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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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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 rating. Les, after a naval career, became a professionally qualified genealogist. A course tutor with the IHGS…

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July 2020

“Penny Loaves of Corfe Castle” – 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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Full Details To Follow In 1999 Louise became "hooked" on church records, and in 2000 became a volunteer transcribing the 1861 Census for Falmouth, becoming an OPC and taking on Corfe Castle and Kimmeridge. in 2010 she gained an Advanced Diploma in Local History through Oxford University. Corfe Castle Charities then asked if Louise would write up their 400 years of history! This took 8 years, as, amongst others, the Bankes Archive had not been catalogued. Louise is currently a…

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August 2020

NO MEETING IN AUGUST

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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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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