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Regular events  

June 2019

July 2019 onwards

Wednesday May 1:

Is It Wheely Wednesday – cycle ride for the less confident, from Shillingstone Station, details 01258 860157

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

Blandford Bereavement Group meets Blandford Parish Centre, 11am to 12.30pm, details 01258 453425

Thursday May 2:

Town, parish and new Dorset County Council elections, polling stations open 7am to 10pm

Square Dancing, Spetisbury village hall, 4 to 6pm (and every Thursday)

Friday May 3: Rubber Jellyfish, a documentary about aerial litter, Child Okeford village hall, see waveofchange.uk

Friday May 3 to Sunday May 5: Teddy Rocks Festival, for Teddy 20 charity, Charisworth Farm, Thornicombe, tickets and information www.teddyrocks.co.uk.

Saturday May 4:

Plant sale & coffee morning, Tarrant Monkton & Launceston village hall, 10.30am

Jumble Sale in aid of village hall funds, Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall DT11 0RE, 2pm, bricabrac, clothes, books, refreshments and Tombola

Sunday May 5:

Dorset Wildlife Trust Dawn Chorus walk with Steve Oliver (North Dorset Warden) at Ashley Wood, near Tarrant Keyneston, 4.30am, booking essential on 07824 874273

Dorset Ramblers meet 10.15am at Win Green to walk Wessex Ridgeway to Tollard Royal. 5 miles in the morning with optional pm walk to Melbury Beacon (2 miles). Bring picnic lunch or drive to Compton Abbas Airfield (details for this and other Sunday walks in May see www.dorsetramblers.co.uk)

The Art Room - Informal art session, 11am-1pm at The Kings Arms, Blandford full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com  

Round Robin Ramblers meet outside the Martyrs Inn, Tolpuddle, 2pm for 4.5 mile walk around Tolpuddle, details 01258 880044

Monday May 6: Bank Holiday

Blandford Georgian Fayre, 10am to 5pm, Blandford town centre (roads closed to traffic)

Garden Open and Creative and Sustainable Living Fair, Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna, 10am to 5pm, stalls, refreshments, admission £3.50 (Friends and under 16 yrss free)

Tuesday May 7: Valley Gardening Club meets Pamela Hambro Hall, Winterborne Stickland, 7.30pm members’ discount evening, raffle & refreshments, members entrance free, non-members £3, details www.sites.google.com/site/vgcdorset or valleygardening@gmail.com

Wednesday May 8:

Forum Drama AGM, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, 7pm

Sturminster Newton Floral Group meets The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 7.30pm for demonstration -  “Melange”, Julia Harrison

Thursday May 9:

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

Patient Participation Group Networking evening, Blandford St Mary Primary School, 6 to 8pm, details call 07980 751520 / 07766 924612 or email communications@dorsetccg.nhs.uk

Friday May 10:

(And May 24) Craft Market, The Shambles, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 9am to 1pm

Dr Bods presents The Dub Pistols, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7.30pm

Wessex Acoustic Folk, Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, 8pm, Mike Silver

Blandford Evening Women’s Institute meets 7pm, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, speaker Ben Buxton – The Faroe Islands

Saturday May 11:  

Dorset Wildlife Trust Dawn Chorus walk with expert local birder, Jon Ross, in Ansty, 4.45am followed by full English breakfast, fully booked, details 01258 880 699

Cleanup Blandford litterpick from 10am: meet at the weir next to Mortain (blue) bridge on the Marsh & Ham

Blandford Snooker Club Open Day, United Reformed Church Hall, Whitecliff Mill Street,

Blandford Bowling Club Open Day, Park Road, 10am to 4pm

Blandford Horticultural Society plant sale, Blandford Constitutional Club, 10am, details 01258 452380

Modou Ndiaye and band, Portman Hall, Shillingstone, 7.30pm, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Sunday May 12:

Durweston Country Fayre and Fun Dog Show, playing fields and village hall, 12 noon to 4pm, supporting Durweston CE Primary and Playing Fields, details 07988 791260

Doggy Treasure Trail, 2.00pm, The Old School Room, Winterborne Whitechurch. Teas, Raffle. In aid of PAWS of Pelion Greek Animal Rescue. Details 01258 880883

Spetisbury & Charlton Marshall Twinning Association cheese & wine, Church Rooms, Charlton Marshall, 12 to 2pm, details 01258 857515

Monday May 13:

Swann Recruitment Fair, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 9am to 4pm

Blandford Floral Group meets United Reformed Church Hall, Whitecliff Mill Street, 2pm with Sally Taylor - Sallying  Forth Again

Charity Bingo in aid of Blandford Yuletide Festival, Blandford Royal British Legion, eyes down 7.30pm

Wednesday May 15: Valley Gardening Club meets Pamela Hambro Hall, Winterborne Stickland, 7.30pm for talk, A Plant Hunter in Australia (Barry Clarke), raffle & refreshments, details valleygardening@gmail.com

Thursday May 16:

Blandford Art Society Workshop with Judith Ryde - Paintings in the style of Klimpt, Paul Klee or Monet, 1.30pm at Pimperne Village Hall, non-members welcome - £4, full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Museum Archaeology Group, talk on Shaftesbury Excavation by Julian Richards, Blandford Museum, 7.30pm

