Tickets on sale for Beer panto and other news


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Tickets are now on sale for this year’s pantomime in Beer. Read this and more.

BRANCH OUT: The National Trust is helping prune and shape Branscombe walkers’ knowledge of trees with an identification event.

The event will begin with an undercover talk in the rangers’ office, then weather-permitting, a walk around the village will put the lesson into practice.

It is suitable for anyone over 12, and no previous knowledge is necessary, but booking is essential, as is suitable outdoor footwear and clothing.

The walk takes place on Sunday, February 24, from 2pm until 4.30pm.

To book a place, call the rangers’ office on 01297 680507.


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PIGGY PANTO: Tickets are now on sale for this year’s pantomime in Beer.

Performances are on February 22 (Friday) and 23 (Saturday) at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Sunday at 2.30pm.

Tickets (£5 for adults and £2.50 for children) are available from the newsagents and the off license.


BACK IN TIME: The clock on Beer’s parish church has not been serviced since 2007, which has resulted in its temperamental nature.

The parish council last week agreed to pay for its maintenance, and the church should pay for the clock to be repaired.

Councillor Mike Green said: “It’s a service to the village – if the church can’t afford the repairs they should apply for a grant like anybody else.”


FRANCOPHILE FLICK: Beer Film Society’s February movie is Monsieur Lazhar, a 2011 Canadian French-language drama set in a school, directed by Philippe Falardeau.

It will be shown at Steamers on Monday, February 18, from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £4 for members or £5 for non-member.


ISLAND INSIGHT: Mark Edmonds is continuing the Branscombe Project’s Winter Lecture series with a talk about an island group off Scotland.

‘Prehistoric Orkney: new discoveries’ will give some of Mark’s insights into his new home, where he has been helping excavate a new settlement.

Admission to the village hall is free, but donations are welcome.

Mike and Wendy Gluyas’ talk that was originally scheduled for the date has been cancelled, and there will now only be one Branscombe Project talk this month.


VOLUNTEER NEEDED: The National Trust is recruiting volunteers to work at the Manor Mill in Branscombe for the summer season from March 24 until October 27.

The working water mill is open on Sunday afternoons and some Wednesdays.

For more information, contact community ranger Kate Sheard on 01297 680507 or


CHARITY LUNCH: St Winifred’s Church is holding a charity lunch to benefit Water Aid.

The meal will be at Branscombe Village Hall on Saturday, February 23 from 12noon until 1.15pm and costs £3.50.


SUPER NEWS: Sidmouth supermarket Waitrose has given Branscombe Pre-school £250 from its Community Matters scheme.

The money will be going towards developing the Forest School site.

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