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On Monday the 2nd of October
Seventeen members of our local history  group were very pleased that they bravely undertook the navigating of Luddesdown's narrowest roads 
and arrived at the remarkable Church, from the lost village of Dode.
They heard the story of how this little church  was abandoned  in the 14th Century.s
 
They also heard the story, and  witnessed  the way this extraordinary  place has been  recreated by the present 'keeper, ' Doug, and his team.
A
ll were pleased that they were able to experience the peace and tranquility of this amazing little place as well as absorbing its very special  atmosphere. 
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On Sunday the 15th  October seven of our U3A Local History group joined Local Historian Christoph Bull and approximately 25 others  to explore
the area of Rosherville that led down to the entrance to 'Rosherville gardens'.
These gardens were 'the theme park of the 19th Century' , advertised as "The Place to spend a happy day" and attracting as many as 37000 visitors at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century on Bank Holidays.
There are almost no remaining features to be seen, but hearing stories , including that of Lena the baboon, who on one occasion deserted her cage in the 'gardens' and visited the 'Elephants head pub'! Causing considerable consternation among other customers !

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The Local history group intend to spend their next meeting  on Monday 6th Nov. at 2.00p.m sharing information with the rest of the group at Millbrook  garden centre."