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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. Every Thursday until Thursday 3 May at Hauser and Wirth there is a series of talks called ‘Thrifty Thursdays’ which goes alongside the current exhibition ‘The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’. Taking the exhibition as a starting point to explore themes relating to the rural, each week a different artist, writer, gardener, land-worker, academic or performer will join us. On Thursday 1 March from 6.30pm Hauser and Wirth continue their Thrifty Thursdays with a talk entitled ‘Ross Aitken, Dawes Twineworks’.   Join Ross Aitken to hear about Dawes Twineworks, in West Cocker, Somerset. (See ‘Arts)  On Saturday 3 from 10.00am to 4.00pm Hauser and Wirth hold a day of talks and presentations with thought provoking discussions around the key ideas and themes in the latest exhibition ‘The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’. An ambitious survey exhibition that explores the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural. (See ‘Arts’) On Monday 5 from 10.30am the Horticultural Society have a private tour of Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Should have the garden to themselves and in time to see all the varieties of spring bulbs. Cost £11. All welcome.  On Thursday 15 from 6.30pm another Thrifty Thursday at Hauser and Wirth is called ‘Stephen Moss on Naming Birds’. (See ‘Arts’) On Thursday 22 at 6.30pm at Hauser and Wirth the next Thrifty Thursday is ‘Tim Dickens – Back to the Land’. (See ‘Arts’)  

CASTLE CARY

On Tuesday 20 February from 10.30am at Caryford Hall the Arts Society have an illustrated lecture called ‘Sacred Art of Ancient China’ with Jon Cannon. An hour to gain an idea of the enormous significance of religion for the Chinese arts. Entry £6. For more information phone 01963 350132. On Friday 23 at 2.30pm the U3A have a talk called ‘A Little Bit of Dorset’ by Bonny Sartin. On Saturday 24 at Caryford Hall from 5.45pm there is a lecture on the SS Great Britain. Drinks and canapés served. On Tuesday 27 at the Caryford Hall from 7.30pm Cinema in Caryford presents ‘My Cousin Rachel’.   Tickets £5 from Market House or £6 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  On Thursday 1 March at 7.30pm at the Methodist School Room the Gardening Association host a talk called ‘A Growing Addiction: Bulbs from the Winter Rainfall Area of South Africa’ with Paul Cumbleton. Non members £1.  On Saturday 3 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Methodist Church there is a Marmalade and Spring Sale. Marmalade, jams, chutneys, cakes and more for sale. Entry £3. On Saturday 3 from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the Market House there is a Fair Trade Coffee Morning. Refreshments available.   On Tuesday 6 from 7.30pm at the Community Hall the Somerset Wildlife Trust have an illustrated talk by Tamsin Holmes of the National Trust about Stourhead’s project to encourage the recovery of the endangered tree sparrow. Tree Sparrows declined by 95% in the UK between 1970 and 2000 and now quite rare.  However, a thriving population was discovered on National Trust farmland around Stourhead, which enabled the RSPB to start the Tree Sparrow Recovery Project in 2004.    Tea and coffee available. Entry Adults £3.  On Saturday 10 from 10.00am to 5.00pm at the Market House there is the Lovington Primary School Coffee Morning. Refreshments available and raffle.  On Tuesday 13 from 7.30pm at Caryford Hall see ‘Victoria and Abdul’.  Tickets £5 from Market House or £6 on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  On Saturday 10 at the Community Hall from 7.00pm the Camelot Players presents ‘A Victorian Melodrama’. Two short melodramas around a three course meal. Tickets £15.    On Wednesday 14 from 2.30pm at the Market House there is a drop in event for proposed library changes. On Saturday 17 from 8.30am at the Market House there is a Choir Coffee Morning. Coffee, refreshments and cakes. On Saturday 17 from 6.45pm at the Caryford Hall see ‘The Jar Family’. Tickets £15. (See ‘Arts’)  On Saturday 17 at 6.45pm at Community Hall there is a Music Night with ‘The Jar Family’. The collective of five singer songwriters return. Indie folk-rock at its best. Tickets £15 from 01963 350980. On Tuesday 20 from 10.30am at Caryford Hall the Arts Society have an illustrated lecture called ‘Eating with Queen Victoria: A Greedy Queen’ with Annie Gray.  Entry £6.  For more information phone 01963 350132.  On Friday 23 from 8.00pm at the George Hotel it is the Charity Silent Auction Results Evening with a performance by Aimme Jay Sax.  All proceeds from the Auction and any donations on the Charity night will be split between three charities – Cancer Research UK, Bath Rugby Foundation and Castle Cary Toybox Pre School for new educational and play equipment.  Bidding sheets will be available behind the bar along with a list of all items which are currently being sourced from prospective clients and we will also accept bids via email.  So far they have a Bath Rugby Shirt signed by the current squad, Ladies Lions Rugby shirt, tickets for Yeovil Town FC, Tickets to England Football international, Tea for two, Paintballing, a Massage. For more information phone Ian Miller on 01963 350761 or ian.miller@thegeorgehotelcastlecary.co.uk On Saturday 24 from 8.45am at the Market House there is a Tools For Self Reliance Coffee Morning. Selling tools, cakes and refreshments. On Saturday 24 at 7.30pm at All Saints Church see The Maesbury Singers ‘Durufle’s Requiem Seasonal Latin Motets Music’ by John Taverner. Accompanied on the organ by Joseph Pritchard – recent finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year. On Tuesday 27 from 7.30pm at Caryford Hall see ‘The Death of Stalin’. Tickets £5 from Market House or £6 on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  On Saturday 31 from 9.00am at the Market House there is a Majorettes Coffee Morning. Coffee, cakes and other stalls.

