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. 

So please come along, all are welcome.


Jane on 01308 425710 or e.mail 

Programme 2017

March 11 Celebrities with Dorset Roots - Roy Stockdill

April 8 The Life and Times of Eldridge Pope - Jeremy Pope

May 13 The Channel Island: A 19th Century Escape from the West Country - Paul Radford

June 10 Bankes Archive Update - Luke Dady (Dorset History Centre) with a cream tea.

June 27 Visit to Wolfeton House, near Dorchester

September 9 Joseph Clark a popular Victorian Artist and his world - Eric Galvin

October 14 100 Years of the House of Windsor: Who are they? - Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

November 11 The Dorsets in World War 1 - Chris Copson (Curator, Keep Museum)

December Christmas Lunch - date TBA