Our Next Meeting
... is on Wednesday, October 17th at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall, Butts Road, Chiseldon SN4 0NJ.
It will start with the Annual General Meeting, which will be followed by a talk by David Chandler on:
‘The Horse in History’
Up to 100 years ago, the horse was widely used in farming, business, industry and war.
The horse has been a partner in human development since it was first domesticated for meat some 6000 years ago. 5000 years ago it started to be used as a draught animal, and 2000 years later it started to be ridden.
But the horse’s influence on human development has not been as widely recognised as it should have been – as will be shown in this talk, which will demonstrate it’s influence from the earliest times to the present day.
We can offer talks to interested groups on the village and its history, and on Chiseldon Camp. Please get in touch via the website, email or phone for more details.
A Chiseldon resident has brought this to our attention - we certainly didn't know it was there. It’s a milestone on Marlborough Road near Badbury crossroads and would have read "Swindon 4 Marlborough 7". You can just make out the "W".
The road from Swindon was turnpiked in the 18th century and there were stones literally every mile. There should be others in the Parish – does anyone know of any still around?
This milestone is numbered WI MLSN07 on the www.milestonesociety.co.uk website. 05 is located near 3 Mile Clump, but 06 seems to have vanished.
Only two more weeks to go! The Museum in The Old Chapel, Butts Road is open until the end of September with new exhibitions, including details of Chiseldon men who died in The Great War in 1918. It will be open every Saturday between 2 pm and 4 pm. Details here.
Come and see the new Timeline - 5000 years of village history!
Chiseldon Station Information Board
The Information Board has now been installed near Oakleys Spar, after a ‘grand unveiling’, on June 16th by Eric Shaw, attended by a number of villagers. It was made possible by grants from Chiseldon Parish Council and the Calley Memorial Hall Fund.
Talk & Tours
Chiseldon Camp trained thousands of British, American and Commonwealth troops in both World Wars. David Bailey, author of two books on the camp, gives an occasional talk and tour of the site.
'The People in the Church'
Indiscretions, a duel, violence, dodgy dealing, royalty, tragic deaths, gallantry - all these in the stories behind some of the family monuments in Holy Cross Church!
The next Talk and Tour will be published here.