We’re back from the Summer Break – not really a break as much has been going on. A trip to Temple Balsall where Rev. Kathy Lloyd Roberts gave us a spirited and informative account of the history of the site and the functioning of the complex In August, we spent a morning exploring the two parish churches- the fine Norman edifice of St Nicholas, Beaudesert, and St. John’s, Henley,which was completely rebuilt in the 15th century. In a packed morning, we were given an authoritative introduction to the Guild Hall, followed by a ‘zip’around the Heritage Centre. This latter is a real tribute to vigour of the Henley community who provide volunteers to man the centre for most days of the year!! In the afternoon we were guided round the puzzle which is Wootton Wawen with its Saxon sanctuary.
We pick up on the theme of rogues! Dr Gillian White will speak on The Most Dissolute Man in London: the 1st Duke of Devonshire and the Building of Chatsworth. Dr White started her career at the Warwickshire Museum and then worked for the National Trust as Curator / Collections Manager at Hardwick Hall, which was the focus of her Warwick PhD.
How about writing up something of interest for Kenilworth History?
Norman Stevens has the unenviable task of assembling the material for our annual publication, Kenilworth History. He rightly points out that the lazy days of summer provide just the opportunity for each of us to write up some small snippet which has caught our interest recently. Think what has made you stop and think and offer to write a few words on it for Norman. He would be delighted!!
KHAS will be hosting a free guided walk of Kenilworth’s St. Mary’s Abbey ruins on Saturday 15th September at 3pm
On Wednesday 26th Sept, 1.00 to 1.30pm at the Market Hall Museum, there will be a ‘Show & Tell’ talk on aspects of the Sheldon Tapestry. Find out about the conservation work done to protect this Elizabethan tapestry
- Kenilworth Family History Society: Wednesday 13th June, 7.30pm Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, Contact 511969 Helen Ford, Modern Records Centre (Warwick University), Trades & Occupations
- Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: Wednesday 20th September, 7.30pm. St Francis Church Hall, Warwick Rd. Albert Benghiat: Doctors in Geology
- Warwickshire Local History Society: Saturday 22 Sept, 1.30pm, Visit to the ancient parish of Yardley, Birmingham. The aim is to explore two important historic buildings: St. Edburgha’s parish church and Blakesley Hall, & finishing with a cream tea.
- CADAS: Tuesday 11th September, 7.30pm. Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry Dr Roger White gives the Margaret Rylatt Memorial Lecture:Romans in the West Midlands.The Romans and their culture left their mark all across this area and the lecture will include conclusions from the Roman Research frameworks for the region.
- Lapworth Local History Group: Tuesday 18th Sept. 7.45pm. Aaron Manning & Adam Busiakiewicz: The State Visit of James Ito Warwick 1617: a re-evaluation
- Leamington History Group: Monday 24th Sept., 7.30pm. Dormer Conference Centre (next to St Peter’s, Dormer Place.Tara Morton: Mapping Women’s Suffrage (especially Mary Dormer Harris & Mary Louise Vellacott)
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