Photos taken at the 2018 AGM of Banbury Historical Society at Linden House, South Bar (by kind permission of Spratt Endicott, Solicitors). This occasion also celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Society in 1958. The photo shows our president (Lord Saye and Sele, centre) and two founder members of the society, Jeremy Gibson (left) and Barry Trinder (right).
Also shown is the celebratory cake and the current Chair of the Society (Deborah Hayter) with a cake knife.
Banbury Historical Society celebrated its 60th birthday last week. The society met on July 4th for its Annual General Meeting, sixty years after its formal inauguration in 1958. The anniversary meeting was held in Linden House, South Bar, by kind invitation of Spratt Endicott solicitors, who have recently moved their offices into the 18th century house after a major and handsome refurbishment. The meeting was chaired by the President, Lord Saye and Sele, in his usual brisk and idiosyncratic style, taking all of ten minutes. His suggestion that there should be a retiring age for Presidents was unanimously voted down.
Barrie Trinder, one of the founder members and author of Victorian Banbury (among many other books) told members about the beginnings of the society, and Jeremy Gibson, another founder member, gave his memories of Linden House – his godmother had lived there when he was a child.
Members then partook of birthday cake and drinks which were enjoyed in the garden.
In the autumn of 1957 Ted Brinkworth had given a series of lectures on Banbury’s history, and enough keen local historians turned up to form a society in 1958, dedicated to researching and publishing the history of Banbury town and its surrounding villages. Since then the society has maintained a pattern of lectures from autumn to spring, many of them from well known and distinguished historians, and about all sorts of different histories, with outings to various places in the summer.
Banbury is fortunate to have had a society which over sixty years has published an admirable series of records volumes containing all sorts of local information from the past, and is still doing so: the latest book which appeared in 2017 is Junctions at Banbury: a town and its railways since 1850 by Barrie Trinder. And the journal, Cake & Cockhorse, is still appearing and the whole back archive of articles can be accessed online.
For further information:
Deborah Hayter, Chair 01295 811176 (email@example.com)
Simon Townsend, Secretary 01295 75378 ( firstname.lastname@example.org)