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Next Meetings

A brief outline of our next talks

Meetings take place, commencing at 7.30pm, in The Crawford Hall, Salford Road, Bidford on Avon B50 4EZ

September 21 2018,     The Battle of Edgehill, 

October 1642 saw the culmination of conflict between the KIng and Parliement. Money, power and religious diferences led to this first battle of the First Civil War. Our talk will explain the political and military context, the social issues and illustrates these with personal stories.

Our speaker is Stephen Barker, an establish Heritage Advisor who assists organisations  in promoting people’s understanding of their local heritage, making the past interesting, relevant and exciting for a variety of different audiences. He is accredited by the Arts Council. Recent projects have included The Oxfordshire Remembers 1914-18 exhibition for the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, and curating and designing "Oxfordshire in 50 Objects" for Oxfordshire Museums Service.

Stephen ran the Education Service at Banbury Museum, only 5 miles from Edgehill, so he knows the battle site intimately.

In our March 2019 lecture we will look in detail at Charles I character, which was an undoubted factor in the continuing hostilities over 5 years.


October 19 2018    Bidford Survivors of WW I

This presentation by Bob Marshall summarises many years of research, especially intense over the last four years.  The presentation concerns the local Bidford men who returned alive from the Great War and what became of them. Bob has tracked down details of around 180 men who returned, about half the total number and will discuss the historic research process, information sources and provide interesting anecdotes.

The research programme is to be published as "Have You Forgotten Us Yet?", a major publication to be launched at the Returned Remembered event on November 3rd.

Bob is well known to many members of our Society. He has authored previous publications and maintains a large archive of historic Bidford material.