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Current Year Programme 2024

Hereford Civic Society


Meeting Programme September 2023 to August 2024

All meetings are 7.00pm for 7.30pm in Meeting Room Q at the

Kindle Centre behind ASDA, Hereford HR2 7JE unless otherwise stated



Thursday January 18th                   

Dr David Marshall (Associate the Brightspace Foundation)   “Apples and People”

The global story of the apple, illustrated with art from collections around the world


Thursday February 15th    

Malcolm Penny “Six Hundred Years a Family Home"

A talk about Brockhampton Manor House and Moat

Malcolm Penny is a retired writer and volunteer at Brockhampton Manor who continues to research the history of Brockhampton


Thursday March 21st   

Elizabeth Sempler-O’Keefe (Hereford Cathedral Archivist)  "900 Years of History of Hereford May Fair"

Monday March 25th    

Visit to Brampton Bryan Hall (by kind invitation of Victoria and Edward Harley, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire) £25pp.   Coach leaves Merton Meadow at 1pm.  Return 6pm.  FULLY BOOKED


Thursday April 18th     

Philip Hume and Kirsten Lawton- Smith (Mortimer Society)

“The Kings Writ Does Not Run Here:The Welsh Marcher Lordships”

The medieval Marcher Lordships were a region between England and Wales that, politically and administratively, didn't belong fully to either. Within each of the 50 lordships, the Marcher Lord had unique regal-like powers with their own laws, judicial powers, and access to resources and armies. This talk explores the origins and development of the Marcher Lordships in the context of the 200-year struggle for control of Wales, with particular reference to the importance of Hereford and the Marcher Lordships of western Herefordshire.


Thursday May 16th     

Angela Williams “Munitionette’s View” 

The dangers, the dramas & the day-to-day routine at Rotherwas during WW1 & WW2 


Wednesday June 12th

Visit to Cardiff organised by Hereford Guild of Guides

2 hour guided tour + free time. Coach leaves Hereford at 8.30am, arriving back at 6pm. £25. For more information/ reserve a place, contact Laura Sommerville email:

Thursday June 20th              

Mary Albright, Creative Director Boarder Oak   Title of talk to be announced          

Tuesday July 16th        “Snodhill Castle Site Visit”

Escorted tour at 11am of an operationally active archaeological site £10. The site is rough and uneven, with steep slopes and drops and is muddy when wet.  Follow up to our September 21st 2023 meeting.  Car pool from Hereford. (tba pub lunch in Dorstone/ Peterchurch)


Thursday July 18th       

Rachel Price Greenow (Land Steward) and Joe Haseley (Senior Future Farming Advisor)  

“Natural Capital and Net Zero on the Duchy of Cornwall Estate”

(Management of the Duchy of Cornwall Estates in Herefordshire)


Monday September 2nd 

Brockhampton Manor House and Moat visit

Follow up to February 15th meeting, with Malcolm Penny (writer and volunteer at Brockhampton) as our guide.  Car pool from Hereford arriving at 11am.  NT entrance charges apply (NT members free).     


Thursday September 19th  

Rhys Griffiths, Herefordshire Council Senior Archivist  

“The Godwin Tiles”


Thursday October 17th      

Tim Bridges   “Hereford’s Victorian and Edwardian Buildings”         


Thursday November 14th     

David Thame   “It means the world to us:  Places, Property Development and Memory


Wednesday December 11th at 11am    

Christmas meeting at the St John Medieval Museum and Coningsby Hospital, Widemarsh St, Hereford, HR4 9HN.      

“Hereford’s Hidden Gem” Tea/coffee & mince pies on arrival. 

Peter Harris, the Curator of the Hospital & Museum and Chairman of the Trustees will talk about the Knights Templar, the Knights Hospitaller and the First Crusade and museum artefacts before taking us on a tour of the Museum.  The Rose Gardens can be visited afterwards, where the remains of Blackfriars Monastery and a stone Preaching Cross can be found.


Hustings for General ElectionAn additional meeting of the society will be arranged once the date of the coming General Election is announced        


Annual membership:  £15.00 (£25.00 for two living at the same address).  Membership renewal due each 1st September.  The Programme of events can always be found on our website.        Non-members always welcome to attend our meetings: meeting admission £3 donation

General public:  to receive our free monthly email and be informed of our meeting programme, email:  Website:






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