Richard Lennox Recital, Wincanton Methodist Church, Saturday October 1st

The multi-talented Somerset musician Richard Lennox will give a recital of piano and organ music at Wincanton Methodist Church on Saturday 1st October at 6.30 pm.

Richard Lennox is a highly regarded musician performing concerts throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. In the UK he has recently played as soloist at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, St David’s Hall Cardiff, Birmingham NEC, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Edinburgh Festival – and now Wincanton.

His unique talent includes the piano, organ, keyboards, double bass, composing and arranging.

In aid of brain tumour research in young people in memory of Alfie Morland, grandson of recital organiser Paddy Hughes.

Tickets £10 each

Paddy Hughes: 01963-370323 or Rita Hibberd: 01963-32039

BloggoVision Extra – See Richard Lennox rehearsing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” for a concert at theRoyal  Albert Hall.

Learn how to make award-winning cider Saturday 24 September 2- 5pm

Blackmore vale ciderAward-winning cider maker Alan Berry from Templecombe will be taking a cider-making workshop on Saturday 24  September. Alan is a regular at the local agricultural shows where he has beaten stiff competition to take some of the top prizes for cider-making.

Alan has turned his hobby into a successful business. His small brewery, Blackmore Vale Cider, was set up a few years ago.  He makes a range of traditional ciders including sweet, medium and dry, plus an apple juice, all of which are sold locally. All of his apples come from unsprayed orchards within few miles of Templecombe. One of the keys to his success is the careful selection of apples. They have to be fully ripe, so he never uses apples picked from the tree, instead waiting for them to fall to the ground.

Alan’s workshop takes place at Empire Farm, Templecombe, which is hosting the event, and at his own workshop in the village, where participants will see the whole process of cider making and the equipment involved. The cost is £30.00 per person.

Contacts: Sally Morgan, Empire Farm, Templecombe, Somerset BA80HR
01963 371 6812 /

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September 3rd -PawFest will rock ’em in Wincanton

PawFest, at  Somerset and Dorset Animal Rescue, based on Balsam Farm on the outskirts of Wincanton, on Saturday 3rd September will be a rock festival to remember. with the famous Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel. The lineup also includes Jim Penfold and the Hollywood Killers, Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, Felix Fables, Full Tilt and Theya Fowler.

There will also be a bar and food stands including Honeybuns’ cakes. Gates open 12 noon. Adults £16 in advance or £20 on the day. Children under 11 free. Tickets available from Totally Floored, Wincanton.

More information

Chicken course on September 3rd at Empire Farm, Templecombe

Sally Morgan will teach you about keeping a few chickens in your garden

A lot of topics are covered, including the different types of egg-laying chicken and where you can buy them, housing and runs – various options and the pros and cons of each, feeding your chickens, disease, worming, dealing with mites and lice, protecting your chickens from the fox, introducing new chickens, as well as handling chickens and clipping their wings.

The course lasts three hours, morning courses start at 10 am and finish about 1 pm, while afternoon courses start at 2 pm and finish at about 5 pm. Part of the session is spent outside looking at the chicken pens. Outdoor shoes or boots are advisable, with a change of footwear for inside the teaching room. Everybody gets to take away a set of notes and some fresh eggs. Children are welcome.

The price includes all tuition, course notes, light lunch and refreshments during the day. Adults are £30, and children under 15 years of age £12. A ticket for a family group of two adults and up to 3 children is £65.

Empire farm is an organic farm which specialises in education – butchery, smallholding, preserving including cider (Silas Silage please note), and gundog training. There a loads of different courses.

Also meat and livestock for sale.
Contact Sally Morgan 01963 371681

Some bank Holiday Suggestions

Milborne Port’s first annual Beer & Cider Festival at the Tippling Philosopher on bank holiday Sunday and Monday from 2pm. There will be 10 West Country Real Ales and two award-winning British Isles ales, five ciders from the South West, a barbecue provided by Asian Thai Catering and music from local blues band Riverside Blues as well as entertainment from local DJs and buskers. All the festival beers and ciders are £2.50 a pint.

Buckhorn Weston Cricket Club are at home to an armed forces side on Bank Holiday Sunday. Play starts at 11 am. There is a bar, cream teas, a junior match and a rare performance by the legendary “Red Barrows” – Formation Barrow flying at 4.15 pm. The mind boggles. Admission is free, but various activities will aim to raise money for Help the Heroes.


The Half Moon, Horsington, is hosting its usual Bank Holiday charity quiz on Sunday 28 August at 8. 30 pm. Teams of 3 or more, £1 per head. You know the rest.

Gartell Light Railway will be in steam on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. This marvelous local attraction provides a great day out, with its array of working  half size steam and diesel locomotives which haul passenger trains up and down the old S+D Railway. Common Lane, off the A 357 between Templecombe and Henstridge . Catering, bookshop and picnic area.


“Oliver” will wow them in Shaftesbury

Horsington’s Chris Bailward has jumped ship from HMS Pinafore to appear as Mr Bumble  in Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s production of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver, which opens on July 6th.

First staged in 1960, the original Oliver (based on Dickens’ Oliver Twist) ran for 2610 performances, and launched the careers of many young actors, including Tony Robinson of Baldrick and Time Team fame. It had to wait another 17 years for a revival, and is now a fashionable choice for many amateur performances.

The Shaftesbury summer shows are very accomplished and popular, and booking is advised.

Box Office
01747 854321  Or book on line

The Show runs from July 6 -9 and July 13-16 at 7.30 pm. There is a matinee performance on Saturday 16 July at

Shaftesbury Arts Centre is at 13 Bell Street. Use the Co-op car park.