Cirencester Archaeological  and Historical Society The Regal: Picture Linda Walls A plaque saved by CAHS: see Projects: picture Florence Beetlestone
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Cirencester commemorates World War 1 (From Newsletter 59 April 2014) A (very) small team of Society members is researching the impact of World War 1 on the town and its residents. Can you please help us? Cirencester has a richness of memorials to the fallen of World War 1 but they are not all immediately apparent. Two striking memorials adorn the walls of the south porch of St John Baptist and the facade of the Memorial Hospital in Sheep Street, with smaller memorials to the former members of the Church Lads’ Brigade, the bell ringers of Holy Trinity, Watermoor, and pupils of Cirencester Grammar School.  Pupils of Oakley Hall and students and lecturers at the Royal Agricultural College (now University) have their own plaques. The staircase within the former Cottage Hospital in Sheep Street was paid for by the family of Major E.J. Bannatyne in gratitude for the care he received following a fatal air crash in 1917. The Sheep Street Roll of Honour lists 211 names while that on the parish church names 188 individuals. Why the discrepancy? And why in our research are we finding the names of fallen servicemen not commemorated on either, even though they were Cirencester born and bred? The town played a significant role in recruiting volunteers with over 400 answering Kitchener’s call in September 1914. Regiments were billeted in the town and Earl Bathurst’s Park was the focus for training camps and drill. The Midland and South Western Junction Railway in Watermoor was a significant link to the south coast ports and the proximity of the Bingham Hall lent itself as an ideal site for a Red Cross Hospital. Despite the hardships of war, food shortages and higher prices life continued with the town rallying to support the war effort on all fronts. Pupils at the Girls’ Council School in Lewis Lane knitted socks and mitts for the Christmas parcels for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Committee, giving up their drawing lessons in November 1916 to complete the consignment. This and many other snippets of interest are there to be uncovered. All this is working towards an Exhibition in the Society’s name at the Corinium Museum from 16 August to 14 September this year.  We cannot hope to tell the full story of the impact of World War 1 without your help in this ongoing project. Please help us - we are still searching for Frederick G. Burge, Charles Burrows, J. Johnson, William Lane, William Mustoe, George Thompson, Cyril B. Williams. Do you know of them? Are they relatives? If you can help please contact the Society via the editor. Meanwhile, many thanks for the efforts and enthusiasm of Dale Hjort, Florence Beetlestone, Linda Viner, Christopher Fear, Michael Rose and Aileen Anderson. See local press for full details of all the events and activities for ‘Cirencester Commemorates WW1’; and for Gloucestershire Local History Association’s day school see  
Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society We are always happy to see new members. Do browse our site to see what we do. While our main activity is our meetings, we have other interests, such as our projects and the publishing of short articles in our Newsletters or even on line. The Spring Newsletter was available to collect at our May meeting. if you did not collect it see below and the panel on the right. Our next activity is the WW1 Exhibition at Corinium Museum from 15 August to 14 September, for which we need stewards. If you can help for an hour or so please contact us. News items will usually be on this page. Feel free to hover over and click any picture to see what happens. Our next meeting is in September. A new programme will be published in August, which will be mailed to members.  
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Society gives Archaeology Prize to Cirencester College Student At our April meeting four students from Cirencester College presented their A level practical results to the Society. The audience was surprised by the quality and quantity of work presented. Aiden Scott, their tutor, decided that the prize, a £50 book token, should go to Dougal McDonald. Your Committee decided during the year that as part of our charitable commitment, this prize should now be awarded annually. A prize was first presented at the College on our 50th anniversary.  
Spring Newsletter no. 59 This was given to members in good standing at the May Meeting. It will be available in print form again at the September meeting. However it contains timely information, some of which is reprinted at right. If you would like to receive your copy by email as a Word or pdf document (state which), please email cahs @ [remove the blanks!] Copies will be emailed from early July.  
Society gains Heritage Lottery Funding See the Press Release The funds will be used to stage the Cirencester Commemorates Exhibition -see right. Other related events include: RAU Chapel exhibition until November, when Chapel not in use. A WW1 timeline in the Parish Church. Corinium Museum has material for Schools -ring the Museum for details New Brewery Arts Art installation on the Theme of Carrier Pigeons from July 5th  
Festival of Archaeology 2014 Corinium Museum presents two activities this year for the Festival of Archaeology. The first, on Thursday 17th July 2.30-3.30 shows off the finds from the Cotswold Community Site in Ashton Keynes. The second on Saturday 19th July When Cotswold Archaeology will have an Open Day at the Museum from 10-4pm. Both activities are included in the normal entrance charge.  
VCH Gloucestershire Newsletter This Newsletter might look a bit dry, but there are several interesting local articles in it. Your Society intends to help fund this work in the future. A Study Day re mediaeval Cirencester Brasses may also be of interest