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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 Monday 30 April from 6.45pm the Horticultural Society visit Castle Gardens for a talk and 25% shopping discount. Tea and coffee available. Bring your membership card. Booking essential. On Thursday 3 May from 6.30pm at Hauser and Wirth it is the final Thifty Thursday talk called ‘Why We Must Rethink Food and Farming From First Principles’ with Colin Tudge. Free event, booking required. On Friday 4 from 6.30pm at Hauser and Wirth host a talk with Fernando Laposse, a London based designer and winner of the 2017 Future Food Design Awards. He will talk about how he is using naturally colourful native Mexican corn husks to create a new sustainable material called Totomoxtle, a surfacing veneer for interiors and furniture that is produced in partnership with indigenous farmers. Free entry but must be booked at www.hauserwirthsomerset.com/events/fernando-laposse-20180405 On Friday 5 from 6.00pm at Hauser and Wirth there is a film screening of ‘Arcadia’ followed by a talk from the film’s composers, Will Gregory and Adrian Utley. A provocative and poetic new film about our contradictory relationship to the land. Arcadia is a dense and elegiac essay of wonder, hope, horror and decay that examines the rich, strange history of the British countryside and our relationship with the changing landscape. Follows an unnamed protagonist from the future as she travels through metaphorical ‘seasons’; from Spring’s romantic agricultural idyll to Winter’s political turmoil, as nature reacts with violent storms. Tickets £10. On Saturday 12 from 9.30am at the Community Hall the Horticultural Society have a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning. Bring plants, seedlings, produce, cakes to sell with proceeds to charity. Tea and coffee available. All welcome. On Thursday 29 from 6.30pm at Hauser and Wirth there is an Open Studio and talk with Catherine Goodman. Although Goodman is known for her portraits, her practice includes expressionistic landscapes, vigorous sketches and experimental collages; central to her process is the act of drawing from observation, whether from life, objects or the great masters and their works. Free event, booking required.

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 28 April from 6.45pm at the Caryford Hall see ‘Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection’. With their unique musical style, changing gear with almost every number, it is easy to see how audiences are captivated by this very talented quartet. From a riverside cafe, via a hoolie in Dublin, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this band does it all! Willy, best known for his partnership with John Otway, has had a long and varied career including tours with artists as diverse as Madness and Steeleye Span. The group’s singer, Jane Williams, has just recently finished performing on Van Morrison’s latest album, and is a wonderful new addition to the ensemble. Her effortless but highly emotive vocals draw you in and leave you wanting more. Tickets £12 from www.wegottickets.com/event/429602 or £15 on door. On Tuesday 1 May at 8.00pm at Caryford Hall the Somerset Wildlife Trust have a talk on ‘Wildlife Crime’ by PC Dave Pepper who will talk about the different types of crimes against wildlife and how you can help the police. Tea and coffee available. Entry Adults £3, Children free. Final talk of season until September. On Thursday 3 from 7.30pm at the Methodist School Room the Gardening Association have a talk entitled ‘Herps for the Hignorant’ with Paul Newman talking about reptiles and amphibians. Non members £1. On Saturday 5 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon the Gardening Association has a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning at the Market House. New plants grown by members and supporters, vegetables and fruit, raffle, refreshments as well as teams from the Beekeepers, Tools for Self Reliance and local allotments. Donation of plants and seedlings welcome. Funds raised support the Annual Show and other club activities. On Saturday 12 from 9.00am to 12.30pm at the Market Place the Somerset Wildlife Trust have a Plant Sale and Coffee Morning. Raffle, cakes and home grown plants for sale. Free entry, donations welcome. For more information phone 01823 652400. On Saturday 12 from 4.00pm to 9.00pm at the Market House celebrate Somerset Day at the Cheese and Cider Market. There will be local artisan food and drink to try and buy – not just cheese and cider but also produce from some of our other favourite local heroes. There will also be buskers, beer and even a ‘cow’ for the kids to milk. On Tuesday 15 from 11.00am at Caryford Hall the Arts Society have an illustrated lecture called ‘Charles Saatchi – A Modern Medici’ with Barry Venning. One of the most powerful figures in contemporary British art. His gallery in Sloane Square is one of the largest galleries of contemporary art in Europe, with items from many different countries and in many different media. Entry £6. For more information phone 01963 350132. On Saturday 19 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House the Christian Aid of a Coffee Morning. For more information phone 01963 351275. On Tuesday 22 from 7.30pm at Caryford Hall there is a film showing called ‘Finding Your Feet’. Tickets £5 from the Market House or £6 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 26 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Market House the Amateur Theatrical Society has a Coffee Morning. Cakes, raffles and refreshments. For more information phone 01963 350548.

