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Wed 1 May. Cheddar. Drama: The Count of Monte Cristo. Cheddar Arts @ Kings Theatre. Company Boudin’s faithful production to the classic story of revenge. Edmund Dantes is wrongly imprisoned by his rivals. Incarcerated in Chateau d’If, a fellow prisoner assists in his escape and tells of a secret stash of treasure on a remote island. Dantes reinvents himself as the Count of Monte Cristo and sets out to reward those who had stood by him and to seek his revenge on those who had him arrested. Tickets from the box office at Kings Fitness & Leisure or on 01934 744939 ext 6. Copies of the new programme are available in local shops, the leisure centre and on the organisation’s website – www.kowessex.co.uk/ cheddarArts. Details at www.kowessex.co.uk/cheddarArts, or email cheddararts@googlemail.com


Wed 1 May. Sandford. Gardening Club meeting. 7.30pm. Village hall. Paul Hending will talk about organic gardening.


Wed 1 May. Wells. Farmers’ Market. Market Place in front of the Town Hall. 9am-2.30pm. Wide selection of local produce every Wednesday. Details of stallholders at http://www. somersetfarmersmarkets.co.uk


Thu 2 May. Somerset County Council elections. Somerset goes to the polls to see if there will be a change to Conservative control. Currently: Cons 35, Lib Dems 21, Lab 2.


Thu 2 May. Draycott. U3A meeting. Annual General Meeting. 2.15pm. Draycott Memorial Hall. A talk entitled ‘Montserrat - Living with an endless explosive volcano’ By Bob Thompson And of course our Bring and Share tea!. For details call 01934 710242 or go to www.cheddarvalleyu3a.org.uk.


Thu 2 May. Congresbury. Tea at the Ritz. 2:30pm. Old School Rooms. Two sittings - 2.30pm and 3.45pm. £7. Tickets in the shop or from Ged Sills, phone 830533.


Thu 2 May. Wrington. Croquet. Every Thursday at Wrington Recreation Ground. 2.30pm. All equipment is provided. Call John Rhodes 01934 862838 for details.


Fri 3 May. Axbridge. Cinema: Sightseers (15) UK 88 mins. 8:30pm Dir: Ben Wheatley. Alice Lowe, Steve Oram. The very blackest of British comedies about a caravan holiday gone wrong. Roxy Cinema Axbridge, 36 High Street, Axbridge BS26 2AF. For more details visit http://www.axbridgeroxy.org.uk


Fri 3 May (Fri 3 May to Sun 12 May) North Somerset Arts Week. A showcase of work from 300 North Somerset artists for free public viewing across the county in various studios. For more information visit www.northsomersetarts.org


Sat 4 May. Axbridge. Farmers’ Market. 9am-1pm. The Square. First Saturday of the month. 24 stalls.


Sat 4 May. Axbridge. African Drumming Workshop. Town Hall. All welcome beginners and experienced. Drums are supplied (djembe) or bring your own. 2.30-4.30pm. Phone Jude for details 01934 732128, or text 07534 459 342.


Sat 4 May. Axbridge. Friends of Axbridge Church supper and China evening. Church Rooms. £7.50pm. Lal Adamson is giving an illustrated talk on the art of China.


Sat 4 May-Sun 5 May. King John’s Hunting Lodge open. The museum is a Tudor merchant’s house on the Square opposite the Lamb. Open April-Sept 1-4pm on weekends. Tel 01934 733208. £2.50/child free. Two new displays: ‘History of Welfare in Axbridge’ and ‘Quarrying on the Mendips’.


Sat 4 May-Sun 5 May. Sandford. Heritage Centre open. Original Bristol & Exeter/GWR station of 1869. Open weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays to end of Oct. 11am-4pm. Access from Strawberry Line path at Sandford (NCN route 26). Free, donations appreciated. Drinks and snacks available. www. sandfordstation.co.uk; 01934 843868.


Sat 4 May. Wrington. Concert. The Cheddar Male Choir at All Saints Church. 7-30pm. In support to the Vine Counselling Charity. Musical Director, Dr Fabian Huss. The soloist will be the choir’s President, mezzo soprano Francesca Bowkett. Programme includes a selection from Les Mierables, a Sinatra medley and other popular selections. Tickets from Amors in Wrington, Day Lewis Pharmacy in Congresbury, the church offices of both All Saints in Wrington and St Andrews in Congresbury, or pay on the door. £8. Refreshments available. For details: www.cheddarmvchoir.co.uk/


Sat 4 May (4-11 May). Get Walking Week. The Ramblers Association have organised a number of walks. See www. ramblers.co.uk for details.


