Category Archives: west somerset

BE A QUANTOCK EXPLORER

The Quantocks Events Programme starts this weekend with a woodland spring flowers walk from Aisholt so we thought this would be a good time to share a post from the team at the Quantock Hills AONB…

Grab your rucksack and flask of sugary tea and come and join the Quantock Rangers as the Quantock Hills AONB Service launches its Events Programme for 2017.

Explore the Quantock Hills with our Rangers and Specialists in a series of guided walks throughout the year. Walks include hunting for fossils on our Jurassic Coast Walk, a Wellbeing Walk to help celebrate ‘Naturally Healthy Month’ in May, a Family Bushcraft Day, an evening Bats and Owls Walk and even a Quantock Quiz Walk for the walker who enjoys solving puzzles!

The programme also includes a set of special walks run by the Quantock Volunteer Rangers called Quantock Explorer Walks. These are specially designed to introduce you to different parts of the Quantock Hills and to find out more about the wildlife, plantlife and history of that part of the hills. From Fyne Court to Cothelstone, the Bicknoller loop and a Hill Fort Walk too.

We are also helping to promote others running guided walks on the Quantocks, including a series of walks at Durbourgh Farm including a Dawn Chorus Walk, a Spring Flowers Walk and in the autumn a Fungi Walk. Also, June brings the Quantock Walking Festival run by the Sedgemoor Ramblers.

Quantock AONB Manager Chris Edwards says: “These events are about experiencing the very best of the Quantock Hills, from the 200-million-year-old fossils on the Quantock coastline, to finding out more about how prehistoric people used and changed this landscape. It’s about enjoying the outstanding nature of this important and nationally recognised landscape.”

To book onto an event and to see the programme go to the Quantock Hills AONB website at www.quantockhills.com/events/view you can also find us on Facebook at /Quantock.hills or on Twitter @quantockhills

COMING UP AT REGAL THEATRE MINEHEAD

The Regal Theatre, Minehead have been very lucky to book the  European Union Chamber Orchestra for Wednesday 5 April.  Directed by Eva Stegemann, the programme will comprise three Mozart works:– Serenade in D K.185, Oboe Concerto K.314, and Adagio for Cor Anglais, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.

Soloist Nicholas Daniel (Oboe And Cor Anglais) has played on every continent  and appeared  with leading orchestras across the globe and in the BBC Proms.

EUCO has performed in 73 countries  in major concert halls and Festivals, broadcast on television and radio across  Europe and the USA and had several UK concerts broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Performances begin at 7.30pm and tickets costing up to £18 are now available from the Regal Box Office (01643 706430), 10am-3pm Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm Saturday.

Also coming up:

Friday 31 March at 7.30pm
THE DEANE BIG BAND

On Friday 31 March the ever popular Deane Big Band returns to the Regal Theatre with a good time for all as they bring in some toe-tapping big band classics from the swing era. The band will be playing lots of Glenn Miller hits, as well as some by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich and Duke Ellington.

Chris Franks will sing songs like ‘Come fly with me’ and ‘ Let’s face the music and dance’; Chris does not have blue eyes like Mr Sinatra – but he does sound just like him!

Hannah Deason-Barrow will sing about that ‘Old Devil Called Love’ but don’t worry – everyone will end up ‘Feeling Good’.

With two great singers as well as a full 17 piece big band – it will be a big sound and joyful evening.

Performances begin at 7.30pm and tickets costing up to £9 are now available from the Regal Box Office.

 

WATCHET’S STREET FAIRS START ON 2 APRIL

Watchet’s second year of colourful Street Fairs begins on 2 April, with music from the Dark Town Strutters, kids’ trapeze and silk and rope drop in workshops from incredible local performer, Lyn Routledge, mouth-watering street food from Broomsquire and Little Van Rouge, fruit and veg, art, craft, local produce and more, all spread across the Esplanade.

The committee is also excited to announce that it has reggae band, Dojo, booked for the May event. Their new single, ‘Bethel’ has been championed by David Rodigan on Radio 1 Extra.

The Street Fairs are run by Watchet Coastal Community Team, who are working to develop tourism and economic growth in the town. They will run on the first Sunday of every month from April through to October.

