Calendar

Calendar of events for 2022

We Are Back!

A guided foot-tour of the Evesham battlefield, led by Tony Spicer

Although the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us, forcing us to say “Covid permitting” when asked about our programme, we have a full schedule planned, starting in March. We are still filling some of our empty slots (below) so please check back for more details.

All monthly lectures start at 7.30 p.m. unless stated otherwise. To help to cover our speakers’ fees and expenses we make a nominal charge of £3 a head for members and £4 a head for non-members.

March 10th. Lecture by our own Professor Peter Coss: Richard of Grimhill and his Thirteenth-Century Manuscript. Venue: Ecgwin’s Private Members’ Club, 117 High Street, Evesham WR11 4EQ

April 7th. Lecture by Wayne Perkins: Evesham’s Medieval Graffiti. Venue: Church House, All Saints Church, Evesham WR11 4RW. Followed by Wayne Perkins leading a walk around Evesham’s Medieval Graffiti on April 9th. Starting point: Orto Lounge, Marketplace, Evesham (with bucket collection).

May 12th. Lecture by Philip Hume: The King’s Writ Does Not Run Here.

Venue: Church House, All Saints Church, Evesham WR11 4RW

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, and highlights the importance of the Marcher lordships during the 2nd Barons’ Wars.

Members might remember Philip as the organiser and Master of Ceremonies at last October’s very successful joint dayschool. Philip is the creator and editor of a three-volume series of books on the Welsh Marcher Lordships, and author of vol 1, The Welsh Marcher Lordships I: Central and North (Logaston Press, March 2021); he has written On the Trail of the Mortimers’ (Logaston Press, 2016), is a co-author of The Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll (Logaston Press, 2019), and author of articles in various journals. Philip is the Secretary of the Mortimer History Society.

May 21st and 22nd. The Battle of Evesham Ltd will be mounting another of their very popular Medieval Markets in the churchyard around All Saints’ and St Lawrence’s churches in Evesham, in part of the town park (living history displays) and surrounding areas. The Simon de Montfort Society will have its usual stand at the market and, as usual, we need and welcome volunteers to man the stand.

June 16th. Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be followed by a lecture, to be confirmed.

June 22nd. Trip to Winchester. The Great Hall of Winchester Castle, with its “round table” has been joined by exposed foundations and footings of the castle. Winchester cathedral is always interesting. Did you know that the Domesday Book might have got its title from being compiled at Winchester Cathedral, in the “domus dei”? Details to follow. Departing from Chadbury Farm Shop, Evesham at 9:00 a.m., returning at 6.00 p.m. The cost will be £20 a head.

July 9th and 10th. Tewkesbury Medieval Festival. The Simon de Montfort Society are planning to man our stall at the festival. Once again, we would welcome and need any volunteers to man the stall, especially as this is the summer break and many will be away on holiday.

August 6th and 7th. A bumper weekend for the Society. Our annual wreath-laying is being planned in conjunction with the re-enactors who also wish to pay their tribute. We will be manning our gazebo over the two days of the Battle of Evesham Ltd’s Medieval Festival (volunteers welcomed) and we hope to revive two of our pre-pandemic attractions: a guided battlefield walk and our commemorative service at Battlewell on August 7th.

September. Lecture, and date, to be confirmed.

October. We are planning our Annual Day School. It will not be as spectacular as last year’s joint day school with the Mortimer Society and the Vale of Evesham Historical Society (although we have our sights on possible future joint events) but we hope to present an interesting and entertaining day. Details to follow.

October 22nd. The Society will be represented at the Battle of Evesham Ltd’s Medieval Banquet.

November. Lecture, and date, to be confirmed.

December 15th. St Nicholas Supper. Because of a clash of bookings we will not be holding this year’s Supper on or close to the feast of St Nicholas so we might think of this as the Society’s Christmas Dinner. We will once again be dining at Holland House, Cropthorne. We will gather at 7.00 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7.30 p.m. The meal will be followed by Compline in the Holland House chapel for those who wish to attend. Cost to be confirmed.

 Please remember that we are always grateful for ideas for events, lectures and outings. Talk to David or contact him at earlsimon1265@gmail.com.

For bookings please contact Joya Snowden (jsnowden2000@gmail.com or earlsimon1265@gmail.com). Arrangements for payment will follow.

                                                                          

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