Milford On Sea

Local Explorers

Status:Active, full but can join waiting list
Group email: Local Explorers group
When: Monthly on Wednesday mornings
4th Wednesday
Venue: Meetings and Site Visits
Tyneham village

The Local Explorers group was formerly known as Villages 1 (started in January 2015). The name was changed in September 2021 - to better reflect our current visits and wish to explore further afield.

Our aim is to research and explore local Villages and other places of note, defining points of interest such as location, history and buildings in preparation for a visit. One month is a research meeting of our subject area. The following month is a field trip, the times of visits may vary. Members of this group take it in turns to act as leader for each chosen venue.

Members should be prepared to attend the research meetings as well as the site visits.

This group is currently full, but there may be availability in other Villages groups. If you like this subject, then please contact our Groups Support Team.

Our u3a activities are risk assessed. If you take part in any group activity you must read the risk assessment.

Members taking part in physical activities are reminded that they do so at their own risk.

You must be a member of Milford on Sea u3a to join this group.

Local Explorers group having an interactive training session in how to administer CPR and use a defibrillator.

Defibrillator Training – January 2024
Our group having an interactive training session in how to administer CPR and use a defibrillator. This was given by Community First Responder volunteers through the South Central Ambulance Service. Members were shown when and how CPR is urgently required, followed by the use of a defibrillator, with the help of adult and child manikins. It was a very thorough and thought provoking demonstration

Tyneham village

in April 2024 our group visited Tyneham Village and the nearby Etches Collection

Tyneham Village
Towards the end of 1943 the War Cabinet decided to evacuate the whole of the Tyneham valley so that it could be used as an army training ground in preparation for D-Day. The residents were never to return.
The buildings are roofless apart from the church and the school house. These two buildings are museums. The schoolhouse has a recreation of a classroom from the 1930s and includes the poignant named coat pegs of the pupils.

Etches Collection
A unique, modern museum of amazing fossils - the marine life of Jurassic Dorset. The skull of a giant pliosaur (Giant Sea Monster) is on display

Visit to The Etches Collection, Museum of Jurassic Marine Life in Kimmeridge, Dorset