Bletchley Archaeological and Historical Society
Bletchley Archaeological & Historical Society
NEWSLETTER - AUTUMN 2016

Welcome both old and new members to our new lecture season 2016/17.

Jon has put together a great and varied programme for us so I hope you will find it both interesting and informative.

On September 10th Roly kicked off the new season early at Rectory Cottages Heritage Day with a wonderful display of his collection of old photos and articles of old Bletchley and Fenny Stratford. It was very enlightening to see how the area has changed over the years. Thank you Roly for displaying your amazing collections. Also thanks to the volunteers who helped on the day as it does help to advertise our society.

You should all have received a copy of our new 16/17 programme and membership fees by now and I hope you are singing our praises to your friends and neighbours, helping to enrol some new members for us.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Our first lecture covers the outstanding local discovery of the Lensborough Hoard. We are all anxious to be able to keep a sample in our county museums.

Next we will learn about the Inns and Ale houses originally found along the Watling Street route passing through Stony Stratford.

In December Dr Jarvis will update us on the history of the society.

For our New Year’s meeting Roly will share his archives of the Grand Union Canal with us.

Followed in February with an interesting talk about the City Guilds involvement in the Medieval York Mystery Plays.

March and April are two important history talks covering our area Black Propaganda Radio and Ox and Bucks soldiers on the Somme 1916.

Finally our AGM when Dianne Sutton will share one of her local revelations with us.

EVENTS

Outing: following on last year’s talk on life at Woburn, we had a very interesting tour of the town, which was also an original Eleanor Cross stop, followed by a browse at the excellent Heritage Centre. Now we also know why the public toilets are derelict!

MK library archaeology day: Justine and I attended the talk on the Marsh Farm discoveries and visited some of the many interesting displays of local and more distant finds.

I will continue to forward details from MKHA and other groups sent to me as I know several members like to attend some of these events.

Please let Jon know of any topics you would like included in next year’s programme. We have seen a revival of interest in the society, so please help it to continue. We are also always delighted to hear from any volunteers interested in joining our committee etc.

We look forward to seeing you at our first lecture on October 6th

Best wishes Sue Crabbe, BAHS Secretary.