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April 2020

“Posted in the Past” – a talk by Helen Baggott

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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CANCELLED DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION Helen will be giving the talk on Tues. 20th April 2021 This meeting has been cancelled as a result of Government guidance on the coronavirus. Following on from her book "Posted in the Past", Helen uses genealogical skills to reveal the true stories behind postcards from the early years of the 20th century, and Helen shares these tales through her illustrated talk. A 10 year old servant living in Bath, a soldier who died…

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May 2020

“Keep It In The Family” – a talk by Heather Wylde

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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CANCELLED DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION Heather will be giving this talk in 2021 - TBA Heather tells the true story of love, bravery and tragedy, taken from her mother's diary in 1941, when her uncle's Wellington bomber went missing during a raid on Dusseldorf. After researching the historical sites of the RAF, she has the training records of both her father and uncle, the last flight plan of her uncle, and other relevant documents. With this research, and the…

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June 2020

“Naval Records” – a talk by Les Mitchinson

June 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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CANCELLED DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION Les will be giving the talk on Tues. 16th March 2021 Les returns once more to take us through another informative discovery journey. This time explaining how Naval records have evolved from the 18th century, through to the modern day. Les describes the records, explains where they are held, and which ones are available to view on-line. He will also explain the different approach to researching a naval officer from that of a naval…

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July 2020

“Dirty Deeds” – a talk by Louise Haywood

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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     We will be watching developments and rearrange if necessary -  TBA In 2018 Louise published a book working for the Corfe Castle Charities. Following on from the research she did, Louise tells us what research she did, what documents she used and how she found them. The talk will hopefully help those of you that wish to discover details about a family home, or land, and the sort of stories that can emerge. In 1999 Louise became "hooked"…

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September 2020

“The History of Poole High Street” – a talk by Jenny Oliver

September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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This is the story of Poole High Street, which has a long and sometimes surprising history, going back to medieval times. Its buildings have housed poets, pirates, shopkeepers, slave traders, rich merchants, Mayors and poor seamen. It has witnessed celebrations, tragedies, Royal visits, fire, flood and murder! Through its many changes, Jenny guides us along its historic path. Some of you will know Jenny as Reference Librarian at Poole Library. For many years she worked with local history material and…

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October 2020

“Lawrence – Before and After Arabia” – a talk by Colin Van Geffen

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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The legend of Lawrence of Arabia is well documented in books and films, but what of his life before and after the Desert war? With strong associations to Dorset, he was described as one of the most influential Englishmen of the 20th century - but he wasn't English! There are many myths, but the truth is far more fascinating, a man of many lives------ Colin is a well-known, established artist from the New Forest, and since his first competition success…

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November 2020

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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December 2020

“A Duffer’s Guide to History” – a talk by Steve Roberts

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
St George’s Church – Large Hall, Darby's Lane, Oakdale
Poole, Dorset BH15 3EU United Kingdom
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Steve will give us a whistle-stop tour of British (and a bit of World) history from the Stone Age to the Cold War. It's going to be a bit of '1066 and all that' with some humour along the way, covering the key moments in our history, in chronological order, so you can see where we're going. Lots of questions posed (and hopefully answered) as we go - was there really a King Arthur? Why was Alfred the Great, and…

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