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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: 8th December 2023
Time: 14:00
Location: Zoom
Online | West Dorset Group


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)