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 Society Newsletters



Our newletters are an innovation triggered by the 2020 pandemic.  It is our attempt to keep our members and friends in touch with our activities.  Each letter will include information about our plans, our finances, and our activities since we last reported.

We are also aiming to include an article in each new issue.  Members will be invited to contribute and will be sent a copy.   We hope the newsletters will become a 'must have' collection.   St Martin's Church and Skidmores will have copies.  Do pop in and take a look.


Spring 2021 Members Newsletter
9 Pages of interest and fun. 1. Welcome letter 2. New Items including Arthur Spencer is 100 and Red Pits Allotments at 125 years old. 3. March Past
4 and 5. The Round House. 6 to 9 On the Spot Challenge.
Newsletter for members March 2021.pdf
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Newsletter Christmas 2020
Latest news, Worle in Christmas past, Len Lippyatt's notes, quiz questions and a link to a 1960s film
Newsletter for members Dec 2020.pdf
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Newsletter September 2020
A chance to catch up and find out what we have been doing since Lockdown. Includes an article about Worle's first Post Office by Barrie Underwood.
Newsletter for members 2020.pdf
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Articles below have been previously published in Worle Parish Magazine.  They were all written by Raye Green, and have been updated and corrected where necessary.  If you can add any information please get in touch at raye.worle@gmail.com 



1. Then and Now the Very Old vicarage
This may be a discovery for many people. It is largely unknown that this was the home where the vicars of Worle lived with their families for much of the 19th century until after World War One.
1. Then and Now The Very Old Vicarage.pd[...]
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2. Then and Now: Worle War Memorial
A look back at Worle's Clock Tower War Memorial from its dedication in 1919 to the present.
2. Then and Now War Memorial.pdf
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3. The Not-so-Old Vicarage
The vicarage in Church Road. It's occupants from 1890 until it was demolished. Pictures and memories.
3. The not so old vicarage article.pdf
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4. The New Inn to the Woodspring and beyond
A brief look at this pub which has been central to Worle life for more than 200 years.
4. Then and Now New Inn to Woodspring.pd[...]
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5. Ebenezer, the Methodist Chapel in Lawrence Road
An outline of its history from 1837 through to the 1970s and its metamorphisis into Worle Community Centre.
5. Then and Now Ebenezer Chapel.pdf
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6. The Tithe Barn, then and now.
One of Worle's oldest buildings, which started its life as a tithe barn in the 13th century and became Worle Elementary School in 1865. Now Worle Village Primary.
6. Then and Now Tithe barn.pdf
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7. Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Light Railway.
Description of the railway from its opening in 1897 to its closure in 1940 with illustrations.
7. Then and Now WCP at Wick.pdf
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8. Worle Library Service down the decades
How the readers of Worle accessed their book from the 19th century, through the 20th century to the present day.
8. Then and Now Worle Library Service.p[...]
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9. From arable land to St. Mark's Church.
This tells us a lot about the development of Worle during the 1970s and 1980s as well as the use of land in the mid 19th century. Pictures and a map.
9. From Arable to St. Mark's Church.pdf
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10. From Spinners to Gunnings Stores
This building at the top of the Scores on the corner of Kewstoke Road had seen the village of Worle grow since the 1700s. It goes from Spinners stores to Gunnings and is now residential, but still happily remembered.
10. Then and Now Gunning's Stores.pdf
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11. Church Road down the years
A look at Church Road, or a small part of it from the 19th century to the present day. Some interesting snaps.
11. Then and Now Church Road.pdf
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12. Mead Vale, Then and Now
A brief look at the development of Mead Vale from arable land to a housing estate with shops, community centre and pub.
12. Then and Now Mead Vale.pdf
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13. The Church Hall from 1934 to the present day
Highs and Lows of our Church Hall, which was held in great affection and is sadly missed.
13. The Church Hall.pdf
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14. The First Vicar of Worle.
Elias de Coleshull 1325 to 1335. All we have been able to find out about this man who was vicar of St. Martins 700 years ago. The first recorded Vicar of Worle but the church was built 200 years before he arrived on the scene.
14. The First Vicar of Worle.pdf
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15. Worle Remembers 1918 to 2018
A look at the ways in which the people of Worle have commemmorated the dead of several wars since the armistice that marked the end of the Great War in 1918. See also the Information Board at Worle War Memorial.
15. Worle Remembers.pdf
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16. Eli George, his Life and Service
Eli George is one of Worle's best remembered characters. This is a brief look at his life and service to St. Martins Church, with illustratons.
16. Eli George, his life and service.pdf
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17. Morris Dancers down the Decades
An illuminating look at this Somerset tradition, which still flourishes today. Pictures and memories from some of the dancers.
17. Morris Dancers down the decades.pdf
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18. Christmases Past in Worle
Written at the suggestion of Paul Elliott, our Church Warden. It took up 4 pages of the Parish Magazine was well received.
18. Christmas Past in Worle.pdf
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19. Rev. Charles Archer Kent, 39th Vicar of Worle
Rev Kent is a real Victorian Vicar, who was struggling to manage on the meagre salary from the parish. It is worth rmembering how our 51 vicars have contributed to life in the parish.
19 Rev. Charles Archer Kent, 39th Vicar[...]
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