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Poetry Evening on National Poetry Day

A Friends of Aisholt Church Event.

Thursday 4th October 2018 at 7:00 pm

A community social evening for all, with readings of poetry, hosted in the ancient All Saints'Church, "a church in a green romantic chasm", as Coleridge described it, located in the small rural hamlet of Aisholt, Somerset. There will be readings of poems written by local poets as well as historically famous poets associated with the locality with opportunity to discuss and appreciate the works. There will be an attempt to entwine the theme (suggested by the Forward Arts Foundation who coordinate National Poetry Day), of 'Change' into the poems selected for airing at the event.   There will be refreshments of wine, fruit juice, tea coffee  and nibbles available.

Full details: 

Aisholt Poetry Evening

Thankful Villages Concert

Aisholt is a Thankful Village where every soldier returned alive from World War I. The Friends of Aisholt are delighted to be promoting and presenting the Thankful villages show on Saturday 17th June in Over Stowey Village Hall in association with Friends of Quantock.

Press Cuttings for the Thankful Villages project

  • The Guardian - No sleep till Upper Slaughter
  • The New York Times - Finding Songs Hidden in Britain’s Thankful Villages
  • iNews - Listen to songwriter Darren Hayman’s songs about Thankful Villages
  • The Independent - PJ Harvey and Darren Hayman are doing in-depth research...
  • The London Review of Books - The story of a village is inscribed on its tombstones...
  • BBC Radio - Dan asks songwriter Darren Hayman about his journey to each of the 54 towns whose soldiers all returned home alive.
  • The Financial Times - ...An intoxicating collection of folk songs...
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Aisholt in the Thankful Villages

The musician Darren Hayman was in Aisholt in November of 2014 recording in the Church and gathering information for his project on the Thankful Villages. The Aisholt recording has been released on the internet and is for sale as a recording. We have permission to share the video here:

Darren's Aisholt page on his Thankful Villages site

Recording of the Remembrance Sunday Service

The musician Darren Hayman was in Aisholt in November working on a Thankful Villages project. Since he was here he recorded the singing at the Remembrance Sunday Service. You can listen to the hymns here:
Aisholt Church SoundCloud Page

The Friends of Aisholt Church

The Friends have worked since 1982 to provide financial support and security to Aisholt Church. We particularly concern ourselves with fundraising to maintain the fabric of the building but we also provide and maintain this website and support the PCC in its mission to continue the unbroken tradition of Anglican worship in this community.

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Cream Teas

Friends of Aisholt Church will be serving cream teas with homemade cakes and scones in All Saints Church Aisholt on the 27th July 2014 from 3:00-5:00 pm and collecting donations. Possibility of walks and maybe opportunities to climb the tower and admire the view.

Dar El Awlad School

Dar El Awlad boysAisholt Church has a long term charitable partnership with the Dar El Awlad School and Children's Home in Lebanon. We sponsor children and raise funds for books and equipment.

Hope for Kids - Lebanon

Aisholt in the Press

In 2011 All Saints Church was featured in the Journal of the Prayer Book Society in a two page article headed 'Prayer Book in Use at... Aisholt'. View the article here:

Prayer Book in Use at Aisholt

The Visit Of the Choir of St John's Church, Savannah, Georgia

choir at AisholtIn July 2011 Aisholt Church was honored to welcome the Choir of St John's Episcopal Church, Savannah, Georgia to our 11.00 o'clock service of Morning Prayer. The Choir of St John's was in England to serve as choir in residence at Wells Cathedral. St John's is a fellow Prayer Book Church with a great tradition of choral music.

Website of St John's Church, Savannah