Life and Work of the Rev Wilbert Vere Awdry (1911 – 1997)

Life and Work of the Rev Wilbert Vere Awdry (1911 – 1997)

On Saturday August 11th 2012, in the presence of his sisters Veronica and Hilary and their children, Christopher Awdry unveiled a commemorative plaque to his father, the clergyman and writer the Rev. Wilbert Vere Awdry, at Lorne House, Box. Wilbert Awdry had lived at...

Memories of Humphries’ Wagon Works

Memories of Humphries’ Wagon Works

I recently discovered the photograph shown below, together with the document recording the start of my grandfather’s apprenticeship at W. H. Humphries’ Wagon Works, London Road, Chippenham. My grandfather, Reginald Townsend, born and educated in Derry Hill, was just...

Christmas message from chairman Michael Rumsey

Christmas message from chairman Michael Rumsey

Dear Friends, Twelve months ago I wrote that I, together with the rest of the membership, was looking forward to 2013, our Golden Jubilee Year, and now we are virtually at the end of it and what a year it has been. Apart from the terrible wintry weather that very much...

Centenary of suffragists pilgrimage

Centenary of suffragists pilgrimage

These past few months have seen a hive of activity in the shop in the Martingate Centre, next to the greengrocers, which Bill Hall has allowed us free use of to put together all that needs to be done for the celebrations in the town for the centenary of the pilgrimage...

'Corsham in Music' concert heralded a big success

'Corsham in Music' concert heralded a big success

Saturday evening, November 16th, in St. Bartholomew’s Church was rather a special occasion for the Society in its Golden Jubilee year. An audience of 100 enjoyed the ‘Corsham in Music’ concert which began with the singing of ‘Deep River’, one of Michael Tippett’s...