July 2014 | Banbury Museum

July 2014

E-newsletter sent 2nd July

A reminder that our Annual General Meeting is next week, on Thursday 10th July, 5 for 5.30 pm (NB this means that the meeting will start at 5.30 pm).

This will take place at the home of our president, Lord Saye and Sele, Broughton Castle. (reached from Banbury by the B4035, Shipston Road. Parking is signed, by the church). The meeting is usually extremely brief, but your committee members are elected then, and annual accounts presented, and of course this is your opportunity to ask questions, both formally during the meeting and informally afterwards. There will be the usual refreshments.

Other events – there will be a FREE heritage event at the National Herb Centre, Warmington on Sunday July 13th. This will open a door to the past of this little-known part of south Warwickshire and north Oxfordshire. This is part of the Festival of British Archaeology, and will include walks and talks around a fascinating active excavation, with a chance to look at some of the finds from the site.

Members probably know of Elizabeth Cartwright’s book telling the story of her German ancestor, Lili Cartwright. The book is beautifully illustrated with copies of Lili’s watercolours of life inside Aynhoe Park and the village 200 years ago. The Aynho History Society has Martin Pye coming to talk about these paintings and to put them into a wider ‘history of art’ context on Wednesday July 30th, and all are welcome. Aynho village hall, 7.30 pm. ( “Lili of Aynhoe – an artist’s analysis of her life and work”).

I’ve been asked to pass on a plea for help from the Milestone Society: Warwickshire members are working on a project to restore the six surviving “Gaslamp” style cast iron mileposts on the Stratford on Avon to Long Compton Turnpike. They are believed to be nationally unique, and for that reason are of more than just local interest Has anyone studied these extraordinary posts and their history in the past? If anyone can throw any more light on who made them and when they were installed, please get in touch. (full details on the attachment and much more information).

Deborah Hayter