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Programme 2019
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Thu 19th September 2019
Illustrated Extracts
from the late Peter Brown’s Memories plus "Melksham’s Market Place 1219 – 2019”. Two presentations by the committee

Thu 17th October 2019
Ken Merrett Memorial Evening
“A history of Avoncliff” Presented by Nick MCamley

Thu 21st November 2019
AGM & Social Evening

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Thu 18th July 2019
Outing to Gloucester
Further details to be announced. (Coach to leave King St Car Park at 9 15am)
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Thu 20th June 2019
A Walk Round Seend
Led by Anne Ewing. (leave Church St Car Park at 6.15 or meet at Seend Memorial Hall at 7pm)
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Thu 16th May 2019
A Visit to Chippenham Museum
Chippenham’s story from prehistoric times to the present day, arranged by Claire Selman. (leave Church Street Car Park at 6.15 or meet outside the Museum at 7pm)
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A Step Back in Time Village Tour - Thu 21st February 2019
An illustrated history of Castle Combe By Carly Batten


Carley Batten presents

A step back    in time ……

... a village tour of Castle Combe

Thursday 21st of February
Melksham Assembly Hall
7:30 pm

Vsitors welcome (£3)

Report -


As an official guide for Castle Combe Carly Batten is more used to leading a party of 10 – 15 people round the streets of her lovely village. However she was not in the least fazed by the audience of 60 – 70 people attending the February meeting of the Historical Association.

Her presentation was informative, showing a detailed knowledge of the history of the village. It was illustrated with a mix of present day pictures to compare with the very early postcards showing how very little the village had changed in the last hundred years. Yes, the stonework had been cleaned and repointed, the woodwork renewed and painted, and the ivy and other vegetation stripped away, but the essence of the village still remains unspoiled.

We were treated to numerous anecdotes of the various people who had lived in the village and were sad to see that all the small shops that had once been bakers and grocers etc were now given over to residential, but this is happening everywhere. The most important thing is that the village remains in its unspoiled state for future generations and with devotees like Carly Batten showing such dedication, this is likely to remain so.

Our March meeting will be a complete contrast. Bill King returns and the title of his talk is: “The Air Transport Auxiliary – unsung heroes of WW2”

Melksham Assembly Hall

Thursday 21st March at 7:30 pm

Coffee/tea and biscuits included for those who like to stay and chat.

Visitors are always very welcome (£3) do come and join us.

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