Arts’ Events in July/August
From Saturday 27 July to Saturday 24 August from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts in Somerton have their next exhibition called ‘Presence’. The group ‘iD artists’ was formed in 2012 to allow a group of interdisciplinary artists to exhibit together. They currently have five artists, working in a range of disciplines including painting, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and book arts. For more information phone 01458 273008. Meet the artists on Saturday 3 August from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.
From now to Friday 30 August from 10.00am to 5.30pm at David Simon Contemporary, 37 High Street see ‘Mick Lindberg: Sew the Seeds’ exhibition. A remarkable and original exhibition of textile-based artworks by this Swedish-born artist exploring both female figures and her love of flora through pattern and collage. This latest collection carries Lindberg’s passion for textiles and storytelling, using the themes of flowers and nature entwined with femininity and form. Born in Sweden in 1950, Mick Lindberg learned the art of needlework from her mother and grandmother. Throughout her life, her love of textiles and fashion has influenced her career choices, first as a successful model and photographer, now as a textile artist.
From Monday 29 July to Saturday 24 August from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre there is an exhibition called ‘Creative Coverage’. A group exhibition created by Creative Coverage. Including stunning and thought-provoking work by selected professional artists from across the UK including West Country landscapes by Joanne Commings and Caz Scott, botanical subjects by Susan Thohmson, Mary-Clare Cornwallis and Patricia Regnart, textiles by Margaret Jones, as well as ceramic and bronze sculptures by Liz Watts. A must-see show for inspiration and to find that special gift for yourself or a loved one. Creative Coverage was established in 2013 to publicise the work of professional artists. For more information about the exhibitors visit www.creativecoverage.co.uk
On Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Raleigh Hall in Sherborne ArtsLink host a ‘Pastel Painting Weekend’ with Keith Scott SWAc. Using soft pastels you will spend the day immersed in painting a picture of your chosen subject with expert advice and guidance from professional pastel artist and delightful tutor Keith. Max eight students. Entry £102. Book at www.sherborneartlink.org.uk or 01935 815899.
From Saturday 7 to Saturday 24 August from 11.00am to 5.00pm at King’s Bruton Memorial Hall it is the Bruton Art Society’s 66th Annual Exhibition. Regional juried exhibition attracting entries from amateur and professional artists from Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset & further afield. Paintings, drawings, artists’ prints & sculpture. Good affordable art displayed in a fine setting. Free admission & large car park on site. For more information visit www.brutonartsociety.co.uk
From Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 August at the Parish Rooms in Somerton from 10.00am to 6.00pm, Sunday 10.00am to 2.00pm, the Somerton Group of Artists is proud to present its Annual Exhibition and Sale of Works. Free entry. For more information visit www.somertonartists.co.uk
From Tuesday 27 August to Saturday 7 September from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre the next exhibition is called ‘Town and Country’. New work by wildlife artists Jackie Cox and Chris Sinden. The exhibition showcases the work of two Forest of Dean artists and depicts some of the species that inspires and means so much to them.
From Saturday 31 August to Saturday 7 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts in Somerton have an exhibition called ‘Circle of Trees’ – Artists’ Books by the ABCD Group. A love of words, materials and imaginative book construction results in a wonderfully varied and intriguing exhibition. For more information phone 01458 273008.
In Friday 26 July from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see the ‘Holy Moly & The Crackers’. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, they play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain. Tickets £7.
On Saturday 27 July from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Voice of the Heart’. It is now just over 30 years since the legendary Karen Carpenter passed away, she left behind an amazing catalogue of hit songs and golden memories and is still played daily on radio stations throughout the UK. Enjoy a stunning show celebrating the music of The Carpenters, and the evening is guaranteed to lead everyone through a magical memory. Tickets £18.50.
On Sunday 28 July from 9.00pm at the White Hart in Yetminster enjoy live music with the ‘Juju Men’. Retro rhythm and blues band from Bournemouth. Remember the days when the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Animals and the Yardbirds covered raw blues and rock’n’roll classics by such artists as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley? Well, The Juju Men sound approximately like that.
On Friday 2 August from 7.00pm at St Martin’s Church in North Perrott see ‘A Song For Summer’. Roma Loukes and Miriam Ryen (sopranos) will sing opera, operetta and musical theatre with piano solos by Jonathan Delbridge. Tickets Adults £10, ages 12-18 years £5, under 12’s free, includes refreshments and glass of wine. Proceeds to the church.
