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William Barnes Society Events

Dorset Meetings are held throughout the year, with talks, poetry readings, recitals and other entertainments including excursions to places with special Barnes connections. Annual events include a spring Service of Remembrance at Winterborne Came Church, a June, Summer Lunch and a wreath laying at St. Peter's Church, Dorchester, in October.

Non-members are welcome to our events as advertised (£2 for entry), William Barnes Society members FREE. For more information on joining click here.  External events advertised outside of the organisation may be ticketed.

Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes
On 22/04/2018
10:30 till 12:00

Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes
Morning service, with dialect reading and wreath laying at William Barnes and and his daughter Laura grave
Celebrating Dorset in Word and Song
On 29/04/2018
Starts 18:30

Celebrating Dorset in Word and Song
Gather round a table, in one of Cerne Abbas's oldest pubs, The Royal Oak, for an evening of informal readings from Dorset writers and folk songs celebrating the landscapes and life surrounding us. Buffet dinner with gluten-free and vegetarian options included.
The Serpent and it’s Local Connections
On 15/05/2018
Starts 19:30

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.
Willam Barnes Society Members Annual Summer Lunch
On 23/06/2018
Starts 12:00

Willam Barnes Society Members Annual Summer Lunch
Willam Barnes Society Members Annual Summer Lunch
William Barnes at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2018
On 26/08/2018
12:00 till 15:30

William Barnes at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2018
Please do come along and join us on Sunday 26th August at St Barnabas Church, midday and again at 3:30pm and enjoy a little of the great man, William Barnes.
Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends
On 15/09/2018
14:30 till 16:00

Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends
Music and Poetry reading in the garden of Thomas Hardy's Max Gate
Morning Service of Remembrance at St Peters, Dorchester
On 07/10/2018
10:30 till 12:00

Morning Service of Remembrance at St Peters, Dorchester
Morning church service to commemorate William Barnes death.
2018 Annual General Meeting of the William Barnes Society
On 16/10/2018
19:00 till 21:00

2018 Annual General Meeting of the William Barnes Society
2018 Annual General Meeting