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BRUTON

Every Thursday at 11.00am starting by the Museum there is a 40 minute Health Walk.  Generally flat with a mixture of pavement and fields in dry weather.   For more details call Bryan Pearson on 01749 938191.  Every Saturday morning between 10.00am and 12.00 noon at the Community Hall there is a coffee morning to raise funds for local charities.  On Saturday 16 December money goes to the Explorer Scouts, on Saturday 23 and on Saturday 30 to St Mary’s Church.  There are hot drinks and refreshments served as well as cakes, books, bric-a-brac and a raffle.  For more details call 01749 812074.  On Monday 22 January from 7.30pm at the Community Hall the Horticultural Society have their AGM followed by a talk.

CASTLE CARY

On Tuesday 12 December at Caryford Hall from 11.00am the Arts Society have an illustrated lecture entitled ‘Nordic Pioneers’ with Ann Clements.  The years 1880 to 1920 was an outstanding period in Scandinavian art with Kroyer, the Anchers, Gallen-Kallela, Asger Jorn and Munch.  Entry £6.  For more information phone 01963 350132.  On Friday 15 from 7.30pm at All Saints Church there is an Acoustic By Candlelight with Jo Burt performing.  Tickets £10 from the Market House, Bailey Hill Bookshop or on 01963 351615.  All proceeds to All Saints Development Fund.   On Saturday 16 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House there is a Churches Together Coffee Morning.  Starting on Wednesday 10 January until Wednesday 21 March from 6.00pm at the Market House there is a Creative Writing course with Emma Craigie. Costs £100. On Tuesday 16 January from 10.30am at Caryford Hall the Arts Society have an illustrated lecture called ‘Messenger or Missile’ – Angels with glad tidings, doom, gloom or perdition. Entry £6. For more information phone 01963 350132. On Sunday 21 from 10.30am to 1.30pm at Caryford Hall it is the 13th Annual Somerset Potato Day. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Free entry. Refreshments available. On Saturday 20 at the Methodist School Room the Gardening Association have a New Year lunch. For more information phone 01963 240837.  On Friday 26 from 2.30pm at Caryford Hall the U3A have a talk on Jane Austen with Jane Crozier. Do not forget to book your tickets early for CATS’ next production in February called ‘Oh! What A Lovely War’. Tickets available from January from Needful Things or visit www.thelittleboxoffice.com/cats

CREWKERNE

Every Tuesday at the Sports Centre from 5.00pm join in at the weekly Walking Netball sessions.  No need to book.  First session free then £3.50 per session.   Every Wednesday it is the Crewkerne Market now extended until 2.00pm in the effort to help rejuvenate the market and attract both traders and shoppers.  For more information contact Laura Gowers on 01460 74001.   On Wednesday 20 December from 7.30pm at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall the Crewkerne and District Astronomical Society have their Christmas Social and Members’ Short Talks.  On Friday 12 January at Wadham School from 7.30pm the Film Club presents ‘I, Daniel Blake’. A heart attack leaves widowed carpenter Daniel unable to work and reliant on welfare. Ken Loach tackles the human cost of a bureaucratic benefit systems in this hard hitting story. Admission for the year is £25. For more information contact 01935 822656.

ILMINSTER

On Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December at the Church the Choral Society have their next charity concert featuring a programme of seasonal music including carols and readings.  Tickets £8 in advance from Harriman’s or 01458 259079 or £10 on the door.  Money raised will be shared between the MS Society and Mind.  On Friday 5 January at the Warehouse Theatre at 7.30pm there is a Twelfth Night Celebration with ‘Teasing the Cat’. Tickets £10, Children £5 available from Harriman’s. On Saturday 6 at the Market House from 8.30am to 12.30pm go along to the monthly Produce Market. Local groups and producers sell their goods locally and support the projects that are in need of support. If you are interested in having a stall at £5 contact Emma Jane at 01460 298090.  On Friday 26 at 7.30pm at the Parish Hall the Somerset Wildlife Trust has a talk called ‘Why Our Geological Heritage Matters’ with Sam Scriven of Jurassic Coast Trust. Lurking behind the soil, plants and wildlife that help sustain our living landscapes lie deeper and older stories and processes that exert profound control over our surroundings. Elemental forces of rocks and weather shape our view of the world, nourish our communities and offer vital lessons of Earth’s systems. Non members £3, children and students £1.

