Miscellany

The craft of the boat-builder – from Lyme to Tisbury

LYME Regis Boat Building Academy is one of the world’s leading centres teaching traditional boat building skills, and tutors from the academy are coming to Tisbury to share their knowledge as part of the current Messums’ exhibition. On Thursday 24th August, at 6:30pm, one of the Lyme Regis tutors will be at the arts centre…

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The return of the Red Post

SHARP-eyed locals may have noticed that the famous Red Post at Bloxworth has been missing for some time. Now it’s back, restored to its former glory, thanks to the generosity of Kier Highways Ltd and guidance from the Dorset Fingerpost project. In Dorset there are around 700 surviving traditional fingerposts painted black and white, and…

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Ypres bells at Steam Fair WW1 display

A NEW ring of eight bells,  cast at the world-famous bell foundry of John Taylor & Co in Loughborough for St George’s Memorial Church in Ypres, will be featured at the First World War commemorative display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair from 24th to 28th August. After the fair, at Tarrant Hinton, the bells…

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The Great War at Bourton

BOURTON’s World War 1 project continues in the autumn with plans for an exhibition, speakers, musical events and the construction of an on-line archive. The project, which has funding from the Heritage Lottery, Bourton Parish Council and the Dorset Rural Fund, has already made a great impact on the village with the community play, On…

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Free family fun at Bridport Museum

BRIDPORT’s refurbished museum is attracting ;more visitors than ever and there is plenty to enjoy during the summer holidays, with free fun for all the family. Since it re-opened in May after its major Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment, more than 5000 visitors have passed through the doors of Bridport Museum- double the number of people…

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New Ridgeway walking trail

CHILDREN from a south Dorset primary school have helped to develop a new interactive walking trail to attract people of all ages to explore the magnificent sights of the South Dorset Ridgeway. Hosted by Bincombe Valley Primary School, and led by Dorset Youth Association with the support of Artsreach and the social and ethical house…

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Legacy helps Dyrham Park garden plans

A GENEROUS legacy of £100,000 will help the National Trust to carry out ambitious plans to transform the garden at Dyrham Park near Bath. The gift, left to the Trust in the estate of Stella and Jack Satchell, will enable the garden team to recreate a 17th-century parterre on the west terrace in front of…

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Wincanton Racecourse’s 150th birthday

WINCANTON Racecourse celebrates its 150th birthday in August 2017 and the management team is looking forward to an exciting anniversary programme when racing starts in October. With a history as rich as it is long, Wincanton’s ties with the sport of National Hunt racing began in 1867 as the hunting community in Somerset staged what…

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Lottery funds improve disability access

MOORS Valley Country Park near Ringwood is one of 18 heritage and outdoor sites in the south west to benefit with a share of a £527,000 Heritage Lottery award to improve access for people with mobility and sensory impairments. The Heritage Ability scheme was established by Living Options Devon to develop a greater understanding of…

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