May Newsletter 2014



The Museum  re-opened on the 5th April and the number of visitors since then has been encouraging, although there are some days which are  quiet.

The opening hours are from 10am to 1pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and we will continue to be open at these hours until the 31st October.  Thereafter for the winter months we will additionally now open on Saturdays, which is a new concept to try to make the public more aware of us. With these longer hours of opening, more stewards are always  useful so further volunteers would be welcome

We have purchased a new copier/scanner, which will enable details of our artefacts etc. to be transferred on to the computer for everyone to see, as so many of these are stored away from the museum, because of lack of space. This will be a gradual process

As far as lectures are concerned, we will be switching these to the Memorial Hall because of their good audio system and the fact that they have no light problem there on summer evenings

The next lectures are as follows;

Thursday 29th May    “It’ll all be over by Christmas” – Wincanton goes to War 1914    by Tony Goddard (RBL Chairman) who will talk about some of those names on the local war memorial, and generally about the town at that time

Friday 27th June – “ A History of Bayford “by Marcus de Giles, one of our best known local vets

There are no lectures in either July or August but the autumn ones will start again in September – details to follow in due course. 

The Committee have decided that this year there will not be a Garden Party

Please also note that in Wincanton there is a WW1 Heritage Day on the 5th July where there will be various aspects on show around the town with the local schools involved.  The Museum will have WW1 items/features on display as will the library

The current membership of the Society stands at 75 which we would like to increase so please encourage any friends or neighbours to consider joining us 

Nigel Fox  Chairman