Welcome to the website of Uffculme Local History Group. Here you will find lots of information about Uffculme's history, details of our group's events, activities and committee members.  For contact details please see the menu bar (below left). As well as a page with this year's programme, we've also included a copy of our monthly report which goes into Spotlight - the Uffculme village magazine. Please check the Members' Communication page for recent updates, information about events and outings and news items. We hope you enjoy visiting our site today and look forward to welcoming you to our next meeting ...

 

Background Information

 

 

 

Our parish lies between Tiverton and Honiton in Mid Devon. It is a large parish of nearly 10 square miles with approximately 3,000 inhabitants, most of whom live in the main village on the banks of the River Culm. In rural parts of the parish are the village of Ashill (population 200) and the smaller settlements of Bradfield, Stenhill, Smithincott, Craddock, Hayne and Bodmiscombe.

Our group was founded in 1983. Adrian Reed CMG (1921-2010) was our Chairman until 2008. He was involved in many other organisations particularly as Chairman of the Devon and Exeter Institution and maritime history.

Our President for many years was Dr C A Ralegh Radford OBE (1900-1999) famous for his archaeological and historical work on Dark Age Arthurian Sites in the South West of England and as Inspector for Ancient Monuments in Wales, both before and after the Second World War.  John Bell has now taken over the mantle and was appointed our President a few years ago.

 

Uffculme Local History Groups Officers 

Our newly elected Chair for 2019-2020 is Annie Saunter who takes over from Mike Dalby, our Chair for the last five years.  He followed in the august footsteps of previous Chairs, Dorothy Lomas and John Bell, both of whom served the society for many years. We are fortunate that John remains on our committee.  He has a magnificent collection of photographs, publications and documents relating to the Uffculme area which are made available to the group at exhibitions, meetings and on conducted walks.  Members of the committee are currently involved in archiving this valuable historical resource. Please refer to our Archive page for further details.

Our Secretary is Maria Weston who has been in the role for nearly ten years.  She organises the annual programme, outings and social events as well as dealing with the administrative aspects of running our group.  John Bell and Trevor Emms are job-sharing the role of Treasurer, overseeing our finances and keeping our accounts in order.

Both Dorothy Lomas (former Secretary and subsequent Chair) and Wynne Ellis (Treasurer until 2010), did much to build up our membership and to improve our organisation.  We are extremely grateful to them both for their contribution to the society.  Sadly, Dorothy died in 2018 - she is much missed by her many friends and her family. We are also indebted to Sandra Philips who served on the committee for many years and continues to support us in numerous ways - Annie has also been on the committee for many years and has now been elected Chair for 2019. As a group, we are now looking to increase our already healthy membership of approximately forty individuals with the help of this website and our regular monthly articles in Spotlight - the Uffculme Parish magazine.

Programme of Meetings

We have a lively and varied programme which runs from January to December.  Our meetings are either the first Wednesday of each month at  7:30pm (during Uffculme summer time!) or the first Saturday at 2:00pm during the winter months.  We take a break in August and September.  Meetings usually involve an invited speaker or a presentation by one of our knowledgeable members. In June we have our Summer Party and in July we always have an outing, e.g. to a historic property.  December is our Christmas Party and January our AGM. 

Please click on 'This Year's Events' on the menu bar for full details of our current programme.

Our monthly meetings are always held in the Garden Room of Uffculme Village Hall and anyone interested in local history is welcome to attend (please refer to programme page for terms) - we look forward to seeing you.  Our secretary also circulates information about the activities of other history groups in Devon and there's often a chance to attend these. 

Subscription

Our annual membership subscription is just £10.00 which is great value for money considering you get so much - expert speakers, outings (additional costs may apply for coaches etc.) and parties! Should you require any further information or clarification, please contact our Secretary (details on contact page).