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REGULAR EVENTS

 

GILLINGHAM COUNTRY MARKET
Every Friday from 8.30am-11am at the Methodist Church Hall (next to Lloyds Bank), High Street Gillingham.
Gillingham Country Market offers a truly local shopping experience and a warm welcome. We sell genuinely home-produced foods, plants and crafts. Buy direct from our local producers.It is a place to meet friends for coffee, home-made cakes and  biscuits.

SHAFTESBURY MARKETS
Open-air market, every Thursday, from 9am in the town centre
Farmers’ market, first Saturday of the month, Town Hall, 9am-1pm

COFFEE COMPANION HOURS, GILLINGHAM
Platform One, Station Road, Mondays, 2-3pm
The Phoenix Inn, High Street, Mondays 3-5pm
The Buffalo Inn, Wyke, Tuesdays – Thursdays, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
The Café @ RiversMeet, Wednesdays, 11am – noon
The Wine Bar, Queen Street, Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.30pm
Orchard Park Garden Centre Café, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-3pm
The Dolphin Inn, Peacemarsh, Fridays, 2pm-3pm
Royal Lodge, Gillingham, first Wednesday of each month, from 10.30am

GILLINGHAM FLOWER CLUB
First Tuesday of each month
Flower demonstration by a qualified demonstrator
Vicarage School Rooms (opp St Mary the Virgin church), 7.30pm
Visitors welcome. Contact Jan Preen on 01747 825 927

MINDFUL CAFE: SUPPORTING LOCAL PEOPLE WITH MEMORY PROBLEMS
Every other Tuesday, 10am – noon
This month: September 12 and September 26
St. Martin’s Grange, Gillingham, in the Circle Community Room
Admission and refreshments are free

GILLINGHAM LADIES PROBUS CLUB
The second Thursday of each month at the Royal British Legion Hall, Gillingham.
Meetings start at 10.30am with coffee available from 10am
At the next meeting, on November 9, the speaker will be Michael Giddings whowill speak about the Threshold Centre in Coles Lane, Gillingham.
Further information from Janet Dann (01747 822256) or Carola Foster (01747 825424

GILLINGHAM COMMUNITY CHOIR
Every Thursday at the Vicarage School Room, Queen Street.
7 – 9:15pm. £4 each, includes all refreshments. www.gillinghamchoir.com.
RHYME TIME
Come along to clap, tap, wiggle and jiggle together – fun for you and your baby
Gillingham Library, every Monday 10.15am – 10.45am

CODE CLUB

Fun and creative computer programming for children 9-11 years old
Gillingham Library, every Tuesday 4pm-5pm (term-time)

WRIGGLE, GIGGLE & RHYME! IT’S STORYTIME
Join in the stories and rhymes followed by a short craft session
Shaftesbury Library, every Saturday, 10.30am, for children one year and up. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

GILLINGHAM YOUTH CLUB
Every Wednesday, term time, 7pm-9pm for Year 8 upwards
Every Thursday, term time, 6.30pm-8.30pm for Years 6& 7
Bones Youth Club, corner of Le Neubourg Way and Cemetery Road

CAR BOOT SALE
First Saturday of every month
The Mellowes, 9.30am – 12.30pm

QUIZ NIGHT
Every Thursday, 7.30pm
Dolphin Inn

 

NOVEMBER 3

** Gillingham Action for Nature Group (GANG) Grand Supper Quiz
Teams of six; 7.30pm start (doors open at 7pm)
At the Olive Bowl. Tickets cost £10 including lasagne supper. Quiz Master Bob Messer
Bar, raffle, small prizes
Tickets from Scenes or from Sheila, tel 01747 821 269

NOVEMBER 7

** My Family & Other Smugglers by Roger Guttridge
Gold Hill Museum, 2.30pm
A direct descendant of one of the country’s most notorious smugglers on family legends and smuggling.
Tickets are £3

** Mere Historical Society talk: Peace without victory; could the Great War have been ended in 1917? By Peter Landymore
The Grove Building, Mere, 7.30pm
£3 entry for non-members who are very welcome

NOVEMBER 8

** Mere Gardening Club talk:  House Plants for Christmas by Tony Das of Castle Gardens
The Grove Building, Mere, 7.30pm
£2 entry for visitors who are very welcome.

NOVEMBER 11

** David Gordon Jazz Trio
St James Church, Shaftesbury. Doors open 6pm, starts 7pm.
With world-wide fans and sold out London concerts and collaborations with the London Chamber Orchestra, a trio worth hearing!
Tickets, £10 from the Tourist info office in Bell Street, Shaftesbury, or telephone 01747 853088 or book online at httpss://tinyurl.com/DGT-Jazz

** Duke of Edinburgh Frog Racing
Gillingham School, 6.45pm – 11pm
Individual tickets, £3 which include a glass of wine/soft drink; discouns for tables of 4-10 people
Tickets from Tony Baverstock; tel 07824888377; email dofegilltony@gmail.com
NOVEMBER 14

** Mere Historical Society talk: Paul Maze, a Frenchman in khaki; the last impressionist by Philip Schofield.
The Grove Building, 10.15am for 10.30am.
Suggested donation, including coffee, £3

NOVEMBER 15

** Tree talk: Shaftesbury’s Trees by Bernard Ede, Chartered Landscape Architect
Phoenix Room, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 6pm
Refreshments; free

** History talk: The Search for the Durotriges
Gillingham Local History Society’s illustrated talk by Martin Papworth
Gillingham Methodist Church, High Street, 7.30pm.
Members free.  Visitors welcome; £3 donations requested.
In support of Gillingham Museum.

