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Regular events  

November 2019

December 2019 onwards

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

Blandford Film Society presents ‘Les Gardiennes’ (France 2017 – drama) The Blandford School, 7 for 7.45pm, guest tickets 01258 268139 or by emailing blandfordfilm@googlemail.com

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:

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

Quiz Night and raffle for Dorset Cancer Foundation, Blandford British Legion, 7.30pm, £2 pp, max 6 per team

Saturday October 5:

Hedgehog Extravaganza, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford, 10am to 4pm

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

Blandford United Football club, kick-off 3pm at the Park Road Recreation Ground (and every Saturday)

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

The Orange Circus Band (country and blue grass), Winterborne Stickland village hall, 7.30pm, tickets and details 01258 880920 or www.artsreach.co.uk

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

Tuesday October 8: Tarrant Gunville WI.  Blandford Foot Clinic – caring for your feet.  Tarrant Gunville Village Hall. 7.15 p.m.  £4 for non members includes supper.  Details 01258 456202.

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

Dorset Moviola showing “Red Joan”, Fontmell Magna Village Hall, 7 for 7.30pm

Talk by Steve Chard on the Loop to Loop Kayak Expedition in support of air ambulance, Weldmar, Kidney Research and Walk and Wounded, Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, 7.30pm

Thursday October 10:

Pop-Up Café for World Mental Health Day, Blandford Rugby Club, from 10am

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

Voskresenije (Resurrection) in concert, Blandford Parish Church, 7.30pm. tickets 01258 452506

Friday October 11:

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

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

Race Night at Durweston Village Hall 7pm, first race 7.30 pm. An action packed evening of horse racing. Tickets £5 includes light supper, email durwestonptaracenight@gmail.com

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

Saturday October 12:

Coffee morning at Tarrant Gunville Village Hall in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. 10am to 12 noon, details 01258 456202.

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:

The 3c’s Pool Team Challenge, 49 Damory Street, from 12 noon

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.

Bingo Night, Bryanston Club, 7.30pm

Monday October 14: BBC Radio Solent Gardeners’ Question Time programme ‘The Kitchen Garden’ visits Child Okeford Gardeners Club at 7pm to record their programme, bringing their experts to answer your gardening problems. Contact Keith Leighton 01258 861462

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.

Blandford Forum Film Society presents ‘Stan & Ollie (UK 2019 -drama), The Blandford School, 7 for 7.45pm, guest tickets 01258 268139 or by emailing blandfordfilm@googlemail.com

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

Blandford Museum Archaeology Group Talk at the Museum by Lilian Ladle ‘Prehistoric Malta’, 7.30pm

 Friday October 18: Little Bulb Theatre - Mountain Music, Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 857019, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Saturday October 19:

Friends of Blandford Hospital Autumn Fair, Corn Exchange, Blandford. 9.30am to 2pm

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

Oddbodies present King Lear, recommended 12+, Child Okeford Village Hall, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 861621, details www.artsreach.co.uk

The Dorset Perennial Group Autumn Talk by Rosie Yeomans on ‘Plants for All Seasons’, Durweston Village Hall, 2pm

Sunday October 20: Charlton Marshall Scout Group Duck Race, BBQ and raffle, from 12noon, Spetisbury beach, tickets on the day or from Marcia’s Market (rescheduled from October 13)

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)

Film Night, Red Joan, Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall, 7 for 7.30pm

Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning, talk by John Coombes on ‘The Upper River Stour’,  The Ark, Child Okeford, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 860767

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

Friday October 25: Film ‘Red Joan’(12A) starring Judi Dench, Child Okeford Village Hall, 7.30pm, booking 01258 860113

Saturday October 26:

Halloween Saturday, Angus Wood, St Leonards Avenue, Blandford, 6 to 9pm, admission £2, £5 per family

Halloween in the Carriage at Shillingstone Station

Charity Quiz, Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, 8pm

Sunday October 27:

The Stickler, Dorset Doddlers hill race, from Shillingstone Station

Anna Mudeka - Kure Kure / Faraway (vocals, mbira playing, dancing, drumming and visuals), Portman Hall, Shillingstone, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 860319, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Monday October 28:

Superfast Broadband Digital Champion at Blandford Library, 4 to 6pm

Blandford Museum lecture by Dr Mark Forrest of Dorset History Centre on The Black Death in Blandford, Blandford Parish Centre, 7pm, admission £5

Popup Pub Choir, Blandford Brewery Tap Bar and Restaurant, registration 6.30 for 7.30pm start, details 07738907782 or email justsingadultchoir@gmail.com

Tuesday October 29: Theatre Fideri Fidera - Ogg n Ugg n Dogg,  a new show for families and dog lovers of all ages, Sturminster Newton Exchange, 10am, tickets 01258 475137, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Wednesday October 30: Theatre Fideri Fidera, as above, Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, 10am, tickets 01258 839230

Thursday October 31: Halloween Party, 5pm to 8pm, The Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton, raffle and donation bucket for the Blandford Food Bank, barbecue, stalls and Boutique in a Bus 11am to 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

Thursday October 31 to Sunday November 3: Rotary Toy Collection, Blandford Parish Church, 10am to 4pm (Sunday 11am to 2pm)