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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. totally individual. From now to Sunday 26 from 11.00am to 5.00pm it is Bruton Art Society’s 65th Annual Exhibition at Kings Bruton Memorial Hall. Free entry.  On Wednesday 12 September from 12.00 noon the Horticultural Society visit Haskins Garden Centre, Ferndown for lunch then at 2.00pm go to Knoll Gardens, Wimborne for a guided tour and talk by the owner of the gardens, Neil Lucas. Tea and coffee available. Non members £10 for guided tour. On Monday 24 from 7.30pm the Horticultural Society have a talk called ‘Gardening on a Slope’ by Michelle Wake. Michelle has degrees in both Engineering Production and Garden design. She has taught garden design courses at Merrist Wood College and is a visiting lecturer at Inchbald School of Garden Design. She is lead designer at Greenwave Garden Design. Tea and coffee available.

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 1 September from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House the Rotary have a Coffee Morning. Cakes and refreshments. On Saturday 1 from 10.00am at Fairfield, Florida Fields it is the Grand Opening of Fairfield. The project for transformation of the agricultural field into a green open space with activities for all the community is coming to fruition. On Tuesday 4 from 7.30pm at Caryford Hall the Wildlife Trust has a talk called ‘British Birds of Prey’ with Alan Wells of the Pitcombe Rock Falconry near Bruton. He will also bring along some of his birds for people to see close up. Tea and coffee available. Entry Adults £3 adults, children free. On Thursday 6 from 7.30pm at the Methodist School Room the Gardening Association have a talk called ‘How to Show Vegetables’ with Claire Hart. Non members £1. On Friday 7 from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at the Market House go along to ‘The Secret Stylist: Style Clinic’. Wardrobe Consultant and Stylist, Natasha Musson is offering monthly Style Clinics on the first Friday evening of each month. The Style Clinics cover six different themes offering women informative, inspiring and fun classes to become more confident with their own personal style. All ages welcome. Bookings essential as workshops are in small groups. £25 per class (£125 for six). For more information and tickets visit www.tickettailor.com/events/thesecretstylist/180132/# On Saturday 8 from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Market House there is a Museum Coffee Morning. On Saturday 8 from 6.45pm to 10.00pm at Caryford Hall see a cabaret performance by Bill Smarme and The Bizness. An inimitable comedic take on a farrago of musical genres in a cabaret setting.  Bar available. Tickets £10 from 07746 605523 or www.wegottickets.com/event/442741 or £12 on the door. Profits go to Caryford Community Hall Association to help fund the hall extension. On Sunday 9 from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Market House there is a Vintage Market. Jewellery, bric a brac, upcycled furniture, vintage clothes, maps, signs, books and much more. Quality coffee, tea and cake on sale in a fabulous retro bullet caravan. Continues every second Sunday of the month. To book a stall email ccvintagemarket@outlook.com    On Monday 10 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at Digby Hall West Country Embroiderers have a workshop called ‘Blackwork Fruits’ with tutor Beppy Berlin. New members welcome. For more information phone 01963 34696. On Saturday 15 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House there is a Choir Coffee Morning. Refreshments and cakes. On Tuesday 18 from 6.30pm at Millbrook Surgery there is a Pain Management clinic. People are affected by pain for many reasons and due to many long term conditions. Unmanaged pain is a common reason for contacting the GP. A look at local and national pain management support, as well as current clinical and holistic treatments that could help you. On Saturday 22 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House there is a Coffee Morning. Refreshments and cakes. On Tuesday 25 at Caryford Hall from 7.30pm Cinema in Caryford presents ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society’. Tickets £5 from the Market House, £6 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 29 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House there is a Rotary Coffee Morning. Refreshments and cakes.

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 7 September from 7.30pm at Wadham School the Film Crew start their new seasons of films with ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’. A comedic drama about anger and justice. Annual membership £25. Visitors per film £6. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 8 from 7.30pm at the Dance House Concerts in the West presents ‘Pixels Ensemble’. Tickets £15. (See ‘Arts’) On Thursday 13 from 10.30am starting from the Museum there is a Guided Walk of the Town. Tickets £3. On Saturday 15 from 9.30am to 1.00pm at the Henhayes Centre there is a Craft Fayre. New tables welcome. Free entry. For more information phone 01460 74340. On Saturday 15 from 10.00am at the Henhayes Centre there is a Farmers Market. Enjoy local produce from local suppliers. On Friday 21 from 12.30pm at the Henhayes Centre there is another Chef’s Special Lunch. Three course meal with roast pork followed by apple sunrise. Choice of three fruit juices, tea, coffee and chocolates. Bar open. Entry £9. Booking essential on 01460 74340. On Tuesday 25 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm at the Speedwell Hall there is a Tea Dance. Cream teas. Music by Victoria Starr. Tickets £5 from the Town Hall or Mike 01460 72417 or Christine 01460 271220. On Saturday 29 at the Henhayes Centre from 10.00am to 11.30am there is a ‘Breakfast/Brunch’. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, tea and coffee for £4.50.  Extras 50p each. No booking needed.   For more information phone 01460 74340.

