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Sunday, 31 October 2010

News Clipping: Sir David Attenborough talk a sell-out

Television naturalist Sir David Attenborough got fans in a flap during a weekend celebrating Lyme’s most famous daughter.The broadcaster spoke about pterodactyls during Lyme Regis Museum’s Mary Anning Weekend. Sir David, a patron of the museum’s Friends, talked to a sell-out crowd at the Marine Theatre about his new show on the prehistoric creatures which will be screened in 3D at the end of the year.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Sunday 31st October 2010

Saturday, 30 October 2010

News Clipping: Big effort to restore White Horse, Osmington

An exciting project to restore the White Horse at Osmington to its original glory is in full swing thanks to a community effort and a renewal of funding.  Teams of volunteers have been working to remove the 140 tonnes of stone scalpings that were spread on the monument 20 years ago by the Challenge Anneka TV programme.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 30th October 2010

News Clipping: Pagans celebrate Halloween as part of the country’s newest religion

Inside a witches' coven, where the coming of the god of darkness is marked on the day also known as Halloween  In a riverside meadow in the Dorset town of Weymouth, a witch is using a broom to sweep a sacred circle in the grass.

News Clipping: It's spooky time in Weymouth for Hallowe'en

There'll be some spooky goings on in Weymouth this weekend as the town’s own ghost hunters check out possible hauntings over Hallowe’en. Members of the Paranormal Investigation Team (PIT) have been invited to investigate some of the oldest buildings in Weymouth – the Boot Inn and Old Town Hall in High West Street.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 30th October 2010

Friday, 29 October 2010

News Clipping: Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, we have a winner!

Traditionally  the winner of the previous year's Town Crier contest hosts the next year's so Chris Brown, Town Crier of Wimborne Minster, who won last year hosted last weekend's competition. Seven criers from across Dorset gathered in the town, taking up their "Crying Position" on the Church House steps - with the judges having to assess each crier on diction, inflection, volume and clarity.

READ MORE - Source: Western Gazette Friday, October 29, 2010

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

News Clipping: Cerne Abbas Giant helps launch Royal British Legion poppy appeal

The Cerne Giant will help to launch this year’s Royal British Legion poppy appeal in Dorset. Serving army personnel from the Royal Armoured Corps Training Centre at Bovington Camp will present the giant with a poppy on Friday.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 27th October 2010

News Clipping: Paul the psychic octopus is dead

Former Weymouth Sea Life resident Paul the psychic octopus has died at an aquarium in Germany. Management and staff at the Oberhausen Sea Life Centre were devastated to discover that oracle octopus Paul, had passed away overnight. Paul, who was born at Weymouth Sea Life Park, made a name for himself by correctly predicting the outcome of this year’s World Cup matches.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 27th October 2010

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Events: Halloween at The Portland Museum.

  • Tuesday 26th October 2010: Between 11.30am and 3.00pm - 'Halloween' at The Portland Museum.  £3.00 per child. There will be a Halloween Quiz to follow the riddles and a search to discover scary objects hidden in each room to win a prize. Also there will be Halloween Face Painting, A 'Terrifying' Art Competition, Make Yourself A Ghost!
  • Friday 29th October 2010: In the evening, the 'Paranormal Investigating Team' will set up their 'State of the Art' equipment to test for paranormal events within the Museum!
For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.co.uk

Events: The Halloween Festival of Fun at Brewers Quay, Weymouth

From the 25th - 31st October 2010 Brewers Quay, Weymouth will hold its annual Halloween festivities, including free children's entertainment shows, trails and activities!

This year there will also be a wicked programme of Halloween craft workshops, which will take place on Monday - Friday, 10am -2pm. Admission £3 per child, and includes all art materials. Free tea or coffee in the Courtyard Restaurant with every admission. For more information, please visit www.funnyfaceentertainments.co.uk.

If you're feeling brave, why not discover the spooky secrets of old Weymouth on special ghost walks.  Which will take place on Wednesday 27th and Saturday 30th October at 7pm from outside the front of the Brewers Quay complex. £5 Adults (16+), £3 Children (8 and over).

More information visit www.brewers-quay.com

Events: Haunted Halloween at Portland Castle

From 25th - 31st October 2010, join English Heritage for spooky Halloween tales around the kitchen fireside and fun activities at Portland Castle during this half-term week. Enjoy 'fangtastic' Halloween games with devilish prizes to be won! The whole family can try on armour, explore the Tudor kitchen and see ghostly sculpted figures from the past. Spiced apple punch and 'cakes for kids' in the tearoom.

For more information on times and ticket information visit www.english-heritage.org.uk

Events: 'Moonfleet' performed by Angel Exit theatre returns to Dorset

Moonfleet by Angel Exit theatre returns to Dorset this week, with shows in Swanage tonight and at Lighthouse Poole on Wednesday and Thursday.

Come and see this re-telling of John Meade Falkner's classic 'Moonfleet' smuggling novel, conjured by a group of buffoons washed up onto the wild shores of Chesil beach. With live and recorded music, puppets and striking physicality.

