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Saturday, 31 January 2009
Billed as an "introduction to the unknown" through big-screen presentations.
Tuesday 21st April, “LOOSE CHANGE ll” What happened at the TWIN TOWERS on the 11/09/01
Tuesday 23rd June, “THE TERRESTRIAL CONNECTION” by Richard Hoagland, his presentation to the U.N.
Tuesday 20th October, “LIVE AT LEEDS” by Dr. Steven Greer
Tuesday 1st December, “THE CELESTINE PROPHECY” by James Redfield.
Just a few of the presentations planned for the 2009 programme, evening programme content may vary at times to those advertised.
The Alchemist Evenings will be at the Upwey School Village Hall, Upwey, Dorset, at 7.30pm to 10.00pm, admission £4, including refreshments. Inquiries to David and Mary on 01305 750399 or email alchemist. email@example.com
The Met Office said that although temperatures would be just above freezing, it would feel colder because of a brisk easterly wind.
Lyme Regis Museum says it is re-focusing its efforts to deliver the much-needed £3m extension.
The extension will more than double the size of the museum and provide teaching, exhibition, and study space.
The project was launched around five years ago and got off to a very successful start when £100,000 funding came from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Country Life magazine published the results based on an assessment of each county’s health services, green policies, schools, social fabric, heritage and landscape.
Other factors taken into consideration included the quality of local food, pubs and restaurants, the number of sunshine hours and village greens there are and how many famous or influential residents the county has.
Devon swept into first place just ahead of Hampshire in second and Kent in third while Dorset came in fifth – beating Wiltshire, Cornwall and Suffolk.
Friday, 30 January 2009
22nd February 2009
2.00pm Bump-a-story Story Telling with Tim Laycock New Barn Field Centre, Bradford Peverell Join Tim inside an Iron Age round house to listen to tales beside the fire. Storytelling will begin at 2.30. Free
14th March 2009
10am - 4pm Where do you think you are? - researching your local history Portesham Village Hall A day organised by the Dorset History Forum and South Dorset Ridgeway Heritage Project looking at landscape and local history, with particular reference to the South Dorset Ridgeway. Speakers include Archaeologist Julian Richards and other experts. Free (Charge for lunch) Booking essential. Download the booking form
3rd April 2009
7.30pm Reflections on the Iron Age - Dorset Bronze Mirrors and beyond Dorset County MuseumA talk by Dr Jodie Joy of the Iron Age Collections, Department of Prehistory and Europe,The British Museum. The talk will include a nationally important group of records from South Dorset particularly the Portesham Mirror. Free to members of DNHAS £3.00 to non-members.
24 April to 2nd May 2009
Spirit of Place: The South Dorset Ridgeway Dorset County Museum Exhibition exploring the artists's relationship to the landscape, archaeology and natural environment of the South Dorset Ridgeway. Artists exhibiting are John Walker, Liz Somerville, Justin Cooke, Caroline Ireland, Mike Bowman, Yvonne Lee, Jane Burden, Virginia Evans, Jan Walker and Amanda Wallwork Free entry to the Exhibition
25th April 2009
Spirit of Place: Children's Workshop Dorset County Museum Workshop exploring the themes of the exhibition Spirit of Place
30th April 2009
7.30pm Archaeology, Representation and Romantic Culture Dorset County Museum A talk by Professor Matthew Johnson of Southampton University. Prof. Johnson will talk informally about first, the relationship between art and archaeology as he sees it, second, more specifically about WG Hoskins' classic book The Making of the English Landscape and the way it reflected the Romantic spirit of the time. Free
5th June 2009
6.00pm Guided Walk Walking the South Dorset Ridgeway - an exploration of the prehistoric monuments and their landscape. This DNHAS walk onto Pound Hill, Winterbourne Abbas is the seventeenth in this series, led by Peter Woodward, Curator of Dorset County Museum. Meet in Winterbourne Abbas at St. Mary's Church SY6188 9050. Free to members of DNHAS £3.00 to non-members.
3rd July 2009
6.00pm Guided Walk Walking the South Dorset Ridgeway - an exploration of the prehistoric monuments and their landscape. This DNHAS walk along Came Down is the eighteenth in this series, led by Peter Woodward, Curator of Dorset County Museum. Meet at SY61898910 Free to members of DNHAS £3.00 to non-members.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Ponds across Purbeck are to be given a much- needed boost thanks to a new initiative spearheaded by Dorset Wildlife Trust.
The Purbeck Important Ponds project aims to boost and increase the endangered wetland habitats over the next two years.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
John Austin, 68, says the historic hill figure has been forgotten behind other projects such as Weymouth Pavilion.
