About Us

Welcome to our website!

Our village of Langford is situated in North Somerset some 12 miles south west of Bristol and close to the Mendip Hills.  It is divided into two parts, Upper and Lower Langford.  It has a well established local history group which was started in 2000 by Jo Fryer.  The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at the University of  Bristol Veterinary School. Meetings usually start at 7.30 pm, in the Churchill Building.

Our meetings cover a wide range of subjects including archaeology, family history, and notable events, usually with a local historical bias. Talks by our visiting speakers take place in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. There are visits to sites and houses of local interest. Details of recent past meetings can be seen on the Events page.  We have a full programme of talks for 2019.  Please see the Events page.

In addition the Group has built up an archive of records, maps, and documents which enables members to carry out research on families and houses in the area. Some of these documents date back to the reign of Henry VI, allowing us a glimpse into Medieval Langford!

As a result of our book sales, we have been able to make donations to the Langford Trust, to the Somerset and Bristol Record Offices, and to local charities such as Farm Link.  Please see the Gallery for photographs.  As funds from additional book sales permit, we hope to be able to continue to make donations to worthy local causes .

Membership of the Group is £10 annually, and allows free access to all the meetings and access to the records. Visitors are more than welcome to individual meetings for a nominal fee of £2 to cover speakers’ costs.  The Annual General Meeting and election of officers and a committee usually take place in April or May each year.  New members are always welcome and you can find out more about our activities by contacting one of following: Jane Dixon (01934 862248), John Gowar (01934 862021), Alex Kolombos (01749 836020), or Jo Fryer (01934 862812).

 

Data Privacy Policy

A list of members’ names and email addresses is kept by, and is the responsibility of, the member of the Langford History Group who is currently responsible for circulating information to the Group by email. It is the responsibility of that person to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to protect the data so that details of members do not become available to any third party.

The data will be used solely for dealing with the business of the Langford History Group, in particular, to notify members about meetings and any other Group activities.

All email messages will be sent as blind copy (Bcc) so that recipients’ names and addresses are not visible to other persons receiving the email.

 

Message from the Chairman

January 2019

A Happy New Year to all our members.

We have started the year with an excellent talk from Mary Coward about The Bristol Observatory, its history and the people connected with it.

We follow this on 14 February with a talk ‘Milk and Molecules’ a fascinating look at what organic residues can tell us about Stone Age Britain.  On 14 March, our very own Alex Kolombos is going to talk to us about the Canons’ Houses of Wells.   A particular interest of his, and he has done a great deal of research.  Our meeting on 11 April will be spent in the company of a Sixteenth Century Kitchen Maid, and on 9 May there will be a talk by Evan Jones on The Voyages of Cabot.

Our programme for the whole of the year is listed in the Events section, so please put all the dates in your diaries and come along to Langford House and enjoy the evening.

New regulations require that we have explicit permission from everyone wishing to remain on our mailing list.   Sadly many people did not respond to Michael’s request and reminders.    So please tell your neighbours and friends about our programme for next year and encourage them to come along to our meetings.

We look forward to seeing everyone at our meetings, please come and support us.

With best wishes

Jane Dixon

Chair Langford History Group.

 

Chairman’s Report to AGM, 14th March 2019.

It has been another excellent year for our Group and my thanks as always go to our Committee for all the work they put in to make sure your meetings run smoothly.   My thanks also to Langford House for allowing us to use their excellent facilities during this year.

Our meetings as ever have been varied and interesting.   Just to pick out a few highlights.

We started the year with Frank Thorn giving an interesting and scholarly talk about Doomsday Book.  A lovely evening was had when Glenda Bryan talked about Gardens of the Wills Houses.   In the summer, instead of having an outing we had a social evening.  November was our own personal tribute to WW1.   Mary Coward talked to us in January about the Camera Obscura in Bristol and in March Alex told us about his latest research project, the Canonical Houses of Wells.

We now have a new Chair, Chris Hayes, and I know we will all support her.

Jane Dixon