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Pirates, Castways & Codfish

Join us on Sunday 30 June at Scaplen's Court between 11am and 4pm.  It's a fund event for the whole family.

  • Children will be able to build and decorate their own pirate boat.  Rotarians will be on hand to provide assistance in making the boats.  

  • Jane will be telling her story about the hardships of family life in 1628.  Growing up in old Poole was very different from today.  The population was only about 1500 people, the town surrounded by heathland and open fields.  It was virtually an island.

  • The Wareham Whalers will be conjuring up reminiscences of life at sea with a chorus of sea shanties.

  • The Scaplen’s Court Players will be performing a specially commissioned piece of street theatre.  It tells the story of the Mayor’s quest to find seamen for the King’s Navy.  Rumours abound that the recruitment party is one its way to Poole – but what will they find?

  • Throughout the day there will be refreshments served upstairs in the main hall.  Come and sample Old Harry Rock cakes, Jumbals (17th century biscuits) and Honey Cake (another 17th century recipe).

Pirates, Castaways & Codfish is an exciting project undertaken by Poole Bay Rotary Club in 2017/18.  It researched and told the story of the maritime history of Poole between 1580 and 1730.  This period covered the lives of three key characters: Admiral Sir Thomas Button, Captain John Bennett and Governor Woodes Rogers.  During the day at Scaplen's Court, project leader, Don Nutt will be sharing some of the key findings from the project.

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