Forthcoming Meetings

Dates for your Diary

Please note the following dates in your diary for meetings during the remainder of 2019 and into 2020:

Sunday 16th June 2019 - Visit to Waterperry Gardens

Thursday 20th June 2019 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 24th September 2019 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 12th November 2019 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 21st January 2020 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 17th March 2020 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

May 2020 (date to be confirmed) - AGM + Talk 

Visit to Waterperry Gardens

On Sunday 16th June Waterperry Gardens are holding a Rare Plant Fair and visit to the extensive gardens for a special price of £6.  

The Gardens were created in the 1930s and the visit should be an interesting follow-up to the recent talk on professional women gardeners

As announced at the AGM, the Society plans to take advantage of the offer by inviting anyone interested to meet outside the Waterperry Garden Shop at 10.00 am and the Society will pay the £6 entrance fee for members.

The visit will give those attending the chance to browse stalls manned by experts specialising in both rare and traditional plants, all in the beautiful setting of Waterperry Gardens.

The Secretary, Julie Mcdonnell, will check in those attending and purchase tickets.  Participants will then be free to look round the gardens and the plant fair.

Those interested (apart from those who have already signed up at the AGM) are asked to let Mary Thompson know.  If necessary, shared transport can be arranged.  


Meeting 20th June 2019

Talk by Lesley Best

House of Wessex project

The House of Wessex project based at the Sylva Wood Centre at Long Wittenham is making good progress with the aid of a Heritage Lottery grant. People with expert knowledge of Anglo-Saxon history are involved with the project.

In 2016 the site of an Anglo-Saxon hall was discovered at Long Wittenham and the aim is to reconstruct the building using authentic methods and materials that were used at the time.  Sources for these have been found and construction is due to start from June 2019 onwards. The building will be a valuable educational source for schools and the public. Educational activities and courses will take place in a recently completed wooden building, with a car park nearby.

Archaeologists recognize the importance of the Saxon settlements between Sutton Courtenay and Dorchester. A Kingdom of Wessex Trail is planned to follow a route linking them. The Trail will be launched on 11 May when the Wulfheodenas (an Anglo-Saxon re-enactment group) will lead a walk from Dorchester to Long Wittenham. 

The museum in Dorchester will hold an Anglo-Saxon exhibition. A public open weekend will be held at Long Wittenham on 6/7 July. 

The reconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon building should be completed by the end of September when there will be another open weekend for the public.

About the Speaker

Lesley Best is the House of Wessex Project Manager. 

Venue : SC Village Hall

Date/Time : Thursday 20th June 2019  7.30 pm

NB This is an additional meeting arranged to coincide with the inauguration of the Kingdom of Wessex Trail and the associated open weekend at Long Wittenham on 6/7 July 2019.

All welcome : SCLHS members free; Visitors £3.00


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