Dilton Marsh Local History Society, together with Westbury Heritage Society and Westbury Family History Group, are looking into the history of the Charles Case Tannery Co., which operated in Westbury Leigh from 1890 to 1983. The Westbury Heritage Centre, has...
A talk by David Dawson from Devizes Museum about these iconic hillside figures found across our county. Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall Friday 25th March at 7.30pm. Admission £4.00 - Annual membership will start again in April. All welcome
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.
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.
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.