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Chepstow Archaeological Society Newsletter 225

January 2018

Our next meeting is on Thursday 4th January at the Conservative Club in Moor Street, Chepstow, starting at 7.30pm.  There will be a series of varied, and usually fascinating, very short talks by members followed by ‘bring and share supper’.  For those not familiar with this, we all bring a plate or bowl of savoury or sweet finger food to share.

The short talks include:

A Journey Through Europe and Time – Simon Maddison

Beetling in Roman Toilets – Keith Moseley

Alternative Thoughts on the Staffordshire Hoard – Del Samuel

Could speakers please make themselves known at the start to Ian and Colin so we can set up mic and/or projector if needed?

Members may be interested in the following events coming up soon:-

  • Tuesday 9th January at The Nelson Museum, Monmouth at 7pm ‘Nelson State Funeral, Lantern Slide Show’ presented by Sarah Amos. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine) available from Monmouth Museum 01600 710630
  • At Hereford Cathedral the ‘Weeping Window’ will be on view between 14th March and 29th April. ‘Weeping Window’ is a free display from the installation ‘Blood-swept Lands and Seas of Red’ that was originally at the Tower of London in 2014 and comprises the well-known red ceramic poppies by the artist Paul Cummins.  In addition, Hereford will be hosting a range of Home Front events, many of them a short walk from Hereford Cathedral.  Full details can be found at herefordcathedral2018.org

The Committee would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity

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December 2017

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 7th December when we will be welcoming Professor Martin Bell from the University of Reading.  The subject of Professor Bell’s talk will be ‘Recent Research in the Prehistoric Intertidal Zone of the Severn Estuary’.  As usual we will meet in the newly-refurbished and now very comfortable Conservative Club in Moor Street at 7.30pm. Professor Bell is the country’s leading authority on the archaeology of the Severn Estuary.

Our January meeting, on Thursday 4th, will be a Members Night and, of course, non-members are most welcome.  There will be short talks interspersed with a bring-and-share supper.  We need a few more talks please, so let me know if you have a 15 minute talk up your sleeve. Topics can range from anything even slightly archaeological or historical, such as a holiday, an excavation, research project or subject of particular interest.

 Best wishes

Colin and Felicity

 

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November 2017

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 2nd November at the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm.  Our speaker will be Chris Hodges, an expert on stone buildings.  His talk will be about a study he carried out on the stone buildings of the Black Mountains.

Our January meeting will be a ‘members night’ (visitors always welcome).  The 2017 members evening was such a huge success we would like to repeat it –  so if anyone has any interesting archaeology or history talks they could deliver to the members in about 15 minutes please let me know.  The subjects could be an excavation you have been on, an archaeological holiday, something of local historical or archaeological interest, a famous archaeologist, a special find……  Let me know if you have a subject you can talk about –  with or without the projector.  We will also have our usual bring and share supper.

Has anyone had any more thoughts about joining the trip to Burgundy next May?  Please let me know if you are interested.  The details are on our website

www.chepstow.org  –  or just put Chepstow Archaeology into Google.  A paper copy of the itinerary can be sent on request.

Subs are normally due in September. If you are not sure whether you have paid your subs then if you haven’t heard from our treasurer, Alan Petts then all is up-to-date. Otherwise, perhaps you could contact Alan or see him at the forthcoming meeting.

On Saturday 11th November there is a Conference on Archaeology in the Severn Estuary to be held at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay Campus near Bristol.  Tickets are £16 (£12 students) and must be booked advance as they include refreshments and lunch – available at: tinyurl.com/ SELRC2017 or Tel: 0117 9656261.   Email: infopoint@uwe.ac.uk. Tea/coffee will be available on arrival 9-9.30

 Presentations:-

‘Two roman hoards from Gloucestershire’ – Kurt Adams (Portable Antiquities Scheme)

‘Highlights from the archaeological excavations at Finzels Reach, Bristol’ – Ben Ford (Oxford Archaeology)

‘Banwell – A landscape rediscovered’ – Andy Tizzard (Border Archaeology)

’14 years at Hogwarts: YCCCART and the Northmarsh Venture’ – Vince Russett (YCCCART)

‘A wetland heritage – the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership project’ – Richard Brunning (South West Heritage Trust)

‘Tales of the Vale’ – Liz Napier and Steve Carrol (A Forgotten Landscape)

‘Transgression (Rising Water)’ – Anthony Lyons

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity

 

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October 2017

It’s that time of year for misty mornings, mellow fruitfulness and the evenings are drawing in fast – so it must also be time for our indoor meetings to start again.  We have put together another varied programme so we hope there is something to interest all.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the summer visits – we had great support but still, they don’t work without your support.

Our first indoor meeting will be on Thursday 5th October in the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm.  Our speaker will be Sue Middleton who is Programme Manager of Foresters Forest, a Lottery Funded project in the Forest of Dean.   Sue will be explaining the project and particularly the archaeological and historical aspects.

