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Regular events  

November 2018

December 2018 onwards


October 1 to October 27: Blandford Art Society Members Exhibition 2018, Blandford Town Museum, details http://www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

 Monday October 1: Blandford Floral Group meets Blandford United Reformed Church Hall, 2pm. Pelley - Inspirations

Tuesday October 2:

Blandford Breast Cancer Support Group meetings Pimperne village hall, 2.30pm for talk and demonstration by Barry Graham on cheese. Tastings, refreshments and raffle

Latin Dancing, Bryanston Club, 7.45 to 10.30pm (every Tuesday)

Wednesday October 3:

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

Screenbites – Second Slice, The Galloping Maestro, Ashmore village hall, 7pm, details www.screenbites.co.uk

Thursday October 4: Book Launch, Murder Britannica by Paula Harmon, The Cedar Tree , Anchor Gateway, Salisbury Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AR, 7pm, tickets £3 from info@the-cedar-tree.co.uk

Friday October 5: Faith I Branko, Milborne St Andrew village hall 7.30pm, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Friday to Sunday October 5 to 7: Milton Abbas Local History Group WWI Exhibition, Reading Rooms & St James Church, details:www.miltonabbashistorygroup.com

Saturday October 6:

Pimperne Coffee Morning, 10 to 11.30am, stalls and raffle, Pimperne village hall, supporting Oxford Radcliffe Hospital Patient Katie Gent

Child Okeford’s inaugural Hill Races 11am to 3pm and Oktober Beer Festival, 6.30 to 11pm, supporting the Child Okeford Community Centre Project, see Facebook /thehillracechildokeford or buy tickets from the Cross Stores

Sunday October 7:

Round Robin Ramblers meet Badbury Rings car park, B3082, 2pm for 4.5 mile walk round Kingston Lacy Estate and Badbury Rings, details 01258 880044

The Art Room: Informal art session for beginners, 11am-1pm at The Kings Arms, Blandford, full details on Blandford Art Society website

Monday October 8: Child Okeford WI meets 2pm The Community Centre, Station Road, Child Okeford DT11 8EL: A talk by Dr Yvonne Varley: ‘The story of  Riziki’: Building a future for children in Kenya

Wednesday October 10:

Play Reading, ‘Pygmalion’ by George Bernard Shaw, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, 7 to 9pm, details 07596 959703

Dorset Moviola presents “Entebbe”, Fontmell Magna village hall, 7 for 7.30pm.

Thursday October 11: Forum Otters, a new Macmillan Support Group for those affected by Cancer, meets at the Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford, 2 to 4pm, details 01258 458280

Friday October 12:

Craft Market in The Shambles in front of the Blandford Corn Exchange, 9-2pm (and Friday October 26)

Blandford WI meet, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, 7  to 9pm, speaker Pam Williamson - Christmas Crafts, demos and participation. Details www.blandfordeveningwi.com or on Facebook

Race Night at Durweston Village Hall 7 pm, tickets £5 includes light supper, bar & cash prizes, details durwestonptaracenight@gmail.com

Last Night of the Proms, Blandford Corn Exchange, with the Stour Valley Band, 7.30pm and soprano Christine Haworth, supporting the Mayor’s Charities

Wessex Acoustic folk present Granny's Attic, Blandford Royal British Legion, Church Lane, 8.15pm

Saturday October 13:

Jumble Sale for Mercy in Action, Child Okeford village hall, 12noon to 2pm, donations to 01258 450908 or 861055 or leave at the hall on the day

‘Take me to your leader – a correspondent’s experience’: talk by Kate Adie at the Old School, Sturminster Marshall, 2.30pm, ticket 01258 857528, proceeds to the Mackrell Charity

My Sweet Patootie, Ibberton village hall, 7.30pm, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Sunday October 14:

Charlton Marshall Scouts Duck Race, Barbecue and raffle, Spetisbury Beach from 12 noon, races start 1pm (parking at Clapcotts Farm DT11 9DF)

Sarajevo Big Bang, Portman Hall, Shillingstone, 7.30pm, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Monday October 15:

Strictly Come Tea Dancing at the Corn Exchange, Market Place, Blandford Forum, live music from the Soggy Biscuit Dance Band, 2.30 to 4.30pm

Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning talk by Rev Stewart Timbrell  -  “Wonders and Blunders”, The Ark’s room, St Nicholas School, Child Okeford, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 860767

Wednesday October 17:

Blandford Carnival Bingo, Royal British Legion, Church Lane, Blandford, doors open 7pm for eyes down 7.30pm

Blandford Georgian Fayre AGM, Royal British Legion, Church Lane, Blandford, 7.30pm

Valley Gardening Club meets Pamela Hambro Hall, Winterborne Stickland, 7.30pm for AGM, raffle & refreshments, members entrance free, non-members £2, details sites.google.com/site/vgcdorset or valleygardening@gmail.com

The Secret Life of the Dormouse’, talk by Steve Oliver (DWT North Dorset Warden) to North Dorset Group, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Fontmell Magna village hall, 7.30pm

A Pure Woman, Sturminster Newton Exchange, 7.30pm, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Tuesday to Thursday October 16 to 18: Get Online Week event, Charlton Marshall Church Rooms, help with accessing the internet, 10.30am  to 12.30pm, details 01258 480020 or email cmonlinecentre@gmail.com

Thursday October 18:

Blandford Art Society: Demonstration and workshop by Caroline Ireland - the use of pastels on black paper, 1.30pm at Pimperne Village Hall, non-members welcome - £4, full details from website

Blandford Museum Archaeology Group meets Blandford Museum 7.30pm for talk by Miles Russell (Bournemouth University) on The Piltdown Man. Details 01258 452831

Friday October 19:

Quiz Night at Durweston Village Hall, 7.30pm, £5 per ticket includes light supper, bookings 01258 488883 (tables to be no more than sixs people), doors open and bar from 7pm

Screenbites – Second Slice: A Touch of Spice, Tarrant Keyneston village hall, 7pm, see www.screenbites.co.uk

Raise The Roof, All Saints Church, Tarrant Monkton, an evening of light music and entertainment raising funds for a new church roof on this beautiful Grade II* listed building, tickets £10 include refreshments, phone 01258 830 252 or email redzed252@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday October 20:

Friends of Blandford Hospital Autumn Fair, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 9.30am to 2pm

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

Voskresenije Choir of St Petersburg in concert, Blandford Forum Parish Church, 7.30pm, booking advisable, tickets £10 from 01258 452506 or www.b_c_p.co.uk

An autumn evening of music with the Mill Singers, Child Okeford church, 7.30pm

Saturday to Saturday October 20 to 27 (excluding Tuesday and Wednesday): Blandford Fashion Museum Special half term concessions: admission £1 for students 18 and over, free for under 18s (under 11s to be accompanied by an adult), Lime Tree House, The Plocks, Blandford

Sunday October 21: Fierce Flowers, Tarrant Gunville village hall, 7.30pm, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Thursday October 25: Blandford and District Horticultural Society meets United Reformed Church Hall, Blandford, 7.30pm, A.G.M with speaker Paul Sturgess, Dorset a Time to Reflect

Friday October 26:

Julian Fellowes presents Pick of his Flix for Naomi House & Jack’s Place, Layard Theatre, Canford School, 7.30pm, hosted by North Dorset support group, details www.naomihouse.org.uk

Film Night Child Okeford Village Hall, Filmflixs presents Phantom Thread (15), 7 for 7.30pm, details 01258 860518

Wessex Acoustic folk present Banter, Blandford Royal British Legion, Church Lane, 8.15pm

Saturday October 27:

Blandford Town Museum closes for the season, reopens Spring 2019

Comedy Exchange, Steve Legg 30th Anniversary Tour, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7.30pm, see www.b-c-p.co.uk

Sunday October 28: Folk Night, Philip Henry, Chettle Village Hall, nr Blandford Forum, http://chettlemusic.co.uk/home/philip-henry/ / 07776 323198

 Monday October 29:

Monthly Stroke Association Peer Support meeting at the Church Room & Village Centre, 1 The Close, Charlton Marshall, DT11 9PA, 10.30am to noon

Resurgence Dorset event,  Monique Munroe (Ideas2Action), on waste, recycling and saving items for good causes, 7.30pm at Blandford Museum, Beres Yard, DT11 7HQ, details 01258 818223 or www.meetup.com/Resurgence-Dorset.

Tuesday October 30: Dedication of Child Okeford’s newly restored church bells, 7.30pm