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 Events 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

Monday November 6th, 7.30pm Village Hall



Members of Pilton Village History Group are nearing completion of their Pilton War Memorial Project. Each name has been researched and includes, where possible, information from family and friends. When war memorials were erected there were no hard and fast rules: it was very much up to families and friends to propose names for inclusion. Because of this, many memorials do not list all those who could have been on the memorial, as was the case in Pilton.

We are preparing a book for publication by end October 2017 with three sections: the names on the memorial for World War One and World War Two and a third section for those, from both wars, who we know lived in Pilton or were strongly connected with our village and whose names are not on the memorial. The names can be found on in the History Group area, on the dedicated Website and Archive link under People.

We would like to make sure we include as many as we can of this group of men. If you know of a Piltonian who served in either war and whose name does not appear on our memorial please contact one of the project group: Scott Baldwin, Celia Clark, Jenny de Gex or Maureen Tofts.

Maureen Tofts (890332)