Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

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Upcoming Events

We normally meet on the last Monday of the month in the Bridport United Church Hall at:

7:30 pm in September, March, April

and at

2.30 pm in October, November, January and February.

This is just a taster of what we do, if you would like more information contact our Membership Secretary


Wednesday 11th September (Visit)

Concorde Museum, Aerospace Bristol

Your flight through aerospace history will span more than one hundred years of engineering advancements and remarkable social history, with the iconic Concorde as the stunning centre-piece of your journey.

A guided tour is included to ensure that we get the best experience from the visit.


Monday 30th September 7:30pm (Talk)

'The Aurora - the Northern Lights' by Bob Mizon

Bob is a graduate in modern languages but is better known as an astronomer. He is best known in the scientific and environmental community as the co-ordinator of the British Astronomical Association Commission for Dark Skies. He was elected a Fellow of the R.A. Society in 1985 and has been associated with the Wessex Astronomical Society for many years.

This talk by Bob, accompanied by beautiful images, is about what causes the Northern lights; their place in history; and why you may not have to travel as far as you think to see them. He is an amusing and entertaining speaker.


Thursday 10th October (Visit)

Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear

Coleton Fishacre was the country home for the D'Oyly Carte family and has many mementoes of this family. It was built in the Arts & Crafts style and you will get an insight into 1920's life upstairs and downstairs with rooms echoing the family's Gilbert and Sullivan connections.

The RHA gardens are delightful with many interesting plants from around the world.


Monday 28th October 2:30pm (Talk)

'The Treasures of Dorset' by Christopher Legrand

Christopher will give us a scenic trip around this beautiful county discovering some of the lesser known facts about its history, families, architecture and landscape. He invites you to share his enjoyment of the world around us through high quality images, music and video clips.


Monday 25th November 2:30pm (Talk)

'Geology and Jewellery' by Sian Evans

Sian's talk will be focused around her interests in the geology and Archaeolology of Dorset. As a teenager she became a young archaeologist at the Dorset County Museum. She studied BA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Allied Crafts in London in the 80's and had a very successful studio practice there creating award winning works of art. She will talk about ethics as a practicing jeweller, the problem with diamond and gold mining, recyling and the environmental impact of mining precious stones and metals.



==== Monday 27th January 2:30pm (Talk)

A Year in the Country by Colin Varndell

Colin's been photographing the landscape and wildlife for over 35 years. This is a miscellany of natural history images taken over a 2 year period. Subjects covered include birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, wild flowers, fungi, abstract, trees, woodland and landscapes. His images are spectacular and he is a very popular speaker so come early to be sure of a seat.

Monday 24th February 2:30pm (Talk)

Storms, Flood and Fires by Bruce Upton

Since 2010 Bruce has been the 'Community Officer' for the Bridport Museum. He has been giving talks to schools and local organisation to bring awareness of the history of our local area, retiring from this post in 2018. This talk uses dramatic shots of the bad weather from the most recent in 2012 back to the early 1900's.

Monday 30th March 7:30pm (Talk)


Speaker to be advised.

Monday 27th April 7:30pm (Talk)

The Fire Service During World War 2 by Alan House

Alan is a retired Deputy Chief Fire Officer in the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. He is a Fire Service historian, has written many books and he is a Trustee of the Firefighters Memorial Trust.

The Golden Cap seen from Stonebarrow

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