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2024 Programme


Next Meeting

Thursday 22 February 2024 The Great Train Robbery

Historian Roger Mason will give an illustrated talk on The Great Train Robbery.  


Other meetings planned for 2024


19 May 24 - Chearsley Pub Revival Day   

An outdoor experience visiting the six village locations that were once pubs (including the one that still is!).  Beer will of course be available - at prices not seen for many a year.

August 24 - details still being finalised

Another outdoor activity is on the cards!  Watch this space.

November 24

Again still being finalised but a fascinating evening at the Village Hall is in prospect.   



Previous Meetings


Meeting 6, 15 October 2023.  Round the Village 'Treasure Hunt' Quiz

This was the Society's first meeting held completely outdoors. 

Entitled a 'Treasure Hunt', it took the form of a quiz with a historical angle in which participants followed a trail around the village, looking for answers to the questions on their sheets.  It started and ended at the Bell pub, with refreshments served en-route at the church.  Over 70 adults and children, organised into18 teams, enjoyed a fun afternoon on a beautifully warm and sunny Sunday afternoon.

The Questions and Answers are here, along with a selection of the photos taken

Meeting 5,  15 June 2023.    Film 'Chearsley Pilgrims' plus The Swinging Sixties

This meeting followed a different format to previous.

It started with the launch of a new 30 minute film entitled ‘Chearsley Pilgrims’, produced by the North Marston History Club.  It gives interesting insights into pilgrimages in the early medieval period by following an imaginary group of pilgrims as they passed through Chearsley Village on their way to the much frequented John Schorne’s Holy Well in North Marston.

This was followed by a session entitled 'The Swinging Sixties' .   Based on research into Parish Council minutes from the 1960s, members of the Steering Group read out amusing extracts on several different themes.  After each set of readings, members of the audience who lived in the village at that time were invited to comment and share their own memories. The script used for the readings is here.

Meeting 4, 16 March 2023.    Pilgrimages to North Marston

This meeting featured  a presentation by Sue Chaplin of the North Marston History Club on the early history of the village, including story of the pilgrims visits, plus a  ‘recollections’ session in which long term Chearsley residents spoke of their memories of the village School

There was also a short presentation on the work of the CVHS Steering Group that has been formed since the last meeting.

The supporting slide sets for the evening is here.

Meeting 3, 15 September 2022.   Chearsley History, the Schorne Legend & Future Plans

A similar agenda to the second meeting, but with additional information about contact made with the North Marston History Club and the village Schorne legend.

The presentation used is here 

Meeting 2, 12 May 2022.   Chearsley - Heritage & Holy Wells

This first meeting proper of the Society was attended by about 40 people and focussed on Chearsley the village and work that had been undertaken since the Inaugural Meeting.

The presentation used is here.  

Inaugural Meeting, 2 June 2019.    Ideas for a village History Society

The idea of forming a Chearsley Historic Society was formally launched at this exhibition and reception in the Village Hall, sponsored by the Parish Council.  The event was attended by a hundred or so people who expressed strong interest in supporting and participating in future ‘Historic Chearsley’ initiatives and events.

Progress was brought to a halt by the pandemic but as restrictions eased, a number of informal meetings led to activities being planned and one major project - restoration of the Stockwell - being started.

Details of these early activities are described in a Progress Report published in December 2021        



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