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Monday, 28 June 2010

News Clipping: Digging up the past

‘NORRIS’ is a farmer in his mid 30s of traditional Dorset stock. He is also dead and sticking out of a field.
He died around 2,000 years ago and he is one the skeletons being dug up near Winterborne Kingston.
His remains were gradually being removed from the chalky earth by Bournemouth University specialists.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 28th June 2010

Monday, 21 June 2010

New Video: The Filly Loo - 18th June 2010



Filly Loo, Ashmore, Dorset. A Midsummer festival, held on June 18th when villagers dance beside this singular village pond. The Hambledon Hopstep Band play and call from a cart decorated in greenery to the crowd, dancing in the street. A Green Man arrives in a procession and takes part in the first dance to start the evening. There are display dances followed by public dancing, then at dusk, the celebrations reach their climax with the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. This is a torchlit procession with six antlered deer-men and four other costumed characters: a Maid Marion, a bowman, a hobby horse and a fool. The procession and dance is accompanied by a haunting solo melody in a minor key which is very atmospheric. The celebration finishes with the torches in the ground around the pond and everyone holding hands around the pond for the last dance.

For more information about this festival visit our related page Filly Loo on the Dark Dorset website

Saturday, 19 June 2010

News Clipping: A close encounter of the furred kind

Regarding the Big Cat Sightings (News Clipping: Big cat 'beast is sighted in forest) I too had an encounter with one while walking along the path on Ringwood Road towards Millhams Mead.

It was at the end of 2009 but I have spoken to other walkers in the last few weeks who have also seen it. My experience of the cat was quite daunting, as it was no more than six feet from me!

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 19th June 2010

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

News Clipping: Nettle eaters are chomping at the bit

A hotly fought contest is expected when the world stinging nettle eating championship gets under way on Saturday June 19.


The event, which attracts plucky contenders from across Europe, will again take place at The Bottle Inn, Marshwood.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Wednesday 16th June 2010

News Clipping: Lyme Regis: Sir David talks dinosaurs

Sir David Attenborough has been announced as one of the guest speakers at Lyme Regis Museum’s Mary Anning Weekend.  The world-famous natural history filmmaker is a patron of the museum.

He will be speaking at the event in October alongside other distinguished contributors, including author Tracy Chevalier, Professor Mike Benton of Bristol University and Tom Sharpe from the National Museum of Wales.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Wednesday 16th June 2010

Monday, 14 June 2010

News Clipping: Big cat 'beast is sighted in forest

A man has claimed he saw a big cat prowling Wareham Forest. Lytchett Matravers man Daniel Green says he saw the puma-like creature crossing the Bere Regis Road as he drove from Holton Heath on Monday morning last week. 

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Monday, 14th June 2010

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Events: The Wimborne Folk Festival - The 11th to 13th June 2010

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th June sees the annual Wimborne Folk Festival. A colourful spectacle of traditional folk dance and music was first held in August 1980 as a one day event. It was such a success that it became a local point for the largest gathering of dance teams and musicians in the south of England.

For the old town of Wimborne Minster, held in the shadow of the 12th Century Minster Church of St Cuthberga it is considered by many to be the major event of the year.

Below: Highlights of the Wimborne Folk Festival 2009


As the title suggests, the event if a folk affair with guests including Four Men and a Dog, At First Light, Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, Alan Burke, Rosie Doonan & the Snapdragons, Cathal Hayden & Gerry O'Connor, Brian Finnegan Trio, The Long Notes, Steve Tilston, The Old Dance School, Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby, Mike Silver, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts, Elbow Jane, Christi Andropolis & David Newey, Jim Reynolds, Tyde, Tinderbox, Andy Stone Band, Bob Whitley & Frank Boyle .

As well as music, Folk Dancers and Morris Dancers will be performing throughout the town, From traditional whites with bells to weird and wonderful, the highly dramatic and colourful!


For details and updates of performances visit: www.wimbornefolkfestival.co.uk

Friday, 4 June 2010

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

This will be the fifth year that this free folk music festival has taken place against the glorious backdrop of Weymouth Old Harbour and Hope Square. 

With concerts from Vin Garbutt and The Yetties and bands including 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. As ever, most events are free but please give generously when you see the collecting buckets For details and updates of performances visit: www.wessexfolkfestival.co.uk . As well as music, Folk Dancers and Morris Dancers will be performing throughout the town, From traditional whites with bells to weird and wonderful, the highly dramatic and colourful!  

Events: New Hardy Players perfoming extracts of their new play in Dorchester

A scene from a smuggling saga will be performed in the county town tomorrow when the New Hardy Players turn South Street into an outdoor theatre to promote their upcoming play.

At 4.00pm outside Char Chars, they will treat shoppers to a scene from Thomas Hardy's 'The Distracted Preacher', a tale of romance and smuggling. The play will be toured throughout Dorset during June and July.  For more information visit www.hardyonline.org
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