This is the place for all regular events and dates for your diary!
For listings of everything from fairs, lunch clubs, Artsreach performances and coffee mornings, to concerts, workshops, clubs and open days just click on the sections below.
If you have any upcoming events that you would like added please email editor@forumfocus.co.uk

ARRANGEMENTS may change in the light of any further announcements relating to the pandemic. Please check with the organisers if in doubt.

Please also let us know by email to editor @forumfocus.co.uk or phone to 01258 459346 of any events going ahead, either virtually or in person.

SEPTEMBER

Every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Blandford Fashion Museum and tea room open 10am to 4pm

Every Monday 2-4 and Thursday 10 -1: Kurling, Winterborne Whitechurch Village hall, details 01258 881416

Every Tuesday:

Little Hands Mother and Toddler Group, Okeford Fitzpaine village hall, 9 to 11am, book through Little Hands Facebook Group or call 01258 861511

Blandford Citizens Advice, 10am to 3pm at the Parish Centre in The Tabernacle. At other times call 01747 835016, the free Dorset Advice Line on 0800 144 88 48 or email advice-nd@centralca.org.uk

Every Wednesday:

Blandford Community Fridge, Blandford Youth & Community Centre, Milldown Road, open 9 to 11am

Rokit community choir, Methodist Church, Blandford, 7.30pm

Every Thursday from September 23: Square Dancing, Spetisbury Village Hall, 2 to 4pm, details 01202 731012

Every Friday: Durweston village coffee mornings, village hall, 10am to 12 noon

Every first and third Friday: Blandford U3A Bridge, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, 2 to 5pm, details 01258 450544

Every Sunday: Blandford Methodist Church service 10.45am, book a place by phone to 01258 577030

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday to Tuesday September 1 to 7: Exhibition of small quilts and wall hangings by Walking Feet, Shaftesbury Arts Centre SP78AR, 10am to 4pm, details 01935 3896673, or Irene.burgoyne@gmail.com

Wednesday September 1: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, Brewery Hall,, Visitor Centre, Bournemouth Road, Blandford St Mary, 7pm

Thursday to Saturday September 2 to 4: St Edward’ Way pilgrimage, Wareham to Shaftesbury, see  www.facebook.com/st.ed.way

Thursday to Sunday September 2 to 5: Tears in the Fence Literary Festival, Stourpaine village hall, details www.tearsinthefence.com/festival

Friday September 3: Wessex Acoustic Folk present Georgia Lewis Trio + Dom Prag, Blandford Royal British Legion, 7.30pm, call 01202 732239 to book and see www.wimborne-acoustic.co.uk

Saturday September 4:

Teddy 20 Jurassic Coast Walk, 12 miles from Lulworth to Bowleaze Cove, details and to sign up, info@teddy20.org.uk

Child Okeford Village Fete, stallholders please email veecom@btinternet.com and to volunteer or provide entertainment email gsparrow@doctors.org.uk or call 07070550047

Shroton Summer Show

Blandford 4 Social Justice/Black Lives Matter coffee and cake morning, with collection for Afghan Refugees through Care4Calais, 10.30 am to noon, Blandford Town Museum Garden, details blandford4sj@gmail.com

Sunday September 5:

Blandford Hidden Gardens, gardens open between 10am and 5pm, tickets on sale from August 16 from the TIC and Town Museum

Bobs QUIZ is back at Bryanston Club C.I.C. 7:30pm start, bar opens at 7pm. Book via text -07387687030 or FB @bryclub.

Monday September 6: Blandford Floral Society meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston, 2 pm, Cathryn Brown - Fifty Things That Make You Happy.

Wednesday September 8:

Charlton Marshall Village Hall Film Night, 'Military Wives' doors open 7pm for film 7.40pp, £6pp. See www.charltonmarshallvillagehall.wordpress.com

Spetisbury Occasional Drama Society Panto meeting, 7.30pm in Spetisbury village hall to restart SODS. All welcome to contribute!! Details wdrit@yahoo.com

Thursday September 9: Gardens Open, Springhead, Fontmell Magna, 11.30am to 4pm, plant sales but no café, take a picnic! Details www.springheadtrust.org.uk

Friday September 10:

THE SPECIALISED band at Bryanston Club CIC – tickets £5 each. Doors Open at 7pm. Details bryanstonclubeventsbooking@gmail.com

Milborne Movies present ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’, Milborne St Andrew village hall, doors and bar open 7 for 7.30pm start

Saturday September 11: Veterans Community Day, Royal British Legion, Church Lane, stalls, displays and refreshments from 12 noon

Ride and Stride for Dorset Historic Churches Trust between various local churches

Sunday September 12:

Town Centre Guided Heritage Walk, meet 11am at the flood wall in the Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, cost £5, details 01258 459346

Pheasant Fest, Baker Arms, Child Okeford, from 12 noon, details 01258 860260 or 860440

Laughter Lines: The Brewery Tap, Blandford St Mary, 7.30pm, tickets www.b-c-p.co.uk or on the door

Monday to Thursday September 13 to 16: Bryanston and Durweston and Bryanston Arts Festival, 10am to 4pm each day, evening music Monday 8pm onwards.

