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Thursday 14th September 2017

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Tea, Scones and Poetry

Brian Caddy, ‘As I Spied Swallows Scything’ by Felix Dennis and ‘Hay-Meaken’ by William Barnes.
Brian Caddy, Chairman of the William Barnes Society reads
‘As I Spied Swallows Scything’ by Felix Dennis and ‘Hay-Meaken’ by William Barnes.

On a very warm, sunny afternoon in July, members from the William Barnes Society visited Pine Lodge for a cream tea and poetry readings.

Pine Lodge is situated in the beautiful Dorset countryside in Lower Bockhampton not far from Dorchester.

Thirty members were warmly greeted by Brian Caddy, Chairman, at the Tea Rooms. After viewing and purchasing from the merchandise stall members made their way to tables which had been carefully prepared for the tea.

In no time at all the plates of delicious scones, jam and clotted cream were served accompanied by refreshing pots of tea. The scones certainly played centre stage being freshly baked straight from the oven and as light as a feather. The discussions centred round how to eat a cream tea: was the jam spread first on the scone and then cream on top or was it the other way round? Not forgetting the pronunciation of the word SCONE which proved to be hilarious.

After tea, members relaxed and listened to chosen ‘poetry’ readings including:

  • Alan Chedzoy, Eclogue ‘The New Poor Laws’, William Barnes ‘The Curate's Kindness’ and ‘Rose Ann’ by Thomas Hardy.
  • John Tait, ‘Clearin oot da Handbag’ by Rhoda Butler. Shetland dialect.
  • Keith Hooper, A humerus look at Whitehall Wisdom, Let Us Pray,
  • Hymn O Thou Who Seest All Things Below and Benediction.
  • David Guy, ‘Haven Woone's Fortune a-twold’ by William Barnes.
  • Devina Symes, ‘Uncle an' Aunt’ by William Barnes.
  • Brian and Anne Button, ‘A Bit o' Sly Coorten’ by William Barnes.
  • David Downton, A sketch ‘Surely Sam’ and poem entitled ‘Zummer’ taken from GPR Pulman’s ‘Rustic Sketches’ written in the East Devon dialect.
  • Brian Tait, ‘Adlestrop’ by E Thomas.
  • Brian Caddy, ‘As I Spied Swallows Scything’ by Felix Dennis and ‘Hay-Meaken’ by William Barnes.
  • Marion Tait, ‘Solace of the Fields’ by William Barnes.
Marion Tait, reads ‘Solace of the Fields’ by William Barnes
Marion Tait, Secretary of the William Barnes Society reads ‘Solace of the Fields’ by William Barnes

The reading by Secretary, Marion Tait was of a recently discovered and unpublished poem in National English by William Barnes ‘Solace of the Fields’. It had been purchased at a sale in Dorchester in April by Julian Nangle a very well respected book dealer. The four verse poem was in Barnes handwriting and framed between two sheets of glass with a footnote W.B. Mrs Hodding with kind compliments.

It was not dated. Barnes handwriting was still relatively neat and the poem was obviously written prior to rheumatism causing Barnes handwriting to deteriorate quite dramatically. Rod Drew, Brian Caddy and Julian Nangle were able to produce a transcript before the item itself was sold to the Cushing Memorial Library Archives, University of Texas.

Marion’s reading was the first time ‘Solace of the Fields’ had been read to members at a William Barnes Society event.

Time came too soon for fond farewells. It had been a very relaxing afternoon spent with like minded people enjoying delicious cream teas, listening to readings and at times the dulcet tones of a clock chiming and the gobbles from a turkey heard through an open window, who had decided to join in the merriment.

 

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William Barnes Society 2017 Annual Summer Lunch

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An evening to celebrate the Life and Works of William Barnes

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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.

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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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William Barnes Society 2017 Annual Summer Lunch The society annual Summer lunch took place on Saturday 24th June at Cerne Abbas Village Hall, Dorset. Tuesday 27th June 2017
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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. Sunday 23rd April 2017

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