On Friday 2 August from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see one of the UK’s top jazz performers, Pete Allen with his band. They are probably the best known straight ‘trad’ band in the country, which he has been running for almost 40 years. Tickets £20.
On Sunday 4 August from 6.30pm at Haselbury Mill the Sherborne U3A Choirs have a Celebratory Concert. Proceeds to Friends of Yeatman Hospital. Tickets £7.50 from 01935 389375 or email@example.com
On Friday 9 August from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre see ‘The Matt Carter Septet’. Matt Carter is a young piano player from Exeter, who has already gained a notable reputation and has played with the best of our UK jazz stars, such as Alan Barnes, Greg Abate and Brandon Allen. Performing here with his regular seven piece band, this is a group of young players, all from the Royal Academy of, and the Guildhall school of, Music, who demonstrate a truly astounding level of competence considering none of them are over the age of 25. They play music with technique that measures up to the very best players on today’s UK jazz scene. Tickets £16.
On Saturday 10 August from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Holder and Smith Quartet’. Ben Holder on violin and vocals and Stuart Carter-Smith on Guitar have toured together extensively throughout the UK, Europe and the US over the last 8 years. Previously they were with the creative production team of the theatre band Gypsy fire and now are focusing their creative juices on this project. Their influences cover all genres from early Jazz swing right through to their take on some of the most modern classics of today. This evening you can expect plenty of high energy exuberance and some familiar tunes that you wouldn’t expect to hear. Their special guests for this evening will be the pinpoint Bass notes of Mike Green and the the master of rhythm Caley Groves. Tickets £16.
On Friday 16 August from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘Rock for Heroes’. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite rock and pop artists, fundraising in support of Help for Heroes. They will be collecting for this amazing cause, after every show, their aim is to raise 2.5 million (it is a long plan!) Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, complete with brilliant personalities and comedy value this really is a night out unlike any other. With music from artists such as Queen, David Bowie, Van Halen, Toto, Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Dire Straits & so many more. You won’t see a bad wig here, this isn’t a tribute act this is simply paying tribute, the best way they can to the legends in music. Tickets £16.50.
On Friday 9 August from 7.30pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton see ‘The Counterfiet Seventies Show’. Featuring music from the decade of glam rock through to new wave music, and everything in between. Music of The Bay City Rollers, Slade, Sweet, T.Rex, and many more. They will take you through a rollercoaster ride of the biggest 70’s hits. The four piece band has toured worldwide in their individual rights, and has worked with some of the biggest names of that decade. Coupled with a stunning light show, costumes from the period and video footage of the bands and events from that era, makes this one show you don’t want to miss. Tickets £18.
On Friday 23 August from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre ‘The Craig Milverton Trio’, Martin Date and Frederic Gardner will be performing a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Singing those favourites ‘Old Blue Eyes’ made so famous that we all know the lyrics off by heart. Frederic looks and sounds almost exactly the part and with our regular friends Craig and Martin behind him, this will be an entirely new sort evening. Tickets £20.
On Sunday 25 August from 7.00pm go along to ‘Rock n Roll Night’ at Kingsdon Festival. This year The Defibrillators (Defibs to their fans) take to the stage. The ‘Defibs’ are a rock and roll band based in Somerset playing predominately 50s’ rock ‘n’ roll from the likes of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly & Gene Vincent. They also play a sprinkling of 60s’ & 70’s classics, from The Beatles to T Rex. Licensed bar and BBQ. Tickets £10 from Kingsdon Village Shop or on the (Marquee) door or £20 for all three nights. For more information on the Kingsdon Festival www.kingsdon.org/whats-on-in-kingsdon/
On Sunday 25 August from 7.00pm the Kingsdon Festival Big Band is back with an exciting line up of professional musicians and singer. Live music at its best, with dancing, licensed bar and BBQ. Tickets £10 from the Kingsdon Village Shop or on the door or £20 for all three nights. For more information about events that day visit www.kingsdon.org/whats-on-in-kingsdon or for more information on the band visit www.kingsdon.org/kingsdon-festival-big-band
On Sunday 25 August from 9.00pm at the White Hart in Yetminster see ‘The Skalatans’. Bridport based rocksteady ska/two tone band with a little Latin infusion.
