Victorian Fayre

William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet.

Saturday 24th February 2018

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2017

By Marion Tait

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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The William Barnes Society were invited on August 27th to The Stock Gaylard Oak Fair
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Victorian Fayre William Barnes Society Fund-Raising Event to celebrate the life of William Barnes the Dorset dialect poet. Saturday 24th February 2018
What’s the point of William Barnes in 21st Century? For the many years of the dominance of Received Pronunciation (RP) it was easy to see William Barnes as an irrelevant eccentric. With more recent developments in linguistics, and a growing interest in national and regional diversity, it may be time for Barnes to reclaim his place as a significant figure in the world!! Dr Richard Bradbury will also discuss his more socially engaged prose works. Tuesday 27th March 2018
Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes Morning service, with dialect reading and wreath laying at William Barnes and and his daughter Laura grave Sunday 22nd April 2018
The Serpent and it’s Local Connections Come an listen to musician, Philip Humphries talk on the history and development of the strange bass wind instrument known as the 'Serpent' due to its curious shape. This talk will be interspersed with music and poetry. Tuesday 15th May 2018

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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
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