The National Trust and the Phoenix Legacy have joined forces to create a very special event. Max Gate, Hardy’s home in Dorchester, will be open on November 14th from 4.30 – 7 pm for an evening of mind-stimulating entertainment.

As well as immersing themselves in the unique atmosphere of Max Gate, ticket holders can hear Laura McHarrie, Linda Parkinson-Hardman and Steve Graham of Casterbridge Speakers read selected pieces of Thomas Hardy prose. The audience will be able to vote for the best reader. Casterbridge Speakers is part of Toastmasters International and enables members to improve their public speaking and leadership. They meet twice a month in Dorchester and welcome new visitors.

Max Gate Front Portrait - Low resDorset Writers Network will be running a creative ‘flash fiction’ competition on the theme of ‘Ghosts of Max Gate’. This will be open to their members and the public. The story should be no longer than 500 words. Details of the competition are available from Patricia Yonwin or Sue Ashby . The Network brings together a community of local writers. They help you start and sustain a writing group in your community or develop individual’s writing skills, whatever the level of expertise.

Elaine Arnold, Business Manager for the National Trust, said ‘We are very pleased to be working with the Phoenix Legacy on this project, as it will help more people enjoy the unique atmosphere of Max Gate. The evening will bring together all the elements of Thomas Hardy, his home and the County he loved, as well as the modern day writers of Dorset.”

Tickets are limited and are £10.00; which includes refreshments, a tour of the house, and entertainment. There will also be a raffle to help the work of the Phoenix Legacy. This is a not-for-profit community project promoting a wide range of mind stimulating activities for the over 50’s.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the National Trust at Max Gate on 01305 251540.


4 thoughts on “Celebrating Hardy’s Dorset

    1. Jude hi – this number belongs to Rosie Barfoot from the Phoenix Legacy. She is organising the event on behalf of National Trust. Max Gate is now closed to the public so can’t answer phone calls. Sorry for any confusion.

      With kind regards


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