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, something which continued up to July 2021. Report of these Zoom-based meetings can be read in the Reports of Previous Meetings section of the website.
From September 2021, however, we resumed face-to-face events and meetings, having taken the precaution of changing our venue, so that we could ensure continued social distancing and improved ventilation at our meetings. Our meetings and events now take place in the Institute, The Green, East Adderbury.
The programme of talks planned for 2022 is as follows:
January 17th Rob Jacobs: Beatrix Havergal of Waterperry. This talk by the present-day Horticultural Manager at Waterperry will cover the life of Beatrix Havergal, the co-founder of Waterperry’s Women’s Horticultural School and her battle to get recognition for women in the gardening world.
February 21st Richard Carter: Claydon House: Now you see it, now you don’t. Richard will explore the architecture of this National Trust country house and the people who lived there and will reveal why two thirds of the house disappeared twenty years after it was built!
March 21st James Hamilton: Turner in Oxfordshire: The author of the definitive biography of J.M.W.Turner will explore the role of Oxford in Turner’s travels more generally, during which he observed the landscapes and people of Britain.
April 11th AGM + Julie-Ann Godson: Toffs in Trouble: Secret love affairs, murder, blackmail, poisoning and extortion: most of us enjoy a good scandal. Julie-Anne tells tales of Oxfordshire toffs in trouble, from the Tudor period right up to the modern age.
May 16th Richard O. Smith: Oxford Eccentricity: The author, scriptwriter, novelist, columnist and stand-up comedian makes a welcome return with a factual but entertaining talk, described by TV historian Lucy Worsley as a “jam-packed jamboree of jollity”.
June 20th Sheila Alcock: Homes Fit for Heroes? A talk on the hundred-year history of council houses generally in the country and concentrating on the Oxford area.
July 18th Paul Booth: Romano-British Oxfordshire: Paul will use the experience of 30 years at Oxford Archaeology to summarise for us the abundant evidence for the Roman period in Oxfordshire with a focus on recent discoveries and ideas.
September 19th: Karen & Brett Wiles: The Women’s Voluntary Service 1938 to 1945: The talk covers why the WVS was formed, who the one million women were who joined and looks into the tasks they undertook. The talk is accompanied by a small display of original memorabilia.
October 17th: Melanie King: Can Onions Cure Earache? Melanie is an Oxford-based historian, writer and traveller and will give a fascinating insight into popular treatments of the eighteenth century, with their mix of folklore and emerging medical science.
November 21st: Keith Westcott: The Broughton Hoard and Roman Villa: Archaeologist and detectorist Keith will describe how he was led from a hoard of coins to the discovery of the site of a Roman villa and will bring us up to date on recent developments.
December 19th Christmas Entertainment : Details to be announced later
The Association’s meetings normally take place on the third Monday of each month, with the exception of April and August, at 7.15 p.m. for 7.30 p.m. New members are always very welcome. The annual subscription will be £15.00 from 2022 and the subscription year begins in January. Visitors are welcome (cost £4).
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.