Miscellany

New WWI walking trail in Yeovil

A NEW walking trail in Yeovil will highlight the town’s contribution to the First World War, through the young men who fought in the conflict and the efforts of the community at home. South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) got the funding for the trail through the Small Grant Big Improvement programme…

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Tyntesfield’s tallest tree

AUTUMN walks and events around the grounds of the National Trust’s Victorian estate of Tyntesfield, near Bristol, will be an opportunity for visitors to admire the estate’s tallest tree. The giant redwood, which stands at 32m (104ft) tall, was brought to Bristol by the Gibbs family, who lived at Tyntesfield from 1844 to 2001. The…

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Make poppies for Barrington Court

THE National Trust team at Barrington Court is asking local people to help them create a curtain of knitted or crocheted poppies as part of the commemorations to mark 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War. The ambition is to then create a poignant textile installation in…

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Hoards of hoards at Salisbury

A MAJOR new exhibition opens at the Salisbury Museum on Saturday 13th October. Hoards: A Hidden History of Ancient Britain, which is being put on in partnership with the British Museum,  aims to reveal some of the fascinating stories behind the headlines of buried treasure, with displays of hoards from across the British Isles. The…

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Grassby’s Thomas Hardy connection

DORCHESTER-based Grassby’s Funeral Directors are sponsoring the world premiere tour of A Pure Woman, a new play based on Christopher Nicholson’s novel Winter, about Thomas Hardy, his wife Florence and the local actress Gertrude Bugler. The sponsorship reflects the connection between the long-standing family business, which was founded in 1861, and the great Dorset writer….

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Longleat’s military spectacular

THE Military Spectacular returns to Longleat for its second year on the weekend of 29th and 30th September, celebrating the Armed Forces with displays and demonstrations of main battle tanks, a helicopter, boat and other military vehicles, marching bands and parachute displays.. The event marks Longleat’s ongoing partnership with the Armed Forces which stretches back…

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What happened to your wedding dress?

WHAT happened to the dress you wore to your wedding? Old wedding dresses these days often end up on eBay (sometimes even never-worn dresses do!) but in the past, they might be handed on through generations, sold or given to a charity shop. Everybody Loves A Wedding Dress, at the Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster on Friday…

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How do you hear when you can’t hear?

WHEN her mother lost her hearing, her daughter Catherine Church wanted to understand what she was experiencing. So the artistic director of Platform 4 theatre company started going to lip-reading classes and meeting other people with hearing loss. The result is an extraordinary new piece of music theatre, Invisible Music, coming to the Marine Theatre…

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