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Apr
24
Wed
Historical Society : Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : Covert Catholics of the Dorchester area

After the Reformation, a minority of our ancestors – known as ‘popish recusants’ – refused to abandon Roman Catholicism, despite it being made illegal in England. Some others who were Catholic at heart conformed outwardly to the Church of England and were known as ‘church papists’. This talk reveals how recusants and church papists ensured the secretive survival of Catholicism in Oxfordshire and Berkshire during the long period in which ‘the old faith’ was outlawed. It also incorporates a more detailed look at the recusants of Dorchester and district.

Born 1949 in Reading, Tony is a retired chartered building surveyor, information scientist, operational risk manager and museum administrator, who has also been a freelance broadcaster. Today he is a historian specialising in bicycle history, Thames Valley recusancy and family history. He has lived most of his life in Berkshire and Oxfordshire and has been chairman of the Oxfordshire Local History Association for the past seven years. He was previously vice chairman and journal editor of the Oxfordshire Family History Society. He is currently working on a volume for the Oxfordshire Records Society and on another for the Veteran-Cycle Club.
Looking forward, the speaker on May 22nd will be Alex Davies on ‘The archaeological dig at Great Western Park, Didcot’

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

May
2
Thu
Parish Council Elections
May 2 all-day
Parish Council Elections

Nominations for election to Dorchester-on-Thames Parish Council 2019 -2023 open 26th March 2019

A comprehensive nomination pack is available on the Electoral Commission’s website from the link below, which also contains helpful guidance:

https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/candidate-or-agent/local-elections-in-england

See also http://www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/local-democracy/elections-0

If you want to join the team of Councillors for Dorchester-on-Thames then NOW is your time to make a difference.

Nomination papers to be hand delivered to SODC offices between 10am on 26th March and 4pm on 3rd April 2019 – 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton OX14 4SB (closed weekends).

May
22
Wed
Historical Society : The Archaeological Dig at Great Western Park Didcot
May 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : The Archaeological Dig at Great Western Park Didcot

The housing development at Great Western Park allowed archaeologists to explore in detail a vast area of landscape. This revealed significant discoveries from virtually every period, allowing for the reconstruction of the various ways in which the inhabitants of Didcot have lived over the last 10,000 years. The evidence is in many respects representative of changes that can be seen over much of southern Britain. This talk will introduce the prehistoric discoveries made at Great Western Park and discuss how they help us understand the lives of our ancestors.

A selection of artefacts found at Great Western Park will also be on display.

Alex Davies obtained his PhD in 2016 on Late Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement and society in the Thames Valley. He has since worked in post-excavation at Oxford Archaeology, primarily analysing and writing up prehistoric excavations and pottery. He is interested in all aspects of British and European prehistory, and the use of ethnography in the interpretation of prehistoric society.

Other News

  • Shops and Pubs We were overwhelmed by the attendance at our talk on 27th March and are hoping to repeat it for those who had to be turned away. We are immensely grateful to the local families and individuals who have helped us with this project. Meanwhile, come on our guided tour at the Festival on 6th or 11th May.
  • We are hosting Paul Booth’s talk on the Dorchester Dig on 8th May.
  • There are still places available on our outing to Salisbury on 6 July
  • The new season begins on 25th September, when Mark Davies will give a talk entitled ‘Professors of Rowing: the first Oxford v Cambridge boat races’.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

Jun
2
Sun
Viola Day with Martin Outram
Jun 2 all-day
Viola Day with Martin Outram

Martin Outram studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet and also appears regularly as a soloist

During this informal and friendly workshop, there will be opportunities to play viola ensemble repertoire and a masterclass in which participants will be encouraged to perform works of their choice and be tutored by Martin. There will also be a questions and answers technique ‘clinic’ and a short recital by Martin if time permits. Viola literature and study material will be on hand for perusal. This is a chance to be immersed in all things viola in a beautiful venue – do come along!

More info

Sep
25
Wed
Historical Society
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Mark Davies ‘Professors of Rowing: the first Oxford v Cambridge boat races’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Oct
16
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Mat Reese – The Art of a Flower Border @ Abbey Guest House
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Mat Reese -  The Art of a Flower Border @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

While Mat was at Wisley he was introduced to gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd and spent subsequent weekends volunteering in his garden, Great Dixter. So when he finished at Kew, there was only one place he wanted to be. He went to see Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Dixter, and started work almost immediately. He says “Dixter is gardened in a creative and inventive way, so we were constantly trying new things”.
After that, in 2010 Mat moved to Malverleys, a private estate in Hampshire, where he is developing and redesigning the gardens. He gave us a talk on Melverleys in November 2016. Mat is now regarded as one of a handful of top-echelon gardeners working in Britain today.

Oct
23
Wed
Historical Society
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Professor Malcolm Airs ‘William and Jessie Macfarlane and their Mission for Dorchester’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

Nov
20
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Dr Chris Thorogood – Mediterranean Plants @ Abbey Guest House
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Dr Chris Thorogood  - Mediterranean Plants @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Chris is a plant biologist who is the Deputy Director and Head of Science & Public Engagement at Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.
In 2016 Chris published a Field Guide to the wild flowers of the Western Mediterranean where he has travelled extensively including teaching field botany to undergraduates in the Algarve.
Chris says” The Mediterranean Basin has one of the world’s richest floras. Indeed, up to 10% of all vascular plants occur in the Mediterranean Basin, which represents just 1.6% of the Earth’s surface. This large area has a complex and varied geology and topography but is united by its typically Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
In 2018 Chris also published Weird Plants which features weird, wonky and wonderful plants seen on his travels and illustrated with his own oil paintings.

Nov
27
Wed
Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas

Tim Healy ‘A 17th Century Christmas’. Dorchester Village Hall 7.30p.m.

Members free, visitors £3

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