Our AGM and a Talk on the History of Wincanton’s Catholic Church

 The Shed was packed with the best turn out the Museum and History Society had ever had. No doubt this was helped by the presence of our visiting speaker, Fr Louis Beasley Suffolk.Still, the well organised AGM was important with the report by our chairman Dr Terry Stanford that the negotiations with the Library are going well and that now the Museum has been closed, our artefacts and records have been safely stored and are being exhibited in King Arthur’s and Wincanton Primary schools. This is work which has taken a great deal of time and effort by both our chairman and our Curator, John Atkins.

Over the past year turnout at the talks we have organised has also been consistently good and at £10 a year for a subscription – which gives you entrance to all the talks (£5 for visitors)- membership is good value.

The trustees were then affirmed and the committee elected with great speed, but it was strongly emphasised by Terry that we really do need new active members. He emphasised that getting involved with the Museum and History Society is both personally interesting and a way of doing something of real value for the local community, so if you are tempted to get more involved please get in touch. Call our Chairman on 01963 31665.

Father Louis then treated us to a humerous and offbeat account in his own inimitable style of some of the characters that have played a leading part in the story of St Luke’s and showed us some diagrams and pictures illustrating the work done on refurbishing the church last year. It all went down very well.

Roman Catholicism here in Wincanton has an interesting history involving not only the turmoil of the Reformation but also the contribution of French Napoleonic prisoners and later the building of the Church and the adjoining Carmelite monastery where missionaries were trained.

Biscuits, cheese, wine, tea, coffee and much socialising followed, making for an interesting and enjoyable meeting, so don’t forget our next meeting and put our programme in your diary.

This is also a good time for members and potential members of the History Society to pay their annual subsciption of £10 per person.  This then covers the cost of talks for members.

Forthcoming Events 2012

24th February  “Death, Destruction and the Cat and Mouse Act” Some aspects of the Suffragette Movement in the Early Twentieth Century.  Dr Terry Stanford.

30th March. A Contemporary Archive. Highlights in words and pictures from the last two years in the Wincanton Window.  John Baxter.

27th April. Ravenna, The Magic of Mosaics. Hendrika Foster.

25th May. A Talk and a Walk Around Wincanton.  Frank Foster.

8th June. Riot, Riot, Riot.  Jeff Kingaby.