Our Next Meeting for 2021/22 and past talks from 2015 onwards

2021 –  2022 Programme

Walks for 2022

Three walks are now being offered to members and their friends during the summer; all are on Mondays and start in the early evening when the crowds are enjoying dinner and the traffic has hopefully become quieter. In Lower Radley the latter may not be such a problem but it should help in Oxford.  These excursions are:

Walk title Content -& distance Leader[s]     Start           time     Cost
The Old Half Timbered Houses of Radley A tour of Lower Radley’s  collection of old dwellings and a visit to one of them – around a mile – flat Richard Dudding


June 27th

Lower Radley



Oxford and the Civil War A tour of the places of interest during the siege of the royal court in Oxford – up to 2 miles – flat Stephen Barker 6.30pm

July 25th

St Giles


The Architecture of Oxford A historical review of key buildings in the centre of Oxford, both ancient and modern – up to 2 miles – flat Victoria Bentata 6.30pm

August 15th





The note describing the walks in a little more detail can be downloaded by following this link:

Summer walks 2022 summary booking note

May Meeting May 23rd

Our final talk for the spring programme was by Liz Woolley on May 23rd when she described ‘Child Labour  in 19th century Oxfordshire.’ The poster is shown below:

Child Labour poster 2

 On April 25th Richard Dudding described the Half timbered cottages of Lower Radley and the lives of their inhabitants.  This will link with a walk of the site on June 27th.  The poster is shown below.

April meeting Radley rev 2

May 23rd Meeting

The programme from Terry Randall’s March 28th talk on the ‘Lost Manor of the Fitzwaryns’ is shown below.

Fitzwaryn poster v3

Our next talk is on February 28th in the War Memorial Hall at 8.00pm.  Wendy Morrison will be describing the Lidar Survey of Chiltern Hill Forts, which added considerably to the knowledge of these Iron Age remains. Visitors are welcome –  charge £3 – masks remain an encouraged option in these libertarian days. Fuller details on the poster below:

Chilterns LiDAR poster v1

The last talk, on Monday 24th January@ 8.00pm, was a History of Abingdon Station and its branch line 1856- 1984 , given by Ivan Cadge.  . See the poster below:

Abingdon railway poster V2rev.

The last event, on Monday November 22nd, was  ‘Oxfordshire on Canvas’,  by Marie-Louise Kerr.   This talk described the exploration of the county that is possible by viewing works of art, and details of some of the artists who have worked in the area.  See the poster for this event below:

Marie Louise Kerr poster 1a

Our two earlier posters for the Autumn 2021 season are shown below:

Poster Brize Norton
September meeting Janice Kinory – Salt
  • September 29th: Liz Woolley on “Local connections with the Spanish Civil War”.
  • Spanish war liz woolley programme
  • October 27th: “Test Pit Possibilities at home, and recent archaeology in the Vale”
  • Test pits AGM and archaeology review 2020 rev2
  • November 24th: “The river at War”, an account by Bill King of the River Thames as an important strategic feature and industrial contributor in the Second World War.
  • November Zoom meeting Thames at war
  • January 26th The Otmoor Riots in a wider context – Ciaran Walsh
  • January Zoom meeting Otmoor
  • OUR SPRING 2021SEASON : We did succeed in holding two ‘face to mask’ meetings before the lockdown forced us onto Zoom.  The programme until May is shown above.  This will continue on Zoom until we can use the village hall again.


February 2019  Witney Blanket programme
January canal programme
November 19 Chilterns prog rev3
Radcot October programme
September 20 Newbury programme rev 1
1920 overall programme rev 2

You can gain an overview of our programme of talks for 2018 to 2019 by following the “1819” link below. Several other specimen programmes are also attached.

 1819 overall programme

January 1819 poster

February 1819 William Wintle poster

March 1819 Literary Oxford 2019 2 Poster

April 1919 Anni Byard  poster

19 May Becky Hogben poster