Morning Service of Remembrance

Morning church service to commemorate William Barnes death.

Sunday 8th October 2017

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Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2017

Stock Gayland Oak Fair
Stock Gayland Oak Fair

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.

Over 200 exhibitors took part and events in the arena included The Heavy Horse Logger Team, Falconry which involved a variety of birds of prey that performed amazing displays, Archery and demonstrations of axe throwing. Also, for the younger generation tree climbing and zip wires to try.

 A group of members from the William Barnes Society gave two performances of poetry readings at midday and 3:30pm in St Barnabas church.

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’

The poems had been carefully chosen by Brian Caddy, Chairman of the Society who also gave a short introduction to the Dorset Poet, William Barnes.

 The following includes names of the Readers and titles of poems which were presented.

Members of the William Barnes Society singing 'Linden Lea'
Members of the William Barnes Society singing 'Linden Lea'

Brian Caddy, Young Rhymer Snubbed, The Girt Woak Tree that’s in the Dell.

Keith Hooper, The Shepherd o’ the Farm, The Settle and the Girt Wood Vire.

Rod Drew, The Beam in Grenley Church, The Wold Waggon.

Devina Symes, Uncle and Aunt, Zunday.

Charles Buckler, Lydlinch Bells, Pentridge by the River.

Dave Burbidge, Woak were good enough woonce, Vellen O the tree.

Marion Tait, Solace of the Fields, Rustic Childhood.

Brian Button, Trees be company.

Anne Button, Evenin the Village.

Anne and Brian Button, A Bit o’ Sly Coorten

Brian Caddy and Charles Buckler, The Common a took in.

Brian Caddy and Rod Drew, The Vearies.

All Readers, Praise o Do’set

- Linden Lea, Sung by everyone, accompanied by Dave Burbidge on the accordion.

Both Poetry sessions had been well attended and greatly appreciated.

The weather had been beautiful with a blue sky, wall to wall sunshine and temperatures of up to 30 degrees. A day we all enjoyed immensely and one that would have made William Barnes proud.

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Tea, Scones and Poetry

Tea, Scones and Poetry

William Barnes Society Poetry Readings and Cream Tea at Pine Lodge Farm Tea Rooms, Bockhampton, Dorchester.

William Barnes Society 2017 Annual Summer Lunch

William Barnes Society 2017 Annual Summer Lunch

The society annual Summer lunch took place on Saturday 24th June at Cerne Abbas Village Hall, Dorset.

An evening to celebrate the Life and Works of William Barnes

An evening to celebrate the Life and Works of William Barnes

As part of Sherborne Literary Festival, a celebration of William Barnes by members of the William Barnes Society at Raleigh Hall, Sherborne, Dorset.

Annual Service of Remembrance of Dorset Poet

Annual Service of Remembrance of Dorset Poet

A service in honour of the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes was held at St Peter’s Church at Winterborne Came near Dorchester.

Praise O’Do’set

Praise O’Do’set

Praise O’Do’set: An exhibition of handpainted woodblock prints illustrating the poetry of William Barnes by Jennifer Martindale

The Christmas Eve Service at Whitcombe Church

The Christmas Eve Service at Whitcombe Church

The Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols with Poems by William Barnes. To celebrate the enduring nature of William Barnes and his works. Hosted by Minette and Alec Walters and presented by William Barnes Society. Service conducted by Rev Richard Betts

Barnes the Archaeologist

Barnes the Archaeologist

The newly refurbished Ancient Dorset Gallery tells the fascinating story of the past of the ancient peoples living in the county from the Lower Palaeolithic Age 3 million years ago to 1066AD.

A visit to Barnes' Blackmore Vale

A visit to Barnes' Blackmore Vale

The society visits the Blackmore Vale, the country of William Barnes' Childhood

William Barnes Gallery at Dorset County Museum is now open

William Barnes Gallery at Dorset County Museum is now open

For the last two years Marion Tait, Honorary Curator of the William Barnes Collection and secretary of the William Barnes Society, has been committed to raising the profile of the Dorset Dialect poet and organising fund-raising for the refurbishment of the William Barnes Gallery at Dorset County Museum

William Barnes celebrated at Museum’s Victorian Fayre

William Barnes celebrated at Museum’s Victorian Fayre

On Sunday 21st February, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, the Dorset County Museum opens its doors for the second year running to a traditional Victorian Fayre to celebrate the birthday of William Barnes, Dorset dialect poet. This FREE event will offer something for all the family.

Museum fundraising event great success

Museum fundraising event great success

Staff and volunteers at Dorset County Museum are thrilled with the success of a fundraising fair held in Dorchester on 30th August.

Museum runs literary fundraising event

Museum runs literary fundraising event

Dorset County Museum will be running a fundraising event on 30th August 2014. The event will take place between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm at St Peter’s Church hall, High West Street, Dorchester. Stalls will include home-made produce and preserves, books and bric-a-brac, a raffle and tombola and children’s clothes and toys. Refreshments will be available and there will be plenty of activities for children.

Please help acquire this significant painting for Dorset County Museum

Please help acquire this significant painting for Dorset County Museum

This portrait, and accompanying collection of manuscripts, books and cuttings relating to William Barnes, are being offered to the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society from a private family collection for £3,000.

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An evening to celebrate the Life and Works of William Barnes As part of Sherborne Literary Festival, a celebration of William Barnes by members of the William Barnes Society at Raleigh Hall, Sherborne, Dorset. Friday 9th June 2017

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