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Culture fund lifeline for history festival

THE Chalke Valley History Festival has been awarded £260,000 as part of the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure a sustainable future for the history festival and its Festival for Schools. The history festival, based in the Chalke valley in south Wiltshire,…

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Wells LitFest celebrates anniversaries

THIS year’s Wells Festival of Literature will go ahead from 16th to 24th October, with a hybrid programme of live and streamed events – dependent, of course, on any changes in the Covid-19 rules. The theme is unashamedly celebratory including the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival, the 300th anniversary of the birth of Gilbert…

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A private tour of Somerset’s secret gardens

THINK of gardens and Somerset and you probably picture the multi-period gardens of Hestercombe near Taunton or the Elizabethan glories of Montacute or Lytes Cary. But this beautiful and varied county also has a host of hidden private gardens, and these are the subject  of Abigail Willis’s new book Secret Gardens of Somerset: A Private…

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Tales of the river POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED IN LINE WITH THE MOST RECENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WHAT does the river mean to you?  A place to walk, fish, boat, swim, think? To celebrate World Rivers Day 2020, on 27th September, Wimborne Community Theatre (WCT) would like to hear your memories or thoughts about living near the rivers Stour…

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Reading is Magic Festival:

CRESSIDA Cowell, best-selling author of How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once, is headlining Bath’s Reading Is Magic Festival, a digital celebration of children’s literature, from Sunday 27th September to Friday 2nd October. The festival  will be hosted by TV presenter, broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Karim Zeroual, and other writers…

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Share your river memories

WIMBORNE Community Theatre is planning a site-specific community theatre production in 2021 performed in, on or near the River Allen (one of the purest chalk streams in Europe) or the River Stour, which both flow through Wimborne. To launch the project WCT is inviting people to share their memories of visiting the river with people…

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Lottery grant for new Windrose projects

A NATIONAL Lottery Heritage Fund grant will enable Windrose, the rural media charity known for its film archive of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire life, to begin work on new community projects. All the current Windrose projects had been cancelled or postponed because of the Covid19 pandemic, says director Trevor Bailey: “It left very little to…

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Looking for young Agatha Christies 

 THE annual International Agatha Christie Festival won’t be happening this year, but the organisers have launched a competition for young writers in Devon who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of the queen of crime, the world’s favourite crime writer who was born and raised in Devon. The IACF 2020 Mystery Short Story Competition…

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Creative lockdown in Dorset

TEN artists and groups in Dorset have won funding for micro-commissions as part of Creative Communities in Quarantine, a project to create engaging work to help beat isolation during lockdown. In May, Dorset-based arts organisatioln Activate promoted an opportunity for artists and theatre makers to submit their ideas for ways to engage communities through the…

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