Monday, 22 January 2018

RALEIGH 400: A Calendar of Events in 2018

There will be events in these places in 2018 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh. This list can be amended at any time. Just send an email to mr.downes@gmail.com
If you would like to organise an event and want me to add it to the list, get in touch! Why not organise 
an event, especially if you live in the West of England or North Carolina? You owe it to Sir Walter! 

Bath, Somerset
Budleigh Salterton, Devon
Chapel Hill NC, USA
East Budleigh, Devon
Exeter, Devon
Exmouth, Devon
Ipswich, Suffolk
Frome, Somerset
London
Raleigh, NSW, Australia
Sherborne, Dorset
Sidmouth, Devon

You will find it interesting to see how the 300th anniversary of Sir Walter's death was marked in 1918, mainly in London, but also in Exeter.  
http://raleigh400.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/raleigh-300-how-did-they-mark.html

Tbc: Installation of Blue Plaque in honour of Ralegh scholar Dr T.N. Brushfield 

JANUARY   
Books:  Devon Boy 1590 by Jenny Moon Lympstone History Society https://sites.google.com/site/lympstonehistorysociety/home

Budleigh Salterton Library
Raleigh 400 Library book display 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/reading-about-raleigh_30.html

Knowle, Budleigh Salterton: Lily Farm Vineyard, 
Raleigh Brut sparkling wine  Knowle, Budleigh Salterton  www.lilyfarmvineyard.com

‘Pommes Raleigh’ potato dish, by food stylist and food writer Rukmini Iyer





FEBRUARY
Books: Sir Walter Raleigh by Maria Wingfield Digby www.sherbornecastle.com/

Sun 11: 2.00 pm Sherborne, Dorset
A Ralegh Ramble - Talk by Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant
http://raleigh400.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/a-raleigh-ramble-in-sherborne-sunday-11.html

Fri 23: 6.30  National Portrait Gallery, London 
'“Amor et virtute”: a portrait in song of Walter Raleigh' 
Soprano Gillian Gingell Wormley joins lutenist Din Ghani, founder of the group Musicke in the Ayre, for their 6th appearance at the National Portrait Gallery in a programme marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh. As well as songs based on his poetry, they include some associated with other significant personages (Queen Elizabeth, the Earl of Essex, Prince Henry to name a few) and with the New World that he was fascinated with.
Entry is free, early arrival recommended!   18:30–19:30
www.facebook.com/events/372284309883083
Gillian Wormley http://www.littlesoprano.co.uk/

Tbc: Sherborne: ‘Queen Elizabeth I and her men’ - Talk by Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant




MARCH
Friday 30  Sherborne Castle & Gardens, Dorset
New Exhibition: ‘Sir Walter Raleigh and Sherborne’

Black Tor Brewery's Raleigh 400 Ale feature in the March/April issue of the Devonshire Magazine. Issue can be purchased including overseas delivery.



APRIL 
Tues 3: Sherborne, Dorset
Cindy Chant, Blue Badge guide and Sir Walter Raleigh enthusiast starts her 2018 programme of walks around the historic town of Sherborne www.sherbornewalks.co.uk

Sat 7  – Sat 2 June  Children’s RALEIGH 400 Art and Poetry Competition with a Tudor theme, and Oculus Competition with judging by author Graham Hurley. 
https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/budleighsaltertonlibrary

https://en-gb.facebook.com/BudleighSaltertonLibrary/

Mon 16: 7.30 pm Masonic Hall, Budleigh Salterton 
Anglo-French Society: ‘Notre grand Elisab├ęthain’- Talk by Michael Downes

Wed 18, 6.30 pm  Peter Hall, Budleigh Salterton 
Chamber of Commerce AGM  'Millais' 'Boyhood of Raleigh' and our Great Elizabethan’ - Talk by Michael Downes

Sat 21, 7.00 pm  Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Prior Commitment presents ‘Silly Billy – A Celebration of Shakespeare’ From the pen of local writer Steve Andrews, it’s described as ‘a (very) lighthearted evening with William Shakespeare’ with ‘songs, sketches, dances and a simple quiz’.  

