Chippenham Civic Society

Promoting Civic Pride in Chippenham

Past Events

See what you missed!

This is just a taste of some of the interesting talks we have had over the past few years

Wiltshire Place Names (Dr John Chandler)

Annual Conservation and Environment Awards(Jack Konynenburg)

Friends of St Andrews/Civic Society Joint lecture – Characters of Chippenham (Jean Harvest)

Heritage Open Day – Visit to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society World Headquarters in Chippenham

The Black Death in Wiltshire (Dinah Starkey)

Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal Restoration Project (Peter Williams)

Chippenham Through Artists Eyes (Mike Stone)

Wine Tasting and Christmas reception (Paul Langham,A’Beckett’s Vineyard, Littleton Pannell)

How old is your house (Dorothy Treasure)

The Story of the Chippenham Branch of the Wilts and Berks Canal (Ray Alder)

Stonehenge – New Revelations (Mike Stone)

The Story of Cinema in Chippenham (David Reeves)

2012 Conservation and Awards Evening

Friends of St Andrew’s Heritage Talk – Film presentation on the Wilson Stained Glass & Arts & Crafts Stained Glass Movement. (Peter Cormack)

Summer Outing to Sevington School Project.Summer_Outing_to_Sevington_School_Project


Members from Chippenham Civic Society visted the School House built at Sevington by Joseph Neeld.

Airfields of North Wiltshire (Bob Clark)

The Construction of the Box Tunnel and the Navvies (Dinah Starkey)

Chippenham People in War Time (Mike Stone)

Annual Christmas Event. A presentation by Charles Dickens on A Christmas Carol (at The Cause, Causeway, Chippenham).

Yatesbury Aviation by Richard Broadhead

In the Footsteps of Maud Heath by Dr Kay Taylor

2013 AGM followed by contributions from members

Kilvert’s Diary and Chippenham by Alan Brimson

2013 Conservation and Environmental Awards Evening

Friends of St Andrew’s Heritage Talk: David Powell and a panel of speakers. The Story of Education in Chippenham

An Artist and a Collector in Chippenham by Mike Stone

A Review of Recent Archaeological Work in North Wiltshire by Melanie Pomeroy-Kellinger, Wiltshire County Archaeology

Chippenham Museum; Past, Present and Future by Melissa Barnett

Christmas on the Home Front and in the Trenches by Tommy Atkins
The Suffragette Movement and Chippenham – Andrew Skelton, Learning and Outreach Officer, Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre.

Chippenham and the Story of Inns and Public Houses – Mike Marshman, Community Library Studies Librarian

2014 AGM followed by members evening

Carry on Coping, Diary of a Doctor in Chippenham 1942-45 – Ruth Skrine

Conservation and Awards Review of Past Winners  - Jack Konynenburg

Chippenham Soldiers and World War I – Richard Broadhead

Celebrating 40 years of the Chippenham Civic Society, event at the Yelde Hall 

On Two Wheels – The Fascinating Story of the Bicycle – Bill King

Government Underground Activities in Corsham – Nicholas McCamley

Christmas Antiques Quiz – Mark and Lisa Allum of the BBC Antiques Road Show

King Alfred and the origins of Chippenham –  Mike Stone

Chippenham Troubles 1815 to 1830 – Andrew Skelton

2015 AGM followed by Members Evening.

Conservation and Environment Awards Evening  2015

Friends of St Andrew’s Heritage Talk: William Beckford and  Wiltshire. Dr Amy Frost

Caribbean Slaves in North Wiltshire. Nigel Pocock

Wiltshire Lives:  By Dee La Varedera  (note this is in place of the talk by Wessex Water)

Stanley Abbey. Dr Grahame Brown

2015 Christmas Event: An Audience with Jane Austen. – Kim Hicks

Chippenham’s Architecture through Pevsners Eyes. –  Julian Orbach

Music and Instruments of St Andrews’s Church.  – Christopher Kent

AGM and Members Evening

Robin Tanner: A celebration –  Ernest Hurd, David Powell, Mike Stone and Melissa Barnett

Saints and Sinners by Jack Koynynenburg

Friends of St Andrew’s Heritage talk: Lord Landsdowne – Our National Heritage

The Work of the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust – Ian Mock

Chippenham VADs and the World War I Red Cross Hospital – Ray Alder   

Stonehenge and the Prehistory of Wiltshire – Bob Clarke

2016 Christmas Event: Bill King – The Majesty and Magic of Glenn Miller

Wiltshire Building Records: Recording the Past for the Future – Clive Hendy

Doing Time in Wiltshire; Police, Prison and Lockups – John Girvan

Mackness and Humphries: Wagon and Car Repairers in Chippenham – Mike Stone

My Chippenham: Past Present and Future – David Powell

Friends of St Andrew’s Heritage Talk: Anatomy of Collecting – Marc Allum,

Brunel and the SS Great Britain – Brunel Education Trust Speaker

Neeld Hall as World War 1 Hospital: Results of more research – Ray Alder

Celebrating the Centenary of Leonard Cheshire VC 1917-2017 – Dr Robert Owen

2017 Christmas Event:  Chippenham Movie & Video Club Chippenham Past and Present in film

Bus Services in North Wiltshire and Surrounding Areas 1955 to 1985 – Geoff Hobbs

Trouble at Mill: Problems and Solutions of the Cloth Trade in North West Wilts – Stuart Burroughs.

The Golden Valley Line: Railways, Canals and Mills  – John Scragg

Building Georgian Chippenham – Mike Stone

The Story of the M Shed and other Bristol Museums – Ray Barnett

A Social History of Football in Chippenham – Sandie Webb

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