North East Hampshire Historical
& Archaeological Society


Events in 2018

January 2018

Since there were no talks scheduled for January it was possible to conduct further reviews of old finds. This has probably completed the activity for now.

February 2018

On Feb 23rd, Pablo Haworth gave his talk on the design and use of Bailey Bridges. Developed during the Second World War, principally for use by army vehicles, they have since proved useful in emergency situations, for instance where floods have destroyed bridges.

Bailey bridge.

March 2018

The Society's Annual General Meeting took place on Mar 9th with 11 members present. John gave his report on the year past followed by Ginny's notes on the accounts. Charlie gave details of membership then Richard outlined the society's web presence. Creating a Facebook "event" for the forthcoming talk produced a significant spike in interest!

The talk on March 23rd by Maj (retd) Ian Mattison on Minley Manor History proved to be extremely popular, drawing an audience of around 40 persons. The subject was of great local interest with many attendees having either worked there themselves or with relatives who had.

Minley Manor.

April 2018

David Plunkett gave his excellent talk on North East Hampshire Mills, on April 27th, to an appreciative audience. He gave us a well-illustrated tour of known watermills along the Blackwater, Enborn, Loddon, Rother and Wey rivers. David belongs to the Hampshire Mills Group who have recently brought out a book on this subject from which many of the photos and drawings were taken.

photos of mills

May 2018

On May 25th we were treated to a talk given by Paul Vickers on the Blenheim Campaign of 1704. Paul has written several books on military history and is president of the British Model Soldier Society. After outlining the European political situation following the death of King Charles 2nd of Spain, Paul gave a detailed account of troop movements as John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough advanced into what is now Southern Germany.

The quality of Paul's presentation, the pictures and the clear maps shown were a master class in how to give an illustrated talk. The evening was rounded off with much discussion over tea and biscuits!

painting of the Duke of Marlborough signing an order.

June 2018

We were very sad to hear of the passing of Maisie Hoare who was a long-time member of NEHHAS and had been involved in many of our digs. Her funeral was held on Wed. 27th June at Easthampstead Crematorium.

There were no talks given in June.

July 2018

On a bright, if rather windy, Saturday afternoon (July 28th) eleven of us enjoyed the NEHHAS Garden Party at John and Ann Paddon's home in Farnborough. Our hosts provided drinks and some of the food while others brought more, including exquisite home-made dishes. The conversation flowed easily through archaeology, art and the upcoming meeting on the future of the Society. Thanks to John and Ann and to the others for a very enjoyable afternoon.

August 2018

At the EGM held on Friday 17th, after much discussion on the possible future of NEHHAS, it was decided by 8 votes to 3 (with 1 abstention) to close the Society when the Community Centre closes at the end of December this year. This has been the sad outcome of having too few active volunteers caused partly by the lack of archaeological opportunities in our area.

To meet with the requirements of the Charities Commission, the Society needs to pass on any assets, following closure, to other charitable organisations of similar type. It was also stressed at the EGM that examples of Borderware and other local heritage assets should remain accessible for future study.


September 2018

Our illustrated talk "Fort York" on Friday 28th was given by Les Lawrie. Les gave an excellent account of the history and visual appearance of this defensive site on the shore of Lake Ontario in Canada. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries this area was contested by the northern American states who sought to gain control and expel the native indians. Les showed us many fine photos, maps and paintings of the Fort and the military leaders involved including the chief of the native tribe. The remnants of the Fort are now surrounded by the modern city of Toronto. An enjoyable well-attended meeting to mark the end of NEHHAS lectures at the Community Centre.

October, November & December 2018

During October and November meetings were held at which all items stored at the Community Centre were reviewed and either passed on or disposed of prior to the closure of the Society. Tony, in particular, arranged for much of our pottery and other finds to be preserved at Chilcombe (Winchester) or Heckfield Place.

On Friday 14th December we had our 'Farewell' meeting at the Community Centre in Farnborough attended by 12 current members and one past member. Much talk took place over tea, coffee and 'seasonal fare'. Many members have chosen to join the Basingstoke Archeological and Historical Society which is the major player in North Hampshire.

For a review of last year's activities click here.


This page last updated in December 2018.