Sat 21 7.30pm in the Temple Methodist Church, Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh Salterton Ladies Choir Spring Concert: Sir Walter remembered  
Tickets £8.00 (including refreshments) will be available on the door.
www.budleighsaltertonladieschoir.co.uk/

Tues 24, 7.00 pm East Budleigh Village Hall
East Budleigh with Bicton Annual Parish Meeting
'Our Great Elizabethan’ - Talk by Michael Downes


MAY
Sir Walter Raleigh feature by John Fisher in the May/June issue of the Devonshire Magazine. Issue can be purchased including overseas delivery.
http://devonshiremagazine.co.uk/

Fri 25 Sir Walter Raleigh, East Budleigh
Launch of Black Tor Brewery's Raleigh 400 beer, representing West Country brewers against North Carolina, USA,  in THE GREAT RALEIGH 400 BEER CHALLENGE   

Fri 25, 7.45 pm  Manteo, North Carolina USA
Roanoke Island Historical Association’s ‘The Lost Colony’ 2018 Season opens. Runs Monday-Saturday, until 22 August 7:45 Showtime for All Performances. Over 200 actors, technicians, designers and volunteers. In 1587, 117 English men, women, and children came ashore on Roanoke Island to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World, in a venture initiated by Sir Walter Raleigh. Just three years later in 1590, when English ships returned to bring supplies, they found the island deserted with no sign of the colonists.  After nearly 450 years, the mystery of what happened to the colonists remains unsolved. The Lost Colony, is performed each summer on the same site where these actual events occurred. Under the direction of Ira David Wood, III, a company of over 100 actors, dancers, singers, and technicians create a magical evening for your whole family.  https://thelostcolony.org/

Sat 26 Budleigh Salterton 
Budleigh Gala Week: ‘The Life and Times of Sir Walter Raleigh’ www.budleighlions.com/gala-week-2018

Mon 28 Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton 
Raleigh 400 exhibition opens www.fairlynchmuseum.uk
Exhibited items include ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ by Sir John Everett Millais PRA. A second Millais painting of the artist's son - the first time the two paintings have been seen together. A pair of gloves from the 1590s, associated with Sir Walter Raleigh. An early copy of Raleigh's History of the World. Weapons and armour, Elizabethan coinage and period domestic items. Display courtesy of Tate Britain, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Tuckers Hall and St Nicholas' Priory, Exeter, and private collections.
Tbc: Budleigh Salterton: 
Budleigh in Bloom Planting of ‘Sir Walter Raleigh’ roses at Fairlynch Museum





JUNE
Thurs 7  
Budleigh Salterton Probus: 
‘Our Great Elizabethan’ - Talk by Michael Downes
www.bsprobus.co.uk

Sat 9 – Sun 10 East Budleigh 
Scarecrow Festival
www.allsaintseastbudleigh.org.uk/scarecrow-festival.html

Sat 16 Sherborne Summer Fete Day, Purlieu Meadow, Sherborne, Dorset 

Sun 17 1.00-4.00 pm Brownies' Fun Day, Temple Methodist Church Hall, Budleigh Salterton 
Appearance of 'Sir Walter Raleigh' in costume

Mon 18 2.00-3.00 pm St Peter's C of E Primary School, Budleigh Salterton 
Chestnut class interview 'Sir Walter Raleigh' in costume, followed by appearance at School assembly





JULY
Sat 7 Christ Church, Frome, Somerset 
'“Amor et virtute”: a portrait in song of Walter Raleigh' 
Soprano Jane Hunt joins lutenist Din Ghani, founder of the group Musicke in the Ayre, in a programme marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh. As well as songs based on his poetry, they include some associated with other significant personages (Queen Elizabeth, the Earl of Essex, Prince Henry to name a few) and with the New World that he was fascinated with. 
https://en-gb.facebook.com/Musicke.in.the.Ayre/
This event is part of Frome Festival 
https://fromefestival.co.uk/
Jane Hunt http://www.operaletta.co.uk/jane-hunt.html