CREWKERNE

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 23 February at the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm see the Neil Maya Quartet Concert. Dave Brubeck playing such classics as Blue Ronda Alk Turk, Unsquare Dance and Take Five. Concert only tickets £10, tickets including supper £18 at 6.30pm serving steak and ale pie followed cherry sponge. Tickets from Henhayes Centre, Local Information Centre.   On Saturday 24 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.  Extras 50p each. No booking needed.   For more information phone 01460 74340.  On Friday 9 March from 7.00pm at Wadham School the Film Crew presents ‘Burn, Burn, Burn’.  Two Young Londoners follow their best friend’s dying wish to scatter his ashes in locations with special meaning. A funny and poignant British road movie about life, death and friendship. Admission for the year is £25.  For more information contact 01935 822656.  On Saturday 10 from 7.30pm at the Victoria Hall see ‘Bertie’s Big Band’. Enjoy music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Gershwin, Sinatra and more.  Bar and raffle.  Tickets £12 from 01460 78214.  Raising funds for Henhayes Centre Memory Group and the Nepal School Building Trust. On Friday 16 from 12.30pm at the Henhayes Centre it is the Chef’s Special Lunch. Three course meal with roast lamb followed by strawberry sponge with chantilly Cream. Choice of three fruit juices, tea, coffee and chocolates. Bar open.  Entry £9.  Booking essential on 01460 74340. On Saturday 17 from 9.30am to 1.00pm at the Henhayes Centre there is an Easter Craft Fayre. Browse the many stalls.  For more information phone 01460 74340.  On Saturday 17 from 7.30pm at The Dance House, North Street, Crewkerne Concerts in the West presents the ‘Marmen Quartet’.  Tickets £15. (See ‘Arts’) On Tuesday 20 at 10.30am at the Library there is a talk with Caroline Newark on how her 19 times great grandmother was the inspiration for her new book called ‘The Pearl of France’.  On Friday 23 from 7.30pm at the Henhayes Centre the South Somerset Community Choir have a concert. Tickets Adults £6, Children £3 available from the Local Information Centre.

On Saturday 31 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.  Extras 50p each.  No booking needed.   For more information phone 01460 74340.

ILMINSTER

On Friday 23 at 7.00pm and Saturday 24 February at 2.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre the Youth Theatre are ‘Playing with Shakespeare’ featuring ‘The Tempest’, ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Tickets £5, under 18’s £3 available from Harrimans Menswear.  On Saturday 3 March 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 14 to Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre IES presents ‘The Crucible’.  Tickets £10, Students £5 from Harrimans Menswear.  On Friday 16 from 8.00pm at the Ilminster Arts Centre Concerts in the West presents the ‘Marmen Quartet’.  Tickets £15. (See ‘Arts’)  On Friday 23 from 7.30pm at the Parish Hall the Somerset Wildlife Trust has a talk called ‘Manu – Where the Andes Meet the Amazon’ with Dr Rob Williams. Rob has spent a decade working for the conservation of Manu National Park and has helped document the area for magazines and TV.  Located in the western Amazon, Manu National Park is the world’s most biodiverse protected area, encompassing the humid montane forests of the eastern Andes and the adjacent Amazon lowlands of the Manu river watershed. Together with neighbouring areas it forms part of the largest contiguous wilderness remaining on earth and is home to over a thousand bird species and 300 mammals.  Non members £3. Enquiries 01460 234551.

LANGPORT

On Monday 5 March at the Library from 7.30pm the History Society host Philip Unwin who will describe the incredible journey of the SS Great Britain. Non members £2, annual membership £12. For more information phone 01458 273471.

