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September 1997 - Newsletter 56

'In Praise of Dorset' will be launched at a concert at The Corn Exchange, Dorchester on Saturday, October 4th. It is on cassette and CD and will be the same price as the others. It is a mixture of traditional Dorset songs, pieces from the writings of William Barnes and Thomas Hardy, bits of nonsense we have gleaned over the years and snippets from the County Archives which are pertinent to the songs. In other words it's a real Dorset affair. The idea is to raise money so that the Archives in Dorchester can carry on the work of looking after and renovating the thousands of valuable documents in their care. As the 4th of October coincides with our 30th anniversary I can see it being a special night. For more information see the Events List.

Jim Lloyd is doing a bit of a special for our 30 years on Folk On 2. This will be broadcast on the 1st October at 8 pm and will include tracks from the above mentioned CD.

We are running a weekend at Halsway Manor Folk Centre from the evening of Friday 13th of February 1998 until Sunday tea time. There will be dancing, singing (formal and I suspect informal) and talks about the history of the group from our scouting days to the present day. Halsway has been a regular venue for Yetties concerts etc. for over 35 years so it's something of a nostalgia trip for us as well. Accommodation is limited so if you are interested please ring 01984 618274 for more information.

Yes, I know, it's too early to be thinking of such things and at this moment it is 80 degrees in the shade on our lawn and shorts and T shirts are the order of the day. However, I know that in a couple of months it will be time to dust off the showshoes. The Christmas Concerts at The Digby Hall, Sherborne are on the 12th and 13th December and the New Years Knees Up on the 31st. All three events start at 8 pm and tickets can be obtained from the P0 Box or from The Abbey Pharmacy at the bottom of Cheap Street, if you are local to Sherborne. Yeovil people can buy them from The Sweeterie, 83 Middle Street. Concert tickets are Adults 5.50/Children and OAPs 4.50. New Year tickets are 8.00.

Ever thought of a promotional video for your particular product/firm. Classic Video Productions, who film, edit and produce ours, are excellent at just that. You might even like a Yetties jingle or voice overdub to go with it. Ring Phil or Jenny on 01963 363203 or (mobile) 0370 622998.

11 .30pm (or was it 11.40?)- 450 people are starting to leave the Marquee after a memorable Yetties Concert, and the word is "was there ever such a great way to end a great day?"

The Fair had the usual happy atmosphere, as crowds enjoyed the stalls, the Bands, the Entertainment's, the Cream Teas in other words, another good Fair. And now the village is quiet; a few people talking, a few cars but there is a bonus. This year the Fair will donate 800 each to the School Band, the Scouts and the Church Restoration Fund, as well as 500 to the Wessex Children's Hospice and 100 to the Benefice magazine. A record total of 3000 - all due to those who support us and to whom we are eternally grateful. Without this support these donations could not be made.

Our thanks to everyone who comes to the Fair and to the Yetties Concert, and our best wishes to all our friends. Ron Page, 1997 Fair Committee Chairman

PS. Next years Fair is on Saturday 11th July - we hope to see you there (or before if you're coming to the Thomas Hardy evening on Friday 26th September).