Regular Meetings

We usually hold 10 meetings a year, including our Annual General Meeting which is always held in February.  These meetings take place on the evening of the third Thursday of the month in February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November and December.

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, since September 2020 we have introduced online  Zoom talks. More are already being planned for 2021. These will be on the customary third Thursday of the month at the usual time of 7.30. But you will now be able to attend from the comfort of your own home!


The meetings are open to all members and usually take the form of a talk that lasts around 40-45 minutes. The talks themselves cover a range of subjects that are likely both to interest and inform our members.

Members are free to invite guests to our Zoom meetings and we particularly welcome anyone who is interested in joining the Society. The subscription is just £7.00 a year for single members and £12.00 for joint membership. If you would like to join the Society please contact either our Treasurer Keith Fry at or our Secretary Eileen Rainey at - we will be delighted to welcome you!


The new style Zoom meetings are detailed below. These will be added to in the near future as we move into 2021... Each meeting is recorded and remains available for Members to watch until the next talk - we email out the details each month to Members whose emails we have. If you are not receiving emails please contact us.

17th September “The Civil War in the Meon Valley"

Colin Duncan-Jones gave a talk about the way the south of England was split between the Royalist and Parliamentary forces and how the Meon Valley became the dividing line and the many ways in which Bishop's Waltham was involved!

15th October “Hampshire Garden Trust”

Sally Miller, Chair of the Research Group of Hampshire Gardens Trust, talked about their work and some local historic gardens they have researched. The Hampshire Gardens Trust is the only voluntary organisation in the county to identify the needs and opportunities to conserve, protect and enhance the county’s rich heritage of parks, gardens and designed green spaces. They offer expert, free advice and appropriate project grants to raise awareness of the value of these special places.

19th November “Myths and Legends of World War I” 

This was a talk by Rupert Matthews who is a professional historian. He has written over 100 books and many magazine articles as well as appearing on TV and radio. His lively talks are usually packed with amusing anecdotes, gripping facts and exciting incidents. Many myths grew up during and after WWI. Two years on from the 100th anniversary of the end of the war seems timely for such a talk.

17th December A Joint Christmas Party with the BW Museum Trust!

Actor Simon Shepherd will read a selection from JRR Tolkien’s “Letters from Father Christmas” – wonderful letters from the 1920s to the 1940s sent to his grandchildren. This will be followed by a cheerful Christmas Quiz. Please bring your own mince pies or snacks and favourite tipple (and paper hat) to view from the comfort of your own home! Look forward to seeing you! Not a member – join now!

18th January The Marriage of Mary Tudor and Philip of Spain 
In 1554, Queen Mary I (eldest daughter of Henry VIII) waited at Bishop’s Waltham Palace for her bridegroom, Prince Philip of Spain (who later sent the Armada to conquer Elizabethan England) to arrive. This is your invitation to join us for the last Tudor Royal Wedding, and it was held in Winchester! 

Speaker: Don Bryan, joint author of Bloody British History: Winchester.