Taunton is a thriving group which always attracts good audiences for a variety of speakers at our   Court meetings. Several of our members give talks but we also have guest speakers from other groups within the society and from outside. We try to mix educational and informative talks with fun. Once a year we hold members' evenings when everyone is invited to participate if they wish and we have an annual outing as well as a Christmas Social evening. 

Talks are at Kilkenny Court (beside the large car park which is above the railway station), Station Approach, Taunton, TA2 7QL, at 7.30pm.

Several members of our branch run voluntary sessions in Taunton Library on a regular basis when the public can book times to get help in discovering how to research their family histories


Sue Burne (Chairman Taunton Group), 6 Townsend Lane, Chilton Polden, Somerset TA7 9EL.

Tel. 01278 722706. Click here to e-mail:

Programme 2020

7 January                      How did the Kings find Bethlehem? (a history of navigation)  - Tony Davis

4 February                    The Glastonbury Pilgrim’s Way: A new Somerset walking trail?” - Chris Sidaway

3 March                        Uncle Bill: Britain’s Forgotten Hero (Field Marshal, Viscount William “Bill” Slim) - Ashley Jones

7 April                          Poverty & Migration-why people emigrated from Somerset and Dorset in the 1800s - Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard

5 May                           Lifting the Lid (an evening of entertainment and songs on a FH theme) - Miranda Pender

2 June                          Finding Eliza Carr - Terry Ransome

7 July                            Faith and Faction in Victorian Somerset: the Ritualism Riots at Northmoor Green - Tom Mayberry

4 August                       Members’ Outing—Bridgwater town and Museums

1 September                Friendly Societies - Phillip Hoyland

6 October                     Members’ Evening  - A Change in Fortune? Rags to Riches or Vice versa

3 November                 Where is the Glory-Mourning Story (factors surrounding army service in WW1 family and social history) - Graham Mottram

1 December                 Members’ Social Evening with shared food and Quiz