See our outlined planned programme below and please keep an eye on this page for further news on our series of evening talks and other activities.

November 10th 2021 – Evening Talk

Our November evening talk in Milton Village Hall was with History of Art specialist Juliet Heslewood, on the subject of “William Morris and the Cotswolds”. A brief review is here.

October 13th 2021 – Evening Talk

Our October talk went ahead as planned in Milton village hall when our speaker David Young gave us a history of Primitive Methodism. A review is here.

September 8th 2021 Event: Due to the increase in Covid in West Oxfordshire at the time, the committee decided to postpone the 40th Anniversary celebrations until our AGM in May 2022.

The hope is that we will continue to hold all future meetings in the Village Hall, but we will always be responsive to changes in Government guidance and rules.

The Wychwoods Local History Society Events Programme 2021 / 2022

Date / Subject

15 Apr David Innes – Capt. Ralph Kite MC Oxon & Bucks Light Infantry
20 May AGM followed by Carol Anderson Glove making in West Oxfordshire
08 Sep 40th Anniversary of Wychwoods Local history Society Postponed to May 11th 2021
13 Oct David Young – Primitive Methodism
10 Nov Juliet Heslewood – William Morris and the Cotswolds

12 Jan John Perkins – Roman Tackley: Farms, Villas, Temples and Cemeteries
09 Feb Stephen Barker- Oxfordshire during the Second World War
09 Mar Bertie Matthews – The History of FWP Matthews Mill, Shipton-under-Wychwood
13 Apr Mark David – Alice’s Adventures in Oxford: Lewis Carroll and the River Thames
11 May AGM 40th Anniversary; followed by John Bennett – The Building of Milton-under-Wychwood
14 Sep Mark Bathurst – The Medway Queen
02 Oct Julie Ann Godson – Oxfordshire in the Past
09 Nov Tom Shannon ‘Known Unto God’ A Great War Detective Story

Recent Events

Following the success of our initial October 15th Zoom talk given by Liz Woolley on “The remarkable life of Olive Gibbs” ( details here) , we were confident in looking forward to more online talks in our programme.

Our second online talk was on Thursday 19th November when David Beaumont spoke on The Battle of Edgehill and the effects on the local community both before the battle and its aftermath. Summary here.

The third talk in our 2020/1 season was by Simon Batten of Blohham School, who spoke on “Ellen Hinde and the Prebendal”. Summary here.

Our February 18th talk featured Martin Buckland who spoke on ” The Wilts and Berks Canal Past, Present and Future”. Summary here.

On March 18th 2021 the society hosted a talk by Tom Shannon, who presented a short history of Afghanistan with a personal perspective- “The Journey From Afghanistan”. Summary here.

On April 15th 2021 the society hosted a talk by David Innes, who spoke movingly and with vivid detail on the life and times of Captain Ralph Kite of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. The story of this young soldier of the Great War is told in Dr Simon Harris’ book “RBK a Very Parfit Gentil Knight”. Summary here.

The Society in normal times meets once per month from September to May each year. Anyone with an interest in local history is very welcome to join us. We have guest speakers at every meeting. All are welcome.

Generally, all meetings are held in Milton-under-Wychwood Village Hall. Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month from 7:30pm – 9:00pm.

Members – FREE Guests – £3 per person

How to Join the Society

Please visit this page for details on how to join the society.