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West Pennard Primary School

History Group

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.

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


Hi Everyone,

After much deliberation and heart searching, Maureen and I have decided that there has been too much happening in our lives recently to have the energy to organise the Wassail in January 2018.

This doesn't stop anyone else taking it on!

We have all the previous year's notes and contacts available, together with our advice! But unless someone can step up to take over, there will be no Wassail 2018.

Quite simply, we need a break but hope to get involved again for Wassail 2019.

With Best Wishes to you all

 Steve and Maureen.

You will be pleased to know that we have now received copies of Pilton Village History Group’s new publication, entitled “Pilton, Somerset – Lest We Forget”.


It is the story of the men from Pilton, or with close connections to Pilton, who sadly did not return from the two World Wars.


They will cost £9.00 for hardback, and £5.00 for softback.

Hardbacks are now available from Pilton Post Office (thanks Tracey),

and both hardbacks and paperbacks from Chris King via or 01749 890357


With huge thanks for all their work on the book, from all of us, to...


Scott Baldwin

Celia Clarke

Jenny de Gex

Maureen Tofts

PILTON VILLAGE HISTORY GROUP 1st October 7.30pm in the Village Hall

The October meeting promises to be full of colour, stories and information.

This month's meeting is a presentation on stained glass windows of Somerset churches (including Pilton's St John the Baptist Church) and also of Wells Cathedral. It will be given by our own Richard Raynsford. Richard is not only very knowledgeable but is a gifted photographer.

This meeting is not one to miss!

Visitors are welcome to all our meetings. Steve Tofts