SHERBORNE

Every Thursday 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 Tuesday 20 February at 7.00pm at the Raleigh Hall Sherborne Literary Society has another Words With Wine which welcomes Crispin Black MBE. Crispin served in the Falklands where he survived the bombing of the Sir Galahad. He has held a defense fellowship at St John’s College and has advised the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street on intelligence matters. Drinks and canapés. Non members welcome. Tickets £5 from Winstone’s on 01935 816128 or on the door. On Wednesday 21 at 7.30pm at the Memorial Church Hall the Dorset Wildlife Trust have a talk called ‘Climate Change: Antarctic in a Global Context’ with Professor Mark Tatchell. Admission £2.50. Tea and coffee available. New members and visitors welcome. Enquiries 01935 872774. On Thursday 27 from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Flower Club have an ‘In House floral demonstration and workshop’. For more information phone 01935 813316. On Sunday 25 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at the Digby Memorial Hall there is a Sherborne Folk Band workshop. An opportunity for musicians of acoustic instruments to come to a monthly workshop to learn folk tunes and chords and experiment with arrangements.  It is aimed to be fully inclusive so welcomes all musicians including those that are new to an instrument or people who have up to now been ‘bedroom’ musicians or people who have never played folk music before but would like to try a different genre of music.  The workshops are led by talented musician and experienced workshop leader, Laurel Swift, who teaches in an inspiring and inclusive way.  In addition to monthly workshops, Julia organises informal music sessions where people who have attended the workshops have the opportunity to play through the tunes with other members of the group in an informal setting with a relaxed atmosphere.  Music created could go towards an informal performance in the summer. All welcome. Workshop admission £10, £12 on the door. Music sessions free. For more information http://www.laurelswift.co.uk/sherborne-folk-band/  On Thursday 27 from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Flower Club have an ‘In House floral demonstration and workshop’.  For more information phone 01935 813316.  On Saturday 3 March from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Digby Hall ArtsLink have a one day workshop called ‘Linocut Printing’ with Catherine Anne Pitchford. Linocut is a simple, fun way of creating striking prints which, requiring little specialist equipment, can be practised at home.  You will learn key techniques, experiment with cutting marks, create a finished lino block from which you could print greeting cards, present tags or small pictures.  All equipment and materials are included.  Tea, coffee and biscuits available.  Cost £50.  For more information 01935 815899.  On Tuesday 6 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, please phone 01305 269444. No meeting in April. On Wednesday 7 from 2.00pm at the Digby Hall the Arts Society has a lecture called ‘Giles – His Life, Times and Cartoons’. Barry Venning, a published historian of British art, examines Carl Giles – satirist, war correspondent and cartoonist for The Daily Express. New members welcome.  Visitors £5.  For more information visit www.theartssocietysherborne.org.uk  On Thursday 8 at 2.30pm at Digby Hall the Gardener’s Association visit Castle Gardens for a discount afternoon and talk. Members only. Annual subscription £12.  On Saturday 10 from 2.30pm at Digby Hall the Blackmore Vale and National Trust Association has its AGM followed by a talk called ‘The Remarkable Trees at Stourhead’ by Emily Utgren. Tree care is core to a lot of the work at Stourhead, ensuring that there are young trees preparing to be magnificent one day. They are currently re-visiting the past to explain why Stourhead was built and how it was conserved since the 1700 to make the estate we see today. Non members £5.  Tea and biscuits available.  For more information phone 01935 425383.  On Monday 12 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall the West Country Embroiderers have a workshop called ‘Creative 3D Stitching’ with Sheila Davies.  £15 in advance.  New members welcome.  For details call Ann on 01963 34696.   On Monday 12 at Cheap Street Church at 2.00pm go along to ‘Gonna Rise Up Singin’ concert with the U3A choirs. A medley of songs from 16th century spirituals, folksong to pop – something for all! Free admission. Proceeds to St Margaret’s Hospice.  On Wednesday 14 from 2.30pm at the Digby Memorial Hall the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital hosts a talk called ‘Hospital Blues’. Luke Mouland, Sherborne museum’s archivist, explores the pivotal role played by people of Sherborne and many surrounding villages in nursing the wounded in the First World War.  Hear about the pioneering practices developed here, and try to recognise some of the town and village properties involved.  You will also find out what ‘Hospital Blues’ were, and why they were necessary.  A fascinating illustrated presentation open to all, followed by tea and cake with additional donations. Tickets £5 from Winstone’s and Abbey Bookshop.  On Wednesday 14 from 7.30pm at the Digby Church Hall ArtsLink Flicks presents ‘Goodbye Mr Christopher’.  Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC on 01935 815341 or on the door.  Pre film supper for £12.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  From Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 March from 7.30pm at The Old Chapel the Amateur Players of Sherborne present ‘London Suite’.  A collection of four short plays by Neil Simon.  Admission free, voluntary contributions on the door.  To reserve seats, contact sylvielord27@gmail.com  For more information phone 07780 513011. On Thursday 15 from 7.00pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Twinning Association have their AGM. There will be an interesting speaker too. If you or your friends like visiting France then do come along and see what the association is up to. Drinks and nibbles available. No joining charge. On Sunday 18 from 3.00pm at Cheap Street Church there is a Wessex Strings Concert with with Adrian Brendel and Jacky Siu. In aid of Sherborne Douzelage Young Musicians. Tickets £9. (See ‘Arts’)  On Thursday 22 from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Sherborne Flower Club have a Floral demonstration called ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ with Elizabeth Witcombe. Raffle and flower arrangements.  Visitors welcome. For information phone  01935 812722.  On Sunday 25 March from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at the Digby Memorial Hall there is a Sherborne Folk Band workshop. An opportunity for musicians of acoustic instruments to come to a monthly workshop to learn folk tunes and chords and experiment with arrangements.  It is aimed to be fully inclusive so welcomes all musicians including those that are new to an instrument or people who have up to now been ‘bedroom’ musicians or people who have never played folk music before but would like to try a different genre of music.  The workshops are led by talented musician and experienced workshop leader, Laurel Swift, who teaches in an inspiring and inclusive way.  In addition to monthly workshops, Julia organises informal music sessions where people who have attended the workshops have the opportunity to play through the tunes with other members of the group in an informal setting with a relaxed atmosphere.   Music created could go towards an informal performance in the summer. All welcome. Workshop admission £10, £12 on the door.  Music sessions free.  For more information www.laurelswift.co.uk/sherborne-folk-band/

