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Clayhidon Local History Group annual report 2015

A year in the life of Clayhidon Local History Group

Report on its 2014 activities, by Pam Reynolds

January was our annual dinner which was held at the Merry Harriers.
February was the AGM. We thanked Lyn for her services as treasurer for several years and welcomed Brenda who agreed to take her place.
In March, Peter Fisher and Penny Lawrence spoke about the book that they have been helping to produce with the Hemyock group. It is about WWI. Peter told us of the names on the Clayhidon War Memorial which he has researched. 
In April, we were fortunate to have Richard Fox to come and talk to us about Fox Brothers in Wellington. 
May was the month when David Hawkings was relating to us about members of his family, whom he has researched. 
In June, we made a most interesting visit to the Mill at Bishops Lydeard. 
July was due to be a visit to Dunkeswell Abbey. Unfortunately, it had to be cancelled at the very last minute. 
August was the month for our Exhibition. It was well attended and enjoyed by the audience. The theme this year was the WWI. 
In September we made a visit to Deadbeer to listen to Gareth Weekes and try to discuss how we can make better use of the Clayhidon website. 
David Hawkings gave a talk on ‘Criminals’ in October
In November, Penny Lawrence gave an illustrated talk about ‘Tithes’ which was very informative. 
December was the month when we have a Quiz and a party. This year it was at Hidon Mill and we had some history of the house and some inspection upstairs. 
We welcomed four new members who have joined us during 2014. We have had a series of interesting talks and thank everyone who has participated. 
Three members participated in the production of a book about WWI, which had contributions from the three local parishes. 
Our enormous map of the Clayhidon 1838 Tithe Apportionment , has been photographed in small sections by Peter, who has put it onto disc and made it more accessible and readily available. Thank you to him. 
Now we look forward to another fascinating future and urge everyone to try and do some research into some aspect of their own interest. It could be about genealogy or our surroundings or buildings. Whatever it is, the final result is always exciting. Good Luck.
* This report was delivered to Clayhidon Parish Meeting on 13 April 2015.