On Friday 30 August at the Ilminster Arts Centre from 8.00pm see jazz performance with Vimala Rowe and John Etheridge. John, who for a long time played with Stephane Grappelli, is widely regarded as one of the world’s best guitarists, a superb technical player with abilities that span every conceivable style of playing. He and Vimala have been performing together for a couple of years and in that time have developed a rapport that is second to none. Tickets £16.
On Saturday 31 August at 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see ‘The Ancestors’. They are a dynamic, four-piece, Yeovil-based band playing hits from the 90’s right through to the current day. Throwing in a mix of Rock and Pop tunes, The Ancestors can guarantee a great evening to get you dancing. They cover songs from artists that include The Kooks, The Cult, Stereophonics, The Killers, Hard-Fi, Maroon 5, The Dandy Warhols, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. Tickets £10.
On Friday 2 August from 7.00pm at Higher Orchard in Sandford Orcas ArtsReach and Miracle Theatre presents ‘A Perfect World’. A feisty young woman embarks on a voyage into a ‘boy’s own’ world of undiscovered jungles, treasure maps, campfires and penknives on an action packed adventure. Leading her team of quarrelsome explorers she stumbles into a bountiful paradise, whose inhabitants seems entirely peaceful, productive and fulfilled. Is this tranquil place the best of all possible worlds? Or is it all too good to be true? Miracle Theatre celebrates its 40th year with a brand new comic escapade for all ages. Licensed bar and raffle. Open air performance – bring a chair/rug and picnic. Guide dogs only. Tickets £10, under 18’s £8 from www.miracletheatre.co.uk or The Mitre Inn on 01963 220271 or 01963 220208.
On Friday 2 August from 8.00pm at St Cuthbert’s Church in Oborne see ‘Opera in Oborne – La Boheme’. The most famous opera of them all, Puccini’s La Boheme. Whether it is the fantastic music, the tears of joy and heartbreak for Rodolfo and Mimi, or the sheer style of bohemian Paris in La Belle Époque, everyone adores this most romantic of operas. Tickets from 01935 817194 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 3 August from 3.00pm at St Cuthbert’s Church in Oborne see ‘Opera in Oborne – Il segreto di Susanna’. What is Susanna hiding? Her husband’s suspicions are driving him wild. Will it destroy their marriage? All is revealed in this hilarious 50 minutes of sparkling comic-opera at its tuneful best by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. “Il Segreto”, with its contemporary plot and catchy tunes, is a great example of why he was one of the most performed opera composers of the 1900’s. Tickets from 01935 817194 or email@example.com
ALL IS TRUE (12A)
Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and a devastated Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Starring Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and Ian McKellen.
Sturminster Newton on Thursday 22 August, The Exchange, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (12A)
A foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Starring Rami Malek.
Wincanton on Saturday 10 August at Cale Park, 4.00pm (open air).
CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (15)
When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. Starring Melissa McCarthy.
South Petherton on Friday 2 August, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.
ENO: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (PG)
Performed by the English National Opera and Directed by Mike Leigh, Gilbert & Sullivan’s popular comic opera is packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes. Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag. Born on 29 February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?
Yeovil on Tuesday 13 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £14.
GREEN BOOK (12)
In 1962, Tony ‘Tony Lip’ Vallelonga, a tough bouncer, is looking for work when his nightclub is closed for renovations. The most promising offer turns out to be the driver for the African-American classical pianist Don Shirley for a concert tour into the Deep South states. Although hardly enthused at working for a black man, Tony accepts the job and they begin their trek armed with The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for safe travel through America’s racial segregation. Together, the snobbishly erudite pianist and the crudely practical bouncer can barely get along with their clashing attitudes to life and ideals. However, as the disparate pair witness and endure America’s appalling injustices on the road, they find a newfound respect for each other’s talents and start to face them together. In doing so, they would nurture a friendship and understanding that would change both their lives.
South Petherton on Friday 16 August, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.
HORRIBLE HISTORIES THE MOVIE: ROTTEN (PG)
The world’s best-selling children’s history brand is coming to cinemas this summer. This will transport audiences back to Roman Britain and embrace the timeless, irreverent humour of the successful books and TV series.
Yeovil on Thursday 22 at 11.00am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Friday 23 at 2.30pm and Tuesday 27 August at 11.00am, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
MARY POPPINS RETURNS (U)
Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins the beloved nanny from their childhood who arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure. Starring Emily Blunt and Ben Wishaw.
