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Looking forward to the Summer

CURRY AND QUIZ NIGHT: Many thanks go to our quiz master, Christopher Sykes, for his innovative sensory quiz, which kept us all entertained and brought out our competitive spirits! A big thank you also goes to our chefs in the kitchen, Richard and Karen, for preparing and cooking delicious, fresh, appetising curries, using the best ingredients and creating a pop-up curry kitchen to rival our local restaurants.

KEEP FIT OPEN MORNING: Thank you to all of you who have made this project such a success, especially our trainer Mark Williams. Around thirty people came to our coffee morning on Saturday 23rd February where they were able to meet Mark and discuss their individual fitness programmes and enjoy a social time over coffee and Danish pastries served by members of the Village Hall committee. At the end of the morning Mark had a full programme.

The small lobby area next to the kitchen has been turned into a cupboard with shelves to store all the equipment needed for our three fitness sessions which started at the beginning of March. We look forward to meeting all of you again at another coffee and pastries morning sometime at the end of April or beginning of May. Keep an eye on our website for details.

DONHEAD FILM CLUB: An update from Anna McDowell, who came up with the great idea of films being shown regularly at the Village Hall and who has created and overseen the very successful film club, showing a varied programme of films enjoyed by many: ‘When you read this we would have shown our last film of the season which runs from September to March. When we started this club over a year ago we never thought it would grow to become such a success. We know our Village Hall is small and it sits comfortably 42, so it is very encouraging that we average around 39 film enthusiasts each evening. Thank you all for supporting us. Our thanks also go to all at Ludwell Stores for selling the tickets together with Fran Robson, Michael Thomas and Patrick McDowell for their help with organising the chairs, bar and ticketing on the evening. We are also indebted to our projectionist Paul Schilling for the high quality of the projection and sound. Hope to see you all again in September.’

ROB HALLIGAN CONCERT: On 30th March the celebrated singer and song-writer, Rob Halligan, has been invited to entertain us. A pop up Bistro/café style evening with Caribbean themed food being the order of the evening. If, by the time this arrives on your doorstep, you have missed this event, do add your name to the Village Hall events mailing list, so as not to miss out on our next concert!


HERBAL TALK: We are very pleased to host an evening’s talk, ‘Our Healing Garden’ with local Medical Herbalist Julie Wood. Julie will also be running a day’s course, ‘Healing with Plants; an Introduction to Herbal Remedies’.

‘I work with plants in many ways, using them in my healing practice but also creating a deeper communication between people, plants and the spirit of our land. My work fills my heart with the songs of the plants, with joy. I have worked with Neal’s Yard Remedies for 15 years, making herbal tinctures, offering herbal advice on the Customer Care Team, teaching the Introduction to Herbal Medicine courses and am co-author of their latest book ‘Complete Wellbeing’. I am now a registered Plant Spirit Medicine practitioner expanding my Healing with Plants work to deeper depths. I also enjoy my involvement with Shaftesbury Abbey, leading walks and talks focusing on Anglo Saxon plant healing. And to weave this all together I am training in native British shamanism. That’s me!’ Julie Wood, Medical Herbalist, MNIMH

Further information on our website and the Village Hall noticeboard.

Our Healing Garden Evening talk: Monday 29th April, 7 p.m.

A talk about the medicinal qualities of herbs that grow wild in the natural garden around us and the familiar herbs in our own gardens.

Healing with Plants; an Introduction to Herbal Medicine Day course: Thursday 18th July

An introductory day of plant knowledge, modern and traditional healing and sensory exploration of the plants to include: Herbal medicine: the Art and Science The Plants: identification, how we use them The Remedies: teas, tinctures, oils, salves, creams and many more… Your First Steps: wild harvesting, growing your own, preparation.

SUMMER VINTAGE TEA: We are planning to hold a Summer Vintage Tea Party and Sale on the afternoon of 15th June; combining delicious afternoon tea with the sale of unique vintage items. If you are a collector of vintage clothes, jewellery, small furniture, artwork, fabrics or chinaware, please put the date in your diaries. For further details please contact Julie on 01747 828503.


THOMAS HARDY WEEKEND: 11th to 13th October. A weekend of film, poetry, readings, music and supper, Hardy walk and afternoon tea. For further details contact Anna McDowell on 01747 829010 or email

SUMMER BARBECUE: It has been decided not to organise a barbecue this summer as a number of committee members will be away. However, if any reader would like to organise this village event, please feel free to do so and we would be happy to offer advice and help.

BOOKINGS for private functions, classes, meetings: please contact Karen Ecclestone on 01747 829261 or FURTHER INFORMATION about clubs, classes, booking the hall and future events can be found on the village hall website:

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