South Petherton ......a market town with a village feel

Local Groups

  • South Petherton Youth Club
    Come and meet up with friends, make new friends, do some fun activities and get support from the team of experienced Youth Workers
    South Petherton Youth Centre at The Recreation Ground, Lightgate Lane, South Petherton.

    Are you aged 11 -17?
    New members always welcome!

    Youth Club is on:
    Tuesdays @7pm - 9pm
    and
    Thursdays @7pm - 9.30pm

    Your first session is
    FREE!……and only 50p a session thereafter.

    Cafe Bar with drinks and snacks, pool table, table tennis, lounge area, quiet room and lots, lots more!.

    For more information:
    Call : 01935 823171
    or
    Email :
    info@reachyouth.co.uk

    Tuesday Sessions

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    Thursday Sessions

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  • Local History Group
    The Local History Group organises talks and projects about the past as it affected life in South Petherton
    The Local History Group organises talks and projects about the past as it affected life in South Petherton. Meetings are held throughout autumn / winter / spring on the fourth Wednesday of each month, at 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Palmer Street, South Petherton TA13 5DB. Programme details (see below) are also on local noticeboards. Everyone is welcome to join (£8 annual subs) or just come as a visitor to individual meetings (£3 on the door).  

    All enquiries to
    s_petherton_history@hotmail.co.uk

    The Group owns the archive of Whites Stores, South Petherton's pharmacy / general store for many years in the 20th century. If you would like to search this archive, email
    s_petherton_history@hotmail.co.uk

    We have three publications on sale through local shops:

    - “
    Explore South Petherton’s Past” (booklet £2.50) and a CD (price £8) containing the text of out-of-print books
    - “
    South Petherton in the Twentieth Century - A Village Album” (by local contributors, 2000) and
    - “
    South Petherton in the Olden Time” (by Hugh Norris, 1879).

    Programme 2018-19

    2018
    26th September: AGM. ‘The feudal barons Beauchamp and the royal Seymours’ by David James
    24th October: Kay Wych as ‘Alyce Cleeve’ (tales of life as a 16th century kitchen maid).
    28th November: Julian Orbach – ‘Non-conformity in South Somerset as demonstrated in its chapels and churches’

    2019
    23rd January 2019: Janet Seaton & Barry Winetrobe – ‘The Stuckeys, a Somerset family and their place in banking history’
    27th February: Roger Marsh – ‘The British postal system from 1516 to 1840’
    27th March: Bruce Upton - “Lewd Wenches and Loose-living Fellows” (everyday life in Dorset in the early 1600s from the perspective of the Magistrates)
    24th April: Dr Nick Hall – ‘The History of Coal Mining in Somerset’
    22nd May: Members Miscellany
    25th September: Ted Udall – ‘A Social History of the Parish Registers’

    Meetings: 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Palmer Street, South Petherton TA13 5DB
    Annual membership £8. Visitors £3 on the door
    Email :
    s_petherton_history@hotmail.co.uk
  • Over Stratton Gardening Club
    Whether gardening expert or novice, you will be welcome at this gardening club
    Over Stratton Gardening Club
    Whether gardening expert or novice, you will be welcome at this gardening club. Most meetings are held in Stratton and District Village Hall, Over Stratton, TA13 5LL, starting at 7.30 pm unless otherwise shown.

    Annual subs are just £6, then £2 per meeting. Visitors are welcome to individual meetings, £3 on the door.

    Membership benefits include:

    - Informative and entertaining talks
    - Sharing experiences with other gardeners and allotment-holders
    - Visits to private open gardens
    - Discount shopping at the Gardens Group's garden centres (Brimsmore is our nearest)

    For information about membership or the programme, please email
    somersetdays@hotmail.com or see the parish magazine and local noticeboards.

