Sherborne Literary Society
For lovers of good books and creative expression

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March Newsletter

Some good news from Coronavirus

I am sure that, like me, you are essentially underwhelmed by every organisation feeling it necessary to send you an email telling you about the value it puts on both its people and its customers and then repeating almost verbatim the words from five other emails you had already received that day. Thus, I have resisted so far to communicate to Literary Society Members how much we value you all. I rather hoped that it would not need stating!


However, it is membership renewal time and I have been prevailed upon to communicate. 


Your committee has been considering the implications of the Coronavirus pandemic on the Society and its membership. The restrictions now in place, and the uncertainty as to how long they will last, means that it is impossible to say when the Society will be able to recommence its normal exciting programme of events. The current membership year ends on 31 March and the Committee has decided to renew all memberships free of charge for another twelve months. This means that your 2019/20 membership card will still be valid until 31 March 2021.


If you have already paid for 2020/21 membership, we will retain the money and use it for the membership for the following year, 2021/22, unless we hear from you. If you would like a refund, please e-mail our membership secretary ( with your payment details.


I would also like to point out that the 10% discount at Winstone’s Bookshop will continue to apply throughout the membership year and I am sure that Wayne Winstone will not mind me reminding you that, although browsing is currently not allowed within his premises, he is very happy to provide you with the books you may need to see you through the foreseeable future while under ‘house arrest’. They are providing a courier service or can serve you remotely using contactless at the shop door. Give him a call on 01935 816128.


It is somewhat ironic that just as we had put together a full programme for the whole of 2020 that we have had to put it all on hold for now. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. We look forward to welcoming you back to our exciting programme of events when it is safe to do so.

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25 Sep 2020

Festival Plus Event

Dame Kelly Holmes


7 pm start at the The Digby Memorial Hall in Digby Road

Double Olympic Champion Col. Dame Kelly Holmes MBE (mil) is one of the UK’s most popular athletes, respected throughout the world as a role model and an inspiration. Setting, and still holding, the British records in the 800m and 1000m, Kelly is an Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion that has achieved seven Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze medals throughout her career.

She went on to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Dame Kelly will talk about her life, motivation and her Olympic success. 

Tickets are available from the Tourist Information Centre on Digby Road  (01935 815341), Winstone's Bookshop in Cheap Street or through Eventbrite.

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