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2020 Meetings

Friday January 17th
Marsha O’Mahony Voices from the Hopfields.
Marsha talks about an important part of Herefordshire history which some of our members may remember from personal experience

 

Friday February 21st
Major David Seeney, Military Research on the Internet.
This talk is about some of the short cuts and tricks you can use when searching on the internet. Maj David Seeney – Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum.

 

Friday March 20th
Tim Ryan, The Severn Princess

The talk traces the history of the Severn Queen, the Severn King and, from 1959, the Severn Princess, in their important role in enabling vehicles to cross the River Severn The presentation is illustrated with many anecdotes of the queues and the adventure of the crossing, and the risks taken in a different age. There are just so many stories to be told! And audiences frequently contribute their own.

Also, quite remarkably, the Restoration Group has found a wealth of cine film of every aspect of the Ferries working from 1939 until 1966 as well as the Bridge being built and the eventual discovery of the Severn Princess abandoned in Ireland and her subsequent return to Chepstow.


Friday April 17th
SECRET HEREFORD – stories from David Phelps and Valerie Dean.

Did you know that, for a few months in 1265, Hereford was the capital of England or that Hereford had a Nelson’s Column thirty years before London got around to it?

David and Valerie are storytellers, not historians, so won’t be giving you a lot of facts but will be telling you some little known stories that make up this city’s fascinating past.


Friday May 15th
AGM followed by a Film Show.

 

Friday June 19th
Tamzin Powell,  Margaret Eyre a 19th Century Lady & Folklorist.
Cunning Folk in the Borders. The  Folklorist Margaret Eyre ( Edwardian former Folkore Society secretary & granddaughter of Edward Eyre- Governor of Jamaica) from St Briavels

 

Friday July 17th
Sue Hallett, Foxley

Foxley a sweeping valley teeming with life up until the early 1960s Military personnel arrived at Foxley in the early years of the war; first came the Canadians, then the Americans and after the war the camp housed Polish refugees unable to return home. It also has fond memories for many who found temporary shelter in former army huts due to the post-war housing shortage.

 

Friday August 21st
Ruth Richardson, The Bacton Alter Cloth
An altar cloth at a rural Herefordshire church was found to date from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The rich embroidered cloth had been on display since 1909 in St Faith’s Church in Bacton and had previously been used as an altar cloth. The Golden Valley church had always been aware of its links with the Elizabethan period and knew it had come to the church after being gifted to Blanche Parry in around 1590.Miss Parry was born in Bacton but went on to serve 57 years for Queen Elizabeth I and died as her Chief Gentlewoman of the Bedchamber. Extensive research was carried out by Abbey Dore historian Ruth Richardson

 

Friday September 18th
Colette Gray, Shoes from Victorian to present day

A presentation by our ever popular Colette Gray with lots of exhibits to complement the talk.

 

Friday October 16th
Tamzin Powell, Folklore of Witches Special of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Condemned Women. Authoress of books on Witches and Witchcraft, a very entertaining and thought provoking presentation

 

Friday November 20th
In the Sticks, SS Great Britain

The remarkable story of Brunel’s greatest ship from her launch to her home coming exactly 127 years later, to the day.

The talk traces the history of the Severn Queen, the Severn King and, from 1959, the Severn Princess, in their important role in enabling vehicles to cross the River Severn The presentation is illustrated with many anecdotes of the queues and the adventure of the crossing, and the risks taken in a different age.There are just so many stories to be told! And audiences frequently contribute their own.

Also, quite remarkably, the Restoration Group has found a wealth of cine film of every aspect of the Ferries working from 1939 until 1966 as well as the Bridge being built and the eventual discovery of the Severn Princess abandoned in Ireland and her subsequent return to Chepstow.

 

 

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