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Enstone History Society runs a series of events throughout the year (see below for the 2020 programme). Currently, the membership stands at around 65 but new members are always welcome. The annual subscription is £15.00 per person. Please contact either John Pritchard or Julia Boardman if you would like to join. There are six committee members who run the society.

Committee Members:

  • John Pritchard – 01608 678175 – email: Chairman
  • Anne Francis – 01608 678820 – email: Secretary
  • Julia Boardman – 01608 677627 – email: Treasurer
  • Carol Geare – Newsletter Editor
  • Brian Pennington
  • Pam Foxhall

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Programme for 2021:

Due to Covid 19 most of the programme remains fluid but we will keep you updated as the situation progresses:

  • Wednesday, 17th February: Carol Hardy: The impact of WW1 and WW2 on Waddesdon Manor.
  • Tuesday, 16th March: Caroline Barron: Women in Medieval London.
  • Tuesday, 13th April: Frank Prochaska: Feminisation of the Monarchy.
  • Wednesday, 19th May: ffiona Perigrinor: A Medieval Pilgrim.
  • June: Visit to a place of interest. Date and venue to be advised.
  • Saturday, 17th July: Picnic at St. Kenelm’s Church.
  • September: Visit to a place of interest. Date and venue to be advised.
  • October: Speaker and subject of talk to be advised.
  • Tuesday, 14th December: Christmas Party.


This year, I have decided to produce a consolidated review of 2019 rather than to present individual officers’ reports. During the year, our speakers’ topics ranged from life at Chastleton House, at the turn of the twentieth century, to the build up to the Battle of Waterloo (including the Forbidden Dance!), Freud & Jung and Sappho & the Aeolian Aristocracy. Also, a tour of Renault Formula 1 was held in November. The quality of our speakers has been extremely high and we are grateful to them all for providing their services free of charge although the Society reimbursed their travel expenses and provided hospitality if required. All meetings, held in members’ houses, have been well supported with up to thirty members and guests attending. I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who made their homes available. In July, we held another successful picnic in St Kenelm’s churchyard, by kind permission of Mark Abrey, to celebrate the Feast of St. Kenelm.

2019 saw the 70th anniversary of the Society and to mark the occasion, there was a Champagne reception for members at The Manor House, Church Enstone. The Society has grown from its humble beginnings in 1949, when it was known as the Enstone History Circle, to the healthy position in which it finds itself today. Currently the Society has over seventy members.

May I take this opportunity to remind members that 2020 subscriptions are now due and that it would be very helpful if payment were to be made by the end of January. This obviates the need for the Membership Secretary and other committee members to spend time chasing members for overdue subscriptions. They remain at £15.00 per member and it would be appreciated if payment could be made by BACS. (Please contact the treasurer for bank details). If payment by BACS is not possible, then either cash or a cheque will be fine which can be given to any member of the Committee.

The Society’s financial position remains strong. A summary of the accounts at the end of 2019 can be obtained from the Treasurer.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all members of the Committee for their hard work in running the Society. Thanks are particularly due to Carol Geare for her steady chairmanship until her retirement last year after eight years at the helm. The Society owes a great debt of gratitude to her. Thanks are also due to Julia Boardman, our Treasurer, who manages the finances for the Society and is now also Membership Secretary (since Tim Henry stepped down last year) and to Anne Francis, our Secretary who manages our administration. Brian Pennington also deserves a special thank you for setting up the bar and organising the sandwiches for our meetings in addition to arranging the seating. Pam Foxhall continued to provide a willing hand at all our events for which I thank her. During the year, Gerry Skinner and Tim Henry stepped down from the Committee and I extend my thanks to them for their invaluable support.

We now look forward to a full programme of events during 2020 – details of which have already been circulated – and we trust that you will continue to support the Society.

John Pritchard


January 2020