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 27 April from 12.30pm at the Henhayes Centre there is another Chef’s Special Lunch. Three course meal with roast pork, followed by apple crumble. Choice of three fruit juices, tea, coffee and chocolates. Bar open. Entry £9. Booking essential on 01460 74340. On Friday 27 from 7.45pm at the Henhayes Centre see Justin Daish in concert. If you like The Shadows then you will love this concert. Tickets £10 or £18 including supper of lasagne followed by ginger crunch before the concert at 6.30pm. For more information phone 01460 74340. On Saturday 28 at the Henhayes Centre from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a ‘Breakfast/Brunch’. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, tea and coffee for £4.  Extras 50p each. No booking needed.   For more information phone 01460 74340.  On Friday 27 April from 12.30pm at the Henhayes Centre there is another Chef’s Special Lunch. Three course meal with roast pork, followed by apple crumble. Choice of three fruit juices, tea, coffee and chocolates. Bar open. Entry £9. Booking essential on 01460 74340. On Friday 27 from 7.45pm at the Henhayes Centre see Justin Daish in concert. If you like The Shadows then you will love this concert. Tickets £10 or £18 including supper of lasagne followed by ginger crunch before the concert at 6.30pm. For more information phone 01460 74340. On Saturday 28 April at the Henhayes Centre from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a ‘Breakfast/Brunch’. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, tea and coffee for £4.  Extras 50p each. No booking needed.   For more information phone 01460 74340. On Friday 18 May from 12.30pm at the Henhayes Centre there is another Chef’s Special Lunch. Three course meal with roast beef, followed by fruit meringue. Choice of three fruit juices, tea, coffee and chocolates. Bar open. Entry £9. Booking essential on 01460 74340. On Saturday 19 from 9.30am to 1.00pm at the Henhayes Centre there is a Craft and Table Top Sale. Tables available at £5. Refreshments available. Free admission. For more information phone 01460 74340. On Friday 25 from 7.00pm at Wadham School the Film Club have a Members’ Choice evening chosen from a shortlist in April. For more information contact 01935 822656. On Saturday 26 at the Henhayes Centre from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a ‘Breakfast/Brunch’. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, tea and coffee for £4.  Extras 50p each. No booking needed.   For more information phone 01460 74340.

ILMINSTER

On Thursday 26 April from 7.30pm at the Shrubbery Hotel the Heritage of the Ile Trust have their AGM followed by a slide show presentation and talk entitled ‘A Walk Through Olde Ilminster’ by Jackie Bennett, a local history enthusiast. Includes some interesting facts about some of the older buildings in the town. A further slideshow and display of old photographs will continue during the buffet. Tickets £10, includes buffet, £8 without buffet and annual membership of £2. For more information phone 01460 52673. On Friday 27 April from 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre the Ilminster Belles have their Spring Concert. A potpourri of music from pop to musical theatre. Tickets £7, under 18’s £3 available from Harrimans Menswear or on 07943 779880. On Friday 27 from 7.30pm at the Parish Hall the Somerset Wildlife Trust has a talk called ‘Waste: Just Rubbish or a Home?’ Ecologist Adam Robbins will present an ecological discussion about the benefits of waste and waste ground to the plants and animals of the UK; from micro-creatures and micro-climates to the more common species. Entry £3, Children/Students £1. Enquiries on 01460 234551.  On Saturday 5 May 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 Tuesday 8 from 7.30pm at the Warehouse Theatre the Ile Valley Flower Club Open Night with a demonstration called ‘Spring into Summer’ with Michael Bowyer MBE. Tickets £10 in advance from Harrimans or 01460 75025 or £12 on the door if not sold out. From Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 at the Warehouse Theatre see ‘Humble Boy’ by Charlotte Jones. Tickets £10, Students £5 available from Harrimans Menswear. From Thursday 31 May to Friday 8 June the Ilminster Literary Festival returns. Over 20 events at local venues. Tickets prices vary per event, available from Airs and Graces, 7 Silver Street or visit www.ilminsterliteraryfestival.org

LANGPORT

On Monday 14 May at the Library from 7.30pm the History Society have a talk called ‘A Glimpse of Stocking’ by Rob Curtis. Non members £2, annual membership £12. For more information phone 01458 273471.

