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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

Blackmore Vale

The Blackmore Vale Group is re-commencing meetings at The Exchange, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FH on the third Wednesday evening of every month. The extended break has led many people to start researching their family tree and group members are happy to offer advice and share experiences.

There is, also, a fantastic line-up of interesting speakers presenting on a variety of topics. 

The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. The presentations start at 7.30pm.

All are welcome at the meetings. To help defray costs we ask £3 per meeting for members of the S&DFHS and £4 for non-members.

Programme

A message to the children

Date: 15th June 2022
Time: 19:30
Location: The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
Blackmore Vale Group

Speaker: Jim Williams

What do you wish you had asked your grandparents about? A guide to compiling what YOUR grandchildren may want to know about life today. We research our family history to discover the dry facts that our ancestors were servants and grocers – if only they had written the story of their lives!

Mad Earl Henry and other despicable relations

Date: 20th July 2022
Time: 19:30
Location: The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
Blackmore Vale Group

Speaker: Sue Burne

An incredible tale of several generations of Sue’s family – with murder, kidnapping, treachery and madness!

Contact

Use the form to send a message, or telephone Felicity Harrison at 01258 472942. Please use the form for any queries or comments about the programme.

While Group members have a good deal of local knowledge, they are not usually in a position to carry out documentary research. If you need research done, please see “How We Can Help.”

    JanuaryNo Meeting
    12 February (2)Mixing DNA results with a paper trail—Penny Walters
    11 March (1) Posted in the Past—Helen Baggott
    8 April (2) A day in a Georgian house or ‘Nothing like home for real comfort’ – Gordon Le Pard
    13 May (1) From blacksmith to online retailer – 100 years in the life of a Sturminster family business— Graham Hart and Jon Dart from Harts of Stur.
    10 June (2) Family history on tablets of stone—John Damon
    8 July (1) A message to the children—Jim Williams
    AugustOuting—more details later
    9 September (2) Mad Earl Henry and other despicable relations  – Sue Burne
    14 October (1) The second oldest business in Sturminster—Rob Cowley
    11 November (2) Where’s that to, then?  – Adrian Bailey
    9 December (1) My life as an African-American GI’s son—John Stockley