AUGUST  
Wed 22-Sat 25 August: 'From Exe to axe' 
Original drama based on events in Raleigh's life by local playwright Steve Andrews.
Wed 22 Bicton College
Thurs 23 Devoncourt Hotel, Exmouth
Fri 24 Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, Westfield Close
Sat 25  7 Cliff Terrace, Budleigh Salterton 
All performances will start at 6 pm.
Tickets (£10) are available from Budleigh TIC. (01395 445275), The Card Shop Too, Budleigh or from the venues.
Proceeds from the Saturday performance will go towards funding the library at St Peter's School, Budleigh Salterton. 

Monday 27 East Budleigh 
‘Sir Walter Raleigh’ Street Party: Falconry and archery displays, Morris dancers   



Tbc: Nick Wakeling: The poetry of Sir Walter Raleigh (Talk)




SEPTEMBER
Fri 7 – Sat 8 The Louis Round Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC  USA
http://library.unc.edu/wilson/ncc
Sir Walter Raleigh Symposium

Fri 14, 7.00 pm Memorial Hall, Sherborne, Dorset 
Ralegh 400 film night

Fri 14-Sat 15 The Great Hall, Winchester SO23 8UJ
Original drama Sir Walter’s Women
Staged by Winchester-based 2TimeTheatre 

Just over 400 years ago, the dashing Elizabethan hero, explorer and poet, Sir Walter Ralegh was convicted of treason in the Great Hall in Winchester. He was beheaded 29th October 1618.

Winchester-based 2TimeTheatre’s new production, Sir Walter's Women, re-imagines scenes from the life of this charismatic adventurer.  Staged in the 400th anniversary year of his execution, the drama looks at the influence of two extraordinary women in his life; one domestic, his wife Bess, and one political, Elizabeth I.

With a professional cast of three, and accompanied by Renaissance music group Courtlye Musick, this original one-act drama will have its premiere in Winchester's unique and atmospheric medieval hall as part of Heritage Open Days, the UK's largest festival of history and culture.

Wed 19 time and location tbc 
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival 
Anna Beer will discuss her 2018 biography of Sir Walter Ralegh 

Sat 22 3.00-4.00 pm  Church of St Michael and All Angels, Mount Dinham, Exeter 
Musick in the Ayre's 'Amor et virtute' concert in honour of Raleigh's 400th anniversary. 
Tickets £10 at the door (including refreshments afterwards), online booking arrangements to be sorted nearer the time.
Details about the church are at http://www.stmichaelsmountdinham.org.uk/  
The programme, put together by lutenist Din Ghani, will be similar to that performed at the National Portrait Gallery in London on 23 February. 

Wed 26 Possible Ralegh 400 talk  by Sherborne Museum 

Sun 30, 2.00 pm Castleton Church, Sherborne 
Ralegh Guided Walk with Cindy Chant, with access to Ralegh's letter in almshouse chapel and Castleton estate
Sherborne: www.sherbornewalks.co.uk



OCTOBER   
Mon 1, 7.30 pm Glenorchy Church Hall, Exeter Road, Exmouth 
Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society ‘Our Great Elizabethan’ - Talk by Michael Downes
Visitors are welcome at all meetings – entrance £2.00 
http://www.devonhistorysociety.org.uk/local-groups/exmouth-historical-archaeological-society/

Thurs 11 Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath, Somerset
'“Amor et virtute”: a portrait in song of Walter Raleigh' 
Sopranos Jane Hunt and Philippa Neaverson join lutenist Din Ghani, founder of the group Musicke in the Ayre, in a programme marking the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh. As well as songs based on his poetry, they include some associated with other significant personages (Queen Elizabeth, the Earl of Essex, Prince Henry to name a few) and with the New World that he was fascinated with. 
https://en-gb.facebook.com/Musicke.in.the.Ayre/

