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Strawberry Line WHAT’S ON


Fri 30 Aug-Sun 1 Sep. Burnham-on-Sea. FolkFest. www. folkfest.co.uk. Much of it is free and family friendly.


Thu Ritz Social Club - HOBO JONES AND THE JUNKYARD DOGS. Tickets at Sea Breeze, Victoria St (01278 783276) £4 or the Ritz


Friday Princess Hall - THE NEW ROPE STRING BAND. Tickets £10 at Princess Theatre and Arts Centre 01278 784464 or can be bought on-line at www.princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk


Friday. Princess Theatre. Romany Diamonds Support: The Alchemist’s Wardrobe AKA singer-songwriter Lara Conley and multi-instrumentalist Niks. Tickets £10 from Princess Theatre; 01278 784464 or www.theprincesstheatre.co.uk


ALL DAY SATURDAY - EVENTS IN THE PUBS. Live Music 12noon-11pm. Organised sessions at the Waterfront at 2-5pm and casual turn up and play can be had at Mr Beans, TA8’s and the Princess Theatre during the day on Saturday. Venues involved: The Dunstan House Hotel for any impromptu, set up and go acts; The Royal Clarence Hotel; The Princess Theatre and Arts Centre; The Victoria Inn; The Somerset and Dorset; The Ritz Social Club; Waterfront; The Old Pier Tavern


Saturday - Workshops at Baptist Church Hall. Free.


Saturday - KIDZONE at Baptist Church Hall. Free. Includes hair braiding, face painting, Punch and Judy.


Saturday - Folk dancing at the Dance Stage (Baptist Church Car Park). Free.


Craft and Traders Fair in the High St on Saturday and in Manor Gardens on Sunday:


SUNDAY - Free folk music at Manor Gardens 12-6pm, plus Craft/Traders Fair; plus KIDZONE, Inflatables and refreshments.


Sun 1 Sept. Loxton. Cycle Ride from Loxton to Burnham-on- Sea. Meet at Loxton Bus Shelter for Burnham Folkfest. Axbridge Cycling Group. 10.30am A slow/medium paced ride at 10mph. Informal group. Travel 20-30 miles, with a couple of cafe stops. Guests welcome. Ffi: cheddarcycling.weebly.com/index.html


Sun 1-Sun 8 Sep. Cheddar. Festival of Climbing and Caving. Ffi: www.cheddargorge.co.uk/events. A week of celebrating all things adventurous in the Gorge! Adventure caving, rock climbing and abseiling, with talks, films and special offers.


Mon 2 Sept. Cheddar. I.T. for the Terrified returns. I .T. for the Terrified is a volunteer-lead computer training centre offering one to one training for £10 per two-hour session. They also run a Computer Club on Thurs 1.30-3.30pm. Ffi: 01934.741751; itfortheterrified@btconnect.com; www.itfortheterrified.co.uk. Old Cowshed, Station Road, Cheddar.


Mon 2 Sep. Cheddar. Citizens Advice Bureau. 9.30am- 12:30pm every Monday. Medical Centre, Roynon Way. Free advice on welfare, debt, housing and similar issues.


Mon 2 Sep. Wells. Wells: A History in Stone. 2pm. A journey through time by looking at the rocks used around the Cathedral Green. Guided walk with David Rowley. Meet at Wells Museum. £3. Ffi: 01749 673477; admin@wellsmuseum.org


Mon 2 Sep-19 Oct. Street. Art exhibtion. Atkinson Gallery. Millfield School, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD. 01458 444322; www.atkinsongallery.co.uk. Free. Albert Irvin: The Complete Prints Exhibition. Known for his bold brush strokes and vibrant palette, Albert Irvin’s subject is the human condition. Works from 1975 up to 2010. Albert is 91.


Tue 3 Sep-Sat 26 Oct. Street. Strode Theatre: art exhibtion. 10am-5pm Mon-Fri. 10am-2pm Sat. A mixed exhibition by artists who all live or work within sight of Glastonbury Tor.


Tue 3 Sep. Cheddar. Indoor Market. Church House, Parsons Pen, Cheddar BS27 3RE. 10.30-11.30am. Home produce, food, crafts and gifts.


Tue 3 Sep. Shipham. Wine tasting trip. Day trip to Three Choirs Vineyard, Gloucestershire with Winscombe Wine Tasting


There’s a walk along the Strawberry Line this month to mark 50 years since it closed


Company. Depart: Shipham Village Hall 9am. Arrive Home: 4.30pm. £38. Ffi: 01934 708312; www.thewinetastingco.com/


Tue 3 Sep. Congresbury Over-60’s Club. Talk by Darren Jenkins of Avon Owls with live owls. The Club meets every other Tue at Congresbury War Memorial Hall 2.30-4pm and entertainment is provided at each meeting. Ffi: 01934 832004.


