The Festival

West Pennard Primary School

History Group

The History Group have a dedicated Website and Archive HERE

The History group was formed in October, 1983 with the following aims:

1)To research, collate and preserve information relating to the history of the village and its people

2)To publish a book or books on Pilton history

3)To generate interest in and help preserve Pilton's history.

The group has collected an archive of material relating to the village which is kept in the Village Hall.

Pilton Village History Group Programme 2017

All meetings will be held at the Village Hall, starting 7.30 unless otherwise stated

PVHG has produced the following publications;

A Walk through Pilton's Past 1988

Pilton Parish Room Centenary 100 years in pictures 1993

Recollections of schooldays in Pilton between the Wars by Ernest George Darch 1998

Aspects of Pilton History by Keith Harlow 2008

The current officers of the Pilton Village History Group are

Chairman John Fletcher

Secretary Richard Raynsford 01749 890418

Treasurer Christine King

Archivists Maureen Tofts and Celia Clarke


The Pilton Wassail was held in the Tithe Barn for the first time. Over 300 people came along to shout Wassail meaning Good Health !

Braziers kept us warm from the outside, and spiced apple juice and cider from the inside. Brown Cow burgers and apple cake filled us up.

The Cam Valley Morris Men and Pilton Village Voices sang a selection of wassail songs and the Pilton Players Mummers did a  version of the St George and the Dragon play. St George got killed THREE TIMES !

Our Wassail Queen was crowned and led the procession into the orchard and the Queen's apple tree was decorated. Toast dipped in cider was hung in the branches (for the robins) and cider poured around the roots. Shot-gun bangs and a huge amount of noise frightened away any bad spirits. I think we should have a good crop next Autumn !

A big thank you to all who made our wassail happen, especially to Michael Eavis and the Tithe Barn Trustees and also to the Nicholsons

of Cumhill Farm for the use of their orchard.  

                                                                       Steve and Maureen Tofts

Field Trip!

On Monday 5th June we are going on a day trip to Avebury with Steve Marshall. Leaving at 10am, home about 6.00pm.

The coach hire will cost about £18 per head if 20 people travel (half that if we get 40 people !).

We will ask for an intention from members at the next meeting so we can book the coach (and pay a big deposit).

The alternative is we car share. Think about it and let us know.

Non members will be welcome

Monday 3rd April 7.30 in the Village Hall.

We were pleased to have Steve Marshall bring forward his talk on Avebury.

Author and Avebury expert, Steve is a new member of our village community.

Avebury is a spectacular site, not only because of its huge stone circles and massive ditches.

What was its significance ? Why was it built?

Steve will share his understanding of this remarkable place.

Monday May 8th. 7.30pm in the Village Hall

Shepton Mallet Hospital in World War One and the Nurses from Pilton

Gill Lindsay is going to give a presentation on the history of our local hospital and the role of volunteer nurses from Pilton in the care of the wounded of the First World War.

There are some remarkable stories to hear.

Gill has invited you to bring along memorabilia from the First World War to the meeting.

Visitors are welcome at all our events.