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2018 Events and Meetings

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18th June 2018

Various locations

Still time to book for Forde Abbey House Tour and Garden Visit 5th July. The latest 2018 meeting dates for our District Groups, AGMs and Events. 

Countryside Forum - Fridays

The meeting dates are 26th January, 16th March, 22nd June, 21st September and 7th December. The venue is booked closer to the date when we have confirmed the guest speaker.

Trustees Committee Meetings - Fridays
9th March (2nd March postponed due to weather), 25th May, 7th September and 14th December
Annual Branch AGM
17th November, Cerne Abbas Village Hall, 11am
House Tour and Garden
5th July, Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU, meet at 10.45 am.  Please see below article on 'The Wonders of Forde Abbey' and booking form. Attractions:
  • The Abbey with its rich and varied history spanning 900 years
  • Walk in the actual footsteps of the Cistercian Monks
  • Explore the exquisite interior featured in the recent Hollywood adaptation of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’
  • Thirty acres of award-winning gardens, a walled garden, bog garden, park garden, rock garden and spiral garden

£15.00 per adult includes entry & Guided Tour of House, and Garden Visit, welcome drink and 1 raffle ticket for Local Food & Drink Hamper.

Induction Day at CPRE National Office for new volunteers
Three times a year. First date was 30th January 2018.
The Sherborne and District Society
AGM: Friday 9th March. 7.30 start in the Rayleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 
The speaker is a member of the committee. Roger White is an eminent Architectural Historian who specialises in the Georgian period and is a past Secretary of the Georgian Group. He has recently had published a book on Cottages Ornés (The Charms of a Simple Life) and it is on this topic that he will speak.
Sherborne Castle Country Fair 28th May
Please come and visit the Sherborne and District Society stand and chat with our volunteers.
Farm Visit 30th May
We are very pleased that Neville and Sue Loder have agreed to host a visit to The Dairy Farm at Oborne (DT9 4LB).They were awarded the Farmers’ Weekly ‘Dairy Farm of the Year’ title in 2017. This is very much a working dairy farm and it is good of Neville and Sue to fit us into their busy schedule. Booking form will be sent to members with the Spring Review magazine - due out second week of May.
Society Dinner 
2nd November – Dinner at Sherborne GolF Club 7.30pm. Guest Speaker (theatre Work permitting) Edward Fox.
Committee Meetings: Meetings all in the Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne at 4.00 – 6.00 pm first Tuesday every other month from Feb:
6th Feb, 3rd April, 5th June, 7th Aug, 2nd Oct and 4th December.
North Dorset Group
AGM: Wednesday 28th March, 5 pm at Clayesmore School.
Spring Party: 4th April, The Manor, Fifehead Neville, through the courtesy of Nicholas van Eek.
Purbeck & Poole Group
Committee Meetings: Methodist Church, North Street, Wareham. 22nd January, 26th February, 11th June, 24th September & 26th November.
AGM in October, date and venue to be confirmed.
West Dorset Group
AGM: Saturday 17th March, 11.45 am tea/coffee for 12 noon start, at Charlton Down Village Hall. Guest Speaker: Penny Mills, Branch Director, CPRE Devon. 



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