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Feb
27
Wed
Historical Society : Four Generations at Fair Mile @ Dorchester Village Hall
Feb 27 @ 7:30 pm

Ian Wheeler will talk about: Four Generations at Fair Mile (The Fair Mile Hospital, Cholsey)

The word asylum tends to send shivers up the spine: the mental care institutions set up by the Victorians have long been regarded as repressive places of confinement and untold horrors. In fact, while mental illness has never been a straightforward subject, the county asylums represented a good deal both for patients and the society that created them. In this extensively illustrated talk, Ian Wheeler blows away some of the cobwebs of misinformation and rumour; he examines why the asylums came to be and how they worked, as seen by nine members of his family who worked at Fair Mile Hospital, in Cholsey, over a period of more than 100 years.
Ian Wheeler’s first home was, in fact, Fair Mile Hospital. His family connections led to an extensive collection of photographs and anecdotes about the place, and eventually to his book Fair Mile Hospital: a Victorian Asylum (History Press, 2015). Now retired from a managerial career, Ian remains involved in village activities and local history projects. In his leisure time, he is a performing singer and musician, a Morris dancer and would be a railway modeller if there were ever enough time.

Looking forward, the talk on March 27th will be ‘Up the street: the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester’, by Margot Metcalfe and Denise Line

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

 

Mar
2
Sat
Dorchester Tennis Club: Quiz Night @ Dorchester village hall
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm
Dorchester Tennis Club: Quiz Night @ Dorchester village hall

Dorchester Tennis Club: Quiz Night

Saturday 2nd March  @7.30 pm

Dorchester village hall

Bar open 7 pm

Tickets £8 each – includes “Ploughman’s”

mandy.hipkins@btinternet.com

Mar
10
Sun
Cello day with Nick Roberts @ Dorchester Village Hall
Mar 10 all-day
Cello day with Nick Roberts @ Dorchester Village Hall

NICK ROBERTS is the cellist of the Coull Quartet, which has been the Quartet-in-residence at the University of Warwick since 1977 and which has performed and broadcast throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East. He studied with Joan Dickson and Amaryllis Fleming at the Royal College of Music and enjoyed a hugely varied career encompassing chamber music, chamber orchestras, contemporary music groups and recording for film and TV, before joining the Coull Quartet in 2000. He has recorded for the Black Box label with both the Bernard Roberts Piano Trio and the Feinstein Ensemble and now records for SOMM with the Coull Quartet.

The day will hold some ensemble playing, a masterclass (for 3 or 4 volunteers), technical exercises and a detailed Q&A session where Nick hopes to be able to cover all sorts of topics including how to get the most from practice and as many more thorny issues as requested! The atmosphere will be relaxed and informal

More info

Mar
20
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Jon Evans – Keith Wiley and Wildside Nursery Garden @ Abbey Guest House
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Jon Evans - Keith Wiley and Wildside Nursery Garden @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Wildside Nursery is a fabulous garden in Devon, landscaped in a very naturalistic manner.
Keith Wiley is one of the most inspirational garden designers in the country, championing a naturalistic style modelled in plant communities in the wild.
We visited it in 2012 when Keith Wiley showed us around.

Mar
27
Wed
Historical Society : the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester

Margot Metcalfe, Denise Line and Gail Thomas ‘Up the Street: the history of pubs, shops and businesses in Dorchester’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Apr
12
Fri
Wellness Day Exhibitors @ Dorchester Village Hall
Apr 12 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wellness Day Exhibitors @ Dorchester Village Hall

On April 12th 2019 there will be a free event in DOT village hall for cancer survivors, carers and those with similar long-term health problems (lymphoedema, skin problems,neuropathy, fatigue, osteoporosis, etc.)

There will be charities, companies, massage therapists talk from top dermatologist etc. and all are welcome.

Wellness Day will highlight services, charities, companies, therapists etc. who provide help for cancer survivors dealing with long-term side effects from treatment. Skincare, how to get free sim cards, dealing with osteoporosis, lymphoedema, etc. keeping healthy, nutrition advice, talks on skincare, etc. Refeshments. Come and join in the fun, play the tombola and meet Helpline staff face-to-face.

 

 

 

https://aftercancers.com/wellness-day-exhibitors/

Apr
14
Sun
Bassoon day with Laurence Perkins @ Dorchester Village Hall
Apr 14 all-day
Bassoon day with Laurence Perkins @ Dorchester Village Hall

Laurence is bassoon tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and at York and Nottingham Universities. He has also been a regular bassoon and chamber music tutor at many summer schools and courses in the UK and overseas, including Aberystwyth, Malvern, Sherborne, Dartington, Alston Hall in Lancashire, Kammermusik in Oxford, and Cubertou in the south of France.

The format of the day will include ensemble playing, 20-minute individual master-classes for up to 6 players, and a detailed Q&A session where Laurence hopes to be able to cover all sorts of topics ranging from articulation to breath control, intonation to vibrato, how to get the most from practice and as many more thorny issues as requested! Laurence may also give a short recital.

More info

Apr
17
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Marina Christopher – Allergic to Annuals @ Abbey Guest House
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Marina Christopher - Allergic to Annuals @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Marina will describe the varied use of annuals, as fillers when creating a new border, as drifts to create cohesion in a planting, as specimens, green manures, pollinator caviar as well as bedding displays (only a passing mention on the latter!) and introducing unusual varieties for the discerning gardener. The talk will be illustrated with plant material and various sundries.
After a couple of reincarnations from Firecrest Nursery and Green Farm Plants, Marina finally emerged as Phoenix Perennial Plants in 2002. Phoenix is sited in a cold, wet frost pocket so plants have to be extremely hardy and tolerate winter wet. Phoenix earns medals vicariously by supplying some of the top garden designers with unusual plants for the Chelsea Flower Show and has won ‘Best in Show’ several times! Marina became an author in 2006 with her book ‘Late Summer Flowers’.

Apr
24
Wed
Historical Society : Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area

Tony Hadland ‘Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30 p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

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