 

NOVEMBER 17

** Annual Race Night organised by Gillingham Rotary
The Olive Bowl; The Hobby Horse 1st Race 7.30pm prompt
Tickets £10.00 including Fish and Chip Supper.
Entry by ticket only. Tickets  available from  Gillingham Town Council, The Olive Bowl  – www.theolivebowl.co.uk or 01747 824663. www.gillinghamrotary.co.uk

 

NOVEMBER 18

 

** Gillingham Town Twinning Association Dinner/Dance to celebrate 40 years of Twinning friendship between Gillingham and Le Neubourg
The Olive Bowl, 6.45pm. Tickets £30
Further details from Muriel Shean 01747 821604 or email muriel.cliff@hotmail.com

 

NOVEMBER 19

** Great Gillingham Bake Off!
Cake judging and eating
Vicarage School Room, 2pm – 4pm

** Three Counties Choir
St Michael’s Church, 4.30pm
Performing Fauré’s Requiem & other music for Rememberance
Tickets £10 including refreshments
Proceeds in aid of the Grenfell Tower Fund
Tel: Elisabeth 01747 863324 or Sandra on 01747 861 980

** My Life in Antiques by Matthew Lacey of Bonham Auctioneers
St John’s Church, Enmore Green, 2pm for 2.30pm.
Matthew will illustrate his talk with items brought by the audience; to assist the selection of items, email a brief description to jo.churchill@enmoregreen.co.uk
Tickets £6, and will include tea and cake. Available from the Shaftesbury Tourist Office in Bell Street

NOVEMBER 25

** Postcard exhibition and sale for Will Edkins
Original, signed postcard artworks for sale.
Holt, Water Street, Mere; 10am-4pm

** St James Church, Shaftesbury Christmas Fair
Town Hall, from 10am
Cakes, preserves, gifts, books, decorations, raffle and tombola.

** Advent Fair
Milton-on-Stour church, 10am-1pm
Handmade crafts, cakes, coffee and tea

** Gillingham Community Cinema
The Sense of an Ending starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling
Methodist Church Hall, 7pm
Tickets £5 adults; £1 children
Tel: 07817 379006, or email organ1234@btinternet.com

NOVEMBER 26

** Music & Memories afternoon tea concert
Organised by Gillingham Dementia Friends
3.30pm-5.30pm, The Olive Bowl, Gillingham
Tickets cost £5 and include tea and cake
Available at Gillingham Town Hall


DECEMBER 1

** Gillingham Christmas Parade and Lights
High Street, Gillingham
The Anonymous Travelling Market on the Town Meadow from 2pm plus Coles Fun Fair.
Lighting Parade at 6.30pm followed by the switching on of the lights.

DECEMBER 2

** Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry Victoriana Fayre
Gillingham High Street, 10-4pm.
Food, music, shopping, Gillingham Community Choir and an old fairground organ on Town Meadow

** Wyke Primary School Christmas Bazaar
Wyke Primary School, 11am-1pm
Local craft stalls, make & take, lucky dip, cakes, choir, raffles, tombola, face painting, toys & games and Santa’s Grotto. Entrance is 50p per person, primary school children and youger are free. To book a craft stall, call 01747 825665.

** Fabulous Duets
Milton-on-Stour church, 7.30pm
Concert by local singers. Tickets £10 in advance. Tel Karen on 01747 822263 or Sue on 01747 840 333

 

DECEMBER 4

Shaftesbury Christmas Spectacular & late night shopping,
Town band, mass choir of 200 singers, light switch-on at about 6.10pm, Santa in his grotto, rides, street food, and more. From 6pm.

 

DECEMBER 5

A Talk for Advent: Cathedrals Worldwide
The Grove Building, Mere, 10.15am for 10.30am
Lavishly illustrated talk by Wing Commander Tony Davies, local historian & cruise ship lecturer.
Talk to raise funds for the urgent repairs of St Marys RC Church, Mere aka the Nissan Hut Church!
Retiring collection


DECEMBER 7

** Christmas Market, Mere
Over 20 stalls selling all sorts of food and drink plus lots of Christmas present ideas. Find Father Christmas in the Tower Grotto, the Mere Christmas Princess turns on the lights at 6pm and the Warminster Military Wives Choir will be singing carols. Town Square, 6-8pm. In aid of Mere Cancer Research

 

DECEMBER 10

** Dogwise fun open day and Christmas shopping
10am till 4pm at Dogwise, Mere
Bring your dog for a run around in a fully fenced dog park or try a taster session in agility, flyball, gundog, sentwork, fitpaws and rally O.
Also on offer is a free Christmas coffee/tea and mince pie while you Christmas shop.
Plus! Win fantastic doggie hampers valued between £15-£50. www.dogwisetraining.net

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