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Friday November 1:

Blandford Rotary Short Story Competition Presentation Night, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, Blandford, 6pm

Wessex Acoustic Folk, Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, 8pm, Geoff Lakeman

Saturday November 2: 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

Sunday November 3: The Art Room - Informal art session, 11am-1pm at The Kings Arms, Blandford, full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Monday November 4: Blandford Floral Group meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston, for Ploughman's Lunch 12.30pm, AGM 2.00pm

Wednesday November 6:

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 November 7 (and every Thursday): Square Dancing, Spetisbury village hall, 4 to 6pm

Friday November 8:

Shambles craft fair in front of the Blandford Corn Exchange  9-2pm

Blandford Evening Women’s Institute meets 7pm, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, Blandford, Apple Pressing

Blandford Evening Women’s Institute meets 7pm, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, speaker Kevin Hill – the true story of The African Queen

Sunday November 10: Remembrance Sunday

Wednesday November 13:

NHS Retirement Fellowship meeting, 10.15 am Committee Room Blandford Community Hospital. Brian Bates - “An Imaginary Walk Through 17th Century Dorchester”, details 01929 472441

Sturminster Newton Floral Group meets The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 7.30pm for demonstration –  “Christmas is coming”, Katie Baxter

Thursday November 14: Forum Cancer Support Group, Woodhouse Garden Pavilion 2 to 4pm (every 2nd Thursday of the month), details 07561 114644

Friday November 15:  Wessex Acoustic Folk, Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, 8pm, Chris Leslie

Saturday November 16: Cats Protection Coffee Morning & Stalls, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford, 10am to 12.30pm

Monday November 18: 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)

Monday to Sunday November 18 to 24: Blandford Literary Festival, details blandfordliteraryfestival@gmail.com

Tuesday November 19: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club, 'Caged in', a practical workshop, Child Okeford Village Hall, 2.15pm, details: 01258 863775

Wednesday November 20:

Valley Gardening Club meets Pamela Hambro Hall, Winterborne Stickland, 7.30pm for talk, Winter Hanging Baskets and Tubs (The Gardens Group), raffle & refreshments, non-members £3, details valleygardening@gmail.com

Dorset Wildlife Trust North Dorset branch meets Fontmell Magna village hall (SP7 0PF), 7.30pm, The Ecology of Seahorses – an illustrated talk by Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer for the DWT Living Seas Team.

Thursday November 21: Blandford Art Society Workshop by Rachel Baynes, 1.30pm at Pimperne Village Hall, non-members welcome - £4, full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Friday November 22: Big Shambles Christmas craft market inside and outside at the Blandford Corn Exchange, 30 + stalls and refreshments 9 to 3pm

Saturday November 23: Chase Benefice Christmas Fair, Tarrant Keyneston village hall

Thursday November 28: Blandford Horticultural Society meets United Reformed Church Hall, Blandford, speaker Paul Sturgess – ‘A New Talk’, 7.30pm, details 01258 452380

Saturday November 30:

Free parking, Blandford town centre

Charity Quiz, Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, 8pm

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

Monday December 2: Blandford Floral Group meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston, 2pm with Emily Broomhead - The Night Before Christmas               

Wednesday December 4:

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 December 5 (and every Thursday): Square Dancing, Spetisbury village hall, 4 to 6pm

Friday December 6: Christmas tree lighting, Market Place, Blandford

Saturday December 7:

Free parking, Blandford town centre

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

Tuesday December 10: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club,  'Pallisades', a practical workshop, Child Okeford Village Hall, 2.15pm, details: 01258 863775

Wednesday December 11:

Blandford Yuletide Festival

Sturminster Newton Floral Group meets The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 7.30pm for Annual General Meeting and Members evening

Thursday December 12: Forum Cancer Support Group, Woodhouse Garden Pavilion 2 to 4pm (every 2nd Thursday of the month), details 07561 114644

Friday December 13:

Shambles craft fair in front of the Blandford Corn Exchange  9-2pm

Blandford Evening Women’s Institute Christmas Party, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, 7pm

Wessex Acoustic Folk, Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, 8pm, Sound Tradition

Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14: Madcap Productions present the pantomime ‘Pinocchio’, Ansty village hall, 7.30 and 4pm Saturday

Saturday December 14:

Free parking, Blandford town centre

Shroton Christmas Dinner, Shroton village hall

Monday December 16: 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)

Saturday December 21: Cats Protection Coffee Morning & Stalls, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford, 10am to 12.30pm

2020

Friday January 10: Blandford Evening Women’s Institute meets  7pm,The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, proposed WI Resolutions for 2020/1

Wednesday January 15: Dorset Wildlife Trust North Dorset branch meets Fontmell Magna village hall (SP7 0PF), 7.30pm, Wildflower Wonders – an illustrated talk by Dr. Bob Gibbons, author and wildflower tour leader.

Tuesday January 21: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club 'Floral demonstration' Child Okeford Village Hall, 2.15pm, details to follow, 01258 863775

Wednesday February 12: NHS Retirement Fellowship meeting, 10.15 am Committee Room Blandford Community Hospital. Kevin Patience - “Treasures from the Deep”, details 01929 472441

Friday February 14: Blandford Evening Women’s Institute Birthday Party, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, 7pm

Tuesday February 18: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club, 'Two storey flowers', A practical workshop , Child Okeford Village Hall, 2.15pm, details: 01258 863775

Wednesday February 19: Dorset Wildlife Trust North Dorset branch meets Fontmell Magna village hall (SP7 0PF), 7.30pm, Marine Conservation, MCZs and Plastics – an illustrated talk by Imogen Davenport, DWT Director of Conservation.

Wednesday March 11:  NHS Retirement Fellowship meeting, 10.15 am Committee Room Blandford Community Hospital. Janet Seal - "Researching 'Quirky' Dorset", tales based on true events, oddities, historical facts, people or objects. Details 01929 472441

Friday March 13: Blandford Evening Women’s Institute meets 7pm, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, Sweetpea Florist flower arranging spectacular

Tuesday March 17: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club, 'Startling simplicity', A practical workshop  + AGM, Child Okeford Village Hall, 2.15pm, details: 01258 863775

Wednesday March 18: Dorset Wildlife Trust North Dorset branch meets Fontmell Magna village hall (SP7 0PF), 7.30pm, Reptiles of Dorset – an illustrated talk by Steve Davis, Head of DWT HR & Volunteering.

Friday April 10: Good Friday

Monday April 13: Easter Monday

Wednesday 15th April: Dorset Wildlife Trust North Dorset branch meets Fontmell Magna village hall (SP7 0PF), 7.30pm, Bees and Wildlife Gardening – an illustrated talk by Brigit Strawbridge, DWT’s Make Wildlife Welcome Hero and bee friendly gardener (as seen on TV). This talk will be preceded by a rapid AGM (max. 10 mins.).

Friday May 8: VE Day Bank Holiday

Monday May 25: Spring Bank Holiday

Monday August 31: Summer Bank Holiday