Blagdon Local History Society

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Events continue online for Blagdon Local History Society plus entertaining newsletters galore.....

There are no formal meetings and events at the Blagdon Lodge of the Blagdon Local History Society until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. If there are any changes in the advice and guidelines from the Government that are acquiescent of people being confined together in small spaces then we will contact you by email to inform you of when and where forthcoming events will be.


In an effort to make you, the members of Blagdon Local History Society, feel as though there still is a society, despite being unable to meet at the Lodge, members of the committee have been working hard to keep events and facilities up and running.


 The invention of Zoom came to the rescue. As an online portal for meetings, talks and conferences, it seemed to have been perfected in time for the pandemic. Through this medium we have presented (to date) three talks, enabling us to have ‘virtual meetings’ that provide a passing facsimile of the real thing. Two of these talks have been preserved on the other magical facility of You Tube, on which the society now has a dedicated You Tube Account. Click here to be transported there.

Also click here to read from Jacky Kerly for what's in store for the coming season.

Below is what is coming up next. Go to the Events page to make a donation for a link. 

If this is still not enough to give you your ‘fix’ of Blagdon History, the BLAGDON LOCAL HISTORY website will continue to be developed, as will the Facebook Group.

In fact, this is something that you may wish to get involved with yourselves and it may be an excuse to get writing some of that family history or the history of your business, club or house, that you have been meaning to do for years and we will publish it on the website. If you include lots of interesting pictures, then all the better – things like building pics, people pics (if they don’t mind), landscapes, all the more and the merrier. 

Send them to the developer Peter May at

Don’t worry about spelling mistakes, or punctuation etc. Just write in your own voice – that’s the most important thing.

If you get too carried away, Peter reserves the right to clip out any ‘deviation, repetition or hesitation’. Can't say fairer than that.


How to join the Blagdon Local History Facebook Group


You will have to email Peter May at to ask for an invite. This way you get to see all the pictures and post comments. Also, any updates will get posted both to your Facebook account and any notifications of updates to your email box.

Join the Blagdon Local History Facebook Group (see below how to join). The Facebook Group is something that may take your mind off the pandemic and give you the excuse to get out and get a bit of air in your lungs. The Facebook Group is basically a ‘page’ or gallery of images – mainly photos of ‘then and now’ or even ‘before and afters’. An intriguing and magical way to see how things have changed from the comfort of your own phone or computer. It can be accessed from any of the Facebook logo icons at the bottom of every page of the website. 


It may be that you may have some hidden gems of pictures of parts of the village, or your house, from way-back-way. You may not have thought they were of much interest, but if you compare the ‘before’ with the ‘after’, you suddenly see how things have changed, often in a big way. But sometimes there are just subtle differences that just manifest themselves in (possibly) the evocation of fond memories.


So if you have an old photo and you manage to take another photo from exactly same spot, we can match them together in the gallery. Then everyone can view them side by side, or one on top of the other. We would love you to share them with us and you may be surprised that somebody somewhere knows a few things about the same scene that you didn’t know.

However, if you have just the ‘before’ then we can get the ‘after’ for you – I need the exercise!


Another possibility is that you may have a mysterious scene that you may not know where it is, what it is or when it was. In which case we can publish the image and our experts in the village will rise to the challenge and provide a full ‘time and place’ for you and probably a truck load of anecdotes on top. And if needs be, we’ll provide the ‘after’ image.

And another thing.....You may also have some images of a recent extension or house refurb’ or you’ve seen a transformation recently in your street. You may not think that this is history at the moment. But it soon will be!

So, send the pictures to the administrator of the Facebook Group by email to Peter May at or try to load them up yourself. Peter will have to check them out- so it wont be instant.

If they need scanning to digitize them for the computer then Peter can pick them up. Even if they are just negatives, we can turn them into positives.

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