    Programme 2018-19

    2018
    Mon 17th Sept: AGM followed by “Victorian Head Gardener” by Dr Francis Burroughes
    Mon 15th Oct: “Plants and People” by Michael Pollock
    Mon 19th Nov: “How to Build a Christmas Display” by The Gardens Group’s Louise Burks

    2019
    Mon 21st Jan 2019: “Images of garden visits” by Liz Randall
    Mon 18th Feb: “British Gardens 1850-1900” by Richard Kay of Lawrences Auctioneers
    Mon 18th March: “Gardens of the First World War” by Christine Stones
    Mon 15th April at 7pm: Members - Visit to Brimsmore Garden Centre
    Mon 20th May: Members - Shared supper with guests from other clubs.
    Mon 17th June: “Salvias and unusual herbaceous perennials” by Jo Fox of FoxPlants nursery

    Meetings are held in Stratton and District Village Hall, Over Stratton, TA13 5LL, starting at 7.30pm unless otherwise advertised. Annual subs are just £6, then £2 per meeting. Visitors are welcome to individual meetings, £3 on the door.
    Email:
    somersetdays@hotmail.com
  • Whitfield Lane Allotments Association
    At Whitfield Lane, South Petherton we have approximately 50 allotment plots
    At Whitfield Lane, South Petherton we have approximately 50 allotment plots cultivated by all age groups from the children at the nursery to our more elderly residents.

    We are a very friendly group who help each other, not only with digging and mending things, but also by sharing plants and produce. Most days there is someone to chat with and swap tips.
    We have several meetings each year to exchange information, listen to a talk and to socialise over a glass of wine.

    Each July we have an Open Day where we invite members of the public to have a look around, take some refreshments and purchase our surplus produce.

    If you are interested in joining our small waiting list please contact Steve Sibley on 07971 515410 or by email: stevesibley6@icloud.com
  • League of Friends - South Petherton Hospital
    The League of Friends is a registered charity which supports South Petherton Community Hospital
    The League of Friends is a registered charity which supports South Petherton Community Hospital. It is committed to funding the provision of equipment and services, as well as supporting innovative research, that otherwise would not be available at the hospital. The League of Friends is managed by a committee which includes a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

    The new South Petherton Community Hospital opened in 2011. It is a much valued resource for the community and the regional centre of excellence for stroke rehabilitation.

    The hospital houses outpatient clinics, a therapies department, X-ray facilities, and a wheelchair assessment unit which provides customised mobility solutions for patients.

    The hospital has 24 inpatient beds with large windows and panoramic views; many have balconies. The beautiful building and dedicated, caring staff create a welcoming atmosphere which uplifts spirits and can only aid recovery.

    The League of Friends funded many enhancements to the new building including artwork which enlivens the patient areas, a landscaped garden with delightful views and a mobility rehabilitation area.

    https://lofsph.org.uk
  • South Petherton Folk Festival
    A 1 day folk festival in the beautiful village of South Petherton in Somerset
    A full day of entertainment for the whole family. Singers, dancers, and bands here to entertain you for FREE! So if you missed it last year or the year before then please don’t make that mistake this year.

    The
    What’s On page will give you a full programme of the days entertainment and the Information Wall has all you need to know about the various performers and artists appearing around our beautiful village.

    The acts and events are being booked and confirmed right now so all information on here is work in progress, pop back often for updates. Fund raising for an event like this gets more difficult every year and to that end we have started a crowd funding page to help raise money towards the children's entertainment.

    If you can afford to help with a donation, however small, then please visit the page
    here

    www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk/index.html

    MORE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT THAN EVER AT PETHERTON FOLK FEST 2018

    The 7th annual Petherton Folk Fest, which takes place this year on Saturday 16th June, will offer more entertainment than ever – including music gigs in five locations and a wide variety of attractions for children, all of which is completely free.
    The day will start at 9.45am with a parade into South Petherton’s Market Square by Morris ‘sides’ and other performers, followed by the traditional Ceremony of the Glove – which is an ancient part of Petherton folklore. There will be Folk music and dance in the Square all day until 6.30pm and visitors can also enjoy events in The Blake Hall, The David Hall, The Brewer’s Arms pub and the grounds and interior of St Peter and St Paul’s Church. Stallholders located in and around Market Square will be selling food and drink as well as local crafts, and refreshments will also be served in the church.
    Petherton Folk Fest is continuing a tradition that began in 1231 and a key part of the event is Clipping the Church when, at 12noon, a chain of people hold hands and surround the church.
    A programme of seven music acts in The David Hall will begin at 10.30am with a performance by the shanty group, The Harry Browns of Bristol, while the first Folk group to appear on the main stage in Market Square will be the six-piece band, Owl in the Sun, whose melody-driven songs blend contemporary Folk with Americana and Gypsy Jazz. Opening a “festival of choirs” in the church will be the Meeting Voices Community Choir while at 10.30am the local clog dancing team, No Mean Feet, will launch a programme of entertainment in the church grounds. Angel Heart Theatre Company – an annual favourite for kids and their families – are booked to perform in The Blake Hall at 2pm, followed at 3.30pm by a Morris Workshop for children.
    The Celtic Rock and Roots four-piece band, The Dambuskers, will close the day in Market Square with a gig starting at 5.30pm and will perform again at 9pm in The Brewer’s Arms pub.
    Pete Wheeler, who is Chair of the Folk Fest committee, says: “Our objective is to provide entertainment for everyone, regardless of age, and the variety of events we are booking this year should mean that visitors will find something to enjoy every minute of the day. We will have the best music programme ever and the Folk Fest team has gone ‘all out’ to ensure that kids will be kept happily engrossed whether they like Punch & Judy, Maypole dancing or face painting.”
    More information can be found at
    www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk

  • South Petherton Art Group
    We have a thriving, current, membership of more than 40 members with talents from beginner to semi professional.
    The group is part of the South Petherton Combined Art Society. We have a thriving, current, membership of more than 40 members whose talents range from beginners to semi professional. We maintain a waiting list for people wishing to join the group and potential members should contact our membership secretary.

    We meet every Thursday from September to the end of May. We meet in the Blake Hall in South Petherton from 10am until around 2.30pm to exchange information, plan visits and demonstrations , and work on our projects in a friendly and helpful atmosphere.

    At the end of May, during the four day bank holiday period we mount our annual art exhibition open to the public. The exhibition preview evening is by invitation to ticket holders. We usually exhibit approximately 160 paintings, the work of our artists.

    On these pages we can keep up to date with the activities and news of interest to the members. Our artist are encouraged to display their work in our Gallery and learn about future events of interest.

    In 2018, we celebrate 70 years since the formation of the Combined Arts Society.

    www.southpethertonartgroup.co.uk
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  • South Petherton Yoga Group
    This class is for any age but is suited to people with some knowledge or experience of yoga and a basic level of fitness
    Hatha Yoga class is held on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.00pm at the David Hall.

    Hatha Yoga is good for mindfulness, breathing, strength and flexibility

    The class is NOT a drop-in and is on a pay-monthly basis. Please contact Anna for availability, as numbers are limited.

    This class is for any age but is best suited to people with some knowledge or previous experience of yoga and with a basic level of fitness.

    Contact - Anna Elliott 07900 882 823
  • South Petherton Carnival
    If you are interested in arranging the advertising for the programme, or helping in any way for 2019………….

    The Carnival Committee is very sad to announce that there will be no Carnival in South Petherton in 2018

    We hope it will be up and running again in 2019 - if we can get enough helpers.

    If you are interested in arranging the advertising for the programme, or helping in any way for 2019, or just want more info then please get in touch.

    Carnival Facebook page - southpethertoncarnival

    or contact

    Andrea on 01460 240281

  • South Petherton WI
    South Petherton WI meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:30pm in the Blake Hall, Market Square, South Petherton. New members always welcomed
    The South Petherton WI meets the second Monday of every month at 7:30pm
    in the Blake Hall, Market Square, South Petherton, TA13 5BT

    Visitors are very welcome to our monthly meetings.
    We hope that you will come along, find out about all of the great things we get up to and decide to join our wonderful group.

    Our membership currently stands at 70+ members, with women ranging in age from their 20s to their 80s.

    South Petherton WI began in 1930.

    In 2015 we enjoyed celebrating our 85th birthday and the 100th birthday of the WI organisation.

    As well as meeting as a full group once a month, South Petherton WI also has many different interest groups for its members.

    Cinema Group
    Craft Group
    Dinner Club
    Reading Group
    Social Group
    Theatre Group

    Please go to the 'Interest Groups' section of this website to see when the groups next meet.

    www.http://southpethertonwi.co.uk
  • South Petherton Scouts
    Scouting is for young people – both boys and girls – aged between six and 18 years.
    What's it all about?

    Scouting is for young people – both boys and girls – aged between six and 18 years. These days, Scout Groups are divided into four sections, – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts, each with their own adult leaders and usually a Group Scout Leader in overall charge. For young adults, there is also the Scout Network, but this section does not necessarily have direct links with a Group.

