May 2018 Newsletter


KHAS Affairs

Last Month: Dr David Symons took us behind the scenes of one of the most stunning archaeological finds in the Midlands in recent times – the Staffordshire Hoard. Dr Symonds, who had worked at BMAG for many years, outlined how the discovery of the hoard by a responsible metal detectorist had been brought to the attention of the archaeological community through the Portable Antiquities Scheme. BMAG were immediately involved and, in the months that followed, so too was a variety of specialists. Fortunately, BMAG and the Potteries Museum (Stoke) were able to raise the considerable sum necessary to retain the hoard in the Midlands. Not least was this made possible by the huge numbers converging on the museums to see the initial finds.

This evening: Roy Smart will be flying near the sun when he tackles the subject of Another Icarus: the rise and fall of Percy Pilcher …… and the art of flight.

Percy Pilcher
Percy Pilcher

On 11th June: Dr Maureen Harris: The “debauched” parson and the “wit-alreadyexpired-rogue”: Warwickshire Parish Politics, 1660-1720′

…and in July: The 2018 KHAS evening walk will take place at Temple Balsall at 7.00pm on Monday 9th July. It will be led by the Rev. Kathy Lloyd –Roberts who will give a talk and tour lasting approximately two hours. The tour will include the Templars’ Hall, the circa 13thC Chapel, and the Lady Katherine Leveson Almshouses.
If anyone finds the walking too arduous there are opportunities to leave the main tour and spend some time exploring either the Old Hall with its archaeological collection or the Chapel.
A donation of £5.00 per person is required which can be paid at either the May or June meetings. There are 30 places available to KHAS members for this event and a signing up sheet will be available for those who would like to book a place. Car parking is available but please make arrangements to car share where possible. Please direct any enquiries to Phil Stock or Sue Martin.

Saturday 18th August – a visit is being arranged to Henley in Arden when we will be viewing the 12thC St. Nicholas Church, the 15thC St. John’s Church, the Guildhall and Heritage Centre. After free time for lunch we will re-group to visit Wootton Wawen Church and Saxon Sanctuary. A total of £5 per person is required to cover various donations and this may be paid this evening or at the June meeting (please see either Chairman Jan or Margaret Kane). Places will be limited so if you would like to attend please put your name down on the sheet, also available this evening. Parking is very limited so car sharing will be essential. Full details will be sent out at the beginning of August to all of those attending.


  • Kenilworth Family History Society: Wednesday 13th June 7.30pm Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ. Barbara Griffiths: Surname Studies – an Introduction to the Guild of One Name Studies. Non-members welcome. Contact 511969
  • Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: next talk is not until 7.30pm, Wednesday 20th September. St Francis Church Hall, Warwick Rd
  • Warwickshire Local History Society: Saturday 16th June. Visit to Fillongley’s castle, church and some smaller buildings. See for details of booking etc.
  • CADAS: Next meeting is not until Monday 11th September. Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry
  • Lapworth Local History Group: Tuesday 26th June. Visit to Oxford. To book contact Barry Kennaugh 01564 783464 or 07913 292263
  • Leamington History Group: Monday 28th May: 7.30pm Dormer Conference Centre (next to St Peter’s Church in Dormer Place). Jacqui Kirk: Sir David Lodge, my Shropshire-born ancestor, and Lord Mayor of London in the plague year of 1563


Data Protection: ALL MEMBERS, even those without e-mail or sharing an address with a partner, are asked to submit their GDPR form . The GDPR comes into effect at the end of May so, thereafter, you will not be notified of Society events if you have not returned your form.

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