Talk by Group Captain David Greenway. Flying the Royal Family

Wincanton and District Museum and Historical Society
Presents a talk by
David Greenway served 37 years in the Royal Air Force as a pilot. He flew large, multi-crewed aircraft and, amongst many postings, he served in Malta, Cyprus, Germany and Belgium. Throughout his career, he undertook many public speaking engagements both within and outside the service environment. He commanded the Royal Air Force’s only Airborne Early Warning Squadron
From 1989-1991, David Greenway was Deputy Captain of The Queen’s Flight and was responsible for planning the flying undertaken by members of the Royal Family. He also accompanied all members of the family, both in the air and on the ground, and was able to see how they worked at first hand. He spent most of his time with HRH The Princess of Wales. His talk is an affectionate look at the life he led.
7.30pm in the Shed at the Balsam Centre Wincanton, Friday 9th April 2015
£6 , (£5 for members) including refreshments.

Early Music Performer Frances Eustace February 12th


The Wincanton Museum and History Society have invited the leading Early Music performer Frances Eustace to give a musical evening talking about and playing various medieval instruments at the Balsam Centre. 7.30 pmFor Wincanton her evening is entitled “Six Hundred Years in the Music Business.”

Frances Eustace B.Mus. M.A. R.D.M.T.

Frances Eustace is a leading performer in the world of Early Music and Historical Dance. She plays on “authentic instruments” in solo recitals and chamber music on both bassoon and viola da gamba. She also gives talks and educational workshops on topics from Medieval, Tudor, Restoration and Baroque periods.
In March 2009 Frances was awarded a MA in Medieval Studies from Bristol University for her dissertation entitled Dances of the Living and the Dead: A study in the execution and reception of dance and dance-songs, in the Late Middle Ages, as a context for an understanding of why Death danced in the allegory of the Dance of Death.
“…a simply wonderful Bassoon Collection. There is still some hope for the planet while there are people who can take pleasure from listening to a contrabassoon rendering Schubert’s Trout, complete with earthy trills.”

Reasons for Optimism Regarding the Museum’s Future

Last June the Wincanton & District Museum  and History Society issued a press release to the effect that as the society could not agree a new lease with the owners, The Society of Friends (Quakers), on number 32 High Street, Wincanton, the museum would close down at the end of September 09.
We are pleased to announce that the committee has since held talks with the Society of Friends and we are fairly optimistic that the society can come to some agreement with them, but before a lease can be drawn up and agreed to, planning permission and building regulations needs to be obtained from the South Somerset Distirct Council.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the Wincanton & Distirct Museum will open its doors to the public on Saturday 3rd April.   From then onwards it will be open from 10am – 12.30pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Hope to see you there.

We are still looking for additional Stewards to welcome visitors to the museum.  Training will be given.  If you would like to volunteer I would be pleased to hear from you.
Jeff Kingaby