As a member of the Coleridge Memorial Trust I am pleased to announce The Coleridge Weekend Programme on the 20th-22nd October, in Ottery St Mary, England, the home of STC’s birth.
This is to launch the appeal for funds to secure the sculptural memorial to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It is a lively and varied programme, and it is fitting that this will also be held on the date of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s birthday: 21st October, 1772.
It is CMT’s great hope to have the sculpture memorial in place by the 250th celebration of his birth!
Coleridge Weekend Programme, October 20th – 22nd, 2017
Friday 20th October – Afternoon, 3.00pm – at St Mary’s Church
An edited reading of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Laurie Palmer in period costume.
Poetry readings by The King’s School students.
Friday 20th October – Evening, 7.00pm – at St Mary’s Church
Presentation by Dr Sandra Tuppen, Lead Curator, Modern Archives and Manuscripts 1601-1850 from The British Library entitled Samuel Taylor Coleridge manuscripts at the British Library
Talk by Coleridge Memorial Trust sculptor Mr Nicholas Dimbleby on the Samuel Taylor Coleridge sculptural memorial.
~Interval with refreshments: Tea, Coffee, Wine ~
Presentation by Oscar Pearson on the Coleridge Memorial Trust’s achievements and aims.
Chairman’s outline of the CMT fundraising plans.
Reading of Kubla Khan and other Coleridge poems.
~ Exhibition all weekend in the Dorset Aisle – STC banners, maquette etc. ~
Saturday 21st October
9.30 – 10.30am
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Birthday Celebration peel of bells by the Bellringers of St Mary’s Church, Ottery, in honour of the town’s most famous son. Sponsored by Otter Vale Probus Club.
12.30 for 1.00pm
Coleridge Anniversary Lunch at the Tumbling Weir Hotel, organised by Robert Neal – Ottery St Mary Heritage Society.
Guest speaker: Historian and author Todd Gray – Coleridge the Walker
Short guided walk [at own risk] and talk – led by Sam Coleridge to Pixies Parlour. Meet on the bridge between the Land of Canaan car park and The Tumbling Weir Hotel on the Mill Stream. £10 contribution per head for fundraising; children under 12 years old free. Dogs welcome if on lead.
Sunday Morning, 22nd October
10.00 am – 4.00pm approx.
Coleridge Link – strenuous 9 mile walk [at own risk] led by Sam Coleridge. Meet on the bridge over the Mill Stream between the Land of Canaan car park and The Tumbling Weir Hotel. £10 contribution per head for fundraising. Dogs welcome if on lead. Bring water, suitable walking shoes and clothes.