Meetings Archive

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

2022 meetings

25 November: Victorian Churches in Herefordshire. Tim Bridges. A surprisingly high proportion of rural churches in England are not medieval at all, but date from the 19th century and this is also true in Herefordshire.  Perhaps we are inclined to think that Victorian Gothic is a distinct third-best, Tim Bridges explains that this is far from the truth. 

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