An award-winning Museum celebrating the History of Victorian Radstock

Wednesday 1st March 2023, 2.15pm

Gather at the Museum for an enlightening introductory talk from our hosts on the history and diverse activity of this community. Followed by time on your own to wander through the exhibitions, displays and collections, with volunteers available to answer any questions Visit the Museum shop that specializes in publications covering the heritage of this area.  Enjoy afternoon tea and cake in the café.


The display covers two floors within the listed building that was once

 Radstock Market Hall

 The ground floor tells the story of the coal mines, the mining communities of Radstock, and the local trades and indutries that supported the community.

The Somerset coalfield had 75 coal mines covering an area of 240 sq. miles.

 Please confirm you are coming by making a payment of £6.00 per head and emailing our Treasurer – IAIN

Space is somewhat limited for a large group, and we have been asked to restrict our numbers to 30.

 All payments to be made into the Club’s account:- Frome & District Probus Club.     Please add a reference – “surname 1mar” (example:- daniels 1mar).

Directions:-  Radstock Museum, Waterloo Road, Radstock, BA3 3EP.  In the centre of the town just off the A367 Bath Road.  

Parking in Waterloo Road car park, opposite the Museum, on Waterloo Road itself, Church St car park and other car parks in town.




Visit to Fussels Fine Foods, Rode on the 10th May 2022

The plan is for a guided tour of the farm and rapeseed oil production facilities as well as cookery demonstrations and a light lunch. Also, if we get our timing right, and nature obliges, we should enjoy seeing the fields at their best. The full itinerary is shown below and our visit is expected to last 2.5 hours starting at 10.30.

The number of Members/Guests attending is limited and the cost will be £18 per head on a first come basis.

  • Welcome

  • Light refreshments

  • Short introduction

  • Visit to the field with talk (normally Andy Fussell)

  • Return to see the Rapeseed Oil Press with talk

  • Tour of Production area

  • Short cooking demonstration

  • Bowl of food

  • Full disabled access with ramp if required and also facilities

  • Farm shop open for viewing/purchase of any of their products

In order for the guided tour to start at 10.30am please arrive by 10.15am. 

Fussels is located off the A361, between Beckington and Rode, at the first cross roads on the left,

just before you approach Rode village. There is car parking on the site

If you would like to book a place please send an email to me HERE

I will send an acknowledgement.

Best wishes




Visit to the American Museum and Gardens

We have a visit scheduled to the American Museum and Gardens near Bath, on Thursday 31st March 2022.   I need to finalise numbers no later than Thursday 24th March.    Please get back to me as soon as possible if you want to join us.

“The American Museum takes you on a journey through a period of American history primarily focused on 14th – 20th centuries. With its remarkable collection of folk, decorative arts and cultural objects, the Museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions. This is the only museum of Americana outside of the United States, it was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe. The Museum is based in Claverton Manor House, that sits in 125 acres of magnificent woodlands and gardens”

The plan is for a guided tour of the Museum, starting at about 10.30am, followed by an “open” period between 12 noon and 2.00pm where Members/Guests can wander round the gardens, go back into the Museum, and have a snack/lunch at the on-site Café. This will be followed at 2.00pm by a “quilting” workshop –  in a different building in the gardens – that will highlight the large range of American quilts, the finest anywhere outside the USA.  Our formal tour/visit will end at about 3.00pm, but we are welcome to stay in the Museum and gardens until the Museum closes at 4.00pm.  The cost of admission, plus group tour and quilting workshop will be £21.30 per person, that will be paid on entry.  Lunch on your own in the café.  There is plenty of free parking.

The address is:- Museum and Gardens, Claverton Manor, Bath, BA2 7BD and can be reached from either the A36 (well signposted on A36) through the village of Claverton, or from Calverton Down Road near Bath University, where again it is well signposted. 

 In order for the guided tour to start at 10.30am please plan to arrive by 10.15am.  The car park is a 5 minute walk to the Museum entrance where you will pay £21.30 per person for admission, guided tour and quilting workshop.   The café will be open throughout the lunch period for the purchase, coffee/tea and snacks and/or a light lunch.

