You will probably have seen our DVS photographer, Adrian Giddins, at many village and DVS events. We keep photographic records of our activities and use these to illustrate our newsletter and website. They are also added to the DVS Photo Archive which is a unique set of images, collected and managed for many years by Rob Gordon and more recently by Adrian. (Please let us know if you don’t wish any photos of yourself to be used.)
VISIT TO SOUTHLEA FARM
We had intended to walk the Thames Path to Albert Bridge in autumn 2017 but events caused a change of plan. Preliminary surveys are being carried out by the Environment Agency (EA), along the proposed route of the River Thames Scheme (RTS), the new flood relief channel from Datchet to Teddington. Under current plans, this will run through the prehistoric settlement site at Southlea Farm, which is of great interest and concern to the DVS. (In 1996, a DVS group investigated cropmarks seen in aerial photos of Southlea, with exceptional results. Finds ranged from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages to the Roman period; from 6000 years ago to 1600 years ago.)
As work on the RTS will begin in the next few years, we took this chance for members to visit Southlea farm, by farmer Nigel Berryman’s kind invitation. Although Janet Kennish was unfortunately unable to join us, Nigel showed us around the farm; Julia Martin, one of the original DVS field walkers, told the group more about the earlier DVS project; and Scott Salmon, from the EA, explained where the RTS channel will branch off from the Thames, and roughly where the prehistoric settlement lies in its path. We also learned more about the archaeological assessment, commissioned by the EA, which is already underway. The RTS will obliterate much of this landscape and the farm, and our best hope is that rescue excavation will be carried out, but that depends on what is found by the archaeologists.
BIG BBQ BOOGIE ON THE GREEN
There was a party on the Green on 15 July, with food and drink and three local bands. Datchet Village Society joined in the fun and had a stall in front of the Manor Houses. Many thanks to everyone who came to visit us.
EVELYN ELLIS JOURNEY
‘The Ellis Journey: a display of pre-1905 vehicles’ took place on the Village Green on Sunday 2 July. The display was part of a weekend event organised by the De Dion Bouton Club. Around 20 pre-1905 cars re-enacted the historic journey made on 5 July 1895 by the pioneer automobilist (and Datchet resident) the Hon Evelyn Ellis. You can read more about Evelyn Ellis on Janet Kennish’s Datchet History website.
VILLAGE FETE 2017
As in previous years, DVS had a stand at the Village Fete on 1 July 2017. This year we were part of a new ‘Community Section’. On display were photographs from the ‘21 years of the DVS‘ exhibition.
A MIDSUMMER’S EVE WALK
On Wednesday 21 June, a group of about 20 DVS members joined Janet Kennish for a stroll along Datchet Reach. The group met at the newly-refurbished riverside which was looking beautiful in the evening light, and walked along the Thames Path to Victoria Bridge, then through the Golf Course to Black Potts, returning to the riverside for drinks and nibbles.
AGM 2017: The History of Riding Court
Following a very brief business meeting, Janet Kennish gave an illustrated talk about Riding Court: 800 Years of its History and its People, and we finished off the evening with drinks and nibbles and an exhibition displaying 21 Years of the DVS.
Cemetery Chapel Open Day
Datchet Parish Council asked the DVS to host an Open Day at the Cemetery Chapel in Ditton Road on 9 April 2017, not only for our members but for the rest of the village as well. This was a rare chance to see the interior and the stained-glass windows, one by the firm of William Morris. About 50 people attended during the day. There was also the opportunity to see the information about WWI soldiers’ graves in the cemetery for anyone who missed this in November. The Datchet Neighbourhood Plan Group was also there, asking residents their opinions on future development in the village.
St Mary’s Church Steeple
On 1 April 2017, DVS members were invited to a special service at St Mary’s Church to celebrate the completion of the steeple restoration work. The service was followed by presentations by the stonemason Lee Saunders about his work and by Janet Kennish on the building of the tower and steeple in 1864.
St Mary’s stained-glass windows and memorials
On 11 February 2017, a group of about 20 DVS and church members joined Janet Kennish for a guided tour of St Mary’s.
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