Monday, 22 January 2018

RALEIGH 400: A Calendar of Events in 2018

There have been or 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 - do let me know about it, and send photos.

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

In October 2018 I decided to update this page by adding relevant photos to all the items in this Raleigh 400 calendar. 





Monday 1 January
Object of the Month: the statue of Sir Walter in his home village of East Budleigh, Devon








To read more about the East Budleigh statue of Sir Walter Raleigh, go to https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/sir-walter-unveiled-7-february-2006.html


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Why Raleigh? 
Four centuries after his death, the multi-talented Sir Walter still fascinates. Simply as one of Britain's great explorers he's admired. 






A view of Sir Walter Raleigh: 
Benedict Allen  FRGS
Author, environmentalist, film-maker, international motivational speaker:  

'Having read about him since childhood, and then negotiating the Orinoco myself, and over the years visiting his house and by contrast his room in the Tower of London, reading his poems and thinking of his dreams, fulfilled or not, I feel such an attachment to this hugely intelligent, gloriously daring and yet highly sensitive man.'   (September 2018)

You can read more about what people have said about Sir Walter at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/01/four-hundred-years-on-raleigh-reviewed.html

Benedict Allen's website is at 
http://www.benedictallen.com/


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Budleigh Salterton's Ralegh scholar




Installation of Blue Plaque in honour of Ralegh scholar Dr T.N. Brushfield (1828-1910) at his house 'The Cliff' on Cliff Road, Budleigh Salterton. 


























You can read about Dr Brushfield at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2017/12/dr-thomas-nadauld-brushfield-md-fsa.html



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'Devon Boy, 1590'


Lympstone History Society published Jenny Moon’s story of 16th century Devon village life and fishing in Newfoundland. The book fits in neatly into the Raleigh 400th anniversary year, especially as Ralph Lane, one of Sir Walter’s captains on the 1585 attempt to colonise Roanoke Island, North Carolina, is said to have come from Lympstone. Born around 1530 he died in 1603.  More information at  

https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/02/lympstone-history-society-has-published.html





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Raleigh 400 at Budleigh Salterton Library































Budleigh Salterton Library presented a Raleigh 400 Library book display, based on all the books in stock relating to Sir Walter and his times. More detail at  http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/01/reading-about-raleigh_30.html

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A Raleigh Brut sparkling wine for the 400th anniversary











Lily Farm Vineyard, in the hamlet of Knowle, near Budleigh Salterton, launched its Raleigh Brut sparkling wine  www.lilyfarmvineyard.com















Good for celebrating Thanksgiving Day - scroll down to Thursday 22 November 2018 on this calendar! 

And read about Raleigh 400 ale, launched in 2018 by Dartmoor-based Black Tor Brewery, at 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-merrie-tale-about-ale.html

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'Pommes Raleigh' for Sir Walter's 400th










Food stylist and food writer Rukmini Iyer designed her ‘Pommes Raleigh’ potato dish in honour of Sir Walter. Find the recipe at  https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/01/pommes-raleigh.html  

Rukmini's website is at http://rukmini-iyer.com/

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 Thursday 1 February

Object of the Month: Hayes Barton, etching by Francis Kelly (1927-2012)



You can read about the artist at http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2013/01/francis-kelly-1927-2012.html

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Thursday 1 February
A new biography of Raleigh































'Sir Walter Raleigh' by Maria Wingfield Digby was published by Pitkin, 1 February.  
Note from the publisher: 'Pitkin is proud to introduce the tale of one man's ascent from relatively humble origins to international legend. To many, Walter Raleigh was a pirate, traitor, scholar, coloniser, explorer, soldier, poet, adventurer, scientist, cartographer, botanist, fashionista and Favourite of a queen. He is credited with introducing tobacco and potatoes to England. Although not everything he did resulted in success, his exploits never lacked ambition or self-confidence. He left his mark on England, parts of Europe and America.
The author's family own Sherborne Castle, built by Raleigh in 1594.'  
www.sherbornecastle.com


More books about Sir Walter Raleigh, available in libraries in Budleigh Salterton, are listed at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/01/reading-about-raleigh_30.html

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Sunday 11 February  2.00 pm Sherborne, Dorset: A Raleigh Ramble





























A Talk by Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant, in the town where Raleigh built his castle 
https://sherbornewalks.wordpress.com/about-cindy/

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Thursday 22 February 7.30 pm Lympstone History Society presents 'The History of Clay Pipes', a talk by Charlotte Coles







Above: A Sir Walter Raleigh pipe

Smoking and politics in the 17th century! This was not really the subject of a talk presented by Lympstone History Society, but the aftermath of Sir Walter Raleigh's execution and its political background made for interesting reading. 

Read more at http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/01/of-pamphlets-and-pipes.html

Information about the Lympstone History Society is at 
http://www.lympstone.org/clubs-socities/lympstone-history-society


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Friday 23 February 6.30-7.30 pm National Portrait Gallery, London:  'Amor et virtute'
































'“Amor et virtute”: a portrait in song of Walter Raleigh' 
Soprano Gillian Gingell Wormley joined 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 included 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 free.  
Information about Musicke in the Ayre at
www.facebook.com/events/372284309883083
Gillian Wormley's website is at  http://www.littlesoprano.co.uk/


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Thursday 1 March
Object of the Month: Vicar's Mead, 
East Budleigh





Did young Walter move on to be educated at The King's School, Ottery St Mary?  

Read about it at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/walters-schooldays.html 


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Thursday 1 March: Raleigh 400 ale featured in the Devonshire magazine


























The imminent launch of a Raleigh 400 ale brewed by Dartmoor-based Black Tor Brewery was featured in the March/April edition of the Devonshire magazine. Pictured above in the photo are Michael Downes, landlady Sally Miller of the Sir Walter Raleigh pub in East Budleigh and Black Tor Brewery proprietor and Budleigh Salterton resident Jonathon Crump. 
http://devonshiremagazine.co.uk/


Black Tor Brewery's website is at 
https://blacktorbrewery.co.uk/


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Friday 30 March:  Sherborne Castle & Gardens, Dorset stages its new exhibition, ‘Sir Walter Raleigh and Sherborne’

























Find out more about the Dorset home that Raleigh loved at www.sherbornecastle.com/


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Sunday 1 April 
Object of the Month: 
The Fairlynch 1570s replica chalice







You can read more about the importance of the chalice and church ornaments in Raleigh's time at https://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2015/08/of-cups-and-plate.html


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Tuesday 3 April: 2018 Sherborne Walks started



























Above: Cindy Chant with the statue of Sir Walter in his home village of East Budleigh

Cindy Chant, Blue Badge guide and Sir Walter Raleigh enthusiast started her 2018 programme of walks around the historic town of Sherborne 

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Monday 16 April,7.30 pm Masonic Hall, Budleigh Salterton: Exmouth & Budleigh Salterton Anglo-French Society presented a Raleigh 400 talk in French   


























‘Notre grand Elisabéthain’- Talk in French by Michael Downes   Photo of Michael Downes by Christine Chittock

I enjoy presenting unexpected angles of Sir Walter's story to audiences. Did you know that he fought for the Huguenots in France? And that just over a century after his birth, his home village of East Budleigh had a Frenchman as its vicar? 

