There was a good turnout of Museum and History Society members together with other invited guests to a celebratory cream tea in the sun filled gardens of the Quaker Meeting House in Wincanton on Saturday 25th June. The presence of our MP David Heath was particularly appreciated bearing in mind how pressured he is as a Government Minister. Many remembered the support he gave the Museum when he came to Wincanton specially to speak about it.
The occasion was to honour and thank Chris Kemp. The Museum and History Society President, Frank Foster spoke about Chris’s work as committee member of the Society for eight years and chairman for five. He described how during that time support and interest in the society has grown steadily despite the problems which have now arisen concerning the need to close the building which has been the home of the Museum for more than twenty years. To no small measure the growth in support is recognised as being due to Chris’s persistence and enthusiasm in finding speakers and organising interesting talks.
He has now retired from the committee and was presented with a framed certificate of Life Membership as a symbol of the respect and gratitude felt by members for his service to the community.