Last year’s inaugural Street Fairs were a huge success, and led to a threefold increase in the number of visitors to the town.

Cllr Rosemary Woods said, “We’re really excited to be embarking on the second year of Street Fairs. They were a lot of fun last year, and made a big difference to the town, bringing in plenty of visitors. We also aim to support local start-ups, and the evidence is that last year’s events were a real boost for people.”

The Fairs are funded by the central government national initiative, Coastal Communities, which aims to boost Britain’s coastal towns. 118 Coastal Community Teams were created last year and given a share of £1.18m to help drive forward coastal areas growth.

Watchet Coastal Communities Team, which is the organisation behind the Street Fairs, is made up of local people, businesses and organisations in Watchet and includes Town Council, District Council, Watchet Chamber of Trade, Onion Collective CIC, Conservation Society, Market House Museum, West Somerset Railway, Watchet Boat Owners Association and other local business representatives.

Pitches are priced £15- £20. To book a pitch contact Molly Quint on 01984 632592 or email: quint407@btinternet.com

For more information go to the Watchet Street Fair Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/watchetstreetfairs.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE AT THE REGAL, MINEHEAD

On Wednesday 29 March the Pantaloons theatre company return to the Regal Theatre, Minehead with Pride & Prejudice.                                       

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen’s witty and romantic masterpiece is one of the best-loved stories of all time, dealing with the most important questions in life!  Will Mrs Bennet manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? The literary classic gets the full Pantaloons treatment in this beautifully hilarious and delightfully innovative new adaptation.

The Pantaloons is a young and dynamic theatre company which recaptures an aspect of drama which modern naturalistic theatre has lost: the riotous energy of the clown.  The company has been immensely popular at the Regal Theatre in the recent past and their visit is anticipated for the opportunity it gives for an enjoyable and hilarious night out.

Performances begin at 7.30pm and tickets costing up to £12 are now available from the Regal Box Office (01643 706430), 10am-3pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm Saturday.

‘A FRAGILE BEAUTY: ART OF THE BLACKDOWN HILLS 1909 to 1925

An exhibition of works by the Camden Town Group opens at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton on Saturday 25 March. ‘A Fragile Beauty: Art on the Blackdown Hills 1909 to 1925’ captures the beauty of this Somerset and Devon borderland in a period when the First World War was changing English society forever.

The Camden Town Group, led by Walter Sickert, was named after the London district where many of the artists lived and worked. Initially they painted contemporary urban life, but later they were drawn to the countryside, especially the Blackdown Hills.

Inspired by the example of the impressionists and post-impressionists, artists such as Spencer Gore, Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan created Somerset and Devon landscape paintings of great freshness and immediacy.

“They came to Applehayes, Clayhidon, as the guests of Harold Harrison, an estate owner and amateur artist,” Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust, explained.

“The Blackdown Hills were remote and artistically unexplored when they arrived there and their paintings are a wonderful celebration of landscape. Though the world they knew was so different from ours, many of the landscapes and buildings they painted have hardly changed.”

‘A Fragile Beauty’ is the first major exhibition at the Museum of Somerset to rely entirely on loans from other museums and from private collectors. Loans include Spencer Gore’s ‘Applehayes’ (pictured) from the Ulster Museum, and Charles Ginner’s ‘Landscape with Farmhouse’ from Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition also includes works from private collections that have rarely been seen in public.

The museum has worked with the fine art auctioneers, Lawrences of Crewkerne, who, together with private donors, and the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) have very generously sponsored and supported the exhibition. A varied public programme of associated events is being delivered, including opportunities to enjoy the specially protected landscape of Blackdown Hills AONB as it is today.

‘A Fragile Beauty’ has been created in partnership with the Somerset-based curators and art historians Denys Wilcox and Richard Emeny. The exhibition runs from 25 March to 8 July and entry is free of charge.

ASSOCIATED EVENTS

Celebrated but Seedy: The Life of Walter Sickert
Thursday 27 April, 7.30pm, Museum of Somerset

A talk by Richard Kay, art historian and Director of Pictures at Lawrences, Crewkerne, on the life of Walter Sickert. £15 per person with cheese and wine. Booking required via the Museum 01823 255088.

