Blackmore Vale

The Group meets every second Wednesday each month at different times and at alternate venues.

The Bow Room at The Exchange, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FH (1 below) at 7.30pm.

The Hub, Station Rd, Stalbridge, DT10 2RG (2 below) at 2.30pm.


Felicity Harrison, e-mail here or Tel: 01258 472942

Programme 2018

Dates and details to be confirmed.

10 January No Meeting - spare time for research

14 February (2)   Jeans the Stalbridge Blacksmiths - Geoff Jeans and Jackie Wragg (A delve into the history of the family Forge)

14 March (1) A brief history of the early poor law - the forerunner of Social Services  - Pat Moody           

11 April (2) On the Parish- Pat Hase (Based on Overseers' and Church Wardens' Accounts  

9  May (1)  Victorian School Logbooks - Mike Randall (A glimpse into the schools of our grandparents)

13 June (2)  Ag Labs in the Family? How did they live? - Persis Wiltshire

11July (1) Suffragettes and Suffragists - Sarah Sexton (Marking 100 years since women got the vote)

August   A behind-the scenes visit to the Dorset History Centre - full details later                                        

12 September (2) Researching Regency Women - Rachel Knowles (A look at women in a different world from today)

10 October (1) Local Ghosts, Myths and Legends - Chris Hawkins (An evening of stories to chill the mind                  

14 November (2) CANCELLED Sturminster RBL commemoration book. Celebrating the end of WW1 the research and the results. CANCELLED

12 December (1)  A Dorset Christmas - Tim Laycock