SHERBORNE

Every Tuesday and Thursday until September the Blue Badge Guided walks with Cindy Chant start from the Tourist Information Centre from 10.30am. Cindy will take you to explore the Abbey Green, Almshouse, the Conduit, Bow Arch and more. These delights take at least 1½hours to enjoy, but with Cindy’s enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the town the extent of your walk is limited only by your interest. Additional Bank Holiday walks and Winter Specials also available. Tickets £5, no need to book. Walks happen whatever the weather. For more information or to make a private booking for a tour contact Cindy on cindyatsherbornewalks@gmail.com and visit www.sherbornewalks.co.uk  Every Thursday until Thursday 28 June, except Thursday 31 May from 2.30pm to 4.00pm at Tinney’s Lane Youth Centre go along to ArtsLink Parkinson’s Dance. A fun, supportive, specialist class with movement specifically designed for those with Parkinson’s, followed by a cup of tea and social time. For more information phone 01935 815899. On Thursday 26 April from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Floral Group have a demonstration called ‘Going to Town’ by Amy Shakeshaft. Raffle available. Visitors welcome. For more information phone 01935 812722. On Saturday 28 April from 9.00am to 3.30pm at the Memorial Hall there is a Vintage Market. Thirty plus sellers of quality vintage. For more information phone 07809 387594. On Wednesday 2 May at 2.00pm and 8.00pm at the Digby Hall the Arts Society host two illustrated lectures called ‘The Art of the Sherborne Missal’ by Michelle Brown. The curator of illustrated manuscripts at the British Museum examines this massive service book, made for the Benedictine Abbey of St Mary’s, Sherborne in the 15th century. Visitors £5. For more information visit www.theartssocietysherborne.org.uk On Friday 4 from 7.30pm at the Raleigh Hall the Literary Society hosts Words with Wine with author Victoria Glendinning. Victoria is a British biographer, critic, broadcaster and novelist. She is an Honorary Vice-President of English PEN, a winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, was appointed a CBE in 1998 and is Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature. Entry £5, includes a free glass of wine and canapés, available from Winstone’s Bookshop or on the door. On Saturday 5 at the Digby Church Hall from 10.00am to 4.00pm it is the Annual May Day Craft Fair. Organised by West Country Fairs. Enquiries on 01749 677049. From Friday 4 to Tuesday 8 Sherborne Abbey Festival returns for its 19th year. There’s something for all tastes and ages with up to 70% of all performances free entry, making it one of Dorset’s most welcoming and accessible musical events. Everything from Intimate Sinatra with Matt Ford, popular Swing, Big Bands and Close Harmony to a Concerto Feast with Adrian Brendel, Rachmaninov to Taverner with the Tallis Scholars, Gospel from the London Adventist Chorale and much more is on offer. For more information and tickets visit www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org . On Wednesday 9 from 7.30pm at the Digby Church Hall ArtsLink Flicks presents ‘Finding Your Feet’. 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 10 at 7.30pm at Digby Hall the Gardener’s Association have their AGM plus a talk called ‘A Wild Garden’ with photographer, Colin Varndell. On Saturday 12 from 10.00am the Gardener’s Association have a Plant Sale at Parsons Yard, Cheap Street. On Saturday 12 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 Sunday 13 from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at the Terraces the Friend’s of Yeatman have their Car Boot Sale. No dogs. Sellers £5 per car from 8.00am. Entry 50p. Free parking. On Monday 14 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall the West Country Embroiderers have a workshop called ‘Recycling Plastic Bottles’ with Pauline Spence. £15 in advance. New members welcome. For details call Ann on 01963 34696. On Tuesday 15 from 6.30pm at Winstone’s Bookshop there is a talk and signing with Earl Charles Spencer. Tickets £2 from 01935 816128. On Wednesday 16 from 7.00pm at the Memorial Church Hall the Dorset Wildlife Trust have a talk called ‘The Magic of Mushrooms’ with James Feaver, hedgerow harvester and wild forager. Admission £2.50. Refreshments on arrival. On Saturday 19 at Sherborne School from 7.00pm it is the Young Musicians Finals Concert. Tickets £10, includes a glass of wine, available from the TIC, Winstone’s Bookshop or on 01963 251255. On Thursday 24 from 7.30pm at the Catholic Church Hall the Floral Club have a demonstration called ‘Inspirations’ with Martine Coleman. Raffle available. Visitors welcome. For more information phone 01935 812722. On Monday 28 from 10.00am to 6.00pm it is the Annual Sherborne Castle Country Fair. This family day-out is held to raise funds for local children’s charities and youth organisations.  It is a traditional country fair with displays and attractions, trade and craft stands and a rare and native breed animal show. Tickets Adults £12.50, children 5-16 £4, under 5’s free available from 01749 814041. For more information visit www.sherbornecountryfair.com

SOMERTON

On Thursday 26 April from 7.00pm at the Parish Rooms the History Society have a talk called ‘James IV – The Stuart Dynasty in the 16th Century’ by Bill Murray. Guests £2. For more information phone 01458 273859. On Saturday 28 April from 1.00pm to 5.00pm at Midney Gardens there is a Specialist Plant Fair. 16 of the best nurseries from the South West. Plant fair entry £3, garden extra. For more information visit www.plantfairs.com From now to Saturday 19 May from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Ace Arts there is an exhibition called ‘Weather Report’ by Deborah Westmancoat. Paintings attempting to understand landscape and our place within it. Site and weather specific waters are collected and combined with pigment to record the energy, poetry and mystery of bodies of water held within the land. On Tuesday 1 May from 7.15pm at the Parish Rooms the WI have a meeting. New member welcome. On Thursday 3 and Thursday 17 from 11.30am at the Library there are Health Walks. They walk for about an hour and socialise at the same time. Wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. At the end those that wish can go to a local pub for refreshments. Organised by Macmillan, The Ramblers Association and South Somerset District Council. For more information phone 01458 274631. On Friday 4 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 5 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Ace Arts there is a ‘Postcards from Somerton’ Workshop. Entry £25, materials included. Booking required. For more information phone 01458 273008. On Thursday 10 from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the White Hart and Ace Arts ‘Made in Somerset’ returns celebrating the best local designer makers and artisan producers. There will be a third more makers, producers and designers than in previous years with over 30 stallholders now in two venues selling unusual jewellery and stylish ceramics, unique stationery, luxurious leather and textiles, organic skincare, delicious food and seasonal plants and flowers. There’s also the opportunity to view contemporary arts and crafts on show at Ace Arts ground floor gallery. There is also the opportunity to view contemporary arts and crafts on show at Ace Arts ground floor gallery. Tea and coffee available and lunch at the White Hart from 12.00 noon. Fundraising for local charity Etatu which aims to improve the lives of children in Kenya through the power of education, and ultimately help build a resourceful community. On Monday 14 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.  From Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm there is a National Animal Welfare Trust Barn Sale and Afternoon Teas. Go along and browse an array of items, some everyday items and some very curious indeed. Definitely worth a visit to bag a bargain or two! You can also sample lovely homemade cakes and savouries in their snack room. Free entry. On Tuesday 22 at the Parish Rooms at 2.30pm the Friends of Somerton Library have a talk with well known local author Sheila Jeffries called ‘It’s Never Too Late’. Tickets available from the Library. From Saturday 26 May to Saturday 16 June from 10.00am to 5.00pm Ace Arts have an exhibition called ‘The Transformed Land’ by Paul Newman. This collects work from various artists who are interested in place. Some frequently return to the same place, others are visitors, some are residents, and some are creators of imagined places. For more information phone 01458 273008. On Monday 21 May from 7.30pm the Green Gardeners start their summer programme of outdoor meetings with a wildflower walk at Batcombe Downs. Chris Cornell will be leading the walk and members are having a ‘Bring and Share’ picnic afterwards.  The event is pre-booked, but any visitors who want to join please contact Ron or Jen at 01458 899581. On Thursday 24 from 7.00pm at Parish Rooms the History Society have a talk called ‘The Somerset Rejahs of Sarawak’ by John Page. Guests £2. For more information phone 01458 273859. From Tuesday 29 May to Saturday 2 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Parish Rooms there is an Art and Photography Exhibition. (See ‘Arts’) On Thursday 31 May from 8.30pm at the Sports Club there is a Quiz. All welcome to this friendly monthly brain teaser. Teams of up to six people. £1 per person

