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June 2020

Revolting Marlborough – Episodes from the Town’s Turbulent Past

June 24, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Nick Baxter tells us that the image of the town having a quiet history hides its radical past. Just how revolting was Marlborough?  This talk explores the themes of Medieval Mayhem, Tudor Ruffians, 17th Century Crisis, and the Reform Bill Riots of 1831 when the town's MPs were burnt in effigy by an angry crowd. * This talk may be postponed to preserve social distancing* Admission:  Members £1 Guests £2

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July 2020

Edith Cavell’s story in Belgium 1914

July 29, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Gerry Churchard’s talk details Edith Cavell’s early life in Norfolk and her motivation to become a nurse - how she ended up in a private hospital in Belgium as Matron prior to the outbreak of WW1 - her involvement with Belgian resistance and subsequent execution - exhumation after WW1 and her body returned to England. Admission:  Members £1  Guests £2

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August 2020

History of Punch and Judy

August 26, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Phil Collins gives a fun talk on the history of Britain’s most famous hand puppets. Phil, aka Professor Collywobbles, takes you through the journey from Mr Punch’s humble beginnings in Italy to his arrival in England over 350 years ago. Punch & Judy shows became commonplace in many large seaside resorts throughout the land. The professor also gives you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of his traditional show. Admission:  Members £1 Guests £2

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September 2020

The House – Highworth and Swindon Poor Law Union

September 30, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Presented by Paul Wilkins, the talk will explore how this institution came about and what life as an 'inmate' of the Union Workhouse was really like. It will also reveal its greatest legacy and how this continues to benefit many today Admission:  Members £1  Guests £2

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October 2020

A Narrow Boat Odyssey

October 28, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Richard and Sue Pracy tell their story of the realisation of a retirement dream and of a journey through England’s beautiful inland waterways. Admission:  Members £1  Guests £2

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November 2020

Our Boys-A Family’s War

November 25, 2020 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Paul Gentleman, Caroline Black will tell the incredible and true story of three men who took to the skies to defend Britain and take the fight to Germany. From the greatest air battle to take place, the Battle of Britain, to one of the most incredible stories to come out of the war, to the frontline line fighting Hitler’s terror weapon and last desperate attempt to avoid defeat. Admission:  Members: £1  Guests £2

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March 2022

‘Lost’ Swindon Rediscovered

March 30 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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A Rodbourne Community History Group Talk by Graham Carter and Noel Ponting. Life in the town between the wars [ revealed by rarely seen 'Lost' photographs and the rediscovered writings of the Swindon 'wordsmith', George E Hobbs. Admission: Members £1, Guests: £2 Free Refreshments available. Gordon Shaw - Secretary Rodbourne Community History Group 01793 616558

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April 2022

Our Boys: Family War

April 27 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Paul Gentleman, Caroline Black and Noel Beauchamp will tell the incredible and true story of three men who took to the skies to defend Britain and take the fight to Germany. From the greatest air battle to take place, the Battle of Britain, to one of the most incredible stories to come out of the war, to the front line line fighting Hitler’s terror weapon and last desperate attempt to avoid defeat. Admission: £1 Members, Guests: £2.00 Free Refreshments

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May 2022

RCHG AGM 2022

May 25 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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This will be our first AGM meeting since 2020. As there are a substantial number of items to discuss it has been decided that there will be no speaker giving a talk. The meeting will be for members only. If members of the public wish to take out membership prior to this meeting they can do so by selecting "Find Out More" and clicking on the link for membership. (https://www.rodbournehistory.org/membership/) Admission: £1.00 Free refreshments

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June 2022

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GEORGE WILLIAM SIMS

June 29 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Martin Robins will tell us about the fascinating life of George Sims, a Swindon man who started life working in the Railway Works but later went on to do missionary work in Rhodesia for which he was awarded an MBE. He is now commemorated in Swindon with a plaque outside his birthplace in Rodbourne. I know that Martin has done a tremendous amount of research and I hope you will join us for what will be a very interesting talk…

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