Hinton St George on Saturday 10 August, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Dorothy’s Tea Room or 01460 72563 or £5.50 on the door.
West Camel on Thursday 29 August, Village Hall, 7.30pm, Admission £5 on the door.
SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER (12A)
Alan is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son Peter and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family. Starring Bill Nighy.
Halstock on Saturday 17 August, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from the Village Shop or on the door.
THE KEEPER (15)
This tells the extraordinary love story between a young English woman and a German PoW, who together overcome prejudice, public hostility and personal tragedy. While visiting a PoW camp near Manchester at the end of the 2nd World War, Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of the local football team, notices a young German soldier Bert Trautmann. Her father is so taken by Bert’s prowess as a goal-keeper that he gets him out of the camp to play for his local team.
South Petherton on Friday 30 August, David Hall, 8.00pm. Tickets £5.
THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING (PG)
Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon unites his friends and enemies, and they become knights who join forces with the legendary wizard Merlin. Together, they must save mankind from the wicked enchantress Morgana and her army of supernatural warriors
Sturminster Newton on Wednesday 28 August, The Exchange, 2.00pm. Tickets £5.
THE UPSIDE (12)
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him.
Kingsbury Episcopi on Thursday 1 August, Community Centre, 7.30pm, Tickets £5 from 01935 823298.
VITA AND VIRGINIA (12A)
Adapted from Dame Eileen Atkins’ stage play of the same name, this is the fascinating story of the affair and friendship between socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf, uncompromising in their insistence to live, love and create to the fullest.
Yeovil on Friday 23 at 11.00am & 6.30pm and Tuesday 27 August at 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Westlands Entertainment Venue. Tickets £10.
Everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He is about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams and friendship.
Yeovil on Saturday 3 and Saturday 10 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.30am, 2.30pm & 6.30pm. Tickets £10.
On Saturday 27 July from 10.00am to 11.00am Sherborne Library presents ‘Supernova Stories and Cosmic Crafts’ for The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge! For children aged 4+. For more information phone 01935 812683.
On Monday 29 July from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Ham Hill there is a ‘Wild Food Café for Children’. The rangers will be cooking wild mushroom and herb omelette, nettle bread with garlic pesto, elderberry cordial, nettle crisps and surprises! Entry £6 per children. Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult – adult entry free. Booking essential.
From Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton go along to ‘Actiontrack Show Build Week’. A five day summer school for young people from ages eight to 18. Entry £50 per child
On Wednesday 31 July from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Yeovil Country Park there is ‘Children’s Summer Photography’. No need for own camera, can use theirs. Bring own memory card if you wish to keep photos. Teach you on to use a simple digital camera to take different types of photos and explore the park. Aimed at accompanied children aged 6-12. Entry £7 per child. Booking essential.
On Thursday 1 August from 11.00am to 12.00pm Sherborne Library are hosting Zoolab, an animal handling workshop. This links to the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge and is suitable for children aged 3+. Booking essential. For more information phone 01935 812683.
On Thursday 1 August at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 1.00pm Treehouse Theatre presents ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Join for an exciting and interactive hour of making music with instruments, dressing up, singing songs and creating stories; perfect for parents and their little ones to enjoy together. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets £3.
On Monday 5 August from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Ham Hill Country Park go along to ‘Firestarters’. Using a fire steel, making a spark from flint creating fire by friction. Entry Children £6. Under 8’s must be accompanied by adult. Booking essential.
On Monday 5 August from 11.00am to 1.00pm at Sherborne Museum it is Messy Museum Monday. There will be lots of glitter, glue and sticky stuff as we welcome younger children to their activity, painting and craft session. Older children and adults (if they are brave enough!) can participate in indoor and outdoor treasure trails or browse our latest exhibitions. Admission is free, donations welcome. For more information phone 01935 812252.
On Monday 5 and Monday 19 August from 10.30am to 11.00am Sherborne Library presents a ‘Space Chase Storytime Special’ for the Summer Reading Challenge. For children aged 2 – 6. For more information contact 01935 812683.
On Wednesday 7 August from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Yeovil Country Park there is a Play Day. The park rangers will be running free pond dipping and craft sessions at the pond dipping platform.
On Friday 9 and Saturday 31 August from 2.00pm to 3.00pm Sherborne Library presents ‘Galactic Games and Astro Activities’ for The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge. For children aged 5+. For more information phone 01935 812683.
