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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



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, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Swanage talks about the new Shannon Class lifeboat at Swanage and the construction of the new 8m 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

AGM - Chedworth Roman Villa - Nancy Grace, a National Trust Archaeologist, talks about how the Trust has worked on the villa for the last seven years, including a project to uncover and put on permanent display mosaics that had been buried since the 1860s excavations.

Thursday 20th September

Kew - not just a pretty garden - Elizabeth Hedley talks about the Royal Botanic Gardens and her 25 years there as a Tour Guide.

Tuesday 16th October

Surprises on the Purbeck Coast - Ilay Cooper, the well-known author and photographer, talks about some unfamiliar places and structures, as well as puffins.

Thursday 15th November
Reminiscences of a Dancing Man - Richard Wirdnam talks about music and dance in Thomas Hardy's writings, with musical examples.
Tuesday 15th January

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Thursday 21st February
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Tuesday 19th March

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Thursday 18th April
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This page was last updated 07 July 2018

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