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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

West Dorset

Update 17.03.2020 West Dorset Group have cancelled the, April, May and June meetings, regular updates to follow.

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 email 

Programme 2020

11 JanuaryABM. Mayflower Connections; celebrating the 400th Anniversary in 2020
8 FebruaryMembers’ Session: what’s new on the internet?
14 MarchDNA: using the results for family history research
11 AprilShow and Tell Session – Childhood, School Days, memories of your own or a family member
9 May‘Loders Back Along’ – Bernard Paull
3 June‘Using Dorset manorial Documents’ – Dr Mark Forrest
JulyVisit. TBA.
19 SeptemberSDFHS Annual Open Day, including the AGM. Colfax School, Bridport.
10 October‘Where the Dipping is Ripping’: the Dorset Photographs of Joseph Robert Potts – Carlos Guarita
14 NovemberHerrison Asylum Project’ – Jacqui Halewood (Dorset History Centre).

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.