Family Fun Day
Saturday 29 April, 11am–4pm, Museum of Somerset

A free family fun day based around the history, heritage and archaeology of the Blackdown Hills – the landscape which inspired the Camden Town artists.

‘Talk and Tea’: The Blackdown Hills – A Landscape of Patterns and Pictures
Friday 12 May, 2.30pm–3.30pm, Museum of Somerset

Linda Bennett, Blackdown Hills AONB Manager, will give a talk on the landscape of the Blackdown Hills and why it’s special. £5 per person.

In the Footsteps of the Camden Town Artists
Sunday 18 June, 10.30am, Clayhidon

Explore the landscapes and buildings of the Blackdown Hills which feature in the paintings of the Camden Town Group. Local naturalist, Gavin Saunders, will lead a walk through the valley around Applehayes and Ringdown in Clayhidon to look for echoes of the artists’ work. Suggested donation £5 per person. Booking required via the AONB 01823 680 681.

IMAGE: Loans include Spencer Gore’s ‘Applehayes’ from the Ulster Museum.

Find out more on the Museum of Somerset’s website.

 

 

 

Kind regards,

Beth

ALLERFORD OPEN DAY 2017

The community of Allerford are delighted to announce the annual upcoming Allerford Open Day on Saturday 11 March, a spring celebration of all that’s on offer in this picturesque West Somerset and Exmoor village.

They welcome you and all the family to spend the day with them.  Allerford is a beautiful village positioned between Minehead and Porlock, which is just a stone’s throw from the A39 and is part of the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate.

The day will include the following:

  • Traditional blacksmiths display and working demonstration at Allerford Forge by West Country Blacksmiths.
  • Allerford Community Hall & Recreation Ground will be holding their annual Spring Flower & Produce Show plus varied local craft and produce stalls.  Licenced bar, lunches, teas, etc. will be served all day.  Children’s playground and, weather permitting, outside games.
  • Visit the recently refurbished West Country Rural Life Museum housing thousands of Exmoor artifacts and an extensive photographic archive from the 1800s to the 1950s.
  • Cross lane House, a beautifully refurbished late-medieval hotel and restaurant, will be serving light refreshments.  Meet the National Trust Rangers and learn about the new Hedgerow Regeneration Scheme in the lovely cobbled courtyard and Linhay.
  • Browse collectibles, indulge in a light lunch or cream tea at Allerford Post Office, Tea Room & Garden

Why not bring the whole family and make a day of it?  Allerford enjoys well-maintained and signposted walks through the ancient woodlands and the famous Packhorse Bridge, perfect for paddling.  The village has something for everyone.

Free parking is available throughout the village, at Piles Mill, Cross Lane House, in the central village car park and at the Community Hall.

SING OUT LOUISE AT THE REGAL MINEHEAD IN AID OF ‘HOPE FOR TOMORROW’

‘Sing Out Louise’ – a touching and exhilarating event – takes to the stage at the Regal Theatre for two performances on Sunday 12 March.  Internationally acclaimed acts perform alongside talented local groups for one massive ‘sing out’ in honour of friend and fellow entertainer, the late Louise Doolan.

Audiences will be treated to an energetic and uplifting show starring Bucks Fizz and featuring tributes to Take That and Madonna.  Also performing will be vocalist Max Hutton, LA Dancers, Taunton Amateur Operatic Society, Fusion, Dunster First School choir and Dynamix, a close harmony vocal group. What better way to spend a Sunday!

All Acts appearing are linked personally and professionally to Louise and are all giving their services for free. All profits from this event will be donated to the charity Hope for Tomorrow.

Performances on 12 March begin at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.  Tickets costing up to £8 are now available from the Regal Box Office (01643 706430), 10am-3pm Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm Saturday.

PHOTO: Bucks Fizz will be singing at the event.

OLIVER! THE MUSICAL STARTS TOMORROW

Last night, Monday 20 February, we got a sneak preview of the forthcoming show, Oliver! the musical, which opens tomorrow night  (22 Feb) at The Regal Theatre, Minehead.