SOMERTON

On Thursday 22 February from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms the History Society have a talk called ‘Walter Bagehot – Economist and Journalist’ with Barry Winetrobe. Guests £2. For more information on 01458 273859.   On Saturday 24 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms see ‘Victoria and Abdul’. Biographical comedy drama about real life relationship between Queen Victoria and servant. Starring Judi Dench. Tickets £6 from Cobbs Wholefoods or on the door. For more information phone 01458 241808. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Monday 26 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms the Green Gardeners have a talk called ‘Organic Gardening and Pest Control’ with Paul Harding. Refreshments available. Visitors £3. On Monday 26 February, Monday 12 March and Monday 26 March 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 Thursday 1 and Thursday 15 March from 11.30am there is a Health Walk from the Library.  Walk for around an hour and socialise at the same time.  Wear clothing suitable. At the end there is the option for refreshments at local pub.  Organised by Macmillan and The Ramblers Association.  For more information phone 01458 274631. On Friday 2 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  From Friday 2 to Saturday 10 Bespoke Selwood House, Market Place have their Fabric Sale. Remnants, end of rolls, patchwork and dress fabrics. Closed Sunday. For more information phone 01458 273970.  On Monday 5 at West Street Church from 7.00pm the History of Art lectures with Joanna Cobb continue with ‘Thomas Gainsborough and the Royal Academy. In and out of ‘harness’. Tickets £8, includes refreshments and handouts, available from Somerton Hair and Beauty, Cobbs Wholefoods and Full of Beans café or on the door. The series of lectures can be joined any time and no obligation to all. For more information phone 01458 832178. On Tuesday 13 at the Parish Rooms from 7.30pm the Somerset Wildlife Trust has a talk called ‘Herons and Swell Woods Heronry’.  The RSPB Swell Wood reserve is home to the largest heronry in SW England with up to 150 Heron nests in some years. Learn more about the heronry and the wider reserve from the RSPB Warden, Steve Ross. Non members £3. On Saturday 17 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms see ‘My Cousin Rachel’.  Tickets £6 from Cobbs Wholefoods or on the door.  For more information phone 01458 241808.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  On Thursday 22 from 7.00pm at the Parish Rooms the History Society has their AGM with a talk called ‘The Huguenots’ by John Youe.  Guests £2.  For more information phone 01458 273859.  On Saturday 24 at West Street Church from 2.00pm there is another lecture with Joanna Cobb as part of her shorter afternoon course called ‘The ‘Gentler’ Sex – Women Artists from Antiquity to the 21st Century’. Tickets £8, includes tea or coffee and biscuits and handouts.  For more information phone 01458 832178.  On Monday 26 from 7.30pm at the Parish Rooms the Green Gardeners have a talk called ‘Growing Up – Vertical Gardening’ with Clare Hart. Refreshments available. Non members £3.

WINCANTON

On Friday 2 March from 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall the Gardeners have a talk called ‘Gardening in the Shade’ by Sue Hazeldean.  Tea and coffee available. Non members £1. Annual membership £5.  On Friday 9 from 7.00pm at Memorial Hall there is a concert called ‘Live Keyboard Spectacular’. Donate money to the children’s charity ‘Make a Wish’ Foundation. (See ‘Arts’)  On Saturday 17 from 7.30pm at St Luke and St Teres’a Church Spectra Musica presents ‘Motets, Madrigals and More’.  Tickets £12 from 01963 350160.  (See ‘Arts’)  On Wednesday 23 from 4.00pm at the Library psychological thriller writer, Sarah Wiseman, will talk about her latest novel ‘Absence’. Please book your free place at the library desk.  Tea and cake provided.

YEOVIL

Whist Drive every Saturday at the Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Enquiries 01935 862325.  On Wednesday 21 February at Yeovil College from 7.30pm Yeovil Cinematheque Film Society presents ‘The Olive Tree’. The themes here in an ecological fable are the environmental and family loyalty. A young woman journeys from Spain to Germany to retrieve a thousand year old tree from corporate bigwigs. Annual membership £30. Guests £5.   For more information phone 01935 421905. On Thursday 22 at Westlands Entertainment Venue see Kristina Rihanoff and Christopher Maloney on their ‘Dance to the Music’ tour. Tickets £48. (See ‘Arts’) On Wednesday 28 at 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church there is a Floral Demonstration ‘Inspired by…’ with area demonstrator Julia Russett. Visitors £5.  On Wednesday 28 at 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue there is a Quiz Night. Bar, raffle and prizes. Entry £2.50 per person, 4 per team. For more information email friendsofwestlands@gmail.com Find them on Facebook www.facebook.com/FriendsOfWestlands  On Friday 2 March from 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church the Archaeological and Local History Society has a talk called ‘Water Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity’ Barry Winetrobe.  Guests £2 on the door. From Saturday 3 from 8.00pm at Yeovil Rugby Club the Yeovil Ladies Rugby will attempt to play the longest ever game of rugby to raise funds for Breast Cancer Unit at Yeovil Hospital. The record is currently held by a men’s team who have played for 28hrs and 23 minutes, which was set in 2015. The ladies are aiming to play for around 29 hours with participants rotating on and off the pitch, enabling players to receive much needed sustenance and rest! This is not going to be an easy challenge, but the ladies will not be defeated. They not only want to beat the current World Record, but also show other women how much fun rugby can be! A huge number of volunteers are needed to help keep the ladies fed, watered and entertained. If you would like to come along to help them with their challenge, or if you would like to play in this world record attempt, please contact Bea on 07817 284606 or email yeovilrugbyworldrecord@yahoo.com To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Yeovilrugbyladies  On Wednesday 7 at Yeovil College from 7.30pm Yeovil Cinematheque Film Society presents ‘Certain Woman’.  A portrait of independent women whose lives intersect in a small rural town in Montana. Annual membership £30.  Guests £5.   For more information phone 01935 421905.  On Thursday 8, Thursday 22 and Tuesday 27 at Yeovil Railway Centre in Stoford from 10.30am to 4.00pm there is a Main Line Steam day. On Monday 12 from 1.30pm at the Yeovil Court Hotel the Probus Club have a presentation entitled ‘Theft at Heathrow’.  New members always welcome.  On Wednesday 14 from 7.30pm at Ninesprings Health Centre go along to the Book Launch of ‘A Record of the Assembled Immortals and Gathered Perfected of the Western Hills’ translated by Richard Bertschinger. A 9th century text by Daoist Shi Jianwu on spiritual awakening through softening the breath. Drinks and nibbles available. For more information phone 07941 319693.  On Sunday 18 at Yeovil Railway Centre from 10.30am to 4.00pm there is a Steam Train Day. Adults £8, Children £4, under 4 free. Unlimited miniature steam railway rides, turnable demonstrations, railway museum, model railway, art gallery and displays and more. On Wednesday 28 from 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church the Flower Arrangers have a Floral Demonstration called ‘Sallying Forth Again’ with area demonstrator Sally Taylor.  Visitors £5. On Wednesday 28 from 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue there is a Quiz Night. Bar, raffle and prizes.  For more information email  friendsofwestlands@Gmail.com On Thursday 29 from 7.30pm at the Octagon Theatre the Mayor has his Charity Show with ‘Jukebox Time Machine’.  Local talented groups and music through the years.  Raising money for St Margaret’s Hospice and School in a Bag.

