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November 30, 2020|Reports

“Hampshire & the New World: The Mayflower & Beyond” – Dr Cheryl Butler

Dr Cheryl Butler made a very welcome return visit to Wickham History Society on Tuesday, November 24th – this time by Zoom to over 50 WHS members.  Cheryl used the 200th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America in 1620 to explore our local links with the New World. I was taught in…

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October 31, 2020|Reports

Wickham History Society: Annual Report 2019-2020 – Updated October 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 circulated the 2019-2020 Annual Report in May but this year our AGM had to be delayed. For the first time in our history, we will hold a ‘virtual’ AGM…

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October 31, 2020|Reports

“Growing up in Hundred Acres in the 1940s and 50s” – Helen Talbot

Over fifty members and visitors joined our Zoom meeting to hear Helen Talbot talk about her early life in Wickham on Tuesday October 27th. Helen now lives in Edinburgh so it was some consolation for not being able to meet face to face that we can hear from speakers from so much further away. Hundred…

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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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