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August 2019

NO MEETING

August 12
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September 2019

“It’s The Way You Tell ‘Em” by our own David Gynes

September 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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A light-hearted look at sayings from yours, or your parents’ childhood and youth, local or dialect, family unique, or folk lore. This means we will need YOUR participation, so get out your notebooks and bring along your sayings to spark others in to remembering.  It will be Interactive fun, with a serious underlying value, in that David believes a Family History account can be given depth using sayings or jargon from the “day” in a footnote or explanation. David has…

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October 2019

“Nonconformity (The Road to Toleration)” by Les Mitchinson

October 14 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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Nonconformity is the blanket term given to all non-Anglican Protestant denominations. Brought about by Henry VIII’s break away from the Catholic Church in the 16th century, many Roman Catholic and Nonconformist leaders were burnt at the stake. It was in 1689 that the “Act of Toleration” was introduced which slowly helped to change the acceptance of nonconformists. From this more records were kept and Les helps guide us through the sources that can help trace these ancestors. Les makes a…

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November 2019

Annual General Meeting – followed by member participation

November 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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As the meeting falls on Armistice/Remembrance Day, we felt it may be an idea if some of you could bring a short passage on a relative from your Family History, that has an interesting or amusing story, that you (or a volunteer) can read out and share with us. We will ask Linda to bring her "poppy mirror" and she may ask for your contributions to that. We felt it may also be an idea to obtain some small British…

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December 2019

“Mr. Selfridge – Fact and Fiction” – a talk by Steve Roberts

December 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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We welcome back Steve Roberts. This time he tells the true story of retail entrepreneur Harry Selfridge, telling of his American background, his flagship store, his family, successes and failures. Steve also looks at the TV series and assesses what they got right and what they got wrong. How many of the characters were based on real people? Did Harry Selfridge really build homes fit for heroes at the end of WW1? Did he really have a fall when unveiling…

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