Wednesday September 15:  Dorset Moviola presents “Love Sarah”, Fontmell Magna village hall, doors open 7 for 7.30pm start, details 01747 811551

Thursday September 16: Blandford Museum Archaeology Group meets at The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, 7.30pm for talk on Peru by Tim Brown

Saturday September 18:

Litter pick with War on Waste/Cleanup Blandford, meet blue bridge, Marsh and Ham, 10 to 12 noon, details blandfordwaronwaste@gmail.com

Community Expo, Blandford Corn Exchange, 10am to 1pm, details https://blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk/category/whats-on

Charlton Marshall Village Open Day, 11am to 4pm, Village Hall, Parish Centre, Church and The Charlton Inn. See www.charltonmarshallvillagehall.wordpress.com

Full day art workshop, Blandford Art Hub, Nightingale Court Garden, details and to book, see www.freeexpression.com

Sturminster Marshall School Society Charity Fun Day on the village green, 12 noon to 4pm, book stalls with claireforsey@hotmail.com

‘ALMOST OKTOBERFEST’. Bryanston Club C.I.C. Doors open 7pm, Tickets £25 per head, details bryanstonclubeventsbooking@gmail.com 

Steve Marks live music, Winterborne Whitechurch village hall, limited tickets include plowman supper £10, bookings.wwvh@gmail.com, 01258 881416

Sunday September 19: Final service and farewell lunch for Rev Lydia Cook, Okeford Fitzpaine parish church and village hall

Monday September 20:

The Blandford U3A Scrabble group, Woodhouse gardens, 2 to 4.30pm (and every third Monday of the month): new members welcome

Strictly Come Tea Dancing with the Soggy Biscuit Dance Band, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 2.30 to 4.30pm, £7.50 per person (£5 for non-dancers), details 07939 030875

Wednesday and Thursday September 22 and 23: Pictures for the Beehive art exhibitions, St Giles House, 11am to 3pm – auction of pictures Friday September 24.

Friday September 24: 

Blandford & District u3a open meeting, Dr Francis Burroughes on "The history of glass", Durweston Village Hall, 2pm, details 01258 628079

Film Night, Nomadland, Child Okeford village hall

Friday and Saturday 25 September 24 and 25: Macmillan Coffee Mornings, various venues and times

Sunday September 26: Town Perimeter Guided Heritage Walk, cost £5, meet 11am outside Scrivens, Durdens Corner, Market Place, details 01258 459346

OCTOBER

Friday October 1:  Wessex Acoustic Folk present Colum Sands + Mel Langton, Blandford Royal British Legion, 7.30pm , call 01202 732239 to book and see www.wimborne.acoustic.co.uk

Monday October 4: Blandford Floral Society meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston, 2 pm, Jo Richards - What Autumn Brings

Wednesday October 6: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

Friday October 15: Wessex Acoustic Folk present Paul Downes + Rod Jenkins, Blandford Royal British Legion, 7.30pm , call 01202 732239 to book and see www.wimborne.acoustic.co.uk

The Comedy Exchange on Tour in Wimborne, details www.b-c-p.co.uk

Saturday October 16: Litter pick with War on Waste/Cleanup Blandford, meet blue bridge, Marsh and Ham, 10 to 12 noon, details blandfordwaronwaste@gmail.com

Saturday October 23: Teddy 20 Halloween Prep Party, Woodhouse Gardens, Blandford, tickets £5 from info@teddy20.org.uk

Friday October 29: Wessex Acoustic Folk present Geoff Lakeman + Simply Symons, Blandford Royal British Legion, 7.30pm , call 01202 732239 to book and see www.wimborne.acoustic.co.uk

Sunday October 31: Grand Pumpkin Weigh-in and raffle draw for Parkinsons and Macmillan, True Lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston

NOVEMBER

Monday November 1: Blandford Floral Society meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston, 2 pm,  AGM

Wednesday November 3: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

Friday November 12:  Wessex Acoustic Folk present Chris Leslie + Anne-Louise Richards, Blandford Royal British Legion, 7.30pm , call 01202 732239 to book and see www.wimborne.acoustic.co.uk

Friday November 26: Wessex Acoustic Folk present Anthony John Clarke & Dave Pegg + Antoine & Owena, Blandford Royal British Legion, 7.30pm , call 01202 732239 to book and see www.wimborne.acoustic.co.uk

DECEMBER

Wednesday December 1: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

Friday December 3: Blandford Yuletide Festival, free town centre parking (time limits apply)

Saturday December 4: Small Business Saturday and free town centre parking (time limits apply)

Monday December 6: Blandford Floral Society meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston, 2 pm, Sally Taylor - Christmas Capers

Friday December 10:  Wessex Acoustic Folk present Jez Lowe & Bad Pennies Xmas Show, Blandford Royal British Legion, 7.30pm , call 01202 732239 to book and see www.wimborne.acoustic.co.uk

Saturday December 25: Christmas Day

Blandford St Mary Parish Council Meetings

 

Wednesday July 7: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitationWednesday September 1
Wednesday October 6
Wednesday November 3
Wednesday December 1