ILMINSTER

On Saturday 1 September 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. From Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 from 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre D&M Productions present ‘Ravenscroft’. This unreliable murder mystery which finds Inspector Ruffing in an isolated country mansion investigating a murder and surrounded by five devious women. Ruffing is committed to uncovering the truth, but he is about to find it more evasive than ever.  Darkly humorous and thrillingly suspenseful, Ravenscroft reminds us that sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction. Tickets £10, Children/Students £5 from www.thewarehousetheatre.org.uk or Harrimans Menswear, Silver Street. On Saturday 22 from 7.45pm at the Warehouse Theatre Cinema at the Warehouse returns for a new season with ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’. Following her daughter’s murder, a mother paints three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at the town’s revered chief of police. Annual membership £25. Guests to make donation. Due to increased popularity of our films and to ensure members get a seat, guests can claim their seat after 7.30pm. For more information visit www.cinemaatthewarehouse.co.uk (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Thursday 27 from 10.15am at the Warehouse Theatre the Thursday Group resumes its talks with ‘Medecins Sans Frontieres – Why Do Families Become Refugees’ by Flowa Holdsworth. On Friday 28 from 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre go along to ‘Everyone Loves a Wedding…Dress’. Many years ago Barbara Churchill bought a second hand wedding dress in a jumble sale for 6 old pennies.  This first dress started a lifelong fascination for what people wore on this most important day of their lives.  And so the collection began, dresses were bought and donated and the final collection had over 120 dresses dating from 1820 to the present day. The collection was often shown for some of the charities nearest to Barbara’s heart, has travelled as far as Halifax and raised thousands of pounds. Sadly Barbara lost a bravely fought battle in 2011 but most of her fabulous wedding dress collection still remains within the family and we are thrilled to be able to show it again, with some of the dresses being modelled, to raise money for the Warehouse Expansion Appeal. Tickets £10 at www.thewarehousetheatre.org.uk or from Harrimans Menswear, Silver Street.

LANGPORT

On Monday 3 September from 7.30pm at the Library the History Society resumes their talks with ‘Monmouth Rebellion’ by John Allen. Non members £4. Annual membership £15.

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  On Thursday 30 from 7.30pm at Castle Gardens Illyria performs ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. Sitting under the night sky in the walled garden with a picnic in tow, the audience will be treated to the critically-acclaimed outdoor theatre company’s humorous adaptations of classic tales. Who killed Sir Charles Baskerville? Can anyone prevent the same fate befalling the young Sir Henry Baskerville? Is a monstrous hound really roaming Dartmoor? Why is someone systematically stealing Sir Henry’s shoes? And how does a ghostly hound manage to leave vast paw-prints and other unwelcome evidence of its existence. The original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in this faithful, cheeky but chilling adaptation… Tickets Adults £15, under 16’s £5 from Castle Gardens or www.illyria.co.uk/  On Saturday 1 September from 11.00am to 3.00pm it is Sherborne Museum’s Cider Saturday. They celebrate autumn and their cider-making heritage by inviting local producers to show off their wares. You will be able to ask questions about growing and maintaining orchards and the production of the golden liquid as well as being able to taste samples. Free but donations welcome. On Saturday 1 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Pageant Gardens it is the Sacred Heart and St Aldhelm Annual Fete. Fun for all the family. On Tuesday 4 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 5 at the Digby Memorial Hall at 3.30pm and 6.45pm the Arts Society have a talk called ‘A Photographic Odyssey: Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition Captured on Camera’. Mark Cottle explores the work of Frank Hurley, official photographer of Shackleton’s third expedition in 1914. Visitors £5. On Friday 7 from 7.00pm at the Digby Hall the Players’ Theatre Club presents ‘Old Time Music Hall’. On this occasion they will consist of the traditional top-hatted, waist-coated Chairman, an orchestra consisting of a single, digitally dextrous pianist, a Victorian lady, a beautiful singing harpist, a mysterious mentalist, a balladic baritone, and an unfrocked gentleman of the cloth.  Familiar choruses will be sung, which the audience will be encouraged to sing, aided by an extravagantly lyric filled  programme. All proceeds donated to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. Tickets £12 from the TIC or from www.playerstheatre.co.uk or 07770 281746.  On Saturday 8 from 7.30pm at Digby Memorial Hall there is a talk called ‘The Extraordinary Genius of Sir Christopher Wren’ by Adrian Tinniswood OBE FSA. Christopher Wren was quite simply the greatest architect Britain has ever known. But he was more than that. A founder of the Royal Society, he mapped the moon and the stars, investigated the problem of longitude and the rings of Saturn, and carried out groundbreaking experiments into the circulation of the blood. Tinniswood shows us the man behind the legend. And he shows why Wren remains a cultural icon, both a creation and a creator of the world he lived in. Adrian OBE FSA is Senior Research Fellow in Architectural History at the University of Buckingham, and the author of fourteen books, including ‘His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher Wren’. Tickets £8 from the TIC or 01935 815341. On Monday 10 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall the West Country Embroiderers have a workshop called ‘Blackwork Fruits in Colour’ with Beppy Berlin. £15 in advance. New members welcome. For details call Ann on 01963 34696. On Wednesday 12 from 7.30pm at Digby Hall ArtsLink Flicks presents ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences.  An uplifting and moving film which encompasses a war story, a mystery tale and a love triangle whilst instilling a sense of place. Starring Lily James. Tickets £6 available from Sherborne TIC on 01935 815341. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  On Saturday 15 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 15 and Sunday 16 from 11.30am to 3.30pm there is an Open Day at the Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre, Oborne Road. Steam engine and waterwheel in operation. Visitor Centre with audio-visual presentations. Displays of machinery and many other items of local and historic interest. Tea and picnic area. Entry by donation. For more information visit www.sswc.co.uk On Sunday 16 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Terraces the Friend’s of Yeatman have their Car Boot Sale. Bacon butties, delicious cakes and beverages provided. No dogs. Sellers £5 per car from 8.00am. Entry 50p. Free parking. Enquiries on 07790 863518. On Sunday 16 from 11.00am to 3.00pm Sherborne Museum have a Heritage Open Day – behind the scenes. A tantalising glimpse behind the scenes at the museum on a day when it is normally closed. Learn about conservation techniques and see some of their rarer documents, textiles and artefacts. An opportunity to have a chat with the curator and some of the researchers, and a day to appreciate our grade II listed building, The Abbey Gatehouse. Free but donations welcome. On Sunday 16 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at the Digby Memorial Hall the Sherborne Folk Band workshop. Suitable for all levels and all instruments. Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements. Tickets £10 from Julia on 01935 817905 or £12 on the door. For more information visit www.laurelswift.co.uk On Friday 21 from 7.30pm at the Raleigh Hall Sherborne Literary Society host a Words with Wine and AGM with a talk with Johnny Mercer, ex soldier, author and MP for Plymouth Moor View. Johnny Mercer spent 12 years as an officer in 29 Commando Regt Royal Artillery, which included 3 tours of Afghanistan. He wrote about these experiences in ‘We Were Warriors: One Soldier’s Story of Brutal Combat’. In 2015 he was elected, against the odds, as Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View. Since then he has been a vocal supporter of defence causes and mental health issues. In 2017 he was re-elected with an increased majority. Tickets £5, includes a glass of wine and canapes. On Saturday 22 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Raleigh Hall ArtsLink host a ‘Live Portrait Painting’ demonstration with James Budden. Watch the fascinating process of portrait painting in real time.  Starting from a blank canvas James will build a portrait using a live model whilst discussing how to capture a likeness, engage with the subject, colour mixing and more.  Q&A’s welcome throughout. Tickets £7.50, includes tea and biscuits, from the TIC or 01935 815341. On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 from 11.00am to 5.00pm at Digby Hall there is a Healing and Spirit Fayre. They will have a host mediums, tarot, reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, eyelash extensions and gel nails. There will be stalls selling crystals and jewellery. Talks and demonstrations throughout the day.  All welcome. Light refreshments. Entry £5. For more information phone 07855 175357. On Tuesday 25 at Digby Hall the Historical Society have a talk called ‘Lies, Spies and Surprises – Berlin in the Cold War’. Major General Peter Williams looks back at the extraordinary events that made Berlin a focal point during the decades of superpower competition. Non members £5. For more information visit www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk On Saturday 26 September from 7.00pm Winstone’s Books hosts ‘An Evening with Alan Johnson’, writer and politician. In the bestselling and award-winning tradition of ‘In My Life’ vividly transports you to a world that is no longer with us – a world of Dansettes and jukeboxes, of heartfelt love songs and heart-broken ballads, of smoky coffee shops and dingy dance halls. From Bob Dylan to David Bowie, from Lonnie Donnegan to Bruce Springsteen, all of Alan’s favourites are here. But this is not just a book about music. ‘In My Life’ adds a fourth dimension to the story of Alan Johnson the man. Tickets £5 from 01935 816128. For more information visit www.winstonebooks.co.uk On Thursday 27 the Floral Evening Group have an outing to Knoll Gardens. On Thursday 27 from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Floral group have a workshop called ‘Using Unusual or Challenging Containers’. For more information phone 01935 813316. On Saturday 29 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Digby Church Hall it is the Autumn Craft Fair. Free admission. Organised by West Country Fairs. Enquiries on 01749 677049. On Sunday 30 from 2.30pm as part of the Ralegh 400 1618 Festival there is a Ralegh Walk and Talk from Castleston Church with Cindy Chant. Tickets £6 from the TIC and Winstones Books.

