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Celebrating the ash at Springhead

DOZENS of people joined guided walks and listened to a new musical composition to celebrate the ash tree at Springhead, Fontmell Magna, for AshScape, the first ever symposium and festival devoted to this ancient European tree. Arboriculturists, experts in ancient trees, local school children, artists and singers all took part in the event, which included…

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A sailing life retold at Tollard

A NEW series of Tollard Talks begins in the barn at Tollard House, Tollard Royal, on Friday 27th October, at 7pm. The talk, “Sailing Around the World” is being given by Peter Forbes, who began his life afloat at the early age of eight, when his mother taught him to sail  in a felucca at…

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Storytelling times two at the Lyric

BRIDPORT’s Lyric Theatre hosts a return visit by Story Pocket on Saturday 28th October at 11am and 2pm with a new show, Storyteller, Storyteller. What happens when two children’s storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time to tell their stories? And what happens if both of them think they are THE Storyteller?…

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Kingston Lacy and a story of exile

THE National Trust’s Pride and Prejudice programme, making the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, includes Exile, an installation at Kingston Lacy, exploring the life and exile of former owner William John Bankes. Bankes, an explorer, scholar and art collector, inherited Kingston Lacy in 1834 and set about transforming the house into a…

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From Vanuatu to … Bridport

BRIDPORT-based writer and graphic designer Claire Shilton went on impulse to visit some remote islands in the South Pacific – she will be a the arts centre on Thursday 26th October to talk about her travels to Vanuatu. She says: “The Brexit thing had happened, Trump was now in power and I was burnt out,…

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Improve Your Learning at Salisbury

FAMOUS scientist and brilliant communicator Professor Robert Winston comes to Salisbury Arts Centre on Thursday 19th October at 7pm with a talk called Improve Your Learning. This exciting, illustrated talk shows how recent research highlights not only how valuable learning is, but also what we all can do to improve our learning in and out…

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Sarah Raven at Brimsmore Gardens

AWARD-winning author, gardener, teacher and cook Sarah Raven will host a talk at Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil on Saturday 21st October at 7pm, as part of this year’s Yeovil Literary Festival, which runs from Tuesday 17th to Sunday 29th October, Sarah will delve into her years of experience teaching gardening, flower arranging and cookery at…

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An old story that still resonates

THE story of the first settlers in the New World – the “Pilgrim Fathers” who made the perilous crossing to New England, is retold in The Mayflower Generation  – The Winslow Family and the Fight for the New World, by Rebecca Fraser who will be at Wells Literary Festival on  Friday 20th October at  5pm. Fleeing…

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