Andromeda moves onwards

Quintin Beer (conductor), Julia Stutfield (Cantata Dramatica), Dan Rootham (grandson of the composer) with David Lister (chairman) at the site of the  CK200 festival where the production of Andromeda will take place.


Hampshire County Council grants

9th July,  Graham, Peter and I attended the decision day of the Cultural, Community and Activity Grants of Hampshire County Council – Peter had applied for funding in March this year. We were supported by Councillor David Simpson who also spoke on our behalf. The banners were used (photo attached) and helped us in our mission to get some funding from HCC. The decision on our application has been deferred and we have been invited to meet HCC and discuss further. However, the general view was that they are minded to help as much as funds permit.

Charles Kingsley Society is now a registered charity

Extract from the Charity Commission communication




We are satisfied that CHARLES KINGSLEY SOCIETY is a charity and it has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1178866.

Our decision

The decision to register was based on our assessment of the information supplied during the application process and the declarations given in the trustee declaration form and we are satisfied that CHARLES KINGSLEY SOCIETY is established for charitable purposes only for the public benefit.


CK200 launch party

Sculptor Jim Poolman with guests at St Mary’s

Our irrepressible chairman, David Lister


Dr Jon Conlin with Denise Prentice
During the presentation held in the side chapel.
Guests admiring “The Sweep” by Jim Poolman, displayed temporarily outside the church gate

Towards the end of the evening, guests enjoyed a perfect view of the festival site.

Festival launch party

Festival launch party

 Tuesday  12 June at 7pm, St Mary’s, Eversley

All are welcome to our event to see what is planned for the CK200 festival next  14-15 June 2019
An opportunity to discuss ,  suggest and become involved  in  Eversley’s big event next year.

Free but tickets available here

Or call Sharon Elliott 07843 091950

Emma, Queen of the Sandwich Islands

This remarkable woman visited Kingsley at Eversley in 1865.  We hope to provide  a presentation about her during the festival and the common interests this very accomplished and progressive woman shared with Kingsley.

From a contemporary account:

“She was different from any of her contemporaries. Emma is Emma is Emma. There’s no one like her. A devout Christian who chose to be baptized in the Anglican church in adulthood, and a typically Victorian woman who wore widow’s weeds, gardened, drank tea, patronized charities and gave dinner parties, she yet remained quintessentially Hawaiian. She wrote exquisite chants of lament in Hawaiian, craved Hawaiian food when she was away from it, loved to fish, hike, ride and camp out (activities she kept up to the end of her life) and, throughout her life, took very seriously her role as a protector of the people’s welfare. In a way, she was a harbinger of things to come in terms of Hawaii’s multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society. You have to be impressed with her eclecticism — spiritually, emotionally and physically. She was kind of our first renaissance queen.”[3]

Scenes from Eversley

The Mount – a hillock opposite Kingsley’s home at The Old Rectory . The Giant Sequoia was brought back by Rose Kingsley as a fir cone from the United States and planted by her after her father’s death.


The Chimney Sweep

Jim Poolman in his studio completing his commissioned work for the Festival.

The scene is a fireplace framed by a surround of  beams reclaimed from old sailing barges as was the tradition.
A young sweep supports himself  as he retches onto a mound of soot which he has just dislodged.
The Chimney Sweep by Jim Poolman is a thought-provoking work with plenty of narrative as well as artistic depth. Material is steel, horseshoes, old bolts and nails sourced from local Hampshire farms. The texture comes from the  innovative application of a Mig welder.


To all my family, friends, colleagues and parishioners,

Very exciting news to report. I am to be in a play, a drama entitled #realCharlesKingsley, which will be presented during  my birthday celebrations next year  in Eversley.

The dramatic work will take the form of a one man show, wherein I shall discuss and (I hope) illuminate some of the very many ideas concerning me. It makes use of a novel device, viz. tweeting, which I am reliably informed will convey my conversations at lightning speed. You can follow me, I am advised,   here:


The Chester Society of Natural Science

Check out our new post in the library section – it is  an 1911 account of the history of, and Kingsley’s important involvement with, the Chester Society of Natural Science. As with everything he did, his huge energy and enthusiasm is evident as is the extraordinary range of his interests. We thank Dr Jane  Ford for this link. Jane has an interest in Lucas Malet and we may hear more about this later.
Peter Ormrod