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Regular events  

March 2019

April 2019 onwards

Friday and Saturday February 1 and 2: Spetisbury Occasional Dramatic Society (SODS)  presents Aladdin, Spetisbury village hall, 7.30pm, details and tickets 01258 857515 and 01258 857260

Friday February 1:

Friday 1st February 2019, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Blandford Forum Railway Club, The Scout HQ, Eaglehouse Gardens, 7.30 to 9.30pm, bring a train to run on our test track and catch up with our projects, entrance £2, refreshments included, parking

Tom Langham's Hot Fingers - The Banned Played On, Durweston Village Hall. 7:30pm, Hot Fingers and Emily Campbell present an eclectic mix of tunes from the 1920's - 1940's which were deemed unsuitable for the public by the various authorities and governments of the time, www.artsreach.co.uk

Saturday February 2: Songs in Wintertime, Vox Serenata in concert, Blandford Parish Church, 7.30pm, admission free, retiring collection for The Cupola Project

Sunday February 3:  The Art Room -Informal art session for beginners, 11am-1pm at The Kings Arms, Blandford, full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Monday February 4:  

Blandford Floral Group meets for Birthday Lunch at the Ashley Wood Golf Club, 12.30 for 1.00 pm

Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning talk by Barry & Becky Gransden  -  “Five Thousand miles away  -  headhunting  …..”, The Ark’s room, St Nicholas School, Child Okeford, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 860767

Wednesday February 6:

Is it Wheely Wednesday, new series of cycle rides for the less confident with Dilys Gartside of Cyclingwise, details 01258 860157

Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, Brewery Hall, Hall & Woodhouse, 7pm

Blandford Forum Film Society, The Blandford School, 7.45pm Loving Vincent (Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, UK 2017) Animation/Drama

Thursday February 7 (and every Thursday): Square dancing, Spetisbury village hall, 4 to 6pm

Friday February 8:

Blandford WI meet, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, 7 to 9pm, our 6th Birthday Celebrations. Details www.blandfordeveningwi.com or on Facebook

Wessex Acoustic Folk, Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, 8pm, John Richards

Thursday to Saturday February 7 to 9: The Milborne Players present Snow White, written and directed by Ron Kerley, Milborne St Andrew village hall, 7.30pm (Saturday matinee 2.30pm), tickets 01258 839085

Saturday to Saturday February 9 to 23: Love Dorset Food & Drink Weeks, see www.dorsetfoodanddrink.org

Saturday February 9:

Emily Hennessey & Sheema Mukherjee – Kali; the story of the World's Wildest Goddess, Ashmore Village Hall, 7:30pm, bookings 01747 811364, join storyteller, Emily Hennessey and sitar player extraordinaire, Sheema Mukherjee, for a white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous saffron-scented marketplace in between, www.artsreach.co.uk

MINIMA - The Phantom of the Opera, Sturminster Marshall Hall 7.30pm, bookings 07903 057427, this screening of the original film will feature a new music score performed live by acclaimed soundscapers Minima, a Bristol based quartet who use instrumentation to create a unique live experience, www.artsreach.co.uk

Monday February 11: Child Okeford WI meets Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall 2pm: Feeling Sporty?: A chance to play & enjoy Kurling, Darts & other indoor games

Tuesday February 12: Weldmar Hospicecare Snowdrop Service of Remembrance for lost loved ones, Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Blandford, 2.30pm

Wednesday February 13:

New Forest  Ramblers meet 10am on Stour Meadows, Blandford, for 10.5 miles walk via Tarrant Crawford, Tarrant Keyneston and Rawston Down

Play Reading, ‘Boeing Boeing’, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford, 7pm, details 07596 959703

Dorset Moviola presents “Peterloo”, Fontmell Magna village hall, 7.30pm

Jonny Fluffypunk – How I Came to Be Where I Never Was, The White Horse, Stourpaine. 8pm. 01258 453535, this energetic and engaging piece fuses elements of theatre, storytelling, comedy, stand-up poetry (think John Cooper-Clarke not John Keats) and even a bit of ukulele! Free performances, donations welcomed. Contact the pub to pre-book food. Suitable 16+, www.artsreach.co.uk

