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May 2018

Society visit to Bridport and West Bay

May 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
£10

An invitation to both members and non-members to join us for a day trip to Bridport for the popular market, good book shops, art galleries, workshops and vintage/antique centre. For those interested we are hoping to join the guided tour and tasting session at Palmers brewery from 11am - extra cost is £7. Later the coach will take us down to West Bay to spend time in 'Broadchurch' and visit the beach or maybe pop into Sladers Yard gallery. Feel…

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The CITiZAN project for foreshore research and recording

May 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

A visit by representatives of the project co-ordinated by the Museum of London to show how to register and use an App to allow volunteers to record our foreshores, archaeological and historical features as well as the threat from erosion and rising sea levels as a consequence of climate change. Originally the walk was at 4pm but it is now starting at 5pm so some people can go to the Wheel making workshop at Scotland Farm as part of Purbeck…

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June 2018

An afternoon visit to Wolfeton House

June 13, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
DT2 9QN
£12.50

A guided tour and cream tea at this beautiful and historic medieval and Elizabethan manor house, still in private hands and open through the Historic Houses Association - admission fee reduced for HHA members. Members are invited to car share for this trip - please let Karen Delahay know if you would like to come and either need transport or can offer it. The tour would start at 2pm and standard admission is £8 with refreshments at £4.50

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July 2018

Middlebere Quay – a 19th century industrial landscape

July 11, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
£3

A guided tour by National Trust Education Office Pam White of the Middlebere area of Purbeck. Middlebere Quay is one of the most important inductrial archaeology sites in Purbeck. In 1805 an innovative iron tramway, the first in Dorset, was built from Norden to Middlebere Quay. From there ball clay was shipped to potteries in Staffordshire including Wedgwood's. The remnants of the quay can still be seen in what is now a reed bed. Stout footwear is recommended for what…

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September 2018

The Swanage Connection – A talk by local artist Heather Gibbons

September 14, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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In 2016 the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Castle, hosted an exhibition commemorating a family's 100 year link to Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck. Entitled 'In My Own Way', the exhibition showed work by Heather as well as paintings by her mother and grandmother. Poems and writings by her grandmother also provided an insight into life as it was then in the Old Rectory, Heather's grandfather being vicar of St Marys Church from 1916 - 1934. Free to members, non…

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October 2018

The Treswell maps of Purbeck – Martin Papworth

October 12, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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In the 16th century Christopher Hatton acquired an estate and land in Purbeck. Both as a record of his new assets and as a status symbol he commissioned a series of maps of his estate which later became the basis of the Bankes estate which became part of the National Trust. The National Trust archaeologist for the Wessex area, Martin Papworth, is joint author of a book about the estate and maps published last year. His knowledge flows from 30…

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November 2018

The history and current role of the Townsend Centre – Glenn Lane

November 9, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Nearly 90 years ago the Townsend Centre was opened in Swanage to offer underprivileged children from London's East End the opportunity to experience fun and fresh air on the coast of Purbeck. The original buildings are still in use and the charity Wide Horizons continues this very worthwhile cause, including hosting families and children affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy last year. Glenn Lane is the centre's Head Tutor and will talk about its long and interesting history and its…

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December 2018

Purbeck Society Christmas Social

December 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
BH19 2JL, Lighthouse Road
Swanage, BH19 2JL
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The Christmas social is at Seventh Wave cafe, Durlston Castle. It's a coffee morning with festive refreshments (hot drinks, cakes, mince pies etc), and entertainment from Purbeck Art Weeks choir 'Mixed Media'. Please let Karen know in advance that you'd like to come to help planning - 01929 425049. £5 a head for members and £7 for non members.

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January 2019

Purbeck Society Annual General Meeting

January 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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There will be a formal AGM, where the Agenda papers will be presented and the new committee will be formed. The AGM will be followed by a break for refreshments. We are hoping to have a brief presentation from Civic Voice which is the national charity for the civic movement in England. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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February 2019

Sustainable Woodland management in Purbeck – Toby Hoad

February 8 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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A talk by local woodsman and furniture maker Toby Hoad who has access to some 40 acres of woodland on the Rempstone estate in north Purbeck. In a greenwood workshop set amongst the trees near Rempstone Hall Toby produces furniture and smaller items from the wood taken from the estate. He also produces charcoal and runs workshops for small groups. Horses are used to help in tree clearance and transporting felled wood, and Toby takes his horses to sites throughout…

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