William Barnes Society Events
Dorset Meetings are held throughout the year, with talks, poetry readings, recitals and other entertainments including excursions to places with special Barnes connections. Annual events include a spring Service of Remembrance at Winterborne Came Church, a June, Summer Lunch and a wreath laying at St. Peter's Church, Dorchester, in October.
Non-members are welcome to our events as advertised (£2 for entry), William Barnes Society members FREE. For more information on joining click here. External events advertised outside of the organisation may be ticketed.
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.
From Tuesday 27th March 2018 19:30 until Tuesday 27th March 2018 21:30
Morning service, with dialect reading and wreath laying at William Barnes and and his daughter Laura grave
From Sunday 22nd April 2018 10:30 until Sunday 22nd April 2018 12:00
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.
On Tuesday 15th May 2018 19:30
Willam Barnes Society Members Annual Summer Lunch
From Saturday 23rd June 2018 12:00 until Saturday 23rd June 2018 04:00
Please do come along and join us on Sunday 26th August at St Barnabas Church, midday and again at 3:30pm and enjoy a little of the great man, William Barnes.
From Sunday 26th August 2018 12:00 until Sunday 26th August 2018 15:30
Music and Poetry reading in the garden of Thomas Hardy's Max Gate
From Saturday 15th September 2018 14:30 until Saturday 15th September 2018 16:00
Morning church service to commemorate William Barnes death.
From Sunday 7th October 2018 10:30 until Sunday 7th October 2018 12:00
2018 Annual General Meeting
From Tuesday 16th October 2018 19:00 until Tuesday 16th October 2018 21:00