Thursday February 14: Forum Cancer Support Group, Woodhouse Garden Pavilion 2 to 4pm (every 2nd Thursday of the month), details 07561 114644

Friday February 15: Bryanston School Gala Charity Concert supporting Blandford community Hospital and Community Kitchen, Blandford Parish Church, 7.30pm, tickets £10 01258 484649, music@bryanston.co.uk and at the door

Saturday February 16:

Cats Protection Coffee Morning & Stalls, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford, 10am to 12.30pm

Coffee morning, Child Okeford village hall, 12 noon to 2pm, in aid of Mercy in Action. Details and donations 01258 861055

Durweston Players present Peter Pan, Durweston village hall, 2.30 and 7.30pm, details and tickets 07929 181611

She'Koyokh, Shillingstone Portman Hall, 7:30pm, bookings 01258 860319; with a sumptuous mix of violin, accordion, clarinet double bass, guitar and percussion, and vocals from acclaimed Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, expect a night of exhilarating music for singing, listening and dancing to - www.artsreach.co.uk

Child Okeford Pheasant Fest, 12 noon, Bakers Arms, supporting the Dorset Air Ambulance, traditional fare of burgers, sausages, game pie and venison curry

Sunday February 17: Durweston Village Players present Peter Pan, 2.30pm (see Saturday)

Monday February 18:

Mr Merlin & Okey Dokey the Dragon, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 11 to 11.45am

Strictly Come Tea Dancing with the Soggy Biscuit Dance Band, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 2.30 to 4.30pm, admission £7.50 per person (£5 for non-dancers)

Tuesday February 19: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club 2.15pm, 'Four Weddings and a ....', A demonstration by Lucy Ellis, Child Okeford Village Hall, Further details: 01258 863775

Wednesday February 20:

Angel Heart Theatre - The Boy who Cried Wolf, Child Okeford Village Hall, 4pm, bookings 01258 861621: this delightful re-imagining of one of Aesop's most loved fables is brought to life with Angel Heart's impeccable combination of exquisite puppetry, dynamic storytelling, beautiful live music and the chance to join in. Suitable 3+ - www.artsreach.co.uk

 ‘Beavers in Devon – Restoring Wetlands the Natural Way’, illustrated talk by Jake Chant, Devon Beaver Project, to North Dorset Group, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Fontmell Magna village hall, 7.30pm

Valley Gardening Club meets Pamela Hambro Hall, Winterborne Stickland, 7.30pm social evening, raffle & refreshments, members entrance free, non-members £3, details www.sites.google.com/site/vgcdorset or valleygardening@gmail.com

Thursday February 21:

Open Garden with plant stall & café serving refreshments & light lunches, Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna, SP7 0NU, 10am to 4pm:  01747 818853, admission £3.50, U16 & Friends free, wheelchair assisted access and dogs on leads welcome 

Blandford Art Society Workshop with Mike Bragg - Acrylics and Other Media, 1.30pm at Pimperne village hall, non-members welcome - £4, full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Blandford Museum Archaeology Group meets Milton Antiques, opposite the Museum, for talk by Edrys Markham on ‘Bryanston: evidence of Beaker migration circa 2400BC’ followed by AGM, details 01258 452831

Thursday and Friday February 21 and 22: Community Kitchen, Blandford Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, opens 12 noon

Friday February 22:

Charity Quiz Night for the Blandford Food Bank, Parish Centre, Blandford, raffle, bring your own wine, 6.45pm

Film Night, ‘The Bookshop’ (PG), Child Okeford Village Hall, 7.30pm, booking: 01258 860518

Saturday February 23:

Ridgeway Singers & Band - A Barnes Supper, Stalbridge Village Hall, 7pm, bookings 01963 362355. A supper and celebration of the life of William Barnes - www.artsreach.co.uk

Comedy Exchange with Steve Price, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7.30pm, see www.b-c-p.co.uk

Wednesday February 27:

Winter Warmer talk at All Saints Tarrant Monkton, Richard Kay from Lawrence’s Auction House with “Ten Commandments 7pm for wine and nibbles, talk 7.30pm, tickets £5.00 on door

Blandford Forum Film Society, The Blandford School, 7.45pm In Between (Maysaloun Hamoud, Israel 2016) Drama