Victorian Fayre

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

Saturday 24th February 2018

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.

Victorian Fayre

Victorian Fayre

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

From Saturday 24th February 2018 11:00 until Saturday 24th February 2018 15:30

What’s the point of William Barnes in 21st Century?

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.

From Tuesday 27th March 2018 19:30 until Tuesday 27th March 2018 21:30

Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes

Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes

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

The Serpent and it’s Local Connections

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.

On Tuesday 15th May 2018 19:30

Willam Barnes Society Members Annual Summer Lunch

Willam Barnes Society Members Annual Summer Lunch

Willam Barnes Society Members Annual Summer Lunch

From Saturday 23rd June 2018 12:00 until Saturday 23rd June 2018 04:00

William Barnes at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2018

William Barnes at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2018

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

Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends

Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends

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 Service of Remembrance at St Peters, Dorchester

Morning Service of Remembrance at St Peters, Dorchester

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 of the William Barnes Society

2018 Annual General Meeting of the William Barnes Society

2018 Annual General Meeting

From Tuesday 16th October 2018 19:00 until Tuesday 16th October 2018 21:00

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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

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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

Around the World with William Barnes: Part 1 - Greece

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