Planning Update

It’s been six weeks now since our planning application was heard at the Planning Committee meeting in Dorchester. We were delighted that the Planning Officer had recommended it for approval but the decision was taken to defer the application to a future meeting.

We have met with Historic England who raised concerns about the impact of the building, especially on the setting of Sherborne House, which is Grade One listed. Our architects are now working on designs options for further consultation with Historic England.

With three seats up for grabs, we are looking forward to meeting the newly elected Councillors for Sherborne Town Council very soon to update them on the plans and answer any questions.

Our planning application is likely to be heard in the next couple of months in Sturminster Newton, we will let you have the date as soon as we know. It would be wonderful to have our supporters out in force again to show how much this project means to our community and town.

New Trustee

We are delighted to welcome Sheila Healy to our Board of Trustees. Sheila lives in Marnhull and was Chair of Arts Council England (South West Area) from 2010 to 2017. Sheila has worked with many prestigious arts organisations including Tate St Ives, Ikon Gallery and Kneehigh Theatre and was Chief Executive of Cornwall County Council from 2006 to 2009. Sheila brings a wealth of invaluable experience to the Board with a huge passion for the arts, culture and communities.

Sherborne Independent Market
An exciting new market is coming to Sherborne on Sunday 16 June. Based along the lines of the hugely popular Frome Market, it aims to be the first curated, “destination” market for Sherborne with an eclectic mix of artisan stalls running down Cheap Street, a profusion of Sherborne “Indies” in Digby Road and the introduction of the highly acclaimed Eco Pop Up supermarket staged in the Digby Hall, Hound Street. Stalls are still available so spread the word!

Coming Up

There’s so many great things happening in Sherborne this Spring and Summer. Kicking off this month we have the highly regarded Sherborne Abbey Festival, check out the pop up La Traviata outside Waitrose on 4 May.

Missed out on getting a ticket for the first ever TedXSherborne on the 9th May? Then good news, the whole day will be live streamed and anyone with internet connection can watch it for free by clicking on this link:

And don’t forget that Luke Jerram’s incredible The Museum of the Moon will be at Sherborne Abbey from the 5th to 7th July. The Abbey will be open until midnight on all three nights and there will be some fantastic performances, events and workshops taking place throughout the weekend at the Abbey and around town. Watch this space!