August 2018

Mione Fox

Many of you will have heard by now that Mione died last Monday at the grand age of 93. For some years Mione was the oldest village resident born here and except for a time during WW2 she has lived all her life in Cerne. Relative newcomers may not have met Mione as she has been in frail health for the last two or three years. She was married in what used to be the Congregational Chapel on Abbey Street where her father was caretaker and lay-preacher and her mother a Sunday school teacher. Last year Mione had the opportunity to re-visit the Chapel, now a private house of course, at the invitation of Heather Saunders. This brought back memories and she was able to describe how the Chapel used to be. Mione was well known in Cerne and an enthusiastic supporter of the Historical Society. For the Queen’s Jubilee in June 2012, Mione was thrilled to be invited to plant an oak tree in the village burial ground which is marked with a suitable plaque. The grandfather clock in the Village Hall Jubilees Room which was made in Cerne and originally bought by her parents, was donated by Mione as she wished it to remain in the village.

It is also worthy of note that Margaret Mann, who died recently was the first treasurer of the Historical Society back in 1988.

CHS September Talk

Our indoor talk programme resumes on September 27th when Ed. Gallia will talk about the history of Nether Cerne. The estate was bought by his father and now farmed in his turn by Ed. In 1906, Frederick Treves, in his book ‘The Highways and Byways of Dorset’ described the church and manor house as ‘ancient old cronies still hobnobbing together.’ Although our close neighbour, Nether Cerne’s history has followed in its own path. Ed has said that there are many aspects of the parish history that need to be followed up, so opportunities here for budding researchers.

The Extraordinary Genius of Sir Christopher Wren

Many of you will remember the excellent talk earlier in the year from Luke Mouland on the ‘Wicked Squire of Holnest.’ Luke has organised a talk on the life of Sir Christopher Wren on Saturday 8th September at 7.30pm in the Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Luke says ‘Wren was quite simply the greatest architect that Britain has ever known. But he was more than that. A founder of the Royal Society, he mapped the moon and stars, investigated the problem of longitude and the rings of Saturn. Adrian Tinniswood, OBE FSA shows us the man behind the legend.’ Tickets at £8 from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre.

1919 Sale Centenary

Cerne is not alone in marking the centenary of a sell-off of properties by the local landowner. Next month, Stalbridge is celebrating the centenary sale of properties by Lord Stalbridge who owned most of the town, along with Shaftesbury. He cited crippling death duties when he assumed ownership of his estates. The actual centenary is on the 3rd September and the Stalbridge History society are mounting an exhibition at Stalbridge Hall from Saturday 1st to Tuesday 4th. Some of us are going over to see what they are about and to compare notes. There are fliers on some village notice boards with more details of this exhibition.

Visit to Portland

It’s still possible to book a place on our visit to Portland on 6th September. The poster advertising the trip is attached to this newsletter. More information can be found in the parish magazine and from myself.

Christmas Film Show

In recent years (except for last year) we have had a showing of films about the village and its inhabitants. The ticket includes mulled wine and mince pies. This has always been a fun evening and we are planning another showing this year on 13th December in the Hall. More details later.


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July 2018

Summer outing

 There are still a few places left if you have not yet booked a place on our trip to Portland on 6th September. This will include visits to the Island Museum and the Culverwell Mesolithic site with optional lunch at the Hayloft Café. There is much to see at the Museum and we will have guided tours both here and at the Culverwell site.

We will be travelling by coach and the cost of the day is £22 for Society members and £27 for guests. If you are interested in going but are concerned about the day involving any difficult walking, please contact me. More details are in the booking form attached to this news sheet, which should be returned to me.

Milton Abbey

For anyone with an interest in the Anglo-Saxons and perhaps with children to amuse, there is a modest but well-presented exhibition in Milton Abbey until 31st August from 10am to 5pm daily. The focus is on King Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great who was the first monarch to achieve the unification of Britain into one kingdom. The exhibition explains the founding of Milton Abbey through ‘Athelstan’s Dream.’  The Abbey and village of Milton Abbas are integrated into the landscape designed by Capability Brown which began in 1763.

Mike Clark

Mike Clark

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