The usual talk is preceded by the Society’s Annual General Meeting. This will take place at 7.30pm. The agenda includes the final annual report by our current Chair, Brandi Hall-Crossgrove, who is stepping down after the AGM.
We will then listen to an illustrated talk by Dan Merrett on the wildlife of the area: Bathscape – celebrating Bath’s landscape heritage. Dan’s talk will cover the area in general, its important habitats and the shifts we have seen in its wildlife over recent decades with both losses and gains.
This double event is in Combe Down Primary School hall whose entrance is on Summer Lane, BA2 5JX. The AGM starts at 7.30pm; doors open at 7pm. CDHS Members £1, Visitors £3. All tickets on the door.
Monday 8 November saw a webinar on local wartime history. This fascinating evening brought two stories of how America’s racial relations and civil rights movement came to the West Country during the Second World War. Although not organised by CDHS, we are sure that these talks will be of interest to our members.
To begin, Professor Mary Louise Roberts from the University of Wisconsin, USA, related the amazing story of Leroy Henry, an African-American soldier who was saved from a hanging after an incident in Combe Down.
This was followed by Kate Werran, who talked about the dramatic ‘wild west’ shoot-out that took place in Launceston, Cornwall between black American GIs and military police.
Thanks to Tanya Parker of the South West TUC, we can now post the recording of these two talks on our website.
On May 6th this year, Dick Irving gave a talk via Zoom to the Chepstow Archaeological Society: “A Brief History of the Stone Mines and Quarries at Combe Down, near Bath”. Thanks to Colin Harris, the Chairman of that society, and to Miranda Litchfield, Chief Executive of our sister organisation the Museum of Bath Stone, we can now make this available here on our own website.
The talk proper begins at 1:50 and lasts until 59:00, after which there are questions.
All talks are held at the Combe Down Primary School Hall in Summer Lane, BA2 5JX. Events start at 7.30pm.
CDHS Members £1, Visitors £3. All tickets on the door.
PLEASE WATCH FOR ANY CHANGES DUE TO COVID PANDEMIC
All talks are cancelled until further notice
Annual General Meeting 2020
The rescheduled date for our AGM was to have been 22nd May 2020 but in view of the continuing uncertainty about when public gatherings of any sort will be possible the Committee has taken the decision to postpone until life returns to normal. Obviously we all hope this will be as soon as possible.
We will be contacting our members again shortly with copies of the annual accounts and the Chair’s report for last year so that we can answer any questions you may have before the year under review becomes too distant.
Meanwhile do let me know if you have any thoughts on what we could or should be doing before normal service resumes.
A new book on education in Combe Down by Jill Woodhead has recently been published by the Combe Down Heritage Society. “A Village of Schools” looks at the many schools, and the workhouse, that have come and gone on Combe Down between 1727 and 2000.
Reviewed by local historian Andrew Swift, he praised the work and suggested it would be of immense help to future writers on the history of Combe Down.
Available now from the Museum of Bath Stone, 55 Combe Road, Combe Down; many local bookshops; or online at the CDHS eShop : Price £6