TO COMMEMORATE the declaration of war, there will be a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem at St Osmond’s Church in Evershot on Monday August 4, starting at 2.30pm.

Everyone is welcome and any donations will go to the British Legion.

STRATTON and District Home and Garden Club will hold their annual Summer Show on Tuesday August 9.

If you do not have a schedule yet, please ask any committee member.

THERE will be a ‘Praise in the Park’ service in Cattistock’s community play area (or in the church if wet) at 6pm on Sunday August 10, when the theme will be WW1 +100 and D-Day +70.

Do come along to join in the hymns and songs, and to hear poems from both World Wars.

The service will be followed by a barbecue.

CREAM teas will be served in Frampton Village Hall on Sunday afternoons during August. The doors will open at 3pm and the money made will go to village groups and charities.

The next cream tea will be on Sunday August 10, when the cause will be Prostrate Cancer UK.

The cream tea on Sunday August 17 will be in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, while Age UK (Dorchester) will benefit from the event on Sunday August 24.

The last cream tea will take place on Sunday August 31 and money raised on that day will be donated to Julia’s House (The Dorset Children’s Hospice) CATTISTOCK Fete, combined with the Flower and Vegetable Show at the Fox and Hounds, will take place at 2pm on Sunday, August 24.

The Grand Draw will conclude events at 4.30pm on that day. There will be lots of stalls, including Heather’s Curiosity Corner, the Silent Auction, Bottle Tombola, Home Produce, Books and refreshments.

The children’s fancy dress will have a flower or vegetable theme. Donations to any of the stalls will be gratefully received. Enquiries should be directed to Paul on 01300 321112.

The week or so leading up to the Fete itself will be as action-packed as ever. On Thursday August 14 and Friday August 15 there will be a skittles championship in the Fox and Hounds with big prizes for the winners.

On Sunday August 17 there will be a quiz in the Savill Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Teams of up to 6 people can enter at a cost of £3 for each member. There will also be a raffle. Please ring Paul on 01300 321112 to book a table.

Afternoon teas will be served in the community play area from 2.30 until 4.30pm on Monday August 18.

Tuesday, August 19 is the day for Bingo in the Savill Hall. Eyes down is at 7.30pm and there will be a raffle.

There will be a jumble sale at 7pm in the Savill Hall on Wednesday August 20. Please bring donated items to the hall during the day (no large furniture or electrical items, please). Entry costs 50p and there will be a raffle.

One of the main attractions at Cattistock fete will be a Silent Auction. If you could offer any unwanted gifts or toys in good condition, have connections with pubs or restaurants, could offer tickets for an event or maybe offer your own services as a baby sitter, gardener, music teacher, riding instructor, dressmaker, dog walker …. Then please get in touch with Julia Dodds on 07833 718032 or 01300 320119.

CHILDREN of Fiji’s ‘virtual balloon race’ has now finished. The furthest destination was Portsoy in Aberdeenshire and the winner was Juliane Deyhle-Beaumont from Bordeaux in France. Local participants did very well, but unfortunately on this occasion their balloons were beaten!

Virtual balloons are already on sale at £1.50 for next year’s event, so do contact us if you would like to buy some or perhaps sell some on our behalf to your friends and family. Maybe we’ll have a Dorset winner next time!

All money raised will go to help disadvantaged children in Fiji.