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2016 - 2017  Programme

Hereford Civic Society

Meeting Programme September 2016 - July 2017


Saturday 10th/ Sunday 11th September 2016

In conjunction with the Woolhope Club, Herefordshire Heritage Open Days


Thursday 15th September 2016

Make up your minds! West or East.  The saga of another river crossing continues. Protagonists from each side present concise views.  Meeting to conclude with a vote!


Thursday 20th October 2016

Neighbourhood Plans and AGM

Full update from Neighbourhood Plan authors and Council representative.

Thursday 17th November 2016

Bill Laws – editor of Our Age Living.  Local history brought to life


Thursday 15th December 2016

Karen usher, lead on NMITE.  Update on plans for our new University


Thursday 19th January 2017

The Destructions of Victorian Hereford.  An illustrated talk.  David Whitehead


Thursday 16th February 2017

Possible tram project and people movement.  Gareth Calan Davies


Thursday 23rd March 2017

Hereford Civic Society Annual Lecture

Planning Hereford?  How to get it right.  Illustrated lecture, John Bothamley


20th April 2017

Community Archaeology. Professional archaeologist, Christopher Atkinson, specialises in landscape archaeology, and in projects which involve local communities. Illustrated with some notable success stories from Herefordshire, increasingly engaging public interest and active volunteers.


Thursday 18th May 2017 Open House at 27 Southbank Road, Hereford HR1 2TJ (off Aylestone Hill)

Open House at Clare and Huw Rees’ new home. More than a “Grand Designs” project this new house is built to exacting Passivhaus standards. Hear about translating one’s dream home into reality.  


Thursday 15th June 2017

Highways and byways. Civil Engineer, Richard Perkins of Balfour Beatty in Herefordshire, manages and maintains the county’s huge highways network.   An illustrated insight into this subject of endless public concern and debate.


Saturday 15th July 2017    Annual Outing

Our first stop will be a guided tour of Woodchester Mansion, nr Stroud.    A huge unfinished mansion designed in the Gothic Revival style for William Leigh and his wife Caroline.  William and Caroline nee Cotterell were married at Garnons, Herefordshire in 1828.  Leigh wished to establish a Catholic community in the area and his first actions subsequent to acquiring the estate in 1845 was to build a church and monastery at South Woodchester.  We will visit the church (Church of the Annunciation) after lunch where we will see a model of the monastery (the monastery was demolished in 1970).  Our final stop is Newark Park, a NT historic country house/ estate on the Cotswold Escarpment.  Lived in until 2011, originally a Tudor hunting lodge.   House, gardens and estate walks.   

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