Summer started with a bang with Luke Jerram’s stunning Museum of the Moon at Sherborne Abbey.
With over 17,000 visitors, it was brilliant to see the town so busy over the weekend and the shops and the cafes doing a roaring trade. It attracted huge national and international media coverage, including in China and the USA. A huge thank you to everyone who made it possible, especially Inside Out Dorset, B-Side, Bournemouth Arts by the Sea and the Arts Development Company. So, what are we doing next?!
Since our planning application was unanimously approved in June, we have been busy planning for the site to be cleared and the construction works to begin. Our first job is to do more site investigation works and soon we will be putting gates in the wall in Old Market carpark for vehicular access.
We had a very constructive meeting with Dorset Council and Sherborne Town Council to discuss the practicalities of access and construction and we are all committed to causing as little disruption as possible to residents and visitors. We will keep you informed on the works as they progress and please encourage your friends and neighbours to sign up to our newsletter so they can keep up to date with the project.
Our wonderful town
Over the last year there have been some wonderful new shops and restaurants opening in Sherborne. It’s great to see the Cross Keys open again on Cheap Street. Close to the Conduit, it’s a lovely place to sit outside on a summer’s evening and enjoy the views.
The Newell has taken over the The Crown on Greenhill. Run by the couple who opened the acclaimed Giaconda Dining Room in London, they are quickly establishing themselves in the town and the county, with a rave review in The Times this month.
D’Uberville is located in the beautiful St John’s Building on the Parade and sells vintage and antique furniture and homeware and also has a great cafe. Check out their magnificent homemade cakes, the coffee is pretty good too.
Published twice a year, Elementum is an independent journal with a focus on nature writing and they have recently opened a shop on South Street. Selling original artworks, Tom Raffield lighting and furniture, books, cards and much more, this really is a little gem and a very welcome addition to the fantastic independent shops in town.
Picture credit: Elementum Gallery, Jay Armstrong