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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS (VIDEO): Behind the scenes with David Parkin – staging The Ladykillers in Axbridge – building a theatre, creating the house in Kings Cross and recycling the last set (all with the help of a chocolate biscuit or two)

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The Ladykillers: a still taken from ACT’s stage play

When Axbridge Community Theatre staged The Ladykillers in the Town Hall in 2016 a team of talented folk worked behind the scenes to make it happen. This is the story of part of that team – the set designers and builders of Axbridge Community Theatre (ACT). The production was directed by Peter Honeyands and was adapted by Graham Linehan as a stage play in 2011 from the screen play written by William Rose for the 1955 film .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec-ASnsm8SI

ACT’s next production is Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker directed by John Bailey. It will be staged in the town hall in Axbridge in Somerset on May 2-5, 2018.

Tickets will be on sale online from 23rd March 2018, and from Axbridge Chemists and Post Office from 1st April.

Observed by a lone, mystified Australian aboriginal , the convict ship arrives in Botany Bay in1788, crammed with England’s outcasts. Colony discipline in this vast and alien land is brutal. Three proposed public hangings incite an argument: how best to keep the criminals in line, the noose or a more civilised form of entertainment? The ambitious Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark steps forward with a play. But as the mostly illiterate cast rehearses, and a sense of common purpose begins to take hold, the young officer’s own transformation is as marked and poignant as that of his prisoners. The play is far from grim. Actually it’s mostly funny! “All people tend to become what society says they are! In performance the convicts challenge their definition.” 

For more films about ACT visit www.harrymottram and for the drama group see www.axbridgecommunitytheatre.org.uk

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – GALLERY: Cheddar Reservoir pictured at dawn during the month of January 2018

The photographs were taken by Harry Mottram on his phone when out for a jog early in the morning. For much of the month it has been dark or misty – or pouring with rain – making photography difficult.

The reservoir is two and a quarter miles in circumference and was built in the 1930s. In January it is filled with coots and moorhens while geese and swans also winter here. There is public access all the year round making it a popular walk, cycle way, and running track with views across to the Isle of Wedmore and the Mendips.

More at http://www.harrymottram.co.uk/?page_id=23

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The Friends of Cheddar Library have organised a protest demonstration over the planned closure of the library

The Friends of Cheddar Library have organised a protest demonstration over the planned closure of the library

STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Friends of Cheddar Library demonstrate over threat of the library’s closure by Somerset County Council

A ‘consultation’ over the planned change to Cheddar Library by Somerset County Council takes place this winter as the county seeks to save money by closing libraries across Somerset.

The consultation gives a number of options for residents to choose from. In a document the county reports: “Cheddar: Provide library services through either: · a partnership with the local community to maintain a library building in Cheddar (supported by some funding from the County Council), or · an additional mobile library stop.”

They add on the county’s website: “We stress that library services will continue across Somerset, whatever the outcome of this consultation. If we are unable to keep library buildings open in communities, we will deliver library services in other ways, such as through outreach (i.e. in alternative venues within communities), online or mobile library services.”

There is scepticism amongst members of the Friends of Cheddar Library who feel the consultation is little more than a public relations exercise with the outcome already decided at County Hall in Taunton. In a document available online called Somerset Library Service Consultation 2018 Appendix 1: Library Service Proposals for Consultation the numbers of those using the various libraries in the area are shown. The numbers of users are listed along with footfall which show Cheddar to be used by fewer people than Wells and Shepton Mallet. This say the Friends is because fewer people live in the Cheddar area and it is open for fewer hours.

The Friends of Cheddar Library have launched a campaign to fight the plans. They have made a video outlining the reasons why the library should be retained and are lobbying councillors to retain the community facility as it is more than just a library as it is used as a meeting place, gallery and social hub. They are urging residents to engage in the consultation to send a message to County Hall that the library must not be closed.

The consultation in Cheddar is at the Cheddar Library on Friday 23 March with hourly sessions at 2:30pm, 3.30pm and 4:30pm but opens online before that on Monday 29 January 2018. More details at http://democracy.somerset.gov.uk

The Friends have a Facebook site where their activities and campaign plans are announced.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5bXAxaBQpI&t=16s

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STRAWBERRY LINE TIMES – NEWS: Specially for foodies – the date of the Next Axbridge Progressive Supper is confirmed (and if you go please don’t fall in a water filled ditch) 

This year’s annual fund raising Axbridge progressive supper will take place on Saturday, November 17. Last year the event attracted scores of couples from the town and nearby and raised £1,000 for the town’s pageant held every ten years.

The Progressive Supper involves a three course meal eaten at three different locations. Participants either provide one course at their home, or travellers who pay to dine and do not need to provide food and drink. Cash is raised by those taking part and also by a raffle with the prizes announced at the end of the evening. The evening begins with everyone drawing lots from a hat to discover where they will be dining meaning the evening is a total surprise to all.

