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 have resumed face-to-face events and meetings, having taken the precaution of changing our venue, so that we can 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 first event was an Exhibition on Village History in the Institute on Saturday, 18th September, as part of Adderbury’s Community Day. The exhibition was put together by Barry and Jean Davis and gave a snapshot of what we know about Adderbury across the decades and centuries and how this fits into national events. Instead of presenting Adderbury’s History as just a collection of various facts, artefacts and pictures they wereable to relate the display to particular centuries and dates starting from early times through to today.
The subsequent programme of meeting up until the end of 2021 is as follows. All talks and events will begin at 7.30 p.m. in the Institute.
Monday, 20th September 2021: Stephen Oliver: “St Mary’s, Adderbury: Its history and restoration”. As the architect in charge of the most recent restoration, Stephen is uniquely well-placed to talk about the history of Adderbury’s parish church.
Monday, 18th October 2021: Cieran Walsh: “The Otmoor Riots in a broader context”. The protests of the 1830s against the enclosure of Otmoor involved up to 1000 people from the surrounding area. Our speaker will put the events in the wider context of nineteenth century agricultural protest.
Monday, 15th November 2021: Barry Davis: “The Cawley Family of Adderbury House”. Our chairman will talk about the Cawley family from Cheshire who had cotton mills in Salford, Greater Manchester. In particular, he will refer to Hugh Cawley’s branch of the family who made their home at Adderbury Park (House) and how they contributed to village life in the early 20th Century.
Monday, 20th December 2021: Christmas Entertainment: Voices across Time. We’re delighted that for our Christmas entertainment this year, Adderbury-based prize-winning Youth Theatre group Voices across Time have agreed to put on a private preview of their 2021 Christmas show for members of AHA and guests. Further details nearer the time
The Association’s meetings normally take place on the third Monday of each month, with the exception of 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 2021 and the subscription year begins in January. Visitors are welcome (cost £4). The programme of talks for 2022 will be announced in November 2021.
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.