August 26, 2018

It is once more the time of year to distribute the winter lecture programme cards to members. Your secretary has hand delivered almost all of the cards, and several kind members have collected envelopes containing the programme cards for fellow-villagers. This is really helpful, and it saves postage costs for the Society.

There are some really interesting topics which we have been promised. Dr Ailsa Mainmann, our first lecturer of the season, will talk about Anglian York. A subject little studied until recently, and she has been fully involved in that work.

Dr Steve Sherlock, who has lectured to the Society several times before, has chosen as his topic a very long (both in time and in distance) archaeological project he is currently involved with – the major road-widening and re-aligning at the northern part onto a new course, of the A14 north from the city of Cambridge to Huntingdon and the A1M.  This has produced an enormous variety of finds and results cover a large spread of time. The actual details we will hear when Steve addresses us.

The third topic with be the place then known as Armageddon, now as Megiddo. We have two excellent lecturers lined up; firstly our President, Professor Joann Fletcher. Joann will talk about archaeology from 3000BC at Armageddon, and she will also look at recent events and archaeological finds, leaving the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Megiddo safely in the hands of committee member, writer and lecturer, Dr Francis Toase. Francis will give his talk after the Annual General Meeting on 9th January.

In February, Tom Hardie-Forsyth will talk to the Society about his scientific researches in Antarctica.  We are all very much in the cold (11 degrees centigrade) this August Bank Holiday weekend as I sit typing this text onto the website, such a change from the glorious heat of June, July and early August.

The summer excursion season for the Society is almost concluded, with one remaining visit, with guided tours of two Grade I Listed Lincolnshire houses. A few spaces remain on that visit.

The winter programme is already published on the website footer. We invite everyone to come along to our winter evening meetings.  They commence at 7.30pm.

Annual Subscriptions are £7.50 per person, due in October.  Guests are welcome at £2 per person per event in addition to the cost of the event itself.  We always look forward to welcoming people to our events.

Do come along to some or all of our events.  We are a friendly group, and we like to meet new friends and welcome old friends coming to our meetings.  After lectures, we have tea or coffee and biscuits (40 pence per person) available to encourage members and guests to talk with the lecturer in an informal setting.

Whilst we were still basking in the unexpected July heat of summer, I reminded members that if you have put your names on the lists for forthcoming visits, it is helpful to know if you can actually come, once you have the actual dates on the programme card.

This winter season will have six lectures. Usually we have five, but with the excellent offers to lecture which we have received there was no way we would not wish to accept and fit them into the schedule.

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