November diary

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Friday November 1:

Blandford Rotary Short Story Competition Presentation Night, The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, Blandford, 6.30pm

Comedy Exchange with Tom Glover, Blandford Corn Exchange, 7.30pm, tickets www.b-c-p.co.uk

Charity Bingo, in aid of Dorset County Hospital Chemotherapy Appeal, eyes down 7.30pm at Child Okeford Village Hall.  Prize every line, raffle with good prizes, details 01258 861055

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

Trio Dhoore, Tarrant Gunville Village Hall, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 830361, details www.artsreach.co.uk

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

Saturday November 2:

Coffee Morning, Child Okeford Village Hall, 10.30am to 12 noon. Admission £1.00. Grand Draw, diorama, RBL, cakes, books and other stalls. All proceeds to the Poppy Appeal, details 01258-860647

Blandford United FC, kick-off 2pm at the Park Road Recreation Ground

Dorset Police Male Voice Choir in concert, Blandford Parish Church, 7.30pm

Sunday November 3:

Blandford Repair Café, Scout Hut, Eagle House Gardens, 10am to 3pm, (NOTE change of day, venue and time); bring your broken items for recycling or repair by volunteers, see Blandford Repair Café on Facebook

Dorset Ramblers meet Wimborne St Giles village hall car park 10.15am for six mile undulating walk over fields and lanes, bring a picnic

RBL Service of Remembrance at the war graves, Blandford Cemetery, 10.45am

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

Monday November 4 to January 3: Blandford Art Society Members’ Exhibition, Blandford Town Museum, open 11am to 3pm Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to Saturday (closed Christmas week)

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

Tuesday November 5:

Talk on the Role & Responsibilities of Power of Attorneys, Blandford Community Centre, Heddington Drive, to book call 01258 480762

BFPC Allsorts Craft Group Blandford Parish Centre, 6.45 to 8.30pm

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

Forum Drama Play Reading, The Crucible, Blandford Town Museum, 7pm, details 07596 959703

Blandford Film Society presents ‘Cold War’ (Poland 2018 – drama) The Blandford School, 7 for 7.45pm, guest tickets 01258 268139 or email [email protected]

Thursday November 7:

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

Tim Kliphuis Trio – Brandenburg! – Blandford Parish Church, 7.30pm, (Masterclass with violinist Tim Kiphuis suitable for 13+ and Grade 3+ any instrument, Dorset Rural Music School, The Close, Blandford, 11am to 12.30pm), tickets 01258 480698, details www.artsreach.co.uk

The Pagoda Project, a unique musical collaboration described as an intriguing crossover between contemporary folk, jazz and chamber music. Springhead Trust, Mill Lane, Fontmell Magna, SP7 0NU, 7.30pm, 01747 811853 www.springheadtrust.org.uk

Friday November 8:

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

Fireworks Extravaganza, Pimperne Primary School, gates open 6pm for display 7.15pm, family ticket £15 from Forum Sales & Lettings or 01258 452025

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

Saturday November 9:

Christmas Craft Fair, Charlton Marshall Village Hall, 10.30am to 3pm, refreshments and raffle, details 01258 480165

Blandford United FC, kick-off 2pm at the Park Road Recreation Ground

Theatre – Clare Hollingworth & the Scoop of the Century, suitable 4+, Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall, 4pm, tickets 07903 057427, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Sunday November 10: Remembrance Sunday

Service of Remembrance, at 10am in St Mary’s Church Iwerne Minster followed by the Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11am

Remembrance parade and service, Blandford Market Place and Parish Church, from 2.45pm

Tea, Chat and Board Games Evening Blandford Parish Centre, 4.30 to 6pm

Bingo Night, Bryanston Club, 7.30pm

Tuesday November 12: Tarrant Gunville WI – pottery painting. Tarrant Gunville Village Hall. 7.15 p.m.  £4 for non-members, includes supper.  Details 01258 456202

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

Film Nights, Charlton Marshall New Village Hall, ‘Yesterday’ (12A), doors open 7.15pm, bookings and details 01258 488431

Dorset Moviola showing “All is True”, Fontmell Magna village hall, 7 for 7.30pm

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:

Last Night of the Proms with the Stour Valley Band, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7pm, for the Mayor’s Charity (The Community Kitchen)

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

Saturday November 16:

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

Blandford United FC, kick-off 2pm at the Park Road Recreation Ground

Saturday and Sunday November 16 and 17: ‘Book Bash’ at in the Mk 1 railway carriage, Shillingstone Station, 10am to 4pm

Sunday November 17:

‘Baby and Kids Table Top Sale’, Bryanston Club, DT11 0PR, 12 to 2pm

Pimperne Autumn Fete, village hall, noon to 3pm

Blandford and District U3A ‘Singing for Fun’ choir concert with afternoon tea, Blandford Parish Church, free admission, retiring collection for the church restoration

