Author: Jane Painter

September 30, 2020|Reports

“Right to Roam” – Neil Bond

Neil Bond was Wickham History Society’s first speaker since our last pre-pandemic meeting in February. His talk was very timely after the restrictions earlier in the year: a celebration of the ‘right to roam’. Over thirty members and visitors joined our first Zoom meeting on Tuesday 22nd September and enjoyed a well researched and presented…

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May 23, 2020|Reports

Wickham History Society: Annual Report 2019-2020

Chair’s Introduction 2020 will certainly be remembered, and not just as our 60th Anniversary!  The Covid-19 virus has had a huge impact on our activities. We are sorry we have had to postpone a number of really interesting talks – we will restore business as usual as soon as we responsibly can.  Village businesses and individuals have responded…

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May 7, 2020|News

Planning Your Own Wickham History Walk

Government advice is to take your exercise locally – so why not plan your own ‘Wickham History’ trail? There are 12 history boards at 10 locations in the village – have you seen them all, or any of them? There are boards in the Square, on the Parish Noticeboard and by Havelock/Wentworth house; on Lilly’s…

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March 31, 2020|Reports

“Portchester Castle 1793-1814” – Abigail Coppins

In mid-March, due to the coronavirus situation, the Wickham History Society took the decision to cancel the meetings for the remainder of the current programme: March, April and May. For our March meeting we were to hear Abigail Coppins, curator, historian and archaeologist, talk on Portchester Castle 1793 – 1814. During the French Revolutionary and…

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February 29, 2020|Reports

“Uppark – Fire & Restoration” – Dr Bob France

Dr. Bob France was a welcome return speaker to Wickham History Society’s meeting on 25th February. Fifty five members and visitors saw some amazing before and after photos of Uppark, including many taken on 30th August 1989 when the fire took place. Following the devastating fire of Notre Dame last year it was a depressing…

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January 31, 2020|News

Barrie Marson

Barrie, who passed away in early January, was well known to many as Secretary of the Society for many years. Fewer people knew of his major contributions to the Society and Wickham through his work cataloguing and promoting the Stan Woodford photo collection, organising and paying for the publication of an indexed version of Bruce…

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January 31, 2020|Reports

“Portsmouth – Harlots, Dung and Glory” – Andrew Negus

Wickham History Society’s guest speaker on 28th January was the ever popular Andrew Negus. He guided sixty six members and visitors through seven hundred years with a masterly command of Portsmouth’s early history. Portsmouth is a younger city than Southampton and grew slowly as the Royal dockyard developed. King John was the first King to…

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December 25, 2019|Reports

“Marmalade, Spuds and a Bag of Gold” – Dr Cheryl Butler

A glass or two of sparkling wine, festive snacks and a fascinating insight into Tudor Christmas gift giving which didn’t finish until Lady Day (March 25th) – what could be a better way of getting into the Christmas spirit? Fifty five members of the Wickham and Wickham History Societies braved the rain and wind on…

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November 30, 2019|Reports

“Admiral Thomas Cochrane” – Mike Hollis

Complete with pigtail, naval uniform and sword, fifty five Wickham history society members and visitors heard from local historian ‘Master and Commander‘ Mike Hollis on the astonishing life and exploits of Admiral Thomas Cochrane. Cochrane lived in Titchfield for part of his naval career but was rarely there, serving in the navies of Britain, Chile,…

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November 1, 2019|News

Beverley Babes turn 80!

On 12 October 2019, over 30 Beverley Babes and their families joined together at St Nicholas Church for a service and exhibition to commemorate the 80 year anniversary of the Beverley Babes. It was a day filled with reminiscences, questions and coincidences, culminating in a beautiful and, at times, emotional service led by Reverend Jane…

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