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Apr
22
Wed
POSTPONED: Historical Society: Liz Woolley ‘Leisure and Entertainment in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford’
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm

Postponed due to Coronavirus – date tbc


In the mid nineteenth century changes in employment practices and rising real wages meant that ordinary working people found themselves, usually for the first time, with leisure time and with spare money to spend on recreation. All sorts of establishments arose to fulfil the new demand for entertainment, many of them aimed at keeping people out of the pub. This talk describes where and how Oxford citizens spent their free time, and how the middle classes attempted to impose ‘rational recreation’ on their working-class contemporaries.

Pleasure Boats on the Thames at Oxford ca 1890 – image copyright held by Oxfordshire County Council

Liz lives in Oxford and has an MSc in English Local History from the University’s Department for Continuing Education. She is particularly interested in Oxford’s “town” – as opposed to “gown” – history, and in the lives of ordinary working citizens in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Looking ahead:

  • 27th May: Pam Manix on ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’.
  • 19th May, guided tour of the Fairmile Hospital site at Cholsey, led by Ian Wheeler. Meet by the Great Hall at 2 p.m., suggest car share and donation of £3 per person. More information from Sue Popham.
  • 11th July: summer outing to Hughenden Manor. More information from Gail Thomas.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.

Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

 

May
2
Sat
Salsa Night! @ Dorchester village hall
May 2 @ 7:30 pm

Salsa Night!

Saturday May 2nd Dorchester village hall 7.30pm

Come and enjoy a fantastic evening of Salsa dance moves with instruction from Salsa England

No experience required!

Tickets £10 only

cash bar

Tickets from Dorchester Co-op, Lilys Tearoom or contact fenton_julia@hotmail.com.

All proceeds to DorchesterTennis Club & village sports courts

www.salsaengland.org

For all enquiries regarding Dorchester Tennis Club contact chriscssmith@bitinternet.com

tickets available as of the beginning of March

 

May
3
Sun
St Birinus School Playground appeal @ St Birinus School
May 3 @ 10:30 am

St Birinus School Playground appeal

Come and join our celebrations

Sunday 3rd May @10:30

Dorchester St. Birinus school playground

  • Netball goal competition
  • Introduction to pickleball
  • Footbal penalty shoot-out

Join us for:

  • A pancake breakfast
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Sausage sarnies
  • Home-made cakes

All server in the schools dining room

 

May
8
Fri
VE Day 75th Anniversary
May 8 @ 7:00 pm

VE Day 75th Anniversary

A shared moment of celebration

“My deal friends.  This is your hour”

Bank holiday friday 8th May 2020 7pm village hall

Save the date for a celebration of 75 years of peace

 

May
27
Wed
POSTPONED: Historical Society: Pam Manix ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
POSTPONED: Historical Society: Pam Manix ‘Oxford’s Medieval Jewish Quarter’

Postponed due to Coronavirus – date tbc


Members free, visitors £3

Jun
27
Sat
Dorchester Open Gardens
Jun 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dorchester Open Gardens

Saturday June 27th 2pm-5pm

We are looking for new gardens!  Could you open your garden to help us raise money for the abbey?

Your garden does not have to be perfect, large or finished, just interesting!

Contact Steph Forman

steph@forman.org.uk

Jul
4
Sat
Dorchester safari supper
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm

Dorchester safari supper

Save the date!

Saturday 4th July

7pm drinks and canapes

Main course (at a house in Dorchester)

Pudding (at another house in Dorchester)

Coffee (at Dorchester Rectory)

Tickets on sale from June

More information from steph@forman.org.uk

 

Sep
23
Wed
Historical Society: Kate Tiller ‘Village Lives: contrasting communities and histories’
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm
Oct
28
Wed
Historical Society: Geoffrey Tyack ‘The Architecture of Georgian Oxford’
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm
Nov
25
Wed
Historical Society: Denise Line ‘A Dorchester Christmas Past’
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm
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