Virginia Astley will be reading from her new poetry collection The English River (Bloodaxe) at Dorchester Waterstones on Wednesday 27th June at 11am. Come along and hear more from her beautiful poetic tribute to the river Thames - its places and its people.  Virginia Astley has been a much admired songwriter and musician since the 1980s, known for her engaging lyrics as well as for her melodious style. Now her other two passions take centre stage in this book: poetry and the River Thames. She grew up by the river’s upper reaches, knew the old lock-keepers and was familiar with all aspects of the Thames and its hinterland: both the natural world and the people whose lives are intimately connected with the river. In recent years, she has returned to the Thames, working for a summer as an assistant lock-keeper, and walking its length to record and respond to its landscapes, river life and river folk as a poet and photographer.



The 13th Annual East Coker Village Quiz was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 10 March. Doors opened at 7.00pm and the first round of questions started at 7.30pm. As usual, Palmer's excellent fish and chips were served at half time. This is a hard-fought annual contest to win the prestigious Cockerel trophy and Diana Turton led the Poetry Group team to victory despite formidable opposition from the other nineteen teams.  The Poetry Group was the clear winner in what was a very enjoyable evening for all those who took part.  The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the charity nominated by last year's winners, who were the 'Early Train' team.