Winter 2017-18

Thursday 14 September 2017
Late-Summer Lunch | Crown & Victoria Inn, Tintinhull
Followed by an optional visit to Tintinhull Garden.
Tintinhull Garden is a small 20th century Arts and Crafts garden surrounding a 17th-century Grade I listed house, which started as a small farmhouse in 1630 but was enlarged into its current form in the 18th century.  The house was the property of the Napper family for centuries.  It was given to the National Trust in 1954. The Arts and Crafts style garden is modelled on that at Hidcote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire.  It was originally laid out by Phyllis Reiss and developed by Penelope Hobhouse.


Thursday 28 September 2017
Autumn Walk | Bourton / Penselwood area
Starting at Bourton – to Penselwood – and back – abaout 4-5 miles.  Walkers may have lunch at the White Lion, Bourton or at the Stourhead Restaurant.


Saturday 7 October 2017
In One Lifetime: Rapidity and Change in 19th century New Zealand | Peter Tait (ex-Headmaster Sherborne Preparatory School)
As an historian Peter has an abiding interest in New Zealand history, and is interested in the different interpretations of history, and offers a view of New Zealand from a colonial viewpoint. New Zealand grew from a country of 3000 Europeans in 1840 to a country of half a million by the turn of the history which, by the time its soldiers sallied forth to help the Mother Country in the Boer War, already had legislated for Old Age Pensions and Women’s Suffrage.


Saturday 4 November 2017
Mediaeval Masons and Tumbling Towers  Pam White (NT Corfe Castle)
As a mature student Pam’s introduction to Corfe Castle was as a summer placement. She has now been there for 23 years, first employed as a learning officer and latterly in a more research based role. It has been a fascinating journey and the longer she stays the more she realises just how much we still have to discover.
A translation from the Latin of the Exchequers Accounts of Edward I has given us quite detailed information about the castle build from 1280 – 94. This, together with the access afforded by the recent conservation work, has fuelled our curiosity about both the castle build and subsequent ‘home improvements’.  It’s an  exciting time to be involved with such an iconic building.


Saturday 2 December 2017
Christmas Entertainment |  The Trinity Entertainers
We welcome The Trinity Entertainers to put us in a festive mood ready for the Christmas season!!
Refreshments will be served at the end of the afternoon.  The cost will be £5 for everyone – members and guests. There will be a raffle.


Saturday 6 January 2018
The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard |  Shaun McCormack
Shaun served for 24 years in the Infantry leaving with the rank of Warrant Officer 2 (Company Sergeant Major) in 1992.  He was sworn in to the Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard in 2000 and is still serving on the exempt list; his rank at the moment is Yeoman.
His talk will include the creation of the Guard, its recruitment and strength,  the state dress of the Guard, and its state duties.  He will bring his uniform, and other memorabilia to illustrate his talk.
The Queen’s Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard are a bodyguard of the British Monarch. The oldest British military corps still in existence, it was created by King Henry VII in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth. As a token of this venerability, the Yeomen still wear red and gold uniforms of Tudor style.


Saturday 3 February 2018
T E Lawrence: his life & friends in Dorset  |  Susan Vincent (Member of the Lawrence Society)
Susan’s talk will cover the time T E Lawrence spent in Dorset from 1923 to his death in 1935. She will focus on his time as Private Shaw at the Army Barracks in Bovington, why he bought Clouds Hill nearby and who he had as visitors there, and his closest friends in Dorset, who included Thomas Hardy and his wife.
She will explain the condition of the cottage he bought and why he did not have the basic rooms most homes have! She will  touch on his favourite pieces of music and the books he collected as well. In addition, she will talk about some of the famous visitors he had to tea and sometimes stay at Clouds Hill, including E M Forster and George Bernard Shaw and his wife Charlotte.


Saturday 10 March 2018
AGM followed by… The Remarkable Trees of Stourhead | Emily Utgren
Tree care is core to a lot of the work at Stourhead, ensuring that there are young trees preparing to be magnificent one day. They are currently re-visiting the past to explain why Stourhead was built and how it was conserved since the 1700 to make the estate we see today. They have new material from archives in Sweden that show features that have been lost; Emily will show you some sketches made in 1779.
Emily came from Sweden in 2001 to study horticulture in Cornwall after which she trained with the RHS at Rosemoor for a year. The job of gardener/arborist come up at Stourhead and she was lucky enough to get the position 11 years ago. Since then she has worked in the landscape but more recently moved into the Walled Gardens where she has found new challenges.