Wickham History Society holds meetings at 7.30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Our programme includes a variety of guest speakers who cover both local history and wider history topics. We also organise visits to places of interest in the Summer.
The annual charge for Membership is £8pp. Guests are welcome to attend meetings for £2.50pp.
To join the Wickham History Society, please contact the Secretary.
As with many societies, WHS has had to think about how we might continue to hold meetings as, under the current guidelines, it is not feasible to hold in-person meetings.
Our meetings will be ‘virtual’ using Zoom for the foreseeable future, at least through the end of this year.
2020 AUTUMN PROGRAMME
22 September 2020 – Neil Bond
Right to Roam
Prior to the Great War, the great outdoors was the preserve of the rich landowning classes. Huge swathes of Britain were strictly off limits to the general public. However during the 1920’s and 30’s there was a great increase in outdoor exercise from both the working and middle classes, in part fuelled by the growth of ownership of the motor car and the introduction of cheap day excursions by the railways. This movement contributed to the creation of our National Parks and pathways. This talk explores how the rambling movement came about, the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932 and the lasting legacy of the movement.
27 October 2020 – Helen Talbot
Growing up in Hundred Acres in the 1940s and 50s
Helen’s father, A.P. (Percy) Durant moved his family to Hundred Acres in the middle of the Second World War. Helen will talk about her experiences growing up in Hundred Acres (where they built their own house), the war years, going to school in Wickham and her father’s horticultural and agricultural enterprises – including the pantomime horse and plough!
24 November 2020 – Dr Cheryl Butler
Hampshire & the New World: The Mayflower & Beyond
The story of Hampshire’s early links with the New World include tales of exploration, pilgrims, witchcraft, four Indian Kings, the birth of an empire and of course fish!
8 December 2020 – Ian Currie
Frost, Freezes & Fairs
1000 years of famous winters when rivers including the mighty Thames froze and remarkable events took place on the ice.
Note: This is a joint meeting with the Wickham Society and is the second Tuesday of the month.
2021 SPRING PROGRAMME
26 January 2021 – Paul Stickler
War Hero or Murderer?
In 1917, Percy Toplis is alleged to have been involved in a mutiny among allied troops just ahead of the Battle of Passchendaele. Two years later, he is suspected of a series of robberies and the murder of a taxi driver on a quiet country road near Andover, Hampshire. The hunt for the fugitive ends when he is shot dead by police near Penrith, Cumbria and which then raised questions about the justification of his death.
Please note: Programme subject to change depending on availability of speakers.