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Annual Report 2010


2010 - a year of good speakers and interesting meetings


The year 2010 was an interesting year for the group as not only did we have some good speakers at our meetings, and make some interesting visits in the summer but also in August we held an exhibition in the Church, which seems to have been greatly enjoyed.


We started off the year in January with our annual dinner which was held at the Half Moon and which is always well attended.


In February, we held our AGM and the principal officers were confirmed as Chairman, Mrs Pamela Reynolds; Secretary, Mrs Saranna Cogswell; Treasurer, Miss Mary Hortop. Afterwards, members showed various objects of historical interest which they had brought.


March was when Rev Chris Hudson talked to us about the Somerset and Dorset Railway and in May, Dr David Pugsley gave us his account of the Clayhidon murder in 1853. In May, Audrey-Mary Lee and her brother, the children of Rev Lee, who was the Clayhidon Rector in the 1940s, came to read to us extracts from their parents’ diaries at that time. This proved particularly interesting to those who were living here at that time.


In June we had our first outside visit and this was to Cothay Manor which was quite impressive.


In July, we had planned to visit “Applehayes” but that had to be changed to a fascinating visit to “Graddage Farm”.


The exhibition in August was held in St Andrew’s Church and was on the subject of ‘Occupations’ past and present in Clayhidon. It proved to arouse much  interest and is being preserved as part of Clayhidon’s historical archive. Anyone who was unable at the time to contribute to this, can still write about their work both now or in the past, and present it as an article in the life and time of our community.


In September, we were out again and this time visiting ‘Fenix Carriages’ in Red Lane to admire the work of Mark Broadbent and his team.


In October, David Hawkins, one of our members, talked to us about the Poor Law on which subject he has done a great deal of research.


In November, Brian Tustian, who used to live at Bolham, gave us a talk about the house where he used to live, now called Bolham Mill, previously called ‘Gatchells’, and the families who used to live there.


In December, we finished the year with a party and a quiz in the Church Room.