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December 2018

“Dad’s Army – Fact and Fiction” – a talk by Steve Roberts

10th December 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saint John’s Heatherlands Parish Church, Ashley Road
Poole, Dorset BH14 0AA United Kingdom
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Steve takes a look at the real Home Guard, why it was formed and what it did, dispelling some popular myths. He also looks at the TV series, characters, actors, locations and the catchphrases. It is however worth remembering that the Home Guard lost over 1600 members, killed on duty during its lifetime. Two of its members posthumously received the George Cross. An entertaining talk that attempts to set the record straight. Steve lives in Christchurch, originally from Worcester, he…

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Treetops Closed

16th December 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4th January 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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January 2019

Computer Group – No meeting

January 1 @ 7:30 pm
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Ian Fleming – The Man Who Made James Bond a talk by Kathy McNally

January 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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Ian Fleming held the rank of Commander in the RNVR, the same rank he would later give to his action hero, James Bond. Commander Fleming’s role in WW2 secret operations were every bit as fantastic as those in his books about the 007 Bond. Kathy reveals some of these, and the man behind Bond. Kathy is a graduate of University of Strathclyde, now based in Bournemouth, and spent much of her professional life in the world of books and publishing,…

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February 2019

Computer Group – Newspapers

February 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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We will use the Society’s subscription to the British Newspaper Archive to examine what is available. Now we have upgraded our Ancestry subscription,  we will also have access to Newspapers.com to view US and Worldwide publications

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D-Day – Studland and Poole’s Involvement a talk by David Warhurst

February 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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Studland was used for the training of the invasion force under “Operation Smash” in 1944, and Poole was the third largest embarkation point for “Operation Overlord”. David shows how Studland was involved in the pre D-Day training and how Poole was used in the build up for the D-Day landings. David is a local historian who has written several books on Poole’s history, including one on the Royal Ordnance Factory, Holton Heath, where he worked as a scientist on cordite…

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March 2019

Computer Group – Record Keeping with Excel

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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For the benefit of the many who missed it first time round and all those who would like to see it again, Philip Newton Webb will again demonstrate his use of Excel for his Family History records.

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Blue and White Racers of Poole Speedway a talk by Howard Nichols

March 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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From humble beginnings to now being one of the leading clubs in the world, ‘Poole Pirates’ are one of the less known about successes on our doorstep. With the help of the riders and those behind the scenes, Howard has put together this presentation of this famous club. Howard, himself  a supporter of the Pirates for over 50 years, returns to us from his travels, after last year giving us the story of another local famous success story, though now…

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April 2019

Computer Group – Guild of One Name Studies

April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Treetops FH Research Centre, 3, Fleets Lane
Poole, Dorset BH15 3AJ United Kingdom
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David Gynes will talk to us about the Guild with suitable illustrations on the big screen.

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20th Century Family History (some sources for tracing families in the last century) a talk by Janet Few

April 8 @ 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 often neglect the 20th Century as being “not really history”, but there is plenty to be discovered about individuals and communities between 1900 and 1945. This era brings difficulties of larger and more mobile populations and closed records. Janet will help with sources to bring these recent ancestors to life. Janet is currently leader of the North Devon Family History Society and Vice President of the Isle of Wight FHS, returning to talk to us. She has been involved…

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