West Deeping Heritage Group has an annual programme of talks over the autumn, winter and spring months, finishing with an Annual General Meeting in March or April.
- Our talks are normally held in the Village Hall, King Street, West Deeping.
- Refreshments are available from 7 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.
- We vary the day of the week but our meetings are usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
- Everybody is welcome; there is no membership subscription. Admission is £2.50 at the door.
- Car parking is available behind the Village Hall but drivers should be aware that the entrance is narrow. Alternative parking at The Red Lion Public House, opposite the Village Hall.
Wednesday 16th May 2018: To finish the 2017-2018 season – another Delve into the local archives preceded by an (as-brief-as-possible) Annual General Meeting
September 2018 to Spring 2019
The programme is in the process of being arranged. Here’s a preview of talks which have been confirmed so far.
Tuesday 30th October: “Merrie England once more?” an illustrated history of the morris in England 1448 – 2018
Matt Simons, Doctoral Research Student, De Montfort University, Leicester with performances by Peterborough Morris
While its true origins are unknown, and perhaps ultimately unknowable, morris dancing in England has a documented history dating back to 1448, when it was common in courtly entertainments. Throughout the following centuries, the morris infiltrated civic processions, church ales and whitsuntide festivals. Contemporary morris is largely based on the work of 20th-century revivalists, who collected fragments from dancers and musicians, themselves mostly aged individuals whose dancing days had not survived long after the death of Queen Victoria.
This illustrated talk will provide a brief overview of the history of morris dancing in England, as well as an explanation of the various associated performances termed as ‘morris’. Peterborough Morris will perform a vignette of dances from Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.
Tuesday 20th November 2018
Graham Carter, master thatcher from Yaxley, Cambridgeshire, speaks about his craft
Wednesday, 20th March 2019
Teresa Clements of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society, the only remaining florist’s society specialising in tulips, talks about their history, cultivation and showing.
You might also want to hear talks presented for our neighbouring Heritage group
- Deepings Heritage hold their meetings at the Deepings Academy, Deeping St James at 7.30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from September to May. Admission is £2 for visitors, £1 for members.