Wednesday, February 7

Dorchester and District Gardening Club are welcoming Dave Aplin to their monthly meeting to give a talk on ‘My journey from the (former) Dorchester Horticultural Society to Middle East Botanist’. 

Dave first exhibited at the Dorchester Horticultural Society at the age of ten. He was a member of the committee at 14, leaving school before his 16th birthday. Initially an apprentice gardener at Herrison Hospital and Dorchester Town Council, he went on the gain several horticultural qualifications and was selected as Harry Dodson’s assistant in the televised Victorian Flower Garden series.

He later achieved a first class degree in botany at the University of London, followed by a PhD. As a botanist Dave has worked in Belgium, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Belize and Zanzibar. 

This talk is a motivational journey full of anecdotes from Guatemalan bandits to falling off a tropical island – all for the love of plants!

The club meets at St George’s Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB, doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Free entry for members, visitors £4 on the door. There is also a bring and buy stall and a draw, with tea/coffee and biscuits available afterwards. Everyone welcome. Contact Jane, secretary on 01305 268523 or dorchestergardening@gmail.com


Festus Derriman Morris Side hold their winter pratices each Wednesday, September to May at Upwey Village Old School Hall DT3 5QE at 7.30pm. May to August they dance out at a variety of locations.

They are always open to new members. No previous experience necessary. 

Email Ian or Sue at fd.upwey.morris@hotmail.com 

for further info.


Wyke Regis Horticultural Society will be hosting an evening talk by Andrew Cowling, herbalist, at 7pm in the Club House, Rylands Lane, DT4 9PY.  

Ticket £7.50 includes soup and dessert. Non-members welcome.


Dorchester Film Society is celebrating its 65th year this year and to mark the occasion award-winning director Margy Kinmonth will be at a screening of her documentary Eric Ravilious – Drawn to War with an introduction and Q&A in the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm. The film is the true story of the under-valued British artist who acted as an official war artist in WWII.

Full details of the programme and how to join the society are at dorchesterfilmsociety.org.uk

Admissions are for members and guests only – tickets cannot be bought at the door.

Cllr Dr Kelvin Clayton of the West Dorset Green Party will speak at the first of a series of Leigh Talks! events. 

Do you have concerns about climate change, water pollution, plastic waste, biodiversity? What actions are proposed by the different political parties and what are the implications? 

Who would you vote for, to make sure the of best progress on these issues?

Leigh Climate Group have invited the Green, Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative parties to a new series of talks at 7.45pm at Leigh Village Hall DT9 6HL (doors open 7.30pm). The second event is on Wednesday, February 21 at 7.45pm when Edward Morello of the West Dorset Liberal Democrat Party will speak. Entrance £2. Bar.

Thursday, February 8

Dorchester’s Bayeux Society will enjoy an illustrated talk by Nick Lugg entitled Working in France at Bayeux Court DT1 1AS, 7.30pm. Members £4 cash, Non-members £5 cash on the door

Please see dorchester-ayeuxsociety.yolasite.com for full programme and information about joining.


West Dorset Ramblers Group are doing an 8.5-mile circular walk via Sydling Farm and Bushes barn. For more information and booking call 07826 150114.

Saturday, February 10

Sherborne Library is hosting a Chinese New Year Library Gets Lively session from 2pm-2.30pm, with stories and crafts for ages 2-5.


Wyke Regis Horticultural Society is holding a seed swap at the Trading Post, Rylands Lane, DT4 9PY from 9.30am-12.30pm. All welcome.



Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club host an eight mile walk from Beaminster. 

For further information call 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members and visitors are welcome.

Sunday, February 11

St Peter’s Church in Dorchester will hold a Choral Eucharist at 10.30am, with music by Tallis, Michael Haydn and Durufle. Free admission.

Monday, February 12

Ros Dean and Judy Luffman will be talking to the members of Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild after a short business meeting at 2pm in Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury, DT1 3DF.