Although they don’t limit the number of visitors per day, they do limit guided tour group size to ensure it is manageable, so we can may be split up into two groups.  The Museum artifacts are spread over 3 floors of the Museum Building, some level of stair climbing is required, however there is a central lift for those who require assistance, and all the buildings are wheelchair accessible.   Click here for their web page:-   https://americanmuseum.org/     

If you plan to participate please send an email with number of participants to me and I will add you to the reservation list.  If have any questions please get back to me.

 Best wishes


Mob: 07561-409337




Followed by lunch at THE WHEATSHEAF INN – WOODFORD
We are located in Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6DZ.
Just off the A345 – 5 miles south of Amesbury – 2 miles north of Salisbury
DATE:– Thursday 12th March 2020. COST £25 per person
Arrive by 10.00am – Presentation by BDAC staff, with coffee/tea and biscuits, history of museum and current
projects. 10.45am to 12.45pm time in exhibition hall. 1.00pm depart BDAC for the Wheatsheaf Inn, Woodford,
Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6NQ. Approx. 10 minute drive. Lunch at 1.30pm Return to Frome by about 4.00pm
Reply to Iain Martindale (iainmartindale45@gail.com) asap; PLUS send cheque to Iain Martindale, 14 Fortescue
Street Norton Saint Philip, BA2 7PE –
You MUST include your menu selection for lunch from the following:
1) Honey Roast Ham and a brace of eggs, triple cooked chips and piccalilli
2) Steak and Tangle Foot Pie, mash potato, braised red cabbage and Tangle Foot Gravy
3) Malaysian Aubergine Curry, tamarind, coconut, chilli, coriander, pineapple pickle and Jasmine rice (V)
4) The H&W Burger glazed bun – two British beef patties, Monterey Jack cheese, smoked streaky bacon,
burgee sauce and fries
a) Apple and Blackberry Crumble with custard
b) Sticky Toffee Pudding, caramelised walnuts and ice cream
c) Chocolate Brownie, chocolate sauce with ice cream
d) West Country Cheese Board


Tour of Hinkley Point EDF nuclear power station – Wednesday 11th March 2020 – CANCELLED

Last week EDF advised the Bridgewater Visitor Centre, who organise these tours, that planned changes to their tour timetables as well as the location of the pick-up and drop-off point, would become effective 1st February 2020, not 1st June 2020, as previously advised.  After confirming with the bus company that we would need to leave at 7.30am to reach the new pick-up point on time, and then failing to get an exception from EDF, we have no option but to cancel the trip planned for 11th March. Sorry about the need to cancel.  It may be possible to reschedule a tour later in the year.

REPLACEMENT TRIP:- Thursday 12th March 2020.

An alternative trip to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum Airfield Museum. http://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk/

The date – THURSDAY 12th MARCH 2020.  The tour starts at 10.00am with a 30-minute presentation on BDAC and Boscombe Down A&AEE (Aircraft & Armaments Experimental Establishment) also known as the RAF Test Pilots School. That will include tea/coffee/biscuits. We will then have until 1.00pm to spend inside the museum, talk to the staff, and clamber through some of the exhibits. We will leave BDAC at 1.00pm and travel 4 miles to The Wheatsheaf Inn, Lower Woodford for lunch at 1.30pm. There will be a choice of mains and desserts, including vegetarian. We will need to pre-order nearer the time. We leave about 3.00pm to be back in Frome by 4.00pm. 

Depending on the number of members interested in visiting BDAC we will either use our own transport or use a coach. Without a coach the price will be approx. £20 – £23 including lunch; with a coach approx. £30-£33 including lunch


Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in visiting BDAC. Wives and partners welcome, but we will be limited to 40 in total. I will need to finalise numbers at or soon after our February meeting.


Iain Martindale

President F&D Probus Club



Proposed Club Outing to North Wales  –  details below


LLandudno from the Great Orme cable car


The Great Orme Tram
LLangollen railway