Events

Midsummer Concert with Damian Clarke
Saturday 24th June, 7pm-9pm
Church of the Assumption, Holnest, Sherborne, DT9 5PU

To celebrate the first anniversary of the formation of the Friends, folk musician Damian Clarke will perform an acoustic concert on the rare but beautiful hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdy. Damian is best known for his performances with the influential rock-folk band, Pressgang, which he founded in 1986. Since then he has toured in over 12 countries, made 8 albums, and played everywhere from television to theatres and festivals to street fairs. He will also display examples of his artwork. Strawberries and fizz will be served to mark the occasion.

This is a free event but donations welcome and booking essential. To reserve, please email us at friendsofholnest@gmail.com or telephone Sandra on 01963 210 635.


Holnest’s Hidden HistoryCapture
Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th July, 10am-6pm
Church of the Assumption, Holnest, Sherborne, DT9 5PU

To coincide with the Festival of Archaeology 2017, the Friends of Holnest Church will be mounting a display of 17th century pottery discovered recently in the village. The finds, influenced by South Somerset wares but with a distinctive local style and fabric, fills in gaps in our knowledge about the industry in the area. Visitors will be able to view intriguing fragments of chafing dishes, cisterns and other cooking vessels decorated in a free and joyous manner, as well as learn more about the history of this remote and beautiful church which is not often open to the public. Teas will be available.

Tours of the church at 10.30am and 2.30pm (free but booking essential. Contact Luke at friendsofholnest@gmail.com or on 07760 261 056).


Coffee and Open Morning
Saturday 19th August from 10am
Church of the Assumption, Holnest, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5PU

The church will be open to visitors for coffee and refreshments until around midday. There will also be a small display promoting the work of the Friends of Holnest Church, with details of how to become a Friend and take part in preserving this unique Grade I listed building. Proceeds towards church repairs.


Heritage Open Daydownload
Sunday 10th September, 10am-6pm
Church of the Assumption, Holnest, Sherborne, DT9 5PU

Come and explore our Grade I listed church at Holnest, which will be opened up to visitors to coincide with the nationwide Heritage Open Days programme of events and Dorset Architectural Week (7th-14th September).

Largely dating to the 14th century, the church is a building of considerable architectural and historic interest and was narrowly saved from demolition in the 1950s by Ivor Bulmer Thomas and the Friends of Friendless Churches. Original features include a Jacobean pulpit, a medieval barrel-vaulted roof, consecration crosses and box pews complete with curved candle sconces above. A small display about the building’s history will be mounted by the Friends of Holnest Church.

Tours of the church at 10.30am and 2.30pm (free but booking essential. Contact Luke at friendsofholnest@gmail.com or on 07760 261 056).


Holnest Country Fayre
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September, 10am-5pm
Rylands Farm, Holnest, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5PS

Started five years ago to raise funds for the excellent Future Roots programme, Holnest Country Fayre is an excellent day out for all the family. The Friends of Holnest Church will be returning for their second year, pitching up their tent alongside other attractions including vintage cars and tractors, steam enginges, tradtional crafts, live music, main ring entertainment, craft stalls, children’s activities, and much more.

Tickets: £5 per car (to include free programme)