Partial Review of Purbeck Local Plan: Part 1 – Planning Purbeck’s Future

Purbeck District Council are currently considering a partial review of the Purbeck Local plan, the outcome of which could have a profound effect on Purbeck for years to come. The government Planning Inspectorate have indicated that they are not happy with the current plan as it does not cater for enough homes and their view appears to be that over 5,000 new homes are needed in Purbeck over the next 10 years or so. Whatever your views, you only have until the 12th August to express them. The section on Dorset for You…continue reading →

160 years of archaeological studies in Purbeck

Bob Kenyon has sent us the papers which formed the basis of his talk to the society last year, and they can be viewed on the link below. 160 years of archaeological studies in Purbeck - Papers Read Before the Purbeck Society - 160th Anniversary Reviewcontinue reading →

Swanage Gas Drilling Public Meeting

Swanage Gas Drilling Public Meeting Monday 18 July, Swanage Bay View Holiday Park, 7.30 p.m. Permission may have been given for exploratory drilling for gas at California Quarry, overlooking Swanage Bay and Durlston Country Park. Operations could possibly start later this year, with heavy traffic expected via Panorama Road. There are questions about public safety, noise, pollution, effects on the environment. A meeting has been organised by local residents to discuss concerns. The main speaker will be Charles Miller, who has had a long career in the oil and gas industry. All welcome.…continue reading →

Michael Stollery – a tribute by Colin Brixton

It is with much sadness that we pay tribute to our past Chairman. Mike joined the Society in 2005, at a time when the Society had drifted from its original objectives as a learned Society, but was thriving socially. Despite his many other interests, many in demanding roles, he was persuaded by the late Moira Cross to succeed her as Chairman, which he did in 2006. Mike quickly set his stamp on the Society and its Committee, guiding the Society towards its original objectives and becoming a Civic Society. He took an active…continue reading →

Moyra Cross

Moyra Cross Like a large number of people in and around Swanage, it was very sad to learn of the recent death of Moyra Cross at the age of 92. It was my good fortune to work with her on the Committee of the Society, eventually succeeding her as Chairman. She led the Society through one of its periodic difficult times, reviving its fortunes, so that when I became Chairman in 2007 it was thriving again. Moyra was one of those people with an indomitable spirit, a powerful lady of considerable intellect and…continue reading →

Message from the Chairman….. IT’S GOOD NEWS!

Message from the Chairman..... IT’S GOOD NEWS! I am delighted to report that at a well attended EGM on November 28th, the motion to dissolve the Society was withdrawn and a lifeline has been given for the Society’s future. A Steering Group, comprising Collette Drayson, Karen Delahay, Jane Gladding and Lesley Kennedy was voted in to look at how the Society should re focus to be relevant in the 21st century and to recommend any necessary changes to the Rules, for ratification at the AGM to be held on 10th April 2015 at…continue reading →


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PURBECK SOCIETY MEMBERS An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Society will be held on Friday 28th November 2014 at 2.30pm in the Mowlem Community Room, Swanage. When the following motion will be put : “That the Committee has concluded reluctantly that the Society, as presently constituted cannot continue, as insufficient members are offering themselves for the Committee and the Society therefore cannot be managed effectively and in accordance with its Rules. In accordance with Rule 13, the Society be dissolved, its remaining funds, after settling all bills and…continue reading →

Future of The Purbeck Society

Due to the lack of people coming forward to run the Society, the Committee has taken the sad decision that the Society shall be dissolved. Please look out for announcements about an Extra-ordinary General Meeting to be held in the Autumn to formally wind up the Society.continue reading →


The Purbeck Society’s Management Committee is elected annually at its Annual General Meeting, this year’s AGM being due on Friday April 11th. Sadly, circumstances have contrived such that a number of the existing Committee members are unable to seek re-election this year. Without a full Committee of at least 10, preferably 12, the Society will not be able to function effectively or sustain the programme of support for all the various campaigns with which the Society has been recently involved, nor will it be able to continue with its popular programmes of visits…continue reading →