Village News

BARRINGTON

On Tuesday 27 March from 11.00aam to 3.00pm at Barrington Court there is a Den Building Day. What shape will your den be? Will it be round and low to the ground or tall and pointing to the sky? See how inventive you can be with sticks, twigs and logs, in our woods.

BEAMINSTER

On Saturday 24 February from 10.00am to 1.00pm there is also the Annual Book Sale. All events at the Museum.

BEER HACKETT

On Saturday 24 February from 6.00pm at St Michael’s Church go along to ‘A Celebration of the Guitar’. Local musicians Samantha Muir and Lara Taylor will perform a varied programme of solo and duo works for classical guitar, machete de braga and classical ukulele. As well as being an accomplished performer, arranger and teacher for classical guitar, Samantha is playing a unique role in the development of a classical repertoire for ukulele. Their playing has an interpretation and warmth not to be missed. Admission Adults £10, Children £5, includes refreshments, available on the door. For more information phone 01935 872217.

BRADFORD ABBAS

On Saturday 10 March from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Village Hall there is a Coffee Morning in aid of Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal.

CERNE ABBAS

On Monday 19 March at 7.30pm at the Village Hall see ‘Goodbye Mr Christopher’. Tickets £5 from 01300 341 375.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  

CHARLTON HORETHORNE

On Friday 16 March from 7.30pm at the Village Hall Full Circle presents Liz Rothschild. Liz is a performer, celebrant and award winning burial ground owner. Her unique and original new show combines mercurial tales and miraculous truths collected over the years from life’s finishing line.  Her vivid and engaging story-telling, punctuated by music and willow-weaving, is both thought provoking and very funny. Tickets £10 available from the Village Shop. For more information phone 01935 814199.  On Friday 23 at 7.00pm and Saturday 24 at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at the Village Hall the Youth Theatre celebrates ten years of music, drama, dance and fun and presents ‘The Dracula Rock Show’. Tickets Adults £6, Children £3 available from the Village Shop or on 01963 220333. For more information phone 01963 220640. (See ‘Arts’)

COMPTON DUNDON

On Friday 16 March from 7.30pm at the Meadway Hall there is a memorial concert ‘Andrew Chiffers Memorial Ceilidh’.  Tickets £10, includes hog roast, from 01458 445463 or 01458 447223. Music provided by Somerset Levellers supported by Somerton Ukulele Band. In aid of the Dorset and Air Ambulance.

CORTON DENHAM

Go along to the Film Nights at The Queens Arms this month.  On Wednesday 28 February at 7.30pm see ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ and on Wednesday 28 March see ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.  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’)

DITCHEAT

On Thursday 15 March from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Big Screen presents ‘Lost in Paris’. Licensed bar, tea and coffee and 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 Wednesday 28 February at 7.30pm at the Village Hall see ‘My Cousin Rachel’. Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger. Tickets £6 from 01935 863002. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Thursday 8 March at the Village Hall at 7.30pm the Gardening Club  has a talk called ‘Lift the Latch, 33 years of Creating an all Year Round Garden’ with Pauline and David Wright.  Visitors £3.  For more information phone 01935 862447.

GILLINGHAM

On Friday 23 March from 7.30pm at the Methodist Church the Castle Cary Choir have a concert.  Tickets £8 from the Church, The Copy Shop, High Street, on 07817 379006 or on the door. Proceeds to general church funds. For more information visit www.castlecarychoir.org

HALSTOCK

On Friday 23 February at 7.30pm at the Village Hall ArtsReach presents Townsend Productions with ‘We Are the Lions Mr Manager’. Jayaben Desai, the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike, was recently named amongst the women as having the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List. Tickets £9, under 18’s £6 available from 01935 891744. (See ‘Arts’)  On Saturday 3 March at the Village Hall from 7.30pm the Village Cinema presents ‘Dunkirk’.  All proceeds to the Royal British Legion.  On Saturday 17 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Village Cinema presents ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’. For more information phone 01935 893485. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

HARDINGTON

On Saturday 24 February from 10.00am to 3.30pm at the Village Hall there is a WEA Study Day entitled ‘The Impressionists in London’ with tutor Paul Cartwright. Cost £28, includes buffet lunch. Please register on 0300 303 3464. On Friday 16 March at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see ‘My Cousin Rachel’.  Tickets £5 in advance from Springfield Stores on 01935 862363 or £6 on the door.  For more information phone 01935 862688.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

HENSTRIDGE

On Tuesday 6 March from 2.30pm at the Village Hall the Blackmore Vale U3A have a talk called ‘The Life of a TV Cameraman on Location’ with Richard Edwards. Visitors £2.50, refreshments included. For more information phone 01963 371544.

