The Society is empowered to ‘publish papers, reports and other literature’ and ‘inform public opinion and provide information’. In recent years we taken up this opportunity (see below).
We owe particular thanks to Alan Inder, our President and a founder member of the Society, whose 2011 book The Changing Face of Bishop’s Waltham sold out quickly and created funds that we have been able to reinvest in new publications.
Here are 3 publications about the Second World War and life in Bishop's Waltham.
In order to provide our members, and others, with an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices that a generation made to achieve Victory in Europe and Japan, we have put together these booklets for you to read online or download and print. Bishop's Waltham Museum has also produced a VE Day booklet taking a more local look at those times.
This publication presents memories of local people during WW2 and includes a detective trail to guide you through exploring locations including a US Bomber crash site and a Royal Observer Observation Post. Available at www.pgwells.co.uk or at local outlets for only £5.
“We Will Remember Them” by Peter Ridley, Alan Inder and Tony Kippenberger
This book, published in November 2018, records the stories of the 61 servicemen from Bishop’s Waltham who laid down their lives in the Great War, this “war to end all wars”. The 156-page book is packed with details of the men, their families and the war itself. With more than 50 illustrations, it captures the effect that this brutal conflict had on the men and women of a quiet rural town in Hampshire.
The Bishop’s Waltham servicemen signed up to many different kinds of service on both land and sea, their common bond being that they all lived in or near a town of about 3,000 people. A town that had a brewery, nine public houses, five butchers, five bakers, two banks and two blacksmiths. A town whose families were closely linked by kinship and marriage and one that would directly feel the loss of so many of its young men. The youngest was just 16 when he was killed.
The town’s first fatal casualty died of his wounds near Merville in November 1914 and the last died at his mother’s house in July 1919. Five men from Bishop’s Waltham lost their lives on the same day at the Battle of Jutland, two families lost three of their sons during the course of the war. The men fought on the Western Front, at Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia, in Serbia and Italy.
We Will Remember Them is available on the High Street at Studio 4, and Tashinga. Price £8.99 a copy. It is also available (+ postage and packing) from Keith Fry, Treasurer (click here for contact details).
The first print run sold out within weeks and a reprint has now been completed. All profits will go to the Royal British Legion.
“The Changing Face of Bishop’s Waltham” by Alan Inder
This is the fully revised and updated edition of Alan Inder’s highly popular 2011 book of the same name. It is over 100 pages long, in A4 landscape style, and is packed with ‘before and after’ photographs and text explaining the changes that have taken place in Bishop’s Waltham over the past 150 years and particularly the last four decades.
Published in 2017 it is available on the High Street at Studio 4, Grover Butchers, Julia’s Kitchen and Sweet Corner. It is also available at Bishop’s Waltham Museum (when it is open). Price: £16.00.
It is available to bona fide members of the Society at a 25% discount (for £12.00 + p&p) through Keith Fry, our Treasurer (click here for contact details).
“Bishop’s Waltham Palace” by Dr John Hare
The previous, largely black and white, edition of English Heritage’s guide to Bishop’s Waltham Palace sold out in the early ‘noughties’ and so, in 2015, the Society decided to fund the printing of 1,000 copies of a new all-colour guide. It is available at £3.00 a copy at Bishop’s Waltham Museum, when it is open, and (+ postage and packing) from Keith Fry, our Treasurer (click here for contact details).
From time to time, the Society feels it appropriate or necessary to produce a publication or other document (such as a letter) to make a case or explain a situation. Four of these are downloadable below - just click on each image to download the full publication.
Archaeological significance of the
Malt Lane development site
In a 2018 planning application for the development of the perennially difficult Malt Lane site (near Budgens), the Society was very concerned that the potential for archaeological discovery on the site was being ignored. As a result, the Society wrote a 4-page (downloadable) letter outlining the potentially critical archaeological significance of the site. This remains an ongoing issue at the end of 2018.
Opposing the possible demolition of Abbey Mill
In 2017, Beechcroft Development submitted a planning application to redevelop the Abbey Mill site, owned by Sainsbury’s. The application included a proposal to demolish the Abbey Mill itself. The Society felt that it was reflecting a strong community resistance to this idea and therefore composed a 9-page (downloadable) letter to Winchester City Council’s Planning Officers, arguing the case for its retention within the overall scheme.
In their revised 2018 plans, the developer agreed to keep the Mill building.
Proposals to purchase Bishop’s Waltham Palace
and its grounds
In May 2017 the opportunity arose (under the provisions of the Localism Bill 2011) for the public to buy the Palace site. The reason was that the owners of Palace House, who also own the Palace, had put their house and the grounds on the market. The Parish Council needed to know urgently what local opinion was and so asked community groups, like us, to give them feedback within two weeks.
The Society produced this 4-page (downloadable) document within days, circulated it to members asking for a simple yes/no response and was able to provide the Council with detailed feedback within the deadline (the vote was 2:1 against the public purchase of the Palace and its grounds).
Household Waste Recycling Centre
In 2016 Hampshire County Council proposed major changes to their Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) to save money because of budget cuts.
This posed a very direct threat to the HWRC in Bishop’s Waltham and so the Society produced a 6-page (downloadable) guide to the consultation process which was delivered to all Society members.
We were aware that we should not tell people how to vote, but felt we needed to explain the 22-page questionnaire. In the end our local HWRC was retained.