Wed 4 Sep. Yatton. Strawberry Steam Forever! Horsecastle Chapel, Yatton. 7.30pm. Event to mark the closure of the Cheddar Valley Railway branch line 50 years ago, and celebrate the career of local railwayman, Colin Forse, who recently died. A double bill will start with previously unseen slides of steam in the Bristol Engine Sheds where Colin worked, extracts from his book and other nostalgic memoirs, and slides of steam on the Strawberry Line. After an interval with refreshments, Jon Godden, First Great Western Area Operations Manager for South Wales, will give an illustrated talk about steam charters on Network Rail today. £3 per head (refreshments extra) with all profit going to the Strawberry Line Cafe to help people with learning disabilities into employment. This event is fundraising to set up cycle hire at Yatton station. Ffi: 01934 834282.


Thu 5 Sept. Winscombe. Market at the Community Hall. 10am-12noon. Range of food, crafts and more on sale.


Fri 6 Sep. Wells. Talk. 7.30pm. The Rushing Waters and The Frozen Deep Illustrated talk from Peter Glanvill, about the caves beneath the Cheddar Catchment, including photos of the largest cave chamber. Wells and Mendip Museum, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2EU.


Fri 6 Sep. Street. Film at Strode Theatre. Street. Tel: 01458 442846. www.strodetheatre.co.uk. Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing.


Sat 7 Sep. Axbridge. Farmers’ Market. The Square. 9am-1pm. Variety of stalls with lots of fresh food.


Sat 7 Sep. Cheddar Reservoir. Power boat training. BCYC, RYA. Level 2 Powerboat Course. RYA accredited. Covers all aspects of inshore powerboating. £100 members/£175 non members. Details from Emma Waldon, pbtadmin@bcyc.org.uk; 07989264381.


Sat 7 Sep. Sidcot. Kids Craft Workshop. Sidcot Community Arts Centre. Sidcot School, Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, North Somerset BS25 1PD. www.sidcot.org.uk; 01934 845299. 10am-12pm. £7 (under 7s must be accompanied by an adult). Popular workshop every first Saturday of the month. Each session has a different theme, this month: Harvest Fabric Banners. Fee includes light refreshments and materials.


Sat 7-Sun 8 Sep. Cranmore. Miniature trains at East Somerset Railway. Cranmore Railway Station, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 4QP. Ffi: 01749 880417; www. eastsomersetrailway.com. Steam engines, static engines and model steam trains.


Sat 7-Sun 8 Sep. Winscombe. Open day at Slader’s Leigh nature reserve. To mark 50 years since the end of the Strawberry Line. The site is by Shute tunnel on the Strawberry Line cycle path. 11am-3pm. Free. Visit the peaceful limestone meadow and watch our volunteers mowing the grass in the traditional way with scythes - have a go yourself. Take a guided tour of the tunnel and learn about the rock structure. Also in the meadow will be the gazebo of the Geocaching Association of Great Britain; on hand will be their chairman ‘MapleLeaf’ and other cachers to lead Geocaching type activities especially for children. Hunt for hidden treasures with cryptic & pictorial clues. Slader’s Leigh can be accessed via an easy access ramp and wheelchair gateway from the Strawberry Line. Toilet facilities, including for wheelchair users. FFI: Judith Tranter, 01761- 462276; judith.tranter@virgin.net; www.mendipsociety.org.uk.


Sun 8 Sep. Sandford Station. Cycle ride to Clevedon Craft Centre. Axbridge Cycling Group. 10.30am A slow/medium paced ride at 10mph. Informal group. Guests welcome. Ffi: cheddarcycling.weebly.com/index.html


Sun 8 Sep. Yatton. Strawberry Special Walk. Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group (YACWAG) will host a special walk and strawberry cream tea starting at 2pm from Yatton Station. It will commemorate 50 years to the day since the closure of the former railway line. Places limited. £4.50 includes a cream tea in the Strawberry Line Cafe. Ffi: www.yacwag.org. uk; 01934 834282. All ages welcome.