SOMERTON

On Wednesday 29 August from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm at the Sports Club the Probus Club meet. Lunch included. To apply and join phone 01935 822968. On Thursday 30 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. From Saturday 1 to Saturday 8 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm ACE Arts have their new exhibition called ‘The Imaginarium of Curiosities’. (See ‘Arts’) On Thursday 6 from 10.30am there is a curator lead tour. Free entry with refreshments. On Tuesday 4 at the Parish Rooms from 7.15pm the WI have a meeting. New members welcome. On Thursday 6 and Thursday 20 from 11.30am starting from the Library there is an hour long Health Walk. Organised by Macmillan and The Ramblers Association. Local refreshments at the end at local pub. For more information phone Mo on 01458 274631. On Friday 7 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 Saturday 15 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms see ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. Tickets £6 from Cobbs, Brunel Precinct. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 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. From Saturday 15 to Sunday 30 from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACE Arts there is an exhibition called ‘Footprints’ by fiber artist Lydia Needle. (See ‘Arts’) On Monday 24 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. On Monday 24 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms the Green Gardeners have their AGM and bring and share supper. Visitors £3. For more information phone 01458 273753. On Wednesday 26 from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm at the Sports Club the Probus Club meet. Lunch included. To apply and join phone 01935 822968. On Thursday 27 from the Sports Club at 11.30am there is a Short Health Walk. Tea and coffee on return. For more information phone 01458 274631. On Thursday 27 from 7.00pm at Parish Rooms the History Society have a talk called ‘Pompeii’ by David Elkington. Guests £2. For more information phone Nancy on 01458 273859. On Thursday 27 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. On Saturday 29 at Wheathill Golf Club it is the Silver Jubilee Men’s Pair’s Open. For more information visit www.wheathillgolf.co.uk or phone 01963 240667 (option 2). On Sunday 30 from 11.00am to 4.00pm at ACE Arts there is an International Elder Day event. Drop in and see the work produced by Elders during our outreach projects workshops.

 

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 Wednesday 29 August from 10.30am to 12.00 noon the Library has a story and craft event called ‘Bags of Trouble’ for children aged 4-10 years. On Saturday 1 September from 2.00pm at the Memorial Hall the Gardeners Association have their Annual Flower Show. Sections include vegetables, fruit, flowers, novice, floral arrangement, homecraft, handicraft, children’s activities and more. Refreshments available. Admission £1, Under 16’s free. On Saturday 8 from 10.00am at the Memorial Hall there is a Coffee Morning. Raffle, books, cakes and produce will be on sale. All welcome. From Saturday 15 to Sunday 30 from 11.00am to 6.00pm at 2 The Old Police Station, North Street, BA9 9AZ as part of Somerset Art Works Open Studios Julie Jenkins hosts her new exhibition ‘Sacred Space’. Sacred art forms and spirituality inspire my paintings which depict places of peace and power from the Himalayas to the East. Open Thursdays to Sundays. On Wednesday 19 from 4.00pm at the Library Shelagh Mazey will be talking about her novel ‘The Golden Fleece’, the fourth book in her ‘Heart Stone’ saga which set in 19th century Wincanton. Free entry. Organised by Wincanton Library Friends.

