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Paintings by Nicola Cook

Dorset Echo: Dorset web button

3:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

An exhibition of new paintings by Nicola Cook will be on show at the Upwey Old School from 10.30am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Works begins on Dorchester Road

2:00pm Monday 22nd October 2012

NICE TO SEE that work has begun now to turn Dorchester Road into a more pedestrian-friendly street

Maggie is well-dressed

2:44pm Thursday 5th May 2011

THE well is well-dressed and invites us to walk in bluebell woods – glorious colours gleam under the arches. Congratulations to Maggie Cooke and her team for yet another splendid effort.

Wine tasting with a difference!

Dorset Echo: The "Wonderful Bluffers" are John O'Driscoll, John Huggins and Pat Dunne.

9:03am Wednesday 20th April 2011

A VERY jolly crowd, who got steadily jollier as the evening went on, enjoyed a ‘Call my Bluff’ wine tasting at the Old School

Interesting talk and slide show

11:47am Wednesday 6th April 2011

A GOOD number of people enjoyed Jenny Morris’s talk about the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 at the Old School.

Peace and quiet now the new road is open

9:40am Wednesday 23rd March 2011

THE best good news this week has to be the opening of the new road, which has caused a remarkable peacefulness in Upwey – we heard someone say that she could not sleep for the quietness of the road! She’ll probably get over it.

Working party tidying up and clearing Goulds Bottom picnic park

Dorset Echo: Dave Mountjoy and Barry Day at Goulds Bottom.

11:41am Thursday 3rd March 2011

THERE was a great clearing, chopping, pruning and grinding of overgrown vegetation at Goulds Bottom picnic park, which is managed by the Upwey Society, when several keen members gathered to tidy up this special place.

Over £300 raised for Brain Tumour Trust

3:10pm Monday 21st February 2011

WITHOUT the effort of going to a stadium, the Springfield Social and Snooker Club held a dog racing evening at the Reynolds Community Centre, organised in memory of Bob Rankin who had been a regular snooker player there for many years.

Burns Night raised £1,000 for St Laurence Church fabric fund

9:44am Thursday 10th February 2011

THE life and words of Robbie Burns were celebrated in great style at the Old School Village Hall when 74 people gathered for this special feast

Rev Pat Jones retires

Dorset Echo: Rev Pat Jones with Upwey Church warden Paul Sutcliffe on the occasion of her retirement.

10:41am Tuesday 25th January 2011

THERE was a very nice party at the Old School Village Hall to mark the retirement of our curate, Rev Pat Jones, after 14 years service to the parishes of Upwey, Broadwey, Bincombe and Buckland Ripers.

Crowds of people visit Local History Exhibition

Dorset Echo: People at the recent Local History Exhibition held at the Memorial Hall, in Upwey.

9:37am Tuesday 30th November 2010

CROWDS of people with Upwey and Broadwey connections turned up at the recent Local History Exhibition at the Memorial Hall.

People sang out in the name of charity

Dorset Echo: People singing at St Laurence Church, Upwey.

9:36am Thursday 11th November 2010

MORE than 100 voices raised to sing choruses from Handel’s ”Messiah” at St Laurence Church recently, and what a wonderful sound they made.

Maintenance on footpaths around Upwey

Dorset Echo: Footpath maintenance in progress.

10:25am Wednesday 27th October 2010

FOOTPATH maintenance has been at the top of the Upwey Society’s agenda this year and a small party gathered recently to get to work on the path leading from the Wishing Well up to the top of Windsbatch Hill. This is now in good condition.

Several stones shed!

Dorset Echo: Pictured are Jayne Simmonite, Teresa Fairbank, Tony Batty, Jane Woodland -  the woman of the year, Ruth Hoadley, Pat Dominey,Jenny Scriven, Kim Roberts who all reached thier target weights at Slimming World.

9:02am Thursday 7th October 2010

THERE are a lot of people celebrating the loss of a lot of weight.

Variety of events and classes in Upwey

9:50am Monday 20th September 2010

LIP READING classes at the Frank Reynolds hall on the Dorchester Road have begun again and it is not too late to join, contact Mags Chue on 01308 897543. The classes are on Mondays at 12.30pm.

Summer flower show a great success

Dorset Echo: Brian Marsh, Chairman of the Horticultural Society, with Janet Willment who presented the awards at the Summer Show.

8:59am Thursday 26th August 2010

THE BROADWEY and Upwey Horticultural Society have chalked up another great success with their summer flower show held recently at the Memorial Hall.

Want not, waste not!