Sun 8 Sep. Stoke St Michael. Cooks Wood Quarry Walk. 2-4pmView impressive geological exposures at the disused


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limestone quarry. Also see a ‘slocker’ on a ‘Quarry Faces community heritage’ project walk with Robin Thornes. Booking essential, Dr Gill Odolphie 01749 840156 or gill@ earthsciencecentre.org.uk


Mon 9 Sep. Clevedon. Talk at the Community Book Shop. Community Bookshop, 27-29 Copse Road, Clevedon. Ffi: www.clevedoncommunitybookshop.coop; enquiries@ clevedoncommunitybookshop.coop; 01275 218318. 7.30pm. An Introduction to Animal Law. Animal Rights Advocate Noel Sweeney will be hosting an evening looking at the legal aspects of our relationships with animals. He will discuss the legal position between humans and their Darwinian Cousins. £3.50, inc tea and coffee available.


Mon 9 Sep. Winscombe. Folk Dancing. Mendip Folk Dance Club. Learn folk dancing in a relaxed atmosphere. Beginners welcome. £22 per year (£11 half yr) and £2 session. St James Church Hall. 8-10pm. Ffi: Derek Newcombe 01934 833 812; mendip.folk@blagdon.org


Tue 10 Sept. Cheddar. Indoor Market. Church House, Parsons Pen, Cheddar BS27 3RE. 10.30am-11.30am. Home produce, food, crafts and gifts.


Tue 10 Sept. Draycott. Male choir session. Draycott Village Hall. 7.30-9.30pm. The choir is recruiting new members. Why not go along and give it a try? Ffi: 01934 842551; www. cheddarmvchoir.co.uk


Tue 10 Sep. Street. Film at Strode Theatre. Street. Tel: 01458 442846. www.strodetheatre.co.uk. Therese Desqueyroux.


Wed 11 Sep. Doulting. Quarry Tour. 11am-3pm. A ‘Quarry Faces community heritage’ talk with Robin Thornes, about the history of quarrying Doulting Stone. To be followed by a visit to the Doulting Stone Quarry, Chelynch Road, Doulting. Meet at the Somerset Earth Science Centre. Booking essential. Ffi: 01749 840156; gill@earthsciencecentre.org.uk


Thu 12 Sep. Langford. History meeting. Local history meeting with a report on dramatic news from YCCCART (Yatton, Congresbury, Claverham and Cleeve Archaeology Team) on a possible Iron Age trackway found in the area. 7.30pm in the Churchill Building of the Bristol Veterinary School. Enter from Stock Lane. The Churchill Building is the large block to the north of the site. Ffi: www.ycccart.co.uk/


Thu 12 Sept. Axbridge. Ramblers Association Walking Group. For details visit www.ramblers.org.uk. 10am. Map: EX141. Axbridge, Sidcot (1 steep hill). 6 miles. Meet Cheddar Road, Axbridge, by entrance to reservoir. Ffi: Ken M. Phone 01749 670349. ST 436 546. BS26 2DN.


Thu 12 Sep. Winscombe. Market at the Community Hall. 10am-12noon. Range of food, crafts and more on sale.


Fri 13 Sep. Banwell. History talk. Archeaological Society. Speaker Peter Price. Village Hall. 7.30pm. For more info: Pat Corbett Patcorbett111@gmail.com


Fri 13 Sep. Blagdon. Supper in the gardens. Holt Farm Organic Garden at Yeo Valley. A chance to relax and enjoy the garden in the evening. 7pm. BYO wine. £18. Call 01761 461650; www. theorganicgardens.co.uk.


Fri 13-Sat 14 Sep. Street. Talk on Quaker Women and Quakers in Industry. Strode Theate. 7.30pm. Free. With Sandra Holton.


Sat 14 Sep. Burnham-on-Sea. Cheddar Male Choir in concert. St Andrews Church, Burnham-on-Sea. 7:30pm. Ffi: www. cheddarmvchoir.co.uk/diary.html


Sat 14 Sep. Congresbury Book Sale. 9am-1pm. War Memorial Hall. A wide selection of good quality books, jigsaw puzzles, dvds, cds and talking books.


Sat 14 Sep. Sidcot. Adult Drop-in Art Group. Sidcot Community Arts Centre. Sidcot School, Oakridge Lane, Winscombe, North Somerset BS25 1PD. www.sidcot.org.uk; 01934 845299. 10.30am-12.30pm. £10 per adult. Takes place every second Saturday of the month. Explores a different medium and/ or subject each month. Suitable for all levels of ability. Fee includes light refreshments and materials.


Sat 14-Sun 15 Sep. Banwell. Caves open. 10.30am-4.30pm. Filled Rolls, cream teas and cakes. The Bone Cave is a vast cavern filled with Ice Age animal bones when Banwell was on the edge of a glacier and long dead animals like bears were washed down into the cave.


Sat 14 Sep. Cheddar Reservoir. Power boat training. BCYC, Continued Strawberry Line Times September 2013


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