YEOVIL

Every Tuesday from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at Westlands Sports Centre Yeovil Table Tennis Club have a social Table Tennis Evening. Play for fun, no need to sign up. Opportunities to join the club and play competitively if desired. Entry £3. Whist Drive every Saturday at the Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Enquiries 01935 862325. On Wednesday 29 August from 7.00pm to 9.00pm go along to Nightime at Ninesprings. Meet outside Ninesprings Café. Dark woodlands, swopping bats, candlelit campfire and woodland stories. Entry £6, all children must be accompanied by an adult. On Saturday 30 the Blackmore Vale and National Trust Association have a late summer lunch at Holbrook Manor, Wincanton. On Sunday 2 and Sunday 30 September 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 Saturday 8 at Yeovil Pen Mill there is a Diesel Excursion. Pathfinder Tours present a railcruise with a large circular itinerary passing through many of England’s historical counties en-route to Weymouth. The outward journey is via Bristol, Bath, Westbury, Castle Cary, Chetnole and Dorchester before arrival into Weymouth. Initially climbing the long Bincombe Bank away from the coast the special train is routed by way of Poole, Bournemouth, Southampton, Reading and Oxford before taking the Cotswold Line via Moreton-in-Marsh to arrive back into Worcester to complete the days circular routing. Motive power for this rail cruise, from and back to Worcester, will be a pair of popular class 50 diesel locomotives, courtesy of the Class 50 Alliance, and normally based on the Severn Valley Railway. A GBRf class 66 locomotive will feature north of Worcester. For more information including prices and times visit www.pathfindertours.co.uk On Saturday 8 from 7.30pm at the Conservative Club there is a Fun Quiz Night on behalf of Radio Camelot. Light refreshments available. Tickets £6 per team. On Sunday 9 at Haselbury Mill it is Yeovil Ukulele Club Festival. Line up includes Opera Lele, Mother Ukers, Samantha Muir, Ben Rouse, In Sync and open mic. Camping available. Tickets £18, Children £9, Under 5’s free, workshops £5 from www.yeovilukulele.club On Monday 10 the Blackmore Vale and National Trust Association visit Dyffryn Gardens. The garden is an exceptional example of an Edwardian Garden, just west of Cardiff. The gardens cover 55 acres, featuring a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms, a large glasshouse, statutory collection and arboretum featuring trees from all over the world.  Designed by an eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson in 1906, the gardens are the early 20th century vision of coal magnate John Cory and his son Reginald. The Grade 2 listed house is built as a gallery from which to view the landscape but is a blank canvas to interpret the gardens and Cory family history. On Monday 10 from 1.30pm at the Yeovil Court Hotel the Probus Club have a presentation entitled ‘Wreck of the Halsewell’. Please contact their Secretary on 01935 88142 for further information. New members always welcome. On Sunday 16 at the Yeovil Railway Centre in Stoford from 10.30am to 4.00pm there is a Steam Train Day with a character making an appearance. 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 From Monday 17 September to Monday 22 October from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Vicarage Street Methodist Church the WEA has their first Autumn course with ‘John Keats and John Clare: A Study in Contrasts and Affinities’ with Jane Crozier. Ref: C3529536. Cost £45 from 0300 3033464 or courseenquiries@wea.org.uk For more information visit www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/course-search From Monday 17 to Saturday 22 from 7.45pm the Swan Theatre in Yeovil presents ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. Tickets £12. (See ‘Arts’) On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September at Yeovil Railway Centre there is a Craft Weekend. For more information visit www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com On Wednesday 26 from 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church the Flower Arrangers have a floral demonstration called ‘Strictly Flowers’ by Martine Coleman. Visitors welcome. Visitors £5.

 

Village News

ASH

On Monday 27 August at the Playing Field there is a Car Boot Sale. Proceeds to Folke Church. For more information phone 01963 23525.

BEAMINSTER

From Tuesday 3 July until Sunday 28 October Beaminster Museum host their next exhibition entitled ‘145 Miles’ – the distance between Beaminster and London. It will explore the historic links between town and capital in government, transport, post and telephone.

BRADFORD ABBAS

On Tuesday 21 August from 3.00pm to 4.30pm there is Afternoon Tea and Lego Club in the church. On Thursday 23 August from 7.15pm in the church there is a film night with a 10 year old singalong musical. On Friday 24 August from 7.00pm there will be a music hall in the church featuring local performers. On Saturday 25 August Bradford Abbas St Mary’s Week Charitable Trust hosts a Street Fayre from 12.00 noon between the Rose and Crown pub and the school. Children’s storytelling and cream teas in the afternoon, beer festival, BBQ and live music from 6.00pm to 11.00pm. Bar with local ales, cider and lager in the Village Hall. On Sunday 26 August from 2.30pm at the Sports and Recreation Cricket Club there is Netball, BBQ and bar with a grand draw. Donations welcome to all events above going towards local causes. For more details email stmarysweekcharitabletrust@gmail.com

BROADWAY

On Tuesday 11 September from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Ile Valley Flower Club have a demonstration entitled ‘Wedding Wonders’ by Carole Staples. New members and visitors welcome.

