Review - The Village Chronicler and Fine Art Landscapes, 20 May 2019

Jane Tearle and Sam Gregory - two very different but equally entertaining and enlightening speakers
What a marvellous variety of speakers we have on our programme and last night was no exception – two very different but equally entertaining and enlightening speakers.

First we had our own Jane Tearle, the Village Chronicler, showing aspects of a very lively and active Cerne Abbas where she lives, with the main focus being on the Cerne Giant Festival. She showed us the making of the Beltane Brew – has to be made two weeks before May Day – the Morris men and villagers at sunrise and afterwards, on May Day itself, the Beltane service at the well and many of the events in the Festival including talks on Labyrinths, Dowsing, Vegan cookery, walks round the water meadows and checking the insect life in the river. There were other events covered too, Easter bonnet parade, the Music festival, cake competition, dog competition, endurance horse event and walking to, and breakfast at, Hilfield Friary. Its no wonder she is always busy, Cerne Abbas is certainly the place to live if you want to be fully occupied!

The second half of the evening was very ably filled by Sam Gregory who heroically stepped into the vacancy with only a few days notice when Roland Tarr had to cancel. Sam gave us food for thought on the subject of Fine Art Landscape photography. He took us very entertainingly through the meaning of the title from thoughts by the RPS to those of his photography followers on social media. He also took us on his own photography journey from his self admitted not so good landscapes to where he is now – trying to express his emotions and thoughts on landscape through panels of finely gathered images finishing up with a series on the Jurassic coast expressing a journey through the Mesozoic period. He gave us plenty to think about with regard to our own photography and we hope we can look forward to a longer visit from him next season.

Val Brierley