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Start of New Season 2018-19

Tuesday 18th September at 7.00 pm

Visit to Watchet Boat Museum

The museum is part of  Watchet Visitor Centre  and celebrates the history of flatner boats local to this area.

These boats were used on the shores of the Bristol Channel, where the tides go out a great distance, exposing mud flats. A flatner is a double ended, flat bottomed boat with no keel designed to navigate such waters.

The building that houses the Boat Museum was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It started life as a goods shed built in 1862 as the terminus for the Bristol and Exeter Railway.

Tuesday 16 October

"Ordering their Estates", The Sanfords of Nynehead Court, David Rabson. This well-illustrated talk by a local geographer/historian shows how in the nineteenth century the Sanford family brought about radical changes in the landscapes of their home village of Nynehead and of places further afield.

Nynehead Court is a Grade II listed building at Nynehead in Somerset. The building dates back to the late 14th century with major additions in 1675 and the 18th century.

It was occupied by the Fluri family (1068 - 1318), the de Wyke family (1318-1599) and the Sanford family (1599 - ca. 1902). Edward Ayshford Sanford was MP for Somerset and High Sheriff of Somerset in 1848. The Sandfords sold the house around 1940 and it is now a care home.

The building has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II listed building. The gardens are listed, Grade II, on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.

The 13 acres (5 ha) landscape park was laid out in the 18th century, although major landscaping works were carried out in the early 19th century. The icehouse within the grounds dates from 1803 and has been restored with support from Taunton Deane Council.

Tuesday 20 November

Church Bells and Bell Ringing, Sara Coward

Sara is Tower Captain at St Mary’s Church in Stogumber, and has been ringing church bells from the age of 11.

Bellringing in this country differs from that in most other parts of the world. This light-hearted talk traces the history of English bellringing, how bells are made, how they work, and how to “ring the changes”. 

Topics include the countrywide ringing for the centenary of the Armistice, and ringing as a healthy and sociable activity.

The talk is illustrated with sound and video. Sara hopes that it will prove entertaining as well as informative.

Tuesday 19th February 2019.

The Story of the Green man Carvings.

An illustrated talk by Brian Wright.  Locally there are Green Man Carvings at Monksilver Church, Bishop Lydeard church and Wells Cathedral.  

Tuesday 16th April

Visit Crowcombe Church and Church House

Mark Wilson, Rachel Billinge & Peter Meneer

Meet there at 7:00 pm