Autumn Season Talks



Well!  Autumn appears to have arrived earlier than ever this year so, have a look at what is in store for the Autumn months.




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Devon Family History help desk on May 11th

Join us in St Anne’s Hall.

The  Devon Family History Society will be on hand to help you get started with your family tree, or if you have started and don’t know where to go next.  You do not have to have been born in Devon or have Devon roots, we can help.


The Babbacombe and St Marychurch History Local Society have so many group photos in their archive , can you help us to name them?




Monthly Talk March 2017


There have been quite a few Cliffords at Ugbrooke House over the years and Helen Turnbull enlightened us with many.



As always a full house listened on.  Thank you Helen.



Monthly Talk February 2017



What an interesting evening?


Historical!  Hilarious!  Completely interactive with all in the hall made for a thoroughly enjoyable hour and a half.


Many thanks to Kevin Dixon and all of Torquays odd history.


Monthly Talk January 2017

The cold January evening did not deter a full house in the warm comfort of St Anne’s Hall

The story of HARRY HEMS ~ the  enigmatic, controversial and eccentric Victorian, Exeter based sculptor was told by Colin Vosper in his usual amusing and energetic style.

Starting work as a cutler he soon became a wood carver and sculptor.

It is a story full of local history; to intrigue and surprise those interested in the buildings, churches and monuments around the Devon area …… including Torbay.



Changes to our monthly talk January 2017

Unfortunately due to urgent hospitalisation Phil Badcott will be unable to join us.  We will save the holiday photos for a while and Colin Vosper will present one of his exciting, always amusing and energetic productions.

Join us in the warmth of St Anne’s Hall for:

The story of HARRY HEMS

~ the  enigmatic, controversial and eccentric Victorian, Exeter based sculptor.




Christmas festivities 2016

Another Christmas do where the committee play the fool.


Santa dropped in along with Agatha Christie, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, John Lee, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

King Alfred made a guest appearance in the kitchen only.


Mulled wine of course, mince pies (rather high baked) and carols to finish the very rewarding evening.


Monthly Talk November 2016



Life jackets were absolutely necessary for the full boat load listening to Alan Salsbury’s talk on shipwrecks.

Naval ships, a U boat,  fishing and lifeboats were all tossed around on stormy seas and force 10 gales.

Many lives were saved by the brave acts of seamen, lifeboat crew and fishermen.

Thank you Alan for such an exhilarating evening.