Ros founded the Repair Café in Weymouth in 2019. It is run by 50 volunteers with 30 present at each event, of which 15 of these are repairers who fix items as the visitor watches, saving them from the tip. Ros was an engineer/ programmer and has worked on satellites for the European Space Agency.

Visitors very welcome (£3). Enquiries 01305 832857.

Tuesday, February 13

Southill Gardening Club (formerly Radipole and Southill Horticultural Society) meet at Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm.

The chairman of the Friends of Weymouth Museum Graham Perry will speak on The Parks and Gardens of Melcome Regis, and will cover the history of the development of the parks and gardens from about 1800, covering the area from Alexandra Gardens to Lodmoor.  The event is open to members and non-members (£4), and refreshments are included.  Information from Nigel Smith on 01305 788939.


If you love Weymouth, then a brand-new event called Love Your Weymouth Festival is for you! 

Weymouth Town Council is holding this new event to bring people together to look at what can be done to tackle the effects of climate change in the town.   

From 10am-2pm in the Council Chambers, The New Town Hall, Commercial Road people can go along and enjoy creating your own smoothie on the smoothie bike, face painting, and making pledges on the pledge tree to help the local environment.  

There will also be tips and talks from Repair Café, Biodiversity, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Greenpeace and Ants On A Rock who will be talking about invertebrates and how to look after them in our gardens and open spaces. 

Wednesday February 14

West Dorset Ramblers Group will do a six-mile circular walk discovering Bridport’s river banks. For info and booking call 07798 732252.

Thursday, February 15

Bridport and District Gardening Club will hear from Brian Pettit at 7.30pm at the WI Building on North St. He lives in Dorset and works closely with wildlife reservations and zoos in the UK and globally. He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise about wildlife large and small and how best to photograph them. Brian will be providing a talk on the wildlife of Dorset. 

Non members welcome at £2.


Get ready to raise a glass and a smile at a four-day festival celebrating craft beers, good food and Dorchester’s folksy heritage. Discover Dorchester has announced the full line-up for the Brew Dorch 2024 – Festival of Drinks, running from February 15 to 18, mainly in Brewery Square.

The festival begins with Tarquins’ gin tasting masterclass at Hub Box at 6pm. Tickets £20. This will be followed by Furleigh’s wine tasting dinner at The King’s Arms at 7pm. Tickets £60. DiscoverDorchester.co.uk


Mythical, Magical Crafts for children aged 3+ will be laid on at Sherborne Library from 10.30-11.30am.

Sherborne Historical Society presents Barry Brock – Prison for the Poor. Gainsborough House, Dorset’s old bridewell at Digby Hall, Hound Street at 8pm. The fascinating history of the building in South Street, which was part of a monastery before becoming a bridewell, then a brewery, a newspaper office, a school boarding house and others. Members free, visitors £5. Visit sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk


Preparations for D Day: Decimalisation is a talk by Sandra Brown at Bridport WI Hall at 2.30pm, in support of Bridport Millennium Green. £5/£4 members inc tea and biscuits. Raffle. Details from Sandra, 01308 423078.

Friday, February 16

Crystal Ship and The Originals will be playing at The Centenary Club Jubilee Road, Weymouth.  Live music, cheap bar and plenty of (free) parking – what more could you want? Phil: 01935 814199 pb@classicmedia.co.uk


Join in Tots Time at St Mary’s Church in Burton Bradstock every Friday during term time from 2pm to 3pm.

For toddlers up to school age children, the sessions include singing and dancing, fun activities and Bible stories, with drinks and snacks available for children and adults.


Brew Dorch continues, with wild cocktails with John Wright at Tom Brown’s from 6pm. At 6.30pm there will be a DJ and cocktails at The King’s Arms. Top the evening off with a beer and the band Masau’u at Tom Brown’s at 9pm. Entry is free for all February 16 events. DiscoverDorchester.co.uk

Saturday, February 17

St Peter’s Church, Dorchester is holding a lunchtime concert of music for organ performed by Sam Hanson from12.30-1pm. Admission free.


