Miscellany

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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First drive-in night glow at Longleat

LONGLEAT hosted the UK’s first ever drive-in night glow event with more than 30 hot air balloons lit up against the stunning backdrop of its Elizabethan stately home. Balloons in a series of unusual shapes and sizes including Longleat’s own lion and koala, a panther, a wolf and even a guinea pig lit their burners…

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Rural life museum workshops

SOMERSET Rural Life Museum, at Glastonbury, has teamed up with artists and makers from across the county to create a programme of workshops this autumn. Alongside the workshops, the museum is hosting a new series of online talks exploring rural life. On 19th September pottery teacher Rebecca Landrock will lead a clay and botanical workshop….

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Tales of the river POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED IN LINE WITH THE MOST RECENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WHAT does the river mean to you?  A place to walk, fish, boat, swim, think? To celebrate World Rivers Day 2020, on 27th September, Wimborne Community Theatre (WCT) would like to hear your memories or thoughts about living near the rivers Stour…

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Salisbury Cathedral recovery appeal

SALISBURY Cathedral, like other historic churches and heritage sites, closed to visitors in March, with all tours, events and concerts cancelled. Taken together, the effect on the cathedral’s income has been catastrophic, a loss off up to £2 million this yea, which marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of one of Europe’s greatest churches. …

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March against Bristol Airport expansion

HUNDREDS of people are expected to turn out for a march from Felton Common to Bristol Airport, starting at midday on Saturday 29th August, to protest against proposed expansion of the airport. The socially distanced march is described as a staged “mourning procession,” single file, silent, and organised around the theme of death. Coordinated by…

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Lottery grant for new Windrose projects

A NATIONAL Lottery Heritage Fund grant will enable Windrose, the rural media charity known for its film archive of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire life, to begin work on new community projects. All the current Windrose projects had been cancelled or postponed because of the Covid19 pandemic, says director Trevor Bailey: “It left very little to…

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Museums and heritage centres reopen

SOUTH West Heritage Trust’s museums and heritage centres are re-opening to the public during August. The sites included are the Museum of Somerset, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Somerset Heritage Centre, Devon Heritage Centre and North Devon Record Office. To keep visitors safe, and comply with government guidelines, the trust has made some changes to the…

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Museums grant for young people

A GRANT of £83,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the four museums in the Wessex Museums group to offer new opportunities for children and young people. Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, the Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum have received the grant for their Bridging the Gap project, which includes a programme of employability skills…

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