The unexpected nature of the evening has led to a number of hilarious incidents over the years due to the nature of the meal – spread out across the town at various homes. Guests have got lost and ended up in the wrong house while on one occasion an unnamed woman fell in the rhyne (a water filled ditch by Moorland Farm) when looking for a house down on the moors. And for hosts it’s meant an annual spring clean of their homes for fear the guests will be shocked at the state of their loo or kitchen.

Each course is for a set time, at the end of which everyone gets up and scrambles, or staggers as the night wears on, to get to the next course – which could be anywhere in Axbridge.

The event is on Saturday 17 November. See the event’s Facebook site for further updates and information.

Or contact Harry on 07789 864769 or email harryfmottram@gmail.com for more details.

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Comedy Night at the Roxy in Axbridge – with stand-ups, performance poets, crazy comic films and an evening of laughter 

Comedy Night at the Roxy in Axbridge – with stand-ups, performance poets, crazy comic films and an evening of laughter

The next Axbridge Roxy Comedy Night is on Thursday 25th January 2018. Tickets on sale at the Chemist and Post Office.

The last one sold out in hours so make sure you grab a ticket for the funniest night of the month in the town.

More details at http://www.axbridgeroxy.org.uk/http://www.harrymottram.co.uk/?page_id=1856

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On Friday, January 12th at one of the Strawberry Line’s favourite pubs there’s a David Bowie Tribute Night at the Crown Inn, Axbridge. Dr Love’s Vinyl Revival will be rolling back the years to an era of Ziggy Stardust, Young Americans and Pin Ups in an evening paying tribute to the artist and also to raise cash for a cancer charity based in North Somerset.

There’s a raffle, Bowie cocktails and an auction. The auction will feature Harry the Spiv selling signed Bowie Album, along with other Bowie era memorabilia including a rare autographed framed Dr Love poster signed by the mysterious man himself.

And there’s a rare piece of rock and roll history up for grabs – a sign copy of the Mott the Hoople Album ‘Mott’ by the model Kari-Ann Moller who married Chris Jagger (brother of Mick) in 1981 and was the cover girl on the album as well as on a Roxy Music album as well. She kindly signed the record sleeve – the album is still as good as ever and is another prize part of the auction.

https://www.facebook.com/drlovebowiejan2018/https://www.facebook.com/drlovevinylrevival/

All money raised goes to the Penny Brohn UK cancer charity.
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Extraordinary fund raising event for Penny Brohn UK cancer charity in Axbridge – and it’s all about David Bowie 

On Friday, January 12th at one of the Strawberry Line’s favourite pubs there’s a David Bowie Tribute Night at the Crown Inn, Axbridge.  Dr Love’s Vinyl Revival will be rolling back the years to an era of Ziggy Stardust, Young Americans and Pin Ups in an evening paying tribute to the artist and also to raise cash for a cancer charity based in North Somerset.

There’s a raffle, Bowie cocktails and an auction. The auction will feature Harry the Spiv selling  signed Bowie Album, along with other Bowie era memorabilia including a rare autographed framed Dr Love poster signed by the mysterious man himself. https://www.facebook.com/drlovebowiejan2018/https://www.facebook.com/drlovevinylrevival/ 

All money raised goes to the Penny Brohn UK cancer charity.

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Views of Cheddar Reservoir during 2017 – from dawn to dusk and from drought to downpours 

The giant mirror that is Cheddar Reservoir reflects the vast skies above Somerset creating an ever changing waterscape – not unlike that of the sea. Measure more than two miles around and a mile or more across the man made lake built in the 1930s is a popular place for walkers, joggers and families – as well as sailors and fishermen.

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Christmas comes to Axbridge with Santa in the Square 

On Saturday, December 16th, Axbridge Square in the Strawberry Line District is closed to traffic from 5pm as Christmas celebrations take place. Pictured above is a scene from Cheddar’s Festive Night earlier in the month, and similar scenes of live music, carol singing and the arrival of Father Christmas will take place in Axbridge. Every child in the town of primary school age receives a gift from Santa who usually arrives in the Square by horse drawn trap. There’s a pig roast and mulled wine on offer in the community event organised by the Axbridge Sports and Social Club led by Pauline Ham the current mayor of the town. Axbridge Sports & Social Club was formed on 29th July 1981 to “promote and encourage sporting and social activities within the parish of Axbridge”. If you are interested in helping the club call Pauline on 01934  732062. ——————————————————————————————

End of the Voices of Axbridge oral history programme

Maggie Turr has wrapped up the oral history programme in the town that began with Harry Mottram around a decade ago with interviews for the Western Daily Press. A tea party was held in the town hall for participants with music provided by Sarah Kendall and Anna Hind. The records covered more than 100 interviews and will be lodged with the Somerset Records Office in Taunton as a snapshot of the start of the new century in the town.

May 2016: The Voices of Axbridge oral history programmes comes to an end with a tea party in the town hall.

May 2016: The Voices of Axbridge oral history programmes comes to an end with a tea party in the town hall.