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

You can get in touch with Mike via the Contact Us form on this site.



June 2018

Summer Outing

At last we have sorted out a visit to Portland, which will take place on September 6th.  Leaving Cerne at 9.30am, returning between 4 to 5pm, we will start with coffee at the Hayloft Café then on to Portland Museum which is about 300 yards from the café. The museum reflects the Island’s varied and fascinating history. There will be the opportunity to take a short guided walk to the ruined St Andrew’s Church and we will hear about some of the many shipwrecks around the coast. For lunch, there is a choice of  bringing your own where you can sit in the garden of the museum, or return to the Hayloft, (menu will be available to see on-line shortly, or as a hard copy). The afternoon will involve a visit to the Culverwell Mesolithic site, which at 8,000 years old is one of the most important in Europe. There will be a wet weather alternative. A booking form will be available at Jonathan Still’s talk next week and also with the July Chairman’s Chat. For practical reasons, numbers on this visit will be limited to 25 and we are hiring a coach. More information next week and on the booking form.

This Month’s Talk – 28th June

We are fortunate to have the diaries of Catherine Granville who taught at our village school early in the C20th. She recorded everyday life in some detail, the people she knew and worked with, her journeys to Dorchester and beyond, which were an adventure in themselves, and the landscape of the valley. Catherine was a perceptive observer of her world and this will be brought to life by Jonathan Still and illustrated through research carried out by George Mortimer and Andrew Popkin.

The 1919 Sale of the Village

You should already be aware that a small group in the Historical Society are researching the September 1919 Sale of the whole village. If your property was included, you may be able to help with a short questionnaire already sent out by John Chalker. If you have deeds for your house going back to the sale, you may be able to help with this research. We know who won the bid for each lot, but many lots contained several houses, and it is not clear if several bidders were bidding on behalf of existing tenants, other landowners or speculators, or themselves. Contact John if you wish to discuss further:

Autumn Programme

After next week, there will be a break in the indoor programme until 27th September, when Ed Gallia, whose family own the estate, will talk about the history of Nether Cerne.

Mike Clark

You can get in touch with Mike via the Contact Us form on this site.