Here's the song that the audience sang lustily in honour of Sir Walter to the tune of 'The Ash Grove' at the end of the talk. https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-hero-of-devon.html

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Wednesday 18 April, 6.30 pm  Peter Hall, Budleigh Salterton: A Raleigh 400 talk for the Chamber of Commerce 






Budleigh Salterton's  Chamber of Commerce AGM included  'The Boyhood of Raleigh' by Sir John Everett Millais and our Great Elizabethan’ - Talk by Michael Downes

I enjoy presenting unexpected angles of Sir Walter's story to audiences. Forget the 'spuds and ciggies'! On the island of Trnidad in 1595, Raleigh discovered something which makes road journeys all over the world more comfortable. 
You can read about it at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/04/ta-very-much-sir-walter.html

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Saturday 21 April, 7.00 pm  Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton: 'Silly Billy' featured a famous contemporary of Sir Walter 






























Prior Commitment presented ‘Silly Billy – A Celebration of Shakespeare’.  From the pen of local writer Steve Andrews, the charity show, benefiting Brian Tumour Support, was described as ‘a (very) lighthearted evening with William Shakespeare’ with ‘songs, sketches, dances and a simple quiz’.  

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Saturday 21 April  7.30 pm 
The Temple Methodist Church, 
Budleigh Salterton: Raleigh was remembered in song
































Above: The Temple Methodist Church
Budleigh Salterton Ladies Choir Spring Concert: Sir Walter was remembered with a nautical theme to some items on the programme 
Tickets at £8.00 included refreshments.
www.budleighsaltertonladieschoir.co.uk/

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Tuesday 24 April, 7.00 pm East Budleigh Village Hall: East Budleigh with Bicton Annual Parish Meeting heard Sir Walter's story 






Fairlynch Museum trustee Michael Downes gave a short talk about the artist Sir John Everett Millais and his 'The Boyhood of Raleigh', including parodies of the painting.  


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Tuesday 1 May
Object of the Month: 
An All Saints' Church bench end




See David Jenkinson's 2010 article about his particular bench end at
https://www.ova.org.uk/article/ship-carving-all-saints-church


Read about the other bench end in All Saints' Church, which has been the subject of controversy, at at https://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2013/12/red-man-or-green-man.html


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Tuesday 1 May: Raleigh 400 in the Devonshire magazine 






















A feature on Sir Walter Raleigh by contributor John Fisher was published in the May/June issue of the Devonshire Magazine.
http://devonshiremagazine.co.uk/

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Wednesday 2 May 
Fairlynch Museum wins 
National Lottery support










Fairlynch Museum received £15,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Raleigh 400.  
For the details see https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/fairlynch-museum-wins-national-lottery.html


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Friday 4 May: Black Tor Brewery, Christow: 'Sir Walter' checks on his ale 





Read the Great Elizabethan's account of his visit to Dartmoor-based Black Tor Brewery to inspect the brewing process involved in making Raleigh 400 ale. 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-merrie-tale-about-ale.html



Black Tor Brewery's website is at 


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 Friday 18 May, The Devon County Show, Westpoint, Exeter





















 
'Sir Walter' betook himself to the Devon County Show at the invitation of the Devonshire magazine, and spent there many a jolly hour.  

Find out what he got up to at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/our-visit-to-devon-county-show.html

The Devon County Show's website is at 
https://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/
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Thursday 24 May, 7.30 pm Methodist Church Hall, Lympstone: Lympstone History Society presented 'Our Great Elizabethan' - Talk by Michael Downes   










I enjoy presenting unexpected angles of Sir Walter's story to audiences. Did you know that there was for many years a 'Sir Walter Raleigh' rose, but that it had been discontinued by the grower. Just in time for Raleigh 400! 'Even such is time!' as Sir Walter would have commented. 
Read more at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/07/roses-for-raleigh-at-last.html


The audience sang lustily at the end of the talk, to the tune of 'The Ash Grove'. Here are the words
 https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-hero-of-devon.html

You can find out about Lympstone History Society here
https://www.lympstone.org/clubs-socities/lympstone-history-society

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Friday 25 May, Sir Walter Raleigh, East Budleigh: the launch of Raleigh 400 ale























Photos and story at
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/raleigh-400-ale-launch-25-may-2018.html

Black Tor Brewery's website is at 


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Friday 25 May: Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton, sees return of 'The Boyhood'































 

'The Boyhood of Raleigh' returns to the town where it was first painted in 1870 by Sir John Everett Millais. This would be the third time that the painting had been exhibited in Budleigh since the opening of the Museum in 1967.  

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/


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Friday 25 May: Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton, welcomes BBC Spotlight







BBC Spotlight journalist Johnny Rutherford was at the Museum to film the painting's arrival and interview 'Sir Walter' about its importance. Filming took place in the Museum and at the Raleigh Wall on Budleigh beach, where Sir John Millais set his painting. 

More photos at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/filming-at-fairlynch-for-raleigh-400.html

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Friday 25 May  Manteo, North Carolina USA: 'The Lost Colony' 2018 opened























The show is based on events in 1587, when 117 English men, women, and children came ashore on Roanoke Island to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. It was a venture initiated by Sir Walter Raleigh.  

Read more at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-2018-lost-colony-show-opens.html

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Saturday 26 May Budleigh Salterton: Budleigh Lions chose 'The Life and Times of Sir Walter Raleigh' as the 2018 Gala Week theme 


















On The Green at the Fairlynch stall museum volunteers, with 'Sir Walter's' help,  sold Tudor-style biscuits and cakes decorated with the Raleigh coat of arms.  



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Saturday 26 May: Budleigh Salterton 2018 Gala Week's jazz premiere for 'Raleigh's Relish' 






'Sir Walter' was delighted to meet Budleigh jazz musician Pat Brandon who had composed a piece entitled 'Raleigh's Relish' for a concert that evening.




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Saturday 26 May Budleigh Salterton beach
Raleigh 400 in pebble art 







The pebble-building competition is an annual feature of Gala Week and the 2018 entries on a Raleigh 400 theme showed some inventive thinking  as you can see here.  

More pictures at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/budleigh-saltertons-2018-gala-weeks.html 


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Saturday 26 May, Budleigh Salterton 
Imagining Sir Walter at Budleigh's Brook Gallery






Shops in Budleigh Salterton played their part in window displays echoing the Gala Week theme, including the town's Brook Gallery 

See https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/06/imagining-raleighs-budleigh-beach.html

Budleigh Salterton's Brook Gallery website is at 
https://www.brookgallery.co.uk/

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Monday 28 May The AA - and 'Sir Walter' -showed the way to Raleigh 400






This was the first time that Fairlynch Museum had promoted an exhibition using AA signs. The additional publicity proved well worthwhile.   A total of 7,500 promotional tri-fold leaflets about the Raleigh 400 exhibition at Fairlynch Museum were distributed in the local area, including 3,535 to 15 local schools.  

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 

http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Mon 28 May, Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton: Raleigh 400 exhibition opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Her Majesty The Queen's representative in the County. The exhibition ran until 31 October 2018. 











The star of the show was ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ by Sir John Everett Millais PRA, on loan from the Tate Collection. A second Millais painting of the artist's son Everett from a private collection was also on display; it was the first time that the two paintings have been seen together. 

Among the many items which give background information to the painting are 

https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DEV/EastBudleigh/Brushfield1900b 
and
https://everything2.com/title/The+Boyhood+of+Raleigh


You can read here about Fairlynch Museum's and Budleigh Salterton's celebrations in the late 1960s, when 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' was first exhibited at the Museum to celebrate the painting's centenary 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2017/12/fifty-years-ago-boyhood-at-budleigh.html

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 

http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Monday 28 May, Fairlynch Museum: 'When the gloves were off for Raleigh.'  






Also on display was a pair of gloves from the 1590s, associated with Sir Walter Raleigh. 

You can read about the gloves at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/08/when-gloves-were-off-for-raleigh.html


For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Monday 28 May, Fairlynch Museum: Raleigh's History of the World 


























The exhibition included a first edition (1614) of Raleigh's History of the World, on loan from a private collection. The book is downloadable free from the internet because, in the editor's words, 'it has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it'. 

