Agenda for the AGM on January 23rd 2020

  1. Welcome and opening remarks
  1. Apologies for absence
  1. Adoption of AGM minutes from 24th January 2019
  1. Report from the Treasurer
  1. Report from the Chair and viewing of excerpts from some of the film taken during the 1919 sale centenary events.
  1. Election of Committee
  1. Election of Chair
  1. Any Other Business

NOTES FROM THE CHAIR –  November 2019

1919 Finances

The CHS committee met two weeks ago and we were in a position to review the income and expenditure  arising out of the 1919 centenary activities. We raised just over £500 for the church at the concert on 5th October which has already been passed on. We are able to increase this to a total of £1,000 in recognition of the considerable amount of time we made use of the church for the exhibition and other events. We have also given a further £500 to John Fieldhouse, the graphic designer who converted the material we gave him into the exhibition. This still doesn’t fully compensate him for the many hours he spent on producing this and the Guide to the Auction booklet. Copies of the latter are still being sold in the shop and in the Royal Oak at a price of £5 but stocks are beginning to run low. We still have around 150 copies which were badly assembled and stapled after printing which has resulted in the pages being misaligned. They are readable and all the content is still there so we will sell them at a reduced price. The printer has given us a refund for these but didn’t want the copies back.


Better Late Than Never

In the January edition of the Dorset Life magazine, there will be a feature article about the 1919 sale and our exhibition written by Roger Guttridge who came to see me a few weeks ago. He is a regular contributor to this magazine and has written other books and articles about Dorset having lived and worked in Dorset all his life. To be fair, the magazine did carry a trailer for the exhibition, which was in the October issue, published before the end of September.


Sherborne Museum

I have recently received a message from Nicola Berry, Chair of Sherborne Museum who had the following message: Sherborne Museum is looking for keen history enthusiasts to join our very friendly team of stewards and I thought your society might be a good place to start. I was therefore wondering whether you could pass this message on to your members and if anyone is interested ask them to contact either myself at or the Curator, Elizabeth Bledsoe at


November talk

We end the year on a sombre note with an account of the Black Death in Dorset. As we know, the disease entered Britain through Weymouth in June 1348, so Dorset  was the first county to be hit by the disease. Our speaker, Mark Forrest is the archivist at Dorset History Centre. He will reflect on the crisis of 1348-1349 and how this and later outbreaks of the plague changed the economy and landscape of the country.


Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Thursday 23rd January at 7.30pm. The formal business of the evening will briefly review this year’s activities and will look forward to 2020 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.


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

Mike Clark, Chair CHS

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