Meetings

Future Meetings

We would normally meet at 7:30 in the Methodist Church, but until we are alloowed to do that we will do talks via Zoom, also at 7:30. Below is our planned list of talks:

  • 26 April: Beech Knoll – Alan Heasman
  • 24 May: AGM and What’s in a Name – Liz Dymond
  • 28 June: 17th Century Traders – John Dymond and Brief Talk on Trading Tokens – Cassie Rust
  • Summer: Walkabout Quiz, exact date to be decided
  • 27 September: The Interesting and All pervasive Pizzies… – Julia Hunt
  • 25th October: Fires in Aldbourne Alan Heasman and Cassie Rust
  • 29th November: short talks by members
  • December: reminiscences of Wilf Jerram, featuring the committee

  Note that some talks created during lockdown are available on our Videos page, and talks above which are done via Zoom will be recorded and made available through our videos page.

Once face-to-face meetings are allowed:

Our meetings are free entry for members.

Non-members pay a nominal entry charge of £3 which helps us pay for the hire costs.

Our meetings also feature a small raffle.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits are served to allow for any discussions you may wish to have, or even just a chat!

Past Meetings

Some of the talks from past meetings have been recorded in digital form and can be found below:

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Big Dig 2013

On 8th and 9th June 2013 villages came together for a Big Dig. We worked with Wyvern Historical Society and Wessex Archaeology. The area dug was the football pitch and Palmers field. During the dig Wyvern used their metal detectors to find objects, Wessex recorded the locations of historically significant finds, and the villagers cleaned...

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Grand Opening – Easter Monday 2016

The Grand Opening ceremony for the Aldbourne Heritage Centre was held on Easter Monday 2016. The formal opening was performed by Phil Harding of Time Team who cut a tape held by the two oldest living native-born Aldbourne residents, Ethel Underwood and Douggie Barnes, both in their nineties. (A native-born Aldbourne villager is known as...

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Lifting The Lid on Medieval Aldbourne

This is the content of Liz Dymonds January talk on Medieval Aldbourne given to the Heritage Group.   What we think we know about 14th Century Aldbourne and what can we prove? There was a market on the green. Was there a charter to permit this market? John of Gaunt owned the village/manor and would...

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Medieval Aldbourne Dabchick Article

Early Aldbourne and some very important people! Gytha, Countess of Wessex Domesday Book 1086 states that in 1066: ‘Rex ten Aldborne Ghiđa tenuit T.R.E.’. So Gytha (modern spelling) held Aldbourne for the King in 1066: but who was she? Research shows that she was from an important Danish family and on a trip to Denmark...

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Clothing

As has been shown so many times, the people of Aldbourne seem to love a chance to dress up! So if you're interested in dressing up when attending the medieval fayre there are a few options. If you want ready made clothes there are plenty of options online, just search for "medieval costume" on Amazon,...

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Video Talks

Due to the coronavirus meetings have been postponed, but this page will list talks that we are recording from our isolation. Lost Buildings of Aldbourne (a new recording of an older talk by Cassie Rust): Facebook & YouTube. Pubs of Aldbourne, by Alan Heasman (recorded in 2017) : Part1 and part2 The Duchy of Lancaster...

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