Current Programme (incl. Summer 2020)
YALHS and Coronavirus
Meetings on 3rd April, 1st May also the June, July and August Summer Visits have been Cancelled.
The rest of the summer programme may also be in jeopardy but a decision on that later – just in case things improve.
Are you interested in history and archaeology, particularly of Yeovil and its surrounding towns and 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.
YALHS – Winter Programme – 2019/20
Friday 4th October – ‘The Roman History of Ilchester’ (the Roman occupation of Ilchester and the surrounding area with items to show and talk about, up to AD 427 – end of coinage – in the reign of Roman ‘Western Emperor’ Valentinian III)
Speaker – John Smith
Friday 1st November – ‘The Roman Conquest of the South West’ (economy, landscape, way of life etc. And the reorganisation of the South West from military to civil)
Speaker – Derek Gore
Friday 6th December – ‘Rural Poverty in South Somerset – 1881 Census’ (based on
Wincanton Workhouse and covering all surrounding villages)
Speaker – Chris Forrester
Friday 3rd January 2020 – Members’ Evening – all welcome
With various talks, refreshments
(Tell Andy or Brian if you would like to give a talk)
Friday 7th February – ‘The Magic of Somerset Carnivals’ – (Carnival has a 400 year history in Somerset beginning with bonfires and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes in Bridgwater. Torchlight processions followed, therefore starting the tradition of carnival processions, which have developed over 400 years to the spectacular processions of today.) title amended 10Dec19
Speaker – John Dando
Friday 6th March – ‘The Knights Templar‘ – (Founded around 1118 to protect pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem, the Templars were among a number of orders formed in the wake of the Crusades which combined the ideals of knighthood with religious vows. The talk will examine their foundation, the ways in which they developed their landed properties in western Europe to support their functions in the Holy Land, and the circumstances which led to their dramatic suppression in 1312.)
Speaker – James Bond
Friday 3rd April – “Where’s the Glory – Mourning Glory” – (“The Men Who Marched Away” is the speaker’s book and tells the story of the 16 Ilchester men who left to fight for Britain and who never returned. It tells of their lives in the village and their families and follows them to war. Through war diaries and personal accounts tells of their experiences and their deaths and of their families left behind.)
Speaker – Graham Mottram – Cancelled
Friday 1st May – A short AGM – followed by a talk ‘The Stalbridge House Site – An update’
Speaker – Chris Tripp – Cancelled
YALHS – Summer Programme – 2020 – Members Only
Friday 12th June – Wolfeton House, Charminster – Guided Tour of a Grade I Mediaeval and Elizabethan House Dating Back to 1480 (£5.00pp) – Start 2.00pm – Duration 1 – 1½ hrs.
Route Plan – How to get there – Cancelled
Saturday 4th July – Langport Walkabout – Guide Janet Seaton (£2.00pp) – Start 2.00pm – (Park at Long Stay Section of ‘Cocklemoor’ Car Park. Nearest Post Code TA10 9RA. Meet alongside Pendra’s Fish and Chip Shop. Walk starts at the ‘Hanging Chapel’ – max 20 – reserve list in place) – Cancelled
Saturday 8th August – Visit Nether Adber (Deserted Village) – Led by Stephen Bartlett (YALHS Librarian) – Start 2.00pm – Under Review
Route Plan – How to get there
(Afterwards, Steve invites you to Tea and Cakes at Hinton Farm, Hinton, West Mudford, BA22 8BA) – Under Review
Friday 11th September – Visit Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Peter Street – Start 6.30pm (max 20 – reserve list in place) – Under Review
To Book – enter your name on the booking sheets in place at our monthly meeting’s (March-May)
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.
Membership Application Form
Read List of Past Talks and Walks