Did you know that the District Council publish a Directory of regular Arts events happening in South Somerset? No?, nor did I until I was contacted by Emma Westerman who has been tasked with updating it. If you’re inclined towards dance, visual or performing arts, music or any other arty pastime you can think of, it may be a useful resource. Equally if you run any group that you think may benefit from the inclusion in future editions get in touch with Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another benefit of reading the Blog regularly is the list of links attached to the home page. These will give you instant access to all sorts of information, from local traffic conditions and bin collection times to local news and entertainment.
One of our favorite links is the Fine Times Recorder, run by Fanny Charles and Gay Pirie-Weir, formerly of the Blackmore Vale Magazine.
This provides a comprehensive list of everything that’s on in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire, together with honest and objective reviews. Well worth a regular read. Here’s a word from the Editors:
Click on the highlighted items to read the latest news, views, previews and reviews.
HAPPY New Year – it’s a bit belated, but we wanted to take a good look at the 2017 programmes around the region so that we had plenty to tell you about.
It is easy to get down-hearted about the political situation but we do have a lot of exciting news for you and perhaps the most important message is to get out and do something – support your local theatres and arts organisations, buy locally from independent shops and businesses, and be prepared to stand up for what you believe in.
So much of what we see in the media sounds like tantrum-prone toddlers. In this week’s Leader, we explain why we put much of this down to the infantilisation of culture. And we need to stand up against this Orwellian dumbing down.
There is a report on the brilliant Theatre Royal Bath Creative Fund – an unsubsidised theatre which makes money from tours and West End transfers of its productions and uses that money to support small local arts organisations.
If you are interested in new music, Mark Anthony Turnage is the lead composer for the BSO Composers Day.
The Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis last year staged a successful open-air community production, The Tempest at Lyme. This year there’s an even more exciting project – a community play about the Monmouth Rebellion.
In Eco-soundings, we have preliminary news about the proposed Stonehenge tunnel – taking the huge volume of traffic on the A303 underground and restoring the stones in their ancient ritual landscape. It’s controversial – of course it is, but this is an opportunity to get involved and have your say. Highways England wants to gather as many views as possible.
Bristol these days feels like the most exciting city in the country (OK, we are a long way from Hull) and one of its most inventive events is the Slapstick Festival, now in its 13th year. Read about this year’s films and speakers.
On the visual arts front, we have some exciting galleries and arts centres putting on world-class exhibitions. These range from the small and distinctive Sladers Yard gallery, cafe and showroom for furniture maker/designer Petter Southall at West Bay, and Kelly Ross’s Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm in Child Okeford, to Hauser & Wirth at Bruton and Messums Wiltshire in the 700 year old tithe barn at Tisbury.
Messums currently has a powerful sculpture exhibition, Deformations/Transformations, and Hauser & Wirth Somerset has a major Elisabeth Frink show opening on 19th January. Check out our Private View pages for more information.
Despite cut-backs and austerity, we have a thriving arts scene in this region, exciting developments in the local food economy and plenty to look forward. Get involved, take part – and enjoy!
We need to point out a couple of errors, which you, diligent reader, have surely seen and are guffawing at over your Sunday breakfast.
Susan Maltin’s Telephone number in the kittens post is 01963 371400.
Those who were there are well aware that we sang “Always look on the Bright Side of Life” after Paul’s funeral, and not the “right side of life”. We apologise to those who may have been offended by the unwitting plug for the Conservative Party.
Come and enjoy singing a veritable feast of music on 11th February. The Georgian Extravaganza will feature Israel in Egypt plus Handel’s Coronation Anthem No.2 – ‘The King Shall Rejoice’, an anthem by William Boyce – ‘O where shall wisdom be found’ and Thomas Linley Junior – ‘Let God Arise’.
You will thoroughly enjoy singing with lively Musical Director Peter Leech, who has such an enthusiastic approach and incredible knowledge of music.
Spectra Musica hope you will be able to join them in Sherborne.
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Two lovely new kittens will be available in a few weeks to a caring home. Owner Susan Maltin would prefer the two ginger pussies, believed to be male, to go to the same home as a pair. They are delightful.
At approx 10 am on Sunday 8 January a call was received on the village Emergency telephone system and our responder Kev Wigley responded to a person who had collapsed at Templecombe church. They took the defibrillator and arrived at the same time as the paramedics so in fact the defibrillator was not deployed.
It is reassuring to know the system works, and that all the team’s hard work and dedication ensured an efficient and professional attendance.
Paul’s funeral was on Tuesday 10th January. The church was packed for a very moving service given by Peter Hallett, with tributes and music from family and friends. Paul’s testimony was surely the large number of people who turned up to say farewell. The text of the tribute to Paul Mann is available here.
Afterwards in the Half Moon, his favourite pub, there was a toast to Paul and a heartfelt rendition of “Always look on the Bright side of life”.
Last week was not a good week for funerals. The village also said goodbye to Elfriede Scharf and Bob McCreery.