LANGPORT

On Saturday 16 December at Kelways Inn from 9.00pm see Bad Edukation perform.  On Monday 8 January from 7.30pm at the Library the History Society have a talk called ‘Looking at Limekilns’ with Peter Stanier speaking. Non members £2. For more information phone 01458 273471.

SHERBORNE

On Monday 11 December from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall the West Country Embroiderers have a workshop.  £15 in advance.  New members welcome.  For details call Ann on 01963 34696.  On Wednesday 13 at Digby Church Hall from 7.30pm ArtsLink Flicks presents ‘Viceroy’s House’.    Drama based on the final Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten and the transition of British India to independence.  Starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson.  Tickets £6 from 01935 815341, the TIC, or on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)   On Sunday 17 at 6.30pm and Monday 18 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm at Digby Hall the Amateur Pantomime Society present ‘Dick Whittington’.  On Saturday 6 January from 2.30pm at the Digby Hall the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association presents a talk called ‘The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard’ by Shaun McCormack. He will entertain with a descriptive talk on how he became a Yeoman, what it entailed and how the Queen’s Bodyguard came into existence. Non members £5. Tea and biscuits available. For more information phone 01935 425383. On Saturday 6 at the Memorial Church Hall from 7.00pm the Sherborne Twinning Association have their Rejuvenated Epiphany Party. The Drovers will be performing with music from the 60’s. Bring your own bottle, soft drinks and wine available. Raffle with prizes donated Sherborne Traders. Tickets £12.50, includes hot supper and a glass of wine, from the Sherborne TIC. Proceeds to help Sherborne Projects. For more information phone 01963 251081.  From Monday 8 at 9.30am at the Community Development Building, corner of Chantry Car Park, Dorset Italian begins its Complete Beginners 10 week course. Course is £75.   All lessons are taught by Jo Harvey who has been teaching Italian for the past four years and wrote the courses herself who has been changing and adapting depending on the type of class. There is a break for half term and each lesson is 90 minutes long. All course materials are provided, but it is advised to bring an A4 ring binder and notepad, a pen and an Italian-English dictionary.   For more information phone Jo on 07811 781484. For detailed information about the course or to find other locations courses are held visit www.dorset-italian.co.uk On Monday 8 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall the West Country Embroiderers have a workshop. Working on unfinished projects and inspiration day. £15 in advance. New members welcome. For details call Ann on 01963 34696. On Wednesday 10 from 7.30pm at the Digby Church Hall ArtsLink Flicks see ‘My Cousin Rachel’. A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful widow, believing her responsible for his death. Based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier. Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC on 01935 815341 or on the door. Pre film supper for £12. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)   On Thursday 11 from 2.30pm at the Digby Hall the Gardeners’ Association have a visit from Castle Gardens with ‘The Garden Centre Year’. Visitors £2. From Thursday 12 January to Thursday 22 March from 2.30pm to 4.00pm at Tinney’s Lane Youth Centre ArtsLink host a Parkinson’s Dance. A fun, supportive, specialist class with movement specifically designed for those with Parkinson’s, followed by a cup of tea and social time. Free admission. For more information phone 01935 815899.  On Thursday 25 from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Sherborne Floral Club have their AGM and a talk entitled ‘Chelsea’ with Pat Cherrett’. For more information phone 01935 812722.   On Friday 26 at 7.30pm at Digby Memorial Hall there is a Fish and Chip Supper. Hosted by the mayor, this is a special Quiz Night fundraiser whilst having tasty fish and chips. Come as a team of up to six or can be put into a team on the night. Tickets £10, includes Fish and Chips from Pisces in Sherborne, available from Midwest Office Supplies, Cheap Street. Gluten free options available. Wine and soft drinks available for a donation. Fabulous raffle prizes to be won. In aid of The Friends of Yeatman Hospital and the Rendezvous. On Sunday 28 leaving Sherborne at 12.35pm ArtsLink have a trip to the Swan Lake ballet at The Lighthouse in Poole for the 2.30pm performance. Performed by St Petersburg Classical ballet. Tickets £56 from 01935 815899.   On Wednesday 31 the applications close for Sherborne Young Musician. If you live in Sherborne or go to school in the area. For more information visit www.sherbornemusic.org or contact 07825 152251.

