Welcome to Worle History Society


Here you will be able find out how to contact the committee, and updates on our latest research and projects.  Our monthly meetings have been suspended until such time as the Coronavirus crisis is over.  We are still researching and archiving our findings.  You can still join and get involved.  Contact details in right hand column!!


Membership fee is £5 a year, renewable at the AGM in September each year, with the exception of 2020.  We hope to renew memberships in March 2021.  Normally, members pay £1 at each meeting to help pay for the hall and boost funds. Visitors are always welcome at meetings and other activities for a modest £2 contribution.  Without meeting fees and our calendar sales, we have a much reduced income and may well need to make further adjustments in the months to come.


We all happily research the last 1000 years in Worle, live happily with our memories, enjoy the here and now and plan for the future. Such fun.



Just click on the menu bar, at the top of each page, to change pages.



We meet on the first Thursday of each month at

Worle Community Centre,

Lawrence Road, Worle



BS22 6TU


In Normal Times, meetings start at 7.00 p.m.  Click on 'Meetings' page above for
s. As at July 2020 Worle Community centre remains closed.


Update Gallery

Newsletter is coming Sept 2020

12 pages of news and research results. 

Members will receive the newsletter via email or post.  Pictures, activities, obituaries and a feature article by Barrie Underwood on Worle's first post office.

Community Notables at the Museum

Four of our members were at Weston Museum as guests of the Town Council for the reception on Thursday evening. Bob Raye, Jenny and Frank. Very enjoyable, as you can see.


Worle history books to download

Click on the Publication page at the top of this page for a list of books, articles and reports you can download, all on  Worle history topics.  Happy reading!

New article by Barrie Underwood.  Policing in Worle.

Roll on 2021 meetings!!!

Committee has decided to cancel all meetings until April 2021, when we MAY be able to re-assess the situation.

Online meetings of committee and research team in the meantime.

Latest News

Research Project for 2020 - 2021?


Research Team is getting together again.  Online, of course.  We shall be considering new projects.  One suggestion is to reconstruct village Worle in the 1850s for an exhibition.  This photo is a favourite corner of Worle which features the Valiant Soldier, the cottages and The Bell House.  Censuses, maps, newspaper cuttings all calling to us.

Any other suggestions?

New Brian Austin page for researchers

Brian's "Chronological History" of Weston-super-Mare runs to 440 A4 pages with a full 3 part index of people/places/things.

He has sent us lists of the projects completed which appear on the new page.

Click on the link at the top of the page above to see his list and other contributions of Worle documents wills/deeds.  Happy hunting.

Brian has won the 2020 BALH Award for Personal achievment.  Hurrah!

One Day in our Lives book

Sincere thanks to all our contributors to the fundraising book for Weston Hospital Staff Wellbeing fund.  The fund has received £525 already and we have covered our costs.  The remaining books will be available on sale in Weston Museum shops when it re-opens and in Weston Hospice shops across Weston and Worle.

We are hoping to arrange a get together for our 50 contributors when and if we get through the pandemic!

Decided to Join?

Come to a meeting;  email or telephone

Email Peter Johnson, our membership secretary

peter.j@talk21.com   OR phone Raye Green on 01934 516773  OR when and if we re-start, come along to a meeting - probably in March 2021. We always have an information desk with Peter and Jenny ready to help.  You'll need to part with £5 for your annual subscription and £1 for the meeting.  You will get your membership card, programme for the year and a pamphlet with useful info.  Welcome to the fun!

What do we do?  All this, and make friends!

Walks around Worle and local visits.

Annual walk on the first Thursday in August.  6.30 p.m. followed by supper in a local hostelry. Other local trips of interest.

Meetings 7.00 p.m. on 1st Thurs of month

Range of speakers on topics related to Worle, often with powerpoints showing Old Worle.  Quiz in December.  All good fun.

Exhibitions from time to time.  Pictures, archive files etc

We have put on five exhibitions in the last 3 years to enable everyone to come along and see how Worle has changed.

Research projects indoors and out in the village.

The research group meets regularly, and presents its findings at meetings.  Local history rooms in libraries and Somerset Heritage and chatting to our golden oldies.

Archive and Library Open days

No Open Days until March 2021 at soonest.

World War 2 exhibition at the Nut Tree pub.  Planned for Sat 6th June 2020. Sadly cancelled.

Members can come along to one of our Open Days.  Tea and biscuits available at 2 The Dell, Worle, and we'll guide you through all our archives and 'stuff'.  Look at the Archive page to see what's what.

Dates for 2021 to be announced or ring and arrange to pop in. 516773



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Contact us at raye.worle@gmail.com or phone 01934 516773