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Vince Cable – a man of many parts

A MAN whose career has spanned a seat at the Cabinet table, a love of ballroom dancing and a passion to help Britain reach net zero, Sir Vince Cable is coming to Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange on Friday 1st December at 7.30pm. It is easy to see politicians as one-dimensional, walking egos, ambitious…

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An honest look at the human diet

THE November event in the Tollard Talks series at Tollard Barn in Tollard Royal, on Thursday 30th November, is a serious look at the arguments for and against a plant-based diet. The speaker, Jayne Buxton, poses the question, “What if removing animal foods from our diet was a serious threat to human health, and a…

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A dark mystery from the Scandinavian forests

ANCIENT Scandinavian forests are mysterious places full of voices and sounds from the past – the folklore of these vast dark woods provides the atmospheric background for Mara, a storytelling tour-de-force by Dominic Kelly, who comes to Dorset with Artreach, at Milborne St Andrew on Saturday 25th November and Sandford Orcas on Sunday 26th, both…

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A biodiversity bike ride in the Andes

FORMER university lecturer Kate Rawles comes to Sladers Yard at West Bay on Thursday 23rd November, as part of the Help Our Planet (HOP) series. Her talk, Adventure in the Andes: The Life Cycle biodiversity bike ride, is the story of her extraordinary journey the length of South America on a bamboo bike she built…

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The occupation of Jersey

THE November event in the Guardians of Martock Church programme is a talk rather than a concert, looking at life on the Channel Island of Jersey during the Nazi occupation in the Second World War. The talk is at the Martock Fellowship Hall on Thursday 16th November at 2pm. The Nazi occupation of the Channel…

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Young star chef at Castle Gardens

FIRST generation farmer, chef and internet star, Dorset-based Julius Roberts comes to the Butterfly House at Castle Gardens at Sherborne on Wednesday 8th November at 7pm to talk about his newly published, first book, The Farm Table at Castle Gardens The event is being held to conjunction with Winstone’s Bookshop in Sherborne, and will include…

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Celebrating words on Cranborne Chase

CRANBORNE Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has inspired generations of artists, and now the AONB team is also hoping this vast ancient landscape will inspire writers too with a Festival of Words, running to Sunday 29th October. With free and online workshops, storytelling walks and performances, the festival is themed around the idea of…

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The Script’s the Thing at Dorchester

A NEW literary festival takes place this Saturday, 28th October. The Script’s the Thing, from 10am onwards at Dorchester Corn Exchange and Tom Brown’s pub, is being run in conjunction with Dorchester Arts, and offers a showcase of new writing. There are more than 70 bite-size scripts, none lasting more than 15 minutes, during the…

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