South Winterbourne Journey Event FREE!
On Saturday 28th January 2017 from 2.30pm until 5pm at Martinstown Village Hall (Martinstown, DT2 9JU) there will be a free event showcasing the results of the South Winterbourne Journey Arts Project. Tea, coffee and cake will also be available.
There will be a presentation of work from the Creative Writing Workshop on Lost Villages, short talks by Dorset Wildlife Trust on the Winterbourne stream including their work to restore and maintain wildlife habitats and DCC archaeologist, Steve Wallis, talking about the work of his department in the area. There will also be the opportunity to hear the podcasts created using interviews with local people and recordings of key local sounds. The podcasts include a focus on Martinstown during wartime, Martinstown Cricket Club, poetry and William Barnes.
One of the highlights of the afternoon will be a selection of William Barnes' dialect poems delivered in person by Dr Alan Chedzoy (William Barnes' biographer) in his delightful and engaging style.
This project is one of many projects being delivered as part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by local partner organisations, headed up by Dorset AONB.
The overall project has focussed on the South Dorset Ridgeway area, aiming to improve access, increase knowledge of the area and disseminate this more widely, as well as encouraging increasing local participation in the landscape and culture of the region.
Project partners, DIVA contemporary (Bridport based media arts organisation) have been engaged in several public participation projects. For the past six months DIVA has been engaged on The South Winterbourne Journey, investigating the Winterbourne valley from Winterbourne Abbas to Winterbourne Came with particular focus on Martinstown and Winterbourne Came. Their idea was to create an audio picture of these places. The DIVA team have met and interviewed a whole range of local people, from the Vicar to the Martinstown Youth Cricket team and also spent an afternoon with Jacob Dew of Dorset Wildlife Trust, finding out all about the Winterbourne itself.
The aspects of the project with regard to Winterbourne Came have focussed on the poetry of Dorset Dialect poet William Barnes, who spent 25 years as Rector of Winterbourne Came and is buried in the churchyard there. DIVA met and talked to Dr Alan Chedzoy, local authority on William Barnes who also performs the dialect poetry of Barnes, bringing it to life in an enthralling way.
Close to Winterbourne Came there are also the remains of the lost village of Winterbourne Farringdon, and the theme of Lost Villages was explored in a Creative Writing Workshop held as part of this project. This was very well attended and produced a wealth of new work on the subject.
The afternoon of 28th January will provide an opportunity for all to come along and listen to the work, meet some of the participants and find out more about the South Dorset Ridgeway Project which is throwing a spotlight on this beautiful and remarkable part of Dorset.
The event is free and all are welcome.
2.30pm Doors open
3 - 3.15pm Steve Wallis, DCC Archaeologist
3.30 - 3.45pm Chris Slade, poetry workshop participant
4 - 4.15pm Jacob Dew, Dorset Wildlife Trust
4.30pm Dr Alan Chedzoy presenting some of William Barnes' dialect poems
Further information from DIVAcontemporary STUDIO
tel: 01308 459071