Calne Heritage Week

Calne Heritage Week Programme 10th-16th September 2018.

During the week the Wiltshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be giving demonstrations of their crafts at the Heritage Centre. Look out for posters detailing dates and times nearer to the event.
Based in the High Street, Steeple Ashton, the guild exists to preserve and develop the traditional crafts of spinning, weaving and dyeing.

Monday 10 September.
10.30 a.m. Calne Community Hub and Library. Ancestry for Beginners.

Always wanted to research your family tree? This session is the perfect place to start with expert tips to help use Ancestry on the library’s computers.
Places are free but limited to four people, so call the library on 01249 813128 to book.

7.00 p.m. Calne Heritage Centre. Talk- Three Remarkable Calne M.Ps: Thomas Babington Macaulay, Sir William Fenwick Williams and Robert Lowe
Between 1830 and 1868 three men with careers of national importance served as MPs for Calne. Historian Nick Baxter tells the story of their achievements and their links with Calne. Free, no booking necessary.

Tuesday 11th September.
11.00 a.m. Bowood House. Tour- Dr Priestley: The Discovery of Oxygen.
Arrive at 11.00 a.m. for tea and coffee. Tour approximately 60 minutes.
Joseph Priestley arrived at Bowood House in 1773 as a librarian and literary companion to the second earl of Shelburne. Priestley devoted much of his free time to science and experiment and lived nearby in Calne. This is a fascinating tour of Bowood House with an insight into Priestley’s life and the journey to his identification of oxygen. Guests are welcome to enjoy the house and gardens at leisure after the tour
Discounted for Calne Heritage Week £15.00 per person. Places limited to 20, so booking essential. To book please call Bowood House and gardens 01249 810961 or email houseandgardens@bowood.org

2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m– Guided Walk- In the Footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Discovering what Calne was like two centuries ago.
This guided walk with historian Nick Baxter will reveal what Calne was like during the time the famous poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived here from 1814-16. Starting at the Heritage Centre in New Road the walk visits those places Coleridge would have known.
Places are free but limited. Book at calnewiltshire.com/events or call 01249 814000. Bookings close at 11.00 p.m. the day prior to the event. The walk may include steps, but a level route can be found to accommodate needs.
7.00 p.m. Calne Heritage Centre. Talk- Echoes of War: the Calne Area during the English Civil War.
In the turbulent 17th Century, which many contemporary writers perceived as “the world turned upside down,” the English Civil War divided families and friends in a bloody conflict which led to the execution of an anointed king. Join Sue Boddington, Calne Heritage Centre Curator and author to discover the origins of the conflict and its impact on the Calne Area. Free, no booking necessary

Wednesday 12th September.
11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. All about Bees.
Heritage Bed and Breakfast, 1 Kerry Crescent, SN11 OJH

Originally built as a family home by Calne’s prosperous Harris family, enjoy the Heritage B&B’s bee-friendly gardens. Learn about the bee cycle, see the bees at work and sample produce made from their honey. Guests can then choose to enjoy refreshments for a small donation to Calne Heritage Centre.
Places are free but limited. Book at calnewiltshire.com/events or call 01249 814000. Bookings close at 11.00 p.m. the day prior to the event. Not suitable for children under 9 or those with bee allergies.

6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Guided Walk- In the Footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Discovering what Calne was like two centuries ago.
This guided walk with historian Nick Baxter will reveal what Calne was like during the time the famous poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived here from 1814-16. Starting at the Heritage Centre in New Road the walk visits those places Coleridge would have known.

Places are free but limited. Book at calnewiltshire.com/events or call 01249 814000. Bookings close at 11.00 p.m. the day prior to the event. The walk may include steps, but a level route can be found to accommodate needs.

6.00 p.m-7.15 p.m. Calne Library and Hub. Talk- Know Your Place.
Let County Local Studies Librarian Julie Davis guide you through Know Your Place, the free digital heritage mapping resource that helps users to explore their neighbourhood on-line through historical maps, collections and linked information and allows you to add your own photographs to the project. You will also have the opportunity to scan and add your own image on the day.
Places cost £3/£2 concessions and are limited, so booking essential. To book call Calne Library 01249 813128 or email libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk

7.00 p.m. Cherhill Village Hall. Talk- “Along the Great Western Way: the Coaching Trade 1750-1850.
Cherhill Village Hall,  The Street, Cherhill SN11 8XP

Graham Smith of Atwell Motor Museum unlocks the history behind the coaching route that connected Calne to Bristol and London along today’s A4. Free- no booking necessary.

Thursday 13th September.
2.00 p.m. Calne Community Hub and Library. Ancestry for Beginners.

