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Regular events  

Christmas Church Services

January 2019

February 2019 onwards


Saturday December 1:

Small Business Saturday, free parking in NDDC car parks (time limits apply),

‘Morrisons Bag Packing’ by the Blandford Opportunity Group + Blandford Food Bank Group, 10am to 1.30pm

Christmas wreath making, £10, including all materials and refreshments. Stourpaine Village Hall 10am to 12.30pm, book a place via jpalmeruk1@gmail.com

Christmas Fly-In, Compton Abbas Airfield, 0930-1700, details 01747 811767 or www.comptonabbasairfield.co.uk

Christmas Bazaar, Abingdon Hall, Iwerne Minster, 10.30 to 12 noon, proceeds to Alabare homeless support

Durweston Primary School Christmas Fair, 12 noon to 3pm, freshly cut Christmas trees

Durweston Choral Society and Orchestra present Handel’s Messiah, Durweston Parish Church 7:30pm, tickets £15 , £8 under 17s, Tel: 01258 472253 or email Margaret.peers@uwclub.net

Bryanston Choral Society’s Christmas Concert, St Martin’s Church, Bryanston, 7.30pm, carols, choral music (John Ireland and Hubert Parry) and season readings. Tickets £10 on the door. or beforehand through choir members

Wessex Acoustic folk present Jez Lowe and Bad Pennies plus Benny Graham seasonal show "Thor'd Out" at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Blandford Royal British Legion, Church Lane, 8.15pm

Sunday December 2:

The Art Room: -Informal art session for beginners 11am to 1pm at The Kings Arms, Blandford, see www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Round Robin Ramblers meet near the church in Buckland Newton (ST 687053) for 4.5 mile walk round Buckland Newton, details 01258 880044

The Furlong Trophy Music Competition Heat 1, Paddocks Bar, Salisbury Street, from 1pm (Heat 2: Sunday December 16)

Monday December 3:

Blandford Floral Group Open meeting, Tarrant Keyneston village hall, 2pm - Coral Gardiner - Festive Highlights

Panda Pre-school Christmas Bingo, The Royal British Legion, Blandford, eyes down 7.30pm

Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning talk by Gordon Le Pard  -  “Picking Darcy’s Pocket”, The Ark’s room, St Nicholas School, Child Okeford, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 860767

Tuesday December 4: Blandford Breast Cancer Support Group Christmas Lunch outing to Castleman Hotel, to book call Shirley 01258 860706

Wednesday December 5:

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

Play Reading, Blandford Parish church, 7 to 9pm, ‘Relative Values’ by Noel Coward, details 07596 959703

Blandford Forum Film Society, The Blandford School, 7.45pm Land of Mine (Martin Zandvliet, Denmark 2015) Drama

Friday December 7:

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Reception, Blandford Market Place and Corn Exchange, from 5.30pm, Civic Carol Service, Blandford Parish Church 7pm

Near-ta Theatre present ‘Christmas. Time’, Pamela Hambro Hall Winterborne Stickland, 7:30pm, see www.artsreach.co.uk

Wessex Acoustic folk Club Christmas Party, Blandford Royal British Legion, Church Lane, 8.15pm

Family Christmas Ceilidh with Arish Mel, Child Okeford Community Centre, tickets £10 (children £5) to include ploughman’s supper, proceeds to the centre and recreation ground improvements

Friday and Saturday December 7 and 8: Madcap Productions present Peter Pan, Brewery Hall, Ansty, 7.30pm (Saturday matinée 4pm), tickets 07899 847261

Saturday December 8:

Blandford Lions Christmas Fair, Corn Exchange, 9am to 3pm

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, Family Christmas Concert with The Bovington Wives Choir, Vocal Impact Children's Choir and The Blandford Stour Valley Band. Bryanston School concert hall, 7pm,  adults £10 children £5

Sunday December 9: Blandford Stour Rotary Santa Fun Run/Walk on the Trailway at Station Court at 10am.  All ages welcome.  Registration and full details at www.blandfordsantarun.btck.co.uk

Monday December 10: Child Okeford WI meets 2pm The Community Centre, Station Road, Child Okeford DT11 8EL: Our Christmas Celebration

Tuesday December 11: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club, 'Tartan at Heart', A practical workshop, Child Okeford Village Hall, 2.15pm, further details: 01258 863775

Wednesday December 12:

Blandford Yuletide Festival, see www.facebook.com/blandfordyuletide/

Dorset Moviola Film Night: “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” Fontmell Magna village hall, 7 for 7.30pm.

Thursday December 13: Cantamus in concert, Milton Abbey,7.30pm, www.artsreach.co.uk

Friday December 14 to Sunday December 16: Oh No It Isn’t present the pantomime Alice in Cuckooland, Blandford Corn Exchange, Friday and Saturday 6.30pm, Sunday 2.30pm, tickets from Town Council office or www.b-c-p.co.uk

Friday December 14:

Craft Market in The Shambles in front of the Corn Exchange, Blandford 9am to 2pm

Blandford WI meet, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, 7 to 9pm, Christmas Party - Mayhem! Details www.blandfordeveningwi.com or on Facebook

The Ridgeway Singers & Band present ‘West Country Carols’, St Nicholas Church, Winterborne Kingston, 7.30pm, tickets 01305 262159, see ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com

Saturday December 15:

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

The Churchfitters present their ‘Christmas Cracker’, Child Okeford village hall, 7.30pm, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Sunday December 16:

The Ambassadors Swing Band, Crown Hotel, Blandford, 7.30 to 10pm, tickets 01929 471809

Christmas Carol Night, Nelsons Cheese & Ale House, Salisbury Street, 7pm

Monday December 17: Monthly Stroke Association Peer Support meeting at the Church Room & Village Centre, 1 The Close, Charlton Marshall, DT11 9PA, 10.30am to noon

Tuesday December 18: Blood Donor Sessions, Crown Hotel, details 0300 123 23 23 or www.blood.co.uk

Wednesday December 19:  Blandford Forum Film Society, The Blandford School, 7.45pm Lost in Paris (Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon, France 2016) Comedy

Thursday December 20: 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 December 21 to Sunday January 6 2019: Cinderella, family pantomime, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne (excludes Christmas Day Tuesday December 25 and Wednesday January 2), performance times vary, see www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk or call 01202 885566

Saturday December 22:

‘Tesco’s Bag Packing’ plus a collection and trolley for collecting  tins, dry goods etc, by the Blandford Food Bank Group and  Blandford Opportunity Group, 10am to 2pm

Christmas Carol Concert, St Nicholas Church, Durweston, 7pm followed by Christmas nibbles at The White Horse, Stourpaine