Saturday, 29 August 2015

News from Kingston - September 2015


The lovely Church of St James at the top of Kingston Hill will be hosting a new festival this year, one which celebrates ‘ Heavenly Foods’ in the form of a combined Flowers and Craft Festival, at which you will also be able to enjoy live music at various times of the day. The event is open to the public from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, 19 September and Sunday, 20 September and is free of charge. We hope to have the bell tower open both days, for people to enjoy the splendid views over Purbeck, and at certain times you can enjoy hearing the amazing set of 10 bells.This will be our major fund raiser of 2015 in the absence of the FĂȘte and Christmas Tree Festival, so please come and support it, bring your friends, families and neighbours and enjoy the special surroundings whilst savouring refreshments on the lawn with the best views in Purbeck.

The following week on Sunday, 27 September the St James’ Church will have its Annual Harvest Festival at 11.15am with the Harvest Supper on the following night.

Judy Forgan, Kingston PCC


Sunday 6 September - Natalie Clein

There are still a few tickets remaining for this month’s Coffee Concert in St James Church being given by Natalie Clein and Friends as part of her Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, the first of three concerts in the church over the next three months. At the concert, on Sunday, September 6, at 12.30, she will play Bach’s second Cello Suite in D minor and make up a string quartet with friends to play music by Erwin Schulhoff.Coffee and biscuits will be served from noon. Tickets at £16 (students £2) can be bought via the Festival website,, Wareham Tourist Information Centre or from the box office on 0333 666 3366.

Saturday 31 October - Ninebarrow

October’s concert brings a very different kind of music to St James in the shape of Ninebarrow, the award-winning Dorset-based folk duo, Jon Witley and Jay Labouchadiere. The pair has rapidly earned an enviable reputation for their original songs as well as for their distinctive take on traditional material and are now in demand all over the country. Ever since experiencing the exceptional acoustic of the church, they have wanted to return to give a full-blown concert there and have now found a date, namely Saturday, 31 October. The concert will begin at 7.30pm but the doors will be open from 7pm for drinks. Tickets costing £9 can be obtained via the website, or at a cost of £11 on the door.


Sunday 29 November - West Gallery Carol Concert

The third concert in St James on Sunday, 29 November, at 4pm, heralds the onset of Christmas in the form of a West Gallery Carol Concert, a programme of carols, folksongs, dance tunes and stories from South Dorset led by folksinger and actor Tim Laycock and Mellstock Band serpent player Phil Humphries.The group was formed by Artsreach three years ago to explore the musical heritage of the South Dorset Ridgeway area and surrounding communities. In the repertoire of the Ridgeway Singers, Thomas Hardy’s Old Bockhampton Carols such as ‘Remember Adam’s Fall’ and ‘Rejoice, Ye Tenants of the Earth’ rub shoulders with ‘The Mariner’s Hornpipe’ and Hardy’s favourite fiddle tune ‘Enrico’. We are promised ‘absorbing and joyful music, and pure Dorset!’

Robin Stringer

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