Community launch for Home of our Delight, Mells Barn

23rd September 2015

We’ve had our first two volunteers meetings this September: a community launch for local residents at Mells Barn, and the first meeting of Frome College history club.  Great to have our first volunteers on board, and to have enjoyed some great discussions, suggestions and ideas.

A good number of people came to our community launch, with the prize for the longest journey going to Beryl Lemon from St Louis, Missouri who brought greetings from the last surviving member of the Horner family; John Michael Horner, now Father Timothy, a Benedictine monk who founded St Louis Priory where Beryl taught French.

We were also joined by Colin Kerr, Director of External Relations for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), who gave a tantalising insight into the activities and archives of a quietly fascinating organisation. As well as flagging up the rich resources of the CWGC online, (great education resources too), Colin suggested it would be worth visiting the archive to look at the letters from families requesting inscriptions for First World War graves in France.

We will definitely be taking up this offer; more news about a visit to CWGC for the Home of our Delight team and volunteers soon.

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We were also delighted by the turn out for the first Frome College History Club on Tuesday. Thanks to our curator Sue Bucklow and Frome Museum, eight year nine and ten pupils had the chance to get a hands on look at issues of the Somerset Standard from nearly a century ago. We found the announcement of Raymond Asquith’s death in the issue published on 22 Sept, 1916; the same date as the history club meeting! Even the advertisements of the time proved a rich source of discussion.

The club will be searching through original newspapers on Tuesdays after school up until Half Term, and creating a mini-exhibition at Frome Library in November.

Lots more opportunities to get involved: get in touch!

 

 

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