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The Wychwood Local History Society

After the great concerns earlier in the year that the Society might have to be ‘mothballed’ for a while, the 34 members present at the October AGM were very pleased to hear that volunteers had come forward to fulfil the officer and committee roles – great news, and an affirmation that the Wychwoods does have plenty of volunteers when push comes to shove.

The meeting agreed that a few changes were needed to ensure that the Society continued to thrive:

  • The Journal, for so long a regular publication of the WLHS, will be held in abeyance until the situation is clarified about the future;
  • To compensate for the lack of a Journal, members have a subscription-free year for 2017/2018;
  • The number of meetings will be reduced from nine to eight (omitting the June meeting) and the AGM moved back to its original home in May.

The Committee was very pleased to be able to confirm there would be a good programme of speakers in the forthcoming year, but would be looking at whether all meetings should be at the Milton Village Hall, which is considerably less expensive than the New Beaconsfield Hall in Shipton. In addition it was essential the Society’s valuable archive material should be properly looked after for posterity, and with this in view it was agreed to talk to Local History Societies at Chipping Norton, Woodstock, Witney and also the County Local History Centre in Oxford – to find a safe and permanent home where the archives and artefacts can continue to be available to members for research.

Anne Matthews thanked the Officers and Committee for all their work; everyone was delighted the Society would be continuing, and all looked forward to a year of interesting and informative talks – which are the core of the Society.

At the end of the formal business, Muriel Pilkington gave an excellent talk about The Burford Mutiny, which culminated in the shooting of three Levellers in 1649 – an event which is commemorated in Burford each May to this day.

Catherine Hitchens

December 2017 – January 2018