New Sherborne Independent Market comes to Town!
A new market is coming to town in Sherborne, Dorset this midsummer. Taking place on Sunday 16 June, the Sherborne Independent Market will be based along the lines of the hugely popular Frome Market. It aims to provide the first curated, “destination” market for Sherborne with an eclectic mix of artisan stalls running down Cheap Street, a profusion of Sherborne “Indies” in Digby Road and the introduction of the highly acclaimed Eco Pop Up supermarket staged in the Digby Hall, Hound Street.
Particularly interesting for small micro or start-up traders will be the offer of stalls for just £5 giving an opportunity for these businesses to showcase a variety of different offerings whether this be homemade jam, pickles and chutneys; home-grown vegetables fresh from the allotment; tasty cakes and pastries or hand-crafted jewellery; vintage clothing or wood-turned bowls and pots.
It will also be the first time residents and visitors to Sherborne will have had the chance to sample the Sherborne version of the pop up Eco Supermarket which already runs at Odcombe, just outside Yeovil, on the first Saturday of every month. Claire Ashton and Gaynor Soulsby are delighted to bring The Pop-Up Eco Supermarket to Sherborne.
Based in Digby Hall, The Pop-Up provides all the convenience of a supermarket shop - bakery, dairy, fruit and vegetables, store cupboard, washing and laundry products, personal care, pet care, baby care, fresh flowers, eco sustainables, hemp clothing, stationery, gifts and of course local cider!
A recycling area will take care of items not taken at the kerbside, so people are encouraged to bring beauty and dental packaging, bottle lids, pump and trigger sprays, biscuit and crisps wrappers, batteries and lightbulbs. There will also be an area featuring local repair experts and a cafe alongside.
Claire Ashton says, “Eco shopping is an experience – be a part of the Eco Community and work out what suits your family and budget. Many switches are cheaper than traditional purchases, and by buying non-packaged food you only buy what you need, so you save money and reduce waste. Remember to bring your own bags, containers, jars and bottles to stock up.
“Our stallholders will run a number of Eco themed workshops and activities throughout the day, and love to offer advice about their areas of expertise. So come along and see how we can help you on your Eco journey.”
The new Sherborne Independent Market is run by an independent group formed from members of the Chamber of Trade and Sherborne Indies. The funding has come from The Sherborne Chamber of Trade and The Paddock Project. Jane Wood, Chair of the Sherborne Chamber of Commerce explains, “We are hoping the market will feed into the fabulous Discover Sherborne Project and increase visitor numbers to the town by introducing a new experience for those who appreciate a curated, artisan market.” If the new market is a success for both visitors and traders, there are plans to roll it out once a month from March through to October 2020.
The Sherborne Independent Market has been launched as a result of a feasibility study on the Frome Independent Market that was jointly funded by Sherborne Town Council and the Sherborne Chamber of Trade.
For more information on The Sherborne Independent Market and to apply for a stall E/: Julesbradburn@gmail.com
Cerne Abbas Open Gardens. 25 private gardens will be open to the public.
Adults £7 Children free, And also free carpark.
Teas in St Marys Church / large plant stall.
Proceeds to Weldmar Hospice Care Trust and Cerne Watermeadows Trust
Details at www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk
Bradford Abbas Festival of Wheels 2019.
With two fantastically successful years under their belt the organising team at the Bradford Abbas Festival of Wheels have confirmed that the 2019 event will, once again, be free to attend for both exhibitors and public visitors.
The Festival of Wheels team commented – “we are staggered and hugely proud of the growth our event has achieved over the years and fully expect the 2019 event to be bigger than ever, with more than 180 vehicles already scheduled to attend – we anticipate this year’s show will break all records for attendance and monies raised”.
The ‘Festival’ remains true to its original values being one of the few classic motoring events that’s welcomes everything from vintage and classic cars to tractors, motorcycles and military vehicles all displayed within a family friendly – ‘village fete’ environment.
To date the show has raised more than £2000 for local causes and all funds collected via the collection buckets and through the kind support of the sponsors has been distributed to worthy recipients principally within the village but also encompassing charities such as the Dorset Air Ambulance.
The Bradford Abbas Festival of Wheels takes place on June the 8th 2019 and promises to be one of the largest one-day motoring events in the South West.
TEDxSherborne Announces Stellar Speakers
Today’s announcement of the speaker line-up for TEDxSherborne (taking place on 9 May 2019) reflects the extraordinary wealth of talent to be found in the Dorset market town.
Each of the 14 selected speakers – from a world-renowned travel writer to a mental health advocate, a Member of Youth Parliament for Dorset to a pioneering social worker – will address a different aspect of what it means to be, ‘Fit for the Future, People and Place,’ (the event’s theme).
