April 2016 | Banbury Museum

April 2016

Summer outings

We had a large turnout for our last lecture of the season, with Norman Hudson giving us a terrific tour of the vicissitudes of the country house, beginning and ending with slides of himself on various of the sofas at Broughton Castle.  

We are now into the period of ‘summer’ outings and have to hope that we shan’t have a repeat of Saturday’s snow.  Those of you who collected your copies of Cake & Cockhorse  at the meeting will already have all this information and we hope to see lots of you at these.

This coming Thursday,  21st April, 3 pm:  tour of Munitions Factory site led by Dale Johnston (from the Museum), organized by Susan Walker.  Tour 2 – 2 ½ hours.  Maximum number 20;  applications by email to sewalker3@hotmail.com .There is rough terrain and stiles and gates to climb over, so it may not suit everyone. Good mobility and stout footwear essential. Sense of adventure desirable!   As a ‘raw’ site there are no facilities.

Cost £5 (to Museum  Trust).  Parking in the approach lane to the Bowling Green Restaurant, off Overthorpe Road, the other side of the M40 from Banbury (OX17 2XA).

There are still spaces for a few more members to join this visit, so do email Susan Walker if you would like to go.

Thursday 26th May 2.30 pm Visit to Fawsley. Big house with medieval hall, Tudor bits and Victorian additions; nearly demolished in the 20th century and much rebuilt and restored, now a hotel. Also deserted medieval village (with brief information from Deborah Hayter); walk to medieval church through park. Organized by Susan Walker. No maximum but please indicate to Susan Walker (sewalker3@hotmail.com) if you plan to come so that we can forewarn the hotel.   Tea available in the hotel.  Meet at 2.30 pm in the hotel car-park; no charge. Directions; Fawsley, Near Daventry NN11 3BA www.fawsleyhall.com

Weds June 8th   Visit to King Edward VI’s school in Stratford  (Shakespeare’s school).Talk & conducted tour by Richard Pearson, archivist, former head of history, on the school’s general history and the effect of world wars on the school. 

Maximum number 20;  applications by email to David  Pym (davidpym@lineone.net).  When advertised before we were told no charge but unfortunately since that the trustees have decided that there should be a charge of £8.90.   Meet at 10 am outside the porch of the Guild Chapel  (corner of Church Street and Chapel Lane);  tour is likely to take 1 ½ hours.   No refreshment included but Stratford is full of eateries and other places to see.

Thursday July 14th AGM at Thenford House (absolutely members only), by kind invitation of Lord and Lady Heseltine.  Meeting will begin at 5.30pm in the Church Barn (follow signs to Thenford Church, Church Barn to the left of the Church).   Lady Heseltine will take us up to the house after refreshments and tell us something about the house;  we hope it will be possible to see the Roman mosaic from the Thenford villa.  PLEASE NO CAMERAS. 

The Museum has Professor Anne Curry coming to give a talk about Agincourt on Thursday 12th May.  Tickets are £10 and can be bought in the Museum shop or online and include a glass of wine.  7 pm for 7.30 pm.

On Friday 27th May there will be a talk in the Kings Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall about the experiences of the Dam-busters’ Squadron, by Colin Higgs, co-author of Voices in Flight:  the Dam-busters Squadron.  7 for 7.30 pm;  tickets are £15 including wine and refreshments, from Margot Bell 01295 811166 or Carole Bowyer 01295 810083.  All proceeds to Save the Children.

On Tuesday 10th May the Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) is holding a study day together with the Bodleian Library to explore the riches of the Bodleian’s sources for local history.  This will be held at the newly opened Weston Library in the Broad, Oxford, and there will be several talks from experts in their fields, attempting to familiarize researchers with the ways of the Bodleian.  The flyer with all the information is attached.

The Banbury Branch of U3A has Ray Smart talking about Beatty and the Battle of Jutland on May 9th.   It is the centenary of this epic sea battle and he will give the background history of this important episode in the Great War.  Meetings are held at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Edmunds Road and start promptly at 2.30 p.m. with doors open around 2.00 p.m.   

With best wishes

Deborah Hayter