We have talks in Autumn & Winter and trips in Spring & Summer each year. For further details see the current Contact magazine (via the Bookshop page).
2021 Talks & Trips
We will be having the Saturday afternoon zoom lectures as advertised in Contact and below.
We also pick up members at the Memorial Theatre on Christchurch Street West, at the Bus Stop Opposite to the Memorial Theatre, which will also be the returning drop-off point. The advertised Coach Departure Time is for the Rugby Club, to which ten minutes is added to determine the pick up time for the Memorial Theatre.
Guests pay £3 supplement. Please mention any dietary needs when you book and remember you are responsible for your own insurance.
TALK DETAILS FOR 2021
All lectures will begin at 2.00pm with the link being open from 1.30pm. The link will be sent to all members for whom we have an email address in the preceding week.
Saturday May 22 2021 The Census in Frome, past and present; and the Cockey Legacy.
Janet Howard will begin with a short talk about the background to the Census of England and Wales, Sue Leather will then explain how she used information obtained from the Census records to research the history of Naish’s Street and Bob Cuzner will tell us about the mechanics of the 2021 Census with which he was involved.
After a short break, Ric Swann and Mary Canale will give a talk about the Cockey legacy. Ric will talk about the bell founding industry which changed to the gas and agricultural industry. This led to Edward Cockey introducing gas lighting to Frome in 1831. Mary will talk on the family history side of the Cockey dynasty and how they have spread around the world leaving almost no descendants in England.
They will touch briefly on the plans in progress to erect a plaque to the Cockey gas industry on their first premises at No 2 Palmer Street.
Monday 5th July 2021 – The Spoils of War
Hooray! This year’s Frome Festival will be taking place between 2nd and 11th of July and the Society is pleased to be taking part by presenting a talk at Rook Lane Chapel on 5th July at 7:30pm. Our speaker, Christopher Joll, is a British military event director and author best known for managing the British Military Tournament. His topical talk, ‘The Spoils of War’, examines the pros and cons of repatriation and restitution. Tickets are available from the Festival Box Office ( 01373 455420 or fromefestival.co.uk) at the Cheese and Grain – Friends and Sponsors for early Festival ticket sales from 10am-6pm on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd May, and then from 10am-2pm on Sunday 23rd May to the General Public. £8.50/£7.50 for FSLS members
TRIP DETAILS FOR 2021
Tuesday 15th June – Old Bowlish House, Shepton Mallet
Mr & Mrs Ian Keys will give us an afternoon tour of their Grade II* listed clothier’s mansion and also their extensive gardens which contain fascinating industrial ruins as well as many species of roses. In the early 17thC the house was built on Elizabethan foundations and was a wedding gift to a branch of the Strode family and the Jacobean staircase is particularly interesting. The building was later modernised c.1770 with a classical Georgian frontage and again c.1860 with internal additions.
Our visit ends with a cream tea which is included.
Depart: Rugby Club 1-30pm Bookings from Tuesday 1st June
Wednesday 14th July – A Cultural Visit to Bournemouth
We visit the renowned Russell-Cotes Museum on the cliffs overlooking the sands and pier. The Museum was built in 1901 in the Art Nouveau style as home for Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes in which they could display their numerous treasures from their travels and their mainly Pre-Raphaelite paintings. On our way home we shall have a short stop at Alum Chine for Peter Clark to show us where a young Winston Churchill had a near fatal accident; an incident included in Peter’s recently published book on places associated with Churchill.
The Museum café is small but there are many places nearby to find refreshments.
Cost: £21 or £26 restricted numbers
Depart Rugby Club: 9am
Bookings from Monday 28th June
Thursday 19th August – POSTPONED UNTIL 2022
St. Fagan’s Welsh Heritage Museum, Cardiff
Since 1948 when St. Fagan’s Open Air Museum was opened, there has been a growing collection of over 40 historical buildings rescued from all over Wales and rebuilt using the traditional skills. Besides the examples of milling, blacksmithing, weaving, farming and the use of clay, we shall also see the recent refurbishments and galleries illustrating Welsh people’s lives from Neanderthal times to the present day.
Monday 6th September – The Tudor House Museum and Southampton Old Town
We had two very interesting winter lectures via zoom by one of the curators, Andy Skinner, which whetted our appetites for this visit to the Old Town of Southampton. Historically, the port has always been one of the most important and busiest in Britain with its double high tides and we shall be walking by some of the Town Walls. The Tudor House Museum was closed for about 10 years for refurbishment and for preservation and contains artefacts donated by generations of local inhabitants. Andy will greet us and tell us of the displays showing the local social history.
There is coffee on arrival, (included), but as the restaurant is not large there is the opportunity to picnic in the Tudor Gardens or to visit one of the local pubs for refreshments later.
Cost: £23 or £28 restricted numbers
Depart Rugby Club: 8-30am (short stop at Salisbury in Sainsbury’s car park)
Bookings from Monday 23rd August