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

Dorchester on Thames Historical Society

Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 7.30pm, Village Hall Back Room

Members free, Visitors welcome (£3)

Professor Malcolm Airs will talk about: ‘William and Jessie MacFarlane and their Mission for Dorchester’

The Revd. William MacFarlane (Vicar from 1856 until his death in 1885), and his sister Jessie totally transformed Dorchester from a religiously-divided and economically backward village to become a centre for the High Church movement and a regenerated community. Using their wealth inherited from trade in the East India Company, amongst many other initiatives they completed the restoration of the Abbey, built a new Vicarage and School, founded a missionary college and provided the isolated hamlet of Burcot with a new church and school combined. Their legacy is all around us today in the village.

Looking forward, the talk on November 27th will be Tim Healey on ‘A 17th Century Christmas’.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings. Please arrive in good time – latecomers are sometimes disappointed due to the room’s limited capacity.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

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

Tim Healey on: ‘A 17th Century Christmas’

The talk presents a vibrant portrait of Christmas in a turbulent age, describing Lords of Misrule, Twelfth Night revels, wassails, Boar’s Head feasts, frost fairs on the frozen Thames – and the Puritan ban on Christmas itself.

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A freelance writer and broadcaster, Tim Healey has presented many programmes on BBC 3 and BBC 4. He is also director of the 17th-century costume band, the Oxford Waits. In researching material for the band’s Christmas shows he acquired a lasting fascination with the subject.

Looking forward:

22nd January 2020: short AGM and talk by David Miles on ‘The Land of the White Horse’.

Please do attend the AGM, as it is an opportunity for feedback and sharing ideas about future talks, research and outings, and for you to stand for the Committee.

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

Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

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

Members free, visitors £3

Jan
22
Wed
Historical Society
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Feb
26
Wed
Historical Society
Feb 26 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

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

Members free, visitors £3

Apr
22
Wed
Historical Society
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

May
27
Wed
Historical Society
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Jun
24
Wed
Historical Society
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

Jul
22
Wed
Historical Society
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Members free, visitors £3

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