Diary of events

Diary of Events


2018 Programme

Monday, January 15th:
Phil Mansell:  “Jackson’s Oxford Journal and Adderbury”.
Phil will tell us about the life and achievements of William Jackson, who started the journal bearing his name in 1753, and will then share with us how Jackson’s Oxford Journal portrayed Adderbury in the nineteenth century.

Monday, February 19th:
Stephen Barker: “The Battle of Cropredy Bridge and the Oxford Campaign”.
Heritage adviser Stephen returns with an account of the 1644 Battle of Cropredy Bridge, geographically the nearest Civil War battle to Adderbury, and shows us how the battle fitted into the Oxfordshire Civil War campaigns.

Monday, March 19th:
Julie Summers: ” Behind Closed Doors”
Popular author and speaker Julie Summers has specialised in the Second World War, achieving her greatest success to date with Jambusters , the inspiration for a popular TV series. She has recently been working on the stories of country houses requisitioned for the war effort, and her talk will be based on her new book, published this year.

Monday, April 23rd:
AGM + Alistair Lack: “Travels with Auntie”
Alastair Lack, nowadays a sought-after Oxford guide and historian, worked for the BBC for more than 26 years, almost always for the World Service, ending up with responsibility for all non-news English programmes. This light-hearted talk recalls his time with “Auntie”.

Monday, May 14th:
Tim Healey: “Pagans and Puritans: The Story of May Morning in Oxfordshire”
Popular author, broadcaster and public speaker, Tim Healey, returns (in the right month) to tell us about one of his favourite subjects, one for which he has even established a special website (www.maymorning.co.uk).

Monday, June 18th:
Carole Anderson: “Glove-making in Oxfordshire”
This talk traces the history of a key local industry from its origins in the 13th century, to the 19th century when it employed several thousand people, then covers its decline and eventual death.

Monday, July 9th:
Martin Way: “Life on board a Narrow Boat”
The colourful and self-sufficient lifestyle of the canal boatmen and their families was one of the reasons why there was little contact between our village and the canal. Martin returns to breathe life into these differences, bringing his usual range of artefacts for us to examine.

Monday, September 17th:
Liz Woolley: “Beer, Sausages and Marmalade: Oxford Food and Drink in the 19th Century”
In the nineteenth century Oxford became well-known for its ‘Celebrated Oxford Sausages’ and for Frank Cooper’s ‘Oxford Marmalade’ , and the brewing, baking and grocery trades. This talk will examine the fascinating relationship between food production, tourism and politics in the city.

Monday, October 15th:
Stephen Wass: “William Castle: A Notable Banbury Eccentric and Morris Fool”
Stephen, himself closely associated with the Morris in Adderbury and Banbury, returns with the story of William Castle, otherwise known as “Old Mettle”, born in Adderbury and known throughout the area as a Morris Fool.

Saturday, November 10th:
Exhibition: The Ending of World War I
Our talk this month will be replaced by a timely exhibition, organised by Barry and Jean Davis, to mark the hundredth anniversary of the ending of the First World War. The exhibition will take place in the Adderbury Methodist Church School Room. Details of opening times will be available at a later date.

Wednesday, December 12th:
Association Christmas Party
This year we return to our traditional Christmas format – a bring and share supper plus the ever-popular Association Quiz. The Quiz this year will be bigger and better than ever before – and be warned: some of the questions will be based on this year’s talks!