There’s a coffee morning at All Saints church, Wyke Regis. 10am to midday. All are welcome to join us for coffee, tea, cakes, Fairtrade, books, music and, of course, chat.


Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Beaminster. Call 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.


Swanage Railway is holding a community weekend today and tomorrow, with discounts for DT and BH postcode residents. There will be an 08 driver experience, footplate visits, signalbox visits and tours, guard’s experience, crane demos and more. Swanagerailway.co.uk


Sherborne Book Fair will be held 9.30am-4pm at Digby Memorial Hall (DT9 3NL). Secondhand books, maps and printed ephemera.


Brew Dorch continues, with a chance to explore the history of Brewery Square on a free tour of the brewhouse and kitchen with Jeremy Pope beginning at 11am. Join in a pots ‘n pints workshop and make your own drinking tankard at Tom Browns at noon. £37.54 per person.

There will be a beer-themed ‘Olympics’ at Brewery Square at 2pm. £8 per person. 

At 3pm you can knit a cosy for your new tankard at a crafting session at The King’s Arms. £15 per person. 

Join a brew walk with Joy Wallis at the Town Pump at 6pm. £10 per person. 

At 9pm Masau’u will perform again at Tom Brown’s at 9pm. Entry is free.


Sunday, February 18

The final day of the Brew Dorch festival will begin with a guided walk exploring the town’s folk routes with Alastair Simpson, beginning at the Town Pump at 2pm on February 18. Tickets £10.

Enjoy a folk show at Tom Brown’s at 4pm followed by a traditional Mummers play at Brewery Square at 5pm. 

There will be an Eldridge Pope workers’ reunion at Hub Box from 6pm. Rounding out the festival will be a beer themed folk night at the Convivial Rabbit from 7.30pm. 



St Martin’s Church in Shipton Gorge is holding a pet service at 3pm. Bring along your pets, or a toy pet friend!

Monday, February 19

West Dorset Ramblers Group will do a seven-mile walk around Weymouth in winter. For more information and booking call 07974 756107.

Tuesday, February 20

A talk plus discussion by Giles Bristow, CEO of Surfers Against Sewage called Motion For The Ocean will be held in the Pine Hall, Baptist Church, top of Broad Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 2NY at 7pm. Free event. Refreshments available. All welcome.

Giles will discuss what we can do to ensure the coming General Election creates a sea-change in how we treat our rivers and seas.

Giles has also been an environmental lawyer and activist and is passionate about the oceans and very worried about Plastic & Sewage Pollution in our rivers and seas. Water quality is likely to be a top three election issue he feels. Giles will give a talk on ocean restoration, plastic pollution and climate change followed by a discussion on the state of our rivers and coastal waters and what can be done about it.



Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Cerne Abbas. Call 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.


Wednesday, February 21

Famous Sites in World Archaeology is a six-week course starting in Bridport in February.

Archaeologist Chris Tripp will take you on a journey around the world investigating some of the most astounding archaeological sites ever discovered, covering all the periods of human pre-history and into the early modern era.  

What was The Man in the Ice doing walking in the Alps over 5,000 years ago? What was the Amesbury Archer from Switzerland doing in Britain at the time of Stonehenge? What are the stories of the ordinary sailors who died on the Mary Rose?  

The course will be held on Wednesdays from February 21, 2pm-3.45pm at The United Church, Bridport DT6 3LT. £48 for all six lectures.

tripp.chris60@gmail.com or call 07513 006432.


Edward Morello of the West Dorset Liberal Democrat Party will speak at the second of a series of Leigh Talks! events. 

Do you have concerns about climate change, water pollution, plastic waste, biodiversity? What actions are proposed by the different political parties and what are the implications? 