CERNE ABBAS

On Monday 17 September from 7.30pm at the Village Hall see the film ‘The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society’. Tickets £5 on 01300 341375 or Yvonne on 01300 341421. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

CORTON DENHAM

On Monday 27 August from 2.00pm at the Queens Arms see ‘The Olde Boston Tea Party’ and ‘Elijah and the Gravity Drive’. BBQ available until 8.00pm

CHARLTON HORETHORNE

On Sunday 16 September from 2.30pm at the Village Hall CHAPS have their script read through and cast meeting for the January 2019 production of ‘Ali Baba’. All those interested in being involved do go along. For more information phone Linda Chiplen on 01963 220582 or chapspantomime@gmail.com

CHARLTON MACKRELL

On Saturday 22 September from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Church of St Mary the Virgin share in the 800th anniversary celebrations. Hear about the history, visit the bell Tower, hear the bells and children from the school, who worship here every week, sing and hear more about their activities in 2018. Cream teas available. On Sunday 23 at 10.00am there is a Benefice Holy Communion followed by coffee in the church and a bring and share lunch in the Reading Room, Hillway.

DITCHEAT

On Thursday 20 September from 7.30pm at the Village Hall Ditcheat Big Screen presents ‘Finding Your Feet’. Licensed bar. Tickets £5 from the Farm Shop or on the door. Enquiries on 01749 860396. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

EAST COKER

On Friday 7 September from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Rotary Club of Yeovil presents ‘Call My Bluff – Wine Tasting Evening’. Bring your own picnic, nibbles and supper. Picnic bar and raffle. Teams of six. In aid of Dorset County Hospital – Oncology Project and other Rotary Charities. Tickets £8 per person from 01935 475770 or sagturner@outlook.com On Thursday 13 at the Village Hall from 7.30pm the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Bach Flower Remedies for You, Your Pets and Your Plants’ with Judith Stewart. Visitors £3. For more information phone 01935 862447.

 

EAST LAMBROOK

From Tuesday 25 September to Friday 5 October from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the Malthouse Gallery at the Manor Gardens there is an exhibition titled ‘Birds, Oceans and Flowers’ by three Somerset artists – Sheila Bowman, Lee Allen and Peter Waterfall. Bird wood carvings, paintings of oceans, flowers, scarecrows and chickens. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

GLANVILLES WOOTTON

On Saturday 15 September from 8.30am to 11.00am at the Village Hall there is a Community Breakfast with optional free countryside walk starting from the car park. Stout footwear advised. Bring and buy stall with produce, cakes, jams, books and more. Breakfast £5, under 10’s free with purchase of a full price breakfast. Organised by Holnest Church.

HALSTOCK

On Saturday 25 August from 1.00pm to 5.00pm it is Halstock Fete and Flower Show. Included in this traditional fete will be live music, silent auction, with many stalls selling a variety of products, plus their well stocked bric-a-brac, books CDs and DVDs. There will also be a model railway exhibit, model aircraft flying display, Punch & Judy and lots more fun for the whole family. Teas, cakes, BBQ, Ice Creams and fully stocked bar. Entry Adults £1, Children free. On Saturday 25 the Gardening Club have their Annual Show. Schedules at Village Shop. On Saturday 15 September at the Village Hall from 7.30pm the Village Cinema presents ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. A writer forms and unexpected bond with residents of Guernsey when researching their experiences under Nazi occupation. Tickets £6 from the Village Shop or on the door. For more information phone 01935 893485. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Monday 17 at the Village Hall at 7.30pm the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Heritage Veg’ with Chris Smith.

HAM HILL

On Saturday 22 September from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Country park there is ‘Fungi Foray’. An opportunity to join Michael Jordan, botanist, writer and broadcaster who has been studying and collecting fungi throughout Britain and Europe for more than 25 years. Join in and help find and identify fungi. Entry £6. Booking essential. Not suitable for children under eight.

HARDINGTON MANDEVILLE

On Friday 14 September from 7.30pm at the Village Hall see the film ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. Tickets £5 in advance from Springfield Stores or 01935 862363 or £6 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

HASELBURY

On Sunday 9 September at The Great Tithe Barn, Haselbury Mill there is a Ukulele Festival from 11.00am to 9.00pm. Performers confirmed so far include The Mother Ukers, Ben Rouse, Opera-lele, Samantha Muir and local duo In Sync. Bring your ukulele and join in with the mass strum and sing-alongs. Camping available. Tickets Adults £18, Children £9, under 5’s free. Workshops £5. For more information visit www.yeovilukulele.club/yeovilukulelefestival

HENSTRIDGE

On Saturday 25 August at the Airfield go along to ‘Wings and Wheels’. Classic cars and vintage & classic aircraft (subject to weather).  With luck the Red Arrows will fly past at some point and also the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Always a great family day out. On Tuesday 4 September from 2.30pm at the Village Hall the Blackmore Vale U3A has an Open Day. Join for a glass of wine and a chat with the group leaders. Become a member in September and get three months for free. Refreshments available. Free admission. For more information about Blackmore Vale U3A phone 01963 371544 or visit www.u3a.org.uk

HINTON ST GEORGE

On Saturday 8 September at Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film see ‘The Greatest Showman’. 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’)

HOLNEST

On Saturday 8 September from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at the Church there is a Flowers and Fun Day. Holnest church will be beautifully decorated with flowers. There will be stalls, cream teas and fun dog show. Entries welcome to the art competition at the Church from 10.30am and entries of scarecrows of any shape and size to the scarecrow competition at the churchyard by 1.45pm. Coffee available. On Sunday 9 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Church it is Open Heritage Day.

ILCHESTER

Every Sunday there is a Charity Car Boot at the Sportsfield off the A37/A303 roundabout from 7.30am. Buyers before 9.30am £1 for cars, 50p for pedestrians. Buyers after 9.30am 50p for cars, 25p for pedestrians. For more information phone 07967 280754.

