues that characterised the earlier folk scene, although his schedule rarely allows room for these. Limited tickets £12 available from 01963 362890.

TINTINHULL

On Saturday 30 June from 10.00am to 5.00pm there is an Open Gardens event. This beautiful hamstone conservation village will be opening 15 gardens as well as a flower display in the church plus a plant sale. Entry £5. Refreshments served all day in the new village hall. For more information phone 01935 824868 or visit www.opengardens.co.uk

TRENT

On Saturday 16 June from 2.00pm until 5.00pm there is the Traditional Summer Fete on the village green. Enjoy stalls selling bric-a-brac, cakes, plants, and have a delicious Pimms or tea and cake. Try your luck at the bottle tombola, the ‘water into wine’ stand or with the great raffle. Lots of games for children – and grown ups! A great afternoon out for all the family.

WEST CAMEL

On Saturday 2 June from 2.30pm to 4.00pm the Gardeners Club have a Plant Sale. If you would like to donate plants to the sale please leave them outside the main doors to the hall from 12.00 noon. For more information phone Sue on 01935 850302. On Saturday 2 from 7.30pm Country and Western Dance Club host ‘Carolann B’. Tickets £6. For more details 01460 78895.  On Wednesday 29 from 7.30pm see the film ‘Finding Your Feet’. Admission £5 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 30 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm it is All Saints Church Summer Fete at Higher Farm, Fore Street. Somerton Brass Band will be playing. An action packed afternoon with many stalls, hot dogs, tea and cakes. Children’s attractions include games, races and dancing. Admission £1, accompanied children free. All events at the Davis Hall unless stated otherwise.

WEST COKER

On Saturday 2 June from 2.30pm to 4.00pm the Gardeners Club have a Plant Sale. If you would like to donate plants to the sale please leave them outside the main doors to the hall from 12.00 noon. For more information phone Sue on 01935 850302. On Saturday 2 from 7.30pm Country and Western Dance Club host ‘Carolann B’. Tickets £6. For more details 01460 78895.  On Wednesday 29 from 7.30pm see the film ‘Finding Your Feet’. Admission £5 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 30 from 2.00pm to 4.30pm it is All Saints Church Summer Fete at Higher Farm, Fore Street. Somerton Brass Band will be playing. An action packed afternoon with many stalls, hot dogs, tea and cakes. Children’s attractions include games, races and dancing. Admission £1, accompanied children free. All events at the Davis Hall unless stated otherwise.

YEOVILTON

On Saturday 9 June from 7.00pm at the Fleet Air Arm Museum see Berties Big Band and Kate Kingsley String Orchestra. Tickets £15 available from Crewkerne Local Information Centre.

YETMINSTER

On Tuesday 29 May at the White Hart from 7.00pm there is the monthly Quiz Night. Entry £5 per person, includes a snack meal. Teams no more than six. Booking essential. On Wednesday 13 June the History Society has a trip to Brympton House in Yeovil. On Sunday 24 from 8.00pm at the White Hart see ‘Rip it Up’. An authentic rock and roll trio playing songs from the 1950’s. Mutley on guitar and vocals, Gary on double bass, Rich on drums and vocals.

 

Movies Around the Villages and Towns

DARKEST HOUR (PG) Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.  (Showing at Castle Cary, Kingsbury Episcopi, Sherborne and Sturminster Newton)

EDIE (12A) Edie has spent 30 years caring for her husband in a loveless marriage.  Suddenly liberated by his demise, and filled with bitterness for her ‘wasted years’, she foils her daughter’s plan to put her in a care home and heads to Scotland to fulfil a long-held ambition to climb Mount Suilven.  Once there she enlists the help of local guide Jonny, who only agrees because he does not believe she will go through with the plan. Starring Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie. (Showing at Halstock)

LOVING VINCENT (12) This one of a kind Vincent van Gogh biopic appropriates the artist’s vibrant impasto style, using animated oil paintings to examine the mystery of his last days. That means every one of the nearly 65,000 frames in this near-lunatic labor of love was rendered by hand with oil paints, following a style intended to mimic that of the master — which has precisely the effect you might imagine, pulling audiences into the delirious, hyper-sensual world suggested by van Gogh’s oeuvre. (Showing at South Petherton)

FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (15) Real life proves just as dramatic off-screen as it does on it for these two actors, the aging Hollywood superstar Gloria Grahame and her younger lover, Peter Turner. As their mismatched romance waxes and wanes over time, events conspire to keep them in each other’s lives even when it proves difficult and demanding. Ultimately, they find that they must each come to terms with whatever fate they face in the future whether they are together or apart. (Showing at South Petherton)

FINDING YOUR FEET (12) On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. Starring Joanna Lumley and Timothy Spall. (Showing at West Camel)

PADDINGTON 2 (PG) Paddington is happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. (Showing at Leigh and South Petherton)

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG) P T Barnum, the son of a poor tailor, grows up to become a wily dreamer and schemer.  He marries his devoted childhood sweetheart, Charity, and is determined to give her the life she once enjoyed with her wealthy, disapproving family, he quickly manipulates a bank into financing his dream project, a multistory ‘museum of curiosities.’ The wax figures and stuffed giraffes that Barnum puts on display don’t draw much attention at first. Once he starts recruiting human eccentrics – a bearded lady, conjoined twins, Tom Thumb – the crowds begin to gather. And Barnum’s show gets a classy lift when he launches the American career of Swedish soprano Jenny Lind and persuades the highbrow theater personality Phillip Carlyle to help produce his show. Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Keala Settle. (Showing at Halstock)

THE POST (12) When American military analyst, Daniel Ellsberg, realizes to his disgust the depths of the US government’s deceptions about the futility of the Vietnam War, he takes action by copying top-secret documents that would become the Pentagon Papers. Later, Washington Post owner, Kay Graham, is still adjusting to taking over her late husband’s business when editor Ben Bradlee discovers the New York Times has scooped them with an explosive expose on those papers. Determined to compete, Post reporters find Ellsberg himself and a complete copy of those papers. However, the Post’s plans to publish their findings are put in jeopardy with a Federal restraining order that could get them all indicted for Contempt. Now, Kay Graham must decide whether to back down for the safety of her paper or publish and fight for the Freedom of the Press. In doing so, Graham and her staff join a fight that would have America’s democratic ideals in the balance. Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.  (Showing at Hinton St George and Somerton)