Glimpses of the Past

WESTBURY PEOPLE AND PLACES A talk by Steve Hobbs Our speaker is well known for his wide range of knowledge about Westbury and the surrounding area and gives an insight into how local people lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. The talk is arranged for Friday 22 July...

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Future Talks at Dilton Memorial Hall

Friday 22 JulySteve Hobbs -- "Glimpses of the Past" Friday 26th AugustJulie Davis -- “Wiltshire Folklore”The Chippenham History Centre Friday 30th Sept./ Sat 1st OctCharles Case -- "Tanyard”Exhibition of associated items and records in association with “Westbury...

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October News 2019

The history society were treated on Friday 13th September to a quite brilliant talk from Martin Brown,assistant county archaeologist on WW 1 Trench Warfare preparations.I’m sure many of us were unaware of the scale and detail that had taken place throughout the country to train and equip our soldiers for their allotted tasks. It should be said that the Dilton memorial Halls new screen and projector systems certainly added to the level of enjoyment.

Onwards to October, when our local musician, Din Ghani, will be giving his talk on the Lute: its evolution and role in European musical history over the ages. Din has made lutes now for several years and the detail and skill required are best seen to be appreciated. He has promised to give us a brief introduction to their construction, with examples of the finished articles on display. The talk will be held at the Memorial hall on Friday 18th October 7.30 pm as usual.

We have recently secured the promise of a talk from Sally Hendry, who some will remember recently gave a most interesting talk on the Westbury Work House , with the title “The Bratton Murders” I am assured it will be suitable even for those of us of a nervier disposition. The talk will be again held at the Dilton memorial hall on Friday 15th November. 7.30 pm.

Oral History

Could I ask readers to let me know if they have any suggestions as to individuals who have resided in Dilton Marsh, say through the 50s and 60s, who might be willing to share their memories of day to day life in Dilton Marsh. It really can prove such a rich and rewarding resource to tap into these recollections.

Sad News

Dilton  Marsh have recently lost one of its longest residents, John Bishop, a true gentleman, who lived in Dilton for more or less his entire life. We are so glad to have been able to record John’s war time memories, which will give future listeners a far better window into his character than simply the written word.

Graham Noble