WINCANTON

Every Monday from 6.00pm to 7.15pm at the Balsam Centre The Choir Wincanton meets. New members welcome. First session is free. No auditions. For more information visit www.thechoirwincanton.com On Friday 27 April from 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall there is a lecture from the District Museum and History Society called ‘Mothers, Mistresses, Wives and Queens’. Refreshments available. Non members £5.  On Saturday 5 May from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Memorial Hall Sun Lounge there is a Coffee Morning from the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul. Annual plant sale, gifts, cakes, raffle and more. All welcome. From Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 from 12.00 noon at the Sports Centre there is a 24 hour Charity Cycle Ride in aid or Matt’s Respites Retreats. For more information visit www.wincanton-24hr-velo.twwb.cc/ On Friday 25 from 7.30pm at the Memorial Hall the Museum and History Society have a lecture called ‘Roman Life Around Wincanton’ with John Smith. Refreshments available. Non members £5.

YEOVIL

Whist Drive every Saturday at the Holy Trinity Church Hall at 7.30pm.  Enquiries 01935 862325.  On Saturday 28 April from 10.00am it is the Town Criers Competition. The parade will start from King George Street and walk via the Borough, Middle Street and arriving at The Triangle. During the programme, each competitor will be performing a Cry based on his or her Home Town. The Criers will return to perform a Cry of their choice. The judges scores will then be assessed. On Friday 4 May from 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church the Archaeological and Local History Society have a short AGM followed by a talk called ‘Brewing in Weymouth’ with speaker Dr David Riches, director at Weymouth Museum Trust. Free entry for guests. For more information phone 01935 477174. Final talk of the season until October. On Saturday 5 from 7.30pm at the Conservative Club Radio Camelot host a Fun Quiz Night. Tickets £6 per team. Light refreshments included. On Sunday 6 and Sunday 20 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 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 013862On Thursday 10 the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association has a trip to Forde Abbey and Gardens in Chard. A beautiful former Cistercian monastery and has been a family home since 1649. It is surrounded by 30 acres of award winning gardens. On arrival there will be a one hour tour of the house. On Thursday 10 from 10.00am to 2.00pm at Westland’s Entertainment Venue the Somerset Wildlife Trust host a free Legacy Seminar. A relaxed and informal event hosted by Clarke Willmott Solicitors giving the opportunity to learn about making as will, keeping it updated, tax planning and other topical issues. Free but booking essential on 01823 652441. On Saturday 12 from 11.00am to 4.00pm at Little Tarrat Lane it is Yeovil Hospice Summer Fete. They have an exciting afternoon of entertainment in store for the whole family that will include a designated children’s area, music, teas, games, garden tours and much more. It is also an opportunity for them to open up their much loved gardens and Hospice to the public. Last year they raised a record of £10,000 and they are hoping 2018 will be even better. For more information phone 01935 709157. On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at the Yeovil Railway Centre in Stoford there is a Model Railway Exhibition. On Sunday optional diesel rides will also operate from 11.00am along the 1/3rd mile of the ex Great Western Railway Clifton Maybank branch. Passengers travel in historic brake van vehicle. A Miniature railway will also be available. Additional £2 per adult. On Monday 14 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Digby Hall the West Country Embroiderers have a workshop called ‘Experimenting with Recycled Bottles’ with tutor Pauline Spence. New members welcome. For more information phone 01963 34696. On Monday 14 from 1.30pm at the Yeovil Court Hotel the Probus Club have a presentation entitled ‘Last Frontier Living’. New members always welcome. Please contact their Secretary on 01935 88142 for further information. On Thursday 17 from 7.30pm at the Johnson Studio in Octagon Theatre in Yeovil YCAA presents an illustrated talk entitled ‘Yeovil From Old Photographs’ with historian and author Bob Osborn. Refreshments available. Tickets £6 from the Box Office. From Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 from 7.45pm at the Swan Theatre the Civic Players present ‘Move Over, Mrs Markham’. Tickets £9 and Wednesday ticket offer – two tickets for £15. The Civic Players are always looking for production suggestions, more actors, technicians, directors and stage crew. (See ‘Arts’) On Tuesday 29 the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association there is a morning trip to Frome followed by a trip to the American Museum in Bath. Opened its doors in 1961 and it is the only museum devoted to American decorative art outside the USA. There are two galleries plus stables, coach house, vegetable patch and parkland walk. On Wednesday 30 from 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue there is a Quiz Night. Bar, raffle and prizes. Entry £2.50 per person, up to four people per team. No need to book. For more information email friendsofwestlands@Gmail.com

 

Village News

ALWESTON

On Monday 7 and Monday 28 May from 8.00am at the Playing Fields there is a Car Boot Sale. Enquiries on 01963 23525.