KINGSBURY EPISCOPI

On Thursday 6 September at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see ‘The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society’. Tickets £5 in advance from Kingsbury Community Shop or on the door (subject to availability) (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

KINGSBURY EPISCOPI

On Thursday 2 August at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see ‘The Post’. Tickets £5 in advance from Kingsbury Community Shop or on the door (subject to availability) (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

LEIGH

On Saturday 11 August from 2.30pm to 4.30pm there is a Flower Show. Lots of interesting crafts, photographs, vegetables and flowers on display. Fun section for children 12 and under.  The programme can be found at www.leighvillage.org.uk/events/leigh-flower-show Teas and cakes available. Entry £1.50, children free. Agreed early listing: On Saturday 1 September from 7.00pm at the Village Hall there is a Race Night for Weldmar Hospicecare. Raffle. Beer and wine bar. Tickets £8, ploughmans supper included, from nittykitty123@gmail.com or 07891 031905.

LONGBURTON

On Saturday 11 August from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Village Hall there is the Garden, Art and Craft Show. See the winning entries. There will also be plants for sale, raffle, and refreshments. Entrance 50p, children free.

LONG SUTTON

On Wednesday 12 September from 6.30pm the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Winter Hanging Baskets and Tubs’ with Gold Club Speaker. Flower competition. On Tuesday 25 from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at the Village Hall the WEA have their Open Evening. For more information phone 01458 241711 or  doreenharveylongsuttonwea@outlook.com

MAPPERTON

On Sunday 16 September from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Mapperton House and Gardens it is the 16th Autumn Garden Fair. There will be 30 stands, including popular regulars Leesa’s not just Alpines, Snape Stakes and beautiful salvias from Foxplants. New to the autumn fair are Paddock Plants whose range include patio and indoor plants and Whinwhistle Nursery with succulents and seasonal cut flowers. If you need to refresh a dull corner, stock up a new bed or want to treat yourselves to new plants, then the nursery growers will be on hand to offer advice and personal recommendations. This autumn the Earl and Countess Sandwich have chosen Cancer Research UK as the charity to benefit from the shared proceeds. Entry £3, under 16’s free. Organised by Charity Specialist Plant Fairs. For more information visit www.plantfairs.com

MARTOCK

On Saturday 25 August from 2.00pm to 3.30pm at the Parish Hall it is the 129th Martock Show with all things home grown and homemade. It is growing in popularity each year, and the Parish Hall is filled with fruits of the earth, such as pots of compost, tomatoes, pansies, children’s works of art, cakes, embroidery. Free entry. Schedules, beautifully printed by Nicky Purple Pages are available from the Library and quality shops in town from mid August, or on www.martockonline.org.uk/events For more information phone 01935 822202. On Tuesday 6 September from 6.00pm the History Group has a walk up Hurst and Water Street looking at the history and construction of the buildings that featured in another talk earlier this year. Meet near the Rose and Crown in Hurst. Visitors £3. Annual membership £10. For more information phone 01935 822202. On Friday 7 from 10.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday 8 from 10.00am to 4.00pm Yandles have their Autumn Woodworking Show. Exclusive show deals, demonstrations, hobbies and craft’s marquee, free advice and free entry. For more information online-info@yandles.co.uk or www.yandles.co.uk or 01935 822207. On Friday 7 and Saturday 8 from 10.00am to 4.00pm go to ‘Patchwork’ at All Saints Parish Church. Quilts by Stanchester and Ash Quilters with dozens of quilts on display. Quilt raffle sales tables and quilts for sale. Bag tombola. Lunches, teas, coffees. Free admission. In aid of Cancer Research. On Saturday 8 at Moorlands Shopping Precinct from 10.00am to 1.00pm it is the Farmer’s Market. Visit the new stall from Melbury Farm in Somerton selling bottles of homemade tomato paste, rapeseed oil and more. For a stall or more information phone 01935 822202. On Sunday 9 from 11.00am at the Primary School it is the Ash Excellent Eight Races with a choice of 8km, 5km, 3km or 2km fun run through pretty countyside. For more information or to enter phone 01935 475697 or www.ashexcellenteight.com  On Wednesday 12 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Parish Hall the U3A have a meeting. First meeting free. Annual membership £15. For more information phone 07840 235509 or martocku3a@gmail.com  On Tuesday 18 from 10.00am to 5.00pm On Thursday 20 from 7.30pm at the Church there is an illustrated talk called ‘My 3000 Mile Walk Across Africa’ with Fran Sandham. Tickets £5 in advance from 07955 467896 or £6 on the door.  On Friday 21 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 Saturday 22 at the Parish Hall from 7.30pm there is a Film Night showing ‘Lady Bird’. Refreshments available. Tickets £5.50 from Martock News, Martock Gallery or £6 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Tuesday 25 from 7.30pm at the Primary School the History Group have a talk called ‘History of the Yeovilton Airfield’ with David Morris, Curator of Aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Visitors £3, Annual membership £10.

 

MERRIOTT

On Tuesday 25 September from 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Fruits of Autumn’ by Dr Anne Bebbington. Anne will be exploring the way fruits and seeds are dispersed and how the plants and animals interact with each other and the environment in order to spread and colonise new areas. Refreshments, raffle and ‘Flower of the Month’ competition. Non members £2 on the door. For more information phone 01460 72298.

MILBORNE PORT

From now to Monday 1 October at the Village Hall there is a Yoga Group every Monday from 10.00am to 11.00am. On Tuesday 11 September at 2.30pm the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Climbers and Wall Shrubs’ by Alan Eason. Entry £5. For more information phone 01963 32883. On Friday 21 from 7.3pm at the Village Hall a new season of films start with ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. Starring Lily James. Tickets £5 in advance from Wayne the Butcher or £5.50 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

MONTACUTE

On Saturday 29 September from 10.00am to 2.00pm at Montacute House it is the monthly Levels Best Market. All welcome. Free entry.

