We meet for Illustrated Talks on the last Monday of the month in the Bridport United Church Hall at:
2:30 pm September – November and January – April.
This is just a taster of what we do, if you would like more information contact our Membership Secretary
Islands and Lighthouses around the UK - February 26th, 2024 2:30pm
United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker Colin Butcher Colin’s illustrated talk will cover a range of historical, technical and wildlife aspects. Lighthouses are interesting places with stories behind them. Technically they are surprisingly sophisticated pieces of engineering. The talk will explain how they work and why they have been so important for so long. The islands and coastal areas provide context and in many cases have interesting natural history and wildlife.
Annual General Meeting followed by The National Trust – the next 5 to 10 years - March 25th, 2024 2:30pm
United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker Rob Rhodes, Head of Countryside Management & Rangers for the National Trust
After a short Annual General Meeting our special guest speaker Rob Rhodes, Head of Countryside Management & Rangers for the National Trust will speak. His talk is about the new strategy and future direction of The National Trust. He will bring it to life with photos so it will not all be about strategy and plans.
Wild Dorset Highlights - March 25th, 2024 2:30pm
United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker Colin Varndell
Colin will speak about his 48 year career of photographing the wildlife of Dorset; some of his favourite wildlife stories and photos, including many images not shown before.
Visit to RNLI College, Poole - April 18th, 2024 11:00am
The College is where lifeboat volunteers and seasonal lifeguards from across the UK and Ireland are trained.
We will be given a 90 minute tour around the College at 2.00 pm (in three groups of 10). During the guided tour we will have an opportunity to explore the RNLI College and its training facilities, including their world-class Sea Survival Centre, which hosts the wave tank and lifeboat bridge simulator.
Every £ we spend at the College assists the saving of lives at sea as it helps to provide the kit, the training and the equipment lifeboat crews need to answer urgent calls for help.
Please note that, as we are limited to 30 visitors, there will only be one pick-up and drop-down point, Bridport Bus Station.
Booking and other details are in the January 2024 Newsletter.
Visit to Knightshayes Court, Tiverton, Devon - May 14th, 2024 8:30am
This visit will allow you to delve into over 200 years of history at Knightshayes, and learn about the Heathcote-Amory family, how the house and garden was designed and developed, and the sad connection with the Second World War.
The formal and woodland garden is one of the finest and most varied plant collections in the country.
The Stables Cafe provides good catering facilities for you to purchase food and drinks.
Please bear in mind it is a large property with a few slopes and uneven surfaces and walking is a necessity in order to view the house and extensive gardens.
It is also essential you bring your NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERSHIP CARDS to allow free entry to the property.