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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Events: Convention of Alternative Archaeology & Earth Mysteries 2010

On Sunday October 3rd at Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset. The 7th Convention of Alternative Archaeology &; Earth Mysteries will be held. Bringing together those seeking deeper truths about our ancient spiritual heritage.  This year dedicated to Hamish Miller R.I.P

Five illustrated presentations – still great value at only £20 in advance only.

Speakers include:-
  • Hugo Jenks - Stonehenge: A New Theory. Hugo is an international speaker and will present the evidence behind his remarkable new theories on Stonehenge, based on his groundbreaking book, "Stonehenge -  Astronomical Observatory". 
  • Jackie Queally –  Inner Knowledge of the Templars as applied to Rosslyn Chapel. Jackie will present her findings based upon years of experience &; several books about the Knights Templar & Rosslyn Chapel. She runs Celtic Trails and Templar Trails sacred sites tours. Website: www.celtictrails.co.uk
  • Karen French – Simple Shapes: Profound Purposes.  Karen is the author of “Gateway to the Heavens”, the first book in The Gateway Series, and has spent many years researching &; writing about sacred geometry. She has a background in mathematics, and has always been fascinated by the patterns orchestrating our lives. For more info go to: www.gatewaytotheheavens.com
  • Adrian Incledon-Webber -  Dowsing the Lost Stone Circles of Cornwall. Adrian is a geomancer and dowser, whose work in Cornwall has revealed previously unknown megaliths. Adrian is the director of the Earth Energies section of the British Society of Dowsers.  His website: www.dowsingspirits.co.uk
  • Peter Knight –  The Prehistoric Wonders of Malta.  Peter is will give an account of the ancient sites of this small, rugged Mediterranean island, where temples, dolmens, and underground tombs abound. Peter is the Convention Chairman and is author of several works about sacred sites (click here)
9.30am – 5.00pm. At the beautiful venue at Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset. There will be interesting stalls, including book signings by speakers. Earlier start and finish this year. Vegetarian refreshments will be available. Village stores and pub opposite. Venue has ramps, lift, disabled toilet and free parking. Dorchester has good road and rail links. Limited seating - advance booking advised!

Ticket Hotline: 0775 408 2691.  To send cheque click here.  e-mail: stoneseeker@waitrose.com

Venue: The Brownsword Hall Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset

For more information about this event and more visit the website www.stoneseeker.net

News Clipping: Big cat sighting near Wool

A sceptical security guard says he now believes in Dorset’s big cat after spotting a beast near Winfrith. Scott Pickersgill was driving near Wool when he saw the giant feline dart from the middle of the road into a nearby wood.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Tuesday 28th September 2010

On this day 28th September 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh was executed

Sherborne Castle, which lies close to the former Old Castle, was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, and was the only residence in which he found peace and happiness. It is perhaps for this reason that his spirit returns to the castle every year on this day, the eve of the feast of St. Michael, and of his execution at London in 1618 after his arrest and imprisonment in the Tower of London as a conspirator to King James I. Sir Walter Raleigh's ghost is said to walk beneath the trees in the castle grounds before sitting on the stone seat named after him. It was here in his former life that he would smoke the tobacco he was famed for introducing to England.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

News Clipping: Frome Valley Morris Dancers may have to disband

A traditional Dorset dancing group could be forced to disband if it cannot attract new members.  The Frome Valley Morris team could become the fourth group of Morris dancers in South Dorset to fold in a decade after struggling to attract members over recent years.



READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 25th September 2010

 

Friday, 24 September 2010

News Clipping: Bournemouth's Mary Shelley Festival set to be a monster attraction

Mary Shelly
Bournemouth is to celebrate its links with the author of Frankenstein by hosting the first Mary Shelley Festival next weekend.  Running from October 1 to 3, the festival will celebrate the life and works of the author who is buried at St Peter’s Church in Hinton Road.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Friday 24th September 2010

Thursday, 23 September 2010

News Clipping: Ghost of German bomber pilot believed to haunt Stainers shoe shop in Poole

The ghost of a German bomber pilot is believed to haunt a shoe shop where his plane crashed during the Second World War.  Staff at Stainers in Parkstone claim to have had many “Herr-raising” experiences over the years, thanks to a resident spook they’ve nick-named Heinz.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 23rd September 2010

Monday, 20 September 2010

News Clipping: "Ghosts" found at county museum

A group of investigators from Weymouth have released the findings of their investigation into paranormal activity in Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.  They have photos which they believe to be of "hanging" Judge Jeffreys and local fossil collector Mary Anning in the museum's main hall.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News Monday, 20 September 2010

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Events: The 17th International Napoleonic Weekend at Kingston Maurward: 24th - 26th September 2010

Following their successful 2009 International Napoleonic Weekend, Pike And Shot Events Limited have put together another fantastic line up for this 200th Anniversary weekend, celebrating the year of 1810.

