Monday, 18 June 2018

AGM held

THE annual meeting took place at Whitchurch village hall in February.

THE annual meeting took place at Whitchurch village hall in February.

Chairman Sue Matthews, secretary Vicky Jordan and treasurer Tony Voysey were all re-elected for another year, as were the other members of the committee.

Business matters were followed by a talk by Tim Healey on “The Green Man”.

Tim told us that some of the emblems date back to well before the Christian era but many of them are now to be found in cathedrals and churches and other ancient buildings.

They were known as “foliate heads” and date back to the 13th, 14th and 15th  centuries.

Locally, they can be seen in St Leonard’s Church in Eynsham, St Mary’s, Ewelme, and in churches in Kidlington and Chipping Norton and many others in Oxfordshire.

They may appear as ceiling bosses, or at the top of columns, and there is one carved on the side of a font.

Similar emblems can be seen in India dating back to the first century BC, although their origins and meaning seems to have been lost.

On March 19, we had a talk caled “Drove roads” by Bruce Smith.

The next talk is “The wilful murder of Kate Laura Durgey in Henley”.

It will be at Whitchurch village hall on April 16 at 8pm. Doors open at 7.30pm with a welcoming cup of coffee.

Non-members are welcome with a £2 admission charge, which includes coffee and  biscuits.

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