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Friday, 30 April 2010

News Clipping: Fears big cat has returned after bird killed in Winfrith

Fears of a mystery big cat roaming the Dorset countryside have resurfaced after a giant bird was killed at a farm near Winfrith. A rhea – a five-foot tall ostrich-like bird – was savaged in the night at Nutley Farm in an attack the owner has described as ‘worrying’.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 30th April 2010

Events: May Day Morris Dancing at Cerne Abbas with the Wessex Morris Men

 The Wessex Morris Men - May Day 2009Tomorrow  May Day morning at dawn, The Wessex Morris Men climb up to the top of Giant Hill, above the famous chalk figure and fertility symbol 'The Cerne Abbas Giant', to welcome in the coming of Summer with a set of traditional morris dances. This is also the one time of year when the horned Dorset Ooser is brought out from the Dorset County Museum to make its annual appearance. The magical Dorset Ooser is a representation of a bull or Wild Man which by tradition was believed to be a potent source of fertility.

The Wessex Morris Men will perform their annual ritual dance at the Trendle or Giant's Enclosure, above the Cerne Abbas Giant. At sunrise (approx 5.15am) on the site of an ancient may pole high on the hill above the village. They will then process into the village to dance in the square outside the Red Lion at around 7.30pm.

Below: The Wessex Morris Men perform on May Day morning at Cerne Abbas.


Thursday, 29 April 2010

News Clipping: King Edward VI's remedy oak tree gets revamp

An 800-year-old oak tree in Dorset under which King Edward VI is said to have sat and cured people's illnesses has been given a revamp.

A plaque on the Remedy Oak in woodlands near Verwood refers to the incident in summer 1552, when the king was aged 15.

Legend says he dispensed healing powers by touching those brought before him suffering from various ailments.

They included scrofula, which the King himself suffered from and became known as The King's Evil.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News 29th April 2010

Thursday, 15 April 2010

News Clipping: Victorian collection raises £100,000 at Dorchester auction

People with a penchant for the bizarre, the unusual and the downright grotesque crowded out an auction house for a sale with a difference.

They came from all over the country to buy their very own oddities from an eclectic Victorian collection.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 15th April 2010

Monday, 12 April 2010

Events: Experience Tudor life at Weymouth Library

Take a trip back in time to discover the high octane world of the Tudors at Weymouth Library between 9.30am - 4pm on Tuesday 13 April.

Visitors to Weymouth Library can learn about Weymouth's Tudor connections and find out what life would have been like in the town when Henry VIII and his relatives sat on the throne.
Faithfully reproduced 'artefacts', including weapons like the 'matchlock' – an early firearm - plus swords, long bow and arrows and more, will be on display.

And more intrepid visitors will be able to take away Tudor style recipes to cook up and sample in the safety of their own home.

The event has been sponsored by the The Friends of Weymouth Libraries and is hosted by qualified guides from Pike and Shot Events Ltd (opens in a new window), who will be dressed in authentic Tudor style to speak to visitors and answer their questions.

Talks will take place during the day to give visitors a taste of what life was like in years gone by:

•  10.30am Tudor Civilian Life 
•  11.30am  Tudor Military Life 
•  1.30pm  Tudor Civilian Life
•  2.30pm  Tudor Military Life

Dave Allen from Pike and Shot Events said: "The Tudor day at the library will give people a fascinating glimpse into the past to discover what it was like to live in Tudor times.

"It will open people's eyes to the incredibly rich and fascinating Tudor history that Weymouth boasts. The town still has old Tudor buildings and castles, while lots of local men were involved when the Spanish Armada battle raged offshore in Channel."

The event is free to attend and open to all, although people can join the library on the day (just bring ID) and take advantage of other library services on offer.

Visitors can go on to explore the library's local studies and history sections.
They can find out more about the Tudors or explore their family history by using online resources, including Ancestry, on the library's computers.

Help with family history research and local studies can also be found at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester, which preserves and offers access to records and archives from Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

The Tudor day is the latest event to be sponsored by the Friends of Weymouth Library group, who have raised and spent money on the library over the last ten years.

The group has bought equipment, sponsored story and poetry competitions and supported various events, author visits and other activities for adults and children.

Dorset County Council's libraries host regular events and activities for people of all ages.

Source: www.dorsetforyou.com

Thursday, 8 April 2010

News Clipping: Stuffed animal collection to go under the hammer in Dorchester

A bizarre menagerie of stuffed animals is to be sold off in Dorchester following the closure of a museum.
The Victorian collection of taxidermy includes a tiger in mid-leap, a lion, a komodo dragon, a giant tortoise, a crocodile, a zebra and a baboon.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 8th April 2010

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

News Clipping: Take a spooky tour of the Weymouth

Step back in time on a spooky tour of Weymouth.  Both a daytime and evening walk will be on offer every Wednesday during the holiday led by Dave Allan who will help you to delve into the chilling past of the town.

He will be dressed in authentic costume to get all those present in the spooky spirit.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 6th April 2010

News Clipping: Dorset big cat sightings defended

Big cat expert Merrily Harpur has savaged Government claims that sightings are complete fiction.

She hit back after a Natural England report stated that it was very unlikely that such big cats as pumas were at large in the English countryside.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 6th April 2010

Friday, 2 April 2010

Events: Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth - 4th - 6th June 2010

Preparations for the Wessex folk Festival 4th - 6th June 2010 are now well under way with concerts from Vin Garbutt and the Yetties.

Featured bands include The Morris Boys, Mad Dog McCrae, The Dolmen, 'local boy made good' James Findlay (current BBC young Folk Musician of the Year), No Fixed Abode, Wyndwitch, Dyer Cumming's, Chiswell Hot (featuring Simon Swarbrick), Stomping Dave Allen, Finnian McGurk and Ledpin among others.

Also Folk Dancing displays, Sessions and wokshops to suit all tastes. All around Weymouth's stunningly picturesque harbourside.  As ever, most events are free but please give generously when the bucket is waved in front of you.

Details at www.wessexfolkfestival.co.uk

News Clipping: Student's Thomas Hardy book is published

Student Ben Harwood has seen his first book published at the age of 19.  The teenager has written an illustrated guide called the Life and Works of Thomas Hardy.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 2nd April 2010

Thursday, 1 April 2010

News Clipping: Norrie Woodhall's delight as Hardy heads home

The last  living link to Thomas Hardy has joined a celebration that she thought would never happen.  A collection of Hardy’s manuscripts are about to return to the county town after a unique £58,750 fundraising effort to save them from being sold off to a private buyer.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 1st April 2010
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