Camertonia issue 16 (1) (1976)

Officers and Committee 1975-76W.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 1.
Officers and Committee 1975-76

From a 13th Century ManuscriptW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 2.
In April and May, when the fields and the hedges grow green again, and every living thing recovers its power, its beauty and its strength, the hills and its valleys echo to the sweet birdie’s songs, and the hearts of all men leap with joy for the beauty of the time and season. Then, too, should we remember the adventures and doughty deeds of men of old, our ancestors, who laboured loyally in quest of honour. Their lives may be a lesson to us’.

Director’s Annual Report 1975W.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 3.
Difficult year for many small Societies. Some members have not renewed their subscriptions. Co-incides with an unusually large number of members moving out of the district. However, welcome to new members. Finances remain stable.

ExcursionsW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 3.
Excursion Secretary, Mr John Macdonald, organised a series of trips. A weekend visit to Wales, excursion to Critchlade, the Somerset Levels and an evening visit to the Reserve Collections held in the basement of the Bristol City Museum. (see also page 7)

The TreasurershipW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 3.
Mr Brian T Cousins has taken over as Treasurer.

ExcavationsW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) pp. 3 – 4.
No excavation in the past year. Very difficult to get voluntary help. Especially important if it is necessary to get a mechanical digger, because volunteers must be on hand at the time this is engaged.

The Nettleton ReportW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) pp. 4 – 5.
Redrawing of the plans and small finds proceeding. Should be finished in 1976. Professor Barry Cunliffe has offered, in a forthcoming publication on the Archaeology of Bath, to publicise the results of our work on sites that were examined between 1951-1962. Principle sites were the Grand Pump Room Hotel site (now Arlington House), and the north extension to St John’s Hospital. The Report will have accounts of all the post war excavations which have been made in the City of Bath, apart from those in the Roman Baths. Prof Cunliffe will edit. We are glad to accept this opportunity to publish our work without any cost to the Society.

Parish SurveyW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 5.
We now have a record of a large number of field names at Priston. A lot of Bath material, collected in the past, was organised by Miss Sidney Lloyd and kept at the Reference Library. Appeal for volunteer to continue the organisation of this work.

RepresentationW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 5.
At CBA., Bristol Archaeological Research Group, the Bath Preservation Trust, the Avon Archaeological Council and the Somerset Archaeological Society. The Director represents the Avon Archaeological Council on the Committee for Rescue Archaeology in Avon, Gloucester & Somerset. As President for 1974 the Director also gave the Presidential lecture ‘Field Archaeology, it’s past, present and future’ to the AGM at Taunton.

ResearchW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 5.
The Director has received a further grant from the Maltwood Trust to publish notes and other records from the excavations at Glastonbury Abbey between 1926 – 1939. Work on Somerset material from the Skinner MSS continues.

LecturesW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) pp. 5 – 6.
Secretary arranged interesting series of lectures.Good series of talks at the Spring Conference on local history and archaeological matters on 20th April 1975. Similar conference arranged for 28th March. (see page 9 below)

Christmas PartyW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 6.
No Christmas party this year, but a summer party held at Camerton was very enjoyable.

AuditorW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 6.
Need to nominate an Auditor for the coming year.

Skinner MSSW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 6.
Would like members’ co-operation in visiting sites mentioned by Skinner in the Bath neighbourhood. Could be a summer evening activity.

HeadquartersW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 6.
Money allocated for repainting. Gas fire now in good order and have a new gas stove. Volunteers needed to assist with painting. Plea for stout boxes to house the pottery finds so that they can be re-labelled and sorted.

ThanksW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 7.
Thanks to the President, Professor Wheeler and to the Vice President, Miss D Melluish, the latter particularly for defraying the Rates on the headquarters.

Excursions Secretary’s Report 1975J MacDonald
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 7.
Six excursions this year. 16th March, Cirencester, Nympsfield and Uley. 22nd April, the Bristol Museum cellars. End of May week-end in SW Wales. July, Cricklade. August, the Cirencester excavations and September, Wells Museum. Joined in the afternoon, on this last, by members of the Somerset Archaeological Society for a tour of the excavation by Dr John Coles. Thanks to all Curators and Excavators who so freely gave up their time.

CamertoniaW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 7.
The next issue to be published shortly, will contain a list of members.

Lectures 1975-76P J Greening
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 8.
7th October, A Crozier Cole, ‘St John’s Hospital’. 4th November, Sir John Knill, ‘Kennet and Avon Canal’. 25th November, AGM., 2nd December, K Annable, ‘The Origins and Purpose of Wansdyke’. 1976. 13th January, J Haslam, ‘Excavations at Cricklade’. 3rd February, W Wedlake, ‘Prehistoric Excavations in Southern Britain and Northern France’. 2nd March, P Greening, ‘The 18th century Pleasure Gardens of Bath’.

Conference on Local History and Archaeology
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 9.
On 20th April 1975. Papers read: M Messer ‘Heraldry in Bath’, R Whitaker ‘The River Avon’, P Greening ‘The Parish Churches of Medieval Bath’, W Wedlake ‘The Saxon Churches of Glastonbury’, J Hancock, ‘Aerial Archaeological Photography’.

Hon. Treasurers Report 1975B T Cousins
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) pp. 9 – 12.
Covers two year period. Details on Publications Account and the Nancy Smith Memorial Fund.

List of fully paid up members
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) pp. 13 – 14.

Publications
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 15.
Advertisement for the Camerton Report and the Two Miscellanies, with prices.

PublicationsW.J Wedlake
Camertonia 16 Part 1 (1976) p. 15.
Suggestion that the First and Second North Somerset Miscellanies should be bound together, with perhaps a 3rd Miscellany. Proposal for selling it in a more attractive cover. Thanks to Mr Arthur Salway for supervising the sale of our publications.