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Talks & Events 2021-2022

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Our Programme 2021-2 NB Tickets 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
19 August Leaders - LDHS Trails &Tales around Kingston Bagpuize. Start 11am from the Church.
9 September Leader - Paul Whitton Trails &Tales around Hinton Waldrist. Start 2pm from the Church.
21 October Julie Ann Godson “On This Day in Oxfordshire” Pick any day of the year—and something interesting will have happened in Oxfordshire. Julie will take us there.
18 November Alastair Lack “Oxford of Inspector Morse” The novels of Oxford writer Colin Dexter and characters Morse & Lewis remain immensely popular worldwide.
9 December Antonia Keaney "Christmas at Blenheim Palace, past and present. Blenheim Palace, Christmas Markets, Family Fun, Antonia Keaney joined Blenheim Palace in 2008 – firstly as a member of the Education Team then later taking on the role of Social History Researcher for the Palace.
20 January Stephen Barker “Hardit Singh Malik ~ The Flying Sikh in the First World War” From his arrival in the UK in 1908 as a fourteen-year-old to his time spent in the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, Hardit Singh Malik lived an extraordinary life. He is best known for his time as a fighter pilot during 1917-19, coming up against the Red Baron and the British military establishment. Stephen Barker’s talk will explore Hardit Sigh Malik’s exceptional life.
17 February Marie-Louise Kerr “Lives of Local Medieval Saints” St Frideswide, St Wilgyth and St Eadburh and how they were celebrated.
17 March Mark Davies “Daniel ‘Damnable’ Harris: Oxford Castle Gaoler Extraordinaire” The life of Oxford Prison Governor Daniel Harris. At the end of the 18th century, Oxford experienced changes which were unprecedented in a city accustomed to centuries of academic seclusion.
21 April Hana Whitton “Ashdown House and the Winter Queen” Ashdown House was built by Lord Craven about 1660 supposedly as a refuge for the Winter Queen from plague ridden London. As a loyal friend of her deceased husband, Lord Craven supported her for many years and on her death she bequeathed him all her papers and pictures including many of the portraits of her family that are now on display at Ashdown House, Oxfordshire.
19 May Simon Wenham “Living the Lexicon: James Murray and the Creation of the Oxford English Dictionary” The principal editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, James Murray was born the son of a tailor in Denholm, Scotland. At fourteen he began an intense regimen of self-education, showing intelligence and determination that later would see him through twenty-eight trying years of work on the Dictionary.
16 June History and Heritage Walk and Afternoon Tea £9.00 p.p. Hampstead Norreys Map & instructions provided on back of ticket. 


The small conservation village of Hampstead Norreys nestles in an area of outstanding beauty in the lovely Berkshire Downs. It has an ancient and interesting history, dating from pre-Norman times, and much of the centre of the village reflects its past through its unique collection of old buildings, barns, pathways and woodland.
July 19th Visit to Combe Mill Combe Mill:
Map & instructions provided on back of ticket. 

TICKET limited to 24 persons

Combe Mill is a working industrial museum that tells the story of Victorian and Edwardian life working to maintain the estates of Blenheim Palace.

Their website carries this notice: Our activities season is underway but for the reassurance of our visitors we still ask that the usual COVID safety precautions are taken.
15 September Martin Syrot-Smith “Daily Life in Tudor Times” Tales of horrific statistics of child mortality rates of 60% in their first year, tales of fundamental religious beliefs. Their dress being determined by the Sumptuary Law imposed by Elizabeth 1st to curb the expenditure of the people, all at a time when peasants lived primarily on bread and gruel, with very little meat, whereas 85% of the diet of the nobility was meat. Martin's stories bring this all to life.
20 October Michael Heaney “600 Years of Morris Dancing” There are many theories as to the origination of Morris Dancing but the most credible is that it came to England in the 15th Century from Flanders where the wealthy Burgundian/Flemish court had Morisch (Moris) entertainment.
17 November Richard Dudding “Radley Wood” ‘Radley Large Wood: Monks, Deer, Riots, Canal and Bluebells’ For almost a thousand years, this ancient wood has been one of the most valued parts of the parish and has played a central role in some of its defining events. Richard’s talk gives a preview of new evidence found during research for a new book ‘Radley Manor and Village’ published in November 2019.
8 December   "Our Christmas Feast" We have already booked a date for our Christmas Feast in the Village Hall. Details of entertainment will be announced later in the year.