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Father Louis Gives Church History Talk at The Balsam Centre

Friday 6 January 2012, 15:45
By John Baxter

Father Louis Beasley-SuffolkOn Friday 13th January the Wincanton and District Museum and History Society start our year with our AGM in the Shed at the Balsam Centre at 7.30pm. This should not take long and will be followed by Wine and Cheese and a talk on the history of St. Luke's Catholic Church. This will be accompanied by pictures taken after its recent refurbishment which show what fine art and artefacts the Church has. Our speaker is the parish priest, Father Louis Beasley-Suffolk.

Roman Catholicism here in Wincanton has an interesting history involving not only the turmoil of the Reformation but also the contribution of French Napoleonic prisoners and later the building of the Church and the adjoining Carmelite monastery where missionaries were trained.

This is also a good time for members and potential members of the History Society to pay their annual subsciption of £10 per person. This covers the cost of talks for members.


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Museum and History Society AGM and Fr Louis' Talk
Reply #1 on : Sat January 14, 2012, 19:07:12
The Shed was packed with the best turn out the Museum and History Society had ever had. No doubt this was helped by the presence of our visiting speaker, Fr Louis Beasley Suffolk.

Still, the well organised AGM was important with the report by our chairman Dr Terry Stanford that the negotiations with the Library are going well and that now the Museum has been closed, our artefacts and records have been safely stored and are being exhibited in King Arthur's and Wincanton Primary schools. This is work which has taken a great deal of time and effort by both our chairman and our Curator, John Atkins.

Over the past year turnout at the talks we have organised has also been consistently good and at £10 a year for a subscription - which gives you entrance to all the talks (£5 for visitors)- membership is good value.

The trustees were then affirmed and the committee elected with great speed, but it was strongly emphasised by Terry that we really do need new active members. He emphasised that getting involved with the Museum and History Society is both personally interesting and a way of doing something of real value for the local community, so if you are tempted to get more involved please get in touch. Call 01963 31665.

Father Louis then treated us to a humerous and offbeat account in his own inimitable style of some of the characters that have played a leading part in the story of St Luke's and showed us some diagrams and pictures illustrating the work done on refurbishing the church last year. It all went down very well.

Biscuits, cheese, wine, tea, coffee and much socialising followed, making for an interesting and enjoyable meeting, so don't forget our next meeting and see our programme at
Last Edit: January 16, 2012, 00:44:05 by johnbaxter  

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