Miscellany

An epic pandemic journey

TRAVEL writer and broadcaster Simon Parker, who has reported from more than 100 countries over the years, took to his bike to explore his homeland during the pandemic. He tells his story in A Night of Adventure Cycling 3,247 Miles Around Pandemic Britain, at Dorchester Corn Exchange on 24th April at 3pm. The multimedia presentation…

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Living history in a Tudor manor

STEP back in time to 1580, and meet the Martyn family of Athelhampton at an Easter living history event which will take visitors back into the world of a Catholic family in the Tudor period. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of Athelhampton House in the 16th Century. All levels of society from…

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Music for Ukraine at Yeovil

THERE are two fund-raising concerts at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue, on 1st and 22nd April, to show solidarity and support towards the humanitarian and emergency response work in Ukraine and neighbouring countries affected by the refugee crisis. Both events will be raising funds for School in a Bag’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal and…

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How things fell apart

ANYONE who listened to Jon Ronson’s fascinating, funny and sometimes shocking BBC Radio 4 series Things Fell Apart – or the podcast of the same name – will look forward to hearing the writer and broadcaster on a live tour, coming to Bristol’s Tobacco Factory theatre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April. Things Fell…

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Heritage list for Somerset and Exmoor

A NEW project to record heritage sites that matter to local communities has been launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Somerset and the Exmoor National Park is one of 22 pilots for this new Local Heritage List. The list is intended to help to protect buildings, sites and structures that local…

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Peregrine cam is back at the Cathedral

THE peregrines are back on their lofty perch at Salisbury Cathedral – and the webcam which allows us to see them has now gone live. They’ve been hanging around the tower for a while and have been seen mating, so the signs are good. Last year the first egg was laid on 15th March so…

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In Xanadu … on Exmoor

THE Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived in north Somerset at the end of the 18th century, working closely with his friend William Wordsworth on what would become Lyrical Ballads, and taking long walks into the Quantocks and up on Exmoor. Although the best-known poem from that period is The Rime of the Ancient Mariner…

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Fly the flag for Somerset

SOMERSET Day this year is on 11th May, so with about 100 days to go, the organisers are encouraging people across the county to fly the Somerset flag and support the 2022 campaign, “Fly the Flag for Somerset – Living our Heritage.” As organiser Nigel Muers-Raby says, there is an abundance of organisations within Somerset…

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