Above: Powerstock Common © Tony Bates
Below: Book Cover © Helen Billett, Book Jacket © Helen Billett
A children’s book, “The Battle of Binthrop” written by Bridport singer and artist, Jenny Billett, who sadly passed away in 1994, will be published later this month, with all of profits being donated to Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT).
The manuscript was found in Jenny’s belongings following her tragic death at the age of 25, after she attempted to rescue a stranded sheep from the cliff top at Thorncombe Beacon, near Bridport. Jenny had a passion and enthusiasm for wildlife and the natural world, and volunteered for DWT. She often spent time on the Powerstock Common nature reserve.
Jenny’s mother, Helen Billett, said: “The reason I’ve published this book is to raise funds for Dorset Wildlife Trust in Jenny’s name, as she was passionate about the countryside and used to ride her pony at Powerstock Common. As a child, Jenny loved animals and did sponsored walks in aid of wildlife, so it was natural for her to volunteer for Dorset Wildlife Trust. Through her books, we aim to continue to support the trust in Jenny’s memory.”
Jenny was a talented folk singer and artist, and to celebrate her contribution to folk music, her friend, Mitch Norman released a CD of her songs, with some of the proceeds donated to DWT and helping wildlife in Dorset.
Our thanks go to the Billett family
Director of Fundraising and Marketing for DWT, Alastair Cook, said: “We are very grateful for the ongoing support from the Billett family, who have found many ways to support DWT in Jenny’s memory over the years. We are sure this book will be enjoyed by all, and look forward to using the donations to help wildlife in Dorset.”
The Battle of Binthrop is the first of three books Jenny wrote, which tells the story of a young orphan called Oliver Gershwin, known as Olig, who is invited to spend his holiday with Lord Winterbottom in his manor house in West Dorset. There is a mysterious west wing and Olig’s whole life is changed forever, as his enthusiasm for books leads him to a real life adventure. He encounters strange, evil creatures and terrifying events in the distant land of Binthrop.
How to buy your copy
The book, published at www.feedaread.com for the The Bridport Press, is priced £5.99 and will be launched on Saturday 21st June from 11am - 1pm at the Bridport Arts Centre.
For information about how to get involved with fundraising activities for Dorset Wildlife Trust, click here
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.