Looking back at Worle

It’s a little off the Bath patch but l wanted to mention a superb two-day exhibition being held today and tomorrow – Friday August 15th and Saturday August 16th – by members of Worle Historical Society at the Worle Community Centre in Lawrence Road from 10 tip 7 (Friday) and from 10 until 4pm (Saturday).

It’s a place you drive through on your way into Weston-super-Mare but years ago the ‘village’ was bigger than the collection of fishermens’ cottages on the coast.

Early visitors at the Worle Historical Society exhibition.
Early visitors at the Worle Historical Society exhibition.

When my grandparents – Arthur and Gladys Pope – kept the Lamb Inn public house it was just a small community – complete with butcher, baker, dairy, general stores and even a combined furnishings and sweet shop called Skidmores – which made its own ice-cream. Skiddies we knew it as when l was a young boy. I lived there until l was six but my parents had a much longer association.

I was able to take my mother to the exhibition and it quite made her day! The Society has been in existence for five years and felt it was the right time to share their archives, pictures, maps, family trees and databases with all those who were interested.

My mother deep in conversation with Mr and Mrs David Kingsbury at the exhibition.
My mother deep in conversation with Mr and Mrs David Kingsbury at the exhibition.

An exhibition team has been working all summer to prepare 25 display boards on a variety of topics from population growth to schools. 

We bought a Society calendar for 2015 and l tried some delicious lemon drizzle cake. They even give you a complimentary cuppa! My mother met several old friends and was swept back in time to her years as a girl and then as a young married mother.

Do check out the Society website on www.worlehistorysociety.net.