September diary

« All Events September diary September 1 8:00 am September 30 5:00 pm « Blandford Skate Fest Blandford Hidden Gardens » Wednesday to Tuesday September 1 to 7: Exhibition of small quilts and wall hangings made during lockdown by Walking Feet, Shaftesbury Arts Centre SP78AR. Open 10am to 4pm, admission free. Further information 01935 3896673,

Wednesday to Tuesday September 1 to 7: Exhibition of small quilts and wall hangings made during lockdown by Walking Feet, Shaftesbury Arts Centre SP78AR. Open 10am to 4pm, admission free. Further information 01935 3896673, or [email protected]

Wednesday September 1: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, Brewery Hall, Visitor Centre, Bournemouth Road, Blandford St Mary, 7pm

Thursday to Saturday September 2 to 4: St Edward’s Way pilgrimage, Wareham to Shaftesbury, see  www.facebook.com/st.ed.way

Thursday to Sunday September 2 to 5: Tears in the Fence Poetry Festival, on Zoom Thursday and at Stourpaine village hall Friday to Sunday, see www.tearsinthefence.com/festival

Friday September 3:

Wessex Acoustic Folk present Georgia Lewis Trio + Dom Prag, Blandford Royal British Legion, 7.30pm, call 01202 732239 to book and see www.wimborne-acoustic.co.uk

Music for a Late Summer’s Evening, St Mary’s Church, Shroton, 7.30pm, donations to church funds

Saturday September 4:

Teddy 20 Jurassic Coast Challenge, for details contact [email protected]

Child Okeford Village Fete, stallholders please email [email protected] and to volunteer or provide entertainment email [email protected] or call 07070550047

Shroton Summer Show, village hall, 2.30pm: produce, flowers, cookery, handicrafts, photography and children’s classes, judging from 12 noon, details 07974 756242

Sunday September 5:

Blandford Hidden Gardens, gardens open between 10am and 5pm, tickets on sale from August 16 from the TIC and Town Museum

Bobs QUIZ is back at Bryanston Club C.I.C. 7:30pm start, bar opens at 7pm. Book via text -07387687030 or FB @bryclub.

Monday September 6: Blandford Floral Society meets Anne Biddlecombe Hall, Tarrant Keyneston, 2 pm, Cathryn Brown – Fifty Things That Make You Happy.

Wednesday September 8:

Charlton Marshall Village Hall Film Night, ‘Military Wives’ doors open 7pm for film 7.40pp, £6pp. See www.charltonmarshallvillagehall.wordpress.com

Spetisbury Occasional Drama Society Panto meeting, 7.30pm in Spetisbury village hall to restart SODS. All welcome  to contribute!! Details [email protected]

Thursday September 9: Gardens Open, Springhead, Fontmell Magna, 11.30am to 4pm, plant sales but no café, take a picnic! Details www.springheadtrust.org.uk

Friday September 10:

THE SPECIALISED band at Bryanston Club CIC – tickets £5 each. Doors Open at 7pm. Details [email protected]

Milborne Movies present ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’, Milborne St Andrew village hall, doors and bar open 7 for 7.30pm start

Saturday September 11: Veterans Community Day, Royal British Legion, Church Lane, stalls, displays and refreshments from 12 noon

Sunday September 12:

Town Centre Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am at the flood wall in the Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, details 01258 459346

Pheasant Fest, Baker Arms, Child Okeford, from 12 noon, details 01258 860260 or 860440

Laughter Lines: The Brewery Tap, Blandford St Mary, details www.b-c-p.co.uk

Monday to Thursday September 13 to 16: Bryanston and Durweston and Bryanston Arts Festival, crafts, music and refreshments, 10am to 4pm each day, evening music Monday 8pm onwards. No need to book but subject to COVID Regulations at the time.

Thursday September 16: Blandford Museum Archaeology Group meets at The Parish Centre, The Tabernacle, 7.30pm for talk on Peru by Tim Brown

Saturday September 18:

Litter pick with War on Waste/Cleanup Blandford, meet blue bridge, Marsh and Ham, 10 to 12 noon, details [email protected]

Community Expo, Blandford Corn Exchange, 10am to 1pm, details https://blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk/category/whats-on

Charlton Marshall Village Open Day, 11am to 4pm, Village Hall, Parish Centre, St Mary the Virgin Church and The Charlton Inn. See www.charltonmarshallvillagehall.wordpress.com

Full day art workshop, Blandford Art Hub, Nightingale Court Garden, details and to book, see www.freeexpression.com

Sturminster Marshall School Society Charity Fun Day on the village green, 12 noon to 4pm, book stalls with [email protected]

‘ALMOST OKTOBERFEST’. Bryanston Club C.I.C. Doors open 7pm, Tickets £25 per head include Bratwurst, one stein of beer and live music from the authentic Bavarian The Oompah Band., details [email protected]

Steve Marks live music, Winterborne Whitechurch village hall, limited tickets includes plowman supper £10, [email protected], 01258 881416

Sunday September 19: Final service and farewell lunch for Rev Lydia Cook, Okeford Fitzpaine parish church and village hall

Monday September 20:

The Blandford U3A Scrabble group, Woodhouse gardens, 2 to 4.30pm (and every third Monday of the month): new members welcome

Strictly Come Tea Dancing with the Soggy Biscuit Dance Band, Corn Exchange, Blandford, 2.30 to 4.30pm,  £7.50 per person (£5 for non-dancers), details  07939 030875

Wednesday and Thursday September 22 and 23: Pictures for the Beehive art exhibitions, St Giles House, 11am to 3pm – auction of pictures Friday September 24.

Friday September 24:

Blandford & District u3a open meeting, Dr. Francis Burroughes on “The history of glass”, Durweston Village Hall, 2pm, details 01258 628079

Film Night, Nomadland, Child Okeford village hall

Saturday September 25: The Comedy Exchange hopes to return – see www.b-c-p.co.uk

Sunday September 26: Town Perimeter Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am outside Scrivens, Durdens Corner, Market Place, details 01258 459346

What else is going on in Blandford…

June diary

To Sunday June 6: Dorset Art Weeks open studios locally and across the county, see www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk Wednesday June 2: Blandford

May 25 8:00 am June 30 9:30 pmEvent Details

Guided Town Perimeter Walk

June 27 11:00 am 1:00 pmEvent Details

July diary

JULY Please note: some events may have been cancelled following delay in lifting lockdown restrictions. If in doubt, please check

July 1 8:00 am July 31 5:00 pmEvent Details

Saturday July 3 Fun Day for the Luccombe Hub

July 3 10:00 am 2:00 pmEvent Details

Sunday July 4 Guided Geology Walk

Learn about the history of the stones making up the town's architecture, some dating back millions of years, with a

July 4 11:00 am 1:00 pmEvent Details

Sunday July 11: Guided Heritage Walk

Learn about the history of Blandford's Georgian town centre with a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society. 11am from

July 11 11:00 am 1:00 pmEvent Details

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