BARRINGTON

On Saturday 26 May from 11.00am to 4.00pm at Barrington Court there is go along to ‘Paint a Hand Cut Springtime Wooden Shape’. Make up your own design and paint a hand cut wooden decoration. There will be a selection of shapes for you to choose from. On Tuesday 29 from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Barrington Court there is a Wildlife Day. Outdoor fun for all the family.

BEAMINSTER

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

BISHOPS CAUNDLE

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

BUCKLAND NEWTON

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

CHARLTON HORETHORNE

On Saturday 5 May from 10.00am 1.00pm at the Village Hall there is a Table Top Sale. Crafts, produce, bric-a-brac. Refreshments available. To book a table or for more information phone 01963 220626. Proceeds towards the Village Hall funds. On Saturday 12 from 7.30pm at the Parish Church it is the annual ‘Music for Pleasure’ concert. Local singers and musicians share their love of making music, with contributions from all ages and at all standards.  This is an entertaining, feel good evening rounded off with drinks and nibbles. Free entry, donations invited for church funds. For more information phone 01963 220640.    

COMPTON DUNDON

On Saturday 28 April at the Meadway Hall from 12.00 noon there is a Banner Parade celebrating 100 years of W.I.  On Saturday 26 May at the Meadway Hall from 12.00pm the WI host lunch and entertainment to celebrate the centenary of ‘Votes for Women’. Tickets £7.50. From Saturday 26 to Monday 28 from 10.00am to 5.30pm at St Andrew’s Church there is a Flower Festival of Memories. The theme this year is memories which is challenging the flower ladies to come up with some spectacular displays. There will also be stalls selling plants, produce and cakes. It will be a weekend of fun activities as the main fundraising event of St Andrew’s year. On Sunday at 6.00pm there will be a Choral Evensong by the vocal ensemble ‘Intermedii’, with a glass of bubbly afterwards. Then on Monday there will be a Barbecue and Fete from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm in the churchyard. Chris Swain and Sarah Morris of ‘Jurassic Hog’ are very kindly supplying the barbecue. The children need to bring their teddies as there will be parachuting from the church tower.

CORTON DENHAM

On Wednesday 28 March at The Queen’s Arms at 7.30pm 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.

EAST COKER

On Thursday 3 May from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Crevice Gardening’ with Paul Cumbleton. Visitors £3. For more information phone 01935 862447. On Wednesday 23 the Gardening Club have a trip to Hestercombe House and Gardens. For more information phone 01935 420291.

 

EVERSHOT 

On Friday 27 April at the Foresters Arms there is a Coffee Morning for the Apollo Swimming Club. On Sunday 20 May from 11.00am to 3.00pm at the George Albert Hotel there is a Wedding Fayre. Rescheduled date due to weather. Canapés and bucks fizz. Local experts and suppliers including bridal, photography, floral design, accessories, hair, stationary and more. Free entry. For more information phone 01935 483430.

GILLINGHAM

On Friday 27 April at the School Main Hall from 7.30pm see ‘Panta Rei Danseteater (Oslo, Norway) with Promise of Departure’. Tickets Adults £10, Students £6. (See ‘Arts’)

GLANVILLES WOOTTON

On Saturday 12 May from 7.30pm at the Village Hall there is a talk called ‘Hospital Blues: Nursing in Sherborne during the First World War’. Local historian, Luke Mouland, explores how Sherborne and the surrounding villages (including Chetnole, Holnest, Leweston and Yetminster) played a pivotal role in nursing wounded soldiers during the First World War; a contribution which was sustained largely through the efforts of female voluntary labour. The town was not only the first in Dorset to register a Voluntary Aid Detachment, but also pioneered the use of open air treatment for victims suffering from gas poisoning and septic wounds. Sherborne is an important contribution in this regard and will be brought to life through the artefacts, photographs and personal stories cared for in the collections at Sherborne Museum. Tickets £8, includes two course supper, available from 01963 210632 or friendsofholnest@gmail.com

HALSTOCK

On Saturday 26 May from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Village Cinema presents ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’. Oscar-winning performance from Frances McDormand in this story of a determined mother’s fight for justice for her murdered daughter. Tickets £6 from the Village Shop or on the door. For more information phone 01935 893485. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

HENSTRIDGE

On Tuesday 1 May from 2.30pm at the Village Hall the Blackmore Vale U3A host a talk on ‘The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’. Visitors £2.50. Refreshments included. For more information phone 01963 371544.

HINSTON ST GEORGE

On Saturday 14 April at Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film see ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’. 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’) On Saturday 21 from 7.30pm at St George’s Church see the Cowbridge Male Voice Choir. Tickets £10, under 16’s £5 available from Dorothy’s Tea Room or on 07500 532543. Part of Hinton St George Festival.

