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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

West Dorset

We are a small friendly group that usually meets at Loders Village Hall, Loders, Bridport, DT6 3SA. (It’s got free parking and the access is flat or sloping) There’s always a chance for a chat and a cup of tea and a biscuit with other members and visitors.

From 2022, we’ve started meeting back in the hall, alternating meetings in the hall on the second Saturday of each month, with a zoom meeting on the second Friday all at 2pm. See the actual dates on our events list. We’ve also been hosting the S&D zoom meetings.

We often have a guest speaker with a local theme or a current issue. As many of our group don’t always have local ancestors, we also try to include talks with a wider appeal. We also run sessions with members, so they can share research, ask questions and generally talk about family and local history. Once a year, we have a workshop or exhibition so that members can bring their research.

There’s a Christmas lunch in November / December and a summer outing in July to a local attraction.



Date: 10th June 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Loders Village Hall, Loders, Bridport, DT6 3SA
West Dorset Group

A celebration and memories of members who have recently passed away. This will include stories, reminiscences and medleys that don’t fit in any particular category.

All welcome, members £1, visitors £3.

RSVP by the end of May to [email protected]


Date: 30th June 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Zoom
Online | West Dorset Group

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Description: TO BE CONFIRMED


Date: 13th October 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Zoom
Online | West Dorset Group

Brick Walls session. Following our popular session last year when members sent in their brick walls for help and bright ideas, we thought we’d have another. So look out for the email asking for your vexing questions about your ancestors and send them in. Again, it will be on a first come first served basis and I’m giving people time to pull together their existing research and for researchers to tackle them. Don’t forget to tell us exactly what your question is and what sources you’ve already looked at. Be aware that the further back you’re looking, the harder it gets!

If you’ve already emailed Jane in order to attend a zoom meeting this year, you won’t need to contact us again. We will build up a list of subscribers & send out the zoom details, shortly before the meeting.

Otherwise, do contact her ([email protected]) quoting your membership number. We will then add you to our list.

Brought to you by the West Dorset Group on behalf of S&D FHS

If any member would like to join any of the zoom sessions, contact Jane [email protected], and I will send you the details.


Use the form to send a message or telephone Jane on 01308 425710 . 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.”

    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.

    4 SeptemberZoom meeting 2pm
    10 October‘Where the Dipping is Ripping’: the Dorset Photographs of Joseph Robert Potts – Carlos Guarita (Zoom meeting)
    14 NovemberHerrison Asylum Project’ – Jacqui Halewood (Dorset History Centre). (Zoom meeting)