SOMERTON

On Monday 11 December at 10.45am at West Street Church Somerton Sings are meeting.  They sing anything well known, songs from the shows, old English melodies, and songs from the 30’s up to present.  For details 01458 272750.   On Thursday 21 at 8.30pm at the Sports Club there is a Quiz Night.  Teams of up to six people, £2 per person.  All welcome to this friendly monthly brain teaser.   On Friday 22 at 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Edgar Community Hall the U3A are meeting.   After any announcements there will be a guest speaker.  Non members £1.50.  On Friday 5 January from 10.00am to 2.00pm at the Market Place go along to the monthly Market. Plenty of stalls including meat, plants, homemade soaps and candles, wool art craft, Dorset pies, preserves, Italian cheeses, bespoke catering and more. For more details email marketonatsomerton@gmail.com On Tuesday 9 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms the Somerset Wildlife Trust has a talk called ‘Fungi: The Good The Bad and The Ugly’. Everything you wanted to know about fungi and more. Non members £3. On Monday 22 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms the Green Gardeners have a talk from Simpsons Seeds and bringing samples of their chilli sauces and seeds to purchase. Refreshments available. Visitors £3. On Thursday 25 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms the History Society have a talk called ‘Toleration and Turmoil’ with Janet Few. Guests £2. For more information on 01458 273859.

WINCANTON

On Sunday 10 December from 7.30pm at the Sports Centre the Wincanton and Durweston Choral Societies presents their Christmas Concert ‘A Christmas Cantata’ by Geoffrey Bush with folk songs and seasonal music.  Hannah O’Toole-Thrower will be on soprano and Sarah Shore on oboe.  Licensed bar.  Tickets £13.50 in advance before 4 December, £15 on door, under 18’s £6, available from 01749 813899.   On Saturday 30 December from 10.30am to 12.00 noon there is a ‘Weird and Wonderful Winter’ children’s activity and craft session at Wincanton Library. Entry free, but register at the library desk or at winlib@somerset.gov.uk  On Saturday 13 January from 10.00am at the Memorial Hall there is a Coffee Morning. Raffle, books and cakes. Tea, coffee and biscuits available.

YEOVIL

Whist Drive every Saturday at the Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Enquiries 01935 862325.  From now to Sunday 7 January at the Octagon Theatre their Christmas pantomime is ‘Cinderella’. Tickets £13.50.   On Sunday 10 December from 9.00am to 2.00pm at Yeovil Country Park there is the annual Santa Dash.  Festive and fun filled event aimed at runners, non runners, work teams and families.  In aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.  On Sunday 10 from 7.00pm at the Holy Trinity Church it is the Steph Talbot Memorial Christmas Concert featuring Yeovil Concert Band and the Mill Singers Male Voice Choir.  Tickets £9, under 16’s £3 from 01935 321330, www.yeovilconcertband.com or on the door.  In aid of Yeovil Heartbeat.  On Monday 11 at 12.00 noon at the Yeovil Court Hotel The Probus Club have a talk called ‘Chinese Railway Adventure’.  On Wednesday 13 at Yeovil College from 7.30pm Yeovil Cinematheque Film Society presents ‘After the Storm’.  A blend of comedy and drama, the flawed protagonist Ryota hopes still to lay a significant role in the life of his estranged family.  Annual membership £30.  Guests £5.   For more information phone 01935 421905.   On Tuesday 14 at Yeovil Railway Junction in Stoford there is a Main Line Steam.  They will be using a Black Five Engine 45305 from London Victoria to Sherborne and Yeovil.  On Friday 29 at Yeovil Junction between 10.30am to 4.00pm is a Steam Train Day – Mince Pie Special.  There will also be model railway, art gallery displays and historical railway exhibits.   Admission Adults £7, Children £3.50, under 5’s free.  Free mince pie with every cup or coffee!  On Friday 5 January at 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church the Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society have a Members Evening with a quiz and various talks and light refreshments. All welcome.  Non members £2. From Saturday 6 to Sunday 7 at 3.45pm from Huish Park and ending at the Quedam Shopping Centre Yeovil Half Marathon Race Director Steve Elliott will be run seven half marathons in 24 hours. A full route will be released. Raising money for Yeovil Hospital Charity and School in a Bag. Donations can be made online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenElliott12 On Monday 8 at Yeovil Court Hotel at 12.00 noon The Probus Club have a talk with Ian Williamson. Raising money on behalf of St Margaret’s Hospice. On Wednesday 10 at Yeovil College from 7.30pm Yeovil Cinematheque Film Society presents ‘Paterson’. Jim Jarmusch conjures up a sublime film from the triumphs and setbacks of daily life in Paterson, New Jersey. Recommended for lovers of dogs, cupcakes and poetry. Annual membership £30. Guests £5.   For more information phone 01935 421905. From Monday 15 to Saturday 20 at 7.45pm the Swan Theatre Company in Yeovil presents ‘Whistleblower’. Tickets available from 26 December. The first night is a St Margaret’s Hospice Charity Night. Coffee and bar and raffle prizes. Fundraising goes to the Southern India Trek for Hospice in 2019. (See ‘Arts’) On Wednesday 17 at the Holy Trinity Church at 2.30pm there is a talk with Ian Williamson. Raising money on behalf of St Margaret’s Hospice. On Wednesday 17 January at Yeovil College from 7.30pm Yeovil Cinematheque Film Society presents ‘Julieta’. Enthralling meditation on the mechanics of memory, grief and alienation. Based on short stories by Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro. Annual membership £30. Guests £5.   For more information phone 01935 421905.  On Wednesday 31 January at Westland’s Entertainment Venue from 8.00pm there is a Quiz Night. Bar, raffle and prizes. For more information phone 01963 34662.

