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 planned for October and November with others to follow into the new year (see below). 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 email@example.com or our Secretary Eileen Rainey at firstname.lastname@example.org - we will be delighted to welcome you!
The currently planned Zoom meetings are detailed below. These will be added to in the near future...
For more information, 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 ways in which Bishop's Waltham was involved! A recording of this talk is available to members only - so contact us to find out how to access it. It will only be available for a limited time.
15th October “Hampshire Garden Trust”
Sally Miller, Chair of the Research Group of Hampshire Gardens Trust, will talk 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”
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. Two years on from the 100th anniversary of the end of the war seems timely for such a talk.
17th December The Society’s Christmas Party
Our own Christmas Party – details to be confirmed. Given COVID-19 restrictions this is likely to be some sort of home entertainment (probably a fiendish quiz) while you provide your own wine and mince pies in the comfort of your own home!