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Sher­borne House has been bought by a char­i­ta­ble trust set up to pro­tect the fu­ture of the mag­nif­i­cent Grade One Pal­la­dian build­ing in the heart of Sher­borne. The House, which was a fi­nal­ist in the BBC’s Restora­tion show hosted by Griff Rhys Jones, was pre­vi­ously owned by Dorset County Coun­cil who sold the build­ing and its grounds to Red­cliffe Homes in 2011. They built 44 new homes in the orig­i­nal walled gar­den and also ren­o­vated struc­tural el­e­ments of the House in­clud­ing ex­ten­sive works to the stun­ning Baroque mu­ral by renowned artist Sir James Thorn­hill, whose work ap­pears at St Paul’s Cathe­dral, Hamp­ton Court and Blen­heim Palace.

Michael Can­non, Chair of the Sher­borne House Trust 2018, said that they will be li­ais­ing with His­toric Eng­land and lo­cal plan­ners over the restora­tion. “We’re ex­tremely ex­cited to be­come cus­to­di­ans of Sher­borne House and once the ex­ten­sive restora­tion has been com­pleted, we hope this mag­nif­i­cent build­ing will be an in­te­gral part of the town again.”


The Bull Ho­tel in Brid­port is host­ing an evening cel­e­brat­ing but­ter­flies and dance. The event which will fea­ture but­ter­fly ex­perts, en­thu­si­asts, sci­en­tists and writ­ers as well as dancers, also in­cludes a screen­ing of My Bal­let dancers at Rye­wa­ter But­ter­fly Nurs­ery in North Dorset in a but­ter­fly-in­spired per­for­mance called Blue But­ter­fly led by Carla Steenkam­pSheills (my-bal­ The aim of the event is to raise money for but­ter­fly con­ser­va­tion and to foster an in­ter­est in women in later life tak­ing up bal­let danc­ing. The event is on 22 Novem­ber, bar opens at 7pm, pro­ceed­ings get un­der­way at 7.30pm. Tick­ets £10. More de­tails 01308 422878.

Sir James Thorn­hill’s mu­ral in Sher­borne House

My Bal­let per­form­ing Blue But­ter­fly at Rye­wa­ter But­ter­fly Nurs­ery

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