Who would you vote for, to make sure the of best progress on these issues?

Leigh Climate Group have invited the Green, Lib Dem, Labour and Conservative parties to a new series of talks at 7.45pm at Leigh Village Hall DT9 6HL (doors open 7.30pm). 

Entrance £2. Bar available.

Thursday, February 22

The South Dorset RSPB Group are giving a talk in the Quiet Space, Poundbury DT1 3SE at 7.30pm. Doors open 7-15 . The speaker is Peter Holden and his talk is Birds without Borders. Admission members £3, visitors £4, to include coffee and biscuits.

West Dorset Ramblers Group will do a seven-mile walk around Abbotsbury and surrounding area. For more information and booking call 07952 517764.


A Murder Mystery Dinner: Death by Chocolate presented by The Acting Caledonians will be held at All Saints Church, Wyke Regis. Can you identify the murderer, their motive and how they did it? Entrance £10, by pre-booked ticket only. Buffet meal provided (bring your own soft / alcoholic drinks). Team/table size 6 people. Individual ticket holders welcome – teams will be finalised on the night. Contact Jeff Thomas on 07710 096174 to reserve.

Saturday, February 24

The Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society is holding a coffee morning 10am to noon. Membership renewals and sale of tuber and bucket for the summer show potato competition (£3).  All welcome. Free entry. Uplyme Village Hall DT7 3UY. 

St Nicholas Church in Broadwey (DT3 5DN) is holding another of its ever-popular charity quiz nights at 6.30pm in aid of the church and the National Coastwatch Institution, Portland Bill. It’s £15 to include a ploughman’s. Prizes, raffle, cash bar. No mobiles allowed! If you can’t make a ‘team’ in numbers, but would still like to take part, email sisanamalik@yahoo.com 


A Choral Evensong for Lent, with music by Purcell, Seal, Buxtehude, Amy Beach and Howells will be held at 4.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Dorchester. Admission free.


Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6.5 mile walk from Broadwindsor. Call 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/ visitors welcome.


Beaminster Museum is holding a paperback book sale from 9.30am-12.30pm (DT8 3NB). You can donate books to the sale on Friday mornings or call 01308 863912 to arrange collection.


The RAFA is holding a quiz night at 7pm at Bridport & District Social Club in North Street.

Teams of four, great prizes, cash bar and raffle. Book now with Knocker (Mike) White on 07821 167278.

Sunday, February 25

Blair Dunlop, celebrated award-winning folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, will perform at Charlton Horethorne Village Hall (DT9 4FY) at 7.30pm.

Blair has toured extensively both in Australia and Europe and has also appeared at many large festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Port Fairy and Woodford. Tickets £12 from Jenny 01935 814199 jb@classicmedia.co.uk 

Tuesday, February 27

Bridport U3A’s February talk will be the talented marine photographer and Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador Steve Belasco.

His talk, A Cruise Along the Jurassic Coast will start at 2pm at Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, DT6 3LJ. He combines his two interests by documenting the World Heritage Site from wave level. He will sail us from Poole to Exmouth with photos of our stunning 95-mile Jurassic coast. The talk will last for about an hour, followed by a Q&A then refreshments. Members free, visitors £3.


West Dorset Ramblers Group will do an eight-mile walk around Beaminster and Stoke Abbott. For more information and booking call 07587 098079.

Wednesday, February 28

The Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society hosts a talk on The Hedgehog Predicament by Colin Varndell at Uplyme Village Hall DT7 3UY. Members free, non-members £3. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, talk starts 7.30pm. ulrhs.wordpress.com


Sherborne Science Café presents acclaimed explorer John Blashford-Snell on The Quest For The Pandora at 7.30pm at Digby Memorial Hall (DT9 3NL). £3 entry on the door, no membership required. Sherbornesciencecafe.com

Friday, March 1

West Dorset Ramblers Group will do an eight-mile circular hilly walk via Symondsbury, Colmer Hill, Chideok & Thorncombe Beacon. For more information and booking call 07902 988549.

