Victorian Fayre

William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet.

Saturday 24th February 2018

Become a member

Annual subscription

  • £10.00  single

  • £12.00  double (for couple at the same address)

Members will receive:

  • Membership Card with Event List

  • Twice-yearly Newsletter containing details of the latest news, upcoming activities and events

  • Invites to excursions and events throughout the year.

Here are some of the activities and benefits which members of the society enjoy: 

  • Celebrating the life of William Barnes

  • Supporting and encouraging the passing on of knowledge of Dorset’s cultural heritage

  • Supporting literary students in their quest for learning about William Barnes’s life and poetry

  • Readings of Barnes’ poetry, in National English and Dorset dialect at Dorset related events

  • Exploring folklore, customs and rural traditions

  • Members Summer Lunch

  • Outings and events to Barnes related places

  • Organised readings, lectures and slide shows

  • Evenings of folk music, readings and poetry


Payment is due on 1st August. (for a new member who joins after the 31st March, membership remains in force until 1st July in the following year)

Please apply by letter, signed by each applicant with a cheque, made payable to: William Barnes Society.

Click here to download the application form


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Forthcoming events

Victorian Fayre William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet. Saturday 24th February 2018
What’s the point of William Barnes in 21st Century? For the many years of the dominance of Received Pronunciation (RP) it was easy to see William Barnes as an irrelevant eccentric. With more recent developments in linguistics, and a growing interest in national and regional diversity, it may be time for Barnes to reclaim his place as a significant figure in the world!! Dr Richard Bradbury will also discuss his more socially engaged prose works. Tuesday 27th March 2018
Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes Morning service, with dialect reading and wreath laying at William Barnes and and his daughter Laura grave Sunday 22nd April 2018
The Serpent and it’s Local Connections Come an listen to musician, Philip Humphries talk on the history and development of the strange bass wind instrument known as the 'Serpent' due to its curious shape. This talk will be interspersed with music and poetry. Tuesday 15th May 2018

Latest news

John Blackmore captivates Society members Following the recent William Barnes Society Annual General Meeting, John Blackmore presented 'Music and Song' to the audience. Sunday 15th October 2017
Service of Remembrance to William Barnes On Sunday 8h October 2017 10:30am, at St Peter’s Church, Dorchester, the Morning Service to commemorate the anniversary of the death of William Barnes took place. It was followed by a wreath laying at the statute. Monday 9th October 2017
Crossways Library opens its doors to welcome William Barnes Poetry On 19th September 2017, a group of William Barnes Society members gave an evening of poetry, music and song at Crossways Library for the Local History Group and guests. Wednesday 20th September 2017
Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2017 Once again Members of the William Barnes Society were invited on August 27th to The Stock Gaylard Oak Fair. for the special event celebrating woodcraft, timber, conservation and the countryside. Monday 28th August 2017

The Folk-Lore of William Barnes

The Folk-Lore of William BarnesThe Folk-Lore of William Barnes The Folk-Lore of William Barnes by John Symonds Udal


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