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Harvest Supper will be in Spetisbury Village Hall on Saturday 22nd September at 7 for 7.30 pm. 

Tickets £7 available from Molly Edwards on 01258 488 815 or from the Woodpecker.  Bring your own drinks and glasses.  Entertainment by SORE (Spetisbury Occasional Radio Enthusiasts.) Proceeds to the Food Bank (gifts welcome, to go in the wheelbarrow.)

Harvest Festival Service is on Sunday 23rd September in St John's Church Spetisbury at 10am.

From September to April on every second and fourth Thursday come to the Village Hall to watch a film.  We try to ensure a mix of popular and less well-known films with the occasional foreign-language oeuvre also.   Bar at 7.30, film at 8.00.

For more information and a list of films that we will be showing, contact

    Lynne Nicholls 858964    Neil Houghton 857260

Begins 27th September with a blockbuster


Now is the time to become a Friend Of The Festival.  A donation of £20 will provide some start-up funds and will also entitle you and a guest to enjoy the forthcoming season of films.


SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER       11.30am - 4pm, Clapcott's Farm, Spetisbury 

* Come and watch the Apple Pressing

 Bring your own,washed, apples and clean containers for juice - 2kg apples produce roughly 1 litre juice

There will be some clean bottles(50p) and pasteurized juice( £2-2.50) available to buy

  The last pressing will be at about 3.30pm.

* There will be a cake and plant stall in aid of the church and Kathie Underwood is asking for cakes and plants for this

* Other stalls include Moira's Apple pancakes, woodwork, books, plants, food

*Marcia will be serving her light lunches and Sean running a Cider Bar

* There will be Live music from lunchtime, and a colouring activity and Hedgehog handling for the children

   contact Ann 01258 857336 for more details

A concert of music by the talented Norwegian composers, Kim Andre Arnesen and Ola Gjeilo will be held on Sunday 30th September, 7-8pm at St Mary's Church, Sturminster Marshall.  The concert is based around Arnesen's Magnificat and it is understood to be the first UK performance of this work. The programme celebrates Mary as the mother of Christ and looks forward to Christ's birth.

The concert will be performed by the soprano, Julie-Dawn Lloyd, the musicians of the Stour Chamber Orchestra and the Bridge Benefice Choir.  The well-known literary anthologist, Fiona Waters, will also read some carefully selected poems to reflect the emotions that Mary may have experienced at this momentous time. 

"The music is truly beautiful, approachable and meaningful," explains Sally Plowright Director of Music of the three parishes of the Bridge Benefice. "Everyone is welcome to attend and be part of a very special evening." 

Tickets are £7 (to include a glass of wine) and can be purchased in advance of the concert by calling 01258  857528 or at the door.  There will be drinks on arrival and further refreshments after the performance.

On the first Wednesday of each month (more or less) exercise your grey cells in the Woodpecker.  Sections on science, entertainment, geography, sport and general knowledge. 

Entry costs £2 per person, maximum of 6 to a team.  Funds go to Dorset Air Ambulance and there is wine for the winners.  8 pm start.

Knit n Knatter meets on the first Friday of each month at 10.30am at Marcia's Market - all abilities of knitting & nattering welcome - come & have a cuppa or a coffee & maybe a cake!

Sarah 07745 477 795

Saturday 6th October 10.30-4pm at 12 Priory Gardens, Spetisbury.

Please come for coffee, tea and cakes and support the lifeboats.

Kate Adie CBE DL, the well known author and broadcaster, will start the Mackrell Charity’s 2018/19 series of history talks on the theme of Powers, Dominions and Dynasties. Kate’s talk entitled, “Take me to your leader – a correspondent’s experience,” will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday 13th October at the Old School, Sturminster Marshall.  Before the talk, Kate Adie will announce this year’s winner of the Dee Butterfield Scholarship for Young People.

The lecture series continues with an exciting line up of speakers who will present as follows:

  • The History of Russia by Dr George Gilbert – Saturday 10th November 2018
  • Kipling’s India by Andrew Lycett – Saturday 26th January 2019
  • Iran – Land of Great Kings, Shahs and Ayatollahs by John Osbourne – Saturday 16th March 2019

All talks will be take place at 2.30pm in The Old School, Sturminster Marshall.

Tickets are £6 for each talk (to include tea and cake) and can be purchased in advance of the lecture by calling 01258  857528.  All proceeds will go to the Mackrell Charity.

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