NORTH CADBURY

On Saturday 15 September from 7.00pm at the Village Hall there is a Family Race Night. Raising funds for the Village Hall and The Samaritans, the Village Hall committee together with Brue Valley Rotary Club are staging a family race night in the Village Hall.  This is a family friendly evening of entertainment and good food. Admission £5 in advance, accompanied under 16’s half price, available from the Village Shop or NCVHTreasurer@aol.com or £6 on the door. On Saturday 19 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Visionary or Vandal? Landscapes of Capability Brown’ by Dawn Collins. Guests £2.

NORTON SUB HAMDON

On Wednesday 19 September from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Crewkerne Astronomical Society has a talk called ‘Orbital Oddities’ by James Fradgley. Refreshments available. Visitors £2, annual membership £18, under 16’s free. Time for any questions about astronomy.

QUEEN CAMEL

On Friday 7 September from 6.45pm at the Memorial Hall there is an Auction and Silent Auction in aid of the St Barnabas Church Roof Appeal. Bidding Auction starts at 7.30 pm with Richard Bromell from Charterhouse Auctions wielding the gavel.  The Silent Auction will close at 9.30 pm.  Over 100 lots in total with a wide range of items to suit every pocket including a week’s holiday in a Swiss chalet or in a French cottage, 2019 Membership for two at Taunton Racecourse, cases of wine, a Tiger Moth flight, meals for two in local hostelries and restaurants, a day out in Bath including tickets for the panto, beauty treatments, outings for the family and more. Light refreshments and cash bar.  For catalogue and further information phone Morwenna Ford on 01935 850300. On Thursday 13 from 2.00pm the Horticultural Society visit Castle Gardens and have a topical talk and discounted shopping trip. Leaving from the Village Hall.

SANDFORD ORCAS

On Saturday 8 September from 10.30am to 11.30am go along to the Village Café. Enjoy a warm welcome, and coffee and tea, squash, cakes and biscuits, a chat and a catch up on local news. All funds raised will be used in aid of the Village Hall. On Saturday 28 from 6.30pm at the Village Hall there is a talk called ‘Bombay’ by Patrick Carson. Bombay was fortunate enough to attract the abilities of many outstanding Architects and Craftsmen, Indian and British, who have created the wonderful buildings to be seen there. This talk is a very personal take on what he has found to be the most interesting with a little history and one or two surprises along the way. There will be ‘Bombay nibbles’ and a bar with (Indian) Kingfisher beer, and the evening will continue with a curry session at The Mitre Inn.

SEAVINGTON

On Thursday 13 September from 7.30pm at Millennium Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Grasses’ with a speaker from the Gold Club. Refreshments available. Visitors £2. Enquiries on 01460 249728. On Thursday 20 from 7.30pm at the Millennium Hall there is an AGM and illustrated talk called ‘Winterbourne Down RSPB Reserve’. Guests £4, under 18’s free.

SOUTH PETHERTON

On Saturday 25 August from 7.30pm 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. To perform please email folk@chriswatts.org On Wednesday 29 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a Coffee Morning.  On Thursday 30 to Friday 31 from 10.00am to 4.00pm go along to Actiontrack Creative Lab. Inviting local artists and practitioners to take part in a two day creative lab. During this time, artists will develop a youth engagement project for October half term. If you are a local performance artist and would like more information contact info@thedavidhall.org.uk or phone 01460 240340. Free entry. On Friday 7 September from 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show is screening ‘The Mercy’. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 8 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Blake Hall the Photographic Society have their Annual Photography Exhibition. On Sunday 10 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm there is a Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Journey. Experience a magical journey of therapeutic Pure Sound with musician Dean Carter. Ticket £12.To reserve email Dean Carter on ahiahel@live.com or phone 01935 389655. On Monday 10 at 7.30pm at the Blake Hall the WI have a talk called ‘Goldsmithing’ by Andy Clarke. A brief insight into the world of goldsmithing. Competitions: a gold artefact and bloom of the month. On Friday 14 from 8.00pm see folk quartet ‘Rant’. Tickets £18. (See ‘Arts’) On Saturday 15 from 7.30pm ARC Stockton Productions present ‘Instructions for Border Crossing’. Tickets £14. (See ‘Arts’) On Monday 17 from 7.30pm at Over Stratton Village Hall the Gardening Club have their AGM and a talk called ‘Victorian Head Gardener’ by Dr Francis Burroughes. Visitors £3. On Thursday 20 from 9.00am to 4.00pm at the Market Square it is the monthly Artisan and Craft Market. To book a stall call 07966 658966. On Friday 21 from 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show is screening ‘On Chesil Beach’. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 22 from 8.00pm see ‘Trad Attack’. Tickets £17. (See ‘Arts’) On Wednesday 26 from 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall the History Group have their AGM and a talk called ‘The Feudal Barons Beauchamp and the Royal Seymours’ by David James. Annual membership £8. Visitors £3. For more information email s_petherton_history@hotmail.co.uk On Wednesday 26 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a Coffee Morning.  On Friday 28 from 7.00pm the Community Hospital have a Quiz Night. Maximum six people per team. Entry £5 per person, includes prizes, ploughmans supper and soft drink. For more information email shirley.zaple@sompar.nhs.uk On Friday 28 from 8.00pm see ‘The Churchfitters’. Tickets £15. (See ‘Arts’) On Saturday 30 from 7.30pm 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. To perform please email folk@chriswatts.org  Unless stated, all events are at The David Hall.

