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Forthcoming Events






For the Annual Friends’ event this year we will be visiting the Parish Church of St Mary’s, Swanage.  A well used church, it is supported by a most active congregation.  Although some of the church building is relatively new, there is interesting history behind the older parts.  The church is also a fine concert venue.

Programme. The formal Friends’ programme starts at the West door of the church:

11.30 Meet and greet at West Door; cup of tea available.

11.45 Welcome from Simon Pomeroy, Chairman DCHT.

12.00 Talk on the history and architecture – Dr Tim Connor

12.30 Lunch in the church.

13.30 Musical interlude: Organ music performed by David Bruce Payne, late of Westminster Abbey and Birmingham Cathedral; classical guitar music performed by Christopher Daly, classical guitar teacher, adjudicator and performer for 40 years

14.30 Talk on stained glass – Sue Smith

15.00 Talk and Perambulation to see the stonework of the church – Mr Treleven Haysom, Quarry owner from Langton Matravers.

15.00 Cup of tea before departure.

16.00 Depart.

Parking.  Parking is limited at the church but the church itself is close to the Travel Interchange carpark(5 min walk) or the Main Beach carpark(10 min walk)

Address.  The church address is: St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Swanage BH19 1HU

Accessibility.  The Church is fully accessible to anyone with mobility difficulties.

Charge for the day.  The charge for the day, to cover buffet lunch, music and teas, is £15 per head. 


Optional Arrival/Departure.  The Swanage Steam railway is operating that day and, should you wish, you can book tickets from Norden to Swanage Travel Interchange and return.  The cost is £12.50 per person.  Suitable train times could be: Depart Norden 1040 arrive Swanage 1104, depart Swanage 1640 arrive Norden 1705.  To book tickets the website is  or phone 01929 425800


Attendance.  If you – and any guests – would like to attend this event please return the attendance slip, to Sue Smith (Friends’ Secretary) by 15th September.



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