Upcoming Events

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

Talk: Life in Victorian Britain - September 30th, 2024 2:30pm


United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker Paul Atterbury This talk reveals the cultural, social, economic, and technical changes – mostly from contemporary Victorian paintings – that affected Britain during that period and set the foundations for our modern world.

Talk: The stone Age in Dorset - October 28th, 2024 2:30pm


United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker John Smith

This talk will outline the story of the Stone Age and how people developed our first technology.  It will refer to the evidence to be found on NT properties in Wessex.  As the longest time period of people’s activity in Britain the evidence of the Stone Age will be present as Monuments to be seen and visited.


Talk: A Cruise along the Jurassic Coast - November 25th, 2024 2:30pm


United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker Steve Balasco

Steve is a Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador.  He is a masrine Photographer and has documented the entire Jurassic coast from wave level in a small boat.  He gives a commentary during the 95 miles voyage from Poole to Exmouth.


Talk: Abbotsbury Swannery – a year through my Lens - January 27th, 2025 2:30pm


United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker Charlie Wheeler

Charlie is Manager of Abbotsbury Swannery and Warden of the Chesil and Fleet Nature Reserve.  He has worked at the Swannery for 18 years.  His talk will take you through the first territorial fights, courtship and egg-laying, to cygnets hatching, the moult and the first faltering flights of the juveniles of the year.


Talk: The Royal Visit that went Wrong - February 24th, 2025 2:30pm


United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker Alan Jenkins

Alan is a retired Dorset Police Inspector.

At one stage he worked in the “Operations Department”.  This involved the dog section, Traffic, Helicopter and Marine Section.  He was also involved in planning  and commanding Royal visits.  On one royal visit in Dorchester everything that could go wrong did!

The talk is an informative and humerous account of that day.


Annual General Meeting - March 31st, 2025 2:30pm


United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport

Guest speaker to be confirmed.


Talk: The Banke’s Family and Kingston Lacy House - April 28th, 2025 2:30pm


United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport Speaker Andy Williams

Andy is an Historian and Kingston Lacy National Trust guide. He retired from teaching, mainly History, in 2015.

He will give a run down of the family history of one of the most powerful families of Dorset who owned vast swathes of Dorset for over 400 years.  It will include unusual facts.  Including details from fighting the forces of Oliver Cromwell; brave Mary; to gathering one of the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts; and graphite mines.


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