11:08am Wednesday 18th August 2010

MOST of us have lots of items cluttering up our cupboards that we rarely, if ever, use.

The summer holidays are in full swing

1:13pm Wednesday 4th August 2010

THE summer holidays are well and truly under way and Upwey has been putting on its normal specials which began with the annual craft fair at the Old School.

Crowds visit Upwey Open Gardens

Dorset Echo: Open garden in Upwey.

3:08pm Wednesday 14th July 2010

OUR Open Gardens weekend was the best yet, with hot sunshine and gentle breezes bringing crowds of visitors whose enjoyment was plain to see.

£1,000 for Church funds

10:48am Wednesday 30th June 2010

AMONGST all the summer fetes and fairs, the folk at St Laurence’s were delighted with the result of the Summer Fair last month which raised over £1,000 for church funds.


2:30pm Wednesday 26th May 2010

IT’S been a time of getting the garden up to scratch with plant sales all over the place.

Well-dressing at Upwey Wishing Well

Dorset Echo: Morris dancers lead the well dressing panels in.

12:57pm Wednesday 5th May 2010

THE summer season has officially opened with the installation of this year’s well-dressing under the arches at Upwey Wishing Well.

Blooming good show!

Dorset Echo: President Brian Marsh with judge Derek Phillips at Upwey's Horticultural Society Spring Show.

11:06am Wednesday 21st April 2010

TOWARDS the end of March the Upwey and Broadwey Horticultural Society held its Spring Show at the memorial hall.

Celebrate St George’s Day the Upwey way!

11:36am Monday 12th April 2010

THERE’S to be another of Upwey’s famous parties, this time to celebrate St George’s Day on Friday, April 23.

Upwey Society’s AGM

Dorset Echo: Members of the Upwey Society committee: Back row: John Ramsden, John Burgess, Anne Prendergast, Helen Goodman, Sue Mountjoy, Jackie Johnson, Dave Mountjoy, Mike Goodman, John Huggins. Front row: Carol White, Evelyn Price, Angela Lousley,Gwen Nayler.

12:53pm Wednesday 24th March 2010

SOME fifty members turned up at the Old School Village Hall for the AGM of the Upwey Society at which reports were given of this past year’s events and activities


9:30am Thursday 11th March 2010

IN his report as chairman of the Old School Village Hall, Bill Crumbleholme expressed his pride in being involved with this lively venue and the activities which take place there.

Fun and games with Wii in aid of charity

Dorset Echo: Donnie, India and Maria play "tennis" with computer remotes - a new game!

9:13am Wednesday 24th February 2010

THE OLD SCHOOL Village Hall moved into the 21st century well and truly at the end of half term, when Laurence Eastwood and his mates set up Wii games for anyone to come and play and to raise funds for the Haiti relief efforts.

Reading Room at the Old Ship Inn

9:57am Thursday 11th February 2010

FOR READERS there’s a new opportunity opened at the Old Ship Inn on the Ridgeway.

Upwey and Broadwey Horticultural Society held an 'any questions' evening

9:34am Tuesday 26th January 2010

THE UPWEY and Broadwey Horticultural Society opened the new year with an experiment which proved to be successful and repeatable.

Look out for the Nurdlers on New Year’s Day!

9:25am Thursday 24th December 2009

SEVENTY members of the Upwey Society sat down to a traditional Christmas dinner at the Old School Village Hall.

£1,000 raised for Church funds

10:51am Tuesday 8th December 2009

THERE’S’s been a spate of Christmas Fairs just lately with great opportunities for locals and visitors to find original gifts.


10:21am Thursday 12th November 2009

BROADWEY Village Stores celebrated its first birthday on Saturday with a really busy day.

November 5 – Bonfire night!

9:37am Thursday 29th October 2009

THE venue for Upwey’s spectacular bonfire and firework display has had a small change – the entrance is still at the bottom of Elwell Street and will be in the field where the Midsummer Fete was held, in the grounds of Upwey House

Ben Waters performing at Upwey Memorial Hall in aid of St Laurence Church

Dorset Echo: Ben Waters performs at Upwey Memorial Hall

2:17pm Wednesday 21st October 2009

UPWEY resounded to the beat of Ben Waters and his brilliant band at the Memorial Hall recently.

Boogie Woogie with Ben Waters

12:27pm Wednesday 30th September 2009

THERE are only a very few days to go before Upwey enjoys another concert by Ben Waters and his Band.

Upwey Society's annual barbecue

Dorset Echo: The workers at Upwey Society's annual barbecue.