HORTON

On Saturday 12 May at Village Hall from 7.30pm see the film see ‘Finding Your Feet’. 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’)

ILCHESTER

The monthly Charity Car Boot returns for the season until October with the first on Sunday 1 April 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 07967280754. On Monday 16 from 7.00pm at Nuova Italia Ilchester it is the Mayor of Yeovil’s Italian Evening. Four course meal and entertainment. Raising money for St Margaret’s Hospice and School in a Bag. Tickets £20. For more information phone 01935 848768.

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 Saturday 5 May from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at 15 Kings Close the Garden Club have their Spring Plant Sale. Plants, cake stalls, raffle and refreshments. Admission free.

LONGBURTON

On Thursday 3 May at the Village Hall from 7.30pm see ‘Dark River’. 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’)  On Saturday 5 from 5.00pm on Church Street the is a Dress Up Hobby Horse Race. Teams between two to six members. At least one horse must have two riders, others can be 1’s or 2s. Entry £4. This is then followed by Music in the Marquee with ‘Black Water Country’, Huw Eddy and the Carnival and Dr Bluegrass. Adults £8.50, Children 6-16 £3, under 5’s free available the Kingsbury Shop, Parrett Café in Langport or online. On Monday 7 from 11.00am to 5.00pm Kingsbury May Festival returns! In recognition of the importance of the county to Britain’s bird population, the theme of this year’s celebration will be birds. Expect lots of bird themed costumes, withy sculptures and attractions – the RSPB will be represented and, for Harry Potter fans, there will be Owls! Music, stallholders, dog show, owl display, vintage vehicle display, climbing wall, bouncy castle, acrobatic aerial display and more. Free entry, paid parking. For more information visit www.kingsburymayfestival.co.uk

LONG SUTTON

On Saturday 28 April at the Village Hall from 10.00am to 4.00pm the WEA will have a Day School with ‘Investigating the Landscape Archaeology of Long Sutton and Surrounding Areas’ led by professional tutor Philip Kiberd. Using old and modern maps, satellite images, aerial photographs, historic building records and archaeological discoveries they will explore the techniques of landscape archaeology and work together to sketch out a heritage map. On this course learn transferable skills that to investigate the archaeology of a town or village. Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee available. Entry £20 payable on enrolment by cheque. For more information phone Doreen on 01458 241711. On Saturday 5 May from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at the Holy Trinity Church there is a Coffee Morning in aid of Church funds. On Wednesday 9 from 6.30pm the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Yeovil In Bloom’ with Stephen Fox. Flower competition. On Saturday 12 from 10.00am at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a Plant Sale. Visitors £1. On Thursday 17 at the Village Hall from 7.45pm the WI have a talk called ‘Resolutions’ with their AGM and chip supper. Competition: something fishy.

MARTOCK

On Saturday 28 April at the Parish Hall from 7.30pm there is a Film Night showing ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’. 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 Sunday 5 May from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at the Parish Hall the Gardening Society has their Annual Plant Sale. Good selection of nursery and home grown plants. All welcome. For more information phone 01935 823366 or 01935 829705. Free entry. On Tuesday 8 from 7.30pm at the Primary School the Gardening Society has a talk called ‘Plants That Should Be Better Known’ by Katherine Crouch. Annual membership £10, Visitors £2. Tea, coffee and biscuits available. For more information phone 01935 823366. On Friday 11 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 12 at All Saints Church from 10.00am to 12.30pm there is a Coffee Morning in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Charity. On Saturday 12 at Moorlands Shopping Precinct from 10.00am to 1.00pm it is the Farmer’s Market. 16 stalls selling a variety of local produce including buffalo meat, honey, fudge, flapjack, poultry, fruit gin, cakes, bread, plants, vegetables, cheese, cider, chocolates and home-roasted coffee. For a stall or more information phone 01935 822202. On Wednesday 16 from 2.00pm at the Recreation Ground Pavilion the WI have their AGM. Refreshments available. . For more information phone 01935 508265. On Friday 18 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 Saturday 19 from 7.30pm at All Saints Church the PCC stages a concert by internationally known musician, comedian and raconteur, Jonathan Veira. He sings from Billy Joel to Mozart; from ballads, rock ‘n roll, blues & jazz to opera. He accompanies himself on the piano with amazing dexterity and is a superb comic raconteur, with audiences, young and old, one minute moved to tears and the next laughing helplessly. Tickets £12, includes refreshments, from Martock Gallery, Martock News, on 01935 827759 or on the door. On Tuesday 22 from 6.00pm the History Group will have a guided tour through Hurst starting at Hurst Barton led by Noel Adams. You will be looking at buildings with particular reference to the Adams family and their flax, clothing, wool and then legal and medical interests. The tale of the Adams family is a true Forsyte Saga, a rise to prominence and wealth, Richard Adams, who wrote Watership Down, is a descendant, as is Noel. Despite being an Australian, he has an infectiously interesting understanding of English history and of his family. The tour continues to The Grange in Water Street and ending up in the churchyard. A Visitors £3. Annual membership £10. For more information phone 01935 822202.

 

MERRIOTT

On Tuesday 29 May from 7.30pm at the Tithe Barn the Gardening Club have a talk on ‘Roses’ from the Gardens Group Gold Club. Refreshments, raffle and flower of the month. Non members £2. For more information phone 01460 72298.

MONTACUTE

On Saturday 28 April and Saturday 19 May from 10.00am to 2.00pm at Montacute House Levels Best Market returns for the year. All welcome. Free entry.

