A decision has been made by the school that the gates through from the car park outside the leisure centre leading to the new building will, in future, be locked.

Pedestrians and motorists should therefore, NOT use the entrance opposite the hospital but go on to the second set of gates leading to the school.



Blandford Forum Film Society – a brief history

This is where we show our films. Click on photo for map.


Blandford Forum Film Society opened its doors to members in September, 1986, when six local people, Graham Haigh, Brian and Angie Winkle, John England, Tony Langdown and John Venables decided to launch the society with the aim of offering a selection of the best of world cinema.

We opened with a programme of ten films screened in the hall of the then Blandford Upper School (now The Blandford School) with borrowed 16mm projectors, a sound system built by Tony Langdown, and a pitiful 8’ by 6’ screen!

To our amazement 180 people joined in that first season, some of whom are still members today. Of the original committee only Graham Haigh and Brian Winkle remain and are currently Co-chairs.

Over the following years the society was gradually able to purchase its own pair of matched Bell & Howell projectors and a 12’ by 9’ folding screen. Eventually, 16mm projection gave way to digital, and our programme expanded to the present 16 screenings per season, and the screen to 16′ x 9. . Programmes have frequently been augmented by special events, usually taking place in The Crown Hotel, Blandford, but sometimes in the school itself. Two years ago the present venue, still within The Blandford School, opened with its own projection and sound.

We have not changed our objectives over the years, and we try to pride ourselves on a professional presentation, a warm welcome with refreshments available, and good film notes. Incidentally, we are one of the few film societies to invite our members’ comments!

Blandford Forum is a small market town in Dorset, England, in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex. The Film Society is a voluntary-run organisation dedicated to bringing the best of world cinema to its 250 or so members. We are a member of the British Federation of Film Societies. Our season begins as the nights draw in in early September and runs through to early spring. We launch our next season of international cinema on Wednesday 12th September 2012. As always, we will be screening award-winning films from around the world. Moreover, you will be seeing these films in a ‘club’ atmosphere; tea and coffee are available before and after the show. You can tell us what you think of the films – and detailed film notes are provided!

If you live in the Blandford area and this sounds like a good way to spend your winter Wednesday evenings and would like to join please contact our Membership Secretary Sarah Fale, 3 Field View, Alexandra Street, Blandford, DT11 7JQ.

Links to other film related websites – click on name and it will appear in new window

Rotten tomatoes

International Movie Database

Sight & Sound Magazine

BFFS South West Group