Monthly Archives: July 2014

Remembering: The First World War in South Somerset


Star speaker Joseph Lewis

We’re taking a break from our Fishy Friday’s this week to bring to you a very special blog about CHAC’s Centenary project, “Remembering: The First World War in South Somerset”.

The Heritage Team welcomed members of staff to South Somerset District Council Brympton Way Council Chamber for a special free commemorative lecture. This was designed as a ‘run through’ for a series of lectures in different venues around Yeovil starting in August 2014. We looked at Yeovil just before the outbreak of War and the contribution made by companies like Petter Westland; the gloving industry and agriculture plus caring for injured soldiers in the Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital in South Street, Yeovil. Several helpful comments were received and the aim is to produce two further lectures looking at written evidence of the First World War in Yeovil and South Somerset and a special commemorative lecture on November 11. Thank you to all staff that came along.


Strawberries and Cream (and fish…)

Hello and Happy Friday from the research room at CHAC!


This week our Friday blog is swapping out the fish for a bowl of strawberries and cream as it’s that exciting time of year again….WIMBLEDON! (yay!)


However, not to fear fish fans, we have still managed to find a suitably tennis themed item from our Fish and Chip shop archive to share with you all this week as it would appear there just isn’t anything our Mr Thorpe didn’t get up to! Alongside running his hugely successful shop in Yeovil it seems that Mr Thorpe liked to indulge in a spot of tennis on his days off. Whilst it’s unlikely he was Yeovil’s answer to Andy Murray, he may have taken after Russia’s Marat Safin, as we have in the collection a receipt for the repair of one racket in 1930. Perhaps it was an accident but who knows for sure…

Thorpe Racket for Blog654

 Fun Friday Fact:  Safin claims to have broken 1055 rackets throughout his career!!