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All our talks begin promptly at 2.30pm except where shown. After the talk we hold a raffle, and then serve tea, coffee and biscuits. We'll usually finish by 4.00pm.

We make a small charge to cover our costs. This is £2.00 for members and £3.00 for non-members.

The talks usually take place at one of two venues:

Swanage -We meet in the hall of All Saints Church, Ulwell Road BH19 1LL. There is a lay-by in front of the church and a small car park at the side. There is also usually plenty of space to park on-street nearby. Buses stop outside. Click here for a map.


Wareham -  We meet in Carey Hall , in Mistover Road, BH20 4BY, where there is ample FREE parking. Nearest bus stop is Wareham Station, about 300 yards away. Click here for a map.

We do our best to alternate between the two towns, but it depends on the availability of both the venue and the speaker.

We try to put the talks in the 'Spotlight' section of The Purbeck Gazette, which is circulated free in the area monthly, and on the 'Events' pages of the Echo Newspapers websites. We also advertise them on posters in various locations.

I sometimes leave some past talks on this page to give an idea of the range of topics we cover.

Date & Venue



Tuesday 19th September


A Tudor Merchant's Town House - Pam White of the National Trust talks about discoveries made during the recent work on Uvedales in Corfe Castle. This building had a chequered history, becoming home to 13 families in its 14 rooms during the 18th century. It's now restored to some of its former glory

Thursday 19th October


I Know Who I Am - I Think - David Gynes gives an introduction to genealogy and family history, covering the fun and frustrations of finding out who our ancestors were.

Tuesday 21st November


Studland Beach - Behind the Scenes -Stewart Rainbird,

the National Trustís Area Ranger for Studland, talks about the challenges of looking after one of the best and most popular beaches in the country.


Thursday 18th January


Fairtrade in Ghana - Judith Holmes talks about her visit to Ghana to see the effects of the Fairtrade movement on local farmers and producers.

Tuesday 20th February

The Swanage Lifeboat Station Project - Capt Neil Hardy MBE talks about the new Shannon Class lifeboat at Swanage and the construction of the new lifeboat station.

Thursday 15th March

The Swanage & Purbeck Sculpture Trail - Purbeck is built on stone and has a long history of quarrying and shipping it. When they were paving London Burt and Mowlem brought many interesting stoneworks to the area. Carlotta Barrow tells how The Sculpture Trail leads us through time

Tuesday 17th April





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