The Society is 60 in 2021! What a remarkable milestone this is and a great tribute to all those members who have so loyally supported the Society over the years and have worked so diligently to protect and enhance this beautiful place where we live, work and play.

The Frogga Mere – a pool frequented by frogs.


As we approach our 60th anniversary, it would be lovely to recapture some of those memories and achievements. The Society’s committee is keen to hear how Members would like to record and celebrate six decades of South Hams Society life? Or to know if there is a desire to do something that leaves a lasting legacy
for future generations? Here are some ideas for starters:

  • Create a new woodland – or plant a ‘tiny’ woodland
    (as these initiatives are known) within in a new housing

  • Sponsor an award for the best kept village, village
    amenity/wildlife area, historic village feature or for the
    best land, countryside or wildlife regeneration project

  • Work with landowners to restore our iconic limekilns,
    as the Society has done previously at Frogmore and
    Batson Creeks.
The restored lime kiln at Frogmore Creek

  • Create a Society Archive with the support of
    Kingsbridge’s Cookworthy Museum
  • Restore our distinctive rural fingerposts, (signposts)
    as has been done elsewhere (eg Dorset )

Do please let us have your ideas and suggestions, along with any photographs you an share of the Society’s past activities and social events. You can e mail your memories and thoughts to:

or write c/o the membership address at the end of this post.

We’ll be marking our 60th anniversary throughout the year.

This milestone also provides a great opportunity to increase public awareness of the Society and hopefully to bolster membership numbers! Watch this space for more information in due course.


We are still without a chairperson to lead the Society. If any member is interested in this position, and in helping to steer our organisation, or knows of anyone outside of the Society who might be, please talk to any of the trustees or get in touch with Didi Alayli, at:

The commitment required is circa 8 days a month. As with all our trustee posts, this voluntary role requires that the post holder is resident in the South Hams. The appointment is for one year and then open to annual election or re-election. There is no obligation beyond a year in office! Come on, help us to secure a leader for the Society for our 60th year. And maybe even a new president!

Making waves


That’s about it for 2020, except to say that whilst researching SHS newsletters from bygone years, I noticed many interesting contributions from members. If anyone would like to submit an article or a news piece or a photograph for the next edition, or has a suggestion for future subject matter, do please get in touch.
We are reverting to the Society’s traditional, quarterly newsletter format here on in, with the next edition due February 2021. If you are submitting copy, (ever hopeful), the deadline is Monday 25 January.

With very best wishes,


Lynne Bentley, Membership & Events
T 01548 531479
Alexanders Cottage


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The South Hams Society, December 2020

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