STOKE SUB HAMDON

On Sunday 2 September from 2.30pm at the former URC, North Street the Hamdon Community Arts Project presents a programme of folk, blues, classics and light jazz with ‘Hot Flush’ with Linda Readman on vocals and Wendy Partridge on guitar. Tickets £8, includes cream teas in interval, from 01935 824064. (See ‘Arts’)

STOURTON CAUNDLE

On Saturday 1 September from 2.00pm at the Village Hall there is a Garden Show. There will be an auction of produce with proceeds going to charity. Afternoon teas. Bring your entries to the Village Hall before from 9.00am to 10.30am. On Saturday 22 from 7.30pm at St Peter’s Church see ‘Lyrus Winds’. They are a wind quintet of talented young musicians from the Royal Academy of Music playing music by Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Holst. Tickets £15,includes refreshments in the interval, available from tim@familyvilliers.co.uk or 01963 364384 or 01963 362692.

TEMPLECOMBE

On Monday 10 September from 7.15pm at the Village Hall New Forest Owl Studio will talk about their owls for Templecombe WI. Guests £3.50, includes refreshments.

TINTINHULL

On Wednesday 19 September from 7.00pm at the Village Hall Clive and Ann Barker will be giving a photographic presentation about their experiences travelling across South Africa to Tanzania in their uniquely adapted van. Refreshments available. Tickets £5 on the door. Fundraising for the Village Hall. On Wednesday 26 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Local History Group presents ‘The Fossil Lady of Lyme’. This fascinating two act play by Alison Neil recreates the life story of Mary Anning. Light refreshments. Tickets £10 from Flora.wragg@gmail.com or 01935 822376. Proceeds to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Tintinhull Village Hall Charity Trust.

WEST CAMEL

On Friday 31 August from 7.30pm see the film ‘Darkest Hour’. Bar and Tea/Coffee. Admission £5 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 1 September from 7.30pm Country and Western Dance Club host George Mcintosh. Tickets £6. For more details 01460 78895. On Friday 28 from 7.30pm see the film ‘The Bromley Boys’. Bar and Tea/Coffee. Admission £5 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) All events at the Davis Hall unless stated otherwise.

WEST COKER

On Sunday 2 September celebrate 300 years of West Coker Almshouses. Teas at the Village Hall from 3.00pm to 5.00pm, unveiling new painting of the Almshouses by artist and resident Peter Hudson. Choral Evensong at St Martin’s Church from 6.30pm. On Saturday 22 from 10.00am to 4.00pm it is Dawe’s Open Day (next to 94 High Street). On Friday 28 from 7.30pm see the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir at St Martins Church. Tickets £8, includes wine, from the Post Office or from 01935 862172 or 01935 862172 or £10 on the door.

YARLINGTON

On Saturday 8 September from 11.00am to 5.00pm at Yarlington House it is Yarlington Fair. Yarlington Fair was founded by Royal Charter in 1416, and is a fun day out for all the family in the beautiful grounds of Yarlington House, home of Count and Countess Charles de Salis. There will be teas, coffees and lunches, all featuring delicious home baking, an all day bar and an ice cream parlour on wheels. This year’s attractions will include circus skills, birds of prey, terrier racing, steam tractor, bees, dog show, childrens’ art tent, live music, many stalls and games and of course the famous Yarlington Mile. A special treat will be two performances of ‘The Wife of Yarlington’ – a colourful play by the Langport Mummers. Entry £3.

YETMINSTER

On Tuesday 28 August and Tuesday 25 September 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 12 September from 2.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall the History Society have a talk called ‘The Franklin Expedition’ by Jeremy Michell. An insight into the ill-fated expedition. Jeremy is the Historic Photographs and Ships Plans Manager at the National Maritime Museum, so is well placed to give the story of this expedition. He has been working on an exhibition of this for a long time and it is now on display at Greenwich. On Sunday 30 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at the White Hart hear live music with Wriggle Valley Jazz Band.

Movies Around the Villages and Towns

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 Ditcheat)

LADY BIRD (15) Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humour and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom, a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, this is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home. Starring Saoirse Ronan. (Showing at Martock)

ON CHESIL BEACH (15) Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centres on Florence and Edward, a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. She is a talented and ambitious classical musician from a well-to-do family and he is a clever young man from humbler origins. Both have first-class degrees and, in consequence, no small opinion of themselves. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne Marie Duff and Emily Watson. (Showing at 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 theatre personality Phillip Carlyle to help produce his show. Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Keala Settle. (Showing at Hinton St George)

THE BROMLEY BOYS (PG) a funny yet touching coming of age football memoir played out to the sights and sounds of late 60’s Britain. Based on the hilarious novel by Dave Roberts, it recounts the author’s highs and the lows supporting the worst football team in the country at the time – Bromley FC.  Starring Brenock O’Connor, Martine McCutcheon and Alan Davies. (Showing at West Camel)

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (12A) The story begins in 1946 London, where we meet Juliet Ashton (Lily James), who is looking for something serious about which to write. Flashback sequences reveal that Juliet is working at resolving some of her own past issues. An unexpected letter; a curiously named book club; a remote location and a pig farmer are the triggers that entice her to set sail for Guernsey, leaving behind a book signing tour and an American fiancé who has swept her off her feet.  Starring Glen Powell, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay and Matthew Goode. (Showing at Castle Cary, Cerne Abbas, Halstock, Hardington Mandeville, Kingsbury Episcopi, Leigh, Milborne Port, Sherborne and Somerton)

THE MERCY (12A) On October 31 1968, Donald Crowhurst, a businessman and amateur sailor, set off in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a competition to be the first person to sail nonstop and single-handedly around the world. His 35ft boat, built from his own design, was unsuitable and unfinished, and as he fell farther and farther behind, he was faced with an impossible choice: return home to humiliation and financial ruin, or die at sea. In July 1969 his boat, Teignmouth Electron, was found in the Sargasso Sea with faked log books, increasingly unhinged diary entries, and no captain. (Showing at South Petherton)

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI (15) A darkly comedic drama from Martin McDonagh. After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.  Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. Strong language. (Showing at Crewkerne and Ilminster)