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Work, Rest & Play in... Sherbourne, Dorset

PUBLISHED: 15:18 22 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:05 20 February 2013

Work, Rest & Play in... Sherbourne, Dorset

Work, Rest & Play in... Sherbourne, Dorset

Talking to three people about their lives in this beautiful North Dorset town reveals a diversity of interests that occupy their time both at home and further afield


Work, Rest & Play in...
Sherbourne



Talking to three people about their lives in this beautiful North Dorset town reveals a diversity of interests that occupy their time both at home and further afield


Mark Jerram is Director of The Jerram Gallery in Half Moon Street, he is also a Freeman of The Company of Art Scholars, Dealers and Collectors.


Work
After leaving London, where I was a director of Oscar & Peter Johnson, I opened The Jerram Gallery in Salisbury in 1993 where we dealt in 19th and 20th century British pictures. Alongside this work, I represented a number of contemporary artists. In 2008 I located our Gallery to Sherborne and it is a decision I wish I had made earlier. Working in London provided me with a thorough grounding in the history of British Art. More recently the style of work that clients are purchasing has changed and the demand is for good quality contemporary work. The Jerram Gallery now exhibits contemporary pictures and sculpture by artists who live throughout Britain. Dealing in this field means that I visit numerous studios. Discussing first-hand with the creator of a work of art provides a fascinating insight into their approach to a particular picture or sculpture. Some of our artists have been exhibiting with us for years and have become friends, as well as professional colleagues. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this relationship is staging a solo exhibition for an artist. The planning for this might start two years in advance of the exhibition when we discuss the theme for the show. I then visit the artist over the months leading up to the event; it is fascinating to see the work in progress as studies are developed into finished pictures.


Sherborne is a very attractive and vibrant town and many visitors to the Gallery mention this. It remains a true market town with a diverse selection of mainly independent shops. The centre has not been ruined by intrusive bland architecture, the curse of many towns, and along with the Abbey this makes Sherborne a very popular place to spend a few days or a long weekend.


Rest
Rest and Play rather merge into one for me. The nature of being an art dealer means that I do not leave my work as I walk out of the Gallery. With a deep interest in art, I know that there is always more to be learnt about pictures, sculpture and artists. I have a great interest in Modern British, a period encompassing the first half of 20th century, and one way to relax is having the luxury to research and read up on an artist and their work. Currently I am reading a fascinating book about the life and work of William Nicholson.


Sherborne is fortunate in having the Abbey with its strong tradition of music and concerts that are performed outside normal liturgical services. The concert programme is wide-ranging and of the highest quality. I try to get to London when I can as it is essential to view exhibitions, both in public and private galleries. Some of these dealer-organised smaller exhibitions give an interesting insight into lesser-known artists. And as a number of my clients are London-based I dont need too much persuading to deliver a piece of sculpture or a painting. I have recently become a Freeman of The Company of Art Scholars, Dealers and Collectors. This will provide another opportunity to get together with fellow dealers.


Play
Some of our landscape painters are inspired by the Dorset countryside. The area around Beaminster is somewhere that I have frequently walked; this part of Dorset has some of the most stunning views in the South West. It retains a sense of mystery with its strong association to earlier human habitation. Walking around Eggardon Hill Fort is an example of this ancient landscape; especially at this time of year when one is walking there towards the end of the day in the twilight.


As a keen fisherman, the chalk streams of Dorset offer some wonderful wild trout fishing. I enjoy casting my line on the Piddle and the Frome at Maiden Newton. I love the fact that you pit your wits against a wild fish in a wild landscape. The first task is gently easing oneself into the river (trying not fall or getting caught up in the bank side vegetation) before stalking the fish. It might be 15 minutes before even casting as one creeps forward, heron like,during which time the wildlife of the river cease to be aware of ones presence, in watching these animals the fishing assumes a secondary role. It is an excellent way in which to relax as one becomes totally absorbed in the river and its wildlife, any business concerns soon evaporate.


Find out more at jerramgallery.com.


Nicky King is owner of The Three Wishes a caf and deli in Cheap Street and The Eastbury Hotel in Long Street Sherborne, she is also a member of the Tourism Forum.


Work
As the owner of two businesses in Sherborne my days are kept very full. Recently Ive spent more time at the The Three Wishes getting to know the customers they pop in for breakfast, lunch or just a cup of tea, many come to try our scrumptious Sherborne Stodger. Made exclusively for us by Oxfords bakery, it is a blend of fruits and spices made into a sweet loaf.