9:45am Wednesday 2nd September 2009

THERE was a great gathering on bank holiday Saturday night as the Upwey Society held its annual barbecue at Bayard Barn, tucked away in a hollow below the Ridgeway.

Horticultural Society's summer show booms in bloom

Dorset Echo: Shirley Dunne, winner of the fresh herbs class at the Horticultural Society's summer show

3:50pm Monday 17th August 2009

OUR local Horticultural Society held its summer show at the Memorial Hall in mid August and what a fantastic display there was.

Upwey Craft Fair was an outstanding success

8:48am Thursday 30th July 2009

Upwey's Annual Craft Fair

Dorset Echo: QUILT MAKERS: The quilt was made by seven ladies of the village: Pam Bird, Pam Dickinson, Linda Barber, Noelle Painting, Eileen Sarup. (Not in the pic are Diane Crumbleholme and Sue Deans.)

9:03am Thursday 9th July 2009

THERE’S still time to buy tickets for the concert ‘A Celebration of Summer’ being held at St Laurence Church, Upwey on Thursday, July 16 at 6pm. The Thomas Hardy School Singers are an outstanding choir with a very wide range of music to suit all tastes. Choirmaster, Peter Oakes has designed a programme of instrumental and choral pieces reflecting the last year and it will be a delight.

Upwey's Midsummer Fete

Dorset Echo: Childrens tug-of-war, lots of effort in that one

10:03am Thursday 2nd July 2009

UPWEY’S Midsummer Fete brought crowds of people to enjoy a really delightful afternoon, full of all the sorts of things such an event should traditionally provide – and the sun shone throughout with sufficient breeze to keep us all comfortable.

Upwey's fantastic Midsummer Fete is only a few days away

11:39am Friday 5th June 2009

ON Saturday, June 20th, from 12.00 midday to 5.00pm, you’ll be able to find everything you always thought goes to make a traditional English summer party. There will be stalls of all sorts, the tea tent with refreshments throughout the day including a Pimms bar, raffle and a superb tombola. There are things to do as well – skittles, tug-of-war, bouncy castle and children’s games, cup cake decorating and flower arranging; and, by popular request, another visit from those racing terriers .

New curtains for village hall

10:39am Tuesday 19th May 2009

The OLD School Village Hall has some beautiful new curtains! Floor length, or almost, they’re a soft green which enhances the creamy walls and beige floor, and most certainly they will make a much-needed difference to the acoustics. We’re very pleased with them, the gift of the Upwey Society, and lots of nice remarks have been heard.

Well-dressing at Upwey Wishing Well

Dorset Echo: "A Boy's Song", well-dressing at Upwey.

10:42am Wednesday 6th May 2009

WHERE the pools are bright and deep, Where the grey trout lies asleep, Up the river and over the lee, That's the way for Billy and me. So goes James Hogg's poem, 'A Boy's Song' and the theme from which Maggie Cooke has designed this year's well-dressing: a look back to gentler quieter times, The mood has been well caught in the two panels which are hung within the well building, made from twigs, leaves, grasses and wools to paint a nostalgic picture.


11:24pm Thursday 16th April 2009

IT’S WELL-DRESSING time again and you are cordially invited to come and help to prepare the picture boards which are placed at the Wishing Well in time for the early May holiday.

Nicola Cooke

6:11pm Thursday 2nd April 2009

NICOLA COOKE is presenting her exhibition of new work at the Old School Village Hall from Easter Sunday, March 12 to Tuesday, March 14, open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Farewell Mike

Dorset Echo: Mike the Milk says Goodbye

3:10pm Friday 20th March 2009

FAREWELL, Mike the Milk.

Brains in gear

Dorset Echo: Heads down John & Jos O'Driscoll,Lindsay & John Pedder

7:14pm Wednesday 18th March 2009

BRAINS in gear – the Annual St. Laurence’s Church Quiz got under way with many sets of questions themed to the date, March 13 - quite surprising just how much has happened on that date, and some people knew some of the answers, rigorously marked by Paul Sutcliffe.

Village Hall AGM

Dorset Echo: The Village Hall Team, Chairman Bill Crumbleholme, Secretary Pam Dickinson, Treasurer Phil Price

3:00pm Tuesday 10th March 2009

THE OLD School Village Hall held its AGM on a very cold wet night, so attendance was somewhat meagre.

Illustrated talk a lovely opportunity

Dorset Echo: Jackie Johnson, Prim Hughes and Sue Virgin at the talk

11:38am Thursday 5th March 2009

AT A recent event at the Old School Village Hall, Sue Virgin presented an illustrated talk on Upwey in the last 50 years.


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