Focus on... Codford Local History Society
The Codford Local History Society was founded in 2003 and the Society meets about seven times per year, usually in the Codford Village Hall.
Codford is well known for its association with ANZAC soldiers during WWI, their presence marked by the Rising Sun badge on the hillside of 'Misery Hill' and at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, the second largest ANZAC war grave in the country. In 2013 the Society received an £18,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a project to mark the centenary of the First World War, launched at the House of Commons. The Society conducted some fascinating research to discover the legacy of the camps on local people, medical services, politics, sport, recreation and crime.
Codford in the early 20th century, courtesy of the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (P55171)
Projects currently being undertaken by the Society include work to record the graffiti in St Mary's and St Peter's churches, Codford, under the guidance of Tony Hack for the Wiltshire Digital Recording Project, its aim to help understand how the past can be interpreted through medieval graffiti.
A new publication by the Society’s archivist, Sally Thompson, 'Wiltshire Almshouses and their Founders', is a gazetteer of known surviving and lost almshouses, and brief biographies of their founders.
Forthcoming Society events include:
"Homes Fit for Heroes - Archaeology ahead of Service Family Accommodation" on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at 7.30pm. Simon Cleggett, from Wessex Archaeology, is making some amazing finds as groundwork goes ahead for the building of new Army Quarters at Larkhill and Bulford. There may be similarities between our Servicemen, who will occupy these homes, and the warriors who lived in exactly the same place some 3,000 years ago. This talk will in the Codford Village Hall.
"Pastoral & Arable - Historical Contrasts in Wiltshire" by Alan Wadsworth on Tuesday 11th October 2016 at 7.30pm. This talk will compare and contrast the geology, landscape and agriculture in different parts of Wiltshire. Location - Codford Village Hall.
A talk by the well known archaeologist, author, television and radio presenter Julian Richards on "Stonehenge - The Story so Far", Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 7.30pm at The Woolstore. Tickets will be on sale at the Budgens Post Office from October at £7 each. Money raised will go to Wiltshire Museum, Devizes and Sightsavers.
Currently the Society has over 50 members. The membership fee is £7 per year and new members and visitors are most welcome.