The History Hut
Latest News: February 2018
BBC Somerset visit The History Hut to learn of the hut's history and to see the displays.
This is a copy of the Roll of Honour that hangs in St Michael's Church, Othery. it was kindly given to me by Pat Anderson who I met at the Western Front Society meeting that I go to in Othery. Research is being done in Othery to find out the stories behind the names, and this will be on display later in the year.
The History Hut will be open on Tuesday March 3rd between 6-8pm. This will be a drop-in meeting for anyone from a Club, Group or Organisation who would like to be involved in this year's Somerset Steam and Country Show. It is a chance to meet some members and see if you could do some fund raising by litter picking, stewarding, or running a stall or activity. Everone Welcome. Karen Cook
The History Hut - its story
The History Hut is one of two remaining nissen huts used by the Gloucester Regiment in WW2. There are drawings by Stanley Lewis, a war artist, depicting the soldiers and their life while stationed in the huts.
On the brow of Hext Hill overlooking Low Ham (TA10 9DR) with far-reaching views of Glastonbury Tor and up to Stembridge Mill at High Ham, the huts are easy to visit by footpaths or road, and there is disabled access.
The information displayed is of local history, from the Roman Villas at Low Ham and Pitney, King Alfred, the unique Church in the Field, the Battles of Langport and Sedgemoor, and various local people who have an interesting story. The main aim is to remind people of our local families affected by the two World Wars. The war memorials, Home Guard, and pictures of everyday life during the war.
The History Hut will be admission free to view, but there will be a donation box for the Royal British Legion. Spring 2018 there will be a Tea Room on site. The Hut will be available for hire for meetings, art/photography clubs, school visits or small social gatherings. Catering can be arranged for hot or cold refreshments.
Contact Karen Cook for further information 01458 250661 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Event News 2017
The History Hut was full on Dec 10th for the family Festive Evening. Mrs. Edwards led the school choir, thank you to her, the parents, grandparents who brought the children. It was a messy wet weather night, but the warmth in the 'Hut' through the service led by our Rev. Jess, and the beautiful singing, poems and stories surrounded everyone there. £87 was collected for the Low Ham Church in the Field fund.
High Ham School choir A candlelit moment for our thoughts before Christmas led by Rev. Jess
Remembrance Weekend 10th/11th November
The History Hut had lots of visitors over the Remembrance weekend including quite a few of the older generation - it was lovely to hear their stories. I had a display about Passchendale, as this battle ended 100years ago on November 10th. The interest in our local history is growing, and there are several little groups that are gathering information for us. Karen Cook
The painting was donated by Annette and Raymond Morris
History Hut Open Day 2nd-3rd September 2017
The History Hut had its first open weekend on the first weekend of September. there was a steady stream of visitors both days. tea/coffe and biscuits were free - donations were given in aid of The Royal British Legion, £167.20. On Saturday some people sat outside in the sun and enjoyed the view, but on Sunday the log burner was roaring away as it was cold and rainy! Karen Cook