January. Saturday 27th, Village Hall, 7.30pm. In 17th, 18th and 19th century England, Village Bands played music for all manner of church and village events. The Somerset Russets Village Band is coming to Barton to re-live the music these bands played and will be accompanied by readings from the novels of Thomas Hardy. All welcome. Visitors £2 . Festive refreshments after. Prepare for a riotous evening.
February. Thursday 15th, Village Hall, 7.30pm. Readers of the Western Gazette will have encountered Clare Blackmore’s fascinating weekly ‘Somerset Anecdotes’. Clare is going to ‘find stories, some sad, some funny, some incredible and some about Barton St David’. All welcome, non-members £2. Warm refreshments after.
March. Thursday 15th, Village Hall, 7.30pm. ‘SOMERSET FARMS – Then and now’ We are delighted to welcome well known local artist and historian Kate Lynch who documents Somerset farmers and their history. This will be an illustrated talk using Kate’s paintings, drawings, old photographs and oral recordings. Good bread, cheese and refreshments after. Visitors £1. All welcome.
We are also planning to go to prison. To be exact Shepton Mallet Prison. For just a few months more this ancient county jail will field guides with ‘first hand’ experience to show us round. If all goes to plan we have asked to go on Saturday 17th March – it will be a whole afternoon visit and the cost will be £18 per adult or £16 for concessions. Details to be confirmed…
April. Monday 16th, Village Hall, 7.30pm. BHC’s 4th AGM. Open to BHC Members and Potential Members. A time to review, celebrate and have our say. Short films (5 mins) produced by SW Heritage will be shown on the Glastonbury Iron Age Lake Village and Neolithic Sweet Track. Nice nibbles and bubbly.
May. Monday 21st , Village Hall, 7.30pm. ‘The Romans in Somerset’ a vivid recreation of roman life by noted local historian and presenter, John Smith. John will bring items from his collection of roman artefacts. All welcome, visitors £1. Suitable refreshments after. For the Romans, Somerset was both geographically and economically a strategic region. It also provided the best bath house ‘in town’ Aqua Sulis !