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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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March 2019

Mr Geard’s Victorian Picture Show – David Gerry

March 8 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Businessman Geard made his fortune from the manufacture of coloured printing inks at the end of the 19th century as a result of developments in printing, packaging and advertising. He recorded much through photography and built up a large collection of slides for projection, many of his family and friends. David Gerry owns some 300 of these slides and will give a presentation about them and their subjects - they are an important record of characters and costumes from the…

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April 2019

Dorset Fingerpost Project

April 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Roger Bond will give a presentation about the Dorset Fingerpost Project. Fingerposts are a common feature of the Dorset countryside and their design, (metal 'polo mint' shape) is thought to be unique. Along with other roadside features like traditional phone boxes and bridge plates they contribute to local character. Many of the originals have now gone, and those that exist are in danger of disappearing through damage or decay. This project by a Dorset AONB group is aiming to identify, list…

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May 2019

Visit to Swanage Handmade Bricks – Ibstock

May 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mark Woolston, who  works at the brickworks, will give a guided tour and information about this increasingly rare form of brick manufacture using local clay. The bricks produced are sent for use throughout the country. Full details to be confirmed. Free.

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June 2019

Guided walk to Goathorn Point and the South shore of Poole harbour

June 12 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

This walk will highlight the history and industrial past of the northern side of the Isle of Purbeck. Our guide will be Pam White, National Trust Educations officer. The meeting place is Greenlands farm, off the Ferry road, north of Studland,  grid ref SZ 0184 - there is parking. Pam will cover the Goathorn Penisular and quay, and give information on historical aspects of the area including the clay industry, lost local communities and industries. Her walks have proved very…

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