HINSTON ST GEORGE

On Sunday 25 February from 9.00am to 1.00pm there is a ‘Slay the Dragon’ Village Fun Run. Register at St George’s Hall.  On Saturday 10 March at Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film see ‘Murder on the Orient Express.  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’) 

HORTON

On Thursday 1 March from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Choice Plants at Rosemoor’ with Christopher Birchall. Guests £2. For more information phone 01460 55069. On Wednesday 14 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the WI have a talk called ‘Grumpy Travels the Americas’ with Dave Mournian. For more information phone 01460 55844. On Thursday 15 from 7.15pm at the Village Hall the Film Club are showing ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Non members £5. Annual membership £24. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) 

KINGSBURY EPISCOPI

On Thursday 1 March at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see ‘The Death of Stalin’.  Tickets £5 in advance from Personal Services Store and Dorothy’s Tearoom or £5.50 on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) 

LEIGH

On Saturday 3 March from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Village Hall the WI have a Jumble Sale. Bric-a-brac, toys, books and more. Free entry. On Monday 12 at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.  Tickets £6 from Bridge Stores on 01935 872323.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

LONG SUTTON

On Saturday 3 March from 10.30am at Holy Trinity Church there is a Coffee Morning in aid of Stroke Association UK.  On Wednesday 14 from 7.45pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Garden History’ with Stephen Parker.  Flower competition.  Tea available. Visitors £1. On Thursday 15 at the Village Hall at 7.45pm the WI have a talk called ‘World Horse Welfare’. Competition: Horseshoes. Tea available. On Saturday 17 the West Coker Gardening Club have their Daffodil Fest and Spring Show at the Village Hall.

MARTOCK

On Saturday 24 February from 7.30pm at the Parish Hall the Film Club presents ‘Maudie’. Based on the true story of the Nova Scotian folk artist Maud Lewis Maud Lewis, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie to be his housekeeper. Starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins. Drinks and snack bar. Tickets £5.50 from Martock News, Martock Gallery or £6 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Tuesday 27 at 7.30pm at the Primary School the History Group has a talk called ‘Walter Bagehot of Hurds Hill House in Langport’ with speaker Barry Winetrobe. Walter was a 19th century merchant (of Stuckey and Bagehot fame) turned nationally famous journalist,  intellectual and writer on government, economics and literature, so famous he had an asteroid named after him.  Admission £3, or annual subscription for £10. For more information phone 01935 822202.  On Wednesday 7 and Wednesday 21 March from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Parish Hall Pardoes Solicitors have a Free Legal Advice Clinic. This clinic is for people looking for any advice regarding Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney, Tax Planning or Trusts. For more information phone 01823 446239.  On Friday 9 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the United Reformed Church go along to Time For Tea.  Everyone welcome.  For more details call 01935 822929.   On Saturday 10 at Moorlands Shopping Precinct from 10.00am to 1.00pm it is the Farmer’s Market.  Stock up for Easter from our 17 stalls selling ‘Slow Food’ including Whitelake Cheese, Duncan’s cauliflower, Eggardon black pudding,, peter’s walnut loaf, Barry’s bangers, Giles coffee, David’s honey, Gina’s cakes, Brenda’s marmalade and loads more local food. For a stall or more information phone 01935 822202. On Saturday 10 at All Saint’s Church from 7.30pm the Guardians of Martock Church host the ‘Clayhanger String Quartet’ playing light classical music. Tickets £8 from Martock News, Martock Gallery or 01935 822706 or £9 on the door.  On Tuesday 13 from 7.30pm at the Primary School the Gardening Society have a talk called ‘How to Show Vegetables’ by Claire Hart. Visitors £2.  For more information phone 01935 823366.  On Wednesday 14 from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Parish Hall the U3A have a meeting.  On Thursday 15 from 1.00pm to 2.30pm Deaf Plus will be visiting the Moorlands Car Park. On Friday 16 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 20 from 7.30pm at the Primary School the History Group have a talk called ‘The Treasurer’s House’ by David Maclean.  A remarkable complex of mediaeval buildings, a solar dating from 1262 with wall paintings from that date. And that’s only one small part of the story. Visitors £3. Annual membership £10.  For more information phone 01935 822202.  On Wednesday 21 from 2.00pm at the Recreation Ground Pavilion the WI have a talk called ‘Easter and its Traditions’ with Brian Wright.  Refreshments available. For more information phone 01935 508265.  On Saturday 24 at the Parish Hall from 7.30pm there is a Film Night showing ‘The Death of Stalin’.  Drinks and snack bar.  Tickets £5.50 from Martock News, Martock Gallery or £6 on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  On Friday 30 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Parish Hall it is Come For Coffee.  Enjoy a cafetiere of coffee for £1 and homemade cakes for 50p.  Occasional market stalls.  Profits shared between Parish Hall Fund and charities.

 

MERRIOTT

On Tuesday 27 February at 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn the Gardening Club have a talk on ‘Snowdrops’ with Andrew Norton, formerly of East Lambrook Manor. Refreshments and raffle.  Non members £2.  For more information phone 01460 72298. On Saturday 17 March from 7.00pm at the Tithe Barn there is the Annual Quiz Night. Entry £6 per person, includes ploughman’s  supper and soft drinks. Bring your own alcohol. To book or for more information phone 01460 72962.  On Tuesday 27 from 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn the Gardening Club have a talk on ’12 Months of Colour’ presented by Neil Lovesey of Picket Lane Nursery. Refreshments and raffle.  Non members £2.  For information phone 01460 72298.

