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.