He wants relief road chalk used to whiten it up – and offenders sentenced to community service to do the work.READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 27th January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Big Cats have been reported in the British Isles for over 50 years, and we are no closer to discovering just exactly what these animals are. The media focus has usually been on the ‘Beast of Exmoor or Bodmin.’ But the greatest number of reports, that BCIB receive, actually come from the North of England. Big black panther-like cats, lynx, pumas, are they really roaming our countryside?
Researchers from the beginning of this saga will be present at the conference to reveal their research. People such as Di Francis who first brought the subject to the public’s attention in the early 80s with her books such as the Beast of Exmoor, Cat Country and My Highland Kellas cats, will be revealing never before published pictures of a large cat found on the shores of the Oban Estuary.
Inspector Eddie Bell of the Durham Police will also presenting results of his 22 years of research in the area. His information on the subject in the North East is invaluable. He said: “I think there are wild-born animals out there – enough to maintain a local population. We have had very good sightings from people who should know, like biologists, and also other evidence such as a footprint identified as a puma near Barnard Castle.”
North east ecologist Ian Bond of the Northumbrian Mammal Group will also be speaking at the conference, he reports: “There have been clusters of sightings in Tynedale in Northumberland, in Weardale and Barnard Castle, and in the Hartlepool-Trimdon-Sedgefield area. “The focus now seems to be in the Tynedale area with sightings in double figures in the last two years. “I have no doubt whatsoever that there are some big cats out there, possibly of two or three different species. “Sightings have been made by excellent naturalists who would not have got it wrong.”
Chris Hall is another local researcher who will be speaking. Mr Hall has spent the last three years following up reports and interviewing witness in the area, he has been responsible for discovering previously unpublished reports. He has also organised, along with the Aycliffe and District preservation group, a vintage bus tour, with running commentary, to the Castle Eden Walkway.
Naturalist and Natural History museum curator Jonathan McGowan will be travelling from Dorset to present his findings. Jonathan is a prolific field researcher, and has found convincing evidence of large cats in the British countryside, and featured on last year’s History Channels ‘Monster Quest’ documentary, along with conference organiser, Mark Fraser.
Speakers will be coming from as far away as Scotland and the Irish Republic. Dr Peter McCue will be presenting a different slant to the subject, not everybody believes that these animals are flesh and blood creatures!
Other activities include workshops with ecologist Rick Minter.
• Books stalls and memorabilia
• Northumbrian Mammal Group display.
• Dorset big cat display
• Field craft displays
• A live web cam
• Skulls and cats
This is a unique gathering of the country’s leading researchers on the subject. The audience will be invited to take part as much as possible, relating their own experiences or asking questions. BCIB are looking for witnesses to contact them with sightings in their area, video footage, photographs are most welcomed. Your anonymity will be assured if that is your wish. A short film is being produced from the area, and any persons wishing to take part should contact BCIB for filming in February.
Conference organiser Mark Fraser said: “The subject of whether or not big cats exist in Britain is a popular one, nearly everybody knows someone who claims to have seen one of our mysterious felines. It is hoped by these gatherings we can get nearer to the truth and obtain hard evidence of these animals.”
Tickets cost for the full weekend £25 – one day £15 each. All enquiries to Mark Fraser on 07766416211 or visit the big cats in Britain website at www.bigcatsinbritain.org
Ena Webber, of Walcott Avenue, Christchurch, Dorset, at first thought the creature was a cat but was shocked when she saw its distinctive black-and-white face and realised it was a raccoon.
The 71-year-old said: “The first time I saw it, it was sitting 10ft up a tree, fast asleep.
“I thought it was a cat. Because I wanted to do the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, and when there are cats around there aren’t any birds, I fired a water gun at it.
“The head turned around as if to say ’Go away, I’m sleeping here’ and there was no doubt it was a raccoon.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
A raccoon has been rescued from a tree in a garden in Dorset after a surprised couple found it while birdwatching.
David and Ena Webber, who live in Walcott Avenue, Christchurch, spotted the animal on Saturday morning.
They called police, who said they had no reports of a missing raccoon, and then the RSPCA, which collected it.The charity said it did not know where it had come from but said the animal was in good condition and was probably someone's escaped pet.
READ MORE - Source: BBC News Saturday, 24 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
To a packed out theater, the juniors gave an enchanting performance full of magical fairies, mischievous goblins, and alluring mermaids. While the seniors captivated the audience with among other things, will o' wisps, a creepy phantom army, a spellbinding witch trial, seductive murderous nymphs, and the frightful spectral Roy Dog of Portland!
Each bewitching act gave a haunting atmospheric sense of place, full of dark enchantment. A great performance enjoyed by all.
Well done DYT!
Scores of people contacted the Dorset Echo after seeing a ‘ball of orange flame’ flying high above Westham earlier this month.
But now Budmouth Technology College teacher Tammy Riley has revealed she was the one causing the stir – after setting off a Chinese lantern in memory of a friend.
READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 22nd January 2009
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Visit the official website at www.morrismovie.com
The Producers, are delighted to be able to announce a limited distribution deal for the film covering the South West of England.
Through a partnership with Moviola, the mobile multiplex service of rural south west England, Morris will be exhibited at 21 locations between January and March.
Commenting on this development, Director and Producer, Lucy Akhurst, said, “I am thrilled that Morris: A Life with Bells On is going to first be seen by the people who did so much to help make it: the people of South West England. Our goal is now to enable it to reach a wider audience not only in the UK but the rest of the English speaking parts of our solar system. Morris is, quite simply, a phenomenon and one that will not go away.”
12-Feb North Cadbury
16-Feb Codford St Peter
25-Feb East Knoyle
01-Apr Fontmell Magna
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Monday, 19 January 2009
The strange object was spotted high above Westham last Friday evening by sisters Cheryl Ashwood and Stacey Follan.
They describe seeing a perfectly spherical object, that looked like it was on fire, which moved slowly from Lanehouse towards Portland.
Cheryl, 27, of Dowman Place, said: “It sounds ridiculous but it was a complete sphere of flames – literally like a fireball.
“It rose up to about the height of a light aircraft and moved off towards Portland.
(See previous blog entry Orange lights over Bournemouth usher in a new year)
Saturday, 17 January 2009
By starting the dig early, Dorset County Council ensured that Oxford Archaeology had the time it needed to do a thorough investigation.
This was the largest excavation of the Ridgeway for many years, with a 5.1 hectare area being stripped on Ridgeway Hill. The area is well known as a focus for prehistoric ritual activity.
The work on the Ridgeway site have been completed and a phase of detailed analysis of the records and finds is being carried out by Oxford Archaeology.
READ MORE - Source: Dorset County Council for more information
Friday, 16 January 2009
Work is under way on the Roman aqueduct on the outskirts of Dorchester.
Dorset County Council has started to clear scrub and repair parts of the ruins.
Workers started by clearing an area of scrub from the west side of Fordington Bottom – the valley through which the western part of the Dorchester bypass runs, between the Monkey’s Jump and Charminster roundabouts.
It will be the first time in its 77-year history that visitors will not have to pay to see the exhibits.
Board members agreed to scrap the £2.50 fee because it was felt people were being put off.
Curator Alice Martin said: “The admission charges make up about 10 per cent of the museum’s turnover, and we felt it may be putting off potential visitors.
The proposed move of West Dorset District Council could allow the present HQ to be turned into a major tourist attraction.
The county town’s chamber of commerce president Alistair Chisholm believes the Old Crown Court could be transformed to make the most of its colourful history.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Budding archaeologists will get the chance to meet celebrity diggers this weekend and try flint-knapping and hurdle-making at the Dorset site where a television programme uncovered Stone Age treasures.
Read More: Source: 24hr Museum 15th January 2009
Tours of a replica prehistoric homestead will be on offer, along with food and refreshments. Students are currently creating a film and report on the findings to be shown at the museum.
Runs 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday (January 17 & 18). Call The Blandford School on 01258 451121 or email email@example.com for more details.
Lyme Regis Museum saw a massive increase in profits last year with visitor numbers also soaring.
The 2008 income showed an increase of around a third on 2007, with almost 2,000 more people passing through the doors.
Much of the success at the Philpot building is down to increased trade in the museum shop, according to manager Carole Halden.
A Treasure hunter has unearthed three silver coins thought to be from the 8th century.
Alan Maidment, 50, of Broad Close, Winterborne Kingston, made the finds on farmland at Bradford Peverell, near Dorchester.
The three coins, thought to be from 700-740AD, were declared as treasure by West Dorset Coroner Michael Johnston at a treasure inquest in Dorchester yesterday.
This week, Dorchester Youth Theatre is staging Dark Dorset – a series of tales of the supernatural that have grown up around the county.
The tales have come from Dark Dorset, a website set up by Robert Newland and Mark North who have also written a number of books about Dorset folklore and ancient customs.
Robert said: “There is always a fear that the old tales will be forgotten down the years, so it is great to see youngsters coming up and showing an interest in their past. I think it will be a very good play.”
DYT’s Dark Dorset is in two parts, which the company’s junior and senior sections each performing different stories.
Bianca Judd, who runs the company, said: “It has been a very interesting project for the children and they have really enjoyed themselves. Dark Dorset is a fascinating subject and I hope our audiences enjoy it.”
Dark Dorset is at Dorchester Arts Centre on Friday and Saturday, January 16 and 17 at 7pm. There is also a junior matinee at 3pm on Saturday. Tickets are £3 from the arts centre on 01305 266926.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Historians have welcomed a move to make Dorset’s 1911 census available – three years ahead of schedule.
The records, which were not due until 2012, will be a key resource for county residents trying to trace their family trees.