MINTERNE

On Saturday 13 May from 11.00am to 4.30pm at Minterne House there is a Spring Fair. With one of the best shrub gardens in England and 100 year old Rhododendrons and Azaleas at their peak splendour, this promises to be a popular day out for all the family and your dogs. As seen on BBC Gardeners’ World and voted One of the Ten Prettiest Gardens in England by The Times, there are wonderful walks in 27 acres of woodland garden through towering rhododendrons in full bloom collected since the 1840s. Head Gardener, Mark Bobin will be on hand during the day for all those Horticultural skill testing questions. Family dog show, craft stands, plant stalls, bouncy castle, RNLI souvenirs, food, cakes and cream Teas will be some of the attractions on offer as well as demonstrations from the Longbow Champion and a Classic Car Display. In aid of the village church and the RNLI. Entry £5. Free parking. For more information phone 01300 341370.

NORTH CADBURY

On Saturday 5 May from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a Plant and Cake Sale. Refreshments available. Raffle. Admission 50p. On Friday 11 and Saturday 12 at the Village Hall from 7.00pm the Camelot Players present ‘A Victorian Music Hall’ – an evening including two melodramas and more. Tickets £15, includes Victorian style banquet, available from North Cadbury Stores or phone 01963 440554. On Wednesday 23 from 6.30pm at St Michael’s Church there is a Concert by Choir and Musicians from Wells Cathedral Junior School. Tickets £12, under 16’s free available from 01963 440929 or on the door. All proceeds to Friends of St Michael’s.

NORTON SUB HAMDON

On Saturday 28 April from 11.00am at the Village Hall there is a Flower Show and Plant Sale. On Wednesday 16 May from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Crewkerne Astronomical Society has a talk called ‘Light Pollution’. Refreshments available. Visitors £2, annual membership £18, under 16’s free. Time for any questions about astronomy.    On Saturday 19 from 7.30pm at the Church see Sine Nomine performing medieval and renaissance music. Tickets £7 from the Community Shop or £8 on the door if space. Part of the Norton Festival Season of Music. For more information visit www.nortonfestival.org

OBORNE

On Sunday 29 April from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Village Hall there is Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls. Please pre book by phoning 01935 389655.

POYNTINGTON

On Sunday 20 May from 2.00pm to 5.00pm there is a Village Plant and Cake Sale, with royal celebration. In support of maintenance of the Church and Village Hall.

SEAVINGTON

On Thursday 3 May from 7.00pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club has a talk called ‘How to Prepare Vegetables for Showing’ by Claire Hart. Coffee and tea available. Visitors £5. Enquiries on 01460 929605.  On Thursday 10 from 6.00pm the Gardening Club visit Breach Gardens in Kilmington with a talk. Refreshments available. Entry £7. On Saturday 12 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Village Hall the Gardening Club has a Plant Sale. On Thursday 17 from 7.30pm to 10.00pm at the Village Hall the RSPB have a talk.

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 28 April from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Methodist Church there is a Spring Sale. The usual range of well stocked stalls. Refreshments, including toasted teacakes available. Free entry. On Saturday 28 at 8.00pm at the David Hall see the ‘Budapest Cafe Orchestra’. Tickets £17. (See ‘Arts’) On Sunday 29 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 Friday 4 May at 8.00pm at the David Hall the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘The Limehouse Golem’. Starring Bill Nighy, Douglas Booth and Olivia Cooke. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Friday 11 from 8.00pm see Mad Dog Mcrea at a Chance to Dance event. Tickets £15. (See ‘Art’s) On Saturday 12 from 7.30pm there is a talk called ‘The State of Nature’ with Chris Sperring MBE. A passionate speaker whose infectious enthusiasm is sure to inspire us all.  This lively lecture will look at the state of nature today; how wildlife and habitats are changing, both worldwide and within the UK, and how climate change is affecting wildlife and people.  We will discuss our evolving connection with the natural world, and the role nature plays on the health and wellbeing of us as a species. Chris is an ardent believer that solving many of the problems facing nature in the 21st century can be done with a ground-up approach that doesn’t need to cost the earth. Tickets £8. On Monday 14 from 7.15pm at the Frogmary Green Centre the Arts Society has a lecture entitled ‘The Bronzes of Ife and Benin:  and an Historical Review of the Art of Nigeria’.   Visitors £5. For more information visit www.theartssocietynerochesouthsomerset.org.uk On Monday 14 from 7.30pm at the Blake Hall the WI have their AGM and 60’s Evening. Competitions – photographs from the 60’s and bloom of the month. Visitors £4. On Thursday 17 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 18 from 8.00pm see Chris White and Julie Matthews. Tickets £15. (See ‘Arts’)  On Saturday 19 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 Sunday 20 from 11.00am to 3.00pm the Old Bridge have an Open Day. 25 suppliers and special offers. Free entry. For more information phone 01460 240855 or visit www.old-bridge.co.uk  On Monday 21 from 7.30pm at the Village Hall there is a members shared supper and guest night with ‘Contentious issues in Gardening’ by Paul Hending, teacher and writer. On Wednesday 23 at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm the Local History Society hosts Miscellany of Members’ own local research. Visitors £3 on the door.  On Friday 25 at 8.00pm at the David Hall the Petherton Picture Show presents ‘The Death of Stalin’. Starring Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale and Jeffery Tambor. Tickets £5. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Sunday 27 from 7.30pm see ‘Calan’. Tickets £18. (See ‘Arts’) On Wednesday 30 from 10.00am to 12.00 noon there is a Coffee Morning. Free entry. Unless stated, all events are at The David Hall.

