Miscellany

A new life for Dorchester’s Shire Hall

SHIRE Hall Historic Courthouse Museum at Dorchester will be officially opened on Tuesday 1st May – an important date for a museum turning a spotlight on social justice, as it’s also International Workers Day. The new museum will use interactive technology to take visitors of all ages on a journey from cells to dock –…

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WW1 Bourton on show

BOURTON’s First World War project continues with the opening on Friday 27th April of an exhibition which explores the stories of villagers during the four years of the “war to end all wars.”. The exhibition at the parish church of St George, until 19th May, explores the stories of those who played their part at…

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Ceilidh for South Petherton’s historic church

THERE will be a ceilidh for all ages on Friday 27th April from 7pm in South Petherton’s beautiful parish church of St Peter and St Paul, a Grade 1 listed building dating mainly from the 15th century, and most famous for its irregular octagonal tower. Music will be provided by the popular local band Fiddlestix,…

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Crispin Black gives Tollard Talk

OUTSPOKEN intelligence and terrorism commentator Crispin Black is the guest speaker at Tollard Talks at The Barn at Tollard House, Tollard Royal on Thursday 19th April. It is hard to imagine a more appropriate time – or location – for a talk by this former soldier and fearless journalist and writer. He will talk about…

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Blue Planet II comes to Lyme Regis

EVERYTHING about David Attenborough’s recent Blue Planet II series was compelling and memorable – but much of the appeal came from the soundscape, and you can discover more about this when the academic advisor for the series, Professor Steve Simpson, comes to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 3rd May. Intrepid Explorers, an…

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Ancient embroideries on show at Mompesson House

THE 2018 exhibition at the National Trust’s Mompesson House in Salisbury Cathedral Close focuses on a collection of eight historic stumpwork pictures. Emma James, the Mompesson visitor experience officer, says: “Stumpwork dates from the 17th century when it was known as raised embroidery. Small stumps of wood or pads of wool were used to raise…

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Return of Bridport’s Ropewalk Fair

BRIDPORT’s ancient rope-making heritage will be celebrated on Sunday 13th May with the return of the annual Ropewalk Fair, organised by Bridport Museum. The Millenium Green will be abuzz from 11am to 4pm  with music from local bands, food stalls, rope, net and craft demonstrations and sporting activities such as tennis and football in the…

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New bridge at The Courts

CHILDREN from a primary school near Bradford on Avon have helped to create a beautiful new bridge to make a safer route over a historic pool in garden of The Courts, the 18th century property owned by the National Trust at Holt. The idea was initially a response to the challenge of creating a hand…

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At the edge of Europe – Barry Cunliffe at Dorchester

ONE of the country’s leading archaeologists, Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe, is the guest speaker at a Dorset County Museum lecture at the Dorford Centre, 2 Bridport Road, Dorchester, on Friday 6th April at 7.30pm. Professor Cunliffe’s talk, one of the series of the museum’s ongoing series of lectures on aspects of geology and archaeology, is…

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New Dean of Salisbury Cathedral

THE new Dean of Salisbury will be the Rev Canon Nicholas Charles Papadopulos, who is currently Canon Treasurer of Canterbury Cathedral and director of Initial Ministerial Education 2 in the Diocese of Canterbury. But Canon Nick is no stranger to Salisbury – he served as Senior Chaplain and press officer to the then Bishop of…

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