Angel Exit invite you to enter a thrilling world of dastardly deeds and wicked escapades.Formed in 2001 by graduates of the prestigious Ecole Lecoq, Angel Exit Theatre is a shifting ensemble of performers with a shared passion for new dynamic physical theatre, under the artistic direction of Tamsin Fessey and Lynne Forbes.  More information visit  www.angelexit.co.uk

Events: Spooky Halloween Fun at Lulworth Castle & Park

Come along and join in the Spooky Fun at Lulworth Castle for some hair-raising children’s half term activities from Sunday 24th to Friday 29th October.

Lulworth Castle will be playing host to some spooky goings on with lots of safe, fun and activity filled days for all your friends and family to enjoy. With ghostly tales, scary trails, hunt the bat and make a lantern or mask at the activity table.

Everyone is encouraged to get into the spirit by wearing their own creepy costume or making their own mask at the activity table. Certificates and candy prizes are up for grabs for the best! And the face painter will be on hand to change angelic faces into little monsters!

Bravely explore the spine chilling basement and creepy castle for the hidden bats and take part in lots of fun quizzes. And if you’re brave enough come and listen to the spine chilling scary tails of ghosts & ghouls!
The event is included in the usual admission price with lots of goodies on sale in the shop and a spooky menu in the Stable Café to fill the tummy of the hungriest monster.

Half term fun starts Sunday 24th October until Friday 29th October (Closed Saturdays). Gates open 10.30 am until 4pm.

Normal admission charges apply. Family tickets available, under 4’s go free. Call 0845 450 1054 or visit www.lulworth.com for more information.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Shelley Manor to host Frankenstein play

The chequered history of Boscombe’s Shelley Manor will have turned full circle later this year when a play about the creation of Frankenstein is staged in the theatre built by Percy Bysshe Shelley.  It’ll be the first show held in the theatre at least since the art college left in 1998.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 21st October 2010

Monday, 18 October 2010

Events: Halloween Fun at Nothe Fort

Ghosts,  Ghosts,   Ghosts .......There are plenty at the Nothe Fort, as many people will testify, and that most ghostly time is approaching fast – Halloween. 

Bedlam and Broomsticks

Tuesday 26th October 2010, 10.30am to 4.30pm

Calling all wizards and scary witches to dress up and join us at the Nothe Fort for a great day out for all the family. Young Harry Potters will have the chance to experience the Fort's darker side. "Will your courage, blood curdling screams and nerves hold out?"

Ghosts Walks

Friday 29th and Sunday 31st October 2010 for Adults and children aged 14 and over. These evening ghost walks are intended for adults and not for the faint hearted.

Normal entry prices apply plus £3 if you wish to join in all the activities.
More information visit www.nothefort.org.uk

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Events: Big Cats - Panthers or Daimons? A talk by Merrily Harpur

Merrily Harpur
On Wednesday 13th October 2010 - 7.30pm at the Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Hall - The Menzies Room, local researcher Merrily Harpur will be giving a talk to the Wessex Research Group Weymouth and Dorchester Branch on 'Big Cats - Panthers or Daimons?'

Merrily, who runs the Dorset Big Cat Register www.dorsetbigcats.org -  has researched thousands of sightings of anomalous big cats (ABCs) roaming Britain.  Sightings of these mysterious felines, described as being like pumas or panthers, are higher in Dorset than any other county in England. 

Meeting or glimpsing a Big Cat could, Merrily suggests, be the nearest we get in Britain to a ‘brush with the unknown’.   She discovers that these mystery felines have been with us for longer than we imagine, in folklore and familiar to the Neoplatonists as daimons (not demons) – intermediaries between this world and another. They may ‘at the very least change your view of a landscape that can produce such beautiful and elusive creatures’.

Merrily Harpur is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer and has contributed regularly to many national newspapers and magazines.  Living between Dorset and Ireland, in 2002 she created the Dorset Big Cats Register, a gazetteer of locations and eyewitness accounts. 

Her most recent book, Roaring Dorset! Encounters with Big Cats (pub 2008, Roving Press) documents some of the closest and most vivid encounters.  Mystery Big Cats (pub 2006, Heart of Albion) investigated the big cat phenomena nationwide and received huge critical acclaim.

All are welcome: Admission: £4 (£3 concessions) Free parking + refreshments

For further information about the talk Tel: 01305 81664 or Email: spiraloftranquility.roma@virgin.net

Directions: Turn off Dorchester Road into Victoria Avenue. The Menzies Room is at the back of the Hall
(follow the pavement and turn right – pass the door marked Women’s Institute –  entrance around corner next to private garage)

Saturday, 9 October 2010

News Clipping: Weymouth's Vikings set for Time Team

The Vikings are coming… on a Time Team special featuring war graves on the Weymouth relief road route. The mass burial pit was unearthed in June, 2009 on the top of the Ridgeway with 50 decapitated skulls and the bodies strewn nearby.  The grim discovery will be included in a show called In The Real Vikings: A Time Team Special on Monday, 11th October at 8.00pm on Channel 4.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 9th October 2010
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