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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Events: Morris Dancing Practice with Frome Valley Morris & Bourne River Morris Men

Anyone interested in learning to morris dancing is invited to participate in a rehearsal of the Frome Valley Morris.  The team is based in West Stafford, near Dorchester, and dances mainly the Costwold style of Morris.  Tomorrow sees the members restart rehearsals after the sumer break and anyone is invited along to have a go.

Meetings are in West Stafford Village Hall, opposite the Wise Man Inn, every Thursday (starting from tomorrow 22nd September)  from 7.30pm to around 9.30pm.  For further information contact Simon Hewitt by emailing squire@fromevalleymorris.co.uk or visit there website at www.fromevalleymorris.co.uk



The Bourne River Morris Men, a dance side that also perform the Cotswold style, will be holding dance rehearsal at The Moose International Hall, 16 Wycliffe Road, Winton, Bournemouth BH9 1JP.  They practise every Thursday (starting from tomorrow 22nd September), at 8.15pm. They can only accept male dancers but musicians of any gender are most welcome to the join

If you’re in the Bournemouth or Poole area, and are interested in trying Morris dancing then contact Geoff by emailing brm-gbk@knapmang.demon.co.uk or see their website www.bournerivermorris.org.uk.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Events: Christmas Customs and Folklore

On Saturday 19th November 2011, Sue Herman will be teaching a course on 'Christmas Customs and Folklore' at the at Trouville Hotel, Bournemouth.  Folklore, customs and superstitions are woven deep into the the mists of time and have greater meaning than we often perceive.  To understand them we will need to consider how our ancestors lived.

The fee for this adult course costs £22.50 and will be held at Trouville Hotel, 5-7 Priory Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5DH from 10.00am to 4.00pm.  This course is organised by the WEA, whose local branches of this organisation offer education in communities.

For more information contact the Bournmouth and Poole Branch on 01425 623464 or email Jo Stichbury at bournemouth@wea.org.uk.  Alternatively, enrolments for 'Christmas Customs and Folklore' Ref: C3522418 can be made online at www.wea.org.uk or Tel: 0845 458 2758

Monday, 12 September 2011

Events: Ancient Stones on Old Postcards. Folklore of Sacred Sites - A talk by Jerry Bird

Ancient Stones on Old Postcards
By Jerry Bird
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On Wednesday 14th September 2011 - 7.30pm at the Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Hall - The Menzies Room, Jerry Bird, musician, author and editor of 'Merry Meet Magazine' will present an illustrated talk on England's sacred ancient stones, the menhirs, circles and cromlechs that remain as monuments to a forgotten spirituality; caves, gorges, high rocks, crags and tors that have inspired folklore, poetry and literature for millennia.

The early twentieth century was the Golden Age of the picture postcard, when Edwardian stoneseekers travelled in their thousands by coach and horses or charabanc from the nearest railway station, thrilled to picnic at a place of ancient druidic sacrifice, or follow the trail of hide-clad Stone Age savages through underground passages and caverns. Jerry will explain how these early tourist attractions and their differing types of folklore were regarded at a time when a newly mobile population began to visit hitherto remote and obscure sites of antiquarian interest with an enthusiasm and romantic fervour that has since been matched only by the modern Pagan revival.

He will display original postcards and show us treasured images, from his unique collection, that date from a time when stories of druids, faeries, witches and giants were still commonly told to children around the fireside at home or to travellers in the snug of the local in.

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

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


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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, 11 September 2011

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

On the 15th September, 2011, Anonymous Morris a Border Morris side based in Poole. Invite new dancers and musicians (preferably around the 18-30 age range) to join them for their first practice session of the Autumn 2011 season. Practices continue every Thursday after this date.  
To come to a free morris taster session at Old Town First School, Green Rd, Poole from  7:30pm - 9:30pm

Musicians also welcome -  any acoustic instrument (as long as it can play in G or D), any level of experience.


Parking is free in the school playground behind the school (and we're within walking distance of Poole bus station), which is reached by going through the large metal gates. Enter the hall from the playground, you won't be able to get in the school front entrance.

For more details, contact Judith: 07759 784901 or 01202 693039  or email Judith@anonymousmorris.co.uk  or alternatively visit their website at www.anonymousmorris.co.uk for more information about the group and upcoming events.

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

On this day in 1685, 'The Bloody Assizes' were 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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Read More about Judge Jeffrey's www.darkdorset.co.uk/the_hanging_judge 

Monday, 5 September 2011

News Clipping: Heritage Open Days: Take a look at old Weymouth at nostalgic display

Heritage fans are invited to take a nostalgic trip through old Weymouth.  The centre of Weymouth may now be the crowded shopping areas of St Thomas Street and St Mary Street but it was once a thoroughfare on the other side of the harbour.Weymouth’s old High Street, where the Old Town Hall and the Boot Inn stand, will be brought to life in a fascinating display this weekend.

Read More: Source, Dorset Echo, Monday 5th September 2011

Events: Swanage Folk Festival - Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September 2011

Down on the Dorset coast, the friendly Folk Festival just keeps growing.

Now an established fixture on the calendar, the second weekend after the August Bank Holiday Monday, they continue to provide entertainment and fun, for all, much of it free! But please make donations in their collecting buckets as increasing costs make staying afloat even harder than before.

A perfect place to relax and spend the last of the summer days taking part in the various workshops.

The festival is self funding and is reliant on ticket sales and donations. Please bear this in mind if you come and enjoy the festival, please show your appreciation by making a donation. This will ensure we can keep the festival going for your future pleasure.The festival is organised and run by a small committee of volunteers who give their time freely.

Concerts and events are held at a variety of venues in the town centre.  Saturday night is the showpiece concert.

For those with the energy to dance Saturday night away, the Sandpit Field Marquee will throb to the music of a ceilidh band with Gordon Potts as the caller.

Those wishing to perform themselves have opportunities at the White Horse Festival Folk Club at 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.

For full weekend ticket holders there is also have a late night session (after midnight) on Friday and Saturday with the festival artistes at the Red Lion. Come and meet some of the stars and join them jamming the night away. There is a late night mini menu on offer, with the bar open until 4 am!.

There will also be a colourful craft fair and events tent on Sandpit Field featuring a range of free to listen to bands over the Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Please feel free to donate money as these bands are paid for by the committee.

A grand dance procession through the town will take place on the Saturday afternoon at 3.30 pm and Sunday morning will see the popular folk service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am.

There will be a very wide range of dancing and music workshops over the weekend and there will be a programme of activities and events for the children.  They will be able to learn circus skills or just watch the fun or become a prop in an impromptu play.

For more information website: Swanage Folk Festival 2011
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