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Family History Society

Blackmore Vale

The Blackmore Vale Group will be 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. 

A small charge of £4 (£3 for members) is made to help cover costs at these events. All meetings start at 7.30pm at The Exchange.

Programme

The second oldest business in Sturminster

Date: 20th October 2021

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: The Exchange, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FH

Blackmore Vale Group

Rob Cowley will be presenting on ‘The second oldest business in Sturminster’. What can a plumber contribute to historical records? 120 years of Sturminster Newton as seen be three generations of the Cowley family – ledgers, documents and memories of a business started in 1898.

A small charge of £4 (£3 for members) is made to help cover costs at these events.

The Mayflower Connection

Date: 17th November 2021

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: The Exchange, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FH

Blackmore Vale Group

The well-known local historian, Helen Baggott will be giving another of her superbly researched talks.  This time on “The Mayflower Connection”.  This is a talk that illustrates the story of the Mayflower and beyond, through postcards sent from the UK, Holland and America more than a hundred years ago.

A small charge of £4 (£3 for members) is made to help cover costs at these events.

All are welcome at any of the meetings

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