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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.


Festus Derriman Morris Side and “Morris Dancing and evolving tradition”

Date: 14th September 2024
Time: 14:00
Location: Loders Village Hall
West Dorset Group

Festus Derriman Morris Side is based in Upwey near Weymouth. They are named after the character in Hardy’s “The Trumpet Major”. They will not only be dancing but also giving a talk about Morris. So come and enjoy the dancing and find out more about the different Morris traditions and costumes and music and dances!

All welcome, members £1.50, visitors £4.

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)