Village News

BEAMINSTER

On Tuesday 12 December from 2.30pm there is a talk called ‘The Maiden Newton to Bridport Railway’ with speaker Douglas Beazer.  Admission £2.50.  For more information visit www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com  On Tuesday 16 January from 2.30pm there is a talk called ‘The Real History of Parnham’ with Brian Earl who will give an outline of the fascinating history of this famous house. Entry £2.50. On Tuesday 30 from 2.30pm there is another talk ‘The Awful Story of the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685’ with Bruce Upton talking about the causes and consequences of this rebellion. Entry £2.50. All events at the Museum.

CHARLTON HORETHORNE

From Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 January at the Village Hall at 7.30pm the Amateur Pantomime Society presents ‘Snow White’. Saturday matinee at 2.00pm. Licensed bar and refreshments available. Thursday ticket prices are Adults £6, Children £2 and other performances are Adults £7, Children £3, available from the Village Shop or at chapspantomime@gmail.com

CORTON DENHAM

On Sunday 31 December at 7.30pm The Queen’s Arms have a New Years Eve Party with magic themed party with magicians and DJ. There will be a six course dinner. Tickets £75.   There are three Film Nights at The Queens Arms this month. On Wednesday 3 January at 7.30pm see ‘Dunkirk’. On Wednesday 17 at 7.30pm see ‘Victoria and Abdul’. On Wednesday 31 see ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’. Main Meal (Chefs Choice), Vegetarian alternative available, 125ml glass of house red or white, pint of local ale or for drivers a glass of coke or lemonade. £15 per person. Pre booking essential. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Sunday 28 at 7.30pm the Queens Arms host a Burns Night. Four course dinner. Tickets £35. Limited availability.

DITCHEAT

On Friday 15 December from 5.30pm at the Jubilee Hall there is a Christmas Family Film Show.  Ditcheat Big Screen will be showing ‘Despicable Me 3’.  Drinks, snacks and licensed bar available.  Tickets £6, available from the Farm Shop or on the door.  For more information phone 01749 860396.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)   On Thursday 18 January at 7.30pm at the Village Hall the new season of films begins with ‘Hampstead’. Licensed bar and tea and coffee available. Tickets £6 available from the Farm Shop or on the door. For more information phone 01749 860396. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

EAST COKER   

On Thursday 14 December at 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have their Christmas Party Quiz with Mike Short.  Visitors £3.  For details phone 01935 862447.

