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About Dillington Blog

My name is Wayne Bennett and I am the Director of Dillington House in Somerset. Dillington House is Somerset's residential centre for adult education as well as being one of south west England's premier locations for conferences and meetings. Dillington has an incredible reputation not just in Somerset but across the country. It has been in operation since 1950 and a focus of many cultural and artistic events across the decades. The place is an oasis for learning, thinking and debating ideas. In a world in which we seem to be so atomised the opportunity for coming together as human beings in a safe and inspirational setting has enormous value to individuals as well as communities. My job is enormously rewarding because of the creative possibilities and the challenges of making the place work without financial subsidy. I hope you will enjoy reading this blog and following the work of an extraordinary institution committed to excellence in everything it does.

Our Monastic Legacy

Somerset has a rich and delicous monastic past.  Indeed, the whole country owes much of its historical foundation to the achievement of the monks and nuns of the middle ages.  The dissolution of the monastries between 1536 and 1540 halted their contribution to … Continue reading

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The clan arrives for their annual fix…

It’s Friday afternoon and we’re at the end of what seems a long week, and like the changing of the guard, our conference residents have left – some back to their families in Europe – whilst our new guests check in … Continue reading

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Technology and the Meaning of Life etc…

I was at a conference this week – very conveniently held at Dillington – which was all about business, innovation and information technology.  Specifically, it was themed around the opportunities given by superfast broadband (coming to Somerset in the next … Continue reading

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Machu Picchu – A Cautionary Tale

Machu Picchu – The Lost City of the Incas Last Sunday archaeologist David Drew gave a lecture about the so-called lost city of Machu Picchu. Of course, the Andean citadel was never truly lost and was well known to the … Continue reading

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Preparations are well underway for our Open Day a week on Sunday – 4th September.  The weather has been so lousy this week it can only get better by the time the great day arrives.  Actually, although we have a wet … Continue reading

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Tears for the Weeping Willow

The vista down the park from the croquet lawn is one of the defining views at Dillington. The long view formed by carefully planted trees adds wonderfully to that sense of getting away from the hurly-burly and into something natural … Continue reading

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Summer School in Full Swing

The Dillington Summer School lasts for two weeks and is a veritable miscellany of lectures, visits and activities.  All the accommodation is taken and numbers are supplemented by those attending on a daily basis.  The comings and goings of the … Continue reading

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