Words with Wine Event

Wolfgang Grulke

10 Mar 2020

Tickets £5/£6 Winstone's Bookshop, online and on the door

Following on from Jason Lewis's outstanding talk in which he covered the subjects of the future of the planet and sustainability, local author and owner of what is now regarded as one of the world's premier fossil and natural history collections, Wolfgang Grulke will talk about his latest book Beyond Extinction. 

This amazing and beautifully illustrated book looks beyond the media focus on climate change and extinction to celebrate the continuity of ocean life. It will take you on a personal journey to explore origins and destinies, from primordial soup to today's threatened oceans - towards a future we can influence.

Wolfgang is well known to local audiences as a brilliant speaker and his latest book is a fascinating insight into much of the research he has done through his marine exploration. His talk will allow you to share his life-long passions for the natural world, marine biology, palaeontology, scuba diving, travel writing and underwater photography. 

So that he can illustrate his talk to full advantage using the best audio-visual technology, this event will take place in the Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne DT9 3AA

Doors open at 7 pm for 7.30 pm start. There will be the usual canapés available and the Digby Hall bar will provide other refreshments.

Photo credit: Katherine Davies/Sherborne Times

Festival Plus Event - Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes

20 Mar 2020

Tickets £9/£10 Sherborne TIC, Winstone's Bookshop and online

7pm at 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 who has achieved seven Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze medals throughout her career. This includes her double win in the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the first Briton in over 80 years to do so.


After her Olympic success, she won BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the Year and was honoured with a Damehood from the Queen.

Kelly was raised by her mum on a council estate in Kent. She attended the local secondary school where, due to the belief and support of her PE teacher, she pursued her talent at running. Ferried to race meetings up and down the country by her family, she knows the importance of having a supportive team.

At 18, Kelly left professional running to pursue her first dream, to be in the British army. She became an HGV driver and then a Physical Training Instructor, before being awarded an MBE for services to the British Army in 1998. In 2018, Kelly was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Royal Armoured Corps, marking her return to the army. The accolade was approved by Her Majesty the Queen, making it the first time an individual has been appointed Honorary Colonel to a regular unit.

Kelly could never shift the dream of Olympic gold that she had since a child, but it was a very tough journey there. Her running career was overshadowed with repeated injury and disappointment. Recurring physical injuries contributed to periods of clinical depression and self-harm that continued to affect her just one year before her Olympic double win.

Soon after this win, Kelly set up the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. The charity helps guide disadvantaged young people, getting their lives back on track by using world class athletes to engage, enable and empower, attitudes they need to fulfil a positive life. She encourages the same philosophy that she lives by, nothing is impossible.

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