West Dorset

We are a small friendly group that meet at Loders Village Hall, Loders, Bridport, DT6 3SA at 2pm on the second Saturday of each month. Usually we start with a few minutes catching up on any news from Yeovil HQ or elsewhere and then we usually have a guest speaker followed by tea and biscuits and a chance to chat to others and ask questions, ending at 4.30pm.

Of the talks, while there will always be a couple in the year based in and around Dorset and Somerset, many of our group do not have local ancestors and so we try to include talks with a wider appeal.  As well as the more formal talks, members of the group have brought in some aspect of their own research to talk about and also once a year we also try to have some sort of workshop or exhibition involving members’ research. 

While there are no meetings in July or August, in July we try to arrange a group visit. The afternoon is always finished off with tea and biscuits. 

Do come along and meet other family and local historians researching ancestors from all over the world, not just Dorset! Everyone welcome. SDFHS Members £1.50,  Visitors £3.00   (Afternoon tea included)


Jane on 01308 425710 or e.mail 

Programme 2019

12 January  ABM and Members Session on Weddings: what stories they tell?

9 February   Presentations from Jane's Wednesday Classes: House History, War, Migration, Maps, DNA, Photos, My Life Story, Brick Walls

9 March  'Light to the Darkness' Tinkers Cus and Friends 1919  the changing world in music and words

11 May  Clarence Austin, the Bridport Photographer and the Bridport Wildcat Women - Carlos Guarita 

8 June  Dorchester 1760-1930: the growth of the county town - Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

Tuesday 25 June Visit to Brympton D’evercy House, 2.00pm. Tour £10, Cream tea £5. Contact Sylvia for more details.

14 September 231 Brigade D Day Landings, including the 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment on Gold Beach’ - Mark Speakman 

12 October  'House History projects’ contributions by members

9 November  The Parish Registers: a social history - Ted Udall 

December Christmas lunch tba


Whitchurch Canonicorum WWI Memorial

Sylvia Creed-Castle organised an exhibition in March 2018 about the men listed on the Whitchurch Canonicorum WWI memorial. You can download here a list of the men with more details of their lives and deaths.