New Series of History Talks from September 2020

Exeter_Cathedral_2923rwHemyock History and Archiving Association are pleased to announce that the first of our new series of talks will be at the Church Rooms on Thursday September 17th starting at 7.30pm.

The illustrative talk will be given by Dr John Allan of Exeter University on

The Building of Exeter Cathedral.

With a new project starting in the Autumn on 2 of our early Bishops – Leofric and Gradisson
and run by Exeter University and the Cathedral this will be an opportunity of hearing about
the early days of our local Cathedral.

Everyone welcome to join us for an interesting and informative evening.

2017 Annual General Meeting of Hemyock History and Archiving Assoc.

The AGM was held on Thursday 16th March with Stephen Major taking over as Chairman and a supporting committee of: Brenda Calcraft, Mike Cooper, Jon Henville and Rev Chris Hudson.

The Bank Balance stands at £3,631. It is proposed that monthly meetings should be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month and the constitution was amended slightly.

An update on the book launch

Tuesday the 19th August saw the launch of ‘The upper Culm Valley before, during and after The Great War’.

Over 75 people were in attendance and enjoyed some short words form Michael Cooper, Phil Norrey, Chief Executive of Devon County Council, and Lt Col Tim Courtenay RM.

During the launch almost 140 copies of the book were sold. Copies still remain and can be purchased by emailing

The activities continue on in to this weekend where we will have three exhibitions taking place.

  • Friday night, 22nd August, there is an exhibition running from 7pm until 9pm in Culmstock Village Hall.
  • Saturday, 23rd August, from 2pm until 5pm there will be dramatic readings of some of the stories from the book which will be filmed
  • Sunday, 24th August, sees the exhibition visiting Clayhidon and will be in St Andrews Church.

We are grateful for the support of the three parish councils, the Heritage Lottery and the AONB SDF for their support.

Book launch 2


Book launch 1

Volunteer meeting organiser required.

Since the commencement of our Great War project we have been unable to meet on a monthly basis. Due to most of our volunteers being involved the project, we are looking for a volunteer to organise some meetings over the course of 2014. Should anyone be in a position to assist us, please contact us at Alternatively leave a comment and we will come back to you.

Blackdown War Memorials

Over the last few years work surrounding the Blackdown Hills War Memorials has been undertaken by Steven Trick and Andy Read. A website has been created to document some of their research and can be found here:

WW1 meeting: 10th December 2013

The next meeting for our World War 1 project will take place on the 10th December 2013 in the Forbes Lounge of the Hemyock Village Hall. Commencing at 1930, we will hear from different people regarding areas of the project including research, publications and our drama group.

Anyone is welcome to come along and learn what is happening or offer their services.

Should you have any questions before, please email

Uploading files for our Great War Project

Following a successful meeting at the Church Rooms on the 3rd September, many wheels are now in motion and the project structure is taking form.

One area which was discussed was the ability for people to upload documents to a central folder. This has now been created and for ease you can simply select the file you want to upload and click ‘Upload To dropbox!’ and it will appear in our folders.

If you are uploading information in this way, please also email Equally, if you are having any problems uploading documents just get in touch via email.

The material added to the Blackdown Archives web site and dropbox is protected by the Trustees of the HH&AA. Approval for its use must be obtained from the Trustees of the Association

Upload Files To Our Dropbox!