Miscellany

WWI collaboration by Cathedral and HMP Erlestoke

A WAR memorial designed and made by Salisbury Cathedral stonemasons in collaboration with prisoners at HMP Erlestoke was officially dedicated by the Dean of Salisbury at the prison to mark the centenary of the First World War. The four-foot high pyramid-shaped memorial, which sits on a lawn within the visitors’ area of the prison, was…

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First sight of cheetah cubs

A QUARTET of cheetah cubs has ventured outside for the first time at Longleat Safari Park. The litter, born to mum Wilma and dad Carl, is the largest number of cubs ever raised at Longleat, and one of the biggest litters successfully reared in the UK in recent years. The quartet, which were born in…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in November

A LITTLE late, but here are the Dorset Wildlife Trust events for the rest of November – for more details and for volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk Saturday 17th – Lino printmaking workshop, Kingcombe Centre, with Hugh Dunford-Wood, 9.45am-4pm, one-day practical, fun approach to lino printing, covering the fundamentals of lino printing, from drawing and carving…

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Rook Lane Arts tells Singers story

FROME’s Rook Lane Arts Trust has been awarded Heritage Lottery funding to tell the story of the town’s famous art foundry, J.W. Singer & Sons. The project, Casting the World: The Story of J.W. Singer & Sons of Frome, will take place next year, marking the bicentenary of the birth of John Webb Singer in…

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We will remember them

TWO West Country recipients of the Victoria Cross in the First World War, Private Stanley McDougall VC and Rifleman Kulbir Thapa VC are celebrated in a unique nationwide Armistice 100 event, co-ordinated by film-maker Danny Boyle, with sand portraits on the beaches at Lyme Regis and Weymouth. Read the full story on Private View.

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Bristol first with non-toxic textile

THE Bristol-based natural dye studio, Botanical Inks, is launching the Bristol Cloth – a textile which will be the first locally-sourced and regenerative material produced in the UK. A crowd funder raised more than £7000 in its first week, and dyeing is due to start on 20th November, with weaving beginning in January 2019. The…

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Hat-trick of awards for Shire Hall

THE new Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum at Dorchester, which was officially opened in October, has won a gold award team in the 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards, and was a finalist in a new museums award. The museum, on High West Street, took the gold award in the new Tourism Innovation and New Business category…

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Coast to Poole with Neil Oliver

NEIL Oliver, the long-haired one with the Scottish accent from the BBC’s Coast series, is on the road with his own solo stage show, The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places, coming to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on Saturday 10th November, at 7.30pm. Neil was born in Renfrewshire and studied archaeology, before becoming…

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Yeovil’s WWI commemorative walk

A NEW walk around Yeovil town centre marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice. South Somerset District Council’s is offering free guided walks of less than a mile around points of interest relating to the Great War. The walks at 11am on Thursday 8th, Saturday 10th and Thursday 15th November, will be led…

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Remembering 1914-1918 in 2018 **** the events across the region

ONE of the most unusual events to mark the centenary is at Bourne­mouth’s Pavilion Dance at 4pm on Sunday 11th November, when Ak­a­demi performs The Troth, set in Punjab and the Belgian trenches. Music and words play a big part in the commemorations, which start on Saturday 3rd November among the contemporary vehicles at Bovington…

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