Miscellany

Kingston Lacy and a story of exile

THE National Trust’s Pride and Prejudice programme, making the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, includes Exile, an installation at Kingston Lacy, exploring the life and exile of former owner William John Bankes. Bankes, an explorer, scholar and art collector, inherited Kingston Lacy in 1834 and set about transforming the house into a…

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The great British autumn at Longleat

LONGLEAT is launching a new event to celebrate all things autumnal. The Great British Autumn, which runs from 21st to 29th October, will feature activities including flying owl shows, apple pressing, mud kitchens and pumpkin trails. Set amid Longleat’s Capability Brown-landscaped parkland the event will showcase traditional and new autumn activities associated with the season…

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Unearthed at the West Coker Twineworks

ART and craft met at West Coker’s restored Dawe’s Twineworks when artist Simon Lee Dicker launched his book of drawings, Unearthed, at an open weekend  as part of this year’s Somerset Art Works festival . This beautiful little book is a true work of art but it is also an important chapter in the long…

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Safeguarding Dyrham Park’s rare tapestries

SOME of the world’s rarest 17th century tapestries are being conserved at Dyrham Park, thanks to almost £80,000 in legacies left to the National Trust. Highlighted by conservators as a high priority, two of the large Enghien tapestries, currently hanging in the 17th century house near Bath, will now be sent away for specialist cleaning…

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East Somerset in Business

BUSINESSESS along the A303 are invited to a business event at Haynes Motor Museum, on Thursday 2nd November. The afternoon will include workshops, presentations and advice and is open to businesses across South Somerset and the neighbouring counties. South Somerset District Council (SSDC) is working in partnership with Blackmore Vale Business Breakfast, Bruton and Wincanton…

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Heartwood at Springhead

COMPOSER, musician and choir director Karen Wimhurst will lead the grand musical finale at the AshScape celebration of Britain’s ash trees, at Springhead near Fontmell Magna on Sunday, 15th October. Karen, who conducts several local choirs, including Palida, will direct a performance of her new composition, Heartwood, a choral processional work, which is based on…

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Yeovil’s railway past is on the wall

A NEW mural is bringing alive part of the railway history of Yeovil on a on a concrete covered stretch of wall that runs alongside part of the old line in what is now Yeovil Country Park. The painting by Bristol artist Jody Thomas is part of the Heritage lottery-funded V3 Involve Visit Volunteer project…

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Yeovil Hoard to be shown at town library

AN important hoard of 3,339 Roman coins discovered in Yeovil in March 2013 has been saved for Somerset and is now on public show, with a special event at Yeovil Library on Saturday 14th October. The hoard, dating from the second and third centuries, will be on permanent display at the Museum of Somerset in…

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New book marks racecourse’s 150th anniversary

WINCANTON Racecourse celebrates its 150th anniversary in the new season, which officially starts on Friday 20th October. Among the special events will be a Victorian-themed raceday and a new book telling the history of racing in South Somerset. The specially commissioned 60-page hardback book, by the Dorset-based author, George Bingham, tells the story through anecdotes,…

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