All lecture meetings are held in Highworth United Reformed Church, High Street, Highworth, unless otherwise stated. Meetings start at 7.30pm.
Visitors to all events can pay on the door, however, if you wish to book tickets in advance for our lectures or events please email us or telephone Ms. Chris Suter on 01793 764811.
Members are admitted free of charge. Visitors £3.00.
MONTHLY LECTURE PROGRAMME - 2018/19
26th March 2018 - The Archaeology and Early History of Highworth - by Mike Stone
With the new building work in the town finds of the early settlers are being made all the time. Areas include the Cricklade Road area, The Willows and Priory Green.
30th April 2018 - The Elizabethan Country House - by Dr. Gill White
One of the most lively and creative periods of English country house building. Examples given include Longleat, Wollaton, Hardwick, Kirby and the alterations made to Kenilworth Castle.
21st May 2018 - The Supermarine Swift - by Guy Ellis
The 'Swift WK275' was developed and manufactured in the 1940s and 50s. A spate of accidents caused it to be grounded. These issues led to a public scandal surrounding the aircraft.
October 29th 2018: ‘Two men and one name’.
We welcome back Peter Williams for this WW1 story of friendship. Two friends went to war, one returned.
November 26th 2018: ‘The life and death of a policeman’.
Chris and Judy Rouse are back to tell the story of Enos Moulden, the first Wiltshire policeman who, in 1891, was murdered on duty. A doomed love affair, revenge, and a man in the wrong place at the wrong time.
January 28th 2019: ‘Pop Pirates of the 1960’s’.
More recent history with this talk by Tony Hadland. The story of offshore pirate radio stations, including ‘Big L’ and Radio Caroline. The talk includes numerous audio clips.
February 25th 2019: ‘The Cravens of Ashdown House’.
The talk starts with William Craven who, in the reign of Elizabeth I, went to London to make his fortune. He was so successful that at one time he lent money to the Treasury. This talk is by John Farrow.
March 25th 2019: ‘Thirty-five Shillings’.
Andy Binks is back to talk on his time at the GWR works. He starts with joining the apprentice school. Andy has a vast collection of railway photos, and always gives a lively talk.
April 29th 2019: ‘The GWR house and village’.
The small house has now been taken over by The Mechanics Industrial Trust. It is being refurbished, and is once again open to the public on certain dates. This talk includes the story of the first family who lived in the house. The speaker is Michael Stubbs.
May 20th 2019: ‘Wiltshire. A journey through time’.
The story of our county from Saxon settlement to the M4 motorway. Nicholas Baxter takes us on this journey.
Highworth School Photographs etc from yesteryear