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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, which includes the refreshments.

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. On foot or by car, leave the station roundabout on Bere Road, turn immediately left onto Carey Road. Mistover Road is first right after 200 yards. The entrance to the Hall is between houses about 70 yards on the right hand side

Click here for a map.

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 15th January

Radical Dorset: 500 years of Protest - Harriet Still The Shire Hall in Dorchester, formerly the Old Law Court, was the centre of official justice and is where Thomas Hardy was a Magistrate, the Tolpuddle Martyrs were sentenced and murderess Martha Brown condemned to hang.

This beautiful building is now a hub for performances and exhibitions charting the fights for justice by generations of Dorset folk.

Harriet will explore some of the intriguing stories about the popular and grassroots responses to injustice as illustrated in the recent 'Radical Dorset' exhibition.

Thursday 21st February

Stories and Skeletons from the Family Tree - Sylvia McClintock Wright will tell some fascinating tales of her ancestors and families associated with Smedmore House

Tuesday 19th March

An Actor’s life for me! - Roger Martin, former Sit-Com actor (Terry & June, No Place Like Home and Dave Allen),  takes us through his life on stage, television and in recent West End musicals, pausing occasionally to raise questions about what it is that makes an actor.

Thursday 18th April
AGM After the formal stuff our guest speaker will be Angela Cott, the Trust's General Manager on Brownsea Island.
Tuesday 17th September

Guiding on Brownsea -  Sue Alan  with stories about guiding and the Trefoil.

Thursday 17th October
Mr Hardy's Legacy - Martin Stephen of the National Trust will be talking about the decisions involved in preserving and enhancing the buildings in and around Dorchester associated with the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy.
Tuesday 19th November

Songs and Stories - Tim Laycock  with Songs and Stories. Songs, stories, dialect, poetry and music of old Dorset


This page was last updated 09 March 2019

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