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Local History Society launches Autumn Programme

posted 10 Sept 2014, 08:52 by Parish Council Communications
The Freshford & District Local History Society has published details of its Autumn Programme.

The series kicks off with a talk on 24th September by Ivor Slocombe on “Bradford on Avon – the saga of water and sewage.”   Behind the quest for cleanliness and decency in 19th century Bradford lies a surprising saga of hope, enterprise, frustration and bitter inter-town rivalry.

Further meetings are on the fourth Wednesday of each month, as follows:
  • Wednesday 22nd October 2014.  Michael Davis: “Adelard of Bath.”   Adelard was one of Bath Abbey’s twelfth century luminaries.  He was a renowned scholar and a translator of Arab texts which  often preserved centuries-old Greek works lost in the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.
  • Wednesday 26th November 2014.  Reverend Richard Askew:  “Bath Abbey – the lantern of the west.”   Adelard was not the only one.  The history of the abbey is traced through the personal histories of those who served and worshipped there and who shaped the abbey and its institutions.
  • There is no meeting in December 2014.
  •  Wednesday 28th January 2015.  David Chalmers: “The long history of submarines – from Leonardo Vinci to the First World War.”

A full list of the titles and lectures during January – May 2015 will be published in January 2015.    
Membership is £7 for the year or guests may attend individual meetings for £2.  All are welcome. Further details can be found on the village website. For further information please contact the Secretary, Isla Tuck, by email or on 722372.