Monthly talk February 2019

What a pantomime with the computers wishing not to communicate with each other? And the sound system? Well!!

Our double act of Chris Nicholls and Judith Read joined in with the fun until computers agreed to work together

James Charles Dinham and Isabella Cowan were the subjects for this evening.

James Dinham was a noted Torquay photographer who captured ordinary people going about their lives in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Isabella Cowan was a Canadian visitor in 1895, and we heard readings from her, “Aunt Belle’s Diaries” to complement the photographs. Her observations of Torquay at the time were quite contemporary.

A very enjoyable evening. Thank you
Chris Nicholls and Judith Read

Monthly talk January 2019


Thank heavens we didn’t have to suffer the work houses.


A crowded St Anne’s Hall heard of the misery and monetary cost living in one.


A very well researched talk by our speaker John Ellis.


Christmas Party 2018


A very lively and noisy crowd!


The pigs waiting for the stage call.




Was it the mulled wine that did it?  Or the crazy committee and the ‘Three Little Pigs’?







Little bites, mince pies and carols were also on the menu.  Here’s to next year.



Monthly Talk November 2018

The crowds turned out on a foggy night for a spooky tale or two.


Did you know more people believe in ghosts in Torquay than any other area?  Dr Kevin Dixon told us “An Unnatural History of Torquay’s Ghosts”.  A fun and interactive evening.


Kevin’s visits to St Anne’s Hall are so very well received, he will return by popular request sometime next year.



Monthly Talk October 2018


Well what a turn out for this evenings talk by Phil Badcott.

“The Gilberts of Compton Castle” told us about the family that occupied this romantic house, just outside Torquay.


An amusing well presented evening.  Little wonder Phil is a highly regarded researcher and speaker.


Monthly Talk and AGM September 2018

Not quite our shortest AGM at fourteen and a half minutes, but business was done and dusted ready for Rolf Soderlind.


“An Unsound Mind” is a novella written by Rolf Soderlind.  Rolf appeared to be a little taken aback by the large audience in attendance.  His talk and book is based upon events that took place in 1933 in the house that is now his home.


“An Unsound Mind” is available from Rolf and Amazon and is a gripping tale.  Best of all you will recognise all the places in the book.



Guided walks.

Our guided walks around Babbacombe and St Marychurch are every Tuesday at 10.30am.  See our calendar for more details.

Meet at the bus stop near the Cliff Railway cafe there is a blue sign on the wall.



Monthly Talk April 2018

A rousing finish to our Winter program with Mike Holgate.


Songs with backing tracks to help tell the story and set the scene for Napoleon’s Torbay Holiday.

History in a very relaxed way.  Well done Mike please come again.