What’s On


Regular events

SHROTON SHORT MAT BOWLING CLUB plays at Charlton Village Hall. New members welcome, no experience is necessary. Tuesday afternoons and Friday evenings. Contact Peter on 01258 454315 or  Joan 01258 452785

BLANDFORD FLYERS meet every Wednesday, 2 to 4pm, at the Blandford Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, Blandford. For details call 01202 722211 or see www.brendoncare.org.uk.

DURWESTON CAMEO CLUB meets every second Tuesday at Durweston village hall, 7.30pm



Wednesday February 1:

Blandford St Mary Parish Council, Bryanston Court, 7pm

Tarrant Keyneston Flower Arranging Club, village hall, 2.30pm, beginners welcome. 01258 452313

Thursday 2 to Saturday 4: Milborne Players, Jack & the Beanstalk, Milborne St Andrew village hall, 7.30pm nightly, plus Sat matinee 2.30pm, tickets £7 on 01258 839085

Friday 3 and 10, Saturday 4 and 11: Valley Players, Panto Briefs, 7.30pm, and matinee 2pm on final Saturday

Saturday February 4:

Coffee morning with books, cards, cakes and more, Child Okeford village hall, 10.30am

Coffee morning with bring & buy, raffle, bric a brac and 50/50 clothes rail, library open, Shillingstone church centre, 10.30-12

Quiz and casserole night in aid of St Nicholas church, teams of 6, £7 a head, Child Okeford village hall, tickets from Cross Stores or Ruth on 01258 860068

Sunday February 5:

South Dorset point-to-point, Milborne St Andrew, first race 12.15pm

Milborne St Andrew’s Round Robin Ramblers, Gore Hill and Up Cerne, meet in parking area near Gore Hill, above Hilfield Friary, west of Minterne Magna (off A352 Cerne Abbas to Sherborne road), approx 4.5 miles, note earlier start time of 1.30pm

Monday February 6:

Blandford Floral Group demonstration by Carole Norman on theme of You are Invited, United Reformed church hall, 2pm (note new start time)

Blandford Choral Society rehearsals continue every Monday 7.30pm-9.30pm for spring concert March 25 at Blandford Parish Church with Wetherbury Singers (Fauré Requiem and Pergolesi) and summer concert of light classical music, no auditions, subs term 2 £40, term 3 £20, details 01258 861469

Wednesday February 8: Blandford Film Society, The Blandford School, 7.45pm, Timbuktu, drama (Cert 12A), guest tickets 01258 454697

Dorset Moviola presents Bridget Jones’s Baby (15), Fontmell Magna village hall, 7 for 7.30pm

Film night, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Charlton Marshall village hall, 7.15 for 7.30pm, tickets £5.50, info on 01258 488431

Thursday February 9: Special talk, Safer Surfing by Lou Butcher, for safer internet day, Blandford Library 4pm to 5pm

Friday February 10: Spitz & Co present Glorilla, Tarrant Gunville village hall, 7.30pm, details 01258 830361

Saturday February 11: An evening with comedy magician John Archer, plus local support from Lili White, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7.30pm, in aid of Cupola Project, tickets Blandford Parish Church Office or blandfordcommunitypromotions.co.uk

Harbour Voices present Songs of the Sea, Sturminster Marshall village hall, 7.30pm, details 01202 650213

Sunday February 12: Angel Heart Theatre present Malina’s Dream, The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, details 01258 475137

Monday February 13:

Blandford Fashion Museum opens for the season, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm, half-term free admission to Saturday February 18 for 16 and unders accompanied by an adult

Railway Club AGM, Eagle House Gardens, Blandford, DT11 7BT from 7.30pm, learn of progress on club’s Bailey Gate project, bring a train to run on the test track, tickets £2 on door, refreshments, info on newblandfordrailwayclub.co.uk

Dr Richard Hall, Director of the Dorset Rural Music School, and Nicky Johnson put music and words together to celebrate our county in Echoes of Dorset, Child Okeford Centre for Care and Learning, 7.30pm tickets 01258 860767

Wednesday February 15:

Garden and Flower Photography Course for all abilities with award-winning photographer Edward Parker, £25, 10am-1pm, book on info@springheadtrust.org.uk

Open garden with stalls, 10am-5pm, admission £3.50, Friends of Springhead & U16 free, dogs on leads welcome, light lunches & refreshments

Blandford Carers’ Quiz, Durweston village hall, 2pm

Thursday February 16: Blandford Archaeology Group talk by Edrys Barkham on Gobeki Tepe, a human structure dating to 10th-8th millennium in Turkey, Blandford Museum, 7.30pm, details 01258 452831

Friday February 17:

Paddleboat Theatre in Margo & Mr Whatsit (an Artsreach children’s show), Child Okeford primary school, 4pm, tickets from Cross Stores or 01258 861612

Talk by Penrose Halson on her book Marriages are Made in Bond Street, true stories from a 1940s marriage bureau, tickets £8 include 2-course meal, drinks and copies of the book available, details from Lesley on 01258 861690, proceeds to Holy Rood Church, Shillingstone Church Centre, 7.30pm

Wessex Acoustic Folk, Royal British Legion, Blandford, Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman, 8.15pm

Saturday February 18:

Cats Protection coffee morning & stalls, Woodhouse Gardens Pavilion, Blandford, 10am to 12:30pm

Tuesday February 21:

Child Okeford Flower Arranging Club, ‘Buds, Bark and Lichen’, village hall, 2.15pm, details 01258 863775

Blandford Library Lecture, My Life in the Film Industry, by Bill Parnell, 7pm

Wednesday February 22: Blandford Film Society, The Blandford School, 7.45pm, Spotlight, biographical drama (Cert 15), guest tickets 01258 454697

Thursday February 23:

Blandford Forum Townswomen’s Guild meets Blandford Royal British Legion, 2pm talk on work of the Mother’s Union, visitors welcome

Blandford Horticultural Society, talk by Terry Payne on Honey Bees, United Reformed Church Hall, 7.30pm

Kings Fat Thursday Jazz Night, Kings Arms, Whitecliff Mill Street, Blandford, from 8pm

Friday February 24: Film night, Love & Friendship, Child Okeford village hall, tickets from Val Beech on 01258 860518, refreshments, 7pm for 7.30pm

Saturday February 25:

Ian Watt, guitar, Ibberton village hall, 7.30pm, details 01258 817269

Teddy Raves presents Sam Jones, Rhys Thomas, Vic Light and others, special fundraiser for Teddy Rocks, fighting children’s cancer, Tiffany’s Night Club, Blandford, 9pm to 4am


Sunday February 26: Countryside Alliance (Wessex) point-to-point, Badbury Rings, first race 12 noon