PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Please note: Evening meetings start at 7.30pm to allow members to have a drink and/or browse through the bookstall before formal proceedings start promptly at 7.50pm
Monday March 24th:
“History of Ditchley Park” - Talk by Col. Mike Montague, bursar of the Ditchley Foundation; Winston Churchill visited the Park during the Second World War.
Monday April 28th:
“Blockley’s Clerical Curiosities” - Jeremy Bourne recounts some of the more eccentric goings-on of our parish priests over the centuries.
Monday May 19th:
Annual meeting for members at 7.30pm.
Followed at 8pm by open meeting:
“Rusty and Other Iron Age Relics” – archaeologist Chiz Harwood tells us about the Iron Age man and recent mediaeval discoveries adjacent to “The Horse & Groom” at Bourton on the Hill.
Bank Holiday Monday May 26th:
“JOANNA SOUTHCOTT: HEROINE OR HERETIC?”
A public reading of a play by Jeremy Bourne about the controversial life of the prophetess and her association with Blockley, presented in partnership with BAD Company on the
bi-centenary of her death.
Visit to Witley Court (Date and details to be finalised)
Join us for a tour of the vast remains of this palatial 19th century mansion, once home to the Earl of Dudley, with splendid gardens and fountains.
Wednesday, August 13th:
Guided heritage walk along Blockley High Street - assembling at the Church at 7.30pm
Saturday August 23rd:
The Society’s Annual Exhibition: “BLOCKLEY AT WORK”
Watch for further details
Friday September 19th:
6.30pm-8pm: The Society’s Annual Reception
Monday October 20th:
“Deportation and Survival 1939-45: A Polish Woman’s Epic Wartime Story” - Talk by Dr Hubert Zawadzki, former resident of Spring Hill and Northwick Park Polish Resettlement Camps.
Friday November 14th and Saturday November 15th:
Exhibition at St George’s Hall in support of BAD Company’s evening event commemorating World War I – Watch for further details.
Monday November 24th:
“Compton Scorpion – The Ups and Downs of a Mediaeval Village” by Professor Christopher Dyer.
Monday January 26th:
“Robert Dudley, Queen Elizabeth and Kenilworth of 1575” – Talk by Gill White, Cotswold historian.
Monday February 16th:
“Old Campden House” – A talk by Mary Gray about the Chipping Campden house built in 1608 by wealthy merchant Sir Baptist Hicks and destroyed by fire during the Civil War in 1645.
Monday March 23rd:
“The Development of Cotswold Villages” – A talk by Nicholas Herbert.
Monday April 20th:
“Composers of the Three Choirs Festival” – A talk by Tim Porter
Monday May 18th: Annual Meeting with supporting programme.
External expeditions are limited to 25 members.
Application details, maps and travel instructions will be sent out with Newsletters.
Other walks, and Blockley talks, by arrangement with Robert Willott (700677)
Enquiries to Robert Willott (700677) and Laurie Clayton (701528)