Morning church service to commemorate William Barnes death.
Sunday 8th October 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.
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.
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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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.
The Folk-Lore of William Barnes