Always wanted to research your family tree? This session is the perfect place to start with expert tips to help use Ancestry on the library’s computers.
Places are free but limited to four people, so call the library on 01249 813128 to book.

7.00 p.m. Calne Heritage Centre. Talk- The History of Brooke Bond.
The Brooke Bond Company founded by Arthur Brooke in Manchester in 1869 had become the largest tea company in the world by the 1950s. Their most famous brand, PG Tips was launched in 1930. Brooke’s bond to his customers was to provide quality tea- hence the name Brooke Bond. David Harris is a direct descendant of the Harris bacon factory family. He worked for Brooke Bond for 30 years. His role as editor of the firm’s international management magazine involved him in travelling to tea estates in India, Sri Lanka and East Africa. His talk will cover the history of the firm and some of his personal experiences.

Friday 14th September.
2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Guided Walk- The History of the Cherhill Down Landscape.
Meeting place: east end of Cherhill village opposite turning to Park Lane. Parking A4 lay-bys or Cherhill village where not obstructing access.
Enjoy far-reaching views of the downs and join National Trust Ranger Keith Steggall for a three mile walk exploring the history of Cherhill Down and Oldbury Castle.
Discover signs in the landscape that reveal its past use from the Bronze Age to more recent history with the old drove roads and the White Horse.
The three mile walk involves some hills and uneven ground. Please wear suitable footwear and be prepared for inclement weather.

Places are free but limited so booking essential. Book at calnewiltshire.com/events or call 01249 814000. Bookings close 11.00 p.m. the day prior to this event.

7.00 to 8.00 p.m. St. Mary’s Church. Bell Ringing Taster Session.
St. Mary’s Church is the only Grade I listed building in Calne and stands on the site of an earlier Saxon Minster.
The 17th Century north transept tower houses St Mary’s eight bells, known as ‘a ring of 8.’ The oldest is the sanctus bell which is approximately 500 years old and is rung just before services. The treble and the 5th bells were cast in 1707.
The Bell-ringers meet every Friday evening and Sunday morning. Participants in this taster session will learn how a church bell works and have the opportunity to ring a bell with assistance and supervision.
Please note there are 70 steps to the bell tower.

Places are free but limited to 10 so please book at calnewiltshire.com/events or call 01249 814000. Bookings close 11.00 p.m. the day prior to this event.

7.00 p.m. Calne Heritage Centre. Talk- The Anatomy of Antiques.

Marc Allum is a freelance art and antiques journalist, writer and broadcaster, based in Wiltshire. He has been a miscellaneous specialist on BBC Antiques Road Show since 1998. Besides being an author, antiques consultant and

lecturer he is also a self-confessed collectaholic. His talk, which he describes as audience friendly and fun, will range over the myths behind everyday objects, stories of famous collectors and the psychology of collecting.
Free- no booking required.

Saturday 15th September.

Calne Open Doors Day. Free Entry.
Step inside some of the most intriguing buildings in the Calne Community Area and meet the people who look after them.
Calne Heritage Centre will be open from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Call in to see the exhibition “Peace and Aftermath” which illustrates the effects of WWI on Wiltshire after the war was over.

Bevirs Solicitors – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This late 17th century house has some interesting features including a 17th century stone fireplace, rescued from a wing of nearby Castle House when it was demolished in 1974.

Zion Baptist Chapel- 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A historically significant chapel in Phelps Parade built in 1836. All are welcome to view photographs and information about the history of the chapel.

Masonic Hall – 10 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The members of St. Edmund Free Mason’s Lodge welcome visitors to the Masonic Hall to learn more about the history of Free Masonry.
St Edmund Lodge was formed in Calne in 1925 and has had three previous meeting places, the last of which was on The Green. The new Masonic Hall was opened in 2009 in Stanier Road on the Porte Marsh trading estate.

Calne Almshouses- 2 p.m-5 p.m. An opportunity to view the exterior of these intriguing 17th Century Almshouses and the residents’ beautifully tended gardens, whilst enjoying refreshments.

Family Wise 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Book a free 20 minute session to discuss family history projects with genealogy specialists Family Wise, or just drop in to find out more about their work.
To book a session contact info@family-wise.co.uk or call 01249 476777.

Calne Town Hall Council Chamber- 12.00- 3.00 p.m.
The wood panelled Council Chamber represents the history and traditions of Calne Town Council and reflects the town’s achievements since the Town Hall was opened in 1886.