More than 100 people responded to TEDxSherborne’s Call for Speakers in November, and the commitment and strong ideas on display during the audition process made selecting the final 14 a challenging task. The struggle was worth it, however, as the resulting programme of talks is both fascinating and diverse; from a coming mental health crisis to valuing the marginalised, reading as a radical act to a communal approach to education, young people’s disengagement with politics to the art of growing old.
TEDxSherborne is part of the global TED community that believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, communities and, ultimately, the world. The independent event is being organised by local volunteers, working closely with the town’s schools and organisations and with the generous pro bono help of local professionals.
Tony Cooke, Licensee & Chair TEDxSherborne comments:
‘The enthusiasm with which the local community has embraced TEDxSherborne has been amazing. We are thrilled by the extraordinary quality and diversity of our chosen speakers – all of whom have strong links to the area – and are looking forward to sharing their ‘ideas worth spreading’ with the town and its people at the inaugural TEDxSherborne on 9 May (and with the TEDx community and the wider world thereafter).’
NOTES TO EDITORS:
On 9 May 2019, Sherborne will play host to its inaugural TEDx - a one day celebration of ideas from its community that tackle social and environmental challenges that are crucial to its future. The day will feature a series of 14 short talks of up to 18 minutes each, that will be delivered in front of both a live audience and a larger online webcast audience. TEDxSherborne will take place in the brand new Arts Centre at Sherborne Girls school. All of the talks will be filmed on the day, edited and uploaded to the global TEDx Talks platform, the world’s leading online source of ‘ideas worth spreading’, with over one billion views per year.
TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. TEDx events are organized by curious individuals who seek to discover ideas and spark conversations in their own community. TEDx events include live speakers and recorded TED Talks, and are organized independently under a free license granted by TED.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.
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Benjamin is a cultural historian (and teacher of history at Sherborne School) who writes and lectures about the history of dress and convenes courses for the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Benjamin will be talking about Alan Turing, and, more broadly, on the value of those on the margin.
Andrew is a Dorset native whose career lay in manufacturing until a recent life-changing experience of coping with family crisis led him to sell his companies and become a mental health advocate.
Andrew’s talk will address the coming mental health crisis, and also suggest a possible new approach to dealing with it.
Susan is a bibliotherapist who prescribes books for life’s afflictions, and co-authored The Novel Cure. The author of The Voices, and Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains, she now runs creative writing workshops from her home in Somerset.
Susan’s talk will suggest that mindful reading can, of itself, be a radical act.
Tom is an author and journalist who writes on poetry, education, celebrity and ageing for publications including The Daily Telegraph. An English teacher at Sherborne School, Tom also teaches a Latin class at The Gryphon.
Tom’s talk will draw on the wisdom of the ancients to suggest a healthier approach to getting old.
Laurence is currently studying for his GCSEs at Sturminster Newton High School. Laurence was a Member of Youth Parliament for Dorset from Feb ’18 to Feb ’19.
Laurence will be exploring the issue of political engagement among the young in his talk.
Chloe is studying for her International Baccalaureate at Sherborne Girls, having previously studied at the British International School in New York.
Chloe’s talk will address the importance of conservation, and how each of us can do our bit in protecting biodiversity.
Kierhan is a 32-year-old personal trainer with Evolve Fitness Training. His career has taken him all over the UK and he has also worked in the US, coaching in states including New York and Massachusetts.
In a talk focused on what it means to be a man in today’s world, Kierhan will draw on his own experiences and those of his friends and peers.
Fourteen-year-old Jocasta joined St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury recently, after living overseas for 11 years (in Australia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic). Jocasta, enjoys Model United Nations and is an MUN award-winner,
Jocasta will be discussing the plastics problem, and what we can do about it.
Rory, who was born in Canada and now lives in Yetminster, is one of Britain's most expressive and adventurous travel writers. His books, which have been translated into a dozen languages, include UK top tens Stalin's Nose and Under the Dragon.
Drawing on his experiences as a diarist, travel writer and world citizen, Rory will be talking about the importance of the stories we tell ourselves.
Josh joined The Gryphon Sixth Form in September after moving to Dorset from Warwickshire. A keen public speaker, Josh has participated in debating tournaments at Warwick University and the Oxford Student Union.
Josh’s talk will ask whether democracy works, and discuss how our political system might evolve to meet our needs better.
Adam attended Sherborne School in the 90s, and later worked at the International College. A life-changing bike ride across the USA prompted his entry into journalism, and, later, into social change communications. He now lives and works in Amsterdam.
