KHAS nominated for Organisation of the Year in ‘The Worthies’

 


Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Worthies Awards Ceremony at The Holiday Inn on May the 26th 2016, with the finalists from the relevant categories.


KHAS has been nominated in the Organisation of the Year category for ‘The Worthies”, organised by Kenilworth Chamber of Trade.  We hope to get as many votes as possible in order to raise the profile of the Society in the town.

Kenilworth Chamber of Trade Logo

Voting in all categories is available here:

http://kenilworthchamber.co.uk/survey/kenilworth-worthies-voting-form/The Worthies LogoVoting closes on Tuesday December 15, after which the top three nominees in each category will be interviewed by an external judging panel. According to the KWN, the winners will be announced in May 2016.

Best regards,
Geoff Whiteman
Secretary,
Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society (KHAS)

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Appeal: Stolen Mediaeval Stone Heads from Kenilworth Priory

Appeal for Information

These carved stone mediaeval heads were discovered during excavations at Kenilworth Priory. They were housed in the ‘Barn’ museum in the Abbey Fields, Kenilworth, from which they were stolen in December 1992. At the time of writing they are still missing.

Leamington Spa Police (+44 1926 451111) would be pleased to hear from anyone who can assist in locating their whereabouts. The associated crime number is SL/10826/92.

Stolen medieval head from Kenilworth Priory
Stolen medieval head – Click on the image to enlarge.
Stolen Mediaeval stone heads from Kenilworth Priory
Stolen medieval head – Click on the image to enlarge.

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November 2015 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY – 9th November 2015

At the Extraordinary General Meeting held last month, the membership was asked whether it was prepared to extend the licensing of the Society by Warwick District Council to use the ‘Barn’ to include the Gatehouse. Without this licence, the operation of the Gatehouse as an extension of the ‘Barn’ would have been very difficult. The pros and cons were presented and the matter put to the vote. The Society minutes now have this recorded, and the last paragraph says:
“The KHAS members present were asked to indicate their approval of the proposal by a show of hands in favour of it. A further request for a show of hands against the proposal produced no response, and the proposal was therefore declared accepted unanimously.”

» Last month Elaine Warner, Chairman of Knowle Local History Society, came in place of Diane Jones to give us a brief history of the township. It became clear as she spoke that, except for the dominance of Castle and Abbey, Kenilworth’s development was very like that of Knowle. Her talk brought back memories for many, and no doubt members will visit Knowle now & see it in a new light.

» Tonight our speaker is KHAS member and Chair of the Civic Society, Gordon Cain. He will tell us about the Cathedral Church of St. Philip in Birmingham. Gordon’s accounts of buildings are always greatly appreciated, so we are looking forward to what he has to say.

» Next month, December 14th: Members who would like to bring contributions for our festive buffet please let the Chairman, Margaret Kane or Sue Tyler know whether they will be sweet or savory – the contributions, that is. Entertainment will be provided by Paul & Alex Thompson who have visited us several times in previously. They will be telling us (if that’s the phrase) something of the goings on in Christmas Past.

» Contributions to KH2016 would be gratefully received at any time – please contact the Editor. Proposed articles include “Mythbusters” and “For the Record”. The former is, hopefully, self-explanatory; the latter is intended for small matters which have come to the attention of Members of the Society over the years but are not elsewhere recorded. An instance is the information from the former property owner that an Elizabethan coin and a Henry III coin were found in a garden in Clinton Avenue. Other content welcomed – soon!

» A CD containing every issue of from 1981 to 2015 (inc) is now available. It has on it also a file of all the ‘Tables of Content’, six spreadsheets of those contents sorted by date, author, title, and three subject categories, and one continuous file of all the KHs so that it can subjected to a wordsearch from beginning to end – a really valuable resource for any researcher. The Society is charging £5 a CD, which, if you consider that people in the Town have bought over 60 copies of KH2015 alone for £5 from the Bookshop this year, is incredibly good value for money.

» Kenilworth Family History Society “ ‘Alice and the King’; Story of a WW1 nurse by Dahlia Harrison 11th November SCC 7.30pm

» The Warwickshire Local History Society 17th November 2015 Dr Nat Alcock, ‘“On the Road”: Travelling in Warwickshire and beyond before the Railway Age’. 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» Kineton Local History Soc. Friday 20 November – Kineton’s soldiers from Bridge Street, during and after the First World War – David Fisher. All meetings at 7.30pm at Kineton Village Hall

» Warwickshire Geology: 18 November: Dr Noel Worley (formerly chief geologist, British Gypsum): The Genesis and Evolution of Sulphate Evaporites. All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start.

