Our friendly and active East Dorset Group was established early in 1977 with just nine members. Growing over the years, at one point numbering 80, we have now settled back to around 40 members.
From 1 January 2019 meetings will be held in the Quarterjack Room, The Allendale Centre, Hanham Rd, Wimborne BH21 1AS.
At almost all meetings we have a speaker for about an hour followed by questions and we try to obtain two or three home grown speakers a year. The periods before and after the speaker's Q and A session are used for advice and socialising, ending with tea or coffee and biscuits, at which the Committee members circulate and welcome new visitors. We display a Group Notice Board keeping members up to date with activities of the Society and the Group and identifying Group personalities.
We run a Help Desk using a laptop connected to the internet to answer queries. We maintain a Folder for inspection containing notices recently received from the Society Headquarters, in Sherborne and other information received on developments in the Family History world. We always try to add a Christmas party or social element to our December Meeting. In the past year we have run two Computer Help Days on a Saturday to advise members and the public not only on family history orientated computer enquiries, including demonstrations of the programmes available in this field, but also the use of computers generally. These Help Days utilise the extensive IT experience of seven of our Members.
Meetings are at 7.30pm for 8.00pm.
21 January ABM and My Life on the Fairground - Kay Townsend
18 February The Portland Spy Ring - Rod Harris
18 March The Story of the Victorian Villa - Nicholas Hawkin
15 April Finding the Lost Village (Tyneham) - Lynda Price
20 May Workshop evening - Heirlooms of the future.
17 June Aviation around Poole Bay 1910-1976 - Kevin Patience