Fagin ‘Reviewing the Situation’, photo by Andrew Hobbs Photography

Following the success of ‘The Magic of The Musicals’, Fusion Young Performers will be appearing in this new production between 22 and 25 February   with Lionel Bart’s much-loved classic musical, which is packed full of well-known songs such as ‘I’d Do Anything’, ‘Where is Love?’, ‘Consider Yourself’, ‘Reviewing the Situation’, ‘Oom Pah Pah’ and lots more… all accompanied by a live 12 piece orchestra.

Lionel Bart’s Oliver! brings Charles Dickens’ classic tale to life, following  young, orphaned Oliver Twist (brilliantly played by local youngster Joel Savage) as he navigates London’s underworld of theft and violence searching for a home, a family, and – most of all – for love.

Bill Sykes is pretty scary in this! Photo by Andrew Hobbs Photography

With an energetic cast of over 50 young people aged 24 and under  – many of whom starred in the 2014 MATA summer production of Les Misérables and with direction by Sarah-Jane Cross, choreography by Lorraine Ahern and musical direction by David Pitts, this promises to be a show full of dazzling dance routines, amazing singing and fantastic performances from some of the best young talent in the area.

Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart. By arrangement with Musicscope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York. This is an amateur production.

The singing in this production will knock your socks off! Photo by Andrew Hobbs Photography

Tickets were sold out two weeks ago and so the next time you hear about a forthcoming performance by Fusion Young Performers you’ll need to snap your ticket up fast!

Top photo: by Andrew Hobbs Photography.

WESTGROUP YOUNG FARMERS PERFORMING ARTS COMPETITION AT REGAL THEATRE MINEHEAD

On Sunday 5 February, the West Group Young Farmers will be at the Regal Theatre in Minehead with their Annual Performing Arts Competition.  This year’s theme is  Entertainment  and the afternoon promises to be full of interest, enjoyment and laughter as the four Young Farmers’ Clubs in our local area compete against each other for their annual theatre performances.

The members are aged between 10-26 years old and each team will present a short ‘Entertainments’ performance to display their drama, dance, singing and comedy skills. At the end of the day, the judges will appoint their chosen winner.

The doors open at 1pm and the first performance begins at 2pm.

Tickets cost £7.50 (includes a programme) and are now available from the Regal Box Office (01643 706430), which is open 10am until 3pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.  Under 13s get in free!

EXMOOR PHOTOGRAPHY HAS MOVED FROM PORLOCK TO MINEHEAD

Jack and Alison Clegg have moved their photography business from Porlock to Minehead. We wish them all the best with this development! Jack is a long-standing contributor to the magazine and his photography stars on the current winter cover. The photo above shows a red kite which Jack photographed in Valley of Rocks. The image accompanies Trevor Beer’s Country Matters article on page 63 of the winter magazine (which is all about wildlife in winter in the Valley of Rocks).

Here is a message from Jack and Alison about their move, which we have promised to share…

As our lease has now ended at the shop in Porlock, we are relocating the business. We would like to thank you for your custom and support over the last six years and we look forward to your continued custom and support in the future. We have found that with the ever-increasing popularity of the photography courses, we are away from this shop too much to justify staying here.

Exmoor Photography is continuing as normal. However, we will be concentrating on the following services,

  • Exmoor Photography Courses
  • Online Gallery Sales
  • Commercial Photography
  • Canvas & fine quality printing service (not kiosk)

All of our products and information are available online
as always on the following websites.
If you have any questions or would like
to book your photography course
Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Gallery: www.exmoorphotography.co.uk
Course & Photo accessories: www.exmoorphotographycourse.co.uk
Alternatively, you can contact us on
T: 01643 702312 (active from Monday 23rd January 2017)
M: 07790 885506
E: exmoorphotography@btconnect.com

OFFICE ADDRESS:
Exmoor Photography
Hillbrook
85 Marshfield Rd
Minehead
Somerset
TA24 6AJ.

You are welcome to visit the office BY APPOINTMENT ONLY,
please contact us on the above numbers to make an appointment.
We will be running the business from our H/A until we find
a larger retail premises in a bigger town.


  • Please note if you have a Photography Course GV, please contact us (as per normal) to book your course by contacting us on the above numbers.
  • Please note if you have a current shop GV you can use it on the gallery website as above or as part payment against one of our photography courses.