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NB Tickets [T] are usually required for all outings as numbers are strictly limited. If you reserve a ticket but find you cannot attend, please inform Pam so this can be offered to others. Queries: Pam: 01865-820500.
All talks take place in Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, on the third Thursday of the month, unless otherwise mentioned. Timed for 7.15 for 7.30 start.

Our Monthly Meetings

 Meetings 2019

A series of regular monthly talks takes place at the Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, Draycott Road, Southmoor.
Meetings are on the third Monday of each month (except August) at 7:30pm.We endeavour to cover as many local topics as possible, together with other subjects of interest to local historians.
Entry to meetings are included in the annual membership subscription of £10 for 12 meetings. Non-members are very welcome – entrance is £3.00.
All talks take place in Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall, on the third Thursday of the month. Timed for 7.15 for 7.30 start.

Please see our news and articles in the latest Longworth Rose magazine available at meetings. Our ever popular Book stall  and Library are available at our hall meetings for purchase and browsing/borrowing.

OLHA All members of local history societies and groups that are members of Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA ) are themselves members of OLHA automatically, and their e-bulletin is for everyone. Please visit The latest news from the Oxfordshire Local History Association (OLHA) October 2019

Julie Ann Godson
17th January

Julie Ann Godson

"1066 Oxfordshire and the Norman Conquest"
Enjoy a not-too-serious romp through the most tumultuous ever period of England's history.
An event which changed the country forever. From the birth of a prince to the formal surrender after the Battle of Hastings, Oxfordshire frequently provided the background for the board-room take-over which was the Norman Conquest of England.

Chris Butterfield
21st February

Chris Butterfield

"Oxford Bus Museum"
The Oxford Bus Museum established in 1968 has seen its collection grow from a horse drawn tram to all types of vehicles and motor memorabilia. Chris will tell how this impressive collection started, developed and what the future holds.
We hope to have a society visit to the Museum later in the year.

28th February

Annual General Meeting

To be held in the Swallow room, Southmoor Village Hall Swallow Room at 7.30. This is a chance to vote and discuss what we do and how we should do it – new ideas are most welcome. In particular we would welcome suggestions as to the way we might develop as a history society and tips on what might be included in future programmes. This will be followed by a local historical quiz and photographs, plus free refreshments and nibbles.

21st March

Dr Simon Wenham

More than Three Men in a Boat: the rise and fall of Pleasure Boating on the Thames"

Dr Simon Wenham is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University’s Continuing Education Department where he teaches the ‘Exploring the Victorian Age‘ and the ‘Investigating the Victorians‘ courses.

His doctoral research at the University of Oxford was on the history of Salter Bros Ltd, an Oxford-based Thames boat firm. The thesis was turned into the book "Pleasure Boating on the Thames: a History of Salter Bros 1858 – Present Day"

The Victorian period is often described as the ‘golden age of the Thames’, as it was during this time that the river was transformed into a vast conduit of leisure. It was the era of steam launch trips, Venetian fairs, regattas, picnics, carnivals and ‘three men in a boat’. This talk covers more than 150 years of pleasure boating and shows why some common perceptions about the river’s history are misleading.
18th April

David Taylor David Taylor

"The Army in Didcot"
In March 1915 the army's new Central Ordnance Depot was under construction on 600 acres of land (much of which is now the site of Didcot power station). It opened in June and soon boasted that it could supply anything to the British Army in 48 hours. From the late 1940s and 1950s the Depot was being rundown as the role of the British Army in global conflicts changes drastically.
11th May Saturday
9.30 am start - "Wychwood: The Forest then and Now". OLHA Study Day.
Individuals by Car to Shipton under Wychwood for a 9.30am start. £10.00 p.p for talks and Guided walk around the villlage by the Wychwoods Local History Society, ending at the Wild Garden, once part of the grounds of Shipton Court. See above OLHA for further details.
16th May Thursday
9.30am start - Visit to Bletchley Park.
Coach will pick up at Southmoor Village Hall at 9.30am. This is a Ticketed event. £30.50 covers both entry to Bletchley Park and the Coach Travel.
June TBA
Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway at Toddington
Details available at meetings in due course.

20th June 6.30 Escorted Visit to Great Coxwell Tithe Barn.

17th July 11.00am Visit to Bus Museum at Long Hanborough Ticket £5.00
A nostalgic morning followed by visiting the museum cafe. We will meet at the museum. Directions if needed - please contact Pam.
August - No Meetings in August
19 September Thursday 11.00am Visit to Cogges Manor Farm, Witney. Meet at the Farm at 11.00am. Tickets £5.50.
Tour of 13th Century manor house, kitchens A dairy and wander through the stunning gardens and buildings. We hope to have a society visit to the Museum later in the year.
Tim Healey
17th October

Tim Healey

"The Green Man"
In 2007 Tim wrote a series of articles for the Oxford Times colour magazine, Oxfordshire Limited Edition, on the subject of the Green Man in the county. The Green Man remains an abiding interest. An age-old presence, the Green Man is often represented as a mysterious leafy mask or face disgorging foliage.

Bill King
21st November

Bill King

"Poppy: Symbol of Remembrance"
Bill is one of our favourite speakers. Please note This meeting will be held in St John the Baptist Church, Kingston Bagpuize.

Our Christmas Feast

Please arrive at 6.45 for 7.00pm. A welcome complimentary glass of Cingestun Punch on arrival. As usual the bar will be open for the evening. 'The Feast' will be followed by Julie Ann Godson's "Bawdy tales of Oxfordshire Highwaymen".

T This will be a ticketed event.