GILLINGHAM

Would you like to improve or learn Italian? On Tuesday 9 January at 6.30pm at the Community Development Building, corner of Chantry Car Park, the Upper Intermediate 10 week course begins from Dorset Italian. Then later on Tuesday 9 at 8.00pm the Pre-Intermediate 10 week course starts. On Thursday 11 at 6.30pm the 10 week Intermediate course begins. Then afterwards also on Thursday 11 at 8.00pm it is the start of the 10 week course for False Beginners. All lessons are taught by Jo Harvey who has been teaching Italian for the past four years and wrote the courses herself who has been changing and adapting depending on the type of class. There is a break for half term and each lesson is 90 minutes long. All courses £100. All course materials are provided, but it is advised to bring an A4 ring binder and notepad, a pen and an Italian-English dictionary.   For more information phone Jo on 07811 781484. For detailed information about each course, to decide which level is for you or see other locations courses are held visit www.dorset-italian.co.uk

HENSTRIDGE

On Saturday 9 December from 7.00pm the Bible Christian Centre welcome the return of Piano a Deux for their Christmas concert entitled ‘Cross Culture Christmas Carnival’.  Tickets £6 available from the Oasis Coffee Shop on 01460 73147.

LEIGH

On Tuesday 30 January at the Old Vicarage Care Home and then later at the Village Hall Ian Williamson will be talking. Raising money on behalf of St Margaret’s Hospice.

LONG SUTTON

On Saturday 6 January from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at the Holy Trinity Church there is a Coffee Morning in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.

MARTOCK

On Tuesday 12 December the Gardening Society have their Christmas Lunch. For more information phone 01935 822144.   On Wednesday 13 at the Parish Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm it is ‘Come for Christmas Coffee’.  Enjoy mulled wine and seasonal snacks.  Profits shared between Parish Hall fund and charities. On Wednesday 20 from 2.00pm in the Pavilion the WI have a Social Afternoon with Christmas activities and festive morsels and music.  Visitors welcome.  For more information phone 01935 508265.  On Saturday 13 January from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Moorlands Shopping Precinct go to the Farmer’s Market. For a table phone 01935 822202.   On Saturday 13 at 7.30pm at the Parish Hall see the film ‘Lost in Paris’. Replete with the amazing antics and intricately choreographed slapstick that has come to define Abel and Gordon’s work. This is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights. Tickets £5.50 in advance from Martock News, Moorlands Precinct and Martock Gallery or £6 on the door. Refreshments available. For more information phone 01935 826457. On Friday 19 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. On Tuesday 23 from 7.30pm at the Primary School the History Group have a talk called ‘The Roman Army in Somerset’ with John Smith. A localised and modern day account of what they got up to around here. Visitors £3. Annual membership £10. For more information phone 01935 822202.

MERRIOTT

On Saturday 16 December at All Saints Church from 7.30pm there is Carols and Classics by Candlelight.  This will be the 9th year that the Fisher Sinfonia has performed at this 15th century church providing an unmissable evening of string ensembles with organ and piano accompaniment.  2017 has been an extremely busy for the string musicians whose international orchestral commitments has seen them performing with major UK orchestras across all the continents.  They use the occasion at Merriott to meet as friends, then to entertain and enthrall a wide audience from over a 40 mile radius. This annual concert has amassed a significant following of appreciative classical and festive music lovers, raising funds for the church.   Mince pies and refreshments available. Tickets £8 available from Osborne Store, Crewkerne Information Centre or phone 07870 404631.

NORTH CADBURY

On Saturday 20 January from 6.00pm from The Catash Inn the Brue Valley Rotary Club have a free Wassail Ceremony. They will visit a nearby Orchard where there will be a traditional Wassail ceremony with a Wassail Queen. Bring anything along that makes a noise to scare away the bad spirits. The Wyvern Jubilee Morris Dancers will be entertaining. There will also be a raffle. Free mulled cider and apple juice provided along with bacon baps. There is also the option of a two course meal for £12 at the Catash Inn (pre booking required on 01963 441531). All profits to charity. Also on Saturday 20 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall Take Art presents ‘Songbirds’. Experience the soaring talent of Kate Dimbleby, the singing daughter of Britain’s great broadcasting family, as she weaves a powerful, soulful a capella with real life stories collected from all corners of the world. This highly acclaimed show has been going down a storm and is not to be missed. Tickets Adults £10, Children/Students £5 available from the North Cadbury Stores, 01963 440705 or visit www.takeart.org

MONTACUTE

The triple award winning Farmers and Craft Market at Montacute House, organised by Levels’ Best is on Saturday 16 December from 10.00am to 2.00pm.  Parking, entry free and dog friendly so a great time to top up on local seasonal products.

