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  The Bemisters of Carbonear, Newfoundland - 2004 Family Reunion in Corfe Mullen, UK

Held in Poole and Corfe Mullen, Dorset, UK   August 6 - 8, 2004
Reunion Hotel: Premier Lodge, Cabot Road, Poole, Dorset, UK

Activities will originate at Premier Lodge, Cabot Road, Poole.

Friday, August 6
2:00    pm        registration
            self guided tour of Poole waterfront
6:00-9:00 pm         meet in hotel lobby   
          Fish and Chips / Meet and Greet on the pier at Poole Harbour,
          hosted by the Wessex-Newfoundland Society
            Welcome by Alan Perry, Co-chair

Saturday, August 7

8:00 am        registration
9:00 am        meet in hotel lobby
            bus tour of South Dorset with Alan Perry

12:00 noon        lunch
            bus tour continues through Thomas Hardy country and numerous historic sites and beauty spots

 5:00 pm        bus returns to hotel
            free time

 6:00 pm        dinner and social evening
      to            - celebration of John Bemister’s 257th birthday
10:00 pm        - guest speaker

Sunday, August 8

 8:00 am         breakfast
9:00 am        meet in hotel lobby
            Bemister oriented bus tour

10:30 am        church service at Wimborne Minster (where John and Mary Bemister were married in 1785) followed by tour of the Minster - a lovely Norman abbey with a chain library and wonderful old clock.

12:30 pm        lunch at Lamb’s Green in Corfe Mullen - where William and Edward grew up - one of several parcels of land farmed by John and Mary Bemister

 3:00 pm        Special service at St. Hubert’s Parish Church, Corfe-Mullen  and graveside remembrance in honour of John and Mary Bemister.

 5:00 pm         return to
 6:00 pm         farewell dinner
            end of reunion          


    *     Enjoyed the fellowship of dozens of distant cousins from all parts of North America

     *    Took a bus tour of South Dorset - through Thomas Hardy country, through an incredibly beautiful part of England that nurtured our ancestors, through a past steeped in history and romance

     *    Attended a church service at Wimborne Minster where John and Mary Bemister were married in 1785.

     *     Had lunch at Lamb’s Green Farm where William and Edward Bemister grew up. 

     *     Paid our respects to the direct ancestors of our North American Bemisters at their graveside, at St. Hubert’s Parish Church in Corfe Mullen.

     *     Explored Poole Harbour - where William and Edward Bemister boarded vessels bound for Carbonear, Newfoundland, two centuries ago.

     *    Celebrated the 257th birthday of John Bemister of Corfe Mullen.

    Enjoyed a private tour of Minterne House hosted by Lord and Lady Digby. 

    *    Enjoyed a private tour of a restored wanterfront merchant house in Poole.

    *    Hosted to a tour of a heritage courtyard garden and meal with members of the Newfoundland Wessex Society.

    *    Great times and meals with our local hosts Dr. Alan Perry and his wife Jill.

 Organizing Committee
Ken Bemister    (604) 929  5724
Eileen Wilson        (905) 852  6973
Lorne Innes        (905) 278  2407
Martha Innes        (905) 278  2407
Lillian Salmon        (416) 465  3519
Suzanne Fitzpatrick    (416) 538  7634
Mary Moloney        (416) 695  8959
Cameron Hopkins    (705) 693  9453

St. John’s
Sandra Rowe    (709) 722  2261

Bert Parsons    (709) 596  2849

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