Once again they have both the return of The French Infantry from Napoleon Bonaparte's Imperial Army and the famous 95th Rifles, as seen in "Sharpe". The extensive grounds will also host the Military re-enactments and living history encampments, bringing the area alive with the sound of Napoleon and Wellington's soldiers. Come and learn about the Napoleonic Wars, and meet up with Bonaparte's men, or talk to a redcoat or rifleman from Wellington's Peninsula War army, before they embark to Portugal. There will be a battle display, as well as drill demonstrations, and a chance to wander through the military camps and experience what camp life was like during the period. They hope to bring you working Napoleonic Cannon once again, so you can experience a firing demonstration during the weekend. 
They will also have the Sharpe Appreciation Society with many items used during the filming of the series For those of you who want a "behind the scenes" look at the filming, Jason Salkey (AKA Rifleman Harris) will be selling his video diaries, plus his audio CD of "The Recollections of Rifleman Harris" (A review of this audio CD can be found on the Reviews page of the Dark Dorset Website).

As an additional attraction, they are hosting a Grand Regency Ball as a ticketed Friday evening extra, together with an opportunity to join in with Regency games and exclusive dining with a Period Buffet. For more information on the evening event please contact us on 01305 855817 or to book tickets go to Ticket Office Tickets available at £50 per head, with discounts available for parties of 10 or more (Call for details).

So join the celebration of the Regency period, with music, dance, and games, together with an open invitation to a Regency picnic in the formal gardens. 
2010 will once again see the return of the long standing International Napoleonic Fair in it's 17th year, being held in the Georgian mansion. Many different items can be bought, from books, maps, and pictures, to complete Regency costumes to leather belts, swords and replica firearms (restrictions apply). They are being supported in this venture by several publishing houses and book specialists. So come and shop for an early Christmas gift.
This year, subject to ticket sales, they hope to be celebrating with some additional lectures, book signings, and talks for the public on both military and Georgian civilian life and times during the Napoleonic and Regency Period to include presentations on Costume, battlefields, and history of social aspects of the period, as well as the literature of Jane Austen. 

Education providers and schools please E-Mail or call for further information - BOOKING ESSENTIAL (01305 855817)

For more information visiting www.paste.org.uk

Below: Highlights of 'The Regency Weekend' at Kingston Maurward in 2008

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

News Clipping: Dorset based story 'Moonfleet' set for Lyme Regis performance

After sell out performances last year at Dorchester Corn Exchange, Bridport Arts Centre and Poole Lighthouse, acclaimed physical theatre company, Angel Exit Theatre, in conjunction with Dorchester Arts, are re-touring Moonfleet. Inspired by J Meade Falkner’s smuggling tale of the same title, Moonfleet will be showing at theatres across the UK from September.

READ MORE - Source: View Online 15th September 2010

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

News Clipping: Archaeologists surprised by medieval skeletons found at Chickerell site

Medieval skeletons have been uncovered during the first stage of £200,000 building work to revamp a church in Chickerell. Archaeologists were called in when the remains of two children, thought to be from as early as the 13th century, were found close to the main building of St Mary the Virgin Parish Church.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 14th September 2010

Saturday, 11 September 2010

On this day 11th September 1685, The Bloody Assizes was opened at Lyme Regis

On this day in 1685, The Bloody Assizes was opened at Lyme Regis. The next day twelve men were executed on the beach west of the Cobb and their body parts were spiked up along the railings around the church. 

Two of the men's heads were impaled on the iron gates of the great house in Broad Street, now known as Chatham House. It was here that Judge Jeffreys was said to have dined on the night before the executions. Even his ghost has been seen carrying a bloody bone in the house and gnawing upon it outside in the street.

