Winter 2020-21

Following the decision to cancel the October, November and December meetings we were able to use the online video-conferencing platform Zoom to hold two of the meetings and the Annual General Meeting. 

Saturday 9 January 2021
The Royal Family | Brian Anderson, former equerry to the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana

This was the first meeting held using the online platform Zoom. 48 members attended and listened to a very interesting and entertaining talk, with some amusing stories.

Saturday 6 February 2021
Bell ringers from Dorset & Wiltshire who died in the Great War | Robert Wellen

Robert is a bell ringer in Gillingham and current Master of the Salisbury Diocesan Guild of Ringers. He studied history at Lancaster University and has an MA in Historical Research.
The illustrated talk is based on a booklet that has been produced after five years of commemorations across the Guild marking the centenary of the Great War. Included in the talk is a general review of the 90 ringers from the Diocese known to have died in that war; some of their poignant individual stories (including some local to Sherborne) and details of the memorials to them.

Saturday 6 March 2021

November 2020
Ten things I didn’t know about the women’s campaign for the vote | Sarah Sexton


December 2020
Christmas Entertainment


January 2021
Battle of Britain over Dorset & Somerset in 1940 | 
John Smith

John Smith is an archaeologist/historian who has been studying the Battle of Britain over Dorset since the early 1970s. When he first started buying books on this subject, he was amazed at just how many flights went over Dorset, Devon and Somerset. John will bring replica aircraft which flew in aerial action over Dorset – Spitfires and Hurricanes and even a German aircraft. In fact, a German aircraft crash-landed on the heathland near Wareham and was taken to Farnborough where it was examined in detail and much was learned from it.


Updated March 2021