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Autumn Talk 2016


Our autumn talk “Charmouth in Living Memory” by Ken Gollop & Neil Mattingly, an illustrated tour of the village over the last 80 years, will be held on Thursday 29th September at 7pm in the Village Hall, Wesley Close. Free for members (£3 each for non-members).  Refreshments provided.

We will be holding our AGM after the mid-talk break.

2016 AGM and Autumn Talk

2016 AGM and Autumn Talk

Advanced notice that these will take place on Thursday 29 September in the Village Hall starting at 7.00pm.

The talk will be by Neil Mattingly and Ken Gollop, titled “Charmouth in Living Memory”, and the AGM. which we hope will be very brief, will take place after the mid-talk break.

More details of the AGM will be sent to members in due course and more details of the talk will be posted here when they are available.

DVD of the Charmouth Stores talk

A professionally produced DVD of our spring talk by Neil Mattingly and Phil Tritton “Charmouth Stores (Nisa) – The evolution of a village shop since 1806” is now available from the Stores priced £3.99, or £6 for the booklet and DVD . Please contact us if you would like to purchase by post.

Spring talk 2016

Talk on March 11

Friday 11th March at 7pm in the Village Hall:

A talk by Neil Mattingly and Phil Tritton:

“Charmouth Stores (Nisa) – The evolution of a village shop since 1806”.

Members free, non-members £3.

A Look Back at Charmouth

A Look Baxk at Charmouth

Just published: A Look Back at Charmouth, a new 80 page book with over 35 photographs that takes a fond look back at the history and heritage of Charmouth, highlighting how the village has changed over the years.

Written by Lorna Cowan, one of our committee, the book is now on sale, priced £7.50, in shops in Charmouth (Morgans and the Post Office at present), as well as online at

Comes highly recommended! More details on request.

Hunter Family Talk 23 October

The Hunters of Charmouth

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.

Charmouth Church talk Tuesday 15 September 2015

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.
For more details please contact us.
Charmouth - Its Church and its People - Poster

Village Echo 42

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.

Autumn 2015 Diary Dates

Dates for your diary

Monday 28 September
7pm in the Club Room at the Community Hall.


Autumn Lecture
Neil Mattingly
“Charmouth 1812: in the times of Jane Austen’s visit”
Friday 23 October
7pm in the Village Hall.

Talk on Friday 27th March 2015

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.

Refreshments too.


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.