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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 £4 per meeting.

Programme

The Dorset Drowners

Date: 19th June 2024
Time: 19:30
Location: The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
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The Dorset Drowners

Speaker: Paul Cheetham

A ”Drowner” is an occupation that you may have found on a census form as an occupation of one of your ancestors. There were a lot of them in Dorset as they were necessary for the management of the water meadows and healthy crops and farm animals. Paul’s talk will particularly reference the local water meadows at Colber.

Presenting Your Family History

Date: 17th July 2024
Time: 19:30
Location: The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
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Presenting Your Family History

Speaker: Ted Udall

Most of us are not trained historians or archivists. We tend to dive in and collect information in a variety of haphazard ways and end up with piles of “stuff”. This presentation gives some guidelines as to what to do (in the nicest possible way) with all the research material you’ve collected, both real and virtual. We are pleased to welcome the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society Secretary to present at this meeting.

STOP PRESS!

Date: 18th September 2024
Time: 19:30
Location: The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
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Stop Press!

Speaker: Graham Colls                                                                  

Graham Colls and Carol Groome have been looking through the British Newspaper archive to find out about people, notable events and scandals (!) in Sturminster Newton and surrounding villages.

Sturminster Newton Roll of Honour

Date: 16th October 2024
Time: 19:30
Location: The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
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Sturminster Newton Roll of Honour (Title tbc)

Speaker: Felicity Harrison

Felicity has been researching the people behind the names on the Sturminster Newton Roll of Honour from the second world war.

Melody of moonlight

Date: 20th November 2024
Time: 19:30
Location: The Bow Room of The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
Blackmore Vale Group

Melody of moonlight

Performers: Richard Hall and friends.

A presentation about a well-known musical family: the Smith family were at the centre of music making in 19th century Dorchester – teaching it, composing it and performing it.  Come and learn their story and enjoy their affecting piano solos, dashing piano duets and settings of gently humorous dialect verse by their very good friend William Barnes – Victorian ‘easy listening’ at its best.

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