The trip to Guedelon Castle and Burgundy in May 2018 is still happening, we just need a few more people to make it viable.  If you are interested or know of any friends or relatives who may be interested, please contact me.

This programme and the newsletter can be viewed on our website http://chepstow.org.uk/ which is kept up-to-date with the latest changes. A copy of the programme in pdf form is attached to this newsletter for you to print out and keep. It can also be used as a poster if you know of somewhere locally where you can put one up.

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity

Chepstow Archaeological Society

Exclusive Members Visit to Guedelon Castle 2018

A couple of years ago one of our members visited Guedelon Castle in Burgundy, France and has been raving about it ever since saying we should organise a visit, so we have…… It’s a long way to Guedelon Castle so we have added a few more places of interest whilst we’re there.

Guedelon is in the heart of France, in northern Burgundy where a team of fifty master-builders have taken on the extraordinary challenge of building a castle using medieval techniques and materials.

We have an exclusively organised trip starting on 15th May 2018 for 6 days, 5 nights.  Flying from Birmingham airport to Paris, we will be met by our guide and a coach. Our guide will be with us for the whole tour. The first two nights will be in the Moulin de la Coudre Hotel, Auxerre. Then we transfer to the Qualys Hotel de la Paix, Baune.

Here is the itinerary:

DAY 1            Arrival in Paris Charles de Gaulle, meet & greet and transfer to Guedelon area. Check-in at the Moulin de la Coudre Hotel in Auxerre for two nights.

 

DAY 2            Visit Guedelon castle – with a local guide at our disposal.

 

DAY 3             Transfer to Burgundy area, visit Vézelay Abbey, Morvan (Bibracte Archaeological Museum) and Autun on the way. Check-in to the Qualys Hotel de la Paix in Beaune for three nights.

 

DAY 4            Visits in the area of Beaune (vineyard, Dijon and Arcenant Roman ruins)

 

DAY 5            Visits in the area of Beaune (Château de Cormatin and Cluny Abbey)

 

DAY 6            Visit Hospices de Beaune, then commence our transfer to Paris.

 

The price will be £1,098 per person, based on 25 people.

This includes air fares, a coach, a tour guide, hotel accommodation for five nights, entrance to all venues, guides, lunches. As there is no restaurant at Qualys Hotel de la Paix, we will be free to dine locally at your own expense.

Single room supplement is £206 for the five nights

Deposit

20% payable on booking and are non-refundable. The balance is to be paid three months prior to travel

To take advantage of the group discount air fares we need to book this soon.  Please can you let me know as soon as possible if you would like to be included in this holiday offer.

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity

 

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April 2017 Newsletter 217

The April meeting will be on Thursday 6th at the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow, starting at 7.30. The subject of our talk is the Mappa Mundi, and there is no one more qualified to tell us about it than Sarah Arrowsmith, author of the definitive book ‘Mappa Mundi: Hereford’s Curious Map’.  This extraordinary circular medieval map of the world is housed in a building attached to Hereford Cathedral. There will be an opportunity to view the map when we visit the Cathedral in June.  Copies of Sarah’s book will be available at the meeting for £10.

We are now at the end of our winter programme. Just the Mappa Mundi talk and the summer programme will begin. Here is our Summer Programme

Summer programme

May  13th, Saturday – visit to Llanmellin Hillfort, 5m west of Chepstow near Shirenewton) led by Dr Amelia Pannett (CADW)  meet at 2pm in the car park opposite the Tredegar Arms, Shirenewton.

June 24th, Saturday – guided tour of Hereford Cathedral at 10.30am followed by a guided tour and afternoon tea at Treago Castle at 2.30pm (9m south of Hereford just east of St Weonards).  Total cost of both tours and tea is £20.  To book you can pay electronically by bank transfer to Chepstow Archaeological Society a/c no 00736255 sort code 30-91-89 using your name as the payment reference. Or you can pay Alan at the next meeting.  Thanks to all who have already paid.

July 22nd, Saturday – a guided tour of Caerphilly Castle led by Rick Turner at 10.30am.  There will be a small charge on the day for the guided tour. Entry to the castle is free to CADW and English Heritage card holders, otherwise adult – £7.95, family – £23.70, senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £5.20.

August 19th, Saturday – Roman Mosaic Day at Caerwent Visitor Centre Barn.  Speaker will be Dr Nick Humphris from Chedworth Roman Villa on ‘The Artistry of Roman Mosaics and How Mosaics were Made’, followed by making your own mosaic. Cost to be confirmed.

September  – an Industrial Archaeology Day at Blaenavon with a guided tour of Blaenavon Ironworks with a visit to Big Pit, Rhymney Brewery, the Heritage Centre and a trip on the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway. Date to be confirmed

Full details for each visit will be sent out in the monthly newsletters.