Friday May 17: Trafalgar Way talk by naval historian Kate Jamieson, Corn Exchange 7.30pm

Saturday May 18:

Big Brekkie for Christian Aid, Blandford Methodist Church, 9am to 10.30am

Trafalgar Way celebration and cavalcade, town centre and Corn Exchange, Blandford, 10am to 1pm

Plants and Bring & Buy Sale, cream teas, Spetisbury Church, proceeds to church funds, 1.30 to 4pm

Prose, Prosecco and Potions, Blandford Literary Festival presentation and fundraiser, Marcia’s Market, Clapcotts Farm, 3.45pm, details 07780 952395

Cocktail Demonstrations, Canapes, Gin Bottling and music with Alex GingerViking, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7 to 10pm,supporting the Mayor's Charities

Saturday and Sunday May 18 and 19: Three Okefords Annual Rally, East Brooke Farm, Shillingstone, Nr Blandford, Dorset DT11 0SZ, 10am til late, an action packed day out for all the family with agricultural machines and tractor pulling and much more, details 01258 861473

Sunday May 19:

Community Kitchen Big Breakfast 9.30am at the Parish Centre, Blandford

Help make ‘Bags of Difference’ for children in foster care, Tarrant Hinton village hall, from 10am,details 01258 830410 or email craftatnumber7@gmail.com

Town Centre Heritage Walk with Blandford & District Civic Society Town Guide, 11am from Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, details 01258 459346

Monday May 20:

‘Sing-along The Decades’,  Monday Fellowship at Blandford Evangelical Church, Albert Street, DT11 7HZ, 2.30 to 4pm; an afternoon of tea and cake and a live music sing-along through decades of favourite songs.

Tuesday May 21: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club, 'Tablescapes', a practical workshop, Child Okeford Village Hall, 2.15pm, details: 01258 863775

Wednesday May 22:

BINGO at Blandford Royal British Legion, doors open 7pm, eyes down 730pm, in aid of  The Art Department, Blandford school

Dementia Action Week seminar, Lesley Shand’s, 28 East Street, Blandford, 6pm, talk on ‘Living with dementia’ by Dr Bernard Coope, refreshments available.

Thursday May 23:

Blandford Town Team CIC AGM, Blandford Town Council committee room, Church Lane, Blandford, 6pm

Blandford Horticultural Society meets United Reformed Church Hall, Blandford, speaker Mark Hinsley on Trees in Your Garden, 7.30pm, details 01258 452380

Possible European Elections, polling stations open 7am to 10pm

Friday to Sunday May 24 to 26: Cursus Cider & Music Festival, Canada Farm, Sixpenny Handley

Friday May 24:

Mayor Making, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 11 for 11.30am

Film Night, Child Okeford Village Hall, 7.30pm, 'Stan and Ollie' (PG), bookings 01258 860518

Saturday May 25:

Spring Fair, Silent Auction, Plant Sale and refreshments. Stourpaine House, Manor Road, Stourpaine, 10.30am to 12.30pm.  Details 07795117510

Jumble Sale in Aid of The Ark, Child Okeford, 11am to 1pm in the Child Okeford Village Hall, refreshments available

Keyneston Lodge Open Gardens, supporting Young Epilepsy, 11am to 4pm, cream teas and raffle

12 Hour Poolathon for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, Blandford 12 noon to midnight, refreshments, £5 per player, to take part text name to 075337056091 or 07792294288

Talk by wall painting conservator Anne Ballantyne at St Mary’s Church, Tarrant Crawford, 2pm, supporting the Churches Conservation Trust, tickets £5 from parker359@btinternet.com or 01258 857453

Dorset Wildlife Trust evening walk to hear nightingales in Lydlinch Common, led by Jon Ross, fully booked, details 01258 880 699

Pub Quiz, Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, 8pm in aid of Stroke Association

Saturday May 25 and 26: Blandford Camera Club Annual Exhibition, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 9.30am to 5pm Saturday and 9.30am to 4pm Sunday

Saturday to Monday May 25/27: Arch Revival 2019 Family Camping Festival, Eight-Arch Bridge, Sturminster Marshall

Sunday May 26:

Spetisbury’s annual village cider festival, The Shack(Marcia’s Market), Clapcotts Farm (now open Saturday and Sunday afternoons 2 to 6pm and during Marcia’s Market opening hours

Turnworth DT11 0EE - village gardens; home-made teas; music; plants etc.; free parking & entry

Shapwick Village Green country fair, Stewards Lane, Shapwick, Dorset DT11 9JZ,12 to 4pm, details 07704672240

Monday May 27: Bank Holiday

Walk the White Hart Link from Stourpaine village hall at 11am to Blandford Corn Exchange, then picnic on the Stour Meadows before walking back to Stourpaine. Details 07713 328723

Friday May 31:

Vintage Fair, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 9am to 5pm

Wessex Acoustic Folk, Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, 8pm, Winter Wilson

Friday May 31 to Sunday June 9: Spetisbury Festival