Calendar

Nov
16
Sat
xmas shopping at Dorchester Abbey Museum @ Dorchester Abbey Museum
Nov 16 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 17 @ 5:00 pm
xmas shopping at Dorchester Abbey Museum @ Dorchester Abbey Museum

Come to the museum gift shop and buy your xmas presents early, with mulled wine and mince pies.

Nov
20
Wed
D.A.D.S. Treasure Island @ Dorchester Village Hall
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm

Treasure Island by Ben Crocker

20 – 23 November 2019

Dorchester Village Hall

  • Wednesday 7pm £8 (under 12s £6)
  • Thursday 7pm £10 (under 12s £8)
  • Friday 7pm £10 (under 12s £8)
  • Saturday 4.30pm £10 (under 12s £8)

Tickets from

www.dads.org.uk

Culham and District Horticultural Club – Dr Chris Thorogood – Mediterranean Plants @ Abbey Guest House
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Dr Chris Thorogood  - Mediterranean Plants @ 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.

Chris is a plant biologist who is the Deputy Director and Head of Science & Public Engagement at Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.
In 2016 Chris published a Field Guide to the wild flowers of the Western Mediterranean where he has travelled extensively including teaching field botany to undergraduates in the Algarve.
Chris says” The Mediterranean Basin has one of the world’s richest floras. Indeed, up to 10% of all vascular plants occur in the Mediterranean Basin, which represents just 1.6% of the Earth’s surface. This large area has a complex and varied geology and topography but is united by its typically Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
In 2018 Chris also published Weird Plants which features weird, wonky and wonderful plants seen on his travels and illustrated with his own oil paintings.

Nov
21
Thu
D.A.D.S. Treasure Island @ Dorchester Village Hall
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm

Treasure Island by Ben Crocker

20 – 23 November 2019

Dorchester Village Hall

  • Wednesday 7pm £8 (under 12s £6)
  • Thursday 7pm £10 (under 12s £8)
  • Friday 7pm £10 (under 12s £8)
  • Saturday 4.30pm £10 (under 12s £8)

Tickets from

www.dads.org.uk

Nov
22
Fri
D.A.D.S. Treasure Island @ Dorchester Village Hall
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm

Treasure Island by Ben Crocker

20 – 23 November 2019

Dorchester Village Hall

  • Wednesday 7pm £8 (under 12s £6)
  • Thursday 7pm £10 (under 12s £8)
  • Friday 7pm £10 (under 12s £8)
  • Saturday 4.30pm £10 (under 12s £8)

Tickets from

www.dads.org.uk

Nov
23
Sat
D.A.D.S. Treasure Island @ Dorchester Village Hall
Nov 23 @ 4:30 pm

Treasure Island by Ben Crocker

20 – 23 November 2019

Dorchester Village Hall

  • Wednesday 7pm £8 (under 12s £6)
  • Thursday 7pm £10 (under 12s £8)
  • Friday 7pm £10 (under 12s £8)
  • Saturday 4.30pm £10 (under 12s £8)

Tickets from

www.dads.org.uk

Nov
27
Wed
Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm

Tim Healey on: ‘A 17th Century Christmas’

The talk presents a vibrant portrait of Christmas in a turbulent age, describing Lords of Misrule, Twelfth Night revels, wassails, Boar’s Head feasts, frost fairs on the frozen Thames – and the Puritan ban on Christmas itself.

[caption id="attachment_4778" align="alignnone" width="522"] Bring in the Boar’s Head [Illustrated London News][/caption]
A freelance writer and broadcaster, Tim Healey has presented many programmes on BBC 3 and BBC 4. He is also director of the 17th-century costume band, the Oxford Waits. In researching material for the band’s Christmas shows he acquired a lasting fascination with the subject.

Looking forward:

22nd January 2020: short AGM and talk by David Miles on ‘The Land of the White Horse’.

Please do attend the AGM, as it is an opportunity for feedback and sharing ideas about future talks, research and outings, and for you to stand for the Committee.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.

Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

Dec
13
Fri
Quiz Night (in aid of Dorchester Pre-school) @ Dorchester village hall
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm
Quiz Night (in aid of Dorchester Pre-school) @ Dorchester village hall

Quiz night – teams of 8

Tickets £10 each to include deli board supper and cake selection.

Friday December 13th 7.30pm village hall

Tickets available from Lily’s and the co-op or email melissadenning@hotmail.com to book your team table.

Don’t have a team?

Don’t let that stop you joining the fun, we can create an ad hoc one!

All welcome

Question? To melissadenning@hotmail.com

In aid of dorchester pre-school

Dec
15
Sun
Christmas Decoration Workshop @ Dorchester-on-Thames Village Hall
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come and join me at my workshop to make a gorgeous, fresh, Christmas Door Wreath OR an Encrusted candlestick. Your wreath can adorn your door , sit upon a mantle or hang on the wall, the encrusted candlestick can take pride of place on your dining table or sit in an entrance hall, both are lovely. They will be made from Pine, Dogwood, Cupressus, Nuts,Cones,Berries,Mosses etc. ( the candlestick comes complete with pillar candle). You do not need any previous experience at all in flowers and everything will be provided, even a refreshment and a cheeky mince pie. A relaxed and fun class. (the photos are a guide, if you would like to check out my credentials please go to www.blossomwithlaura.com .Come and get in that ‘Christmas spirit’ .

Please email me on lleeflowers@icloud.com to book a place, leaving your name, email and telephone number and let me know whether you would like to make the wreath or candlestick and I will be in touch to take payment.

Jan
22
Wed
Historical Society: The Land of the White Horse
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society: The Land of the White Horse

David Miles will talk on: ‘The Land of the White Horse’

Who made the White Horse, when and why? And how has Britain’s oldest piece of land art survived for millennia – through dramatic changes to the land, to language and religion? DM will examine the changing meanings of the Horse and the attitude of antiquarians, local people, writers and artists to this marvellous image and the landscape around it.

David Miles was the Director of Oxford Archaeology and the Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage. Since his retirement he has concentrated on writing: The Tribes of Britain, The Tale of the Axe and recently The Land of the White Horse. He now lives in Kent and the south of France.

The meeting will be preceded by a short AGM – an opportunity for feedback and sharing ideas about future talks, research and outings, and for you to stand for the Committee. We shall also collect members’ subscriptions before the meeting, so do, please, come in good time.

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

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