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 2015.  Again, 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.  Our Chairman, Jane Dixon, together with an active steering committee, has planned the programme of talks for 2016 shown in the Events section of the website.  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).

Message from the Chairman, October 2017:

Dear Members

Please see our revised programme for next year in ‘Events’.  The talk at our meeting in May will be given by Glenda Bryan, not Glenda Lyon as previously printed.

Our outing to Wrington in June 2018 when Mark Bullen will give us a guided walk round the village will be followed we hope by someone from the Church giving us a talk about the renovation work that has been carried out recently.  I would like to point out that it will not be Mark talking to us in the Church.

Our 2017 Programme has also had an alteration.  The Seabrights are not able to be with us as planned in December and so their place is to be filled by Alison Norcross and her group The Lost Sheep.  They are all experienced musicians and we are very grateful to them for stepping in.  It would be good to have support for them.

Jo Fryer is going to talk to us on 9 November about the research she has been doing into her father’s war time experiences as a member of the armed forces.  I think that will be a fascinating evening.  Her talk is called From a Cockney Royal Fusilier to a Kilted Military Policeman.

Thank you to everyone for supporting our meetings,

Best wishes,

Jane Dixon
Chair Langford History Group.