What’s on September
Sunday August 30th and Monday August 31st
Scarecrow trail, Compton Martin, 10am – 6pm. Programmes from the village hall.
Monday, August 31st
Batcombe’s Bank Holiday Bonanza, 2pm – 6pm in the playing field opposite the church. Stalls, dog show, bale tossing, children’s races etc. Details:01749 850372.
Wednesday September 2nd
Taste of Somerset St. Mary’s field in Hutton with barbecue on Wednesday evening and a medieval banquet on Thursday. Details: John Coote on 01934 811610 or John Cole on 01934 811424.
Saturday, September 5th
Thatchers open day, 11am – 3pm. Fun for all the family including tours of the orchards and cider mill, Morris dancers, face painting, barbecue and cider tasting. Entry free, with donations to Weston Hospice. Myrtle Farm, Sandford, North Somerset. Details: 01934 822862, or visit www.thatcherscider.co.uk
Chew Stoke Harvest Home, 9am all-day horse show; 1pm official opening by photographer Martin Parr; £2 (£2.50 on gate); numerous attractions, live music, sports, flower show, fancy dress, cider bar from noon; plus 8pm ceilidh and hot supper with Rapscallion £12.50; Sunday lunch 12.30pm, £10. Details 01275 332757 or at www.chewstokeharvesthome.org.uk Tickets/schedules from village shop.
Wrington Flower Show, 2.30 in the Memorial Hall. Schedules available in local shops including Amors. Includes photographic and wine-making competitions Details: Jim Swords 01934 862145.
Wednesday September 9th
Sugar and Spice evening at the Spice Lounge, 134, High Street, Street. In aid of St. Margaret’s Hospice. From 6pm, guests can enjoy a 4-course Indian meal for £10. £5 will be donated to St. Margaret’s. Guests encouraged to bring along one good quality item for sale in the neighbouring charity shop. Tickets available from St. Margaret’s fundraising office, 01935 709485 or the Spice Lounge, 01458 448408.
Friday September 11th and Saturday September 12th
Wessex Beer Festival, Old Down Inn, Emborough, from 5pm Friday and 11am to midnight on Saturday. Details www.wessexbeerfestival.co.uk. or from organiser Alan Bowhay on 01761 235835.
Chew Valley Beer Festival, Ubley Village hall. Details Steve Blanchard 01761 462468.
Saturday September 12th
North Somerset Ploughing Match - see advert
Frome Cheese Show – details page 18
Winscombe Michaelmas Fair – see page 22
Sunday September 13th
Stratton-on-the-Fosse Family Fun Day 12-4pm. Hog roast, tug of war, raffle, car boot, beer tent, quad bikes, bouncy castle. Details: Sue 07801 721162
Friday September 18th – Sunday September 20th
Wedmore Beer Festival, in the village hall. Details Trevor Prideaux 01934 71004.
Saturday, September 26th
Gala Charity Concert, Wells Cathedral, 7pm. Organised by John Alvis, High Sheriff of Somerset. The Garden Party (by kind permission of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden) and The Band of the Coldstream Guards Brass Quintet will perform operatic highlights. Tickets from £15 in aid of Somerset Crimebeat and Wells Cathedral. More information from: 01749 672773.
Sunday, September 27th
Tea Dance 2.30pm-6pm, Henton Village Hall. In aid of St. Margaret’s Hospice. Live music by John Baker and a delicious home made tea. Tickets £6 available from St. Margaret’s fundraising office: 01935 709485.
Monday October 5th to Saturday October 10th
“The Woodlanders” will once again stage Somerset’s longest running Old Tyme Music Hall at the Woodlands Hippodrome (East Woodlands Village Hall). Tickets £7.00 available from Joy Chant on 01373 463643 (www.thewoodlanders.org.uk)
MENDIP SOCIETY WALKS
Sat Sept 5th and Sunday Sept 6th – Mendip Walking Festival
Sat Sept 12th – Shipham
Sat Sept 19th – Orchard walk with Les Davies
Sat Sept 26th – Nunney to Whatley and Tedbury
Details from Gareth Jones 01934 843767.