In February the History Society were treated, as expected, to a quite excellent talk from Steve Hobbs on Dilton Marsh and Westbury people through the ages. He really has been such a great example of how to encourage an interest in your local community. As some of you may know Steve retires at the end of March from his work at the Chippenham and Wiltshire History Centre, and I’m sure members will join me in wishing Steve all the best and hope he finds time to examine some of his many other interests.

By the time readers have their April news we will have had historical author, Niclola Tallis, giving her talk “Elizabeth’s Rival” on Friday 29th March 2019 at Fairfield Opportunity College at 7.30 pm. From what I’ve seen of her work, I think we can expect to have been introduced to details of Elizabeth! St. which wouldn’t normally be included in most published accounts.

On Friday 3rd May, 7.30 pm, at the Dilton Memorial Hall , one of our new members, Sally Hendry, has agreed to give a presentation on “The Westbury Workhouse”. Sally has recently produced an excellent booklet on this subject, which is available from the Westbury Heritage Society. A section of the original building can as many will know still be seen in Eden Vale Road.

The society have been fortunate in securing an invitation to visit Leighton House at at 10.30am on Saturday 4th May. Should you wish to take advantage of the offer then please do let Graham Noble –  g.rc.noble@btinternet.com or any committee member know. → Contact Us.

On Friday 7th June, Graham Bathe, who leads the archaeological excavation team at “Wulf Hall”, has agreed to talk on the findings so far unearthed and their context with the original building which no longer exists. I understand that Edward 1, stayed at the original Wulf hall in1302 on his way to Lugersall Castle and that Henry V111 stayed at the original manor house  in 1535 with Ann Boleyn where he no doubt bumped into Jane Seymour. The current manor house is still inhabited by direct relatives of Jane Seymour. We are particularly fortunate to have secured speaker Graham Bathe, due largely to our association with Robin Holley who is overall site director.

Looking further ahead we have Sophie Hawke giving a talk on the Rev. Skinner, antiquarian and archaeologist inn the Radstock/Bath area.This is programmed for the 12th July at Dilton Memorial Hall, 7.30pm start as usual.

We have also had an offer from Graham Bathe, of the Chippenhan History Centre, to deliver a talk on the First Word War  training  grounds of Salisbury Plain, part of which involved trench war simulation etc… Graham led a team who revealed  a wide range of artifacts, graffiti, etc which should prove most interesting. This will be in September, exact dates to follow.

Once again I would urge members of the history society and readers to suggest areas of local history which they consider of particular interest in order for us to look into relevant speakers.

Graham Noble