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Baring-Gould Appreciation Society
To enable those interested in Sabine Baring-Gould and his work to share their enthusiasm and spread that enthusiasm among others…

Sabine Baring-Gould – Songs of the West
A wealth of detail about Baring-Gould’s activities collecting folk song in Devon and Cornwall, together with a number of articles by Martin Graebe…

Never Completely Submerged
The story of the Squarson of Lewtrenchard as revealed in The Diary of Sabine Baring-Gould. Transcribed and set in context by Ron Wawman.

Like A Buoy
The story of Sabine Baring-Gould – The Man. A new community play, presented by Red Spider Company and staged in Bratton Clovelly in March 2007.

And finally, the bloke who proudly designed this website in the UK:
Rees Kenyon

About Sabine Baring-Gould

Sabine Baring-Gould IllustrationSabine Baring-Gould, the area’s most famous son, was the Squire and Parson of the parish of Lewtrenchard in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

He is best known as the writer of the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” but, apart from hymn writing, he collected folk songs and was renowned as an antiquarian and writer of great repute in many fields including archaeology, biography, theology, folk lore and travel guides. A natural story teller, he was ranked the 10th most important novelist of his time.

Red Spider Company believes that by making the life and work of Sabine Baring-Gould more accessible through dramatic reinterpretation it can, alongside such groups as the Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society , help to restore the recognition which he merits but does not currently enjoy.

History & Aims

Pam Ingham as BritanniaRed Spider Company is an amateur music and drama group owing its existence to the rekindling of an enthusiasm for dramatics in the cast of the Wren Trust production of the community play ‘Red Spider’. When the professionals had packed up and gone, members of the cast set themselves up as a group that continues to be very proud of its initials – RSC.

Staged in Lewdown in October 1997 and then Bratton Clovelly in February 1998, the play ‘Red Spider’ helped to promote and popularise the work of Sabine Baring-Gould in that part of West Devon where he lived and worked during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The aims of the company are to promote drama in the communities in and around the villages of Bratton Clovelly, Lifton and Lewdown with particular regard to the local cultural heritage and the life and work of Sabine Baring-Gould. The Company is always conscious of the need to help its members develop and polish their skills and to this end holds monthly Club Nights at which we read plays and poetry. Also, in the creation of our productions, we engage performing arts professionals to hold workshops. These have included Tim Laycock, Anthony Richards and Peter Hamilton. The resulting acquisition of skills has helped the Company to tap the innate writing, directing and acting skills of its members. But it is not all serious; we also have a lot of fun and enjoy a variety of social events.

Next Production: November 2012

We are in the process of selecting the next play, it will be a thriller or whodunnit. More information to follow as it becomes available.

Lewdown Victory Hall:  22nd – 24th November 2012.

You can find the rehearsal schedule here as it becomes available.

Club Nights

Club nights are every 2nd Tuesday of the month at various locations. Members have great fun on these evenings and the host is always congenial.

Next club night: Tuesday 10th July, at 7.30pm, location to be confirmed… hopefully at Gill Squires.

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