January 2018

AGM and Social

This will be held on Thursday 25th January at the usual time of 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The business part of the meeting is when the Committee report on the previous year and highlight some of the activities in the  upcoming year. It also includes the election of a new Committee for 2018. This year’s meeting is extra special because we celebrate 30 years of the Society’s existence. This will be marked with a celebratory cake as well as an exhibition which will showcase our main achievements over these 30 years. The AGM is also a social event and members have always been generous with the provision of food. Any finger food, sweet or savoury will be much appreciated and just needs to be brought along on the evening.  After the AGM, the exhibition will move to the Church on 27th January until 5th February.

2018 Subscriptions

These are due at the AGM and will be £7.50 which is the same rate as it has been for several years. You can re-enrol on the night, or to quicken the process, you can always drop your money off by cash or cheque (payable to Cerne Historical Society), to John Charman, our Treasurer, at 32 Long Street. You will then be able to pick up your 2018 membership card and programme at the meeting. For a preview of the 2018 programme, you can click the link above on this site.

1919 Pitt-Rivers Village Sale Anniversary in 2019

I have already referred to this important date in Cerne’s history and you will have to brace yourselves to hear a lot more over the coming months. As you will know by now, most of the village was owned by the Pitt-Rivers family who auctioned off their properties on 24th September of that year, so the centenary of the sale approaches. To help us decide how we might celebrate this date, Maria Gayton, Community Engagement Officer at the Dorset History Centre is hosting and facilitating a workshop on the morning of 6th February where we will look at a range of possible ideas, identify some priorities and look at some of the resources which might be available to support us. There are still a couple of places available for this, so if anybody else would like to become involved in this exciting work right at the beginning, please let me know as soon as possible.

Happy New Year to all members.

Mike Clark



November 2017

Our last talk

Dr. Mick Atkinson talked about the Bristol Slave Trade on November 23rd, a subject which has been quite controversial in Bristol recently – see the publicity poster designed by Andrew Popkin for a start. Mick is a former Workers Education Association tutor and county organiser. He gave us a talk on Quakers in Industry a few years ago. Always enthusiastic and passionate about his subject, this promises to be a fascinating talk on which to end our year.

There was not a Christmas film show this year, as we have arranged very successfully in the last two years, together with mulled wine and mince pies. This is partly because the Village Hall projection equipment is being upgraded just before Christmas.

Wells Trip

The well-supported and enjoyable jointly organised trip with the Horticultural Society, to Wells.