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October 2018

November Talk

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.

 

Previously…

October 2018

On 3rd and 4th September 1918, almost every house, cottage, farm and field in and around Stalbridge was auctioned by Lord Stalbridge. Over 200 properties were involved and the Stalbridge History Society presented an impressive exhibition to mark this centenary.  This included particulars of each Lot sold but also gave a snapshot of daily life in the village at the time from church and school life to pubs and businesses.  So Cerne Abbas was not alone in experiencing such an upheaval in its fortunes.  Much was learnt by  those of us who visited Stalbridge to help us mark our own centenary next year.

Mike Clark, Chair CHS

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