Forthcoming Meetings

Dates for your Diary

Please note the following dates in your diary for meetings during the remainder of 2019 and into 2020:

Tuesday 24th September 2019 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 17th November 2019 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 21st January 2020 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

Tuesday 17th March 2020 - Talk - SC Village Hall 7.30 pm

May 2020 (date to be confirmed) - AGM + Talk 

Meeting 24th September 2019

Talk by Timothy Walker

History of Harcourt Arboretum

Venue: Sutton Courtenay Village Hall

Tuesday 24th September 2019 7.30 pm

Free for SCLHS members; visitors £3.00

About the speaker

Timothy Walker was born and brought up in South Buckinghamshire and went to school in Abingdon.  He read Botany at University College Oxford and, upon graduation, worked for two years as a trainee at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.   In 1995 he was awarded a Master of Horticulture by the Royal Horticultural Society of London.

From January 1986 to July 2014 he worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, firstly as General Foreman, then as Horti Praefectus (from 1988) and finally as Director (from 2002).   

Since 1986 he has been giving lectures to gardening clubs, horticultural societies, WIs, and many other types of group.  He has given more than 1,500 talks in Britain, Ireland, North America, and Australia to more than 100,000 people in audiences ranging from 20 to 350.  

Since 1992 he has been a research lecturer in the Department of Plant Sciences Oxford, lecturing to all three years of the Biological Sciences course. Some of these lectures are the basis of his public lectures.  

He has previously given a talk to the Society about The Oxford Botanic Gardens: the first 393 years.

He is currently a stipendiary lecturer in Plant Sciences at Somerville College Oxford.

Meeting 17th November 2019

Talk by Tim Healey

A 17th Century Christmas

Venue: Sutton Courtenay Village Hall

Tuesday 17th November 2019 7.30 pm

Free for SCLHS members; visitors £3.00

About the Speaker

Tim Healey is a musician as well as a writer and broadcaster on a wide range of subjects.  He is a popular speaker at historical societies, U3A groups and other associations.


He has previously given talks to the Society about the Drove Roads of Oxfordshire and The Story of May Morning in Oxfordshire.

Tim has been a frequent contributor to the Oxford Times monthly colour magazine, Oxfordshire Limited Edition. Many of the photographs accompanying his pieces are his own. 

Meeting 21st January 2020

Talk by David Taylor

The History of the Army at Didcot

Venue: Sutton Courtenay Village Hall

Tuesday 21st January 2020 7.30 pm

Free for SCLHS members; visitors £3.00

About the Speaker


David Taylor of Didcot & District Archaeological & Historical Society.

Meeting 17th March 2020

Talk by John Boothroyd

Power in the Landscape: Anglo-Saxons between Abingdon and Dorchester

Venue: Sutton Courtenay Village Hall

Tuesday 17th March 2020 7.30 pm

Free for SCLHS members; visitors £3.00

About the Speaker

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John Boothroyd, Senior Project Manager, works at Oxford Archaeology South.  He studies Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology and Archaeological Theory at Oxford.

He has previously given a talk to the Society about the Archaeology of Bridge Farm, Sutton Courtenay.

AGM & Talk - May 2020

Date and venue to be confirmed.


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