OBORNE

On Monday 1 and Sunday 28 January at the Village Hall from 2.00pm to 4.00pm there is ‘Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls and Vocal Overtoning’ with Dean Carter. Bring a blanket and something to lie down on. Entry £12. For more information phone 01935 389655.

ODCOMBE

On Monday 8 January at 7.30pm at the Village Hall it is Movie Night and the film showing is ‘Dunkirk’.  Tickets £5 from 07934 737104 or £6 on the door.

QUEEN CAMEL

On Thursday 14 December at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall the Horticultural Society have a talk called ‘Hollies and Ivies’ with Roy Cheek.  Guests £2.  Please note no meeting in January.

SANDFORD ORCAS   

On Thursday 14 December from 7.30pm at the Village Hall ArtsReach host Celtic Christmas Strings – A Festive Feast of Harp and Guitar.  Chris Newman and Maire ni Chathasaigh have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful – a spellbinding treat for mid winter.  Tickets £10, under 16’s £6 available from 01963 220208.   On Sunday 1 January at 10.30am meeting at the Mitre Inn it is the Annual New Year’s Day walk with Gareth Lewis and Claire Arnold. This year’s walk is about five miles to Poyntington and back. Lunch will be available at The Mitre from 1.00pm. Please place orders for food before the walk starts. All welcome, including dogs. For more information phone 01963 220784. On Friday 26 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall ArtsReach presents ‘Think of England’. In a charming 1940s theatrical show, it is the summer of 1943 and Bett and Vera travel the country hosting tea dances for RAF fighter pilots stationed nearby. What the locals do not know is that the dance is a cover for the girls’ real purpose – to send the men off to fight and die having experienced all of life’s pleasures.   Tickets Adults £10, under 18’s £6 and families £25 available from the Mitre Inn, 01963 220749, 01963 220208 or on the door.

SEAVINGTON

On Thursday 14 December from 12.00pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have their Christmas Lunch.  On Thursday 11 January from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘How To Prepare Vegetables’ by Claire Hart. There is also the Flower of the Month competition. Coffee and tea available. Visitors £2 on the door. Enquiries on 01460 929605.

SOUTH PETHERTON

On Monday 11 December from 7.30pm the WI have their Members Christmas Party.  Competitions: A Handmade Christmas Cracker and Bloom of the Month.  On Wednesday 13 from 7.30pm at Methodist Church Hall the History Group have their Christmas Dinner. Visitors £3.   On Friday 5 January at 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show presents their next film. Tickets £5. On Monday 15 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall there is a talk called ‘Growing Vegetables My Way’ with allotment holder and ex farmer John Studley.  Visitors £2, annual subscription £6. On Thursday 18 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 19 at 8.00pm the Petherton Picture Show presents their next film. Tickets £5. On Wednesday 24 at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm the Local History Society hosts a talk on ‘Muchelney Abbey – From the Normans to the Dissolution’. Visitors £3 on the door. On Sunday 28 from 7.30pm at the David Hall it is Acoustic Night. On Wednesday 31 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the David Hall there is a Coffee Morning. Free entry.  All events, unless stated, are at The David Hall.

WEST CAMEL

On Friday 22 December from 7.30pm see the film ‘The Red Turtle’.  Admission £5 on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  On Saturday 30 from 7.30pm Country and Western Dance Club host ‘Ben Thompson’ and have their New Year Party with American Supper.   Overnight camping allowed. Ticket only.  For more details 01460 78895.  On Friday 19 at 7.30pm and Saturday 20 January from 2.00pm and 7.30pm at the Davis Hall the Little Barn Theatre Group presents ‘Aladdin’. Tickets adults £7, under 18’s £5, family £20 available from 01935 850305.  All events at the Davis Hall.

