South Winterbourne Journey at Martinstown Village Hall


Saturday 28th January 2017 | 2.30 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.
Martinstown Village Hall | Martinstown, DT2 9JU
showcasing the results of the South Winterbourne Journey Arts Project

link to view ‘The South Winterbourne Journey’

link to listen/download South Winterbourne Podcasts

link to view Winterbourne Farringdon and Came creative writing workshop

link to listen/download ‘Bells for Armistice Day’ [Half Muffled Quarter Peal]
by St. Martin’s Church Bell Ringers

martinstown-hall-podcastsOver 100 people packed the village hall for an afternoon which included screenings of ‘South Winterbourne Journey’, by David Rogers, work from the Creative Writing Workshop on Lost Villages, a talk by Dorset Wildlife Trust on the Winterbourne stream and DWT’s work to restore and maintain wildlife habitats and DCC archaeologist, Steve Wallis, talking about the work of his department in the area.  There was also 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.

link to audience feedback

martinstown-hall-dr-alanOne of the highlights of the afternoon was a selection of dialect poems delivered in person by Dr Alan Chedzoy (William Barnes’ biographer) in his delightful and engaging style.

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.

martinstown-hall-audience2Project partners, DIVAcontemporary have been engaged in several public participation projects.  For the past six months DIVAcontemporary 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 DIVAcontemporary 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 focused 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.  DIVAcontemporary 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 provided 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.


2.30 pm :: Doors open
2.45 – 3.00 pm :: The South Winterbourne Journey – (Film)
3.00 – 3.15 pm :: Steve Wallis, DCC Archaeologist
3.30 – 3.45 pm :: Chris Slade, Creative Writing Workshop participant
4.00 – 4.15 pm :: Jacob Dew, Dorset Wildlife Trust
4.30 – 5.00 pm :: Dr Alan Chedzoy presenting some dialect poems
5.00 – 5.15 pm :: Marc Yeats, SATSYMPH, introduction to the Land, Bone and Stone apps.

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.