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Programme 2019
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Thu 21st February 2019
A Step Back in Time Village Tour
An illustrated history of Castle Combe By Carly Batten
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Thu 21st March 2019
The Air Transport Auxiliary – unsung heroes of WW2
A return visit by one of our favourite speakers, Bill King

Thu 18th April 2019
The Great and Not so Good
More stories from Arno’s Vale Cemetery Presented by Alan & Jane Bambury

Thu 16th May 2019
A Visit to Chippenham Museum
Chippenham’s story from prehistoric times to the present day, arranged by Claire Selman. (leave Church Street Car Park at 6.15 or meet outside the Museum at 7pm)

Thu 20th June 2019
A Walk Round Seend
Led by Anne Ewing. (leave Church St Car Park at 6.15 or meet at Seend Memorial Hall at 7pm)

Thu 18th July 2019
Outing to Gloucester
Further details to be announced. (Coach to leave King St Car Park at 9 15am)

Thu 19th September 2019
Illustrated Extracts
from the late Peter Brown’s Memories plus "Melksham’s Market Place 1219 – 2019”. Two presentations by the committee

Thu 17th October 2019
Ken Merrett Memorial Evening
“A history of Avoncliff” Presented by Nick MCamley

Thu 21st November 2019
AGM & Social Evening

 
Recent Events

Thu 17th January 2019
The Peter Brown Memorial Slide Presentation
Tony Fivash presents “Remembering the High Street”
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Thu 18th October 2018
Talk on the “Wiltshire Bustard”
by the Great Bustard group
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Thu 20th September 2018
A final tribute to the fallen of WW1
by Tony Fivash
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MELKSHAM AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

Carley Batten presents

A step back    in time ……



... a village tour of Castle Combe

Thursday 21st of February
Melksham Assembly Hall
7:30 pm


Vsitors welcome (£3)



MELKSHAM AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

Remembering the High Street



A nostalgic look at our shops over the last 50 years

Presented by Tony Fivash


The first meeting of the year saw over sixty visitors join members for the presentation entitled “Remembering the High Street”. The subject obviously struck a chord with many Melksham people.

The scenes were mostly from the 50’s onwards, within the memory of the audience with a sprinkling of very early 20th century just for pure pleasure. So many shops have come and gone over the years so this was a golden opportunity to remind us all of just what a busy little town Melksham has been.

Names like The International, first in the Market Place and then the High Street. Smiths on the corner of Church Street, The National Trust Shop and Edmund’s in Church Street. There were several Co-op shops through the years in Church Street, Lowbourne, Bank Street and Bath Road, sadly all names from the past.

However Tony did draw attention the faithful few that have been around for fifty years and more, The Samovar once in Canon Square now in King Street. Newman’s the butcher still in Church Street, Marjo in Lowbourne and S & N News now just in Church Street but at one time also in Bath Road. The Toy Shop in Bank Street and of course Gompels. There has been a chemist on part of their site for over 100 years.

Thanks to Tony Seager we were also able to include photos of “Fishy Parks” standing in the doorway of his shop in Church Street, Nelson Cole in front of his photographic shop and Nicky in the doorway of the Cobbler’s Bench both in Bath Road and finally one of his father in front of his hairdressers shop Boddington’s also in Bath Road.

With a successful evening like that under his belt one wonders what theme Tony Fivash will dream up for 2020!

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 21st February and is “A step back in time …..” a virtual tour of Castle Combe given by Carly Batten. Visitors welcome £3.


Welcome to the web site of the Melksham and District Historical Association 
 
The Melksham and District Historical Association was formed in 1962 to preserve and record for posterity the events and buildings in the town of Melksham and the surrounding area. 

From September to April the association arranges meetings in the Assembly Hall with guest speakers and slide shows of local interest (click here for details). May, June and July are reserved for visits to local places of interest and our annual outing, which takes place in July. 

The web site provides information about the association and its meetings, events and outings.