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Stone Age to Corinium

Stone Age to Corinium

Stinchcombe History Society

Due to the Covid issue, History Societies around the county have had to cancel all their planned history talks this year. This includes the Stinchcombe History Society.

Some societies are now trialing history talks via Zoom. We have been contacted by Cam & Dursley Society who are trying this Zoom method. They have invited Stinchombe History Society to take part .

Stone Age to Corinium

Dursley and Cam Society Zoom talk will be on Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 7:30.  The subject of the talk from the Corinium Museum, in Cirencester, entitled “Stone Age to Corinium”. This is a talk on the Archaeology of the Cotswolds and will cover from prehistory to early Roman times, it covers the Cotswolds in general with the exception of the Oxfordshire part of the Cotswolds. The talk will be around 45 minutes with some time afterwards for questions.

The Corinium Museum has embarked on an exciting £1.87 million project – “Stone Age to Corinium: Discover the Archaeology of the Cotswolds” and has been successful in securing support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

No cost involved, you just need to register your interest by email. A link will be sent to you for the Zoom meeting. If anyone would like to join us on the evening, they can lodge their interest by emailing and we will then send a link to join the meeting.

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Farmer by Stone Wall

Help Record Gloucestershire’s Stone Stiles

You can help to produce photographic record

Peter Wilson of Woodchester Valley is putting together a photographic record of all the stone stiles in Gloucestershire. The Council for the Protection of Rural England supports the project. Also eventually there will be an interactive online map with photographs and information about each stile. Peter hopes this will help preserve them.

What you can do

You can help by sending to send in details of the stone stiles you know about. There has already been a good response and about 300 have been recorded. I have reported four from around Stinchcombe. One by the bus shelter on The Street, two along the path to the east of Wick Lane and one on an old route to Clingre Farm. See The Galleries Page

Clingre Lane a stone step stile standing in front of a wire fence with the roots of a tree to its right

Can anyone spot any others?  As the photographs of the three disused ones show, they may not look much like stiles. If you find one, this link gives details of how to contact Peter also you can download his form

Finally

I would be grateful if you could let me know too if you find others. If we find a few more we could possibly develop a walking route taking in our stone stiles, as Cam have done. Kath

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Russell Holloway leaps high to secure possession in Dursley's match with Old Centralians (1965)

55 Years in Stinchcombe

Memories of our 55 years living in Stinchcombe

The 60’s

When we moved to Stinchcombe in the 1960’s the Village school was still open (it closed in 1966), the motorway was being built, the Stinchcombe Band and the WI were flourishing. The Stinchcombe Stragglers Cricket Club was well known and attracted  regular star appearances. Fundraising was mainly in aid of the Church.  Events in the Village Hall under the eagle eye of Miss Chew Hooper were relatively low key.

The 70’s

During the 70’s the Church bells rang out again. Dursley Rugby Club relocated and combined with the Cricket Club to form the Stinchcombe Sports Club. Junior cricket and rugby teams catered for the youngsters of the surrounding area. We celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in style. New people moved into the village and started to join in.

The 80’s

This trend accelerated in the 1980’s as new faces appeared on the Parish Council the PCC and other groups.   A Village Cook Book was produced and we had a Flower Festival in the Church and newcomers became involved in various schemes.

The 90’s

And so into the 90’s. The Village Hall widened its scope and was gradually refurbished and improved. There were barbecues, fun sports , November 5th bonfires and fireworks, open gardens, barn dances, treasure trails , checking of footpaths  and much more.

The Millennium and beyond

The 21st Century was ushered in with the lighting of a beacon on Stinchcombe Hill ( albeit in the fog!) The work of the Village Hall Committee has given us a superb venue for  more and bigger events : Summer Balls, craft fairs, concerts , plant sales, village shows, jubilee celebrations etc. The Friends of St Cyr’s Church was formed in 2005 and has seen completion of several ambitious projects, with more to come. The Village Plan published in 2008 and subsequently refreshed  has led to several  initiatives. We have seen Last Nights of The Proms, Open Gardens, concerts, exhibitions and a safari supper in the Church and have enjoyed the use of Church Farm Barn for barn dances, art exhibitions, garden parties, antiques road shows, wine-tastings and more. A History Society and book club have been formed and a village newsletter and e-news published. There is a set of Village Walks covering much of the parish. We have a theatre club and TGI Fridays.  In 2011 the Village came together in a big way with the Save Berkeley Vale Campaign to fight the erection of 4 giant wind turbines at the edge of the conservation area.

The Future?

So now in 2020 how do we go on?  Lockdown has highlighted the wonderful sense of belonging and caring that we all share. I have been very proud to be a part of the activities through the years but some of us are ageing (reluctantly) and are slowing down. New young heads are needed so that we can move forward. We do have something very special in this village and now we require new faces on our committees with fresh ideas to carry on the work which has evolved through the decades. .

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The Witches of Malmesbury

STINCHCOMBE HISTORY SOCIETY

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.

The Witches of Malmesbury by Tony McAleavy

  7.30 pm Friday 21st February 2020 at Stinchcombe Village Hall

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