Pack Monday Fair
The Pack Monday Fair was originally called the Michaelmas Fair and takes place on the first Monday after old Michaelmas Day (October 10th). Tradition states that Abbot Peter Ramsam and his workmen completed the nave of the abbey and kept a holiday on that day in 1490. The name Pack Monday was derived from the men packing up their tools.
Digby Road, Pack Monday Fair
In the 19th century the start of the fair was heralded by children blowing cow horns after the clock had struck midnight. Now it is announced by a midnight procession of Teddy Roe s Band marching through the streets and making a noise to scare away the devils. The band is relatively new but the music originates from pagan times.
Stalls selling a bewildering variety of commodities including clothes, jewellery, household goods and fast food are erected in Cheap Street, Half Moon Street and Digby Road. There is also a fun fair on the Terrace.
Digby Road, Pack Monday Fair
The Bakery Cafe stall, Pack Monday Fair
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Friday 17 November / Woodwind Recital Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:45pm. By the talented students of Sherborne School. Free entry.
Friday 17 November / “The Concealed Revealed” with Dr. Ceri Houldbrook Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Over the years, houses have yielded some mysterious finds. Old shoes up chimneybreasts; mummified cats bricked up in walls; But why? Entry by donation (£5) to raise funds for conservation of artefacts at the museum. 01935 872846
Saturday 18 November / Bookfair Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 9:30am-4pm. New, second-hand and antiquarian books. 01803 613356 [email protected]
Saturday 18 November / Songs of the Edwardian age and the Great War Performed by the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond and accompanied by Matt Redman. St Cuthbert-s Church, Oborne. 7.30pm. For tickets and further information telephone : 01935 817194
Wednesday 22 November / Science Café: Memory: The good, the bad and what did I come into this room for? Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Professor Vincent Walsh, University College, London. [email protected]
Wednesday 22 November / Light Out Of Darkness English and German music from the Reformation. Axminster Chamber Choir. Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. Tickets £10.00. See poster for more information.
Friday 24 November / Percussion Ensembles Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:45pm. Free recital by the talented students of Sherborne School.
Monday 27 November / Insight Lecture: Made In The Image Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by Amy Orr-Ewing. Tickets £5 from the Parish Office, Abbey Close. 01935 816779 www.insight.sherborneabbey.com
Tuesday 28 November / Sherborne Historical Society Talk Egypt’s Valley of the Kings: ancient tombs and recent discoveries. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. This talk will look at the development and history of the burial place of some of ancient Egypt’s greatest pharaohs, by Dr Patricia Spencer. www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk
Wednesday 29November / ‘Light Up A Life’ Carol Concert Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne, DT9 5NR. 6:30pm. Sherborne Town Band will perform a short carol concert at the Weldmar Hospice s Light Up A Life carol concert, aimed at giving people a chance to remember the lives of those who have passed and to celebrate the work of the trust.
Wednesday 29 November /Weldmar Light Up a Life Sherborne Castle Gardens. 6:30pm. www.weld-hospice.org.uk
Wednesday 29 November / Amedeo Modigliani and Bohemian Paris 1906-1920 An illustrated lecture by Julian Halsby. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 7.oopm for 7.30pm. Tickets £8.50 available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 or Eventbrite
Thursday 30 November / Sherborne Floral Evening Group Open Meeting : Nick Grounds National Demonstrator and Horticultural Auctioneer. BahHumBug. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA 7.30pm. See flyer for further details.
Saturday 2 December / Sherborne Chamber Choir Hark the glad sound. An advent celebration. Conductor : Paul Ellis / Organist : Simon Clarkson. Sherborne Abbey. 7.30pm. Tickets £5 £16. Students U18 free. Available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
Sunday 3 December / Sherborne Festive Shopping Day 10am to 4.00pm. Details for 2017 to be found here
Wednesday 13 December / Viceroy s House presented by Dorset Moviola in association with ArtsLink Flicks. Starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson. Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, is tasked with overseeing British India s transition to independence but meets with conflict as as different sides clash in the face of monumental change. Rated 12A. Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00 from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
Saturday 16 December / Christmas Sing-along Sherborne Town Band featuring Sherborne Youth Band. Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets available from Sherborne TIC via the website or on the door.
Sunday 17 Monday 18 December / Dick Whittington presented by Sherborne Amateur Pantomime Society. Digby Hall, Sherborne DT9 3AA Performances: Sunday, 6.30pm. Monday : 2.30pm and 6.30pm. See poster for more information.