Notable records include Thomas Hardy’s census page from Dorchester.
Monday, 12 January 2009
Author Merrily Harpur, of Cattistock, has spent 10 years studying and recording sightings of what are believed to be either panther, lynx or puma in the wild.
She believes recent sightings by Forestry Commission experts in Gloucester may convince sceptics that there really are big cats roaming the countryside.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
Dorchester Youth Theatre presents 'Dark Dorset' - An enchanting journey into deepest darkest Dorset, to a hidden world full of mystery and mischief.
For the last four months, the youth theatre’s thirty-five members have been delving into Dorset’s rich folklore. The majority of the script has been created using the work of local author's Robert Newland and Mark North, ‘Dark Dorset: Tales of Mystery, Wonder and Terror’, who are very pleased that our young people are taking an interest in their local heritage. Find out more via their website at www.darkdorset.co.uk
As well as the ‘Dark Dorset’ book, the Youth Theatre’s latest devised production was also inspired by one of Dorchester’s famous ‘ghost walks’. Town crier, Alastair Chisholm, kindly led the group on one of his eery ambles and, finding this experience inspiring, the young people have created a scene from one of the ghost stories in the show. As part of the devising process, Youth Theatre members have also taken part in singing workshops and a making day, creating props and puppets for the show.
This physical theatre performance is set in the round and will include puppetry, singing and magical effects.
Senior performances will take place on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 January at 7.30pm (doors and bar 7pm). A Junior matinee performance will be on Saturday 17 January at 3pm (doors and bar 2.30pm). All performances take place at Dorchester Arts Centre and tickets for each performance are £3.
Dorchester Youth Theatre is led by Bianca Judd with assistant Tom Prior, and through workshops and projects, DYT encourages teamwork, confidence building and creativity for children ages 8-18yrs.
For booking tickets or for further information on Dorchester Youth Theatre, please contact Dorchester Arts Centre: 01305 266926 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tickets are also available at WeGotTickets.com
- Recent Press cuttings from local newspapers
- To download the a flyer for the production click on the poster image below to enlarge:
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Fans of East Dorset’s Beech Avenue are being invited to record their memories of the tree-lined thoroughfare – in cyberspace.
As more work is done to prolong the life of the 200-year-old trees lining a section of the B3082 near Kingston Lacy House, a new page has been added to the National Trust’s website for tributes to the organic landmark.
It finished fourth in a National Trust online poll to find the top 10 most memorable sights in the country, ahead of iconic views including the White Cliffs of Dover and St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall.
READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 8th January 2009
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
A half-mile stretch along the shoreline reaching about 20 yards out to sea is covered in ice, while this picture of seagulls shows that the inner harbour has also frozen over.
READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 7th January 2009
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Morris dancers in Dorset are crying out for new members amid fears the pastime could die out.
Dancers jumped to the defence of the traditional folk dance after it was warned that it could fade away within 20 years with young people too embarrassed to keep up the numbers.
Don Byfleet, 82, of the Wessex Morris Men, believes the lack of young dancers on troupes give the dancing a bad image.
Monday, 5 January 2009
People in Dorchester and Weymouth shivered through December, according to town weathermen.
It was the coldest December since 1995 in Dorchester with frost on many mornings during the month.
Meteorologist John Oliver, of Weatherbury Way, Dorchester, said: “New Year’s Eve never reached higher than -0.2C and was the coldest day in Dorchester since January 1997.”
At a meeting of the Association for Portland Archaeology, (APA), director Susann Palmer told members: “This is exciting news and hopefully, present negotiations with Dorset County Council will make this possible.”
Saturday, 3 January 2009
Little can be done to save Studland Beach from crumbling into the sea, the National Trust has warned.
Beach huts at the popular site have been moved back from the water three times in the last 25 years because of coastal erosion.
Friday, 2 January 2009
Retired plumber Peter Pearson, 66, said he and his family spotted a glowing orange sphere over Barton-on-Sea at around 6.55am on Christmas morning.
The object shot over the skies near his home in Keysworth Avenue heading towards Bournemouth.
Mr Pearson said: “We thought it was a plane crashing or a meteorite. It was a fast orange ball and it went from east to west. My son started filming it on his mobile. Then it disappeared.READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Friday 2nd January 2009
This devised performance, set in the round, brings to life local folklore based on Robert J. Newland’s and Mark J. North's Dark Dorset Stories. Log on to www.darkdorset.co.uk to find out more about their work
When: Friday 16th Jan 2009 at 19:00 - Saturday 17th Jan 2009 at 19:00 (There will be a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday for junior performers)
Venue: Dorchester Arts Centre School Lane The Grove Dorchester DT1 1XR
Tel: Box Office (01305) 266926
Price: £3 (tickets are also available at WeGotTickets)