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This is the official blog of Wessex Society. Posts are by the secretary, Nick Xylas, unless otherwise stated.

By wessexsociety, Nov 11 2014 09:35PM

We have been contacted by Andrew Bevan of the community archaeology crowdfunding site MicroPasts regarding a research project on the adminstrative boundaries and moot sites of Anglo-Saxon Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire, led by Dr Stuart Brooks of University College London. At the time of writing, the project has raised £150 of its £2500 target, and has 19 days left to run. Anyone interested in donating can click on this link for more details.

By wessexsociety, Nov 4 2014 01:14AM

The Society bids a sad farewell to our long-time (since 2005) patron, Mr Acker Bilk, who has passed away after a short illness, at the age of 85. Acker was born in Pensford, Somerset, where he continued to live until his death. His best-known piece, the 1962 instrumental Stranger On The Shore, had the distinction of being the first single ever to top the charts simultaneously in both the UK and USA. A fuller obituary will be published in the next issue of the Chronicle, due in January.

By wessexsociety, Aug 13 2014 10:43AM

The latest addition to our website is a link to a map of places associated with Wessex mythology, folklore and legends. The original plan was to feature the map on the website itself, but sadly, Google have updated the way maps are embedded in websites, and Moonfruit have yet to update their software to reflect this. Hopefully, one day they will take a break from counting their money and get around to updating it, but in the meantime, the link can be found at the bottom of Wessex Culture page 2, or you can just go here:

If you know of any places we've left off, please let us know, and we will try to add as many as possible.

UPDATE: the map is now embedded in the main body of the site. Go to the page marked "Wessex Culture", then click through to page 2 to see it. Thanks to Aaron at the excellent for his help in setting it up.

By wessexsociety, Aug 4 2014 03:46PM

There seems to be a little bit of confusion as to how the members-only site works. Just to clarify, the site is external to this one (Moonfruit does not allow users to password protect individual pages unless they pay a hefty premium), and is run by Google Sites. You will need to log into Google using the same email address that the Society has for in our records, ie the one you receive email communications from us on. If you do not have a Google account, you will need to create one. You should then be able to access the site automatically, without needing to enter a further password.

Again, apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. It is not ideal, but sadly forced upon us by the need to cut costs.

By wessexsociety, Jul 10 2014 08:35AM

Well, it's fair to say that reaction to the change from a print to an electronic format for the Wessex Chronicle...hasn't been universally positive. Unfortunately, it was something that was forced upon us due to our financial situation.

At our meeting last Saturday (July 5th 2014) we decided to respond to requests to bring the print magazine back by adopting a 2-tier membership structure. Our standard membership will remain at the same rate, £10 per year, and will continue to include the electronic version of the Chronicle. Those who want to receive the print version can pay an extra £10 for premium membership, either in the form of a £10 supplement for existing members (at least for this year), or as a £20 lump sum for new members. Both are available in the shop, either on this site or on Facebook.

I hope this is an acceptable solution to the dilemma of keeping our members happy without breaking the bank.

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