History Society Report – April 2014

9339195980_67c7a0a649_zMembers turned out in good numbers again in March to hear the ex-head brewer of Morland’s, Bill Mellor, gave a very entertaining a talk entitled ‘The History of Morland’s Brewery’

Bill’s talk also covered the many changes of ownership that have taken place over the years to all local Breweries. One particularly interesting section was when Bill dealt with Morland’s development in 1979 of the incredibly successful ’Old Speckled Hen’ He told us this famous beer was produced to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the MG Car Plant in Abingdon.

Sadly the factory closed a year later, but the beer goes on!



As we Prince Charlie 1go to press, as reported earlier, members are looking forward to an illustrated talk by one of our members, David Holt,entitled ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ : The Long Road to Culloden.

Full Report next month.




‘this month’

 Chapel,_Radley_CollegeThe History Society’s next event will be held on Monday the 19th May 2014 at 7:45pm in the Methodist Church and will be a presentation of real local interest. Clare Sargent is to give a talk entitled ‘Radley College’ : The History of the School, Grounds and Buildings.

Should be very interesting, report next month.





‘next month’

 An early date for your diary on Monday the 16th June 2014 in the Methodist Church at 7:45pm the last event before the Society’s Summer Break will be an illustrated talk by Bill King entitled ‘The River at War’ : Why the Thames was such an important strategic feature in the 2nd World War


Kennington History Society talks are free to members with visitors welcome @ £2:50. Click here for further details and a membership application form.


HerefordDetails of the coach trip to Hereford, scheduled for Thursday the 25th September 2014, will be given next month, but you can register your intention to go at the any meeting of the Society. Hereford’s wonderful 11th Century Cathedral is the home of the Mappa Mundi,one of the world’s unique medieval treasures. This map of the world is thought to have been made in 1300.






George Ross

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