Raleigh wrote the book while a prisoner in the Tower of London. For some people, it has contributed to his reputation as a supporter of republicanism. Oliver Cromwell admired the work; the Americans named a warship after Raleigh in 1776 during the War of Independence. 

You can read more at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-towns-pride-in-sir-walter-with-bit-of.html

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Monday 28 May, Fairlynch Museum: 
Weapons and armour from Tuckers Hall, Exeter









Period artefacts on loan from Tuckers Hall, pictured above, by kind permission of the Guild of Weavers, Tuckers and Shearmen, also formed part of the Raleigh 400 exhibition at Fairlynch. 

Tuckers Hall was built and has been owned by the Guild since 1471, but the earliest record of a Guild of Clothworkers in Exeter is 1459, when a dispute with the Cordwainers as to antiquity and precedence is recorded.

Read more about Raleigh 400's debt to Tuckers Hall at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/raleigh-400s-debt-to-tuckers-hall.html

The Tuckers Hall website is at http://www.tuckershall.org.uk/


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Monday 28 May, Fairlynch Museum: 
Elizabethan coins from a private collection 





These Elizabethan coins, from the Nigel Tucker Bequest, Woodbury Local History Society, were part of the Raleigh 400 exhibition. They were all found in fields around the nearby village of Woodbury.  


For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Monday 28 May, Fairlynch Museum: 
Household items of the period, on loan from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter 





On display in Raleigh 400 at Fairlynch were items which would have been in common use in homes in the Tudor and Stuart periods, on loan from the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), Exeter, pictured above.

You can read here about Fairlynch Museum's and Budleigh Salterton's celebrations in the late 1960s, when 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' was first exhibited at the Museum to celebrate the painting's centenary  
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2017/12/fifty-years-ago-boyhood-at-budleigh.html

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Monday 28 May, Fairlynch Museum Garden: ‘Sir Walter Raleigh’ roses! 





In the Museum Garden, two 'Sir Walter Raleigh' roses grown by David Austin Roses and kindly donated by Budleigh in Bloom,  were planted by volunteers. 
www.budleighinbloom.co.uk

It wasn't as simple as I'd thought. 

Read more at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/07/roses-for-raleigh-at-last.html

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Monday 28 May, Fairlynch Museum: 
A Garden Party 







The opening of the Raleigh 400 exhibition was followed by a celebration for Friends of Fairlynch and invited guests.  Raleigh 400 ale was kindly donated by Black Tor Brewery. Pictured above are David Fursdon, Lord Clinton, 'Sir Walter Raleigh', Lady Clinton, Cllr Tom Wright (Mayor of Budleigh) and Rosemary Griggs (Katherine Champernowne).
Photo by Lizzie Mee. 

Read more and see more pictures at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/06/raleigh-400-opens-28-may-for-150.html


You can read here about Fairlynch Museum's and Budleigh Salterton's celebrations in the late 1960s, when 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' was first exhibited at the Museum to celebrate the painting's centenary 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2017/12/fifty-years-ago-boyhood-at-budleigh.html

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 

http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/


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Monday 28 May, The Raleigh Wall on Budleigh Salterton beach 









The afternoon of Monday 28 May saw an event based on a re-enactment of ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ painting by Sir John Everett Millais. It involved local school children playing the part of characters in the painting, including young Walter Raleigh and his half-brother Humphrey Gilbert.  

Read more at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/06/raleigh-400-opens-28-may-2018-boyhood.html

You can read here about Fairlynch Museum's and Budleigh Salterton's celebrations in the late 1960s, when 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' was first exhibited at the Museum to celebrate the painting's centenary 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2017/12/fifty-years-ago-boyhood-at-budleigh.html



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Friday 1 June
Object of the Month: 'The Boyhood of Raleigh' by Sir John Everett Millais PRA





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Saturday 2 June  Children’s RALEIGH 400 Art and Poetry Competition with a Tudor theme  







The Raleigh 400 Art and Poetry Competitions were judged  by author Graham Hurley, together with the Oculus Competition. 

Above: Michael Downes as Sir Walter Raleigh at Budleigh Salterton Library prize giving 2 June 2018 with Tom Wright Mayor of Budleigh. Left-right in front row: Evie Pengilley (5), Thomas Franklin (6), John Patterson (8), Lucy Dixon (5) and Isla Dixon (8). Back row left to right: Sir Walter Raleigh, Elsa Patterson (12), author Graham Hurley, Cllr Tom Wright. 


Information about Budleigh Salterton Library at https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/budleighsaltertonlibrary
and on its Facebook page at 
https://en-gb.facebook.com/BudleighSaltertonLibrary/

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Thursday 7 June 
Budleigh Salterton Probus Club presented 
‘Our Great Elizabethan’, 
a talk by Michael Downes








Raleigh in a portrait of 1588: ‘dark with a prominent nose, high forehead and narrow face’.  Revealing facial traits, according to two American authors

I enjoy presenting unexpected aspects of Sir Walter to audiences, like the theory that he and members of many other leading West Country families were of Jewish origin. 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/was-raleigh-really-jewish.html
Budleigh Salterton Probus Club is at www.bsprobus.co.uk


The Probus audience sang lustily in honour of Sir Walter at the end of the talk, to the tune of 'The Ash Grove'.  Here are the words  
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-hero-of-devon.html


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Sunday 17 June 1.00- 4.00 pm 
Brownies' Fun Day, Temple Methodist Church Hall, Budleigh Salterton 






'Sir Walter Raleigh' was invited to make a guest appearance at the event. He is pictured here with Brown Owl Eve White. 

You can read more about it, and about the local Brownies leader and children's author Jean Blathwayt whom it honoured at
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/boost-for-brownies-fun-day-from-sir.html

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Monday 18 June  2.00-3.00 pm St Peter's C of E Primary School, Budleigh Salterton. Back to school for 'Sir Walter'.






Thirty children from St Peter's School's Chestnut class interviewed 'Sir Walter Raleigh' in 'the hot seat' with some probing questions about his life and exploits. That was followed by an appearance at a School assembly with 330 children and teachers. 

Find out how he coped at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/06/back-to-school-for-sir-walter.html



You can read about St Peter's School in Budleigh Salterton at http://www.st-peters-school.org.uk/


If you are a teacher and would like to know how a visit to Fairlynch Museum and the Raleigh area could help you, click on 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-ramble-with-raleigh-1.html

To see Fairlynch Museum's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee's report on her work with local schools on the Raleigh 400 project click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-400-class-act.html


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Sunday 1 July
Object of the Month: Budleigh Venture Art Group's version of 'The Boyhood of Raleigh'




Read the story of the Venture Art Group project at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/01/matching-millais-in-2015.html



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Wednesday 4 July: Acton Court, Iron Acton, Gloucestershire
Acton Court opened to the public




Read about Acton Court at http://www.actoncourt.com/




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Friday 6 July The Beacon C of E Primary School Exmouth










Above: Explaining the importance of Tudor fashion for the well dressed courtier, and especially the importance of pearls, to Exmouth children 


'Sir Walter' was invited to address a whole school assembly of 300 pupils at The Beacon School.  

They learnt the meaning of the word 'polymath'. Find out what else he told them at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/07/a-beacon-of-learning.html

You can read about The Beacon School at http://www.beacon-ce-primary.devon.sch.uk/

If you are a teacher and would like to know how a visit to Fairlynch Museum and the Raleigh area could help you, click on 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-ramble-with-raleigh-1.html


To see Fairlynch Museum's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee's report on her work with local schools on the Raleigh 400 project click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-400-class-act.html

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Saturday 7 July, Christ Church, Frome, Somerset 





Above: Christ Church, Frome
Image credit: Humphrey Bolton

'Amor et virtute': was a concert based on a portrait in song of Walter Raleigh. Soprano Jane Hunt joined 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 included 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 was part of Frome Festival 
https://fromefestival.co.uk/
Jane Hunt's website is at  http://www.operaletta.co.uk/jane-hunt.html


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Monday 16 July  Awliscombe C of E Primary School, Honiton 









'Sir Walter' paid an afternoon visit to the school to inspect work that children were doing on their Snakes and Ladders board games, which are based on his eventful life. 

