“An Evening in Somerford Keynes”, Village Hall. Showing a DVD of a
lovely walk around the village and then screening a selection from
the 500 Village Photos so far collected.
Joy Lofthouse, a 92 year old Cirencester girl, entertained a capacity crowd with her description of life in the ATA, where she got to fly Spitfires and other military planes
James King, son of the late Jim King of Elm View, visited on Tuesday 30th December to donate an 1806 hand coloured map to the village. it will be displayed in the Village Hall. It has much detail of landholdings and land use. The map here cannot do it justice as it was taken through the glass cover, but it does show the scale of detail. More of the story on the Latest page.
The hall was packed for a remembrance meeting, at which the members of the armed forces who died in the First World War were described in a short Play. Other contributors described the campaign medals issued, and have made a start on discovering those who went to war and did return. If you know anything of these, please get in touch.Of 240 inhabitants in 1914, at least 54 went to serve the country and 12 did not return.
Flooding History of Somerford Keynes: Roger Sleeman delved in the Parish Minutes, old maps and pictures from the turn of the century.
Farming then and Now: A compilation of studies by Karen Mogridge, working on Field Names, Ann Whitwell on farming stories from the papers, and Judy Monger on general history, though Roger Sleeman had to be Judy’s voice! The projector was put to good use. As usual a good turnout.
April 2013 The Body in the Barn and other mysteries
The main item was a talk, with illustrations, given by Ann Whitwell on Crime in the village. This included bodies shot at dawn, drowned in a ditch and found in a barn as well as Bigamy, Arson and Transportation. The talk was very well received by those present. There was also an additional short presentation on significant moments in the village's recent history. Around forty people attended the meeting, an excellent turn out. Members were encouraged to get involved with the various projects that are currently underway. For further details please contact one of the co-coordinators.
February 2013 Quiz
What do you know about your Village? (Q&A now on V3 Disk)
Our Third Anniversary, much information was on display. The film of the 1985 Expedition from Malmesbury to celebrate 1300 years of Christianity was shown.
Tim Jordan, author, talked about Cotswold Stone Barns. Tim was able to illustrate his talk with copious pictures from across the Cotswolds using the hall’s new projector and screen. He also had some of his books for sale.
Your first Aviation experience, capturing living history. Various members contributed.
Bob Bewley - Archaeology from the air. Bob is not to be missed talking on his favourite subject! Forty villagers attended this popular talk.
Members Evening. Celebrating two years of the group; a large amount of material was on display and we all enjoyed a glass of wine and heard several members talking about their researches to date.
Maggie Sheen - An Overview of Pottery Making in Britain from Neolithic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon to Medieval Times
Shorncote Quarry An evening walk to see the history and growth of gravel extraction at this quarry.
Did you ever think about emigrating? To Australia or Canada? Did something or somebody prevent you from taking such a life changing step? Ever wonder what your life might have been like had you gone? Back at the beginning of the last Century, the Westmacott family did leave for Canada after about 300 years of living in Somerford Keynes where they were variously shepherd, agricultural labourer, coachman, yeoman, farmers, shoemaker, baker and grocer, (living where The Old Post Office now is), churchwarden and census enumerator. On Tuesday, 26th April descendants of the family visited the area from Western Canada to talk about their ancestors and what happened to them after arriving in Canada. You may have seen pictures of them in our Photograph Collection!
How to research local history: Linda and David VinerDavid showed us a number of different kinds of printed outputs of village and town local history. Linda reminded him that computer recording should not be forgotten, and Pat was congratulated on his data disc. David’s main message is that we may have more projects than we can currently handle, and should prioritise them. He also suggested that we are missing the bigger objective of recording the history of local gravel extraction, while there are still those around from the early days, which will clearly require collaboration with neighbouring villages. Linda said we should always look to the broader picture outside our area, while collating what happens inside it. A superb meeting overall.
Visit: Working mill at Lower Mill EstateOrganised by Ian Boast A large collection of photographs of the Lower Mill visit taken by John Sweet can be found on the History Disk v2 item 669
The Bruderhof Community: Ann WhitwellThe meeting in January had 33 of us watching a most interesting DVD of a film taken by and about the Bruderhof, founders of The Cotswold Community up the road and shown by Ann Whitwell. As there was insufficient time to show the whole record, Ann very kindly invited us to her house to see the well worthwhile remainder and some of us have already availed ourselves of her kind hospitality. Thank you, Ann!Nov 2010Crossing Places of the Upper Thames: Amy WoolacottSept 2010Reminiscences: Sara RadwayAugust 2010Visit: Lower Mill Estate, Organised by Ian BoastMay 2010Visit: Gloucestershire Records OfficeOrganised by Roger SleemanPicture at top of pageMay 2010Working with Mills: Ian Boast and Fred and Margaret TimbrellMarch 2010Boyhood Memories: John Hayward Now on History DiskJanuary 2010Men on the War Memorial: Lynda IsherwoodDecember 2009Display of Member’s ObjectsOctober 2009Inaugural Meeting
February 24th 1874Committed to County Gaol DevizesJohn Thompson and William Thopson, one month each for vagrancy at Somerford KeynesSeptember 1874Committed to County Gaol DevizesEliza Bateman- 3 months for assaulting Sophia Ann Walker at Somerford KeynesGazette News June 4 1879Matthew Arnold, Somerford Keynes, Wilts, a farmer, market gardener and dealer petitioned for liquidation by arrangementResearch by Ann Whitwell
Version 3 of this CD now contains all that is on V2 plus:Resource Schedule now containing almost 800 entries. An extended Images Section which now includes:The Cotswold Bruderhof (1936-1941)Parish Council Minutes and Accounts (1895-2011)Census Records (1841-1911)Some Crimes from the PastMemories of growing up in Somerford Keynes by Bernard StratfordDavid RadwayJohn HaywardViolet and Norman StratfordThe History Group Quiz Night Questions and AnswersArticles and Maps relating to The Enclosure ActFront Covers of books held in the Group's LibraryMore maps and photographsOnly £5 per copy (£1 if upgrading from Version 2) All profit to History Group fundsObtainable from Pat Cook