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

AGM & Our Work in the Countryside – A National Picture - September 27th, 2021 2:30pm

United Church Hall, Bridport Speaker Rob Rhodes - Head of NT Countryside Management & Rangers

Before handing over to the main speaker of the afternoon

we will be holding our much delayed AGM.

  Rob Rhodes worked in Dorset as West Dorset NT Countryside Manager for fifteen years before moving to a national role three years ago.  He is currently head of Countryside Management and Rangers being based locally here in Bridport and at Heelis in Swindon, the NT HQ.
Rob Rhodes

Autumn Lunch - October 15th, 2021 12:30pm

No 19 at Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club

A chance to get together over a two course meal cooked and served by the staff of No. 19 based at the Bridport & West Dorset Golf club on the Burton Road, Bridport.

Members only and bookings and payment must be in by 1st October 2021 and sent to the organiser as shown in the August 2021 Newsletter.

Lend me your Ears – A career in the BBC Comedy Department - October 25th, 2021 2:30pm

United Church Hall, Bridport Speaker Martin Fisher

Martin Fisher worked in the Comedy Department of the BBC and produced many classics.  He was former head of Radio Light Entertainment and Head of Comedy for BBC Television for many years.

Martin Fisher

Quiz and Fish/Chicken ‘n’ Chip Lunch - November 18th, 2021 11:30am

W I Hall, North Street, Bridport

Test your general knowledge and meet friends along with an excellent meal of either Fish or Chicken and Chips cooked by Longs.

Members only and bookings and payment must be in by 4th November 2021 and sent to the organiser as shown in the August 2021 Newsletter.

Stories from Deep Time - November 29th, 2021 2:30pm

United Church Hall, Bridport Speaker Dr Steve Etches, MBE

Steve Etches started collecting fossils from the Kimmeridge Clay over 35 years ago.  He is self-taught and what started as a hobby has now resulted in him having 2,400 fossils in his collection.  He has a museum in Kimmeridge Village ‘The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life’.

His specimens are scientifically important and stunningly beautiful and show the evidence of their place in Earth’s history.  He has received numerous awards in recognition of his dedication to the world of Palaeontology.

Steve Etches

The Perfect Partnership – Edwin Lutyens & Gertrude Jekyll - January 31st, 2022 2:30pm

United Church Hall, Bridport Speaker Paul Atterbury

Paul Atterbury is a local writer, lecturer, curator, broadcaster and historian, specialising in art, design and social history of the 19th and 20th centuries. He has been a member of the BBC’s Antiques Road Show team for over 30 years, and is always a very popular and interesting speaker.

Paul Atterbury

Falklands – Island of Kings, Tyrants and Giants - February 28th, 2022 2:30pm

United Church Hall, Bridport Speaker Mike Read

Mike Read is a freelance nature photographer specialising in birds, flowers, mammals, other wildlife and landscapes. He lives on the western edge of the fabulous New Forest National Park and has a wide range of images of wildlife, traditions and views from this unique area.

Falklands – This scattering of over 700 islands in the South Atlantic came to everyone’s attention when Argentinian forces invaded in 1982. The resulting conflict was fairly short-lived but the episode lives long in peoples’ memories.

What is less well known however is how fabulous the archipelago is for wildlife. There are huge colonies of Penguins (up to 5 species most years) and Imperial Shags while the majority of the World’s Black-browed Albatrosses nest here. There is even an endemic bird (Cobb’s Wren) as well as a few endemic plant species.

Mammals can include Orcas and Dolphins just offshore while Southern Elephant Seals line the beaches with males arguing over ownership of a harem. There are plenty of raptors, skuas and smaller birds too. It truly is an amazing place to visit and the wildlife is exceptionally approachable as can be seen from his wonderful photographs.

Mike Read

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