Forthcoming Events

Scything demonstration with Chris Riley
Sunday 29th July 2018, 10am-4pm
Church of the Assumption, Holnest, Sherborne, DT9 5PU

Experienced scythesman and scythe trainer, Chris Riley, will be mowing Holnest’s wildlife churchyard in the traditional way, and offering you the chance to have a go at this ancient craft yourself. Volunteers are welcome to help us rake off the grass or you can just come along and watch Chris in action!

Chris has a wideranging expertise in the use of the scythe and has appeared as a scything extra in films. He has won awards for ‘quality’ mowing in competitions and also enjoys exploring ways of making one’s own ‘snath’ (the scythe handle) using a variety of materials. He is committed to the promotion of the scythe, as a prime example of a low tech, low carbon alternative.

Please bring sensible outdoor footwear and a sun hat – and a rake if you would like to help out. We also encourage you to bring a picnic and a drink, as all are welcome to join us for lunch in the churchyard. This event is free but donations are welcome.


The Extraordinary Genius of Sir Christopher Wren
Saturday 8th September 2018 at 7.30pm
Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL

Christopher Wren was quite simply the greatest architect Britain has ever known. But he was more than that. A founder of the Royal Society, he mapped the moon and the stars, investigated the problem of longitude and the rings of Saturn, and carried out groundbreaking experiments into the circulation of the blood. Tinniswood shows us the man behind the legend. And he shows why Wren remains a cultural icon, both a creation and a creator of the world he lived in.

Adrian Tinniswood OBE FSA is Senior Research Fellow in Architectural History at the University of Buckingham, and the author of fourteen books, including His Invention So Fertile: A Life of Christopher Wren, published in 2001.

Booking details to be announced.


The Battle of Holnest: From Ruin to Resurgence
Saturday 20th October 2018 at 7.30pm
Village Hall, Stock Hill Lane, Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, DT9 5QF

The serene beauty of the medieval church at Holnest belies its turbulent past. In 1922, Dorset architect, A.R. Powys (1881-1936), declared that the building was “fast becoming derelict” and “worthy of all the care that can be given it.” Funds for repairs couldn’t be raised, however, and the church was made redundant in 1939. Proposals for its partial demolition would have been carried out had it not been for the efforts of Miss C.M.G. Morgan and Miss M.B. Debenham, whose campaign to save the building attracted a great deal of support and media attention. This talk marks the 50th anniversary of the re-opening of the church in October 1968.

Booking details to be announced.

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