This is part of Musicke in the Ayre’s regular series at the Museum of Bath Architecture, and will be a duet version of the programme, with Jane Hunt and Philippa Neaverson. http://museumofbatharchitecture.org.uk/



Thurs 11  Sherborne Castle
Visit by The Arts Society, Budleigh Salterton  http://budfas.org/

Thurs 11 Sherborne Literary Festival 
www.sherborneliterarysociety.com 
Talk by Maria Wingfield Digby, author of Sir Walter Raleigh (Pitkin, 2018).   Followed by Guided Walk, with access to Raleigh's letter in almshouse chapel and Castleton estate. 

Maria Wingfield Digby lives in Sherborne Castle, Sir Walter Raleigh’s home, so it is only natural that she should become intrigued with his life and exploits. Four centuries on from his execution she revisits the life of one of the Elizabethan era’s best loved characters. Through the use of the Castle’s original documents and his personal possessions she sheds a new light on this intriguing character. 
www.pavilionbooks.com

Sat 13  East Budleigh, All Saints Church
Sir Walter Raleigh concert with Devon Voices


Mon 22-Mon 29 Spoken, The Strand, Exmouth 
Sir Walter Raleigh cocktails    
www.spokenexmouth.com

Sat 27, 7.00 pm  Memorial Hall, Sherborne
Tudor themed banquet. Guests invited to wear costume; medieval music, jongleurs, Raleigh poetry etc.

Sun 28 East Budleigh, All Saints Church
Sir Walter Raleigh service  www.allsaintseastbudleigh.org.uk

Sun 28 Exmouth, Holy Trinity Church 
Sir Walter remembered in prayers during the Sunday service.  
www.exmouthcoastalchurches.org.uk   
A floral tribute at the Raleigh window is offered by Daffodils Florist, Exmouth  www.exmouthflorists.co.uk

Sun 28, 11.00 am  London St Margaret's, Westminster
Sung Eucharist. Further details to be announced 

Mon 29  All Saints Church East Budleigh 
Bell ringing 
www.allsaintseastbudleigh.org.uk

Mon 29 
Sir Walter Raleigh Commemoration Walk starting in Budleigh Salterton. The walk will be open to everyone.
Otter Valley Association - Leader: Brian Turnbull
Further details to follow.
www.ova.org.uk


Mon 29 Sir Walter Raleigh, East Budleigh
Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club commemoration dinner  Closed event. Members only.   https://www.rotary-ribi.org




NOVEMBER





DECEMBER
Sat 15  St Peter’s Church, Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir Concert, including a performance of ‘Sir Walter’s Lament’ (words by Michael Downes) to the tune of ‘Greensleeves’  www.budleighmvc.co.uk


OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BE CONFIRMED:
Acton Court, Glos: exhibition  www.actoncourt.com
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens: Sir Walter Raleigh locomotive www.bictongardens.co.uk
Colaton Raleigh: Launch of ‘Head Off’ Sir Walter Raleigh cider  www.woodsys-cider.com
East Budleigh: Potato planting www.clintondevon.com
Exeter: Devon & Exeter Institution Raleigh 400 display  www.devonandexeterinstitution.org
Exeter School: ‘Elizabethan seafarers’ Talk  www.exeterschool.org.uk
Exmouth Library book display www.facebook.com/ExmouthLibrary
London: Middle Temple Raleigh 400 event  www.middletemple.org.uk
Oxford: Oriel College Raleigh 400 event www.oriel.ox.ac.uk
Thetford, Norfolk: Raleigh Infant School www.raleigh.norfolk.sch.uk
West Horsley, Surrey: The Raleigh School www.theraleigh.org

AUSTRALIA
Raleigh Hall, Raleigh NSW  www.facebook.com/raleighhallnsw
Raleigh Public School, Raleigh NSW www.raleigh-p.schools.nsw.edu.au

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