SPARKFORD

On Saturday 28 April at the Sparkford Inn from 7.30pm see ‘Toploader’ with Tom Clements supporting and a late bar and disco. Tickets £22. On Friday 18 at 6.30pm, Saturday from 9.30am to 9.30pm and Sunday 20 May from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Sparkford Inn there is a Fast Track Bridge weekend where you can learn in a weekend. This course is for those who know nothing or little about bridge but are keen to learn this intriguing game to a point where they can enjoy playing in friendly competitions at local clubs. It has been demonstrated that this is one of the most effective methods of learning bridge. Entry for whole weekend is £50 or Saturday and Sunday entry is £40. Tea and coffee breaks throughout the day, buffet lunch on the Saturday. Teaching will be conducted by a Somerset county teacher and supported by teachers from three local clubs in Castle Cary, Sherborne and Yeovil. The course will be followed by follow up lessons and assisted play sessions on Thursday evenings. For more information and application form phone Barry on 01963 440351 or Ray on 01935 426 683 or email barryjn77@yahoo.com or raywalder18@gmail.com

STOURTON CAUNDLE

On Sunday 13 May from 2.00pm to 5.30pm at the Village Hall the Garden Club have a Garden Openings and Plant Sale. Home grown plants and over eight gardens open. Homemade teas available. Entry £5.

WEST CAMEL

On Friday 27 April from 7.30pm see the film ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Admission £5 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) On Saturday 5 May from 7.30pm Country and Western Dance Club host ‘Bonnie Diamond and Coe’. Tickets £6. For more details 01460 78895. On Wednesday 23 from 7.30pm see the film ‘The Post’. Admission £5 on the door. (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’) All events at the Davis Hall.

WEST COKER

On Wednesday 9 May from 7.30pm at the Village Hall the Gardening Club have a talk called ‘Trekking in Himalayas Through a Nurseryman’s Eyes’. A fascinating insight into a completely different world brought vividly to life by the owner of Groves Nurseries in Bridport, Clive Groves. Refreshments available. Annual membership £5. For more information phone 01935 863176.  On Friday 11 from 7.45pm at the Village Hall Cinema For All presents ‘The Duellists’. Tickets £5. This film is shown as part of the OD Arts Festival. For more information visit www.odartsfestival.co.uk (See ‘Movies Around the Towns and Villages’)

YARLINGTON

On Saturday 12 May from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Yarlington House there is a Specialist Plant Fair and Open Garden. A wonderful day out for gardeners and plant lovers and a great opportunity to buy plants from specialist plant growers from all over the South West. Refreshments, cake stall, raffle, tombola. Entry £3, under 16’s free. Proceeds to St Mary’s Church and the Village Hall.

YETMINSTER

On Thursday 3 May from 8.00pm at the White Hart see the Frome Valley Morris Dancers. Join in with the Morris Dancing outside. On Friday 4 at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church see ‘Twinkle Twinkle, Little Bat’ – a concert with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Prior to their appearance at Sherborne Abbey Festival, Leweston School’s Senior Choir, Schola Cantorum, and Music Scholar soloists in a concert celebrating the joy of song and the surreal genius of Alice In Wonderland’s author, Lewis Carroll. Refreshments available. Tickets £10, under 14’s free, available on the door. Refreshments available. Supporting St Andrew’s Restoration Fund. On Sunday 6 from 7.30pm at the Jubilee Hall see ‘The Fat Marrow Blues Band’. Licensed bar. Free hog roast. Tickets £10, includes supper from ycp873@gmail.com or from the Spar Shop. On Wednesday 9 the History Society have a trip to Exeter. There will be tours of Exeter Cathedral, Guildhall and Tuckers Hall. On Sunday 27 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at the White Hart see ‘Chill’. A professional three piece pop rock covers band performing 80’s songs. Each of them has been in a number of bands over the years, including nationally touring tribute acts performing on theatre stages. They formed in 1999 and are based in Dorset

 

Movies Around the Villages and Towns

DARK RIVER (15) Learning that her father has died, Alice, an itinerant farm worker, returns to the run-down family farm in  North Yorkshire. She has not seen her older brother Joe for fifteen years, but now she wants to claim the farm from him, believing that it was once promised to her, and distrusting Joe’s ability to manage it.  It does not take long for Joe’s resentment to boil over, while Alice experiences disturbing flashbacks to her childhood in a house that seems still full of her father’s presence. Starring Sean Bean, Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley. (Showing at Kingsbury Episcopi)

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 Castle Cary, Hinton St George, Sherborne and Sturminster Newton)

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 South Petherton)

THE DUELLISTS (PG) Set during the grand, sweeping Napoleonic age, an officer in the French army insults another officer and sets off a life long enmity. The two officers, D’Hubert and Feraud, cross swords time and time again in an attempt to achieve justice and preserve their honor. (Showing at West Coker)

THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (15) A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem – must be responsible. When music-hall star Elizabeth Cree is accused of poisoning her husband John on the same night as the last Golem murders, assigned Inspector John Kildare discovers evidence linking John Cree to the Golem murders, and finds himself determined to crack both cases before Elizabeth is hanged for her accused crime. (Showing at South Petherton)

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

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