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November 2016 news

Gertrude Bell Talk Cleeve Prior

Gertrude Bell,  was a pioneer explorer, adventuress and spy, mountaineer and gardener who took the Middle East by storm.  On her death she had a state funeral in her beloved Baghdad.  She was a contemporary of Lawrence of Arabia and very much involved in Arab affairs across the Middle East. King George V said “the nation shall mourn her passing.

Her fascinating story is is being told by Jan Long MBE at Cleeve Prior Memorial Village Hall on the 15 March at 8 pm – entry £5 and bar available. If you would like to go along please contact Linda Garnett-Clarke on 01789 773 287 .

January 2017 talk - Supplementary information

It was evident from comments made at the end of the History Society lecture on January 20 that not everybody was conversant with the context of the talk. The object of these notes is to provide background information and to help understand the limited scope of the findings to date.

Click here to obtain a downloadable copy of the notes.


For the balance of membership year 2016-17 the annual fee is reduced by half  to £8.50 per person, So far we have 114 members this membership year.

If you have not yet joined or renewed then you can do so at the next meeting, or contact Mary Alexander-Head before hand on 01789 491148


We have two  outings scheduled  for summer 2017. Visit the Members page to see details.

Bidford History Trail

The leaflet of the trail has been printed and distributes free to all households in our area. If you do not have one but would like a copy then please let us know. A copy for download from the website is now available under "Recent Publications". It covers 3 sheets and can be read on a tablet device walking about Bidford.

Major Publication:              "We Will Remember Them"

Following 10 years research this book looks at the background which prepared  Bidford for the Great War.  The book chronicles the stories of the men of Bidford and district who gave their lives in the Great War. Researched by Bob Marshall and supported by our Society, this substantial publication is a landmark in our local history.

The bulk of the print run has been sold already. A few copies are now available from the Society Treasurer.

 Committee Members

We are delighted to welcome two new faces into our organising work. Jenny Ganderton is responsible for membership and Chris Smith is handling publicity with the press and poster production. Full details of the committee are on the Contact page of the website.