News

December 2018

Film Show

Thursday 13th December at 7.30pm in the village hall. See your CHS Chairman’s Chat email for the title chosen. The film gained both popular and critical acclaim and won four Oscars, including best picture. Running for two hours and eight minutes, it is described as the romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard, in eighteenth century England. Tickets are £5 from Cerne Stores. This includes mulled wine and mince pies.

Pitt-Rivers Sale

We are working on a range of activities and events next year to celebrate the sale, in over 70 lots, of most of the village on 24th September 1919. A centre piece will be an exhibition, to be held in the Church for 12 days, beginning at the exact centenary of the date and time (1.30pm) of the original auction in Dorchester Town Hall. Using the original sale particulars and plans, maps newspaper articles, other records, photos old and new, together with recent research carried out by member of the Historical  Society, the exhibition will provide details of  the properties sold in the auction, those who purchased them and the prices paid. We are interested in not just how the sale affected the people involved, but also the impact of this momentous event on the life of the village just after the Great War. A re-enactment of the auction will be held on Saturday 28th September, also in the Church, with Garry Batt, who many of you will know is a former resident of Cerne and a partner in Dukes auctioneers, taking the role of auctioneer. All parts of the community will be encouraged to take part in this and other events and activities throughout the year. This will all cost money, so we are applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Bids are unlikely to succeed if applicants are unable to obtain funding from other sources, so we are asking Open Gardens if our activities can be considered to be the recipient of the share of the profits that come to the village next year.

Annual General Meeting

This will be held on 24th January when we combine a business meeting with a social occasion. Traditionally, members help with offerings of party food. The alcohol is free!

 

Mike Clark, Chair CHS

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

 

Previously…

November 2018

Our last talk of this year on November 22nd will be from Chris Copson, curator of the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester. To coincide with the ending of World War One, Chris will talk about the Dorset Regiment on the Western Front from 1917 to 1918. Many of you will know Chris, a former Cerne resident for over 20 years. Trained as an archaeologist, Chris worked as education officer at the Tank Museum before taking on his present role.

Film Show

Continuing in our recent tradition of showing film material of local interest along with Christmas fare, a different take on this theme will be a screening of the 1963 film ‘Tom Jones’ on Thursday 13th December at 7.30pm. Starring Susannah York and Albert Finney and earning four Oscars, scenes from the film were shot locally, including on Abbey Street. Tickets at £5 to include mince pies and mulled wine, will be on sale at the village shop from 26th November.

Life, Death and Feasting, 5,600 years of Occupation.

For those with an interest in archaeology. Some of you will know that Janet Bartlet is a longstanding member of East Dorset Antiquarian Society and has worked on several local digs over the years, including the Druce Farm Roman Villa which many of us visited before the excavation finished and was covered over. Janet has drawn my attention to an afternoon conference on Saturday December 1st at the Dorford Centre, opposite the Top of Town carpark, from 1.30 to 5.30pm. Speakers will describe  excavations which have taken place at Worth Matravers. Occupation of the site spanned nearly 6,000 years and the excavations have revealed some unexpected finding of regional and national importance. Entry to the event is free.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Thursday 24th January at 7.30pm The formal business of the evening will briefly review this year’s activities and will look forward to what promises to be an exciting 2019 as we celebrate the centenary of the sale of the village by the Pitt-Rivers family in September 1919. The new committee will be elected and we are always looking for people to become involved in our activities, either on the committee or in other ways.

Mike Clark, Chair CHS

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