Meetings Archive

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

2022 meetings

28 October: The Future of Agriculture in Herefordshire. Helen Hamilton, Marches Planning and Environment. Even within the last quarter century, Herefordshire agriculture has undergone some major changes : the spread of polytunnels; the proliferation of intensive poultry units; the introduction of anaerobic digesters; and the demise of the traditional orchard. What next? A personal view.

30 September: A History of Bell Ringing. Tim Keyes, Tower Captain of St Michael and All Angels Church (Ledbury parish church), will introduce us to this fascinating subject.

24 June: “The Scudamores of Herefordshire” – Heather Hurley

27 May: Film: Stories from the hop-yards

29 April: 7pm A.G.M. followed at 7.45 by Sustainable Rural Transport – Professor John Whitelegg

25 March: The evolution of the Market Hall – Martin Baines RIBA

25 February: Half-timbered Herefordshire – Penny Platts

28 January: The mystical imagery of Thomas Traherne – Andrea McLean. We are delighted to inform you that a special guest for Andrea McLean’s talk will be Richard Willmot, author of The Voluble Soil an introduction to the thought and poetry of Thomas Traherne.

2020 meetings

28 February: Life in Ledbury 1914-1919  – Jenny Harrison

31 January: A visit to Argentina – Chris Johnson

2019 meetings

29 November: Some special churches – Tim Bridges

25 October: The original magic lantern show and its history – Patrick Furley

27 September: Of Sons and Skies” – History of flying in World War 2 – Mike Jackson

21 June: The Canary Girls of Rotherwas – Angela Williams

31 May: Historic Harewood – Heather Hurley

26 April: 7pm A.G.M. followed at 7.45 Two men in Russia – Chris Johnson and Gerald Brooke

29 March: Herefordshire’s Mills – Alan Stoyel

22 February: Hatton’s Horses – Robin Thorndyke

25 January: Railways in Art – Gareth Davies

2018 meetings

30 November: Herefordshire Wildlife Trust – Rose Farrington

26 October: The Commandery, Worcester – Dennis Chamberlain

28 September: Hereford Records Office – Rhys Griffith

22 June: River trade on the Wye and Lugg – Heather Hurley

25 May: The work of the International Centre for Birds of Prey

27 April: 7pm A.G.M. followed by The restoration of Upper Hall – Chris Johnson

30 March: The Harrow and The Plough: the artist Brian Hatton – Robin Thorndyke

23 February: From twine to tinplate – Gareth Davies

26 January: The City of Hereford – Penny Platts

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: A.G.M. followed by Exploring Croft Castle – Richard Wooldridge

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: AGM followed by “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: AGM followed 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: AGM followed 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 followed by 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