On Thursday 15 August from 10.00am to 11.00am Sherborne Library presents ‘Supernova Stories and Cosmic Crafts’ for The Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge. For children aged 4+. For more information phone 01935 812683.
On Friday 16 August at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton from 10.00am go along to ‘Hands on Graffiti Experience’ with Abigail Thommes. If you want to be the next Banksy come along to this workshop and learn how to make your own Graffiti ‘tags’ with colourful paints. Whatever your interest you can include this in your graffiti and take home your work of art to decorate your room. Tickets £8.
On Monday 19 August from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Ham Hill Country Park go along to ‘Den Building’. Design and build your own den. Weather permitting may even toast some marshmallows over the fire. Entry £6. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
From Monday 19 to Friday 23 August from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil there is a workshop called ‘Live, Dance, Create: Song of the Summer’ where you will be creating an official music video to a new song. The participants will star in an official music video, dance with a professional guest dancer, design the costumes and make-up and film with a director and team of videographers. For ages 8 – 18 years. Entry £120.
On Wednesday 21 August from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Yeovil Country Park go along to Children’s Summer Photography 2. Own camera not needed, bring a memory card if you wish to keep your photos. They will teach you to use a simple digital camera to take different types of photos whilst exploring the park. Entry Children 6-12 £7, accompanying adults free.
On Friday 23 August from 10.30am at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton there is a course for children called ‘3D Sculptures with Darrell Wakelam’. Get ready for lots of cutting, sticking, paper mache and collage if you’d like to create 3D models of Goldfinches. Darrell is a very inspiring and exciting children’s workshop leader who has been providing workshops for over 30 years. Remember a packed lunch. Tickets £10.
On Wednesday 28 August from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Yeovil Country Park go along to ‘Woodland Explorers’. Explore the natural world and create nature crafts inspired by things you have discovered. Family fun for all ages. Entry Children £5. Booking essential.
On Wednesday 28 August from 7.00pm to 9.00pm go along to ‘Nightime at Ninesprings’ at Yeovil Country Park. Dark woodlands, swooping bats, candlelit campfire and woodland stories. Entry £7.50. Booking essential.
On Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 August from 9.45am to 3.30pm at St Paul’s Church in Sherborne the Holiday Club returns and this time is called ‘Epic Explorers’. As they explore the adventure island, there will be games, crafts, songs, Bible stories and much more, with lunch provided each day. The club is open to children aged 7-11 years. Free entry. For more information visit www.stpauls-sherborne.org.uk or phone 01935 816444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday 2 August from 4.00pm at the David Hall in South Petherton see the Actiontrack Show Build Performance. At the end of a five-day summer school for children and students between the ages of 8 and 18, their parents, families and friends – plus patrons of the David Hall – will have the opportunity to see what youngsters of South Somerset have created from scratch. The Actiontrack Show Build helps young folk to develop their communication skills, boosts confidence and promotes teamwork in a way that will stay with them for life. Go along and see just how well young people can create, communicate and perform in ways that will delight you. Free entry.
On Saturday 10 August from 2.00pm at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton All Electric Productions presents an interactive talk called ‘Code Breakers’. The story of the Allied Codebreakers who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence gained to hasten Allied victory. The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machine the Enigma, which was portable, easily operated, and could be set up in millions of ways. The codes were used and every one was changed every 24 hours. This fascinating talk includes the life and work of the great mathematician, computer scientist, philosopher and theoretical biologist Alan Turing OBE FRS. The Allies gained invaluable information about troop and aircraft dispositions, orders of battle, U-boat movements, technical development, military intentions and tank and artillery strengths.. Only about 300 are known to survive worldwide; of these, only about a dozen are in public collections in Britain. As these machines are so rare, Dr Mark Baldwin is providing a unusual opportunity for the audience not just to view, but also to operate, an original 1944 4-rotor Enigma machine (i.e. the more sophisticated model, developed for the U-Boat service). This is of particular interest, as there is no working Enigma machine on permanent public display anywhere in England north of Bletchley Park, and nowhere at all in Wales, Scotland or Ireland. Tickets £12.50.
On Friday 23 August from 7.30pm at the David Hall in South Petherton there is an Acoustic Night. All styles and forms of performance, not just music. If you wish to perform email email@example.com