Sun 5 May. Cheddar. Car boot sale and market at Winchester Farm. Every Sunday morning. Winchester Farm, Wells Road, Cheddar Somerset BS27 3RP. For information


16 Watcombe Garden, Winscombe


Description: Edwardian style garden in a series of sectors, each with a different feel. One has a pergola support wisteria, another has box hedging and cordon-pruned fruit trees, while there are also pleached hornbeams and a classically-inspired summerhouse. There is a lime walk, underplanted by narcissi, with the statue as its focus.


Info: Plants for sale; Dogs welcome; Home-made teas incl gluten-free cake/cream teas.


NGS opening details: Sunday May 19, Wednesday June 5, 2-5pm. Visitors are also welcome by appointment from April to July (tel. 01934 842666). £3/child free.


Location: 92 Church Rd, Winscombe BS25 1BP To see more NGS open gardens visit www.ngs.org.uk


Sunday afternoons all year. Westonzoyland, Nr Bridgwater, TA7 OLS; www.wzlet.org; 01275 472385.


Tue 7 May. Axbridge. Evening walk. Meet 6.30pm at King John’s Hunting Lodge in the Square. Walk to Kings Wood and Shute Shelve and back 3 miles. More at www.ramblers.co.uk


Tue 7 May. Yatton. Local History Meeting. The Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Light Railway by Paul Gregory. Its history from opening in 1897 until closure in 1940. More details: http://yattonlocalhistorysociety.co.uk; call Treasurer Geoff Marchant on 01934 834550.


Thu 9 May. Langford. History meeting. 7.30pm in the Churchill Building of the Bristol Veterinary School. Subject: City of Wells. New members are always welcome and you can find out more about our activities either by contacting Jo Fryer (01934 862812), Jane Dixon (01934 862248), Alex Kolombos (01749 836020), or John Gowar (01934 862021). http:// langfordhistory.com/lhg/


Fri 10 May. Banwell. History meeting. The Banwell Society of Archaeology which was founded in 1958, studies the history and pre-history of the local area around Weston-super-Mare. We meet on the 2nd Friday of each month at Banwell Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm. We are always happy to welcome new members. Our annual subscription is £7.50. At our meetings we charge our Members 50p for admittance and Non- members £1.50. Anniversary Night Members only. Jun 14th AGM Around the world in 80 days - Tim Lewis. Jul 14th Bath & Beckfords Tower Dr Amy Frost. For more information visit http://www.banwellarchaeology.co.uk/


Fri 10-Sun 12 May. Emborough. MendipFest 2013. Celebration of traditional Somerset folk music. Old Down Inn, Emborough BA3 4SA; mendipfest@yahoo.co.uk; 01761 419224. £10. Camping, caravaning & B&B available. Workshops on North Somerset Mining Songs, Henry Cave- fiddler and scissor grinder. Artists include: Mrs Price’s Parlour, Bristol Shantymen, Heather Ash, Somerset Morris, Chas


Sun 5 May (every Sunday to 30 June) Blagdon. Open day at the Lake’s Visitor Centre. Off the A368 near Blagdon. Open every Sunday - 12 noon until 5pm (extended hours this year) - from May 7-June 30. This is a shortened season due to important engineering work that will take place from July. See the beam pumping engines, exhibition rooms featuring interactive displays, videos and historic items, explore the grounds, nature trails and feed thousands of trout. Ffi: www. bristolwater.co.uk.


Sun 5-Mon 6 May. Westonzoyland. Westonzoyland Pumping Station – In Steam. Find out about the drainage of The Levels at Somerset’s first steam powered pumping station, now a Grade II* listed building (c1831). Largest collection of working steam engines and pumps in the South of England including the 1861 Easton Amos land drainage machine. Smithy, 2’ narrow gauge railway and many unusual items of interest. Tearoom and bookshop, free parking. 1-5pm. Adult £5, Senior £4, Child £2.50, Family £13. Dogs welcome on lead. Open


NGS Garden of the month


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Fri 10-Sat 11 May. Sidcot and Yatton. Classical concert. West Mendip Orchestra Friends Meeting House in Sidcot and tomorrow at St Mary’s Church, Yatton. The programme starts with the ever popular Italian Girl in Algiers Overture by Rossini, followed by Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto, featuring the talents of international soloist Adam Khan. The concert ends with Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, described by Wagner as “the apotheosis of the dance”. Both concerts start at 7.45pm. Tickets are on sale on the door. More information about the orchestra is available at www.west-mendip-orchestra.org.uk.


