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Proposed L.H.S. PROGRAMME until November 2019

(Last updated November 2018)

Date Event Venue and Time
Monday 21 January 2019 The Private Lives of Henry VII and Henry VIII - Samantha Harper Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    Using the private account books of these kings, the talk will explore the leisure activities, luxury purchases, and entertainment these kings indulged in, as well as briefly review what the books tell us about their kingship and ruling style. Both kings visited the area during their reigns, and the interesting and unusual circumstances of both visits will be discussed.  
Monday 18 February 2019 The Wilts & Berks Canal – Past, Present and Future - Martin Buckland Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    The canal opened in 1810 after 15 years of construction but had a chequered career until its legal closure in 1914. In 1977 restoration of the canal began in a few places but in 2004 full restoration of the entire 62 miles was decided upon. The talk looks at the historical, restoration progress and future proposals for this major East to West canal link.  Progress on the Cotswold Canals will also be touched on.  
Monday 18 March 2019 The Role of the Thames in Time of War - Bill King Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    The talk will cover the strategic importance of the Thames and its crossings (Bridges) through history and their defences. It will also cover the local infrastructures and airfields and the role of boat builders during WWII. Reference will be made to the Upper Thames Patrol and the local Lechlade – Newbridge Stretch.   
Monday 15 April 2019 Drovers’ Roads in Oxfordshire and Beyond - Tim Healey Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    In times past, cattle were guided in epic treks from the far reaches of Wales, through the Cotswolds and on to the rich markets of London. Ancient trackways, green lanes and wilderness paths are still imprinted with memories of the trade. This talk evokes the drama of the drovers' life and how Lechlade was among the key stations on their route.  
Monday 13 May 2019 Beer, Sausages & Marmalade: Oxford Food and Drink in the 19th century - Liz Woolley
Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    The popularity of these delicacies went hand-in-hand with the city’s growing importance as a tourist destination. Meanwhile large numbers of citizens were involved in brewing, baking and the grocery trade, and the families which controlled these businesses had a powerful influence over Oxford’s economic, social and political life. This talk examines the fascinating relationship between food production, tourism and politics in the city.  
  June 2019 Evening visit   
    Details to follow.  
  July 2019 Evening visit   
    Details to follow.  
Monday 16 September 2019 Stand & Deliver! A History of Highwaymen in Gloucestershire - John Putley Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    The talk outlines the development of these villains who bask in the reputation of being loveable, gallant rogues.  It looks at the conditions that led to the ‘Golden age of highwaymen’, what fates befell them and considers their impact on folk literature, art and song.  The chase then leads to tales of some of the dashing highwaymen of Gloucestershire and finally looks at the decline of the Gentleman of the Road.  
Monday 21 October 2019 The Bells!  The Bells! - Marian Winckles
Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    ‘Change ringing’ of church bells is quintessentially English.  This talk explores its origins and development from monastic times.  
Monday 18 November 2019 30th Annual General Meeting Memorial Hall - 7:15pm
  New and old members and guests welcome.  
  *** Refreshments will be served after the business part of the meeting ***  
  Local folk songs collected by Alfred Williams - Performed by Ranikhet
    A brief look at Alfred Williams and the folk songs he collected in and around the Lechlade/Fairford area during the early years of the 20th century  

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