Future Programme

2021 Programme

Because of the impact of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, the Society was only able to hold one of its scheduled meetings in 2020.  In all, four scheduled meetings, including the Society’s AGM, had to be postponed. 

So far, the prospects for 2021 do not look a great deal better.  The  scheduled meeting on Tuesday 26th January has been postponed and it is still unclear whether, and if so when, it will be possible to resume Society meetings in the remainder of this year.

Speakers already booked for meetings in 2020 which had to be postponed have been contacted and there is every prospect of the Society being able to reschedule at least some of their talks once the holding of meetings in the Village Hall or elsewhere is again possible.

Also the Society’s 2020/2021 AGM will be held as soon as practicable, probably in conjunction with the first rescheduled meeting whenever that is.

Dates for your Diary

Please note that meetings scheduled or provisionally scheduled for the remainder of 2020 (listed below) have been postponed in the light of Government advice about public gatherings and social distancing, etc in response to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.  

Likewise, the only meeting so far scheduled for early 2021 has also been postponed.

Tuesday 24th March 2020 - Talk - POSTPONED

Tuesday 12th May 2020 - AGM + Talks - POSTPONED

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 - Talk - POSTPONED

Tuesday 10th November 2020 - Talk - POSTPONED

Tuesday 26th January 2021 -Talk - POSTPONED

Meeting 24th March 2020 - Postponed

Talk by John Boothroyd

Power in the Landscape: Anglo-Saxons between Abingdon and Dorchester

Extensive excavations over the years have revealed significant Anglo-Saxon settlements in the area, including the large great hall complex excavated at the Sutton Courtenay/Drayton site (as well as the site of an Anglo-Saxon hall discovered at Long Wittenham about which the Society heard from the House of Wessex project manager last year - report here).

The Sutton Courtenay/Drayton great hall was possibly a royal centre associated with the early Saxon rulers of Wessex.  Was Sutton linked to the other Anglo-Saxon settlements?

John Boothroyd’s talk will describe the importance of these settlerments between Abingdon and Dorchester.

Venue: Sutton Courtenay Village Hall

Tuesday 24th March 2020 7.30 pm

Free for SCLHS members; visitors £3.00

About the Speaker

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John Boothroyd, Senior Project Manager, works at Oxford Archaeology South.  He studies Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology and Archaeological Theory at Oxford.  He has been involved in recent excavations and discoveries about the history of these sites.

He has previously given a talk to the Society about the Archaeology of Bridge Farm, Sutton Courtenay.

AGM 12th May 2020 - Postponed

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th May 2020 at 7.30 pm in Sutton Courtenay Village Hall.

The AGM will be followed by a series of short talks - details to be announced nearer the time.

Meeting 22nd September 2020 - Postponed

Talk by Timothy Walker - Details to be confirmed

“What have plants done for us?”

Timothy Walker’s illustrated talk will cover the historical use of plants and mankind’s dependence on them as well as ways in which the exploitation of plants could keep up with demand from a global population.

Venue: TBC

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 (7.30 pm TBC)

[ Free for SCLHS members; visitors £3.00 ]

About the Speaker

Timothy Walker

Timothy Walker was born and brought up in South Buckinghamshire and went to school in Abingdon.  He read Botany at University College Oxford and, upon graduation, worked for two years as a trainee at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.   In 1995 he was awarded a Master of Horticulture by the Royal Horticultural Society of London.

From January 1986 to July 2014 he worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, firstly as General Foreman, then as Horti Praefectus (from 1988) and finally as Director (from 2002).   

Since 1986 he has been giving lectures to gardening clubs, horticultural societies, WIs, and many other types of group.  He has given more than 1,500 talks in Britain, Ireland, North America, and Australia to more than 100,000 people in audiences ranging from 20 to 350.  He has also presented a series on BBC TV.

Since 1992 he has been a research lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences Oxford, lecturing to all three years of the Biological Sciences course. Some of these lectures are the basis of his public lectures.  

SInce 2014 he has been a stipendiary lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford.  

He has previously given talks to the Society about The Oxford Botanic Gardens: the first 393 years and The History of Harcourt Arboretum.


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