Adam will be advocating for cycling as a catalyst for community transformation.
Stella is a year 10 pupil at Leweston. Fourteen-year-old Stella has traveled extensively with her family, which has given her a love of meeting people, a broad view of the world and a passion for informing and inspiring others.
Stella’s talk will suggest that the community has a vital role to play in education, relieving overstretched schools of the PSHE element of the syllabus.
Julie is the daughter of a Dorset farmer. After qualifying as a social worker, Julie worked with families and young people for 30 years before setting up Future Roots, a care farm for young people facing serious challenges, eleven years ago.
Julie will explore the issue of youth disaffection and crime through the prism of her experience of working with one troubled local teen.
Will, who grew up in Hong Kong, is a boarder at Sherborne School. When he’s not busy studying for his ‘A’ levels, 18-year-old Will spends much of his time playing sport.
Will’s deeply personal talk will address the pressures that social media places on today’s youth.
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Yeovilton Military Wives Choir’s Concert of the Year!
Yeovilton Military Wives Choir is excited to be performing in their fourth annual concert at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil and invites supporters and music lovers to join them. The concert will feature solo and group performances from ladies within the choir; these performances are unique to this concert and are not to be missed.
Families of service personnel move around frequently and it can often be tough to put down roots or make new friends, which can leave women feeling isolated. With research showing that singing in a choir can help to alleviate stress and improve aspects of mental health, this is where the Military Wives Choirs, of which there are over 70 in military bases across the UK and overseas, come in. Ladies come together to sing, share and support.
With no experience or auditions necessary to join, Yeovilton Military Wives Choir based in Ilchester is a fun and safe space where any woman with a military connection can take time for themselves to make new friends, share experiences and sing side by side with a group who understand the nature of forces life. Women are offered the chance to be part of unique musical opportunities, performing both within Somerset and nationally coming together with other Military Wives Choirs across the country.
Liz Haigh from Yeovil has been a member of the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir for six years. She said: “I decided to join the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir because I wanted to meet new people as my husband was away a lot. As someone who hasn’t sung in a choir before, I was a little nervous at first, but all the ladies were so welcoming and helpful, and I’ve made friends for life. We are all stronger together!
“Over the last six years I have sung in many concerts, and this will be my fourth Octagon Concert; the show is the highlight of the year and is exclusively ours, it is a bit different to our other concerts. We feature solo and small group performances which are stunning and can only be heard at this concert. You must come along!”
The Yeovilton Military Wives Choir’s fourth annual concert is on Sunday 7 April at 7.30pm in the auditorium at The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. For ticket information please visit www.octagon-theatre.co.uk.
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The March meeting of the Sherborne Group of the Dorset Wildlife Trust
Digby Memorial Church Hall,
talk entitled 'The Treasures of Dorset'
by Christopher Legrand about its history, families, architecture and landscape.
Introducing the Yeovil Vegan Market
Quedam Shopping Centre will be hosting a Vegan Market on Saturday the 2nd March.
It will showcase local catering companies, vegan candle makers, Kombucha, artisan Vegan cheese, dairy free award-winning companies, beauty products and many more Vegan based products and gifts.
Angela Psoma, the organiser of the Market “it takes a lot of commitment and skill to produce artisan level Vegan products and in my role as market organiser I aim to both support local businesses and bring more footfall into the town centre.
I'm extremely lucky to have the help and support from the Quedam team to organise the Market”, said Angela.
Quedam General Manager, James Tovey said, “We’re always keen to bring new experiences to our customers and what better way than by supporting local businesses such as the Yeovil Vegan Market, we hope it’ll be a great day for both traders and shoppers”
The Yeovil Vegan Market will take place from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 2nd March throughout the Quedam Shopping Centre, with plans for the centre to host the market monthly.
For more information on upcoming Yeovil Vegan Market’s please contact email@example.com or follow them on social media.
Saturday 24th November 10am – 4pm
Raffle – to be drawn at 3pm
Great Prizes to be Won!
Children’s New Toys from Hooks of Bridgewater
Local Produce, Handmade Crafts, Jewellery & Soft Toys
Stocking Filler Ideas & Christmas Gifts
Mulled Wine & Mince Pies Served Warm
Teas, Coffees & Cakes found in the Camelot Room
(Pre-Book to Avoid Disappointment)
To Book Your Table Call
Charlotte on 07400089050
Milborne Port Village Hall registered charity number 277538
Once again, the PBFA Sherborne Book Fair, which returns on Saturday 13th October, will be offering up some real quality gems; books that are both beautiful and intriguing. Over 20 exhibitors will be offering books, some such as the following three that display exquisitely decorated bindings.