    We aim to provide a full and exciting programme to our membership – with plenty of fun, friendship, challenge and adventure!

    https://www.spscouts.co.uk
  • South Petherton Tennis Club
    A lively and friendly tennis club in Lightgate Lane with 3 all weather floodlit hard courts ensuring all year round play
    Welcome to South Petherton Tennis Club
    Hot off the press! South Petherton Tennis Club has been named as Benenden Tennis Venue of the Year 2017.

    Congratulations and huge thanks to our coach Natalie Grinter for her hard work this year, and well done to the committee for maintaining our fantastic club.

    We are a lively and friendly tennis club situated on the South Petherton Recreation Ground in Lightgate Lane with 3 all weather floodlit hard courts ensuring all year round play. There is no charge for the use of the floodlights which is a major benefit for members and also encourages play throughout the year.

    As a club we cater for all standards of play and new members are always welcome. We currently have 4 teams playing in the local Yeovil & District Lawn Tennis League and hold a range of club members tournaments throughout the year.

    The club also benefits from having qualified coaches to arrange our junior and adult coaching programme.

    We look forward to seeing you on court!

    www.southpethertontennisclub.co.uk
  • South Petherton Cricket Club
    A sociable club playing on one of the best and prettiest grounds in South Somerset. New players are always welcome
    South Petherton are a sociable club playing on one of the best and prettiest grounds in South Somerset, with Ham Hill towering in the distance. Friendly fixtures and new players are always welcome.

    This year we have restarted the Youth Setup that has been badly missed in the village for some years ! This year we will be entered into both the Under 10's and Under 12's Mid Wessex Cricket League, and are actively seeking new players aged 7-12. If you would like some more information please contact Gareth Williams on 07590632768 or via email -
    garethwills84@hotmail.com

    The pages on the link below give an insight into the strange goings on in the unique world of South Petherton cricket. Everyone is welcome to join us, either as real members or online! You can also visit our Facebook page
    here.

    So if you want to play cricket in your local community or find an interesting place to relax on a sunny summer afternoon please have a look at the About Us page.

    http://sthpetherton.play-cricket.com
  • South Petherton Book Clubs
    South Petherton has two book groups which meet regularly to discuss a selected book
    South Petherton has two book groups which meet regularly to discuss a selected book – which is often fiction, but can also be autobiography, biography, poetry or a non-fiction title.

    The Readers’ Book Group is long-established and meets every six weeks in members’ homes on a Monday afternoon. An annual programme is agreed based on members’ recommendations.

    The Evening Book Group was established in 2016 and meets on the second Thursday of each month again in members’ homes. Books are selected by the group according to theme, e.g. novel in translation, crime novel, memoir in order to ensure a range of reading across the year’s programme.

    For further information about either of the book groups, contact Mark Freeman at: townbaton@gmail.com or on 01460 249376.
  • South Petherton Combined Arts Choir
    A long established, friendly, mixed voice choir for those who enjoy choral singing
    The SPCAS Choir meets every Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Junior School Hall from September to April. We perform two concerts every year, at Christmas and Spring, in the Parish Church. Currently the Choir is 50 strong, but new members in all sections are very welcome - soprano, alto, tenor or bass. No audition necessary!

    The Choir is currently celebrating its 70th Anniversary season, being part of the South Petherton Combined Arts Society, which was founded in 1947. The season will culminate with a performance of Haydn’s ‘The Creation’ in April 2018.

    In September the 2018/19 singing season will start under the baton of our new conductor, Alice Beckinsale.

    For further details please contact the Secretary, Sue Snell, on
    susie.snell@dsl.pipex.com or 01460 240635
  • South Petherton Flamenco Group
    Experience the flavour of the Spanish south – through listening to flamenco music and dancing
    Flamenco for beginners, Fridays 10.30-11.30 (choreography)

    This class gives an introduction into flamenco dancing and is designed specifically for beginners. This relaxed lesson will give you a flavour of this passionate dance form. You will be able to experience the flavour of Spanish south – through listening to flamenco music, clapping the rhythm and dancing. You will stamp your feet too!!!
     
    After stretching and warming up, we focus on footwork and arm exercises, body work and general flamenco technique. In the second half of the lesson we learn simple choreography, where you could put your newly enquired dance skills into practice! 

    Flamenco technique, Fridays 11.30-12.00

    This class is focussing on flamenco technique (footwork and body work) and is aimed at improvers level.

    Contact : Aneta Skut on
    anetaskut@btinternet.com
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