Saturday, March 2

Do you already love singing? Would you like to experience singing with a big choir? Do you wonder if you’re a singer but you’re not sure? Bridport’s West Dorset Singers invite you to Come-&-Sing selections from Mozart’s Requiem with them in St Swithun’s Church, Bridport. Scores for those who don’t have their own and training aids for anyone who wants help. Registration starts at 1pm and practice starts at 1.30pm under Matt Kingston, the WDS Music Director. Established singers will enjoy his encouragement and insights while beginners will appreciate the support of their experienced companions. Entry £10.

An informal performance, also in the church starts at 5.30pm and everyone is welcome. Entry is free, with a voluntary retiring collection.

For more information, visit westdorsetsingers.org or email secretary@westdorsetsingers.org 


Celebrate St David’s Day with a traditional Welsh dinner, music by Ed Hintze and his singers at 6pm at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, Upwey DT3 5NG.

There will be prizes, a raffle and folk tales, plus friendship and entertainment all round. 

Tickets are £12.50 from Maureen Carter, 01305 812723. Bring your drinks.


A Community Café and Table Top Sale will be held at Crossways Youth and Community Centre, Old Farm Way, Crossways, Dorchester, DT2 8TU 9am to noon– Free pitches but please book: cycc@mail.com  

Sunday, March 3

Friends of Lyme Regis Museum are holding a talk: When the Yanks came to Lyme by Ken Gollop, who will tell the story of the US troops in Lyme training for D-Day. The event is taking place in Woodmead Hall at 2.30pm.

Tuesday, March 5

Dorchester Civic Society talk: The Dorford Centre, Top o’ Town, 7.30pm.

Ben Murphy, estates director at the Duchy of Cornwall, will speak about Building a Sustainable New Community at Nansledan (Cornwall).

Free for DCS members. Non-members are encouraged to make a donation of £3.



Dorchester’s Bayeux Society will enjoy a French film night with Monsieur Lazhar, in French with English subtitles at Dorchester Corn Exchange. Doors/bar open 6.45pm for 7.30 screening

£6 cash on the door. Open to non-members.


Blackmore Vale U3A will be at Henstridge Village Hall (BA8 0QB) to hear a fascinating talk by a criminal lawyer. Julia Holman, who spent several years working on the parole board, will give some insight in how the parole board works, the volume of paperwork required and an understanding as to how difficult decisions about whether to allow parole are made. The talk includes some real examples of cases Julia was involved with and she will involve us in the difficult decision-making process.

Doors open for refreshments 2.15pm arrive before the AGM 2.45pm, Speaker 3pm.

Wednesday, March 6

The March meeting of the Dorchester and District Gardening Club features a slideshow with commentary by local photographer Steve Belasco: A cruise along the Jurassic Coast.

The club meets at St George’s Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB, doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Free entry for members, visitors £4 on the door (no need to book). There is also a bring and buy stall and a draw. Everyone welcome. Contact: Jane, Secretary 01305 268523 or dorchestergardening@gmail.com

Thursday March 7

West Dorset Ramblers Group will do an eight-mile circular walk via Briantspuddle War Memorial, Pallington Clump, and Athelhampton. For more information and booking call 07826 150114.

Saturday, March 9

Vox Serenata vocal quartet will be performing at St Nicholas’ Church, Broadwey, 3pm-5pm (doors 2.30pm). Funds to go to the church repair fund and Myeloma UK. Adults £10, children £4, under-fives free. Refreshments and cakes.

susanamalik@yahoo.com 07944 617553.


Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Osmington. Call 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/ visitors welcome.

Sunday, March 10 

2024 is the 200th anniversary of the RNLI and Sherborne Branch will be organising a Service of Thanksgiving in Sherborne Abbey at 6pm. All welcome.