It was an extremely hot day, as you can guess from his complexion: the problems with his beard and moustache were getting worse and worse. He was getting so flustered that he forgot to remove his glasses for the photo. 

Read more and see more photos at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/sir-walter-at-awliscombe-school.html

You can read about the school at http://www.fort.devon.sch.uk/aboutawlis

If you are a teacher and would like to know how a visit to Fairlynch Museum and the Raleigh area could help you, click on  http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-ramble-with-raleigh-1.html


To see Fairlynch Museum's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee's report on her work with local schools on the Raleigh 400 project click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-400-class-act.html



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Wednesday 1 August 
Object of the Month: The blue plaque on The Octagon, Fore Street, 
Budleigh Salterton










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Tuesday 21 August, Fardel, Ivybridge, Devon   Fardel Manor, owned by the Raleigh family until the mid-17th century was advertised for sale. 



Above: Fardel Manor. Exeter estate agent Jackson-Stops anticipated offers in excess of  £2m.  

Before its acquisition of Fardel Manor, the Devon branch of the Ralegh family has been traced back to Smallridge, near Axminster, in East Devon.  Sir John Raleigh, of Smallridge, acquired Fardel following his marriage to Joan Newton during the reign of Edward II. Fardel thus became the Ralegh ancestral home.  Sir Walter’s father was described as Walter Raleigh of Fardel when he took on the tenancy of Hayes Barton, near East Budleigh for a period of 80 years.   

You can read more about Fardel Manor at http://www.devonruralarchive.com/FardelManor.html

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Tuesday 21 - Saturday 25 August 6.00 pm: 'From Exe to Axe'.  An original drama based on events in Raleigh's life, by Budleigh playwright Steve Andrews.








Tues 21 Hayes Barton (for an invited audience); Wed 22 Bicton College; Thurs 23 Devoncourt Hotel, Exmouth;
Fri 24 Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, Westfield Close;
Sat 25  7 Cliff Terrace, Budleigh Salterton. 
Tickets (£10) were available from Budleigh TIC, The Card Shop Too, Budleigh or from the venues.
Proceeds from the Saturday performance went towards funding the library at St Peter's School, Budleigh Salterton. 


The programme of 'From Exe to Axe' is at 

For more plays/concerts about Sir Walter Raleigh produced in 2018 go to 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/ralegh-stalks-great-hall-once-more-to.html  
('Sir Walter's Women' by Rachel O'Neill 
14-15 September, Winchester)
and
'Sir Walter Raleigh - A Devon Man' by John Nettles 
15-19 October, BBC Radio Devon, BBC Radio Cornwall, 
20-24 November, BBC Radio 4 Extra 
and
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/east-budleighs-tribute-in-song-to-sir.html
('Sharp Medicine' - a song-cycle tribute to Sir Walter Raleigh by Peter Spafford, 2-3 November, Torquay, Ashburton and East Budleigh)
and
http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/ralegh-the-treason-trial 
('Ralegh: The Treason Trial'  24-30 November, London)

What about earlier plays written about Raleigh and performed in the Budleigh area? You can read a synopsis of 'Sir Walter Raleigh' by local artist and playwright Joyce Dennys at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2017/12/fifty-years-ago-boyhood-at-budleigh_61.html
Did you know that Joyce Dennys was the great-grandmother of British actor Kit Harington?


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Monday 27 August: 12 noon - 4.00 pm 
East Budleigh's 'Sir Walter Raleigh' Street Party remembered our Devon hero in his home village

   






At the ‘Sir Walter Raleigh’ Street Party there were Falconry displays, performances by the Tudor Dance Group, Morris dancers and the Elizabethan Players, a Tug o' War and much jollity.  

Two 'Sir Walter's appeared, together with a 'Queen Elizabeth I'!










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Monday 27 August: 2.00 - 4.00 pm 
The Raleigh Wall, Budleigh Salterton
'The Boyhood of Raleigh' 
re-enactment, including 'Sir Walter Raleigh', 'the Sailor' and the artist  'Sir John Millais'. 








This was an afternoon event based on the re-enactment of ‘The Boyhood of Raleigh’ painting by Sir John Everett Millais. It was a repeat of the event on Monday 28 May.  

You can read about it at http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/08/re-enacting-boyhood-take-2.html

As in the previous event in May 2018, it was decided that there was no reason why girls should not play the part of Walter Raleigh and/or Humphrey Gilbert. 

Naturally the local press liked this angle. Sadly there were no letters of protest to the Editor, even though we suggested that Sir John Millais might be spinning in his grave.  

See https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/08/a-girl-in-boyhood.html

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Saturday 1 September
Object of the Month: The Exeter Martyrs' Memorial (1909), created by Harry Hems 






Harry Hems was an important Exeter figure. See
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Hems

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Friday 7 – Saturday 8 September The Louis Round Wilson Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC  USA




Over 20 academics from the USA and the UK took part in a three-day conference on Sir Walter Raleigh to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. For details of the Sir Walter Raleigh Symposium programme see https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/09/north-carolinas-raleigh-400-tribute.html

Information about the Louis Round Wilson Library is at  http://library.unc.edu/wilson/ncc
  

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Saturday 8 September 
All Saints' Church, East Budleigh 
Talk on the poetry of Sir Walter Raleigh by Nick Wakeling, Head of English, Colyton Grammar School 






Local school children volunteered as readers at the event to illustrate aspects of Raleigh's work.  'Sir Walter', seen discussing the poems with one of the readers, was a special guest.

More on Raleigh's poetry at
https://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2017/12/sir-walter-raleigh-and-music.html

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Thursday 13 September, Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton: Group visit to the Raleigh 400 exhibition by patients from the Raleigh Surgery, Exmouth  








The group had 'a really enjoyable and interesting afternoon' wrote Practice Manager Louise Ford. 

'Sir Walter' compiled a quiz for the Patients' Group. You can see 20 questions at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/a-raleigh-400-quiz-1.html 
and another 20 at
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/a-raleigh-400-quiz-2.html

The questions were used at a patients' flu clinic!

Read about the Raleigh Surgery at http://www.raleighsurgery.co.uk/



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Thursday 13 September, 3.00 pm, Peter Hall, Budleigh Salterton. The Friends of Fairlynch Museum held a Special General Meeting, after which Michael Downes gave an illustrated talk, 'Our Great Elizabethan'.  







One of the aspects of Raleigh's colonial ventures covered in the talk: the watercolours of artist and Governor of Roanoke John White. Click here to read more
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-watercolours-of-john-white-artist.html


The audience sang lustily in honour of Sir Walter at the end of the talk, to the tune of 'The Ash Grove'.  Here are the words  
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-hero-of-devon.html


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Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September 
6.00 pm and 8.00 pm
The Great Hall, Winchester
A hit for 'Sir Walter’s Women' - original drama by Rachel O'Neill
Staged by Winchester-based 2TimeTheatre   Admission was free







Read some audience reactions at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/ralegh-stalks-great-hall-once-more-to.html

More at
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/06/sir-walters-women-original-drama-to-be.html




For more plays/concerts about Sir Walter Raleigh produced in 2018 go to 
('From Exe to Axe' by Steve Andrews
21-25 August, East Devon)
and
('Sharp Medicine' - a song-cycle tribute to Sir Walter Raleigh by Peter Spafford, 2-3 November, Torquay, Ashburton and East Budleigh)
and

('Ralegh: The Treason Trial'  24-30 November, London)

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Tuesday 18 September Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton:  A visit to the Raleigh 400 exhibition for 30 pupils from Kingfishers' class, Drake’s School, in Sir Walter's home village of East Budleigh 







More photos at
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/drakes-school-at-raleigh-400.html
and on the school website at 
http://www.raleighfederation.org.uk/kingfishers-1/

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

If you are a teacher and would like to know how a visit to Fairlynch Museum and the Raleigh area could help you, click on 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-ramble-with-raleigh-1.html

To see Fairlynch Museum's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee's report on her work with local schools on the Raleigh 400 project click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-400-class-act.html



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Wednesday 19 September, 
12.00 pm Temple Church, 
Budleigh Salterton: 
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival and Fairlynch Museum & Arts Centre presented a talk by Anna Beer





 
Historian Anna Beer, pictured at Fairlynch, discussed her 2018 biography of Sir Walter Ralegh before a sell-out audience, following a visit to see the Museum's exhibition. 