WEST COKER

On Wednesday 13 December from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk by Neil Lovesey from Picket Nursery.  Neil is a true plantsman and raises all his own plants from seeds or cuttings.  Christmas treats available!  Annual membership £5.  On Friday 12 January at the Commemoration Hall from 7.45pm Cinema for All presents ‘The Eagle Huntress’.   Tells the story of Aisholpan, a nomadic 13 year old Kazakh girl from the Altai Mountains. She wants to train her own eagle – but this tradition has always been the province of male children. With the help of her father, Aisholpan is determined to succeed and break with the traditions of 12 generations of her family. Enchanting, uplifting and heartwarming. Wine, beers, cider and soft drinks available at a cost. Tickets £5 from Marilyn on 01935 863176 or on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  

WEST CHINNOCK

On Thursday 18 January at the Village Hall at 7.30pm the WI have a talk with Ian Williamson. Raising money on behalf of St Margaret’s Hospice.

WHITELACKINGTON

On Saturday 20 January from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Village Hall there is a table top sale. Refreshments available.

YEOVILTON

On Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December at 7.30pm the Fleet Air Arm Museum have their ‘Christmas Concert Under Concorde’.  By popular demand the concert is on two evenings.  Join the HMS Heron Volunteer band for their annual show which features several classics and some festive numbers.   Tickets £15, includes a mince pie and mulled wine on arrival.  Refreshments and bar available in interval.

YETMINSTER

On Tuesday 12 December from 7.00pm at the Jubilee Hall the Gardening Club have their Christmas Party.  On Tuesday 26 December from 7.00pm at the White Hart there is a Boxing Day Quiz. Normal format but with all things seasonal. Entry £5, includes snack meal. Teams of six. Booking essential.   On Sunday 28 December from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at the White Hart there will be live music with ‘Hardy and the Monuments’. Playing classic songs from across the years. With songs from artists including The Rolling Stones, BB King, David Bowie, Tom Robinson, Eric Clapton, the Stray Cats and John Lee Hooker. On Sunday 31 December at the White Hart there is a News Years’ Eve Beach Party and BBQ. Put your best beach party outfit on – a prize for the best dressed! No booked needed.

Movies Around the Villages and Towns

DUNKIRK (PG) World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. It portrays the evacuation from three perspectives: land, sea, and air. It has little dialogue as director, Christopher Nolan, sought to create suspense instead from cinematography and music. Starring Tom Hardy. (Showing at Corton Denham and Odcombe)

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG) A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne and his nanny Olive, Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie. (Showing at Corton Denham)

HAMPSTEAD (12A) Emily is an American widow who lives in a converted mansion beside Hampstead Heath.  Living on the Heath itself, in a hut he has built himself is Donald, a scruffy hermit who just wants to be left alone.  Emily’s snobbish friends, led by Fiona call him The Tramp.  The local council want him gone so that the land can be developed. They send threatening letters which he tears up.  But Emily is drawn to his predicament and gradually a relationship develops… Starring Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson and Lesley Manville. (Showing at Ditcheat)

I, DANIEL BLAKE (15) A 59 year old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humor, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end. (Showing at Crewkerne)

MY COUSIN RACHEL (12A) Philip, an orphan, was taken in and brought up by his cousin Ambrose, a Devon landowner he loves like a father. At a time, Ambrose, who has been advised by his physician a warmer climate, leaves for Tuscany. There he meets and marry Rachel, a half-Italian cousin of his. After an idyllic outset, the situation deteriorates. Shortly before his death, Ambrose manages to alert Philip: his wife is killing him slowly. Willing to sort out the truth, Philip goes to Ambrose’s place but he does not find Rachel, who has gone away. Instead he meets Rainaldi, her friend and lawyer, who does not inspire him with confidence. He returns to his estate, persuaded that Rachel is evil and is the direct cause of Ambrose’s death. Some time later, Rachel announces her coming. Determined to welcome her coolly, he is stunned to discover a woman not only beautiful but elegant, intelligent and sensitive. (Showing at Sherborne)

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (PG) This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity. (Showing at West Coker)

VICTORIA AND ABDUL (PG) The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. Starring Judi Dench. (Showing at Corton Denham)