A wine festival was a corker – and has benefited some good causes too.

Dorchester Corkers hosted the very successful 2019 Wine Festival at the Corn Exchange in October with the theme of Legends and Divas, and many guests took the opportunity to dress up.

Popular compère Elaine Grassby lead a programme of music, singing and dancing during the evening – accompanied by a selection of wines that were delivered to guests by a team of volunteer waitresses.

Chairman and Secretary of Dorchester Corkers Jules Ford said: "As in previous years this entertaining evening full of surprises, fun and laughter was warmly greeted by our guests.

With the support of Majestic Wines in their selection of a variety of wines from across the globe and the valued talents of Dave and Rod with the lighting and sound systems, the evening went with great success.

"The wine festival is entirely run by volunteers to whom we are indebted and financed through sponsorship, kind donations and the ever keen guests.

"A big thank you to our main sponsor Sarah Grant solicitors, Brewery Square and SGM Hair to name but a few of our key sponsors."

Previously the committee behind the festival has been known as 'Ellipse', and half of the Corkers members are from the Ellipse group.

Over the years the wine festival has raised in excess of £59,000 for local charities - and before last year's event organisers say they were hoping to match the 2018 total of £5,000.

In fact, a record amount of £5,800 was raised, which will be distributed to four local causes.

The Dorchester Youth and Community Centre were the first to receive their donation, of £1,600, and a cheque was presented to the group's chairman Chris Davies from Liz Meyers and Jules Ford from Dorchester Corkers.

Liz, who spent 20 years with the youth centre, hopes that the donation will be used to purchase new equipment for the centre, which provides an invaluable service to the younger members of the community.