In August 2006 the idea of having a large event in order to raise money for local village organisations within Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch, was put forward for consideration. A few subjects were considered, but the chosen theme was WWII and the 1940s.
In volume XII of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club published an article on the Churches of the Rural Deanery of Dorchester in 1891, by the late Rev. William Miles Barnes, better known as the Dorset Poet. This is his description of Frome Vauchurch.
As a small boy, growing up, I was unaware that the two strange old ladies who lived down by the river were probably Frome Vauchurch’s most famous residents. These two old ladies were the author Sylvia Townsend Warner, (1893-1978) and her lover and poet Valentine Ackland (1906-1969) who came to the village in 1937 and stayed until their deaths.
The three sided War Memorial at Maiden Newton, Dorset was build to comemorate the men of Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch who gave their lives during the War. A plaque was later added to the men who died in the Second World War.