The Sutton Poyntz Society History Group runs one or two village history events per year, usually one meeting for members of the Group to discuss their work within the Group, plus a more formal "History Evening" with invited and/or local speakers. Here is a list of events that the History Group has run or participated in - copies of presentations by Group members will be available here:

  • 24 March 2009 - we gave a talk on our newly founded Group to a meeting of the Dorset History Forum (as the Dorset History Network was then known);
  • July 2009 - a village walk with a history theme, organised with the Dorset AONB Ridgeway Heritage Project team;
  • 24 February 2010 - 1st History Evening, with talks by Peter Sheaves on the development of the village through its buildings, by Bill Egerton on the families who have owned Sutton Poyntz between AD900 and 1925, and by Sarah Harbige of the Dorset AONB on their Ridgeway Heritage Project;
  • 30 March 2011 - 2nd History Evening, with a talk by Richard Samways on the Sutton Poyntz murder of 1862;
  • 8 February 2012 - History Evening, to hear reports on the archaeological investigations that have been going on in the field next to Wyndings;
  • 19 March 2014 - History Evening, with talk by John Willows, of the Wessex Water Museum in Sutton Poyntz, on Brunel's Great Eastern and its relationship with Sutton Poyntz;
  • 21 January 2015 - History Evening, with talk by Joyce Fannon of the Tomas Buxton Society, on Sir Thomas Buxton, MP and philanthropist;
  • 28 October 2015 - Slide Show evening, to review old photographs of Sutton Poyntz, taken mainly by Fredy Litschi between 1966 and 1992.


Membership of the History Group is free, and open to anyone with an interest in Sutton Poyntz village history.

We are members of the Dorset History Network; this also runs a programme of events which are open to our members. Finally, we seek to coordinate any local history research being done by our members.