Miscellany

Sharing music and film with dementia sufferers

WINDROSE, the rural media charity, has set up an innovative project that combines live singing and old films, provided by internet technology for people in Wiltshire who are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Folk singer and song collector Amanda Boyd worked with Alzheimer’s Support Wiltshire to deliver interactive Zoom sessions, which included fascinating old footage…

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Lockdown do’s and don’ts in South Somerset

SOUTH Somerset District Council has announced steps that have been taken to comply with the government’s new lockdown which is due to run until Wednesday 2nd December. The council’s actions are intended to ensure public safety in line with the new guidelines. The website will be continually updated with any actions as further details around…

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Dame Judi to judge school poetry competition

DORSET schoolchildren, who are taking part in a poetry competition to support the appeal for the barn owl barn at Bere Marsh Farm, will have their entries judged by one of Britain’s best loved and critically acclaimed actresses, Dame Judi Dench. The Oscar and BAFTA award-winning star has thrilled youngsters and teachers at schools in…

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Working memories of Frome

MEMORIES of working in Frome, recorded by the Home in Frome group, can now be viewed online. The latest project of the community group, which records the changing life of the town, has been the mammoth task of turning the Working Memories book into a website, https://workingmemoriesfrome.co.uk/ The new website goes live on Tuesday, 27th…

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Amazing job at Longleat

A TEAM of gardeners is close to completing one of the biggest jobs in horticulture – cutting the giant hedge maze at Longleat. Made up of more than 16,000 English yew trees, with 2.8kms of pathways and covering an area of 0.6 hectares, the Wiltshire maze is one of the largest in the world. It…

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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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Ham Hill scheme to save Shrill Carder Bee

SOUTH Somerset District Council is working with organisations including the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust to save the rare Shrill Carder bee. The council’s team at Ham Hill Country Park has started habitat management to encourage the bees to recolonise from an existing population nearby. The work is centred around the hay meadows in the flat…

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Help to put a roof over the barn owls’ heads

THE Countryside Restoration Trust, the charity which works to support and encourage wildlife-friendly, sustainable farming, is appealing for help to raise £30,000 to repair the dilapidated home of barn owls on Bere Marsh Farm near Shillingstone. Just weeks after moving on to the farm by the river Stour, which is intended to be its showcase…

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Lottery cash for Cleveland Pools project

THE Cleveland Pools Trust, which looks after Bath’s 200 year-old open-air lido, has been granted £56,300 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to assist with the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the development of the development project. The pandemic and lockdown forced the trust team to adapt to home working. Various community plans…

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