Monks Chapel

Heritage Open Days, September 2016

We were disappointed in the response that we had for our events this year. Our programme has become bi – annual over the last few years, because we  have to rely on the good offices of the local population and resources in order to try and introduce interesting subjects and venues, consequently we have to repeat  items at various times.

However, our visit to the Bath Stone Quarry Museum Trust was well received and we must thank David Pollard for allowing us access to his wonderful collection of artifacts from the quarry years.

Next came the visit to the Rudloe Stoneworks, again we had reduced numbers, but nevertheless, we received a splendid welcome, and those who attended very much enjoyed learning of the work of this Company. Thank you to Paul Baker and his staff who looked after us so well.

The illustrated talk, given by Ernest Hird, in 2 sessions at the Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouses, was very well attended, and the story of how these buildings came into being, and how they have remained in use, is one that is always fascinating. We should be extremely proud of this slice of our heritage in Corsham.  Our thanks are due to Ernest and his wife for providing the talk and the illustrations, and to many of the Almshouse volunteers, who worked hard to bring this item to fruition.

Our final day’s programme included a  visit to the Monks Park  ‘Dissenter’s’ Chapel,  the members of the chapel are always  delighted to  welcome all  visitors to this wonderful example of a 17th Century Chapel. Or one could join the ever popular ‘Walk around historic Corsham’ led by Dr Negley Harte.   The weather was not so kind to those out on this day, but we understand that those who braved the elements were  pleased with the outcome.  Our special thanks to Geoff Knapp and to Negley for ensuring these events went ahead.

The organisation of this event was also helped a great deal by the staff of The Pound  Arts Centre who printed the tickets, and  the commitment of the volunteer staff at the Tourist Information office, who issued the tickets. Sub committee members, Jean Beech, Margaret Shewring,and Margaret Smith also acted as stewards at the events, and I thank them for their support and help.  

If anyone has any thoughts on how we might extend our programme for this event in the future, we would be very pleased to hear your ideas.

Pat Whalley

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