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The wedding of Mr John Vincent Barnes and Miss Patricia Mary Meaden

In 1953 on September 9th at St James’ Church Kingston, Mr John Vincent Barnes of Afflington, married Miss Patricia Mary Meaden, of Gorcombe Farm, Charlton Marshall, near Blandford. Pat and Jack Barnes, as they were known, started their married life at The Lookout as they farmed 350 acres in the Kingston to Harmans Cross area. They had two children, Judy and Michael, so in 1965 moved to live in the main farmhouse at Afflington Manor Farm, as Jack was having to drive up and down Kingston Hill several times a day to milk the dairy herd. Many happy years were spent here running the mixed dairy farm and bringing up the family, which now has a new generation of grandchildren, some of whom are still in farming.

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The wedding of Mr Richard Forgan and Miss Judy Barnes

On February 16th 1980, at St James’ Church Kingston, Mr Richard Forgan of Stoborough, married Miss Judy Barnes, who was brought up at Afflington Farm. After two years they moved to Wareham and they later had two daughters, Sally and Katie.  27 years later, in 2009, the family returned back to settle again in Harmans Cross.

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The wedding of Mr Michael Barnes and Miss Linda Hooper

On July 5th 1986 at St James’ Church Kingston, Mr Michael Barnes of Afflington, married Miss Linda Hooper of Worth Matravers. They still farm in the Purbeck area at Purbeck Valley Farm and now have three sons, Ashley, Daniel and James, who are continuing in their parents’  footsteps.

The wedding of Miss Sally Forgan and Richard Lewis – 1 of 3

On a beautiful day in August 2014 at St James’ Church, Kingston,  Miss Sally Forgan and Mr Richard Lewis were married. Sally, daughter of Richard and Judy Forgan, was brought up in the local area, and Richard, son of Michael and Sue Lewis, comes from Exeter. Revd Gaynor Burrett took the service and about 120 guests attended the Marriage Ceremony. This was later followed by a reception at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club and the couple, who both teach in Somerset, spent their honeymoon in Borneo, Bali and on Lombok Island.

The wedding of Miss Sally Forgan and Richard Lewis – 2 of 3
The wedding of Miss Sally Forgan and Richard Lewis – 3 of 3

Information and photographs kindly provided by Judy Forgan

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1935: Fete in the Purbecks


An unusual privilege – that of viewing the beautiful grounds of Encombe Manor –  was enjoyed by hundreds of villagers and visitors who attended a flower show and fete held there by kind permission of Sir Ernest Scott, K.C.M.G., M.V.O, on Thursday afternoon and evening. Fete attractions were scattered over the smooth lawns surrounding the delightful bright green lake at the rear of the house, and a small but excellent lot of entries for the flower show were exhibited in the quaint temple in the grounds round a magnificent bronze statue of a gladiator.  Glorious sunshine and an admirably organised programme made the occasion ideal. The effort was in aid of general parish funds and the flower show was the second annual.

The fete was opened by Sir Ernest, to whom sincere thanks were voiced. There was a variety of attractive side-shows and the general arrangements were supervised by Rev. F. S. Horan (vicar). Mr. W. E. Candy was hon. Treasurer, and the show was organised by Mr. N. Phillips, head gardener to Sir Ernest. Sir Herbert Cook, of Studland, was among those present, and his head gardener, Mr. F. C. Gibbons, judged the show exhibits. Commenting on their all-round excellence he said: “It is a much better show  than it was last year; it is at least twice as good.  I really do think that it will be a better show than that at Swanage in years to come.”

Organisers of the various departments of the fete were: – Side-shows, Mr. R. Dorey; gymkhana, Col. Muspratt; entertainments, Mrs. F. W. Pond of Swanage; refreshments, Mrs. Orchard (assisted by members of the Kingston W.I.). A folk dancing display was given under the direction of Miss Dawson, and there was Morris dancing under the leadership of Miss Dymand, of Langton Matravers. Many of the dancers had competed in winning teams in Albert Hall competitions. In the evening modern dancing took place of the lawn. The two entertainments arranged by Mrs. Pond of Swanage, and given voluntarily by the Everest Concert Party, were excellent. Selections were played by the Kingston and Corfe Castle Band, under the direction of Mr. W. Hooper, who gave their services.

There were frequent ‘buses from Corfe Castle and Swanage to Kingston, from where a special ‘bus service ran to Encombe along the steep and richly wooded slopes of the Purbecks, on top of which the beautiful village of Kingston stands.

Five hundred entrance tickets were sold and yet there were not enough for all. Besides these, Scouts, Guides, and children were admitted free.



Three vases of cut flowers – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. C. Orchard. Cut flowers – Mrs. Tizzard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. Orchard. Sweet peas – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. A. Cooper. Asters – Mrs. Orchard, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. Tizzard. Stocks – D. Hunt. Window plant – Mrs. C. Hunt, D. Hunt, Mrs. W. Dorey.

Potatoes – J. Marsh, W. Dorey, W. Damer. Shallots – R. Beavis, J. Marsh, D. Hunt. Carrots – W. Tuck. Spring Onions – G. White, D. Hunt, G. Bartlett. Peas – Mrs. H. Hunt. Marrow – Mrs. J. Marsh. Runner beans – W. Dorey, P. Damer, D. Hunt.

Cooking apples – R. Beavis, W. Tuck, C. Brown.

Wild flowers – Miss I. Marsh, Miss G. Dorey, Miss Stickland.

Home-made jam – Miss Joyce, Mrs. A. Cooper, Miss K. Bullen. Plain cake – Mrs. W. Dorey, Mrs. C. Orchard, Mrs. A. Cooper. Fruit cake – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. A. Dorey, Mrs. P. Damer. Jam sandwich – Mrs. A. Cooper, Mrs. W. Dorey. Collection of vegetables for special prize given by Mr. Gibbons – W. Dorey, J. Marsh, P. Damer.


Runner beans – L. Stockley. Spring onions – G. Wright, Mrs. Stockley. Peas – 2, L. Stockley. Cucumbers – L. Stockley. Stocks – L. Stockley.



A gymkhana was admirably arranged by Colonel Muspratt of Swanage. Among the various amusing events were blowing up balloons (Miss Daphne Bankes was the winner in completion with many Scouts); balloon sticking; and sausage stakes.

There were two bowling competitions. A pig presented by Mr. Barnes of Afflington Farm, was won by a visitor at the farm. A ham given by Mr. Dicker, of Wareham, was secured by Miss Roupell, a visitor from Surrey. The skittles prize, a shoulder of mutton, presented by Mr. Budden, of Corfe Castle, went to Mr. Brain. Treasure “stakes” were arranged by Mrs. Hare.

Western Gazette, Friday 23 August 1935