We had an excellent AGM in Swalcliffe Church and Barn, with thanks to Cathy Stoertz for interesting information about the church and village, and to Jeff Denmarr for telling us about the barn. I was very pleased that a number of members had never been to the barn before, and were delighted to have been given the opportunity to see it and the displays therein. We are going to continue to ignore Lord S & S’s pleas that it is time he stepped down as president!
That completes our programme for the year, as even historians can have some time off in August. But we reconvene on Thursday 12th September (not 14th!), when we will have the first of our next season of lectures, Professor Steven Parissien talking about Compton Verney. He is a terrific speaker so I look forward to this. At the beginning of the season we offer members a drink and an opportunity to chat and catch up from 6.30 pm, and this year we shall be launching BHS’ latest volume, Barrie Trinder’s Junctions at Banbury: a town and its railways from 1850, so you’ll get a drink and a book if you’re there then. Not many history societies can offer as much.
I am attaching the list of all the forthcoming lectures, with extra information about the speakers and their subjects. You will get the basic information in your programme card, which will appear with the summer edition of Cake & Cockhorse, due quite soon, but I think it is helpful to know a bit more about what lecturers are going to talk about.
I hope you all have a good summer.
With best wishes