History Society

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Enstone History Society

Enstone History Society runs a series of events throughout the year. Currently, the membership stands at around 65 but new members are always welcome.

The Society’s financial position remains strong. A summary of the 2023 accounts is as follows:                                                                                                                        

Income:                                                      £1302                                                   

Expenditure:                                              £1185                                            

Profit                                                           £ 117            

Cash at bank + petty cash                        £1023    (£906 in 2022)

As you will see, having made a  loss last year, the Society is back in profit.

Please note that subscriptions are now due for 2024 which remain at £15.00 per person. If possible, please make a bank transfer directly to the Society’s bank account as follows:

Name: The Enstone History Society

Sort Code: 20 03 84

A/c No: 23443361

Please use your name as the reference.

Alternatively, you can pay by cheque (made payable to The Enstone History Society) or by cash. Any one of the Committee Members will be happy to take your money!

It would be very much appreciated if you would pay your subscription promptly, please.

Please contact either John Pritchard or Julia Boardman if you would like to join. There are six committee members who run the society.

Committee Members:

  • John Pritchard – 01608 678175 – email: Chairman
  • Anne Francis – 01608 678820 – email: Secretary
  • Julia Boardman – 01608 677627 – email: Treasurer
  • Carol Geare – Newsletter Editor
  • Brian Pennington

For the History Society Newsletter click here: Newsletter January 2023

Click here for a link to The Oxfordshire Local History Association (OHLA)

Meetings unless otherwise advised will be at St Kenelm’s church starting at 6.30 for 7pm. Members can bring guests for a payment of £6 which includes a drink and sandwiches.

Programme for 2024:

  • 3th January:  Christmas party at The Manor House, Church Enstone.
  • 12th March:  Thomas Willement 1786 – 1871: Stained Glass Artist to George 1V and Special Advisor on Stained Glass to Queen Victoria.: Priscilla Frost.
  • 4th April:  A Study in Stone. The Geology of Oxford University: Nina Morgan.
  • 15th May:  Rembrandt’s Eyes: Anthony Benn
  • 18th June:  Not Just Napoleon and Jane Austen: Lesser Known Weird and Wonderful Memories from 1815: Melanie King.
  • 17th July:  Traditional picnic at St. Kenelm’s church.
  • 19th September:  A recital by Laynton Handbell Ringers (including brief history): Peter Allen
  • 23rd October:  Reflections on Kiddington: Simon Townley
  • 13th November:  Drovers’ Roads in Oxfordshire and beyond: Tim Healey

We look forward to seeing you all at our various events in 2024.


A full programme of talks and events was implemented in 2023, which ranged from a talk by member Anthony Benn (The Mau Mau – Recollections and Reflections on Imperialism) to member Jeremy Burton’s talk on After the Gold Rush – a Californian Gold-mining Adventure to Nicola Coldstream’s talk on Spectacle and Surprise in the Medieval Coronation Ceremony which was particularly appropriate in a Coronation year. Nicola Coldstream also guided a group of members around three local churches. A Christmas party was held on 3rd January which was attended by around thirty members and guests. All of the Society’s talks and events were reviewed by Carol Geare, our Editor, in various newsletters throughout the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the Committee for continuing to run the Society.  Thanks are due to Julia Boardman, our Treasurer, who manages the finances for the Society and is also Membership Secretary. Thanks also to Anne Francis, our Secretary who manages our administration and to Carol Geare who is our Editor and produces our Newsletter. Brian Pennington also deserves our thanks for setting up the bar and organising the sandwiches for our meetings in addition to arranging the seating. As you are aware, Pam Foxall died last month and I would like to take the opportunity to thank her for the contribution she made to the running of the Society over the years and for her valuable support.

We trust that you will keep safe and well in 2024 and we look forward to your continued support of the Society during the coming year.

John Pritchard, Chairman.


  • Contact Info :

  • History Society Secretary: T: 01608 678820, E: