Historical Society

Dorchester on Thames Historical Society

Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 7.30pm, Village Hall Back Room

Members free, Visitors welcome (£3)

Professor Malcolm Airs will talk about: ‘William and Jessie MacFarlane and their Mission for Dorchester’

The Revd. William MacFarlane (Vicar from 1856 until his death in 1885), and his sister Jessie totally transformed Dorchester from a religiously-divided and economically backward village to become a centre for the High Church movement and a regenerated community. Using their wealth inherited from trade in the East India Company, amongst many other initiatives they completed the restoration of the Abbey, built a new Vicarage and School, founded a missionary college and provided the isolated hamlet of Burcot with a new church and school combined. Their legacy is all around us today in the village.

Looking forward, the talk on November 27th will be Tim Healey on ‘A 17th Century Christmas’.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings. Please arrive in good time – latecomers are sometimes disappointed due to the room’s limited capacity.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

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