Meetings Archive

Anyone wishing to find out more – or remind themselves – about previous meetings may find this archive useful.

2017 meetings

24 November: The Colwall project for VCH Herefordshire James Bowen

27 October: Ledbury Naturalists: the first fifty years Alan Pike and Janet Perry

29 September: The life and times of The Falklands Fred Clark

23 June: The ancient roads of Herefordshire, Heather Hurley

26 May: Tree Pests and Diseases, Chris Johnson

28 April at 7pm: A.G.M. followed at 7.45 by Exploring Croft Castle, Richard Wooldridge
Members thoroughly enjoyed Richard Wooldridge’s talk on Croft Castle last Friday: it was certainly a comprehensive and fascinating insight into the building’s history and development.  Altered and improved over the centuries, it has evolved  from its beginnings as a  Norman Castle into one of the National Trusts’ stately homes and remains the residence of the Croft family. The talk was illustrated by a beautiful display of photographs of the exterior of the building and  of the interior and its furnishings. Many of those present had already visited Croft, which I have not done: an omission that I shall hope to rectify shortly.

The talk followed the Society’s AGM, which was conducted by the President, Joe Hillaby. The annual accounts, which have been audited, were presented to members by the Treasurer, Graham Every and an election of Directors took place. As no matters of contention were raised, the meeting closed in time for the speaker’s presentation to begin promptly at 7.30p.m.

Members interested in a private tour of The Master’s House should get in touch. We need a group size of more than 10 and less than 15 for the tour to be viable.

31 March: Herefordshire’s Bird Atlas, Nick Smith

24 February: The conversion of Upper Hall, Chris Johnson

27 January: The Bosbury Project for VCH Herefordshire, Janet Cooper

2016 meetings

25 November: The history of maps, Tony Atkinson

28 October: Chedworth Roman Villa, Nick Humphries

30 September: The wildlife of the Falklands, Fred Clark

24 June: My boyhood Pennine home: Civil War to Cold War – David Briggs

27 May: Herefordshire’s Medieval Landscape – Christopher Atkinson

29 April: 7pm AGM then “The Halls of the dead” – Tim Hoverd, Archaeological Projects Manager, Herefordshire Council

1 April: The Ledbury Lute: A talk and musical demonstration – Chris Egerton and Taro Takeuchi

26 February: The Hereford Bull: the story of a trow – Andrew Wynn

29 January: The history of Bromesberrow Place – Marie Forsyth

2015 meetings

27 November: From little pips… The history and natural history of Colwall’s orchards – Tim Dixon

30 October: Words of transformation – Alex Coppock, Conservation Architect

25 September: Churches strange and wonderful – Penny Platts

26 June: Old Court Nurseries – Helen Picton

29 May: Filming for the BBC in Malvern and Ledbury – Michael Jackson

24 April: 7 pm A.G.M, followed at 7.45 by Philip Clisset and his legacy – Michael Abbott

27 March: Edward Cooper: an Elizabethan Master of St. Katherine’s Hospital – Celia Kellett

27 February: The Hereford, Ross and Gloucester railway – Martin Connop Price

30 January: Paved with living colour – the Godwins of Lugwardine – Rhys Griffith

2014 meetings

28 November: Sweden – Lena Dyche

31 October 2014: In search of the father of Hi-Fi – David Briggs

26 September 2014: Mount Everest – Bronco Lane

27 June 2014: From desert to ice: an adventure in the Chinese Karakoram – Chris Johnson

30 May 2014: A thousand years of building in stone – Beth Andrews (Earth Heritage Trust)

25 April 2014: 7pm A.G.M, followed at 7.45 by The Hereford School of Sculpture – Duncan James

28 March 2014: Pests: the unseen occupants – Jane Thomson-Webb

28 February 2014: Local produce: Just Rachel’s ice-cream – Rachel Hicks

24 January 2014: The Mappa Mundi – Sarah Arrowsmith

2013 meetings

29 November 2013: The Eastnor Project – Janet Cooper, Chairman, VCH Group

25 October 2013: The Dragon Orchard story – Norman Stanier

27 September 2013: Elgar’s Women

28 June 2013: Half-timbered restoration: the story of a cottage – Jemima Webb

31 May 2013: Medieval hall-houses of Herefordshire – Duncan James

26 April 2013: AGM 7.00pm; 7.30pm: The work of the Malvern Hills Conservators – Stephen Bound, Director

29 March 2013: “What’s in a name?” Herefordshire place-names – Anthony Moulton-Smith

22 February 2013: The Woodland Trust’s activities in Herefordshire – Jeremy Evans

25 January 2013: Voysey’s Perrycroft – Dr. Mark Archer