In line with government restrictions during the corona virus pandemic, our physical meetings were cancelled during 2020. Towards the end of 2020, however, we began to use Zoom as a means of resuming talks for our members on local history topics. We have continued this in 2021, and have the following Zoom talks arranged:
Monday, 15th February: evening talk by Carol Anderson on the Astwell Martyrs
Monday, 15th March: Evening talk by Stephen Dawson on the work of the Oxford Preservation Trust
Further announcements about future talks will be made on the website in due course.
During 2020 the Adderbury History Association learned with great regret of the death of Mrs Rhoda Woodward on March 7th at the age of 94. Rhoda was a founder member of the Association and a long-serving committee member, who in recent years was made an honorary member of the Association in recognition of her achievements in documenting the history of the village of Adderbury.
Rhoda’s published works are the following:
Life and times in rhymes. (1999)
Adderbury’s schools, 1599-1962 (2000)
Adderbury between the wars (2001)
Yes! This is how it really was (2007)
Through changing years: a lifetime of memories (2012)
Wartime memories of a parish: Adderbury, 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 (no date)
These are all available as part of the Local Studies collection in Adderbury Library. Rhoda also wrote essays about a variety of village activities based on her own memories. We have added ten of these to the Historical Miscellany section of the website as a tribute to her.
We hope that you will appreciate the simplicity and clarity of Rhoda’s style and the vividness of her recall of significant details from the past that distinguished her historical writing. You can access the Historical Miscellany part of this website from the sidebar on the right of this page.
- There are still copies available of the Association’s latest publication, In It Together, by Barry Davis. This is a detailed and informative study of how the village has coped with warfare throughout the centuries, giving equal importance to those who went off to fight and those who took important supporting roles at home. An absorbing gift for anyone with an interest in the history of Adderbury. Copies can be obtained either from Adderbury Library at a reduced cost of £10 (proceeds to Friends of the Library) or from the Association (see Contact Us above). Price £15, plus £3 postage and packing if applicable.
- The Association’s meetings normally take place in the Adderbury Methodist Church School Room, Chapel Lane, Adderbury, at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. New members are always very welcome. The annual subscription will be £15.00 from 2021 and the subscription year begins in January. Visitors are welcome (cost £2.50).