December diary

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Sunday December 1:

Stickleberries Day Nursery Christmas Fair, 10.30am to 2.30pm, Dunbury Lane, Winterborne Stickland, stalls, games, tombola, raffle, free entry

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

 

Monday December 2:

Christmas Craft Fayre, Spetisbury Church, 10am to 12.30pm, carols, mulled wine and mince pies

Blandford Floral Group meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston, 2pm with Emily Broomhead – The Night Before Christmas

Panda Pre-School Christmas Bingo, The Royal British Legion, Blandford, eyes down 7.30pm for some fantastic prizes

Tuesday December 3:

North Dorset Trailway Network AGM, Shillingstone Parish Centre, 7.30pm

John Kirkpatrick – Carolling and Crumpets, Ibberton Village Hall, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 817269, details www.artsreach.co.uk

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

Blandford Film Society presents ‘Tehran Taboo (Germany 2017 – drama, animation) The Blandford School, 7 for 7.45pm, guest tickets 01258 268139 or by emailing [email protected]

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

Friday December 6:

Spetisbury Primary School Christmas Fair, 3.15 to 5.30pm, raffle, gifts, games, stalls, music, cakes, mulled wine, Santa’s grotto…

Christmas tree lighting, Market Place, Blandford

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening (every First Friday) at the Portman Hall, Blandford Rd DT11 0SF. 7.30 for 7.45. Callers and live bands. First time free, then £6. 01258 861184

Chettle Music presents Steve Black, Alan West, and Adam Sweet, Chettle village hall, 7 for 7.30 pm, details chettlemusic.co.uk

Saturday December 7:

Small Business Saturday, free parking in Blandford town centre car parks (time limits will still be enforced)

Lions Craft Fair, Corn Exchange, 9am to 4pm

Christmas Coffee Morning, Pimperne Village Hall 10am to noon: Christmas Table Decorations & Wreaths Craft Stalls. Books. Novelty Knits Hamper Raffle. 100 Club. Cakes & jams Art Exhibition & cards Tea, coffee & mince pies!

Mission Christmas – Cash for Kids, Church Room, Charlton Marshall, DT11 9PA, 10am to 2pm, bring donations of new unwrapped children’s Christmas gifts. Raffle, lucky drip and refreshments, and youngsters invited to make their own reindeer food

St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar, Abingdon Hall, Iwerne Minster, 10.30am to 12 noon

Durweston Primary School Christmas Fayre and Christmas tree sale, Durweston village hall, 12 noon to 3pm

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

Rockwaves Band from Bournemouth, 60’s-2019s hits, Bryanston Club, 7:30pm

Bryanston Choral Society Christmas Concert, St Martin’s Church, Bryanston School, 7.30pm, admission £10 (includes wine and mince pies), Mozart: Coronation Mass and Christmas carols for choir and audience

Sunday December 8:

Rotary Santa Run from Station Court, Blandford, 9.30 for 10am start. See www.blandfordsantarun.btck.co.uk

Bingo Night, Bryanston Club, 7.30pm

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, town centre roads closed 5pm to 10pm for candlelit parade, carol singing, street fair and festive entertainment concluding with a firework display over the Market Place

Film Night, Green Book (12), Charlton Marshall village hall, doors open 7.15pm, details 01258 488431

Dorset Moviola’s Christmas Film night including complimentary mulled wine and mince pies! Fontmell Magna village hall, 7 for 7.30pm

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

Thursday December 12:

General Election: polling stations open 7am to 10pm

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

Christmas Tea Party, Blandford Community Centre, Heddington Drive, 1.30 to 3.30pm, raffle, entertainment, stalls, £5 per person

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

Christmas Bingo, Pimperne Village Hall, 7 for eyes down 7.30pm

Howie Casey’s ‘Beatles with Wings’, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7 for 8pm

Wessex Acoustic Folk, Blandford Royal British Legion Club, Church Lane, 8pm, Sound Tradition, details 01202 732239 or www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk

Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14: Madcap Productions present the pantomime ‘Pinocchio’, Ansty Village Hall, 7.30pm (Sat. mat 4pm)

Saturday December 14:

Free parking, Blandford town centre car parks (time limits will still be enforced)

Theatre Orchard and Living Spit – Swan Lake, a microballet suitable 6+, Blandford United Reformed Church Hall, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 480698, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Christmas Concert with the Stour Valley Band, Corn Exchange, Blandford

Shroton Christmas Dinner, Shroton Village Hall

Saturday and Sunday December 14 and 15: Santa Weekend, Shillingstone Station

Sunday December 15:

Ibberton Christmas Market, Manor House Farm, Ibberton DT11 0EN10.30am to 2pm, £2 admission, large variety of local goods in beautiful barn setting

Dave Mynne (Rabbit Theatre) – A Christmas Carol, Portman Hall, Shillingstone, 7:30pm, suitable 8+, tickets 01258 860319, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Monday December 16 to Sunday December  22: The nativity figures from Salisbury Cathedral in St Mary’s Church, Chettle, open from 12 noon each day, with evening entertainment and Christmas refreshments from 6.30 for 7pm including: The Commandery Players from Tisbury with ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Monday), ‘In Search of Gulliver’ with Malcolm Angel (Tuesday), photographs and reminiscences of old Chettle with John Sansom (Wednesday), talk and discussion with Peter Rush (Thursday) and jazz and carols with No Strings Attached (Saturday). For details call 07915 298120

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)

Film Night, Rocket Man, Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall, 7 for 7.30pm

Tuesday December 17:

Cranborne Chase AONB Stargazing evening with Chasing Stars, Ashmore Village Hall, Shaftesbury SP5 5AL, 7pm.

ROH screening of ‘The Nutcracker’, Coade Hall, Bryanston, 7.15pm

Wednesday December 18: Blandford Forum Film Society presents ‘Fighting with my Family (UK 2019 – comedy), The Blandford School, 7 for 7.45pm, guest tickets 01258 268139 or by emailing [email protected]

Friday December 20: Mayor’s Christmas Coffee Morning, 10am

Saturday December 21:

Free parking in Blandford town centre car parks (time limits will still be enforced)

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

Blandford Carollers, starting 5pm at the Christmas tree in the Market Place and visiting various hostelries

Pantomime, Dick Whittington, Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall, doors open 5pm for 5.30pm start, raffle, supporting Okeford Fitzpaine Primary School FPA

Adonis Unzipped with comedy Drag Queen, Bryanston Club, 7:30pm.

Sunday December 22: Family Christmas Show with Jamie Jigsaw, Mr Merlin & Okey Dokey the Dragon, Krazy Kev and Get Up & Groove, The Corn Exchange, Blandford, 4 to 6pm, tickets from the Town Council, Church Lane, Blandford

Monday December 23: Superfast Dorset Digital Champion session, Blandford Library, 4 to 6pm, details 01258 452075

Thursday December 26: Portman Hunt Boxing Day Meet, Crown Meadows, 10.45am

Saturday December 28: Quiz Night, Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, 8pm, for Myeloma UK

What else is going on in Blandford…

November diary

Friday November 1: Blandford Rotary Short Story Competition Presentation Night, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, Blandford, 6.30pm Comedy Exchange with

November 1 8:00 am November 30 5:00 pmEvent Details

Friday November 29 Vintage Fair

November 29 10:00 am 3:30 pmEvent Details

Saturday November 30 Mayor’s Charity Prize Bingo

November 30 7:00 pm 9:30 pmEvent Details

Christmas Carol and Church Services

Saturday December 1: Salvation Army Carols, Blandford Methodist Church 3pm Sunday to Wednesday December 2 to 11: Christmas Tree Festival,

December 1 3:00 pmEvent Details

Friday December 6 Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Service

December 6 5:30 pm 9:30 pmEvent Details

Friday December 6 Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Service

Blandford Corn Exchange from 5.30pm, Blandford Parish Church from 7pm

December 6 5:30 pm 9:00 pmEvent Details

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