North Curry Society

The objectives of the Society are to promote the appreciation, study and recording of the history and natural environment of the parish of North Curry. Meetings are held in the Village Hall at 8:00 pm on the third Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise stated).

Non-members are very welcome to attend on payment of a small charge.

The North Curry Society also sponsors the North Curry Archives, now constituted as a Trust, which is a collection of village archive material, including rural life artefacts and memorabilia, mainly collected by Mrs. Betty Koppa, BEM which is stored in the Archive Room above the Coffee Shop. For information on the archives or access to them, please contact the archivist of the North Curry Archive Trust, Mrs Betty Koppa at 6, Stoke Road, North Curry, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6LR – Tel. 01823 490404.

For further information on the archives visit the web page of the North Curry Archive Trust.

OFFICERS
Joint Chairmen Sherry Keith-Welsh 01823 490900 and Gill Slocombe 01823 491249
Secretary Judith Hincks 01823 490166

Speakers and events 2022/23 

The Society meets in the village hall on the third Wednesday of every month – unless otherwise stated. Hot drinks from 7:30pm, talks start at 8pm

20th July Footpath walk (pm) followed by evening AGM and social.
19th September Tom Mayberry MBE  ‘King Alfred’s Somerset
Tom is CEO of the SWHeritage Trust and steeped in the history and heritage of Somerset.
30th September Steve Coleman  ‘Jangle and Riot – An Exploration of English Church Bell Ringing’
This is a Special Friday Evening Event in aid of the Appeal of Bells. Please see village-wide publicity.
19th October
James Crowden  ‘A History of Cider’
Author and poet examines the story behind our local brew!
16th November Anthony Gibson  ‘Farming, Floods and the Levels’
Ex-NFU Regional Director on the economy and environment of our locality.
21st December
Candy Adkins ‘A Lady with Altitude’ preceded by Festive Snacks
Taunton’s own Lady Aviator, Jackie Moggridge, remembered by her daughter.
18th January
Chris Hocking ‘West Country Carnivals
Bridgwater Carnival historian  on a popular regional  tradition.
15th February
Damon Bridge ‘Wetland Conservation on the Somerset Levels’
Local RSPB officer focusses on the birds of the Levels, especially the cranes.
15th March
Pauline Rook ARPS ’20 Years of Photography in the Blackdown Hills’
Customs, characters and countryside captured by a professional photographer.
19th April Hinkley Point Community Relations Team ‘Going Nuclear Near You!’
Recent and future developments on the nuclear project on Bridgwater Bay.
17th May
Michael Brown ‘The History and Mystery of the Freshwater Eel’
Michael’s title is self-explanatory. Elvers for supper anyone?
21st June 
Members’ Evening 3 members present local topics of personal interest.
19th July 
Village Walk, AGM and Social
Precise details will be announced nearer the date.

Publications by the Society include:

North Curry Camera

a collection of old photographs of the village, compiled by Hugh Bushell

Price: £5.00

North Curry ’99

a collection of contemporary photographs of the village, edited by Hugh Bushell

Price: £5.00

School’s Cool

a history of North Curry School, written and compiled by Hugh Bushell

Price: £5.00

The Glorious Dead

a study of the North Curry War Memorial, written by Colin Trim

Price: £4.00

The Village Map Printed copies (A3 or A2) Price: £6.00 or £9.00
The Village Map Tea Towels Price: £5.00
Available from the Society at meetings, or from the Coffee Shop or Archives