Barry served for a number of years at Lyneham as a crew member in one of the squadrons based there, so he is well placed to recount the story of the famous airfield which opened in 1940.
His presentation is a fascinating study of the history of the base from being cultivated farmland before the Second World War, its development as a vital part of Britain's defences, and its controversial closure in 2012 when the site became the Defence Technical Training Centre.
Meetings start at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall, Butts Road, Chiseldon SN4 0NJ.
Meetings are free to members, but there is a £3.00 charge for visitors. Why not join us? Membership is still only £10 a year. For details of the 2017 programme of talks and events, click here.
The Museum in The Old Chapel, Butts Road is now closed for the winter. It will re-open in April with new displays to supplement the permanent exhibition. Watch this space!
Please let us know if you have any objects or photos relating to the history of the parish which we could add to our collections.
The Chiseldon Mile
(The Calley Mile Challenge Cup)
We are asking if anybody remembers this sporting event which happened every August on Chiseldon Rec. until the 1950s at least. The cup awarded to the winner has recently come to light.
We received the following email from Mrs Joyce Miller: ‘I remember this well, it was the Calley Mile Challenge Cup. My late husband, Arthur R Miller, won this in 1957 at the age of forty. I have a silver replica cup.’
If anybody else has any more information – memories, photos, press cuttings – please get in touch via the website, email or ‘phone.
We can offer talks to interested groups on the village and its history, on the Cauldrons and on Chiseldon Camp. Please get in touch via the website, email or phone for more details.