I think of Sherborne as a well-kept secret, with its beautiful historic buildings, vibrant weekly markets and great range of interesting and independent shops. It always amazes me how many first time visitors come from just the other side of our county. The Tourism Forum, of which I am a member, is working hard to tell people what a great destination Sherborne is for a day visit or a short stay.


People find it difficult to stay away from our lovely town for long, with many visitors eventually becoming residents. Theres so much to see and do, from the museum and the Castleton waterwheel with its new steam engine, to the programme of music at the Abbey and Cheap Street Church. We also have several annual festivals including the Abbey Festival and the International Film Festival, and we will soon have a Literary Festival. The residents of Sherborne are very supportive of local events including our own pre-concert suppers and theme nights at The Three Wishes, and our Summer BBQs and Supper Clubs at The Eastbury.


Rest
As a member of two book clubs I always have a pile of books on my bedside table. The clubs are a great way to see friends and discover interesting books. Once a month I meet the lovely ladies from my investment club, Stocking Investments. Although unlikely to make us the fortune we all dream of, we do have lots of fun.


I love to eat out but finding the time can be tricky. Some of the best nights out are when we are able to entertain friends at either The Three Wishes or The Eastbury. Its a real treat for us and our guests and its great to be able to enjoy delicous dishes made by our award-winning chefs.


Play
I love to walk our two Border terriers around the Castle and through Oborne or on the ridge around Corton Denham. Sunday is rugby day when Paul and I head up to The Terraces to watch our daughter Francesca play in the Sherborne RFC U15 Pinks team and we watch our son Tom playing in the formidable Colts team in the afternoon. I try to keep as fit as the children by working with my trainer Craig Hardacker at Sherborne Sports Centre and I also enjoy tennis coaching with Matt Long once a week at Sherborne Tennis Club.


More information thethreewishes.co.uk and theeastburyhotel.co.uk/




Steve Haigh is a Director of Radio Sherborne and was a BBC Senior Producer for 40 years.



Work
A chance house purchase brought me and my family to Sherborne 24 years ago. I fell in love with Sherborne on that first visit, and Ive been in love with the place ever since. At the moment Im involved in launching the towns first Community Radio Station Radio Sherborne. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity. In December last year, following a rigorous application process, Radio Sherborne was awarded an FM licence for five years by Ofcom. Once we start broadcasting our programmes will be heard over a 10-mile radius.


People ask me if Radio Sherborne will sound different, I tell them that programmes on mainstream radio (commercial stations and national radio) are a bit like a factory-baked loaf of bread - they look (sound) all the same, each slice is the same. Radio Sherborne, on the other hand, will be more like a homemade loaf individual, uneven, with lots of local ingredients! So for us to be successful we need local people to make programmes and run the station. Could you be the next Terry Wogan or Chris Evans? If so then Radio Sherborne could be just the place for you and, I promise, you will have the time of your life. There wont be financial gain, were a not for profit enterprise, but you will be given opportunity to learn the art of programme making and be on the radio.


Radio Sherborne we will be uniquely placed to deliver news that will be truly local presented by local people. We want local organisations to get involved and come to our studios to talk about the things they are doing. So if you belong to a sports club, theatre group, history society, any kind of organisation, we want to hear from you. Weve a public meeting at Castle Gardens on 24 February, 6pm where we will be outlining our exciting plans to broadcast on FM over the weekend of the Queens Diamond and recruiting volunteers. Jubilee in June.If you are interested in getting involved e mail me steve.haigh@radiosherborne.org.uk or visit radiosherborne.co.uk. With luck we should have everything in place to go live on FM in about 9-months


Rest
I leave my car at home more often than not these days and walk. If Ive had a difficult day I go for an early evening walk to clear my head, the town is quiet by this time so you get the full width of the footpaths all to yourself. From home to Radio Sherborne is about a mile and the exercise does me the power of good. When Im in town I like a pot of Earl Grey, a flapjack and a read of the paper in one of the many lovely cafes. Being on the radio I am always on the look-out for people to interview and you would be surprised by how many famous people shop in Sherborne. The other day I was sitting in a caf in Cheap Street when I spotted Valerie Singleton of Blue Peter fame outside. Customers must have wondered what was happening when I leapt out of the door to give chase. I caught-up with Val outside the Post Office and told her that Id had a schoolboy crush. She must have been flattered by my attention because she immediately agreed to host a programme on Radio Sherborne!


Play
Following some coaching sessions at Sherborne Tennis Club, my daughter, Felicity has become a decent opponent on the tennis court. We do battle on the courts at The Terraces most weekends, where I lose more than I win. I like a dip in the pool at the Oxley Sports Centre. I like to swim complete lengths so tend to visit when things are quiet.


More details visit radiosherborne.co.uk


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