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Wednesday October 2:

Blandford Bereavement Group meets Blandford Parish Centre, 11am to 12.30pm, details 01258 453425

Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, Brewery Hall, Hall & Woodhouse, 7pm

Thursday October 3:

Charity Lunch for Julia’s House at the Springhead Trust with open gardens, talk and tour by Trust Director and well-known photographer Edward Parker, reception 12 noon, lunch 1pm, SERO stall and raffle, tickets £25 from www.serocharity.org.uk or www.springheadtrust.org.uk

Square Dancing, Spetisbury village hall, 4 to 6pm (and every Thursday)

Friday October 4: Two Gents Productions present The Comedy of Errors, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7.30pm, details 01258 452074 or www.Artsreach.co.uk

Screenbites at Langham Wine Estate, Crawthorne, DT2 7NG 7pm, Our Blood Is Wine (2018), tickets £8, bookings and other events, www.screenbites.co.uk

Saturday October 5:

Apple Pressing Day, 11.30am to 4pm at Clapcott’s Farm, Spetisbury (signed off main road)-bring apples and clean containers for juice, last pressing 3.30pm, food, cider, live music, stalls, craft demonstrations, hedgehogs and bats to view

Blandford Repair Café, Royal British Legion, Church Lane, 12.30 to 3pm, bring your broken items for recycling or repair by volunteers, see Blandford Repair Café on Facebook

Quiz Night and evening meal in aid of the Blandford Opportunity Group, hosted by Blandford Evening Women’s Institute, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7 to 11pm, tickets £7 (adult), £3 (under 15’s), free (under 5’s) from WI members, town clerk’s office or blandfordeveningWI@outlook.com

Sunday October 6: The Art Room - Informal art session for beginners, 11am-1pm at The Kings Arms, Blandford, full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Monday October 7: Blandford Floral Group meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston (NOTE new venue), 2pm with Lynn Mackenzie - Tales of Wonder

Wednesday October 9:

NHS Retirement Fellowship meeting,10.15 am Committee Room Blandford Community Hospital. Shirley Critchley - “Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder”; an expedition to Patagonia to find a wreck lost during ‘The Battle of Jenkins Ear.’  Details 01929 472441

Sturminster Newton Floral Group meets The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 7.30pm for workshop.  “Hearts and Flowers”, Allison Finch

Thursday October 10: Forum Cancer Support Group, Woodhouse Garden Pavilion 2 to 4pm (every 2nd Thursday of the month), details 07561 114644

Friday October 11:

Shambles craft fair in front of the Blandford Corn Exchange  9-2pm .... (also on Friday October 25)

Wessex Acoustic Folk, Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, 8pm, Georgia Lewis Trio

Saturday October 12: Screenbites at Ashmore village hall SP5 5AQ, 6.30 for 7pm,The Great British Bump Off! - Murder Mystery Dinner, featuring Murder on the Side, Tickets: £20, bookings and menu www.screenbites.co.uk

Sunday October 13: Time & Tide Theatre in To Win the Day: A powerful folk-drama about the women left behind when the Tolpuddle men were convicted and transported told through traditional tunes and folk song, Springhead, Fontmell Magna, 6pm, tickets £10 for adults, and £8 for Friends of Springhead and under 18s.

Tuesday October 15: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club,  'Willow Weaving', a workshop with Nicky Heal, Child Okeford Village Hall, 2.15pm, details: 01258 863775

Wednesday October 16:

Valley Gardening Club meets Pamela Hambro Hall, Winterborne Stickland, 7.30pm, Annual General Meeting, raffle & refreshments, members entrance free, non-members £3, details sites.google.com/site/vgcdorset or valleygardening@gmail.com

Dorset Wildlife Trust North Dorset branch meets Fontmell Magna village hall (SP7 0PF), 7.30pm, Wildlife of Kingston Lacy through the Ages – an illustrated talk by David Smith, an expert on this historic estate.

Thursday October 17: Blandford Art Society Workshop by Alison Board - mixed media, 1.30pm at Pimperne Village Hall, non-members welcome - £4, full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Saturday October 19: Cats Protection Coffee Morning & Stalls, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford, 10am to 12.30pm

Screenbites at Durweston Village Hall, Durweston, DT11 0QA, Toast (2010), details, bookings and other events www.screenbites.co.uk

Monday October 21: Strictly Come Tea-Dancing, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, with music from the Soggy Biscuit Dance Band, admission £7.50 per person (£5 for non-dancers)

Thursday October 24: Blandford Horticultural Society meets United Reformed Church Hall, Blandford for AGM, speaker Martin Stewart – Eight Generations, One Passion, 7.30pm, details 01258 452380

Saturday October 26:

Halloween Saturday, Angus Wood, St Leonards Avenue, Blandford

Charity Quiz, Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, 8pm

Thursday October 31 to Saturday November 2: Churchill Productions present Arthur Miller’’s All My Sons, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm), bookings 01202 885566 or www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk