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Regular events  

August 2019

September 2019 onwards


To Sunday July 21: Durweston Bridge (A350/A357 junction) full day and night closure for repair work

Monday July 1:

Blandford Floral Group meets United Reformed Church Hall, Whitecliff Mill Street, 2pm for Chelsea 2017 and Cream Teas

Panda Pre-school Summer Bingo, The Royal British Legion, Church Lane, Blandford, eyes down 7.30pm

Wednesday July 3:

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

Friends of Blandford Community Hospital, 62nd AGM, at the hospital, Milldown Road, 6.30pm, details 01258 450095

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

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

Friday July 5:

Dorset Wildlife Trust Morning Walk on Fontmell Down led by North Dorset DWT Warden, Steve Oliver.  Meet 10am at the National Trust car park –please car share if possible. Numbers limited - phone 01258 880699 to book. No charge, voluntary contributions welcome

Bridge (1st and 3rd Friday of every month – also July 19) in the Blandford Centre Heddington Drive DT11 7TP, 1.15 to 4.15pm (note change of venue from Woodhouse Gardens), details 01258 450544

Friday to Sunday July 5 to 7:

Henry Nicholls Antiques Valuation Day, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 10am to 4pm

UK Boogie Woogie Festival, Sturminster Newton, or call 01258 471194 or 07484 274196, or see www.ukboogiewoogiefestival.co.uk

Shaftesbury Fringe, see www.shaftesburyfringe.co.uk

Saturday July 6:

Archbishop Wake Summer Fair, 11am to 2pm, BBQ, crazy golf, rides & inflatables, dog show and exciting COLOUR GAMES!

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

Messy Games Free family fun afternoon  at Winterborne Stickland sports club, Dt11 0nt, 2 to 5pm, bouncy castle, craft activities, water games, obstacle course, cupcakes and ice lollies.

Charity event Quinfest, Milborne St Andrew Sports Field, in aid of Brain Tumour Support, family fun day with live music, stalls, auction, camping available, details/bookings quinfest@outlook.com

Fashion Show with Travelling Trends supporting Pimperne Primary School, Pimperne village hall, 7.30 for 8pm, tickets £7 include a welcome drink, call 07969478786

Sunday July 7:

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

Tarrant Valley 10k, from Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton, 10.30am, details 07799 360261

Wednesday July 10:

NHS Retirement Fellowship meeting, 10.15 am Committee Room Blandford Community Hospital. “Cakes and Chat,” morning for ex NHS staff. Details 01929 472441

Sturminster Newton Floral Group meets The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, 7.30pm for demonstration –  “From Ice to Fire” - Christine Evans

Thursday July 11:

Forum Cancer Support Group, Town Hall (upstairs in the Corn Exchange), Blandford, 2 to 4pm (every 2nd Thursday of the month), details 07561 114644

Nelson's Cheese & Ale House, Charity Pub Quiz & Raffle in aid of Guide Dogs UK, With special guests of guide dog in-training puppies. Details 01258 269942 to book a table for your team

Friday July 12:

Craft Market, The Shambles, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 9am to 1pm (and 26th)

Blandford Evening Women’s Institute meets 7pm, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, speaker Liz Presti – A ‘Pop’ of Colour (using colour in your wardrobe)

Saturday July 13 and Monday July 15: Charlton Marshall New Village Hall Community Viewing (Saturday 10am to 4pm, Monday 4 to 8pm). All welcome

Sunday July 14:

Town Centre Heritage Walk with Blandford & District Civic Society Town Guide, 11am from Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, details 01258 459346

Trailway Pop Up Cafe, Stourpaine, outside Holy Trinity church, 12 to 4pm

Open Garden and Tea Party, Littlebrook Farmhouse, Belchalwell Street, DT11 0EG, 2.30 to 5pm, garden entry £3 pp, proceeds to Julia's House Dorset Childrens Hospice, details 01258 863683 or e-mail springheadjackie@hotmail.com

Ninebarrow folk duo with support from Will McNicol, 6pm (outdoor performance - gardens open from 4.30 for picnics), Springhead Trust, Mill Lane, Fontmell Magna, details 01747 811853 or www.springheadtrust.org.uk/events

Monday July 15: 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)

Tuesday July 16: Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club, 'The space between', a practical workshop, Child Okeford Village Hall,  2.15pm, details: 01258 863775

Thursday July 18: Blandford Art Society Workshop by Caroline Ireland - pastels on black paper, 1.30pm at Pimperne Village Hall, non-members welcome - £4, full details www.blandfordartsociety.weebly.com

Thursday to Sunday July 18 to 21: Larmer Tree Festival, Tollard Royal, www.larmertreefestival.co.uk

Friday July 19: Dan Clarke, Corn Exchange, Blandford Forum 7pm, International spiritual medium with another amazing evening of mediumship by popular demand please do not miss out on this opportunity to see one of the U.k’s top leading mediums...

Saturday July 20:

Cats Protection Coffee Morning & Stalls, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 10am to 12.30pm

Charlton Marshall Church Fete at the Riverside Garden, DT11 9NE, 2 to 4pm

Blandford & District Civic Society AGM and talk, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 3pm

Sunday July 21:

Learn about the stones making up Blandford on a Geology Walk with Blandford & District Civic Society Town Guide, 11am from Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, details 01258 459346

Tea on the Lawn, Corn Exchange, Blandford,1.30 to 4.30pm, hosted by the Disability Action Group in memory of Karen Reddaway, proceeds to DAG and British Heart Foundation

Garden Party at Millbrook House Residential Care Home in Child Okeford, 2 to 4pm

Monday July 22: Moorcroft and 20th century ceramics valuation event, Duke’s of Dorchester, Brewery Square, Dorchester DT1 1GA, 10am to 1pm, details 01305 265080

Tuesday July 23 to Saturday July 27: Dorset Opera Festival, Bryanston School:  Nabucco July 23 and 27 7pm, matinee 25 2pm, Lucia de Lammamoor July 24 and 25 7pm, matinee July 27 2pm, Opera Gala July 26 7pm, details www.dorsetopera.com

Wednesday July 24: The Blandford Parkinsons Cafe meets at Keyneston Mill, Tarrant Keyneston ,DT11 9HZ  (and every fourth Wednesday) from 2.30 to 3.30pm, details 03442253670 or email swood@parkinsons.org.uk

Thursday July 25: ‘Finds Day’ with Dorset Council Finds officer, Blandford Museum,  10.30am to 1pm

Thursday to Sunday 25 to 28 July: Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle

Friday July 26:

Squashbox Theatre present ‘Curious Creatures’ with puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music, for children age 5+ and their families, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 2.30pm: post show puppet making workshop 3.30pm, details 01258 480698 or www.artsreach.co.uk

Holy Moly & The Crackers, Sturminster Newton Exchange, 7.30pm, details 01258 475137 or www.artsreach.co.uk

Saturday July 27:

The Psychic, Holistic and Crafts Fair, Crown Hotel, Blandford, in support of Dorset Cancer Care Foundation, 11am-4pm. Entrance costs £1 per adult (children enter free) and raffle

Milton Abbas Street Fayre, 11am to 5pm, see www.miltonabbasstreetfair.co.uk

Charity Quiz, Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, 8pm

Dorset Wildlife Trust Evening bat walk with local bat expert, Chris Dieck. Meet 8.30pm at Stour Meadows car park, Blandford Forum (near Tesco & behind brewery).  Numbers limited (£3 per person) - phone 01258 880699 to book

Sunday July 28:

Blandford Skate Park Event, 10am to 4pm - Skateboard, BMX and Scooter workshops, professional demonstrations, open practice sessions as well as prizes and an award ceremony

Garden Party, 5 Greenfield Road, Charlton Marshall, 2pm to 5pm, cream teas/tea and cake, in support of village hall