MILBORNE PORT

On Friday 2 March from 7.30pm at the Village Hall see Devon based jazz quartet ‘The Neil Maya Quartet’.  They will perform a range of classic, contemporary and modern material, playing their own music and innovative re-workings of jazz standards. They will also feature a major tribute to the Iconic Dave Brubeck band in ‘The Brubeck Project’. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 from Wayne’s the Butchers or www.ticketsource.co.uk For more information phone 01963 251028.  On Friday 9 at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film ‘Breathe’. Limited bar. Tickets £5 from Wayne Pullen Butcher, £5.50 on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) 

MISTERTON

On Saturday 10 March from 7.30pm at the WI Hall there is an Irish Music Evening with The Crooked Furrow.  Home made quiche with salad garnish served in the interval, followed by a selection of desserts. Bring your own drink. Tickets £10 available from 01460 78453. Raising Funds for The Motor Neurone Society.

MONTACUTE

On Saturday 17 March from 7.00pm at St Catherine’s Church there is ‘An Evening of Fun with Music, Song and Verse’ presented by Gordon Rendell, Humorous Verse.  The ‘Ad Hoc’ singers are Ken Sherring on Tenor, Bill Watkins on Baritone and Richard Billings and Warren Benbow on bass with Brenda Sherring as accompanist and Ken Sherring on organ. Tickets £7.50, includes wine and canapes, from 01935 822329 or 01935 422478. On Saturday 24 from 10.00am to 2.00pm at Montacute House Levels Best Market returns for the year. All welcome. Free entry.

NORTH CADBURY

On Saturday 17 March from 7.30pm at the Village Hall TakeArt presents ‘Home Movies’ with Chris Fogg and Chris Waters. They bring you an evening of poetry, stories and conversation, interspersed with extracts of old black and white films, Pathe Newsreels, home movies and old photographs on the theme of family favourites. Packed with memories of early visits to the cinema, Home Movies is a warm hearted mixture of wry reminiscences, inviting audiences to take a fresh look at the familiar. Bar available.  Tickets Adults £8, Child/Students £4 from the Village Stores or on 01963 440705.  On Wednesday 21 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Remarkable Trees of Stourhead’ by Emily Utgren.  Guests £2.

NORTON SUB HAMDON

On Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday 10 March at 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Norton Pantomime Society presents ‘Hansel and Gretel’. Tickets Adults £5, under 16’s £3 available from the Norton Community Shop. Enquiries on 01935 881718.  On Wednesday 21 March from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Crewkerne Astronomical Society has a talk called ‘The International Space Station’ with Bill Combes.  Refreshments available. Visitors £2, annual membership £18, under 16’s free. Time for any questions about astronomy.   On Saturday 24 from 11.00am at the Village Hall there is a Spring Jumble Sale. All usual stalls with bargains galore and a raffle. Refreshments available. All welcome. Admission 50p. Proceeds to Hall funds. Enquiries on 01935 881718.

ODCOMBE

On Monday 5 March from 8.00pm at the Village Hall there is another Movie Night with ‘The Mountain Between Us’.  Tickets £5 from 07934 737104 or £6 on the door.

PENDOMER

On Thursday 15 March from 7.30pm at St Roch Church, Pendomer Concerts in the West presents the ‘Marmen Quartet’. Tickets: £15 or two for £22.50. (See ‘Arts’)

QUEEN CAMEL

On Thursday 8 March at 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall the Horticultural Society have a talk called ‘Success with House Plants’ with a speaker from Castle Gardens.  Guests £2. Annual subscription £6.

SEAVINGTON

On Thursday 8 March from 7.00pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have an AGM and a talk called ‘Dahlias for Pleasure and Exhibition’ with Brian Madder.  Flower of the month competition.  Coffee and tea available. Visitors £2 on the door.  Enquiries on 01460 929605.

SOUTH PETHERTON

Every Wednesday at the Blake Hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm there is a ‘Life Class’. Artists who enjoy challenge of drawing or painting the human form. No tutor but help each other with constructive criticism. A range of profession models are sometimes employed but usually local people sit for portraits. All welcome. Small fee. For more information contact 01460 249613.  On Saturday 24 February at 8.00pm at the David Hall see Tom Toomey & The MonfiCats.  Tickets £15. A 10% share of all proceeds will be going to Yeovil Hospice.  (See ‘Arts’)  On Sunday 25 from 7.30pm at the David Hall it is Acoustic Night.   A great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety. All styles and forms of performance welcome. £2 audience, £1 performers. On Wednesday 28 at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm the Local History Society hosts a talk on ‘Metal Detecting – Finding History Beneath Our Feet’ by Brian Read – author of Identifying Metal Artefacts. Visitors £3 on the door. On Friday 2 March at 8.00pm at the David Hall the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘The Beguiled’.  Starring Nicole Kidman.  Tickets £5.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Friday 9 at 7.30pm at the David Hall there is a ‘Music Quiz Night’. Maximum four people per team.  Tickets £6 in advance only booked by Wednesday 7, includes a ploughman’s supper.  On Sunday 11 from 2.00pm to 3.30pm at the David Hall there is a ‘Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Bath’. Experience a magical journey of therapeutic Pure Sound with musician Dean Carter using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state for re-energising and re-balancing your body, mind and spirit. Tickets £12. To reserve a place phone 01935 389655 or email ahiahel@live.com  On Monday 12 from 7.30pm at the Blake Hall the WI have a Quiz Night with Steve Harrison.  Visitors £4.  On Thursday 15 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 16 at 8.00pm at the David Hall the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.  Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe. Tickets £5.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  On Monday 19 March at 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Great War– At Home and in the Troops’ Trench Gardens’ by BBC presenter and garden historian Christine Stones.  Visitors £2, annual subscription £6.  On Saturday 24 from 7.30pm at the David Hall it is Acoustic Night.   A great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety.  All styles and forms of performance welcome.  £2 audience, £1 performers.  On Wednesday 28 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a Coffee Morning. Free entry. On Wednesday 28 at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm the Local History Society hosts a talk on ‘The Origins of Yeovilton Airbase and the Fleet Air Arm Museum’ by Dave Morris, museum curator. Visitors £3 on the door.  All events, unless stated, are at The David Hall.

SPARKFORD

On Saturday 24 February at the Sparkford Inn see ‘The Fab Beatles’ with Tom Clements as the support.  Tickets £12.

TEMPLECOMBE

On Monday 12 March from 7.15pm at the Village Hall the WI have a talk on ‘Plastic Soup’ by Ruth Barden, Director of Environmental Strategy, Wessex Water Guests. Reducing and dealing with plastic in our water. New members welcome £3.50, includes refreshments.

TRENT

On Saturday 24 February from 9.30am to 11.30pm at the Memorial Hall there is a Pop Up Cafe. Enjoy a full English breakfast or ‘lite bite’ with unlimited tea and coffee and newspapers.  Entry Adults £7, Children £3.50.

WEST CAMEL

On Friday 23 February from 7.30pm see the film ‘Victoria and Abdul’. Admission £5 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 3 March from 7.30pm Country and Western Dance Club host ‘Daniel Berry’. Tickets £6.  For more details 01460 78895.  On Friday 23 from 7.30pm see the film ‘Dunkirk’. Admission £5 on the door.  (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)  All events at the Davis Hall.

WEST COKER

On Thursday 22 February at the Village Hall from 7.00pm there is a Quiz Night and Fish and Chip Supper. Tickets £8 available from 01936 862013. Must be booked by Tuesday 20 February.  On Wednesday 14 March from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Japanese Gardens – Their History and Symbolism’ by Angela Pitt.  Highly recommended presentation set to music.  Refreshments available.  Annual membership £5.  For more information phone  01935 863176.

WHITELACKINGTON

On Saturday 24 March from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Village Hall there is the monthly Table Top Sale. Refreshments available.  Entry free. All money raised is for the hall restoration fund.

YETMINSTER

On Sunday 25 February from 4.00pm at the White Hart see ‘Wriggle Valley Jazz Band’. Formed in 2013 and made up of local musicians. On Saturday 24 March from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Village Hall there is the monthly Table Top Sale. Refreshments available.  Entry free. All money raised is for the hall restoration fund.

Movies Around the Villages and Towns

BREATHE (12A) When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of his wife’s twin brothers and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy, Robin and his wife Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together – raising their young son, travelling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.  Based on a true story.  Starring Andrew Garfield, Tom Hollander and Claire Foy.  (Showing at Milborne Port)

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 Halstock and West Camel)

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 Cerne Abbas, Halstock and Sherborne)

LOST IN PARIS (12A) Fiona is a small-town Canadian librarian.  When her orderly life is disrupted by a letter of distress from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha who is living in Paris, Fiona hops on the first plane she can and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters Dom, the affable, but annoying tramp who just won’t leave her alone. Replete with the amazing antics and intricately choreographed slapstick that has come to define Abel and Gordon’s work, Lost in Paris is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights.  Starring Fiona Gordon, Emmanuelle Riva and Dominique Abel. In French and English with some subtitles. (Showing at Ditcheat)

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (12A) Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this new version of Agatha Christie’s novel, in which the Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot finds himself stranded on a snowbound train in company with thirteen strangers and a corpse.  There cannot be a person in the world who does not know the outcome, so the fun will be watching a cast of top notch performers including Judi DenchDerek JacobiJohnny DeppMichelle Pfeiffer and many more go through their paces.  (Showing at Corton Denham, Hinton St George, Horton, Leigh, South Petherton and Yetminster)

MY COUSIN RACHEL (12A)  A dark romance, based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier, tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.  Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger.  (Showing at Hardington Mandeville and Somerton)

THE BEGUILED (15) Three years into the senseless American Civil War, in 1864, the dilapidated mansion of Miss Martha Farnsworth’s Seminary for Young Ladies is still running, occupied by the matriarch, a teacher and five students in Spanish moss-draped Virginia. However, when a young student stumbles upon Corporal John McBurney, a wounded Union deserter on the verge of death, the already frail balance of things will be disrupted, as the hesitant headmistress decides to take him in to heal from his injury. Little by little, as the unwelcome guest arouses an uneasy sexual excitation among the women of the secluded boarding school, it is not before long that they will find themselves competing for the alluring man’s favour. Undoubtedly, this handsome devil is a manipulator, nevertheless, will the ladies stay forever beguiled by his charm? (Showing at South Petherton)

THE DEATH OF STALIN (15) It is 1953 and Joseph Stalin is in total control of the country. His character is painted in a single scene that sees him make a request on a whim, that is, however, treated as a matter of life or death by his subjects. Terrified of making a mistake or saying something that will displease their leader, his ministers constantly walk on eggshells while attempting to appear relaxed and friendly. Stalin’s sudden death, however, shakes up the dynamics within the committee. Tense submissiveness gives way to a general thirst for power, and Lavrentiy Beria, Nikita Khrushchev and Georgy Malenkov are all ready to take control. Their desire for personal gain makes them blind to everything else, and their contradicting orders lead to total chaos and violence. Starring Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi and Rupert Friend. (Showing at Castle Cary, Kingsbury Episcopi and Martock)

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (12A) Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers, journalist Alex Martin and neurosurgeon Ben Bass must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across hundreds of miles of wilderness, pushing one another to endure and discovering strength they never knew possible.  Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. (Showing at Odcombe)

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 favour 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 Castle Cary)