Artsreach (www.artsreach.co.uk) presents The Methera Quartet, playing chamber music. Springhead Trust, Mill Lane, Fontmell Magna, SP7 0NU, 5pm, www.springheadtrust.org.uk, 01747 811853

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)

Film Night, Yesterday, Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall, 7 for 7.30pm

Monday to Sunday November 18 to 24: Blandford Literary Festival, details blandfordliteraryfestival.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 [email protected]

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

Blandford Archaeology Group meet Blandford Museum 7.30pm, ‘LIDAR results for the Stour Valley’ with Antony Firth

Friday November 22:

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

Scam Awareness Session, Age Concern Blandford, 4 Nightingale Court, Blandford, 10.30 to 11.30am

A Christmas Carol, performed by Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, The Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7.30pm, tickets from the Town Council

Film ‘All is True’ (12A), starring Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Child Okeford Village Hall 7.30pm, Booking 01258 860113

Saturday November 23:

Table Top Sale Blandford Parish Centre, 10.30am to 3pm

Chase Benefice Christmas Fair for the Salisbury-Sudan Medical Link, Tarrant Keyneston Village Hall, 11am to 2pm

Model Railway Show in the Mk 1 railway carriage, Shillingstone Station, 10am to 4pm

Blandford United FC, kick-off 2pm at the Park Road Recreation Ground

Christmas Market, West Pleck Farm, Hazelbury Bryan DT10 2EG, 2 to 5.30pm. details www.petrannettescafe.co.uk or [email protected]

Bryanston Club’s ‘Swinging 60’s Night’, 7:30pm onwards with Clive Smith.

Sunday November 24:

Dorset Ramblers meet 10.15am at The White Horse, Stourpaine, for four mile walk via France Down with optional pm walk up Hod Hill

She’Koyokh, Cranborne Cecil Memorial Hall, 4pm, tickets 01725 517607, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Pentabus – The Tale of Little Bevan, 24 hours in the life of a village, suitable 12+, Child Okeford Village Hall, 7.30pm, tickets 01258 861621, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Monday November 25: Digital Champion session, Blandford Library, 4 to 6pm, details 01258 452075

Wednesday November 27:

Allsorts Open Craft Morning Blandford Parish Centre, 9am to 12.30pm

Blandford Forum Film Society presents ‘The Divine Order’ (Switzerland 2017 – comedy drama) The Blandford School, 7 for 7.45pm, guest tickets 01258 268139 or by emailing [email protected]

Thursday November 28:

Find Evaluation Day, Blandford Town Museum, 10.30am to 1pm

Friends of Blandford Hospital Christmas Bingo, Royal British Legion Club, Blandford, eyes down 7.30pm

Xmas Shopping Indulgence Evening at Durweston Village Hall, 6.30 to 9.30pm, 20 craft stalls, free entry. Also Xmas wreath making, 90 mins (2 sessions), £25, to book call Heather 07771635545. Proceeds to Durweston School PTA.

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

Friday November 29:

Vintage Fair and sewing workshops, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 10 to 3.30pm, details 07742 582936 or [email protected]

Panda Pre-school Ladies indulgence Evening, at the pre-school from 7pm, ticket 01258 458151 or [email protected]

Quiz Night and raffle for Blandford  Youth Football Club defibrillator, Blandford British Legion, 7.30pm, £2pp, max 6 per team

Rob Gee – Forget Me Not – The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit, Milborne St Andrew Village Hall 7.30pm, tickets 01258 839230, details www.artsreach.co.uk

Friday November 29 to Sunday December 1:

The Garden of Delights, Springhead Trust, Mill Lane, Fontmell Magna, SP7 0NU, 10am to 4.30pm, free admission, a chance to buy Christmas gifts direct from artists and craftspeople. Refreshments and light lunches will be served, www.springheadtrust.org.uk, 01747 811853.

Saturday November 30:

Free parking, Blandford town centre

Panda Pre-school Christmas fayre, The Corn Exchange, Blandford 9.30am to 12 noon

The Ark Christmas Fayre, Child Okeford Village Hall, 11am to 1pm

Blandford United FC, kick-off 2pm at the Park Road Recreation Ground

Bingo Night for the Mayor’s Charity (The Community Kitchen), Corn Exchange, Blandford, 7pm

Briantspuddle Singers Christmas music concert featuring soloists from Wells Cathedral School and Handel’s Messiah, Blandford Parish Church, 7.30pm, tickets £15 on the door or 01929 554055

Durweston Choral Society Autumn Concert, Ramirez’s Navidad Nuestra, Karl Jenkins’s A Celebration of Christmas, Christmas Music for Choir and Audience with Phylip Nichols – tenor, Tom Hunt – baritone, Choir and Ensemble conducted by Simon Twiselton, Durweston Parish Church 7.30pm, tickets 01258 472253 or [email protected]

Charity Quiz, Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, 8pm

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Blandford Literary Festival

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