The Annual Fund seeks funding for the following:

Saturday 5 November / Sherborne Castle Fireworks  Gates open and entertainment featuring the cast of Peter Pan from the Octagon Theatre from 5:00pm. Bonfire 7:00pm Fireworks 7:30pm Refreshments/Food and Live Music from ‘Headland’ Tickets: Adult £8.00 – Child (5-16) £6- Senior Citizen £6 – Under 5s FREE  Car Parking £4.00 – 25% off before November!

Saturday 24 September / Sherborne Town Band – Last Night of the Proms outstanding performances from the main and youth bands, the truly patriotic evening involves great music, entertainment and good British singing and audience participation. Digby Hall, Sherborne DT9 3AA. Concert will commence at 7.30pm, doors open 7pm.  Tickets available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 and on the door.

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The Chairmans’ Society (for donors between £1,000 and £9,999)Invited to lunchtime receptions, drinks parties and other events.

Details of the extensive FABRIC RANGE, including the exciting Elegance Collection of co-ordinating covers, are also available above.

Farmers’ Market 3rd Friday in each month – Cheap Street, 9am-1pm. 

Saturday 24 September / Last Night of the Proms Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 7:30pm-10pm. With the Sherborne Town Band and youth band. Enjoy great music, entertainment and audience participation. Tickets from Sherborne TIC.

Saturday 22 October / Where did they go, and how did  they get there?  2.00pm to 4.30pm The Parade, Cheap Street.  A talk by The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society. For details click here

There has been a school in Sherborne since the time of King Alfred, who was educated there. The school was re-founded in 1550 as King Edward's grammar school, using some of the old abbey buildings, though it is now known simply as Sherborne School. The school remains one of the top independent schools in Britain, boasting numerous successful alumni, including Alan Turing, Jeremy Irons, Chris Martin, John le Carré, John Cowper Powys.

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All new 'Lift & Rise' Recliners are now fitted with this unique safety system  which will stop the Chair after any human contact on the metal action, to severely reduce the chances of entrapment.

Sherborne has a Non-League football club Sherborne Town F.C. a cricket club (Sherborne CC) and a rugby club, Sherborne RFC.

Saturday 19 November / Paul Jones at Vida Comida off Cheap Street. An evening with the lead singer from Manfred Manpop group Radio 2 DJ. Listen to him sing and explain why he is Christian. 6.30pm. Tickets £15 per person including meal from Iain and Roby Maitland 01935 816163 or email

In the 12th century Roger de Caen, Bishop of Salisbury and Chancellor of England, built a fortified palace in Sherborne. The palace was destroyed in 1645 by General Fairfax, and its ruins are owned by English Heritage.

Friday 23 September / Words with Wine A social gathering of members of the Sherborne Literary Society. Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Contact: Sherborne TIC 01935 815341

Thursday 22 October / Autumn bulb planting Castle Gardens, Garden Centre, New Road, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Free talk. 01935 814633

In national parliament and district council elections, West Dorset is divided into 24 electoral wards, with Sherborne forming two of these: Sherborne West and Sherborne East.[4][5][6] In county council elections, Dorset is divided into 42 electoral divisions, with Sherborne's two wards together forming Sherborne Electoral Division.[7]

Following the huge success of the Keswick range the Milburn is a new semi-modern Recliner / Suite range with outstanding style and comfort, offered in all options and sizes including the Petite size.

The latest issue of the Shirburnian magazine provided details of many of the School's activities last year.  A large number of these, including the literary festival The Sherborne Sessions, the regular lectures for the Inspirational Speaker Programme and a proportion of the sport coaching, took place thanks to support from the Annual Fund.

Over the summer holidays all the new Third Form were given copies of the recently published book Alone by D. J. Brazier, as a gift from the School’s...

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 September /  Healing & Spiritual Weekend Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 11am- 7pm Sat, 11am- 6pm Sun. Reflexology, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Aura Camera, Tarot, Thai Massage, Light Therapy, Crystals, Demos & Talks +more. Entry £1. 01963 251477

The Bow Society (those leaving a legacy) Invited to lunches in London and Sherborne.

A unique education, in a unique location. That’s what it takes to produce men of distinction, ready to live in the complex world of the twenty-first century.

Sherborne has an active green community, with various environmental and sustainability organisations in the area. The Quarr Local Nature Reserve at the northern end of the town makes use of an old quarry and landfill site, Sherborne Area Partnership oversees a successful environment forum and, in 2009, Sherborne became an official Transition Town,[11] running a number of projects and events as a community response to climate change and peak oil.

The Jobs section allows businesses to advertise employment opportunities and for those looking for work to advertise their requirements.  We hope that this service will help our local economy to grow. 

Sherborne's historic buildings include Sherborne Abbey, its manor house, independent schools, and two castles: the ruins of a 12th-century fortified palace and the 16th-century mansion known as Sherborne Castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh. Much of the old town, including the abbey and many medieval and Georgian buildings, is built from distinctive ochre-coloured ham stone.

In the UK national parliament, Sherborne is within the West Dorset parliamentary constituency, which is currently represented by Oliver Letwin of the Conservative Party. In local government, Sherborne is administered by Dorset County Council at the highest tier, West Dorset District Council at the second tier, and Sherborne Town Council at the lowest tier.

The support of the Foundation's Annual Fund impacts deeply on the daily lives of Sherborne's boys, and depends upon the generosity of many supporters participating at a level which is comfortable for them.  Please consider making your gift to the Annual Fund 2015-16.


In 1594 Sir Walter Raleigh built an Elizabethan mansion in the grounds of the old palace, today known as Sherborne Castle.

The 1550 Society (for donors over £50,000) Invited to private dinners and other events. 1550 Society members also have their names added to the Benefactors Board at the entrance to the Big School Room.

Friday 7 October / Faith & Arts An Evening with Eve’ from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm in the Griffiths Room at the Digby Memorial Church Hall. Eve Bonham is a writer who will speak about her novel The Lost Journey Homeward and tell us about her own amazing faith journey.

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During the 2015-16 Annual Fund, we are hoping that Old Shirburnians, parents and other friends of the School will come together again as they have done year on year to generously support these important ongoing projects.  Please click here to read this year's brochure.

The Tweed look is very much in vogue at present, so this is a six- colour-range of semi-plain Tweeds to offer a completely different look and feel to your upholstery.

Ten year donors (those who have given a regular or individual gift for ten or more years) Invited to an annual event in Sherborne.

Sherborne became home to Yorkshireman, Captain Christopher Levett who came to the West Country as His Majesty's Woodward of Somersetshire, and who remained in Sherborne when he turned to a career as a naval captain and early explorer of New England.[3]

Words from the parents of a 2016 leaver

Sunday 6 November/ Jazz Lunch  Live jazz with Julie Dunn and accompanying artists. £23 per person. 12-00pm to 2.00pm. The Eastbury Hotel, Long Street. Sherborne. Reservations required. Telephone 01935 813131

Wednesday 21 September / The Great Heath Project Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by Nicky Hoar, Wildlife Trust. 01305 264620