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.

The final talk in our 20/21 season was on 20th May when  Carol Anderson spoke on Glove Making in West Oxfordshire. See the review here.

September 8th Event: Due to the increase in Covid in West Oxfordshire the committee has decided to postpone the 40th Anniversary celebrations until our AGM in May 2022. This will give us the chance to put on a fuller celebration in a (hopefully) safer environment.

The hope is that it will be possible to hold the October and November meetings in the Village Hall.”.

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
8 Sep 40th Anniversary of Wychwoods Local history Society Postponed
13 Oct David Young – Primitive Methodism
10 Nov Juliet Heslewood – William Morris and the Cotswolds

12 Jan To be Advised
9 Feb Stephen Barker- Oxfordshire during the Second World War
9 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
2 Oct Julie Ann Godson – Oxfordshire in the Past

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 continue to look 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 socity 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, and this will resume as soon as current restrictions are lifted. Meetings are usually held on the third Thursday 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.