Meetings 2019

Our meetings are held generally in Martock on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Tuesday 22 January

Brenda Webb will talk to us on the story of Montacute House.

Matthew French

Tuesday 26 February

Matt French C Mar Tech, FRGS, MRIN, MHydSoc, on Dowsing.
Matt French Website


Tuesday 26 March

Farm life in Somerset by Kate Lynch.
Kate is a lively artistic character, Wessex born and bread, renowned Mummer and Wassailer, had interesting experiences meeting farming characters while gathering material for her latest book, called….”Farm”. Hopefully she will tell all.

Tuesday 23 April

Forde Abbey by John Allen.
The quality of the 1530s buildings and 1650s plasterwork is some of the best in the country, said Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, and the whole package is like a jewel tucked away in remote countryside, yet near Chard! As you know, John Allen is a deeply knowledgeable raconteur, and we may tour the actual abbey in the summer with him.

Tuesday 28 May - Note starts 6.30 pm

A visit to the famous Hanging Chapel, Langport.
Meet at the Chapel. Please don’t park selfishly, give time to share cars, for drop off and walking to the venue There are limited numbers, so please ring Fergus on 01935822202 to secure a place. Admission £3, non members free

Tuesday 25 June, 6pm.- This is the correct date

A walk and talk around Coat with Fergus Dowding, looking at the buildings, their date, development and history. We will even explain why it seems to be full of big houses. And finish with tea or cider (grown-ups only) in part of the Vasey’s enormous barn. Free to members, £3 for non members.

Monday 22 July, 2.30 pm

A private visit to Forde Abbey: John Allen will lead us on a private guided tour around the abbey, which is closed to the public on Mondays. The quality of the 1530s buildings and 1650s plasterwork is some of the best in the country, said Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, and the whole package is like a jewel tucked away in remote countryside, yet near Chard. We have chosen a Monday as the house is closed to the public that day, which gives us more time and space. You can also wander around the gardens at your leisure, and buy lunch or tea in the café - open from 10.30 to 3.30, the gardens are open to the public from 10.30 – 5. The cost is £11, please pay Fergus Dowding beforehand to secure a place, 01935 822202

Tuesday 24 September

John Smith returns by popular demand with a fast moving and interest-rich talk on domestic Roman life in south Somerset. He’ll talk of their houses and how they evolved during their stay here. John dresses up in costumes, this time he is bringing a lady’s costume recreated from one found petrified in a waterlogged rhyne – watch out! He will also bring new revelations about why the Romans really left Britain.

Tuesday 22 October

Julian Orbach on non-conformist chapel buildings and the impact all the different sects have made on our towns and villages. Julian revised the Pevsner for Somerset in 2011 and has may photos.

Location

Unless otherwise noted all meetings will take place at Martock C of E Primary School in Elmleigh Road.
Doors open at 7.00pm for a start at 7.30pm prompt.

An annual membership of £10 gives free access to all talks. For non members a fee of £3 is payable per meeting.

When possible tea and coffee will be provided.

Location map
Nearest Post Code TA12 6EF
Lat/Long 50.971505,-2.770676

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