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Saturday, 28 May 2011

Events: Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth 3th - 5th June 2011

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

With concerts from Jackie Oates and Seize the Day and bands including upcoming stars David Gibb and the Pony Club, James Findlay, No Fixed Abode, Wyndwitch, Dyer Cumming's, Chiswell Hot (featuring Simon Swarbrick), Barber Taylor, Jim Bryden, Fraser Nimmo, Press Gang, Chiswell Hot, Panama Dave, Los Salvadores, Black Sheep, Ledpin, Jim Bryden, Candice Botha, Foxpockets, The Galleons, Shadrack Tye, Jim Chorley, King Alfred's Cakes, Paul Openshaw, David Shevelew,Finnian McGurk and among others. 

Time and Tide present selections from "Who's Afeard?"  

Time and Tide are all seasoned, well-respected folk performers, each with a natural interest in and affinity with the music and history of our county. They have drawn their material from our county's records, collective memory and folk memory, and used songs and tunes from the Hammond Collection and the Hardy manuscripts to complement the anecdotes of these hitherto unsung, colourful, local heroes.  See them perfom on Saturday 4th June between 2.00pm and 4.00pm at the Old Town Hall, near the Boot Inn.  
  • 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 .

Friday, 27 May 2011

Events: Local Author's Day at Weymouth's Imagine Books - Saturday 28th May 2011

Imagine Books, Weymouth
Local Author's Day which takes place on Saturday 28th May 2011, between 1.00pm and 4.00pm, in Imagine Books bookshop, 23 St. Alban Street, Weymouth DT4 8BZ

Local Authors who will be in the shop:

CAROL HUNT - THE PORTLAND CHRONICLES
Books 1 and 2 (The Portland Sea Dragon and Enchantment of the Black Dog) have flown off the shelves of bookshops, since Carol's amazing imagination first conjured up a world of magical dragons, mermaids and time travel, interwoven with local folk lore. Book 3 is being woven as we speak - will Carol reveal anything about book 3, before it is launched?

GARY BILTCLIFFE - THE SPIRIT OF PORTLAND - REVELATIONS of a SACRED ISLE
Gary's delve into the truth behind Portland's myths and legends holds some amazing revelations - involving Masonic mysteries, stone circles, a huge landslide and some rather intriguing geometry. A very popular book with local people. Fascinating!

ROBIN CHARLES EVANS - THE SUMMONING OF THE THREE
From a sailing trip to a magical land. This children's fantasy has it all - queens, magicians, invading armies - brilliant stuff!

J D WILSON - LOVE SONGS TELL YOU LIES
Mr Wilson weaves a tale of intrigue set in West Dorset. A great holiday read!

PAMELA GAULL - THE DARKNESS OF DREAMS
With ties in both Scotland and Weymouth, Pamela brings a lifetime of experience as a carer and qualified counsellor to her fictional story of fortitude in the face of adversity.

JOE DIOMEDE - CYCLES OF A TRAVELER
From the streets of the Bronx (New York) Joe explored obscure parts of the world on a bike. This book relates his physical and spiritual journey. Joe has family in Weymouth and work in Dorchester.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

News Clipping: They tied my wallaby down

A man has come forward to claim West Dorset’s fugitive wallaby as his adopted pet – called Wally.  The runaway was captured when the town’s fire chief Virgil Turner rugby tackled it with the help of two West Dorset District Council street cleaners.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 25th May 2011

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

News Clipping: Love Thomas Hardy? There's an app for that

Dorset's links to its most famous literary son Thomas Hardy have entered the world of iPhone apps.  Andy Pulman, of Bournemouth University’s school of health and social care, has created the Thomas Hardy Trail app to guide phone users around his beloved landscapes.

 READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 24th May 2011

Saturday, 21 May 2011

News Clipping: Archaeologists to excavate Golden Cap burial mounds

Archaeologists are to excavate historic burial mounds at Golden Cap before they are lost to the sea. A team from the National Trust is holding a dig at the Bronze Age monument on the cliff top. They will probe the three of the five earthworks – which are 4000 years old – amid fears that they will fall victim to landslips.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Saturday 21st May 2011

News Clipping: Blast from the past is set for new screening

Residents will have a rare opportunity to see old Lyme Regis on film with a special charity screening this month. The Regent Cinema will screen the 1949 film All Over the Town, filmed in Lyme, on the morning of Tuesday May 31, for the first time in three years.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Saturday 21st May 2011

Friday, 20 May 2011

News Clipping: Take a seat in replica chair at Lawrence of Arabia's house

There's not much to the cottage as it is – but Lawrence of Arabia’s reading chair takes pride of place in his home near Bovington.  Now the chair has been lent to a museum overseas so the National Trust, which looks after Clouds Hill, has had a replica one made especially for the house which people are allowed to sit in.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 20th May 2011

Thursday, 19 May 2011

News Clipping: 'Garden wallaby' caught in Lyme Regis town centre

A wallaby, thought to be the same animal seen in a woman's Dorset garden earlier in the week, has been caught.
Off-duty firefighter Virgil Turner rugby-tackled the marsupial to the ground in Lyme Regis town centre.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News 19th May 2011

Wallaby captured in Lyme Regis

A fugitive wallaby has been captured after being rugby tackled by an off-duty firefighter – as fears grew for its safety. 

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 19th May 2011

Hopping Mad: 'Wild' Dorset Wallaby Captured

A 'wild' wallaby that was spotted grazing in a back garden has been captured by a rugby-tackling firefighter.

READ MORE - Source: Sky News 20th May 2011

Monday, 16 May 2011

News Clipping: Mystery over circles on Studland heath

These intriguing round marks in the heath at Studland are definitely not crop circles – but what they are remains a mystery.  Nestling in the heath near Poole Harbour, the 80 circles with an average size of 20 metres across are obviously man-made and have 2ft high turf walls around them.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 16th May 2011

Saturday, 14 May 2011

News Clipping: Town crier declared the best in south England

Lyme Regis town crier Phil Street has plenty to shout about after being declared the best in south England.
Mr Street returned home victorious from the Southern Town Criers Competition, held recently in the town of Wimborne Minster.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Saturday 14th May 2011

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

News Clipping: New exhibition celebrates history of the South Dorset Ridgeway

A new exhibition celebrating the South Dorset Ridgeway is coming to the Dorset County Museum.  Ridgeway Voices, a free temporary exhibition, opens on May 12 and runs until June 25. The exhibition aims to discover the landscape of the South Dorset Ridgeway through the voices of people who live at, work on or simply enjoy the area.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 11th May 2011

For mor information visit www.dorsetaonb.org.uk

Monday, 9 May 2011

Events: West Kennet Long Barrow: Landscape, Shamans and the Cosmos - A talk by Peter Knight

West Kennet Long Barrow: Landscape,
Shamans and the Cosmos
by Peter Knight
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On Wednesday 11th May 2011 - 7.30pm at the Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Hall - The Menzies Room, Peter Knight of will be presenting details from his new book West Kennet Long Barrow: Landscape, Shamans and the Cosmos.  The book is the definitive guide to this Neolithic wonder, and includes the excavations, acoustic and sacred sound, psychic and channelling results, earth energies and dowsing, unexplained phenomena, simulacra, symbolism, its place in the landcape, nearby sacred sites, shamanic activities in the Neolithic, landscape alignments, astronomical alignments, and how we can use the site responsibly and with care today, and ensure the survival of the monument in the future.  More details about the book can be found via Peter's website www.stoneseeker.net


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)

Sunday, 8 May 2011

News Clipping: Race against the tide: How the most important shipwreck since the Mary Rose could disappear within five years

It has been under seven metres of water off the Dorset coast for the last 400 years. But now conservationists worry that one of the most important ships since the Mary Rose might disappear within five years. The unidentified ship, known only as the Swash Channel Wreck, was found at the entrance to Poole harbour and it lies on a flat sand and shingle seabed where it sank some time between 1600 and 1620.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

News Clipping: Sign returns to Tiger Inn, Bridport

An old sign that once hung outside a Bridport pub is now back in its rightful place – 40 years later.  The hand-painted sign for the Tiger Inn is now displayed on the wall of the Barrack Street pub after a last-minute auction bid.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 4th May 2011

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

News Clipping: All about Knobs

Hundreds of people turned out for one of Dorset’s most popular, and unusual, events.  The fourth annual Dorset Knob Throwing and Frome Valley Food Festival took place in Cattistock and provided a great deal of fun and foodie delights.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 3rd May 2011
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