It absolutely poured all day for Stoke Bruerne and most people sensibly stayed at home. Next week on Thursday 18th June we are going to visit the grounds of Farnborough Hall, led by Stephen Wass, who gave us a terrific talk in the spring about the research he has done into the historic landscape there and the way that water was used in the 18th century park. Meet in the (free) car park at 2.30 pm. There’ll be a short version of the walk for those who don’t want to walk far, on surfaced paths and grass, followed by an extended walk taking in some rougher ground so boots would be advisable; if it rains every day between now and then wellingtons would be sensible (let’s hope it doesn’t). Farnborough Hall belongs to the National Trust, so bring your membership card if you have one; otherwise there will be a charge for visiting the grounds.
As an extra bonus, our member David Pym who was the incumbent of Farnborough Church for some years has arranged with a churchwarden for the church to be open and he would be willing to show it if anyone would like to see it after the walk.
(Directions – north of Banbury, off the Southam road (A423);l Farnborough Hall is well sign-posted.
Our AGM will take place on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at 5.30 pm at Tudor Hall School, Wykham Park, off the Bloxham Road just outside Banbury. Members may arrive from 5 pm. Those of you who have been to our AGMs before will know they are usually extremely brisk but this is your opportunity to suggest new members for the committee (in writing beforehand please) and to ask questions about what the society does and how it does it. Unless you have had daughters at Tudor Hall you won’t have seen these buildings as the school is away from the road and not open to the public. There is an old house in the midst of it. Many thanks to the school for allowing us to go there for our annual meeting.
Before that, we have the Magna Carta 800th celebration at Broughton Castle. Almost all the tickets have already been sold and there is bit of anxious counting of the seats and spaces to ensure we can fit everyone in. There may be a few more tickets available when that’s been done. Everyone is welcome to arrive any time after 5.30 pm, to enjoy the gardens with your free drink, or to picnic in the grounds if you would like. Sir Bob Worcester will be chairing the event, and we have an extra and rather special guest coming: Anton Lesser, who played Sir Thomas More in the recent BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall, (some of which was shot in and around Broughton Castle) will be with us and will be saying a few words – probably not his own. Then the main meat of the evening will be Professor David Carpenter’s talk. He is professor of medieval history at King’s College London and will be drawing on new discoveries to give a fresh account of the Great Charter showing how it quickly gained a central place in English political life and why it became such an important constitutional document.
This society is delighted to be associated with the Museum in putting this event on, and we need to provide some helpers: three members have already offered to be volunteers for the evening – are there some more of you who would be willing to help beforehand? Nothing too onerous! – but we need ushers, pourers of wine, sellers of BHS books, car-park attendants, and one or two other things. If you could help, please email me.
That week is a busy week for anniversaries: BHS members are cordially invited to a lecture on the Battle of Waterloo, given by the Aynho History Society together with the Deddington & District History society. Discover the heroes and horrors of the crucial defence of Chateau Hougoumont. Find out how local men contributed to that most famous day. This will be in Deddington on Wednesday 24th June. For full details, download the flyer.
Finally, I have received a letter from Guy Inchbald who is researching a biography of John William ‘Ian’ Dunne who married Cecily Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes about 80 years ago and lived in the Banbury area. He is best known for his aeroplanes, fly-fishing and philosophy! (Sic) If anyone knows anything about him, his family or descendants, could you let me know and I will put you in touch? Best wishes to all Deborah Hayter
Best wishes to all Deborah Hayter