A Thomas Hardy Society and William Barnes Society Event

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On October 15, 2016 at 14:00


Sturminster Newton  See the map

A Thomas Hardy Society and William Barnes Society Event in Sturminster Newton

To commemorate the 140th anniversary of Hardy and Emma's move to Sturminster Newton, the beginning of the time which Hardy later called 'A Two-Years' Idyll', we will be in Hardy's 'Stourcastle', where we will also commemorate the 130th anniversay of the death of William Barnes. We will begin with a walk at 2.00pm,followed at 4.00pm, by a Celebration of Thomas Hardy in Sturminster Newton, at the Bow Room at Sturminster Exchange.  

The walk around Hardy's Stourcastle, will begin at 2.00pm.  Meet at the top of the central car park, off Station Road.  We will cover a short distance, with mostly easy walking, apart from a few slight inclines, but we will stop, look and listen, quite often. There is no charge for the walk.  Leader, Helen Lange

At 4.00pm our celebration at Sturminster Exchange, will begin with a presentation on the Hardys' time in Sturminster Newton, after which we will have tea.  There will then be presentations on The Return of the Native, Hardy's early masterpiece, written in Sturminster Newton, and on the importance of William Barnes to Thomas Hardy, plus readings from the works of both writers.  Tickets for this event are available from the Hardy Society office 01305 251501or info@hardysociety.org or from the Sturminster Exchange box office 01258 475137. 

The Exchange bar will open at 6.00pm.