December. Tuesday 12th, 7.30pm, Barton Inn. John Stafford, landlord of the one and only Barton Inn is leading a Skittle Alley Forum on the * ‘History and Characters of the Waggon & Horses 1775 – 2015’. Open to all. Good bread, cheese, relishes and company. * Now the Barton Inn of course !
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. We are delighted to welcome Chris Blacker and his Somerset Russets Band to Barton. They will explain and demonstrate the importance of these bands in English village life with the help of Thomas Hardy. All welcome. Non members £2 . Festive refreshments.
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. We are 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 !