Graham York of Honiton will be offering a two volume set of Nansen’s Farthest North by Fritdtjof Nansen who led the team that first crossed Greenland interior in 1888. Nansen famously quoted ‘the difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer’. His works are always popular and this 2nd edition UK 1898 set priced at £ 150 is in great condition.
Another book with a lovely binding with lacquered paper with floral display is a volume of Byron’s poetical works published circa 1860 by Gall and Inglis, is being offered for sale by Peter Foster of Frome Bookshop, for £50.
An exceptional edition of Moby Dick by Herman Melville is being sold by Karen Jakobsen of Bond Books. Although this famous novel about Captain Ahab’s mission of revenge against a whale that bit one of his legs off at the knee, was originally written in 1851, Karen has a much sought after and beautiful edition from 1930 with an art deco pictorial design in silver and black with woodcuts by Rockwell Kent which she is selling for £120.
There will, of course, be plenty of other books for those who are interested in art, military, illustrated, literature, children’s, architecture, travel, natural history, gardening and local history to prints, maps and curious leaflets.
The Fair will be held at the Church Hall, Digby Road, DT9 3NL, from 10am to 4 pm, admission is £1 (children free). Delicious home-made refreshments will be available from Sweet Pea Café of Sturminster Newton.
This a traditional Flower Show and Fete with all profits going to local and national charities.
The Flower show invites entries for various home grown vegetable and flower categories as well as a childrens, photographic, craft and home made cakes & preserves competitions.
The Fete will include, among other things, £100 prize raffle, beer tent, book stall, bric-a-brac, B-B-Q, model railway exhibits, Model aircraft flying display, our easy programme quiz with a chance to win a meal for two at The Acorn Inn. plus Bids at our Silent Auction to include a one week holiday let at West Bay.
Tea & home made cakes and ices. There will also plenty to keep the children entertained including Punch & Judy and bouncy castle.
Music from the Julie Lewis Trio and the Yeovil Ukulele Club.
There is plenty of free car parking.
Stall holders and any other interested parties are invited to phone for info.
Admission £1 children under 12 are free.
Gates open at 1pm
Contact Peter Brink - 01935 891822 or Bob Powell on 01935 891776
Halstock Village Hall, Leigh Lane, Halstock, Dorset BA22 9SG
Chetnole's annual Fête and Flower Show is taking place on Saturday 4th August between 2 and 4.30 pm in the field next to the Village Hall.
There will be live music and lots of events including a fancy dress competition and egg and spoon race for the children (2.30 and 3.00), a fun dog show for your best friends (3.30), and a chance to hear the Chetnole Community Choir (4.15).
There is a circus workshop and plenty of stalls for all ages including face painting, tombola, coconut shy, human fruit machine, white elephant, books, plants, Pimm’s, tea & cakes and much more
Our traditional flower show marquee has a range of classes, available to all, which will test your growing, baking and artistic skills. Schedules are available in the Chetnole Inn, and prizes and trophies will be awarded at the end of the afternoon.
We look forward to seeing you!
On this day Sherborne Silks, a Women's Soft Ball Cricket Team, based at Sherborne Cricket Club, Gainsborough Hill, Sherborne, will be hosting a Women's Soft Ball Cricket Festival, which is open to any women aged 13+ whether they have played cricket before or not.
There will be between 80 and 100 women attending, all from different backgrounds and sporting abilities. Even within our own team we have players aged 13 - 50+ and players who, until very recently hadn't even picked up a cricket bat.
As a team, Sherborne Silks, were set up by Caroline Durston in 2017, and are supported by the whole of Sherborne Cricket Club. The Senior men's teams are particularly supportive and have helped to coach and encourage us over the past year. Even some of the younger players have stayed on, after their practice, to help us.
Women's Soft Ball Cricket, itself, was set up, in England, last year by the ECB as a way of encouraging more women into sport. Thousands of women, took part in hundreds of festivals last year and, this year Sherborne are hosting their first ever Festival.
Any woman, whether already part of a team, or not, can enter into the festivals and can expect a really friendly welcome.
There will be, not only 4 matches playing at once, but also a BBQ, family friendly activities, coaches on hand to give out tips and the guarantee of smiling faces and lots of fun.
If you would like any more information about the festival then please contact myself, or Caroline Durston (our coach, player, junior team coach and Welfare Officer) at SherborneCricketClub@outlook.com. You can find out more about the festivals in general from the Dorset County Cricket Board website and the ECB website.
Tickets £5 from Olivers Cafe top of Cheap St Sherborne, or from Abbey 104.