Winter 2016-17

Winter lectures are held in the Digby Hall, Hound Street in Sherborne on a Saturday, starting at 14:30 and finishing with tea and biscuits.  The car park immediately outside is a pay and display car park (use the machine in the foyer of the hall).
The talks cover a wide range of heritage and contemporary topics, including National Trust subjects. The cost is £3 to members of the Association, and £5 to non-members.

Thursday 15 September 2016
Autumn Walk | Sherborne area | 10:00
Meet and park at Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR
Walk starts at 10:00 – about 3 hours – 5½ miles around Sherborne Park Estate, walking though deer park, Haydon Park, visiting a tiny 16th century church and back to Castle Gardens for those wishing to stay for lunch.
Slight incline at the start of the walk, kissing gates and one small stile. Short distance along road on footpath at end of the walk.
It is essential that you contact the leader (details in the Autumn Newsletter) if you intend to join the walk, otherwise you may be left behind!  Please leave a contact ‘phone number.

Saturday 1 October 2016
The Coaching Age | Roger Marsh
Last year Roger gave us an illustrated talk on The Railways of South Somerset.  This year his presentation will again focus on our locality and will cover turnpike and other roads, the routes the coaches used, coaching inns, the conveyance of people and the post.
Roger has lived in Sherborne all his life, and is a retired design engineer.  Professionally he worked in the aviation industry, especially with military aircraft.  He is active in local railway societies as well as philately and family history.  He is a member of the National Trust.

Saturday 5 November 2015
Thomas Hardy | Alistair Chisholm
Members may remember Alistair’s spirited talk on The Tolpuddle Martyrs in 2015.  He returns this year to talk about Thomas Hardy, illustrated by readings from the author’s work.  Alistair believes that Hardy is often mistakenly thought to be “a miserable old fellow”.  His talk will show, by quotations from Hardy’s prose and poetry, that this reputation is not deserved.
Alistair has been Town Crier for Dorchester for some 20 years, and is passionate about the county town.  He has been President of Dorchester Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.  We can be sure of a lively revelation of Hardy and his work!

Tuesday 15 November 2016
Autumn Lunch | Crown & Victoria Inn, Tintinhull | 12:30 for 13:00
Our Autumn Lunch will be held at the Crown & Victoria Inn, Farm Street, Tintinhull, north-west of Yeovil (just down the road from Tintinhull Gardens).
You can access it from the A37 in Yeovil (go past Brimsmore Garden Centre, through Chilthorne Domer, then take the first turning on the right in Tintinhull and follow the brown signs), or off the A303 west of Ilchester.  This is a self-drive event, and there is a large car park.  If you need a lift, or can offer one, please indicate on the booking form.

Saturday 3 December 2016
A Christmas Miscellany | The Gillingham Singers
A welcome return visit from the Gillingham Singers with a fresh offering of music and readings for the Christmas season.  They are a four-part choir of some 30 members, and welcome all those who wish to sing together.  The Conductor is Charles Hetherington, who studied at the Royal College of Music and Trinity College.
This year the refreshments will be served at the end of the afternoon, and will feature a non-alcoholic punch with a selection of festive food from Britain and other countries.  Tea and coffee will also be available.  The entrance price will be £5 for everyone – members and guests.
There will be a raffle, and all profits from the event will be shared between the Association and the Choir.

Saturday 7 January 2017
Keeping people safe | Mark Sedwell
Mark is the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office, having taken over from Dame Helen Ghosh in 2013.  His previous posts have included: Private Secretary to both Robin Cook and Jack Straw when they served as Foreign Secretary, Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, Ambassador to Afghanistan and Director-General Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Home Office is responsible for cutting crime, preventing terrorism, controlling immigration, protecting the vulnerable, and for crisis management.  Mark’s talk will focus on how policing, fire, national security, border and immigration operations will evolve to deal with the challenges of the 2020s.

Saturday 4 February 2017
Montacute House: filming, funding and future  |  Grahame Meaden
Grahame will share with us his experience of seeing Montacute House used as the setting for a considerable range of TV programmes and films. These have included The Antiques Roadshow, Flog It, Escape to the Country, The History of Britain with Simon Schama, Wolf Hall, and the film The Libertine with Johnny Depp. Grahame will take us behind the scenes and reveal the perks and pitfalls of letting the cameras in! He will also deal with fundraising for Montacute.
Grahame has worked for the local National Trust for over 25 years, originally at Stourhead and now at Montacute where he is House Manager.

Saturday 4 March 2017
Volunteering with the National Trust and the role of Associations  |  Mark Crosby, Head of Participation NT
Mark Crosby holds a senior position at Heelis where he has had responsibility for operational matters over volunteering and community involvement over the whole of the National Trust.  He is keen on deepening the relationship the National Trust has with volunteers in many new ways, in particular, experimenting with ways of enabling volunteers who can help create what is done by participating in every aspect of the work.  He is passionate about involving volunteers at early stages of a project or piece of work and having them work through to the end.

AGM of the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Association