In 1672, the north Wiltshire town of Malmesbury was swept by witchcraft hysteria. Leading families were convinced that their children were under attack from an organised coven of witches. Fourteen people were arrested as members of the coven. Visiting speaker Tony McAleavy has researched this little-known episode using sources that survive from the time. He will tell the story of the witches of Malmesbury and what happened when some of the accused were sent for trial in Salisbury.
A talk given by Paul Barnett, Maritime Historian & researcher
Paul has spent many years in the Navy both Royal and Merchant, he came ashore in 1999 and has been greatly fascinated with both local and military history at a research level ever since.
Landlocked as Gloucestershire is, with only the River Severn running gently through its midst, this talk explores the regions inseparable connection to the sea via its maritime fleet of locally named vessels and the counties role to finance the depleted navy during warship week of 1942.
At Stinchcombe Village Hall, Friday 1st November, 7.30,
£3.00 entrance, membership not necessary.
10am – 4pm Sunday 22nd September at The Old Parsonage by kind permission of Heidi Pay
Stinchcombe History Society with Archeoscan for a survey at the Old Parsonage. Archeoscan has wide experience of working with local
community groups on various archaeological projects, including surveys like
this one. They provide the equipment and the expertise while the community
provides the manpower for a hands-on experience. Read more at www.archeoscan.com and on Twitter @archeoscan.
maps and documents suggest that there are lost buildings in the Old Parsonage’s
garden. We will be looking for traces of these using resistivity techniques. We will also use metal detectors to seek objects
from the Old Parsonage’s varied history as a Church House used for parish
celebrations (and for brewing the ale consumed), parsonage and family home.
will be a charge of £5 per person for participation, to go towards Archeoscan’s
fee. If you just come for a quick look
we would request a small donation. No
special clothing is required for resistivity surveys, unlike magnetometry, but
wear sensible footwear.
Pay, the owner of the Old Parsonage, is happy for people to eat a packed lunch
in the garden if they wish. She has
kindly offered to provide drinks and toilet facilities.
Some of you may be interested in an event on Wednesday 31st July . Trudy and Kath ( Stinchcombe historical society) will take us on a tour of the churchyard at 7.30pm. to share the wonderful stories that are connected with our village and church. After we will retire into the church for wine, cheese and biscuits. any donations will go towards the upkeep of the church.