Monday, 21 June 2021

Henley Archaeological and Historical Group

THE Oxfordshire Family History Society has sent us a cheque for £440 in respect of the

THE Oxfordshire Family History Society has sent us a cheque for £440 in respect of the sale of CDs for the transcripts of St Mary’s parish registers.

Our thanks to the members who laboured for 10 years on the project.

Our greatly valued membership secretary Hilary Fisher will step down from her position in September and, fortunately, John Whiting has agreed to take over this responsibility.

A special thank-you in advance to Hilary for all her years of service.

Ruth Gibson will continue as acting secretary until the annual meeting but will resign to concentrate on the aspects of recording historic buildings and keeping a watch on planning applications.

Ruth is so valuable to us and has given years of service.

The position of secretary is an essential responsibility that holds the group together.

Our lectures so far this year have been very well supported, even on the coldest, wettest evenings, and the lectures have been superb.

The accounts of the talks published in the Henley Standard have helped to attract new members as we now have 86 members and always attract a number of visitors.

Our three next talks are as follows:

April 5 — “Archaeology of the Jubilee River” by Stuart Foreman, of Oxford Archaeology.

May 3 — “Phillip II of Macedonia: Why was he so important to Greece?” by Derek Toms, a retired scientist and member of the group.

June 7 — “Broadmoor revealed: the Victorian asylum” by Mark Stevens, county archivist for Berkshire.

All lectures are held at King’s Arms Barn at 7.45pm. All welcome — members free, non-members £3.

Our spring/summer outings are as follows:

May 11 — Wallingford Castle. Our tour guide will once be Judy Dewey, curator of Wallingford Museum, who gave us such a fascinating tour of Wallingford town last year.

July 13 — Blenheim Palace. The home of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill with great architecture, art and “the most wonderful view in England”.

June 8 — Nether Winchendon House, Long Crendon and Thame. The house is a unique Strawberry Hill-style Gothic medieval manor house situated in a beautiful valley at the foot of the Chilterns.

August 20 — Calleva Atrebatum. Ruth Gibson will lead a gentle walk of three miles around the Roman walls. This outing is shared with the Henley & Goring Ramblers.

For more information, visit  www.henley-on-thames archaeologicalandhistorical

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