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Family Fun Day at Wyndham Hall

Wyndham Hall Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset

On Sunday 9th October , at the Wyndham Hall, SANHS will be running a special event to launch the availability of Family Membership. For a special introductory price of £45, a family of up to 2 adults and up to 3 children (ages 6-17) will be able to join SANHS for 16 months - until the end of 2023. […]

“The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World” by Catherine Nixey

Birchall Hall, Queens College Trull Road, Taunton

An 2022-23 Historical Association event This talk will tell the story of how early Christian zealots ruthlessly destroyed the teachings of the Classical world to establish adherence to 'one true faith'. In the process, altars and temples were demolished, libraries emptied and tolerance was despised all in the cause of a religion that espoused peace […]

“What Price Health? Taunton’s Hospitals Before The NHS” by Mary Siraut

Somerset Heritage Centre Brunel Way. Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton

2022 marks the 250th anniversary of the first purpose-built hospital in Taunton, the 200th of the second and third to open and the 80th of the present Musgrove Park Hospital. In the 19th century hospital treatment for the poor other than at the poor law infirmary depended on charitable donations and doctors giving their time […]

“Saxon Tintinhull, before and after 1066” by Denny Robbins

Tintinhull Village Hall Vicarage Street, Tintinhull, Somerset

"Saxon Tintinhull, before and after 1066" by Denny Robbins (preceeded by a short AGM for TLHG) Tintinhull Local History Group Autumn 2022 Programme Coffee available from 7.15pm with presentation from 7.30pm Cost: £3 Venue: Tintinhull Village Hall

“The Victorian Head Gardener” by Dr Francis Burroughes

Tintinhull Village Hall Vicarage Street, Tintinhull, Somerset

"The Victorian Head Gardener" by Dr Francis Burroughes Tintinhull Local History Group Autumn 2022 Programme Coffee available from 7.15pm with presentation from 7.30pm Cost: £3 Venue: Tintinhull Village Hall

“What Makes a British Hero?” by Sean Brunton

Birchall Hall, Queens College Trull Road, Taunton

An 2022-23 Historical Association event "A Real hero is one who exhibits extraordinary bravery and spirit" writes the author in the introduction to his book, 'Six of the Best'. People have made heroes of individuals in all societies throughout history. This talk explains how heroes emerge as exemplars of the customs and norms of their […]

GRADING OF WALKS

Events are graded from 1-4 in difficulty. The grading is found in the event description in the calendar on this page. Keep in mind that a change in weather conditions can make a walk more difficult than anticipated. All walks and activities demand a basic level of fitness, suitable footwear and waterproof clothing.

1 Easy – generally even ground with a few gentle slopes; no special fitness needed.  Comfortable footwear required.

2 Moderate – for reasonably fit people, may include unsurfaced rural paths and tracks, moderate slopes, uneven surfaces, steps and stiles. Walking shoes/boots required.

3 Strenuous – for fit, experienced walkers, will include hills, uneven surfaces, tracks and may include muddy terrain. Walking boots and waterproof clothing are essential.

4 Confined spaces – including caves and attics. Locations may be dusty, slippery and dark.

Activity leaders carry out a risk assessment beforehand. Participants are required to provide emergency contact details before taking part in an activity – this information is destroyed by the group leader after the activity has taken place.