St. Mary’s Church. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Built on the site of a Saxon Minster, St. Mary’s Church is the only Grade I listed building in Calne with some parts of the building dating back to 12th Century. The church is known locally as the ‘Cathedral of North Wilts.’ Friendly Church Watch guides will help you
discover the objects and stories that make the church an important part of Calne’s Heritage Quarter.
St Mary’s Bell-ringers will be giving tower tours during the day [approximately 70 steps]

St. Edmund’s Church. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
View the church’s notable collection of work by internationally renowned sculptor Sean Crampton, who became a parishioner in 1977 and produced a range of pieces for the Catholic Church including the Stations of the Cross.

Calne Methodist Church. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Methodism came to Calne in 1808, meeting at a cottage in Curzon Street and then in a former weaving shop near Anchor Road. In 1867 Lord Lansdowne provided land where the church stands today on Silver Street.

St. Peter’s Church, Blackland- SN11 8UX. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Domesday Book records a church on this site, but the oldest part of the present building dates from the 13th Century, with the original trussed rafter roof above the chancel. The bell turret was added in 1671 and the original bell made by John Lett of Salisbury is still in place. Some of the fine stained glass windows were designed by Charles Kempe, the internationally renowned Victorian artist.

Church of St. Mary and St Nicholas- Back Lane, Devizes Road, Sandy Lane SN15 2QB.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visitors are welcome to explore the church in the morning without a guide, but from 2 -5 p.m. someone will be there to greet visitors and tell them about the history of the church.
Built in 1892 as a mission church, the building was designed by J.H Hopkins. It is an unusual timber construction with a steep thatched roof. All the internal fittings are made of wood except the brass oil lamps. In 1981 it was rededicated as the church of St. Mary and St. Nicholas.

2 p.m. The History of Sandy Lane Tour.
Explore some of the fascinating history of Sandy Lane with Erin Weaver, Calne Town Council’s Events Officer, whose family formerly lived in the village.
The Community Bus leaves the Heritage Quarter Car Park at 2.00 p.m. The tour is free but as there are only 12 seats available booking is essential. Not suitable for wheelchairs due to uneven access to some of the tour sites.
Book at calnewiltshire.com/events or call 01249 814000. Bookings close 11 p.m. the day prior to the event.

East Tytherton Church and Burial ground. SN15 4LU – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Preacher John Cennick bought a house in East Tytherton in 1742 and a Moravian Community was founded there in 1745. Meet members of the East Tytherton Heritage Project and enjoy a tour around the Moravian burial ground and church in this scenic rural setting.
Free. No booking necessary.

Atwell Motor Museum. Stockley Lane, Calne SN11 0NF. Entry Fee Reduction for Open Doors Day. Tickets reduced to £6 per person.
The Atwell Motor Museum has over 100 exhibits, including cars from the 1920s onwards, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, motoring memorabilia and a reconstructed 1930s style garage.

7.00 p.m. Lansdowne Hall, Petty Lane, Derry Hill., SN11 9QY. Talk- Listed Buildings in Wiltshire, their Protection, Control and Survival.
John Baumber is the chairman of the Buildings and Monuments Committee of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society and agent for The Council of British Archaeology. His talk will illustrate the pleasures and the problems of dealing with listed buildings.
Free. No booking necessary.

Sunday 16th September.

Guided Walk- Wiltshire Wildlife Trust at Morgan’s Hill.
Starting time 1.00 p.m. Approx. 2-3 hours duration.
Morgan’s Hill Nature Reserve, near Calne, SN11 8PZ.
Meeting Place: Small Grain Picnic Area car park.
Join Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for a guided walk on the beautiful chalk grassland reserve at Morgan’s Hill. Reserve Warden Nick Self will lead you on a journey through time from the first settlements of the Celts and Romans all the way up to the current day, bringing the history of the reserve to life whilst enjoying its current state as a prime wild flower chalk grassland.
Booking essential. Maximum of 20 places available. Book on the events page of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s website. For further information please call Nick on 07876298995 or 01380 829051.
Refreshments will be available at the reserve for a donation.
Dogs on leads and families welcome, but please note that the reserve can be steep and uneven in places and is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Bowood House and Gardens 2 for 1 Entry [with voucher]
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 5 p.m.
Enjoy discounted entry to one of the area’s premier historic visitor attractions [2 for 1, cheapest free].
Bowood offers something for all the family, with picturesque grounds, over 100 acres of Capability Brown designed parkland, the beautiful Georgian house with a wealth of art and a unique antique collection, as well as the exciting Adventure Playground and Tractor Ted Little Farm.
To claim this offer: cut out the voucher in the Heritage Week Brochure  available from Calne Visitor & Communtiy Information Centre Bank House SN110EN
Terms and conditions: One free admission with a full paying adult. Last admission 5 p.m. Cheapest ticket goes free. Present this voucher at the entrance. Unable to use in conjunction with any other offer.

 

 

 

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