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Youth Cricket in West Dorset

The Yarn’s guide to youth cricket in Dorset

Have I just seen our 2031 Ashes hero? OK, that’s 16 years away, but with the current series against Australia now under way, we’ve been looking at the strength of youth cricket here in West Dorset in 2015.

Yarn’s very own cricket fan Peter Smith (not much of a player but has commentated on the BBC’s Test Match Special), started his innings with Bridport’s Under 9’s…

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Beaminster Update - Yarn Magazine in June

Beaminster Update

“We hope to inspire people to visit Beaminster.” That’s what we said in the six-page special that we ran on Beaminster last month in The Yarn and we’ve been delighted to hear from many readers that we’d succeeded in rousing their curiosity about changes in the town centre. New shops, new cafés, new services. “I’ve not been there for a while, but now I’m going to go” — that’s what many people have been telling us.

This month, Jonathan Hudston has continued to look in some detail at ventures old and new and consider how Beaminster could promote itself. What weaknesses could be addressed? What strengths played to? You’ll find some ideas listed as suggestions. Let us know what you think.

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Martial Arts for Children in West Dorset

Martial Arts for Children

Mum of two Charlie Hughes runs green family lifestyle blog Sophia’s Choice. She shares her experiences of martial arts for children with Yarn Magazine.

Before meeting my husband, my only real experience of martial arts was having watched the Karate Kid aged 12 and attending a “self defence” course at school where I gave my best friend a black eye. I suppose it proved that the techniques worked, however I’m not sure my friend was too pleased by the experience.

Since then I’ve often toyed with the idea of learning a martial art properly, particularly as I’ve watched my husband’s own journey with martial arts over many years. I’ve come to realise that there’s so much more to it than just self defence and, in our modern world, learning a martial art can definitely offer our children many key benefits which will set them up for life.

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Mashing in preparation for the brewing of one of Tapstone's ales

Change brewing in the world of beer

‘It’s full of stress, a lot of sleepless nights, but I love it, I’m not joking, the brewery’s my life, my girlfriend, my everything. It doesn’t feel like work, even though I work at least seven days a week’

So says James Davies, 31, from Halstock, between Beaminster and Yeovil. James is head brewer at Tapstone Brewing Company, which he set up in January, though the title of head brewer doesn’t really do justice to his efforts. He built the brewery himself, on an industrial estate in Chard, and he does almost everything else, including deliveries — he takes care to carry his casks upright and steady, rather than roll them around on the ground, so the beer settles quicker in pubs’ cellars.

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