We are holding virtual meetings until we are able to return to our usual venue at the Nursteed Centre.
Planned meetings. Zoom invitations with log-in details will be sent no later than the day before. Please log in at about 7.25 ready for a 7.30 start.
Tuesday 20th April - Jenny Pope - "The Sins of my Forefathers" We all have some skeletons in that family cupboard. But do you pretend they don’t exist, or do you celebrate them, warts and all? Jenny reveals some of the frailties and shortcomings from her own family history, although there is one she may be reluctant to confess... [ Jenny is known to many of us for organising coach trips (remember them?) and as our Transcribing Co-ordinator. During lockdown, she has been reviewing her own family history - none of it in Wiltshire unfortunately.]
Tuesday 18th May - to be announced
Recent meeting: Tuesday 16th March - Nick Baxter – Wiltshire During the Anarchy. Nick is a history enthusiast, passionate about the real history of people and places in the county. The setting for his talk is when Wiltshire was at the centre of the 12th century civil war between Stephen and Matilda. Bishop Roger of Salisbury helped the usurper, Stephen, to seize the throne. Roger’s castles at Malmesbury and Devizes suffered vicious attacks.
Recent meeting: Tuesday 16th February - John Craig – Fire Protection in Britain: Roman Period to World War 2. John started work in the Fire Service when he was 18 and eventually became the Chief Fire Officer for Wiltshire. He will talk about how fire fighting and fire safety developed up to the National Fire Service 1941-1948.
Recent meeting: Tuesday 19th January - Peter Anstie : Dyer and Preacher. Graham Warmington is a former minister of West End Baptist Church, Westbury and is secretary of WFHS Westbury Branch. He told us about Peter Anstie, member of the influential Anstie family of Devizes, successful Trowbridge businessman, dyer, and also pastor and minister in Westbury, Trowbridge and Devon. He died in 1848 aged 70 and was buried in Devizes.
The Nursteed Centre - our usual meeting place
Meetings: Nursteed Centre, Nursteed Road, Devizes SN10 3AH, (Click for map) first and third Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm
Access: 800 yards along A342 towards Andover: signed on the right by the pedestrian crossing.