To celebrate the 50th Anniversary the Society is undertaking the formal establishment of The Mendip Way, a 50 mile footpath covering the full length of Mendip from Brean Down in the west, to Frome in the east.
The Mendip Way has been unofficially recognised for a number of years and is cited in a number of sources. Discussions have been held with the Ordnance Survey about naming the route on their mapping and the Society is working towards this objective.
Resigning is being udertaken in both directions so that the route can be walked from West to East (which it is signed for at present) and also East to West. Some diversions and alternative routes are being incorporated, to take in places like Cheddar Gorge which was missed in the opriginal route. A Mendip Way web site is in preparation aloing with a new guidebook.
Very soon you will see the new waymarkers appearing. If you would like to help with marking the route p0lease contact the Society.
The project is being undertaken jointly with the AONB who will be preparing display boards at the start and finish of the walk and at strtegic places elsewhere.
Don’t forget the request for any memories of the Society that you would be willing to share. The ‘memories’ can take the form of brief notes, longer articles, and photographs. As the photos are unlikely to be digital don’t worry as we can get them scanned if we can borrow them. If you are having a clear out and going through old records please do consider donating anything useful, historically or otherwise, to the Society. We can love to receive it. Sadly, so much information has been lost over time.
Following the success of the varied events organised for the 50th Annivarsary progranmme we hope to build upon this in the coming year, although we are still looking for people to help organise talks and volunteerswoulkd be very welcome. If you have any suggestions for events or could get involved with organisation of any please contact Richard Frost at publicity[at]mendipsociety.org.uk or by telephone on 01275 472797 or 07745 834513.
This will be held on Friday 8th April at 6.30pmin The White Hart at Cheddar. Paperwork for the meeting can be downloaded from ‘www.agm.mendipsociety.org.,uk’. If you require hard copies to be sent by post please contact the Secretary on 01934 820575 or email secretary[at]mendipsociety.org.uk.
The meeting will be followed by a buffet at a cost of £5.95 per head, and talk by Hugh Cornwall entitled 'My Time At Chjeddar Caves'.
To book please contact the Secretary as above.