» CADAS: 10th November: “The New Lunt Roman Fort” Lecturer: Paul Thompson All meetings are held at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30.

» The third edition of A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street Names, originally produced by former Secretary, Geoff Hilton, is out, edited now by Robin Leach.

A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street Names (Third Edition)
A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street Names (Third Edition)

» The second edition of The Story of the Abbey, by Sunley & Stevens, first published 20 years ago but now enhanced with discoveries made in the 20 year gap, largely by members of this Society, is now available. Published price is £10, but copies are available to members tonight at £8.

» Miscellaneous guide books to places all over the country and of various dates are available for sale at the back of the room – 5p each, to the Society’s funds.

Contacts:

Chairman – 01676 532654;
Secretary – 01926 858670
Treasurer – 01926 852655;
Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090

 

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October 2015 Newsletter

KENILWORTH HISTORY & ARCHÆOLOGY SOCIETY

October 2015 Newsletter – 12th October 2015

This month we have to have an Extraordinary General Meeting before the main business of the evening because things are moving forward in the Harry Sunley Memorial Project. The management of the Gatehouse, when it is made available to the general public, will fall to the Society, so that we shall be doing for the Gatehouse what we are already doing for the ‘Barn’, though at a lower intensity. Both buildings belong to the Town and are, therefore, under the aegis of Warwick District Council. The Society is licensed by the Council to use the ‘Barn’ and make it available to the Public. It is now proposed that the Society be licensed to the Gatehouse in exactly the same way. The further ramifications of this, which are slight, will be explained at the EGM, and a vote will be required to determine whether we are to continue with this important project.

» Last month Dr Sylvia Pinches related very clearly the history of the property and, in particular, the owners: Compton Verney came much more to life for us as a result

» Tonight Elaine Warner, Chairman of Knowle Local History Society, will be speaking to us on “A thousand years of Knowle”, in place of Diane Jones.

» Next month on the 8th of November our speaker will be KHAS member and Chair of the Civic Society, Gordon Cain. This time he will be talking to us about the Cathedral Church of St. Philip in Birmingham. Gordon’s accounts of buildings are always greatly appreciated.

» Contributions to KH2016 would be gratefully received at any time – please contact the Editor. Proposed articles include “Mythbusters” and “For the Record”. The former is, hopefully, self-explanatory; the latter is intended for small matters which have come to the attention of Members of the Society over the years but are not elsewhere recorded. An instance is the information from the finder that an Elizabethan coin and a Henry III coin were found in a garden in Clinton Avenue. Other content welcomed.

» A CD containing every issue of Kenilworth History from 1981 to 2015 (inc) is now available. It  has on it also a file of all the ‘Tables of Content’, six spreadsheets of those contents sorted by date, author, title, and three subject categories, and one continuous file of all the KHs so that it can subjected to a wordsearch from beginning to end – a really valuable resource for any researcher.The Society is charging £5 a CD, which, if you consider that people in the Town have bought over 60 copies of KH2015 alone for £5 from the Bookshop this year, is incredibly good value for money.

Kenilworth History 1981 to 2015
Kenilworth History 1981 to 2015

» Kenilworth Family History Society “A Brief History of the Warwickshire Constabulary 1840s – 2000” by Graham Sutherland. 14th October (tomorrow night) SCC 7.30pm

» The Warwickshire Local History Society  20th October. Mark Booth, “The Manorial Rolls of Warwickshire”. 17th November 2015 Dr Nat Alcock, ‘“On the Road”: Travelling in Warwickshire and beyond before the Railway Age’ 8.00pm, preceded by coffee at 7.30pm, in The Friends’ Meeting House, 39 High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX

» Kineton Local History Soc. Friday 16 October – “The Sword in Medieval Europe” – Clive Thomas All meetings at 7.30pm at Kineton Village Hall

» Warwickshire Geology: 
21st October: AGM followed by a talk from a visiting speaker (hopefully George Guice-Holloway Award holder, Royal School of Mines, Camborne) All meetings take place at S. Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road (Kenilworth main street), Kenilworth CV8 1HL, with coffee at 7pm before a 7.30pm start

» CADAS: 13th October:” Tommy and Dennis (The only lady to fight for Britain in the Great War)” Lecturers: Alex and Paul Thompson. 10th November: “The New Lunt Roman Fort” Lecturer: Paul Thompson All meetings will be held at Friends’ Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry, at 19:30

» The third edition of A Portrait of Kenilworth Street Names, originally produced by former Secretary, Geoff Hilton, is out, edited now by Robin Leach.

» The second edition of The Story of the Abbey by Sunley & Stevens, first published 20 years ago but now enhanced with discoveries made in the 20 year gap, largely by members of this Society, is now available. Published price is £10, but copies are available to members tonight at £8.

