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Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society – Summer 2018 & Winter 2018/19 Programme

Are you interested in history and archaeology, particularly of Yeovil and its surrounding towns & villages?
YALHS talks start at 7:30 pm (prompt), On the 1st Friday of the month, Oct – May. We also organise regular visits to archaeological digs and historical sites during the summer months.

Summer Programme
Tuesday 12th June – Tour of Weymouth Museum led by David Riches – meet at 10am for 10.30 – tour duration 1hr 30min (cost £2.50 each)

Friday 6th July – South Petherton Walkabout – Meet at the Parish Church – start 6.30pm – duration 1hr 30min.
Led by Liz Randall – £2.00 ea

Friday 17th August – Ilchester Archaeological Walk and Talk – Meet at the Museum (BA22 8NQ) – start 6.30pm – duration 1hr 30min – donation £2.00 per person.
Led by Sally Mottram

Friday 7th September – Somerset Rural Life Museum – guided tour starts at 2.15pm – (entrance £4.05 each – please have the correct amount ready) If you decide to eat at the Grain Store Cafe prior to the tour, a copy of the menu has been attached to your email. The Rural Life Museum website can be found here.

Winter Programme
Friday 5th October – ‘Muchelney Abbey – from the early and obscure origins during the Anglo-Saxon conquest of the area until the Norman Conquest takeover.
-There will then be a break for refreshments
-Part Two takes us from the Norman period through to the Dissolution by Henry the Eighth’
Speaker – Stephen Honey – Custodian and English Heritage Site Manager

Friday 2nd November – Talk on ‘World War I – about the local lads who went to war, what they do and how did they live also the lasses role in the World War, their roles and how they helped win the war’
Speaker – Darren Berry

Friday 7th December – ‘The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the Wreck of the Holswel’ – Speaker – Philip Browne

Friday 4th January 2019 – Members’ Evening – all welcome –
With various talks, a quiz and light refreshments – let Brian or Andy know if you would like to give a talk

Friday 1st February – ‘Roman History of Ilchester’
Speaker – John Smith

Friday 1st March – ‘Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity’
Speaker – Barry Winetrobe (talk brought forward from last year)

Friday 5th April – ‘The Lost Islands of Somerset’ (about the Levels)
Speaker – Richard Brunning (talk now confirmed)

Friday 3rd May – AGM followed by a talk – ‘Parish Boundaries in and around Yeovil’
Speaker – Jim Hart – (Non-members – free Entrance!)

Talks are held at the Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre, Lysander Rd, Yeovil, BA20 2BU. Members free, Non-members £2.

Individuals £10; Couples £15; Family £18; Juniors/Students £2.
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V3 dated 21st August 2018

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All YALHS talks start at 7:30pm and are held at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, YEOVIL, BA20 2BU (Non-members Welcome – £2 at the door)

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Summer Programme 2018
Tue 12th Jun – Guided Tour Weymouth Museum
Fri 6th Jul – South Petherton Walkabout – Meet at the Parish Church
Fri 17th Aug – Ilchester Archaeological Walk and Talk – Meet at the Museum
Fri 7th Sep – Visit Somerset Rural Life Museum

Winter Talks 2018/19
Fri 5th Oct – Muchelney Abbey – from its obscure origins, through the Norman Conquest to the Dissolution
Fri 2nd Nov – Talk on the World War One – about the local lads who went to war and the lasses role in the war
Fri 5th Dec – The Unfortunate Captain Pearce & the wreck of the Holswel
Fri 4th Jan 19 – Members’ Evening – all welcome – Join us for various talks, a quiz and light refreshments
Fri 1st Feb – Roman History of Ilchester
Fri 2nd Mar – Walter Bagehot – Langport’s Unknown Celebrity Brought forward from last year
5th Apr (Fri) ‘The Lost Islands of Somerset’
3rd May (Fri) AGM followed by a talk – Parish Boundaries in and around Yeovil – (Non-members – free entrance!) – bring a friend

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