History of Pride in Yeovil

July, 2019

First Contact

Founders JK Doran and Lou Langdon meet for the first time. Jk brings his passion, experience and sense of urgency to the table. Lou shows up with their, enthusiams, can-do attitude and already-established community links. Together, the wheels are set in motion for a new Pride event.

August 10th, 2019

Inaugral Meeting

Taking place at Yeovil Library, JK and Lou invite members of the local community to come along and get involved. The turn out is encouraging and people are excited to bring the idea to life in our town.

August 31st, 2019

First Ever “Yeovil Pride”

A march from Petters Way car park to St John’s Church, with a rolling road closure from High Street to Silver Street – including a fire engine decked out with flags, and rainbow police car. Speeches given at St John’s green. Homophobic incident occurs, with the abuser tackled by police and taken into custody.

August 8th, 2020

Second “Yeovil Pride”

Mostly online due to Covid, with people generally not allowed to gather close together or in groups. Some restrictions had been lifted which meant the day’s proceedings could include “Are you Proud” Yeovil Pride Film Screening at Westlands Entertainment Venue. Online events took place at intervals throughout the day, including a panel talk, dog show, and karaoke evening.

21st August, 2021

Final “Yeovil Pride”

The march went from St John’s to St John’s, going around a small area of the town. Speeches were made on the green space in front of St John’s church. The Quedam was brightly decorated with some businesses dedicating windows, and the dinosaurs decked out in Pride regalia. 

August, 2022

Yeovil Pride Makes Announcement

The charity apologises and informs the community that they are not able to meet their commitment of putting on the annual Pride event.

August, 2022

Yeovil Diversity Project Makes Announcement

Knowing the importance of Pride in our small rural community, YDP commits to putting on a Pride event with just a couple of weeks to pull something together.

September 3rd, 2022

First “Yeovil Does Pride”

March from St John’s to Addlewell Lane, leading to a community picnic in the park with free fruit available for all. Activities included a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, speeches from the community, and live music. Placard-making included signs in many languages to make different minority groups in town feel more included. 

September 2nd, 2023

Second “Yeovil Does Pride”

March from Yeo Leisure Complex to Addlewell Lane. The day time event included our Picnic in the Park, where free fruit and free cake was available for all. We also gave away free period products, and hosted stalls by other local charities and organisations. We had an action station, swishing stall, live music, speeches from the community, and a collection for the local foodbank. The evening event consisted of bingo, a karaoke disco, and the donation of food to the food bank.