» Miscellaneous guide books to places all over the country and of various dates are available for sale at the back of the room – 5p each, to the Society’s funds.

» We are most grateful to new member Chris Blunt for volunteering the duties of Webmaster. In the past, we have relied on the Webmaster for all the input. It is now intended that a website should include material offered by members of the Society. So, if anyone has a strong view on what should (or should not!) be included, now is the time to say. At present, with the site only in the planning stage, please channel your views through either the Chairman or the Editor (contacts below).

Contacts:
  • Chairman – 01676 532654;
  • Secretary – 01926 858670
  • Treasurer – 01926 852655;
  • Vice Chairman & Editor – 01926 858090
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Chairman’s Report 2014

It is that time of year again – the writing of my annual report seems to come around more quickly every year!

2014 saw the completion of two very long awaited projects – the Abbey Gatehouse roof and the opening of the platforms in Leicester’s Building at the Castle. The Gatehouse is now water tight at last but unfortunately the lovely ‘grass top’ attracted a number of unwelcome sunbathers during the summer months! Those of you who have already visited the platforms at the castle will know that they were well worth waiting for. The views are stunning and the details which are now visible on the principal floors make the building so much more interesting. We had a preview of what was to come in July when Richard Morris shared his research findings following his inspections from the scaffolding! There will be a private evening visit for Society members in the Spring.

Although we did not have a formal meeting in July it was, nevertheless, a very busy month. 30 members of the Society travelled by coach to Tewkesbury and Hailes Abbeys where we had excellent guided tours led by Richard Morris whose vast knowledge of these locations made for a very interesting day. The afternoon was rounded off by a visit to a garden centre near Hailes for a cream tea and the most fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. A few days later members also attended a small social get together in the Abbey Barn Museum as part of the National ‘Museums at Night’ initiative. This gave everyone a chance to view the latest improvements to the exhibits on the upper floor and it was also an opportunity for those who had not done so before to go inside the Abbey Gatehouse and hear more about the Harry Sunley Memorial Project plans. During the fortnight of the British Archaeology Festival an excavation was carried out on the west side of the Abbey Gatehouse – more on this elsewhere in this publication. Geoff Hilton was unable to lead his usual walk of the Abbey ruins as his house move took place just a few days before the date of the walk, which still went ahead but led by myself, assisted by Margaret Kane. The event was very well attended though the weather looked threatening. We managed to get almost to the end when a very large black cloud started to approach rather quickly so we all made a dash for the museum arriving just ahead of a terrific thunderstorm. At least it gave everyone a good opportunity to ask questions and enjoy the Abbey interpretation!

During the summer we hosted three Abbey tours with outside groups – one from Dudley, one from Berkswell, and one for the local Soroptomists.

In September a further guided walk of the Abbey ruins took place in support of Heritage Open Weekend. Having made sure that this was well advertised locally I was delighted that over 30 people turned up (despite the wrong date being printed in the KWN!). This time the weather held and we had a most enjoyable afternoon followed by a visit to the museum – the last day of opening. In the late afternoon we held our usual get together to thank all our volunteers who had helped at the Barn during the summer. Please do come and help next year!! During this winter a few further improvements are taking place on the upper floor of the Barn – hopefully this will be the final stage of the refurbishment. The museum will open again on Sunday 5th April 2015, until Sunday 13th September, when we will have our splendid new ‘Fish’ map and an exciting new exhibit on display.

Sadly 2014 saw the loss of two of our long-standing members – Pat Bodenham passed away in February and in August we lost our President, a founder member, Rob Steward. It was with great regret that I heard on January 7th this year that Richard Morris had passed away. During the last six months Richard struggled bravely to continue with his projects, especially the Harry Sunley Memorial Project. He will be sadly missed by his family, the academic community with which he was so closely involved and, not least, by his many friends and colleagues within KHAS.

On a brighter note I am pleased to report that a few more new members joined the Society during the year and subscriptions for 2015 will remain at the present level for a further year. We ended 2014 with a very successful Christmas social event. Contributions from members, and a few brain teasers courtesy of our Vice Chairman, made for an interesting early part of the proceedings followed by some delicious festive refreshments and a good opportunity to mingle and chat. A big thank you to everyone who contributed.

I hope that you will all enjoy the programme which your Committee has put together for 2015. During the course of the year we will be remembering the signing of Magna Carta (800 years ago) and also Henry Vs great victory at Agincourt (600 years ago). There will be outings in July and August and details of these will be published in the spring.

As always I would like to offer my thanks to my fellow Officers and Committee Members, and indeed to all our members, for their continued support.

With best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year.

Jan Cooper

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