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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 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 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 @ 11:30 am - 4:00 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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July 2019

Visit to the Riding House at Wolfeton House

July 17 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

This is a nationally important early 16th century building in Charminster. The stone building was constructed to be a centre for 'haute école', the precision schooling of horses, and its upper floor was also used for archery. The building was acquired by the Wolfeton Riding Trust in 1997 and we will be shown around by a member of the trust. We are expected at 11am for an 11:15am start. The visit should last about an hour and a half or…

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September 2019

The archaeology of the ancient societies of Worth Matravers

September 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Over several seasons a small excavation at Worth Matravers uncovered a wealth of highly significant evidence of past residents and trading connections dating back several thousand years. A presentation by archaeologist Lilian Ladle will give full details. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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October 2019

The use of modern technology in the search for the past

October 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mowlem Community Room, The Mowlem Theatre
Swanage, BH19 1DD
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Nicholas Crabbe, of Wessex Archaeology, will give a presentation on the use of geophysics and drones that help historians and archaeologists study the landscape and help find what lies below the surface before even a turf has been turned. The extreme dry weather of 2018 has resulted in new sites being found throughout the country. It is hoped that Nicholas will have done some drone work in Swanage prior to the talk. Free to members, non members welcome, £3 entrance.

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