November Meeting

Hailes Abbey and the mystery of the Holy Blood

Thursday November 14th

to be given by David Aldred at Sheppard House at 7.30pm prompt

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Onion Fayre

The society had a very interesting display this year about education in Newent over the last two to three centuries. Dood had put together a big selection of copied documents and photographs which told the story of the enormous changes that have taken place. There were amusing daily log books from the 19th century recording for instance that one boy had decided to miss school and boat to Hereford on the canal ! He attended the next day without mishap.

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January Social

Over 50 members ( a full room ! ) had a very enjoyable evening with good food, wine and most importantly excellent entertainment from Dick Brice, pictured here with the chairman Dood who had to gently bring the evening to a close or Dick would have continued for longer.

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Lacock Abbey Visit

In August 42 members had a very enjoyable day out visiting the Abbey and its photography museum dedicated to William Fox-Talbot. There was time to explore the village, much of which dates from the 13th century. This included the church, cottages, shops and several places for refreshment. Thank you Lionel for organising two excellent visits this year

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SS Great Britain Visit

51 members enjoyed a very successful trip to the SS Great Britain in July. The very recently opened Dockyard Museum was a part of the visit that most of our visitors had not seen before. The visit followed on from the talk given by Ian Caskie in April.

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