Dr Beer's research has explored, to quote the UK Parliament website, 'the hidden and surprising truth about Raleigh - a swashbuckling soldier, sailor, courtier and explorer who was also a political prisoner turned radical parliamentarian.' 
https://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/news/2018/september/sir-walter-raleigh-400-history-art-and-parliament/

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/


More books about Sir Walter Raleigh, available in libraries in Budleigh Salterton, are listed at 

https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/01/reading-about-raleigh_30.html

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Friday 21 September Morning visit to Fairlynch Museum Raleigh 400 exhibition by Otterton C of E Primary School 







Thirty children accompanied by adult staff and volunteers enjoyed their visit to the Raleigh 400 exhibition, where they were welcomed by 'Sir Walter'.  

You can find out about the school at
http://www.raleighfederation.org.uk/welcome-2/

If you are a teacher and would like to know how a visit to Fairlynch Museum and the Raleigh area could help you, click on 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-ramble-with-raleigh-1.html

To see Fairlynch Museum's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee's report on her work with local schools on the Raleigh 400 project click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-400-class-act.html


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Friday 21 September, 
St Peter’s Preparatory School, Lympstone: A visit by 'Sir Walter' 






Above: (L-r) Fairlynch Museum's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee, Sir Walter and Head Charlotte Johnston, with pupils involved in the Raleigh 400 project

'Sir Walter Raleigh' visited St Peter's Preparatory School to tell a whole school assembly of 300 pupils about his life and achievements.  

Read more at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/09/sir-walter-at-st-peters-lympstone.html

Read more about the School at http://www.stpetersprep.co.uk/

If you are a teacher and would like to know how a visit to Fairlynch Museum and the Raleigh area could help you, click on 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-ramble-with-raleigh-1.html

To see Fairlynch Museum's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee's report on her work with local schools on the Raleigh 400 project click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-400-class-act.html


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Saturday 22 September, 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. 




Photograph by Jonathan Neale Photography

http://www.jnimages.co.uk/

Details about the church are at http://www.stmichaelsmountdinham.org.uk/  
The programme, put together by lutenist Din Ghani, was similar to that performed at the National Portrait Gallery in London on 23 February. 

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Monday 24 September: 
Sidmouth Walking Festival visitors set out to follow in Sir Walter's early footsteps





More details at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/09/sidmouth-walkers-in-search-of-sir-walter.html

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Friday 28 September: Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton 
Group visit by Sherborne Castle volunteers







Above: Sherborne Castle guides and volunteers, welcomed by Fairlynch Museum Chairman Trevor Waddington, right.

You can read about Raleigh's association with Sherborne at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/sherborne-celebrates-sir-walter.html

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 
http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

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Friday 28 September until Sunday 4 November:
The North Carolina Museum of History 
Raleigh 400 Exhibition
'The Demise of Sir Walter Raleigh'






Above: Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth I in 'The Lost Colony', America’s longest running outdoor drama. Photo by Carl Lewis.

To read more go to 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/north-carolina-museum-of-history.html


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Saturday 29 September: Breeze award success for South Devon's 'Lady Katherine' 





Visitors to Raleigh 400 events at Fairlynch who met museum enthusiast Rosemary Griggs aka Lady Katherine Champernowne (Sir Walter's mother) will be pleased to learn that she was named as runner-up in The Breeze 2018 Fundraiser of the Year awards on 29 September.

The full story is at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/breeze-success-for-lady-katherine.html

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Saturday 29 September: Budleigh Salterton's 2018 Carnival 





A 1st for Fairlynch Fancies in Budleigh's 2018 Carnival;
Sir Walter and his times inspired local groups. 

Read about it at http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/a-first-for-fairlynch-fancies-in.html

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Sunday 30 September, 2.00 pm, Castleton Church, Sherborne: 
Ralegh Guided Walk with Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant, with access to Ralegh's letter in almshouse chapel and Castleton estate




  

Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant is one of Sir Walter Raleigh's most devoted admirers. She is pictured here next to his statue in his home village of East Budleigh. 
www.sherbornewalks.co.uk  

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Monday 1 October Object of the Month: The painting 'The Saint Bartholomews's Day Massacre' by François Dubois 





Some information about the artist is at 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Dubois


Amazingly, just 70 years after Sir Walter's death in 1618, his home village of East Budleigh had a Frenchman as its vicar. A Huguenot refugee! Coincidence? Was young Walter befriended by a Huguenot family during his time fighting in France? The Huguenot family of the future vicar of East Budleigh? 

I was so inspired by this thought that I wrote some words about it which can be sung (in English) to the tune of La Marseillaise. 
http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2016/10/an-east-budleigh-anthem.html

A version in French is at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/hymne-de-daniel-caunieres.html

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Monday 1 October, 7.30 pm: Glenorchy Church Hall, Exeter Road, Exmouth 
Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society presented ‘Our Great Elizabethan’ - Talk by Michael Downes






Above: New Hampshire's state seal depicts the frigate USS Raleigh and is surrounded by a laurel wreath with nine stars. The Raleigh was one of the first 13 warships sponsored by the Continental Congress for a new American navy, built in 1776, at Portsmouth. The seal is surrounded by a laurel wreath.

I enjoyed telling the audience about Sir Walter's legacy in America. The city of Raleigh NC has two districts named after him: Budleigh and Hayes Barton (his birthplace outside the village of East Budleigh)!  Read more at  https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-towns-pride-in-sir-walter-with-bit-of.html
Here's the song that the audience sang lustily in honour of Sir Walter to the tune of 'The Ash Grove' at the end of the talk. 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-hero-of-devon.html

Information about the Exmouth Historical and Archaeological Society is at 
http://www.devonhistorysociety.org.uk/local-groups/exmouth-historical-archaeological-society/

Visitors are welcome at all meetings – entrance £2.00 



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Monday 1 October: 'A great and complex character' - article by Michael Downes in the October edition of 'Devon Life'






In the run-up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020, Budleigh Salterton’s Fairlynch Museum volunteer Michael Downes considers the legacy of East Devon’s most important historical figure, born in East Budleigh between 1552 and 1554.



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Saturday 6 October, 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm: Memorial Hall, Sherborne  
Guests enjoyed a Fantastic Ralegh 400 Tudor Banquet. Costumes were welcome. Tickets were only £30 and raised money from two charities.






The full story and more photos are at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/sherbornes-ralegh-400-feast-success.html

See https://theeastburyhotel.co.uk/events/sir-walter-raleighs-400th-anniversary-dinner/

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Thursday 11 October: Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath, Somerset
'Amor et virtute': a portrait in song of Sir Walter Raleigh.
Sopranos Jane Hunt and Philippa Neaverson joined lutenist Din Ghani, founder of the group 
Musicke in the Ayre.







Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/Musicke.in.the.Ayre/

The programme marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh. As well as songs based on his poetry, they included 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 was part of Musicke in the Ayre’s regular series at the Museum of Bath Architecture, and was a duet version of the programme, with Jane Hunt and Philippa Neaverson. http://museumofbatharchitecture.org.uk/
Philippa Neaverson http://www.operaletta.co.uk/philippa-neaverson.html 

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Thursday 11 October Sherborne Castle welcomed a visit by members of The Arts Society, Budleigh Salterton






Read about Raleigh and Sherborne at
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/sherborne-celebrates-sir-walter.html 

Find out about Sherborne Castle at 
http://www.sherbornecastle.com/

The Arts Society, Budleigh Salterton's website is at  http://budfas.org/

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Thursday 11 October, 11.00 am 
Digby Hall, Sherborne. 
Sherborne Literary Society 
presented a talk by Maria Wingfield Digby, author of Sir Walter Raleigh (Pitkin, 2018).   






The talk was followed by a guided walk, with access to Raleigh's letter in the almshouse chapel and Castleton estate. 

Publisher's note: '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

www.sherborneliterarysociety.com 

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Thursday 11 October 7.00 - 8.30 pm, The British Library, London: 
'Sir Walter Ralegh: Adventurer, Poet, Writer' - Talk by Dr Anna Beer 



 







Above: A British Library Reading Room

Read more at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/sir-walter-ralegh-adventurer-poet.html
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Saturday 13 October, All Saints Church, East Budleigh
Sir Walter Raleigh concert with Devon Voices





www.allsaintseastbudleigh.org.uk



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Monday 15 - Friday 19 October 7.15 pm
Start of a new five-part 
drama-documentary 
‘Sir Walter Raleigh - a Devon Man’.







Above: Plymouth Conservatoire Launch Performance Arts students performing a show for the BBC directed by John Nettles. Image credit University of Plymouth

The play was written and narrated for BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall by the actor John Nettles to mark the 400th anniversary. It traced Sir Walter's life from his birth in East Devon to his execution in London.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06m121c

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Monday 15 October: Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton
Visit to Raleigh 400 exhibition from Woodbury Salterton C of E Primary School. 








The group consisted of 31 children accompanied by 8 adults. Transport by coach to and from Budleigh Salterton was provided thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  

Image of Woodbury Salterton Primary School by Roger Cornforth

For more news of Fairlynch Museum go to 

http://fairlynchmuseum.uk/

If you are a teacher and would like to know how a visit to Fairlynch Museum and the Raleigh area could help you, click on 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-ramble-with-raleigh-1.html

To see Fairlynch Museum's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee's report on her work with local schools on the Raleigh 400 project click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-400-class-act.html

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Wednesday 17 October 2.30 pm, Glenorchy Church Hall, Exmouth: 
National Trust Raleigh Group presented
'Our Great Elizabethan' 
Talk by Michael Downes 







Above: Portait of Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury by John De Critz the Elder, in the National Portrait Gallery Collection

Sir Walter Raleigh is still described by some people as a traitor.  I enjoy telling audiences that his supposed friend Cecil was the traitor. Read more at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/08/when-gloves-were-off-for-raleigh.html

Here's the song that the audience sang lustily in honour of Sir Walter to the tune of 'The Ash Grove' at the end of the talk. 

https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-hero-of-devon.html

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Wednesday 17 October  3.00 pm
Bromley House Library, Nottingham
Talk by Dr  Mark Nicholls (University of Cambridge) - Sir Walter Raleigh (1522 - 1618) 





Presented by The Historical Association - Nottingham Branch
Open to Historical Association and Bromley House Library members only. This was a free event, but required booking.  

The Bromley House Library, at Angel Row, Nottingham, was founded in 1816. You can read about the Library at http://www.bromleyhouse.org/

For details of Dr Mark Nicholls see https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/sir-walter-raleigh-lecture-by-dr-mark.html

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Saturday 20 October: 
The Tower of London
A new look in Sir Walter's Study 
for Raleigh 400





Image credit: Historic Royal Palaces
https://www.hrp.org.uk 

More photos at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/a-new-look-in-sir-walters-study-for.html

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Saturday 20 October: Sir Walter’s Lost Garden revived for Raleigh 400 at the Tower of London




Image credit: Historic Royal Palaces
https://www.hrp.org.uk 

A Beefeater admires the newly installed 'Lost Garden' at the Tower of London

Read more about Sir Walter Raleigh the herbalist and physician at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/sir-walters-lost-garden-revived-for.html

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Saturday 20-Sunday 28 October 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm  The Tower of London 
'Meet Sir Walter Raleigh on the 400th anniversary of his execution'






The White Tower at The Tower of London

Image credit: Bernard Gagnon 

For details see https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/explore/what-would-walter-do/#gs.c6eumhY

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Monday 22 October: 'Sir Walter Ralegh and piracy' - Dr Anna Beer, on Radio 4’s Start the Week 






Both Raleigh and his half-brother Humphrey Gilbert had come to the attention of the Privy Council in the 1570s for suspected acts of piracy.  A Spanish ship with a cargo of oranges and lemons had been captured by their associates and taken to Dartmouth. Piracy is likely to have been something that the young Walter Raleigh would have been acquainted with from his childhood. Some have suggested that this bench end in All Saints Church depicted  a Mediterranean ship captured by East Budleigh sailors
See David Jenkinson's 2010 article https://www.ova.org.uk/article/ship-carving-all-saints-church


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Monday 22-Monday 29 October:  
Sir Walter Raleigh cocktails at 
Spoken, The Strand, Exmouth 






Spoken's owner George Nightingale offered to serve Sir Walter Raleigh cocktails in the week leading up to the death of the Great Elizabethan    
www.spokenexmouth.com

You can read about more drinks associated with Sir Walter at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/of-raleigh-and-rums.html



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Tuesday 23 October, Senate House, University of London, for the Royal Museums Greenwich: 
'Ocean’s Love: Ralegh and the Sea
Talk by Dr Anna Beer








Above: Pebble artist Simon Wood's creation of the 16th century warship Ark Royal on Budleigh Salterton beach.  The vessel was originally designed by Sir Walter and named Ark Raleigh before it was acquired by Queen Elizabeth I.

The Talk was free.  For more details see
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/oceans-love-sir-walter-ralegh-and-sea.html

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Thursday 25 October 7.00-9.00 pm North Carolina State Capitol, North Carolina USA
‘Drinks with Sir Walter Raleigh’

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Friday 26 October 11.00 am, BBC Radio 4
'In Search of Eldorado' 
Talk by Professor Jerry Brotton 








Above: 'The Quest for El Dorado' by Scottish artist Ronnie Heeps  

To see more of the Raleigh-themed paintings by Ronnie Heeps, commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust for Mont Orgeuil Castle as a permanent display from 20006, click on 
https://hughsongallery.com/viewExhibition?exhibition=16


www.bbc.co.uk
'In 1595, Sir Walter Raleigh sailed to South America in search of the fabled 'El Dorado'. Gold had long fascinated Europeans and he was determined that his expedition would bring back untold treasures. He travelled up the Orinoco River which flows through what is now Venezuela, but his search was in vain and there was little to show for it except his remarkable account of the journey, 'The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana'. Jerry Brotton takes this as his guide as he travels to Trinidad, Raleigh's staging post for the journey, and then into modern day Guyana for his own journey in search of gold.

Jerry discovers the descendants of the indigenous peoples Raleigh met and wrote about in his account, and travels upriver in search of the elusive gold that was so prized by Europeans.

What is left, if anything, of the dream of El Dorado in today's Guyana? Deep In the pristine rainforest of South America he finds out if the lure of gold still holds.'

Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London


Producer Mark Rickards




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Friday 26 October 7.00 for 7.30 pm  
Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne Open lecture by Dr Anna Beer, Fellow of Kellogg College Oxford:  ‘Ralegh and Sherborne: a story of Love and Loss’ . 








Following the lecture Dr Anna Beer signed her new book on Ralegh which was available on the night and on sale through Winstones.

'As Sir Walter is held responsible for the uptake of tobacco in Britain, all proceeds went to Lung Cancer Charity and the Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne'

Find out about Raleigh and Sherborne at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/05/sherborne-celebrates-sir-walter.html

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Saturday 27 October 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm North Carolina State Capitol, North Carolina USA





















Above: The House of Representatives Chamber at North Carolina's State Capitol

Remembrance of Raleigh in the city which bears his name.
A formal ceremony commemorating Raleigh’s life and legacy (House of Representatives Chamber, 3.00 pm); demonstrations of Elizabethan-era life.    Free event 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/remembrance-of-raleigh-in-city-which.html

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Sunday 28 October 9.30 am East Budleigh, All Saints Church






Above: The bench end for the Raleigh family pew in All Saints' Church. It's dated 1537. 

The Sir Walter Raleigh commemoration service took place in the ancient church where he and his family worshipped.  
www.allsaintseastbudleigh.org.uk


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Sunday 28 October Exmouth, Holy Trinity Church: Sir Walter was remembered in prayers during the Sunday service. 






Above: Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Winston Churchill stand next to each other in this fine stained glass window in Exmouth's Holy Trinity Church. 

www.exmouthcoastalchurches.org.uk   

A floral tribute at the Raleigh window was offered by Daffodils Florist, Exmouth  www.exmouthflorists.co.uk

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Sunday 28 October 11.00 am  
St Margaret's, Westminster
A Sung Eucharist.  






The tomb of Sir Walter Raleigh in St Margaret's, Westminster

The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall preached the sermon. All were welcome. 
https://www.westminster-abbey.org/media/8947/st-margarets-newsletter-009.pdf 

The USA was well represented. Read this account from the First Colony Foundation at https://www.firstcolonyfoundation.org/news/400th-commemoration-sir-walter-raleigh-westminster-abbey/ 

For details of the music go to  https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-westminster-service-sunday-28.html

Find out how the 300th anniversary of Sir Walter's death was marked in 2018 
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/01/raleigh-300-how-did-they-mark.html

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Sunday 28 October, 12.30 pm, East Budleigh Church Hall: Pirate Party, a final celebration in Sir Walter's home village  









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Sunday 28 October, West Horsley Place, Surrey: ‘Gruesomely evocative story’ of ‘The Raleigh Bag’ is published






Image credit: The Mary Roxburghe Trust

West Horsley Place, between Guildford and Leatherhead in Surrey, was where Sir Walter Raleigh’s widow Bess settled when she moved in with her son Carew, owner of the house, after her husband’s death. A red silk velvet bag, discovered in an attic space at the house is being investigated to try to establish whether it could be the long-lost bag that contained Sir Walter’s head. 

To read the full story as published by The Mary Roxburghe Trust click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-raleigh-bag-discovered-at-west.html

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Monday 29 October  All Saints Church East Budleigh: 
Bell ringing to mark the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter's death 






Above: A view of East Budleigh from the tower of All Saints Church

www.allsaintseastbudleigh.org.uk


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Monday 29 October 10.00 am 
All Saints Church East Budleigh: 
The Otter Valley Association's 
Sir Walter Raleigh Anniversary Walk 





Above: Painting of Place Court, Colaton Raleigh, by Alfred Parsons RA.  Place Court is reputedly where Raleigh was baptised. The painting is part of Fairlynch Museum's collection.

A total of 22 people set out on the date of Sir Walter's death on a commemorative four-hour walk of 8 miles.

The walk started at East Budleigh Church CP (OS 115, SY 065 848) and was open to everyone.

To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Sir Walter Raleigh, this walk linked places associated with his life:  East Budleigh, Hayes Barton, Bicton Common, Colaton Raleigh, along the River Otter back to East Budleigh. A picnic lunch in the garden of Place Court by kind permission of the owners was a a highlight of the day. 


The Walk Leader was Brian Turnbull
www.ova.org.uk


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Monday 29 October, Sir Walter Raleigh, East Budleigh: 
Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club commemoration dinner  







The dinner, held at the Sir Walter Raleigh pub in East Budleigh (pictured above) , was a closed event for Rotary Club members only.   

https://www.rotary-ribi.org

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Monday 29 October, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm 
Room 246, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. 
A Ralegh 400 Conference/Symposium





Organisers: Carlo Bajetta* (Valle d’Aosta), Jonathan Gibson* (The Open University), Teresa Grant* (* speakers). Speakers also included Anna Beer (Kellogg College, Oxford) and Kate Bennett (Magdalen College, Oxford). Free event, all were welcome.  

More detail at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/raleigh-400-at-senate-house-university.html

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Monday 29 October St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey 4.00 – 5.30pm 
Symposium: Sir Walter Raleigh beyond England






Above: Fort Raleigh, Roanoke Island, North Carolina 
An illustration of how the Fort might have appeared, published by the National Park Service 

Speakers included: Dr Eric Klingelhofer, Emeritus Professor of History, Mercer University, Georgia, USA; Dr Bly Straube, Curator/Archaeologist, First Colony Foundation
Tickets were free via Eventbrite 
https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-events/lectures-and-talks/2018/october/sir-walter-raleigh/


More about the Symposium at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/sir-walter-raleigh-beyond-england.html


You can read more about colonists from the area around Budleigh Salterton who settled in America during the 17th century. There's the Upham family from Bicton. See 
http://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-uphams-of-bicton.html 

More famously, perhaps, is the case of Roger Conant, from Sir Walter Raleigh's home village of East Budleigh.  I think he deserves his own statue in the village. 
https://budleighbrewsterunited.blogspot.com/2010/06/shalom-from-east-budleigh.html

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Monday 29 October 6.30 pm St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey: Lecture by Dr Mark Nicholls 







Above:  Mark Nicholls and Penry Williams's Sir Walter Raleigh: in life and legend was published by Continuum in 2011

Dr Mark Nicholls, leading Raleigh scholar and author of a recent authoritative biography, presented an evening lecture on Raleigh’s life.

To read more about the lecture, go to
http://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/sir-walter-raleigh-lecture-by-dr-mark.html

https://www.westminster-abbey.org/media/8947/st-margarets-newsletter-009.pdf 


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Monday 29 October: 
An American remembers.
Joshua Allen, Lighting Director of 'The Lost Colony', posted his thoughts on Facebook: 




400 years ago today, a privateer, Knight, and courtier of Queen Elizabeth named Walter Raleigh was beheaded at the Tower of London. Without Raleigh’s persistence in the exploration of English colonization in “The New World of Virginia” - locally known to us now as North Carolina - who can say if America would be an English speaking nation? I’ve always been fascinated with Sir Walter, and today - on the anniversary of his death - I’d like to pause and remember this man.

The night before he lost his head, Raleigh wrote this Poem in his tower cell:




“Even such is time, which takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, and all we have,
And pays us nought but age and dust;
Which in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days!
And from which grave, and earth, and dust,
The Lord shall raise me up, I trust.'”



Sleep well, Sir Walter. Thank ye!

Above: The illustration, circa 1860, is an artist’s impression of the execution of Sir Walter Raleigh. Included in The Popular History of England: An Illustrated History of Society and Government from the Earliest Period to Our Own Times, by Charles Knight, the image (by an uncredited artist) is online via the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.

