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BHS Newsletter May 2018

Dear all,  

We have had a brief taste of summer so now it is time for summer outings with the Banbury Historical Society.  The first one is next month:  if you were thinking of joining this one and just hadn’t got round to booking, please could you do so ASAP?  The Museum has asked for confirmation of our booking and so far we have not had many takers.  And apologies to those of you who tried to book but found the email address I gave didn’t work – an errant typo of an extra ‘c’ got in there by mistake.   It is now correct and should work.

UPDATE — THE VISIT ON 24th May TO THE Arts and Crafts MUSEUM IN  Chipping Campden HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

(The Court Barn Museum focusses on the talented designers and craftspeople who worked in Chipping Campden and the north Cotswolds in the Arts and Crafts tradition.  The visit will start with a short talk about the Guild of Handicraft which settled there in the early 1900s, followed by the opportunity to look around what has been called ‘surely the most delightful small museum in England’.  After that there is an optional guided walk looking at the architecture of the High Street.  There are plenty of places for tea.

Talk and visit to the Museum: £ 7.50;    including the guided walk £12.00.

please book with Susan Walker on, or  by post to  Susan Walker,  Ivy House, Upper Brailes, OX15 5AX) saying whether you are booking the talk only (£7.50)  or talk and tour (£12). Payment will be on the day.)

June 21st  Geological tour of Banbury’s Old Buildings  meet at 7 pm.

led by Norman Dutton and Brian Little

This tour will take you round the stone used in Banbury’s oldest buildings looking at the detail of the provenance, age and fossil record therein.
Meet at 7pm at the Market Square entrance of the Nat West bank.  (No need to book ahead).

July 4th Annual General Meeting at Linden House, 55 The Green, South Bar  at 5.30 pm

(by kind invitation of Spratt Endicott solicitors)

We shall be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Banbury Historical Society on this occasion and there may even be cake.

Linden House is one of Banbury’s best 18th century buildings, mentioned in Pevsner, and has been recently renovated by Spratt Endicott. 

Oxfordshire Past 2018 will be at the Church of St Peter & St Paul in Deddington on Saturday 19 May. The event includes stalls, exhibitions and a series of short talks on recent historical and archaeological research projects across the county. It is organised by the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society in association with other Oxfordshire societies and organisations.  Further details here.

On July 12th the Museum, together with Broughton Castle, are putting on a Summer Lecture, to be given by Charles Spencer.  He will be talking about his recent book,  To Catch a King:  Charles II’s Great Escape’.  This is highly recommended:  I have heard him give this lecture and it is a tour de force.   Hoping for fine weather – the grounds will be open from 5 pm for people to picnic in the gardens and surrounds.  The lecture will be at 7 pm, followed by questions and book-signings.  The cost is £25 per person and for more information and to book, go to

We are still looking for someone to step up and have a go at editing Cake & Cockhorse :  no previous editing experience necessary but computer skills needed.  PLEASE!  Our long-suffering editor, Chris Day, has been trying to resign for about a year……

with best wishes,

Deborah Hayter