We are also considering a trip to visit Guédelon Castle in Burgundy, France.  There was an enthusiastic response at his idea at the March meeting so we will continue to explore the feasibility of travel and accommodation.  If anyone can help with this please let me know.  Guédelon Castle is being built using medieval methods and is open to visitors to view traditional methods of building and the various associated crafts. For more details see http://www.guedelon.fr/en/.

Please visit the CAS web site at http://chepstow.org.uk/ to keep up-to-date with the Summer Programme. Also our Facebook page has lots of local archaeological news.

Best wishes

Colin and Felicity

 

Chepstow Archaeological Society

March 2017 Newsletter 216

Our March meeting will be on Thursday 2nd March at Chepstow Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow starting at 7.30pm.  Our speaker will be Rick Turner of ‘How to build a Castle’ fame and recently retired from Cadw where he was Inspector of Ancient Monuments. Rick will be talking about ‘The Commissioners of Sewers and the Historic Landscape of the Gwent Levels’.

Our speaker at the April meeting (April 6th) will be talking about The Mappa Mundi, the extraordinary medieval map of the world that is housed in Hereford Cathedral.  To follow up on this talk we will be visiting Hereford Cathedral on Saturday 24th June when we will be given a guided tour of the Cathedral with the option of viewing the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library. In the afternoon, we will go on to Treago Castle, just south of Hereford, where we will have a tour of this fortified manor followed by afternoon tea.  Please could you let me know if you are coming on Saturday June 24th.  The total cost for two tours and afternoon tea is £20.  To book you can pay electronically by bank transfer to Chepstow Archaeological Society a/c no 00736255 sort code 30-91-89 using your name as the payment reference. You can also pay £20 to our treasurer, Alan Petts, at one of our meetings or by posting a cheque to him at 5 Bigstone Grove, Tutshill, Chepstow, NP16 7EN.

Please visit the CAS web site at http://chepstow.org.uk/ to keep up-to-date with the Summer Programme.

Best wishes

Felicity Taylor

Programme Secretary

 

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February 2017 Newsletter 215

 

First of all, a big thank-you to all our speakers at our January meeting.  Such  an interesting range of subjects; Chepstow Bricks, Walking in Cyprus, Trostrey Archaeology Group CAS excavation in Trellech, Murder in Shirenewton, Naval Records, Newport Ship Update. They all made for a fascinating evening.  Also thanks to everyone who brought food to share.

Our speaker on Thursday 2nd February will be William Tregaskes talking about ‘Castles and Landscapes in Medieval Wales’.  Before the talk there will be a short AGM.  Please find attached the minutes from the 2016 AGM and the Treasurers’ Report.  The meeting will be as usual in the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow at 7.30pm.

Summer Programme  –  Some Notes and Dates for your diary 

May 13th (Saturday) 2pm,                      Visit to Llanmelin Hillfort with Dr Amelia Pannett (CADW)

June 24th (Saturday) 10.30am,             Guided tour of Hereford Cathedral and Treago Castle

I know June 24th seems a long way off but it would be useful to have an idea of numbers for this trip to Hereford.  We will have a guided tour of Hereford Cathedral for an hour starting at 10.30am. Following on from our talk this coming April on the Mappa Mundi we will be able to see it and visit the Chained Library afterwards at an additional cost. At 2.30pm we meet at Treago Castle, a 15th century fortified manor house near St Weonards, 11 miles south of Hereford.  We have a guided tour of the Castle booked, followed by afternoon tea.  The cost for the day will be £20.  You need to make your own arrangements for lunch.  Please let me know if you want to book a place on this outing.  To book you can pay electronically by bank transfer to Chepstow Archaeological Society a/c no 00736255 sort code 30-91-89 using your name as the payment reference. You can also pay £20 to our treasurer, Alan Petts, at one of our meetings or by posting a cheque to him at 5 Bigstone Grove, Tutshill, Chepstow, NP16 7EN.

July 22nd (Saturday)                                Visit to Caerphilly Castle with Rick Turner

Best wishes

Felicity Taylor

Programme Secretary

 

Chepstow Archaeological Society

January 2017 Newsletter 214

The first meeting of 2017 will be on Thursday 5th January at the Conservative Club, Moor Street, Chepstow, starting at 7.30pm.  As has become customary in recent years, this meeting will take the form of an informal get together with a bring-and-share supper – just bring a plate or bowl of finger food.  There will also be some very interesting short talks with many thanks to those who have volunteered to do a talk.  The subjects range from local archaeology to a local murder.  Visitors are always welcome (for a small charge of £2).

At the February meeting we will be holding our AGM.  Peter MacDonald will be retiring from the committee.  If anyone would like to take his place please let me know as soon as possible – we meet about 4 times a year.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members a very happy and peaceful New Year.

 

Best wishes

Felicity Taylor

Programme Secretary