Sat 11 May. Cannington. Spring Fair. Also tomorrow. Sunday 12 May, 10am – 4pm. The Walled Gardens of Cannington


Sat 11 May. Axbridge. History trip to Wells. For more details of Axbridge Archaeological & Local History Society call 01934 732874. The society welcomes new members and has a varied number of events throughout the year including talks at The Roxy with guest speakers. Annual subscription £8.


Sat 11 May. Cheddar. Rounders for women. Kings of Wessex Fitness Centre. Ages 14+. £2.50. 3pm. Call Laura Dyke on 01823 653995, or email ldyke@sasp.co.uk


Sat 11 May. Winscombe. Fair on the Green. Old Station Millennium Green. Stalls, games, dancing, demos, food and drink, lots of family fun. Winscombe & Sandford Millennium Green Trust. Gates open 1.45pm. All the fun of the fair with lots of interesting local organisations stalls, information, attractions, games, goods, plants, prizes, refreshment and ices at the annual May Fair on the Green. Free. If too wet - this event will be held in Winscombe Community Centre. Winscombe & Sandford Millennium Green Trust Event. Enquiries to Organiser Lois on 01934 843868.


Sun 12-Mon 13 May. Mendips. Dry stone walling course. With the Mendip Society. Tina Bath is the contact for the courses and interested people should contact her direct via email at ruralskills@mendipsociety.org.uk or by telephone on 01749 870854 or 07880 664207.


Mon 13-Sat 18 May. Nailsea. Drama: Theft. Little Theatre. Tel 0777 298 1037; info@nailseatheatreclub.co.uk; www. nailseatheatreclub.co.uk. On returning from a night out two couples discover a burglar and apprehend him. They soon begin to wish they hadn’t as he commences to disrupt two seemingly happy marriages and reveal certain uncomfortable truths about their honesty. Director – Connie Walker.


Wed 15 May. Congresbury. History meeting. 7.30pm. St Andrew’s Church. A joint event with St Andrews Church. This talk will include bell ringing, a visit to the Refectory and orchard and an historical trip around the graveyard (if fine). Meet at the Church 7.30pm. Speaker – Chris Short


Thu 16 May. Yatton. Bird walk with YACWAG at Littlewood Reserve. 9am. An opportunity to visit Littlewood and hear spring bird song. Booking essential. Call Trevor on 01934 835208


Fri 17 May. Cheddar. Charity auction in aid of Cheddar Youth Trust. Comedian Richard Herring hosts the promises auction. 7.30pm in Church House, Cheddar. Includes a ploughman’s supper. Tickets and info on 01934 742703 or 01934 743932.


Fri 17 May. Wrington. Cabaret night. Nina’s ‘Our Song’ cabaret evening. Memorial Hall 7- 9pm..


Sat 18 May. Cheddar. U3A Open Day. Church House. 11am- 4pm. Find out about play reading, poetry, The Singing Group, Scrabble Competition, Bridge, Tai Chi Demonstrations, The Handbell Group. More details www.cheddarvalleyu3a.org.uk.


Sun 19 May. Congresbury. Walk. 10am. Meet at Riverside Car Park. This walk of 6 miles, led by Keith and Mary Abbott, starts from Timsbury and goes through the old Somerset coalfield, now a green and fertile area of woodland, hills and the Cam stream. Meet to share transport. Bluey will be available at £3.50 per person return. Contact Keith or Mary on 01934 834207.


Sat 25 May. Weston-super-Mare. Concert and dance show. Weston Youth Orchestra combine with musicians and dancers from South Africa for the show. 5pm, at the Boulevard United Reformed Church, Weston-super-Mare. www.westonyouthorchestra.org.uk; 07787 520230, mail@ westonyouthorchestra.org.uk


Mon 27 May. Congresbury. Picnic on the Green. 1.30pm. Congresbury Youth Partnership event. Millennium Green. Family fun with activities and games all afternoon. Details from Diana Hassan on 01934 876454 or email diana@ rookery-farm.com


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