This year Neil Mattingly is giving his annual talk for the Charmouth Local History Society with Ken Gollop on the Hunter Family who played such an important part in the development of the village. Also including the Gollop, Gordge and Gear families with whom they were associated.
Ken is a brilliant and amusing speaker who always attracts large audiences when he talks in Lyme Regis. His grandfather, Frank lived nearly a hundred years and was the nephew of Isaac Hunter, the most famous of this family.
The talk will be well illustrated with many unique slides of the village and its people.
Members of the Society will be free, with visitors paying just £3 on the night to include refreshments.
Do make a note in your diaries for Friday 23rd October at 7.30 at the Village Hall, Wesley Close and enjoy an entertaining look back at a bygone age.
If you are not doing anything on the evening of Tuesday September 15th why not come along and enjoy a glass of wine and some nibbles at St. Andrews Church. At the same time you can see an illustrated Talk given by Neil Mattingly and Maralyn Hinxman on Charmouth over the last thousand years. It will cover the stories of many of its famous families and the buildings they lived in ost of which are recorded in the wealth of memorials which cover the walls of the Church, which will be highlighted. Tremendous research has gone into this talk and you should go away with an increased insight into how Charmouth has developed over the centuries.
The Talk starts at 7.30 and the tickets are just £5, which includes wine and nibbles.
All proceeds will be going to Changing Spaces, a group that is wanting to make the church space multifunctional for all the village.
Volume 42 of the Village Echo, the Society’s journal, has now been published
This edition has been printed commercially and runs to 40 pages in full colour, with many illustrations.
The contents are:
Charmouth 100 Years Ago, Part 3, Neil Mattingly
Monique Bellingham: Lyme’s Canadienne, Keith Shaw
Charmouth from Stonebarrow c.1890
West Dorset’s Ancient Roads, Russell Telfer
Charmouth History Trail, Richard Dunn
Melbourne House – A Look at its Past, Neil Mattingly
From The Pavey Room: Society News, Richard Dunn
Members receive the Village Echo free. Copies are also available for sale at The Stores in the village for £2 and will be available at other outlets soon. Copies by post are £3 to cover postage – please contact us for details.
Dates for your diary
AGM PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE
Monday 28 September
7pm in the Club Room at the Community Hall.
“Charmouth 1812: in the times of Jane Austen’s visit”
Friday 23 October
7pm in the Village Hall.
The History Trail is now out priced £2, Currently available at The Stores and will be in other village outlets shortly. For more information click here.
Charmouth Local History Society presents
Monique Bellingham — Lyme’s Canadienne
An illustrated talk by Keith Shaw of the Lyme Regis Society
Lyme’s Canadienne tells the tale of the colourful Canadian lady Monique Bellingham who, following a troubled marriage to the Lord of the Manor of Castle Bellingham in Ireland, came to Lyme with three daughters and a granddaughter in the 1820s and lived there for 30 years. She and her family had a lasting effect on Lyme and one daughter later moved to Charmouth.
Friday 27th March 7 pm The Elms
Members free. Visitors £2.
We have also scheduled an illustrated talk on 24th April by Russell Telfer on Charmouth’s Missing Railway. Developed from Neil Mattingly’s extensive research, it looks at the various railway projects that could have given Charmouth a railway connection with Exeter, Axminster, Dorchester and London. To put this in context the talk will cover a history of railways in the south from our point of view, a look what we had before and after Beeching, and subsequently. Timing will be announced later.
The Charmouth Local History Society organised a very successful and well attended talk by Neil Mattingly and Liz Scott on 7th November 2014 on the photographer Claud Hider and his photographs of Charmouth and the surrounding area in the 1920s.
The text of the talk and all the slides can be found here.
We plan further talks in the new year.
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