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 Sherborne 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, after the AGM in January (a summary and some photographs of the 2014 AGM can be found here), 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)

Contact

Jane on 01308 425710 or e.mail 

Programme 2018

13 January Show and Tell - Members

10 February Life around a Hill; the communities around Hardowm Hill - Jane Ferenzi-Sheppard

10 March  19th Century Pilots in sailing Boats in the Bristol Channel - Diana Trenchard

14 April  To Buy a Whole Parish: Rousden and the Peek Family - Nicky Campbell             

12 May  My Family and Jack the Ripper - Pat Hase 

9 June  Summer Special - Study Day  ’20 Years on’ West Country connections to the new World, Lyme Regis revisited.  Migration studies 2018. 

9.30 – 4.30  Chair: Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard and Celia Martin, guests Janet Few and Lucille Campey. There will be specialist talks, presentations and displays by members showing the results of their research into those who left the West Country mainly in the 1800s and plenty of time for discussions. If you would like to do a short presentation or help in any way, let Jane (contact details above) know as soon as possible.  Cost  £5.00 members, £8.00 visitors. Registration form and poster will be available on the web. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Bring lunch, or pre-order from the pub

Summer Visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum - date to be arranged.

8 September  Ralph Treswell’s survey of Purbeck: Tudor map making and estate                       management - Mark Forrest Dorset History Centre

13 October Channel Islands: families divided by the war - Paul Radford

10 November  WW1 – Peace : West Dorset at the end of WW1 - Speakers to be                                     confirmed

December Christmas Lunch date TBA