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The first meeting of the Midsomer Norton Society attracted an audience of nearly 70 who enjoyed a spellbinding presentation of old views of the town.

Successful launch for Midsomer Norton Society

The carefully researched presentation highlighted not only buildings which have been lost, but the hidden gems in the townscape which the new group wants to appreciate and protect.

The evening brought back many memories for long-time residents, while newcomers to the town were able to gain revealing insight into Midsomer Nortonís past and present. The audience clearly enjoyed the evening.

The business side of the evening involved adopting a constitution and voting in a Committee to lead on a programme initially focusing on a core local history group, which plans to approach Radstock Museum to request a home for its growing archive. The Society is also considering ideas such as seeking the return of the famous Midsomer Norton Jubilee Lamp and the fountain, cleaning up the river, and resurrecting the once proud Midsomer Norton Fair Day granted by Royal Charter in the 13th century.

Such was the enthusiasm for this latter project that since the meeting initial talks have been underway to look at the possibility of the Midsomer Norton Society and the Chamber of Commerce jointly running an event in the town centre next year on Saturday 21 June 2008, the nearest Saturday to Midsummerís Day (24th June).

Itís early days for getting a project such as the Midsomer Norton Fair Day off the ground but we believe we could make a modest start next year by combining forces with the Chamber, focusing on demonstrations of traditional skills, crafts and local groups associated with the town on a scale akin to the successful farmers marketĒ, said Paul Myers, Secretary to the Midsomer Norton Society.
















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