Talks will resume in 2018 and we are looking for speakers. Any suggestions of anyone you know who would be willing to give a talk would be very welcome.


August 2017

Wednesday 9th August – Work day in Tania’s Wood, Woodbridge Farm, Bickfield Lane, Ubley BS40 6PX

From 10.00am to 3.00pm (stay for as long or short a time as you like) we will be getting the wood ready for several Forest School days for children from Blagdon. Work will be scything and clearing pathways, felled trees, low hanging and dead wood etc., and the open glade with its fire pit and shelter. All tools and coffee & biscuits will be provided.

Contact Judith on 01275 8742.     ST 540 588


Tuesday 22nd August –The Society Summer Social at the Charterhouse Centre (BS40 7XR)

Come and go as you please from 5.00pm onwards to an informal occasion for members, family and friends for an American Supper. Everyone brings a plate of something savoury or sweet, and also something to drink, to share. Plates & cutlery will be provided.

Bring blankets & folding chairs for a sunny evening outside. The Barley Rye Choir is invited and will sing for us at 6.30 & 7.30pm, and Peter will play his pipes too! There will be a plate collection for Barley Rye’s 2017 charity ‘Local AgeUK Projects’, and donations are welcome towards the hire of the centre. Dusk is around 8.20pm on this date so if skies are clear as darkness falls we will be able to use the Observatory to see what we can see with Dudley (the big telescope) with the help of Mark Woodland of the Wells & Mendip Astronomers.

There is no need to book. Contact Judith on 01275 874284.

September 2017

Sunday 3rd September – Wine Tasting Visit to Fenny Castle Vineyard, Castle Lane, Worth, Wookey BA5 1NL at 2.30pm

Why have you wine buffs not been able to find Fenny Castle wines in the shops? Because James and Gill Cumming sell all that they can produce themselves. In this two hour tour James will lead us through the varieties of vines, first planted in 2011, and talk about the route Fenny Castle Vineyard has chosen through the English wines industry, before offering us a tasting of four different wines and a variety of ciders. There will also be an opportunity to purchase a bottle or two! Places, for which there is a charge of £10.00, must be pre-booked with Terry by 1st September at: or on 01749 679128.

Due to limited parking at the vineyard you can park at Terry and Gill’s house, Ben Knowle Farmhouse, Worth, Wookey BA5 1Nl (first left on Castle Lane) before 2.00pm and then walk up the lane. See for further information.

Thursday 14th September – A Visit to Brackenburn at Puxton Park (postponed from Wednesday 26th July)

 A visit for members only, and for a maximum 10 people, to the factory home of the ‘Brackettes’, to see how these mighty little burners are made. They are planning some major upgrading to the factory and machinery and if by any chance it isn’t finished by July 26th we will have to postpone the visit for a short while. 

Starts at 11.00am and meeting instructions will be provided on booking.

To book contact Judith Tranter on 01275 874284


Sunday 24th September – Open Day and Geocaching Cito in Tania’s Wood, Woodbridge Farm, Bickfield Lane, Ubley BS40 6PX at any time between 11.00am & 3.00pm

Hosted by Maple Leaf and Judith and following on from last year’s event when we did so much useful coppicing we are moving to another part of the wood to coppice another stand of hazel trees to cut stakes for the coming year’s hedging days, plus there will be lots of clearing out of dead trees, hedges and glades. Do as little or as much as you like. Have lunch around a camp fire in the Forest Schools clearing. Shelter from the rain and sun, and a composting loo facility, is available. Bring along a picnic lunch and drinks -and even a camping chair or rug and make a day of it. Follow the car parking signs.

If the weather is really poor check with Judith first on 01275 874284 (before 9.00am) or on site 07939 039554.  ST 540 588

 Saturday 30th September – Mendip Rocks! Festival Launch ‘Rocktober’

From 9.00am to 4.00pm in Wells Market Place, Wells Museum and the Bishops Palace Moat. Family Fun Day – Stalls of the AONB, SESC and The Mendip Society. A children’s geology quiz in the Museum, Wells Cathedral geology tours, earthcaches, geo time trail,

and stone carving demonstrations. A free event with donations to Mendip Rocks.

October 2017

Sunday 22nd October – Ebbor Gorge Family Fun Day

A fun packed family day from 10.00am to 4.00pm of ‘sand pit fossil digs’, storytelling, guided walks to the gorge and caves and much more to reveal the reserve’s unique geology and rare archaeological finds. Jointly organised by the Mendip Society, the National Trust, Mendip Hill’s AONB, SESC, and Natural England. With family activities, rocks and fossils. In the Ebbor Gorge National Nature Reserve car park half way up the hill on the Wookey Hole to Priddy road.

Booking only needed for walks of the gorge and caves. Contact Simon Clarke on 01458 860120 or at: ST 520 484

November 2017

Wednesdays the 15th and 29th November – Work days in Sladers Leigh Nature Reserve

From 10.00am to 3.00pm (stay for as long or short a time as you like) we will be working on restoring the path area after a summers use as an alternative route for the Strawberry Line. We will also be clearing the pond, coppicing and some hedge clearance. Lots of volunteers are needed, and tools & hot drinks will be provided. Bring your favourite gloves. Meet in the National Trust car park, Winscombe Hill, Winscombe BS25 1DH.

For details contact Judith 01725 87428.     ST 422 562

 Sunday 19th & Monday 20th November – Hedge Laying Tuition at Tania’s Wood, Woodbridge Farm, Ubley BS40 6PX

We are again offering 2 training days in hedge laying techniques at Tania’s Wood. Our tutors will be Tina Bath and Chris Claxton who are both professional hedge layers. Both days will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm for a maximum of 8 complete beginners or those with some knowledge. The cost per day will be £15 which includes a hot lunch & drinks. Wear several thin loose layers of clothing and sturdy footwear. Bring your own tools if you have them (bow saw, slasher, gloves etc.) otherwise tools will be provided.

Please book with Judith on 01275 874284 or at:       ST 540 588 

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