Below: Chatham House, Broad Street


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Friday, 10 September 2010

Events: 'FREE' Morris Workshop with the 'Anonymous Morris'

Anonymous Morris are a brand new Border Morris side based in Poole, Dorset.

They are running a free Border morris workshop at Poole Old Town First School, Green Road, Poole, BH15 1QB on Thursday, 16th September 2010. 7:30 - 9:30pm  Anyone in the 18-28 age group is welcome to turn up and join in, no previous experience of any kind required.  After the free workshop, they will be holding regular practices every Thursday in the same venue.

If you’d like to be added to the mailing list for dancers and musicians, please contact Judith@anonymousmorris.co.uk or alternatively visit the website at www.anonymousmorris.co.uk for more information about the group and upcoming events.



Events: Swanage Folk Festival 2010

The 2010 festival kicks off on Friday 10th September with a concert in the main marquee on Sandpit Field in the evening. 

A variety of activities for children take place on the Sandpit Field over the weekend keeping them happy.

Saturday at 3.30 pm features the procession of dance sides through the town, featuring somewhere in the region of 50 dance sides from the world of Morris, Apalachian, Clog, and maybe some more exotic dance styles.

Concerts and events are held at a variety of venues in the town centre, including,  The Community Room in the Mowlem Theatre, St Mary’s Parish Church, and the main marquee on Sandpit Field.
Saturday night is the showpiece concert. 2010 features Vin Garbutt and Show of Hands!
For those with the energy to dance Saturday night away, our Sandpit Field Marquee will throb to the music of our ceilidh band with Gordon Potts as the caller. Swanage 2010 features the brilliant Tickled Pink as our ceilidh band.

Those wishing to perform themselves have opportunities at the White Horse Festival Folk Club Saturday lunchtime only, or at sessions in pubs round the town, singing at the small bar at the Red Lion with Derek Burgess & Kitty Vernon, an Irish music session at the White Swan, and English music sessions in the marquee behind the Red Lion. All sessions (apart from folk club) are Friday evening, Saturday lunch and evening, Sunday lunch time only.

Once again there will be a wide range of dancing and music workshops over the weekend and the children will not be forgotten with a programme of activities and events. Learn circus skills or just watch the fun . If you would like to listen to some stories then pop in to the Library for a story telling session or become a prop in an impromptu play straight out of a bag!

For more information website: Swanage Folk Festival 2008

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

News Clipping: Julian Fellowes' From Time to Time get Athelhampton premiere

A country house which was the setting for a major movie is to hold a special screening of the film. Director and writer Julian Fellowes will be returning to Athelhampton House, where he shot much of his film From Time to Time, on Monday, September 13, for its first screening before it is released in selected cinemas.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 7th September 2010

Monday, 6 September 2010

News Clipping: Dorset's monster pumpkin

Two-year-old Benjamin, from Maiden Newton, was among the visitors aghast at the size of the vegetable which broke the show record at the National Gardening Show at the Royal Bath and West Showground, near Shepton Mallett, Somerset.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Monday 6th September 2010

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Events: Dorset Architectural Heritage Week 8th to 16th September 2010

From the 8th to 16th September 2010 is Dorset Architectural Heritage Week.  An annual event which aims to stimulate public awareness of Dorset's rich architectural and cultural heritage by allowing free access to many properties that are normally closed to the public or charge for entry.
 
One weekend of the event is always timed to coincide with the national Civic Trust Heritage Open Days event. As a result of this many Dorset buildings featured in the event are publicised nationally through the Heritage Open Days publicity.

Since the event began in 1994 EDHT has provided support and assistance to the Dorset Conservation Officers' Panel who organise the many visits, tours and talks which fill the week long event. Most recently this support has been the provision of a booking facility for some of those events that have a limited capacity. 

for more booking information and  a list of places and venues visit: Dorset Architectural Heritage Week Website

Friday, 3 September 2010

News Clipping: Weymouth's relief road roundabouts named

Sea monsters, birds, bumps and rocks have won the day for names of relief road roundabouts in Weymouth.  More than 900 people voted online over a fortnight for the four roundabouts along the route. The winning names are Jurassic Roundabout, Bincombe Bump Roundabout, Veasta Roundabout and Harriers’ Roundabout.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 3rd September 2010
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