SOMERTON U3A LOCAL HISTORY GROUP
We meet monthly on the First and Third Wednesdays.
On the first Wednesday we usually visit somewhere and to this end we try to have a schedule for the forthcoming year but this has been known to often change! We love Churches, Cathedrals, Castles, Abbeys, Old Houses, Museums, anywhere of interest, we then look forward to a relaxed lunch locally which may then be followed by another point of interest. There is a charge of 45p per mile divided between the occupants in the car including the driver.
On the third Wednesday we hold our meeting in the West Street Church from 10.30am until 12.00pm. While enjoying refreshments, for a mere 30p, we make arrangements for the next visit and discuss members suggestions for the future with hopefully their willingness to carry out the necessary research.
This Local History Group was started in 1997 and has flourished over the years under the particular leadership of Margaret Tiffin and Marion Mander. They have made this a very popular and friendly group and now that Marion has retired no one person has been prepared to take over. Such dedication is a hard act to follow.
Four members have developed what is known as “The Hub” and are trying to move forward.
Sylvia Bath, Ann Dodd, Frances Hales and Joan Waterhouse (Penny Neale was included but is, regretfully, moving nearer her daughter).
As mentioned this is a popular group, with over 30 members. We do have a waiting list but feel it is necessary to limit numbers for now due to restrictions at some catering establishments.
Up to now Local History Group (1) has produced 2 publications. The first was The 'Old Houses of Somerton'. The second, published early 2008 is 'West Street as 'twas'. These two books have proved to be extremely popular and are available both from the Group,and Somerton's Local Information Office.
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