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February 2020

Biodiversity in Purbeck

February 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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The National Trust visit us to set our their plans and partnerships to support biodiversity in the local area, with particular reference to the south side of Poole harbour. This will included their proposals for the reintroduction of beavers in the area, and the implications for such projects. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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March 2020

Picturesque Rambles in the Isle of Purbeck and a Royal Warren

March 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Carlton Hobbs recounts the adventures of two Victorian gentlemen, an author and an artist, who set out in 1881 to capture the essence of Purbeck before the introduction of the railway. Mainly through the artist's fine drawings, we will be shown how the Isle has changed over 300 years since its time as a Royal Warren and how it has evolved between the 1880s and the presnt day. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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April 2020

Epic continent – a travel writer’s journey

April 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Nicholas Jubber has journeyed across the Sahara, Middle East and Central Asia. His latest book takes us through some of his most iconic tales, from graffitti artists to refugees, war veterans to folk singers. There are stories of loyalty and betrayal, honour and love and how these relate to the present day. 'A European tapestry that combines the sombre with the sparkling' - The Spectator. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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May 2020

The lime kiln of Church Knowle

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Until the early 20th century lime kilns could be seen scattered around the countryside. Pam White will be taking us on a circular walk from Corfe Castle to visit a local kiln and to learn how and why lime was produced. The walk is approximately 2 miles, although this can be shortened by individuals if needs be. Suggested donation to Pam of £3. Please let Karen Delahay know if you'd like to come along - 01929 425049.  

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June 2020

Ancient Technology Centre, Cranbourne

June 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
BH21 5RP

Several years ago the local school in Cranbourne village built a reconstructed Iron Age round house. More historical buildings have been added since then and a continuous programme of events and workshops held to recreate and test ancient technological techniques. The Earth House is used for performance,  poetry readings and meetings. This is a guided tour by one of their volunteers and it is hoped that there will be an opportunity to view and maybe try out some of the…

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July 2020

Rempstone and Wytch Farm

July 8 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

A proposed walk in the south side of Poole harbour to explore plans by landowners and users to improve biodiversity,  habitats and recognition of the historical heritage of the area. This should include the continued presence of Perenco and oil extraction. This visit ties in with the talk given by the National Trust to the Society on 14th February. Time and cost to be confirmed - please let Karen Delahay know if you'd like to come - 01929 425049.

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September 2020

Bumps in the Bay

September 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Beneath the south coast of Purbeck lie unusual geological features found by divers - what has been found has led to much discussion with regard to their formation and significance in the east Jurassic Coast. Representatives of the organisations involved will be giving the talk and be bringing some samples retrieved from the depths. Free to members, non members welcome, £3.

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October 2020

Dorset Stories

October 9 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Musician and storyteller Tim Laycock will be entertaining us with songs and readings of Dorset, with particular reference to Thomas Hardy and his observations of 19th century rural life. Free to members , non members welcome £3.  

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November 2020

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November 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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December 2020

Christmas social

December 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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