2019 October 11


The Glastonbury Conservation Society was founded in 1971 in appreciation of our built and natural environment here at Glastonbury, in Somerset, England.

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The society has so far planted 51,800 trees in and around Glastonbury. Tree-planting volunteers always welcome. Contact Alan Fear, 83 3185.
⊕ New issue of newsletter is out this week. For details, click Newsletter link above.

Important AGM is on November 1 — book the date

All Conservation Society members are urged to attend the society’s annual general meeting (AGM) this year. We need to elect a new chairmn, for Alan Fear has announced he will step down after serving for nine years, not to mention being the tree-planting coordinator for 12 and doing the newsletter for the past two years.

This view of Cheddar Gorge is dated June 1858. The camera was that of Dr John Gutch, a surgeon, who produced salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography.
The album Adrian Pearse has acquired is one of only about 20 in existence. He will show it at the Conservation Society AGM on November 1.

  Secretary is another seat that is vacant: would any member like to step forward at the AGM?

  Members should also re-read the society’s constitution, because some minor amendments might be required. It is available on this website: see link on the About page.

  The meeting takes place at 7pm on November 1.

  The venue is the same as last year: St John’s Centre (where the Bay Tree cafe was located on weekdays), near the church tower. Parking under the canopy — a Conservation Society project 35 years ago — is free at that hour.

  After the business part of the meeting (which is usually brief) and a refreshment break, we will have some ancient and modern:

• Adrian Pearse will show a recently found album by a Glastonbury-area photographer of the 1850s, Dr John Wheeley Gough Gutch, and

• Jim Nagel will demonstrate new features on the society’s website.

Bishop’s Barn at Wells is next project for preservation trust

The Bishop’s Barn is a 15th-century tithe barn given to the city of Wells 130 years ago for the use of citizens.

The Somerset Building Preservation Trust — of which our society is a corporate member — is trying to find ways to increase the community use of the historic Bishop’s Barn, in Silver Street, Wells. It is listed Grade I.

  A number of studies have been carried out with SBPT and partner organizations, and these are now being considered by the Wells Recreation Ground Trust.

Mendip District Council is the sole trustee of the Bishop’s Barn. There is also a Wikipedia article about it.

  The SBPT’s September newsletter can be downloaded from its website.

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