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December 2017 news

Bidford Community Library

The library reopened on May 5 following a substantial re-fit. Our History Society has taken on responsibility there to manage the "Bidford and District Studies" section, which covers all aspects of history in Bidford, surrounding villages and South Warwickshire. We are creating additional local historical material for the library which will be accessible through print and the library computer terminals.

This is an exciting development for the Society, reflecting our wide competency in promoting interest in history. It further confirms our leading position as a Bidford community organisation. 

Below, the new section in the Library:


Recent Meetings

The first meeting of our 2017-18 programme year was held on 15 September and comprised a fascinating lecture by Tim Porter. We have written an edited transcript which is available on Mediaeval Gloucestershire Pilgrimage.

In October we welcomed Richard Churchley who introduced us to regional historic folk tunes. The audience sang lustily.

November proved to a detailed and surprisingly humourous account of the power politics around ancient Troy, involving Achean Greeks, Trojans and Hittites.

Our December meeting was packed with over 100 members and visitors, to travel down the Bidford High Street of the early C20th. and compare it with today. 

We learned about Admiral Beaty at out January meeting. The lecture was a mixture of Naval History, examples of how a public profile helped a turn of the century career, and of how riches and glamour failed to lead to true marital happiness.

Cora Weaver transported the Society to Spas during February, when we learned of historic water spa treatments; in which self pampering can lead to health benefits. Note, all spa water can used for bathing and some will leave a rust tan. Not all watre should be drunk!

Norton Collection Museum in Bromsgrove

This Museum is a fascinating example of how a compulsive collector can establish a valuable legacy of 20th.Century artifacts woven into compelling stories.  To learn more contact  Sandra Parker 01789 773780.

Warwickshire Yeomanry Museum

The Museum reopens in April  2018. As it is based on volunteers it is generally open at weekends and bank holidays, The best method to visit is to book. Go to http://www.warwickshire-yeomanry-museum.co.uk 

 Committee Members

We would welcome fresh (younger?) faces on the committee.