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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.

Programme

A CENTURY OF CERAMICS: Torquay Potteries 1869-1969

Date: 8th October 2022
Time: 14:00
Location: Loders Village Hall, Loders, Bridport, DT6 3SA
West Dorset Group

Speaker Andy Violet

Andy is a local resident and a stalwart of the Torquay Pottery Collectors Society, producing the magazine “Scandy”. Come and find out more about this local pottery and the beautiful designs.

All welcome, members £1, visitors £3.

RESEARCHING DORSET FAMILIES, Members stories

Date: 28th October 2022
Time: 14:00
Location: Zoom
Online | West Dorset Group

Members stories led by the West Dorset Group

Several of our members have told us interesting stories about their Dorset families, so we thought we’d share them with a wider audience. Come and hear about their researches and surprises and connections with Dorset.

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

Bridport: the Rope, Net and Twine Industry

Date: 11th November 2022
Time: 14:00
Location: Zoom
Online | West Dorset Group

Speaker Richard Sims

Our local expert will be talking about Bridport’s oldest industry – going back at least to the 13th Century and still going strong. Richard has written the definitive book about the town’s Rope, Net and Twine Industry.

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.

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)