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2020 CHAC calendar a timely reminder of VE-Day anniversary

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The South Somerset District Council (SSDC) Heritage team will be commemorating the anniversary of VE-Day in their new 2020 Visions of Yeovil Calendar.

Nicknamed “Yeovil’s secret museum”, SSDC’s Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) has been able to produce the popular calendar for the seventh year running, thanks to their passionate staff and volunteers. This year includes a series of photographs and associated items selected from their extensive collection.

The image chosen for the front cover shows VE-Day in The Borough in Yeovil town centre on 8 May 2019.

Heritage Co-ordinator, Joseph Lewis, said: “By combining photographs and objects, we aim to illustrate the breadth of the collection we care for at CHAC. We wanted to highlight the costume in particular, from the horse and carriage postilion jacket, to items related to the Royal Observer Corps.”

The Heritage team also acknowledged the generous assistance of CHAC’s design volunteer, Ian Tasker. “Designing the 2020 Yeovil calendar has been an enjoyable experience,” said Ian, “the highlights were putting together the objects and photographs, researching the stories behind them and building on last year, especially with the ‘then-and now’ aspects in a selection of the images.”

Calendars are available from the following locations at a cost of £6.00 each:

  • Yeovil Tourist Information Centre – Petter’s Way, Yeovil – 01935 462781
  • Cartgate Tourist Information Centre – Cartgate Picnic Area, near Stoke Sub Hamdon – 01935 829333
  • The Emporium – 39 Princes Street, Yeovil – 01935 579482 or
  • Yeovil Town Council – 19 Union Street, Yeovil – 01935 382424
  • CHAC – SSDC Lufton Depot, Yeovil – 01935 462886

If you would like a calendar for delivery, please send your request and a cheque for £7.50 (including postage and packaging) made payable to ‘South Somerset District Council’ to SSDC Lufton Depot, 7 Artillery Road, Lufton, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RP.

All proceeds will go towards the care of the collections at CHAC.

Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder for Health & Well-Being at South Somerset District Council, said: “A lot of research has been undertaken by CHAC staff and volunteers, especially their design volunteer and serves as a fascinating insight into the CHAC collections as a whole. The calendar is always popular and normally sells out, so make sure you get hold of your copy and are prepared for 2020.”

If you would like to find out more and discover the objects and photographs collected, the CHAC is open to the public by appointment. To book a visit to CHAC, contact Joseph Lewis at or call 01935 462886.

The CHAC is always interested in any offer of donations in items related to Yeovil and South Somerset as a whole.

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