Read about the outstanding Lost Colony show on Roanoke Island at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-2018-lost-colony-show-opens.html

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Monday 29 October, St Mary’s Church, West Horsley held a Commemoration Service for children of The Raleigh School






Above: St Mary’s Church, West Horsley
Image credit: Hassocks5489


St Mary’s Church, in the village of West Horsley, between Guildford and Leatherhead, in Surrey, held a Commemoration Service for children of the village’s The Raleigh School on the date of Sir Walter Raleigh’s death.  Find out more at  https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/exciting-news-for-surrey-church-as.html


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Wednesday 31 October 6.00-7.30 pm The Palace of Westminster, London. Marking 400 years since the execution of Sir Walter Raleigh 





Above: Detail of 'Queen Elizabeth commissions Raleigh to sail for America, 1584' by Alfred Kingsley Lawrence, oil on canvas, 1927 (Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 2597)

Free evening talk by Dr Anna Beer and Dr John Cooper, hosted by the House of Lords Works of Art Panel. 

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Fairlynch Museum closed for the 2018 season, marking the end of the Raleigh 400 exhibition, but this Raleigh 400 calendar goes on! and on...! 






For a brief summary of Fairlynch Museum's 2018 season click on

https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/triumphant-2018-season-for-fairlynch.html

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Thursday 1 November Object of the Month: The Sir Walter Raleigh pub sign, East Budleigh 




Read more about the story of Sir Walter and his cloak at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-cloak-and-puddle.html

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Saturday 3 November, 7.00 pm 
All Saints' Church, East Budleigh
An East Budleigh song cycle in tribute to Sir Walter 






Singer-songwriter and Raleigh enthusiast Peter Spafford toured Devon with music and words inspired by Sir Walter's poetry.  'Sharp Medicine' is an echo of Raleigh's words as he felt the executioner's axe on the scaffold, moments before he was beheaded on 29 October 1618.  

Read more at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/10/east-budleighs-tribute-in-song-to-sir.html

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Sunday 4 November 3.00 pm, All Saints Church, Bampfylde Road, Torre, Torquay
'The Songs I Had' - A performance for Wilfred Owen, by The Choral Engineers
Songs with words by Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney, Kurt Vonnegut, John Keats, Sir Walter Raleigh and others…




https://doorsteparts.co.uk/whats-on/the-songs-i-had/


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Wednesday 7 November, Shanghai: 
Sir Walter arrived in China 






Above: Sir Walter Raleigh arrives in China!  Stephen Jones, a resident of Raleigh's home village of East Budleigh takes the opportunity to introduce the Chinese legal profession to Sir Walter at an Intellectual Property Forum as part of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai. 


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Wednesday 14 November, 
Fairlynch Museum, Budleigh Salterton
Submission of the final report on the Raleigh 400 Fairlynch Museum Education Outreach programme supported by Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)







Above: Fairlynch's Education Outreach officer Lizzie Mee discusses Millais' 'Boyhood of Raleigh' with children from Drake's School East Budleigh during a visit to the Museum


To see Lizzie Mee's report on her work with local schools on the Raleigh 400 project click on 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-400-class-act.html

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Thursday 15 - Sunday 18 November 
The Great Hall, Winchester
'Ralegh: The Treason Trial' 
(Part of 'Ambitious Fiends')









Above: The Great Hall, Winchester Castle, where the 1603 trial of Sir Walter Raleigh was held 
Image credit: Johann Bakker 

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/ralegh-the-treason-trial


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Tuesday 20-Saturday 24 November 

A well deserved repeat on BBC Radio 4 Extra of a new five-part drama-documentary ‘Sir Walter Raleigh - a Devon Man’.  





Above: Plymouth Conservatoire Launch Performance Arts students performing a show for the BBC directed by John Nettles. Image credit University of Plymouth


The play was originally written and narrated for BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall by the actor John Nettles to mark the 400th anniversary. It traced Sir Walter's life from his birth in East Devon to his execution in London.

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Thursday 22 November: 
A Raleigh enjoyable 
Thanksgiving Day in Budleigh Salterton









Above: Budleigh residents with family or friends in the USA raise a glass of Raleigh Brut sparkling wine made just a few miles from Sir Walter Raleigh’s birthplace. What better way to celebrate the feast day of a country with which our Great Devonian is so closely associated!


More about Lily Farm’s Raleigh sparkling wine at https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/a-raleigh-sparkling-wine.html

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Saturday 24 - Friday 30 November  Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe, London 
'Ralegh: The Treason Trial' 
(Part of 'Ambitious Fiends')








Above: The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Globe's replica Jacobean theatre, on Bankside, London
Image credit: Oxyman 

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/ralegh-the-treason-trial

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Thursday 29 November 7.00 - 8.30 pm, British Library, London:  'Travel in Walter Raleigh's Footsteps' - Talk by Prof Jerry Brotton 








Above: Walter Raleigh trading with the King of Aromaia. Expedition to Guyana in search of Eldorado, 1595. Image taken from [America.-Part VIII.-German.] Originally published/produced in M Becker: Frankfurt, 1599. © British Library     Source: https://www.bl.uk/

For more details, go to https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/travel-in-walter-raleighs-footsteps.html


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Thursday 29 November, State Dining Room, Powderham Castle
Raleigh 400 'Black tie' dinner, 
7.00 for 7.30 pm for Friends of Fairlynch, friends and guests 





Read more at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-raleigh-400-dinner.html

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Saturday 1 December Object of the Month: The portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh in All Saints' Church, East Budleigh 








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Saturday 1 December 
'The Young Sir Walter Ralegh' 
An allegorical portrait by André Durand 





The photo shows the artist at work on the portrait, which is set in the grounds of Sherborne Castle. The completed portrait was featured in the December edition of the magazine 'Dorset'. 

Photo by Jane Adkins 
© André Durand 

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Wednesday 12 December, 
Drapers' Hall, London: 
Launch of R400






A four-part R400 Launch at Drapers’ Hall in the City of London, focusing on Raleigh the man, the history of his exploits and his legacy in the UK and the US. One of R400's aims is a major education festival to inform students of all ages on both sides of the Atlantic of our common heritage, as well as our shared tradition of entrepreneurship and wealth creation.

Read more at https://raleigh400.com/

Find out more about Sir Walter Raleigh the entrepreneur at 
https://raleigh400.blogspot.com/2018/11/raleigh-entrepreneur-some-of-todays-sir.html

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Saturday 15 DecemberSt Peter’s Church, 
Budleigh Salterton: 
Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir Christmas Concert 




  
The concert includes - I've been told -  a performance of ‘Sir Walter’s Lament’ (words by Michael Downes) to the tune of ‘Greensleeves’  www.budleighmvc.co.uk


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Monday 31 December: Raleigh 400+
A look ahead, to Raleigh events in 2019. 

Wednesday 16 January, East Exe Probus, Exmouth
'Our Great Elizabethan' - talk by Michael Downes 

Tuesday 5 February Jersey Post will release a 'Sir Walter Raleigh, Governor of Jersey' stamp.  

Thursday 21 February, Sherborne Historical Society 
'The Bird in the Cage': Sir Walter Ralegh and Henry, Prince of Wales' - An illustrated talk by Professor Tim Wilks on the dangerous relationship between the condemned and imprisoned Elizabethan hero and the young Stuart heir.


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OTHER 2018 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
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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Sir Walter Ralegh 400 Sherborne
The Ralegh 400 Festival is also supported by Sherborne Town Council and 'Community Matters' (Waitrose, Sherborne). 
More information from PR representative Susan Vincent 
Tel: 01935 321925 E: susanvincent11@yahoo.co.uk
Or Chairman, Bob Walden 
Tel: 01963 251081  E:bobwalden@talktalk.net






 


  

2 comments:

  1. Shakespeare's Globe have a production Ralegh: The Treason Trial at Winchester Great Hall 16-18 November and at the Globe from 24 November

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