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Tuesday 12th December 2017

On Sunday 27th August 2017 12:00

William Barnes at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

St Barnabas Church
St Barnabas Church, Stock Gaylard

For the second year running a group of William Barnes Society members are delighted to be invited to the Oak Fair again to recite some of William Barnes poetry.

Their repertoire will include: Dialect and Standard English poems, Music and Song.

The Oak Fair would have thrilled William Barnes immensely as the fair is a celebration of wood, timber, conservation, rural crafts and the countryside.

Barnes dialect poetry fits so beautifully into the settings as he so loved the countryside of the Blackmore Vale. He loved the trees in particular the oak tree of which he wrote so fondly, ’The Girt Woak Tree That’s In The Dell’

From a young a child he retained the sights and sounds of the people in the Vale where he grew up. He recreated in his work the way in which the rural working class spoke, as well as recording their customs, traditions and daily life.

William Barnes Society

William Barnes Society members

sing Barnes' Linden Lea

Barnes was a skilled artist who developed a talent for woodcuts and coper-plate engravings. A few of his wood blocks can still be seen in the William Barnes Collection in the Dorset County Museum.

The Oak Fair takes place at the traditional countryside estate at Stock Gaylard, Kings Stag, situated not far from Sturminster Newton. August 26th and 27th 10am-5pm

Please do come along and join us on Sunday 27th August at St Barnabas Church, 12noon and again at 3:30pm and enjoy a little of the great man, William Barnes.

Through his poetry and his affection for the labouring poor we can learn so much regarding the social history of agricultural life from the days of Shakespeare until the late 19 century.

This is an external event, so standard admissions to the Oak Fair apply for more information on how to obtain tickets visit www.stockgaylard.com

William Barnes at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair
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Keepen Up O' Chris'mas Festive celebrations in words and music. Refreshments: Christmas cake, chocolate log, mince pies and more. Tuesday 12th December 2017
What’s the point of William Barnes in 21st Century? A talk by Dr Richard Bradbury Tuesday 27th March 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

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