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Somerset & Dorset
Family History Society

West Dorset

We are a small friendly group that meet at Loders Village Hall, Loders, Bridport, DT6 3SA at 2pm on the second Saturday of each month. Usually we start with a few minutes catching up on any news from Yeovil HQ or elsewhere and then we usually have a guest speaker followed by tea and biscuits and a chance to chat to others and ask questions, ending at 4.30pm.

We are in touch with Loders Village Hall, but they have given us no date for reopening. We have therefore made arrangements with the speakers for October and November to do zoom presentations if the hall is not open and if our members are not wanting to meet inside.

Of the talks, while there will always be a couple in the year based in and around Dorset and Somerset, many of our group do not have local ancestors and so we try to include talks with a wider appeal.  As well as the more formal talks, members of the group have brought in some aspect of their own research to talk about and also once a year we also try to have some sort of workshop or exhibition involving members’ research. 

While there are no meetings in July or August, in July we try to arrange a group visit. The afternoon is always finished off with tea and biscuits. 

Do come along and meet other family and local historians researching ancestors from all over the world, not just Dorset! Everyone welcome. SDFHS Members £1.50,  Visitors £3.00   (Afternoon tea included)

Programme

Janet Few ‘Sons of the Soil: Researching our Agricultural Ancestors’.

Date: 13th February 2021

Time: 1:30 PM

Location: Zoom

West Dorset Group

west dorset Janet Few Sons of the Soil Researching our Agricultural Ancestors Feb 2021

Janet Few

‘Sons of the Soil: Researching our Agricultural Ancestors’.

If anyone would like to join any of the zoom sessions, contact Jane and she will send you the details.

Slavery to the Workhouse

Date: 13th March 2021

Time: 1:30 PM

Location: Zoom

West Dorset Group

Slavery to the Workhouse

‘Slavery to the Workhouse’ by Ted Udall.

Zoom meetings – not able to meet at Loders

If anyone would like to join any of the zoom sessions, contact Jane and she will send you the details.

The Digby Girls: Jane and Pamela, their scandalous lives

Date: 10th April 2021

Time: 1:30 PM

Location: Zoom

West Dorset Group

The Digby Girls: Jane and Pamela, their scandalous lives

‘The Digby Girls: Jane and Pamela, their scandalous lives’ by
Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard.

Zoom meetings – not able to meet at Loders

If anyone would like to join any of the zoom sessions, contact Jane and she will send you the details.

Coker Canvas: The Textile Industry of the Somerset/Dorset Border

Date: 8th May 2021

Time: 1:30 PM

Location: Zoom

West Dorset Group

Coker Canvas: The Textile Industry of the Somerset/Dorset Border

‘Coker Canvas: The Textile Industry of the Somerset/Dorset Border’ by Richard Sims.

Zoom meetings – not able to meet at Loders

If anyone would like to join any of the zoom sessions, contact Jane and she will send you the details.

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

Contact

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)