William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet.
Saturday 24th February 2018
On Saturday 24 February at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester from 11am to 3.30pm. By popular demand the Victorian Fayre is back for a third year with Music Song and Poetry. Featuring musician John Blackmore performing songs from his forthcoming album and William Barnes Society members’ entertaining with music, song and poetry.
A very warm welcome awaits you. Step back in time and experience the delights of a Victorian Fayre. A family event with traditional crafts and rural skills. There is something for everyone.
A variety of rural craft demonstrations and talks including: hurdle making, pimp making, net making and bobbin lace making.
A wonderful array of craft stalls including: Jewelry, handmade wooden toys, corn dollies, Dorset buttons, and a fantastic display of Dorset Bonnets.
Why not try your hand at: Corn dollies, Dorset buttons and net making.
There will be a Children's corner with activities to amuse all including: Parlour games, wood cuts and printing, silhouette craft, drawing, dressing up in period costume, and much more.
Plus, of course, raffle prizes and tombola, not forgetting mouthwatering refreshments: light lunches, savory and sweet delights to suit all tastes.
Proceeds will go towards the publication of a new William Barnes poetry book, sixty poems selected by Dr Alan Chedzoy. This is the first publication of Barnes’s poems for nearly 25 years and so the poems will be easily available to the public again.
Funds will also go to St Peter’s Church organ restoration fund. The organ is in need of complete renovation. Barnes was very much involved with St Peter’s Church as from 1830’s he was church warden and one of three secretaries to the Fabric committee that undertook the major project to repair, modify and refurbish the building in 1856.
Both projects will be handing on to future generations the legacy that Barnes left for us
William Barnes’s beloved wife, Julia, is buried in the churchyard a few yards from Barnes’s statue. The statue was erected in 1889 as a mark of the great respect in which he was held during his lifetime.
Marion Tait, Secretary of the William Barnes Society, said that it was very exciting to be celebrating the life of William Barnes at the Victorian Fayre in the Corn Exchange as it was here that Barnes had given many of his Poetry Readings. Marion also thanked all the local businesses, market traders and volunteers for their commitment and contributions to the event.
Businesses that have generously supported this events include:
Entry to the Fayre: Adults £1 Children FREE
Latest news from the society
Sam Jeffrey has very kindly donated The Poems of William Barnes Edited by Bernard Jones Vol 1 in Dorset Dialect and The Poems of William Barnes Edited by Bernard Jones Vol 2 in National English to the Society.
Following the recent William Barnes Society Annual General Meeting, John Blackmore presented 'Music and Song' to the audience.
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.
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.
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.
William Barnes Society Poetry Readings and Cream Tea at Pine Lodge Farm Tea Rooms, Bockhampton, Dorchester.
The society annual Summer lunch took place on Saturday 24th June at Cerne Abbas Village Hall, Dorset.
As part of Sherborne Literary Festival, a celebration of William Barnes by members of the William Barnes Society at Raleigh Hall, Sherborne, Dorset.
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: An exhibition of handpainted woodblock prints illustrating the poetry of William Barnes by Jennifer Martindale
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
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.
The society visits the Blackmore Vale, the country of William Barnes' Childhood
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
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.
Staff and volunteers at Dorset County Museum are thrilled with the success of a fundraising fair held in Dorchester on 30th August.
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.
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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