Saturday 14th, 1pm to midnight & Sunday 15th September, 1pm to 5pm: Caldecote 11th century Church near Ashwell – Open Days with live classical and jazz music and cream teas. To raise funds for the repair of the tower. See attached poster.

Caldecote Church Friends

Patron: The Rt. Hon. The Viscount Caldecote

Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Caldecote


If you are unable to come, a donation to Caldecote Church Friends for the ‘Tower Roof Fund’ will be welcomed!

Enquiries / offers of help / donations / corrections to address details


Kerry Rafferty,


1 Farm Cottages, Caldecote, Baldock, Herts. SG7 5LD

Tel: 0774230 1812


Information kindly sent by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews.

Saturday 14th September: I have received this kind invitation from Haileybury College, Hertford:

Emily Matuszczyk

I saw that you are advertising the Paul Roberts Exhibition regarding
Life and Death in Pompeii. At Haileybury College on the 14th of
September at 19:30 we have him in to discuss his findings and was
wondering whether that would be of interest to you or your followers.
Kind Regards”.

The speaker is Paul Roberts, a Senior Curator in the British Museum, Department of Greece and Rome, and Head of the Roman Collections. He is the organiser and arranger of the current exhibition, ‘Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’ at the British Museum, see below.

Paul’s particular research interests include Roman glass, pottery and bronze, trade, Pompeii and Herculaneum and the mummy portraits of Roman Egypt. More broadly he is interested in the Roman Mediterranean and has taken part in excavations in Greece, Libya and Turkey.
He has excavated widely in Italy and is particularly interested in the history and archaeology of Rome, the Bay of Naples and Sicily. Currently he has prepared the major exhibition on daily life in Pompeii and Herculaneum being held in the British Museum until 29th September 2013.

Paul studied at Cambridge University, then lived and studied in Italy for six years before returning to studies at the Universities of Sheffield and Oxford. He joined the British Museum in January 1994.

Emily has now kindly sent me the following additional information:


The Venue is Haileybury College, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 7NU. Directions can be seen:

There is ample parking around the college which is free and the event itself is free of charge.

If your members are interested please could they book online for a ticket, so we know how many numbers we are expecting.

Kind Regards,

Emily Matuszczyk”.


A Joint Event with the Edward Thomas Fellowship
is being held on September 28th and 29th

Celebrating the Centenary of The Icknield Wayby Edward Thomas

This event is jointly organised by The Icknield Way Association and The Edward Thomas Fellowship and will take place on Saturday 28th September and Sunday 29th September. The proposed programme (subject to change) is as follows:

Saturday 28th September
10.00am-10.30am Arrival at the Pirton Sports and Social Club, our base for the day.

Address is The Recreation Ground, Walnut Tree Road, Pirton, Hitchin SG5 3PX,
Landranger 166 150315

10.30am-12.30pm Walk led by IWA starting at Pirton and going to Deacon Hill and back along the Icknield Way. Approximately four miles with shorter options if desired. Ending at Pirton SSC.
1.00pm-2.00pm “Platter” buffet lunch in Pirton SSC. A bar will be available or, for those who prefer, there are two nearby pubs in Pirton, The Motte and Bailey and The Fox
2.00pm-2.50pm Key speaker: Hugh Thomson, author of “The Green Road into the Trees: a Walk through England”
2.50pm-3.10pm Talk by Richard Emeny, Chair of The Edward Thomas Fellowship: “Edward Thomas, Walking and the Icknield Way”
3.10pm-3.30pm Talk on the Great Stones Way by Ian Ritchie, Chairman, Friends of the Ridgeway
3.30pm-4.00pm Tea
4.00pm-4.30pm The Icknield Way, a film produced by Luisetta Mudie
4.30pm-5.00pm IWA will hold its formal AGM
Evening: A meal can be arranged at The Motte and Bailey. A reply slip to indicate interest accompanies this programme and for those wishing to join the evening meal, menu choices can be made in the morning of the event
Sunday 29th September
10.00am-12.00pm Walk on the Icknield Way with readings from Edward Thomas en route organised by ETF.

Please complete the Booking Form (click here) and return to Chris James as soon as possible and by 21st September at the latest

Greyfriars, Leicester and the Search for Richard III

Occasional Events

Friday 4 October – 7:30pm

An illustrated talk by Richard Buckley (Director of Archaeological Services, University of Leicester) at the Broadway Cinema, LGC.

Tickets available now from: David’s Bookshop 01462 684631, the Tourist Information Centre, or the Broadway Cinema, LGC. £4 [LALG
members]; £5 [non-members]; free to children and full-time students [21 and

Organised by Letchworth Arts & Leisure Group; sponsored by Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.

Contact Details:

Kate Thompson: 01462 621248; kathryn.thompson.

Thursday 24th October, 8pm: Professor Mike Parker Pearson, University College, London, Institute of Archaeology, will give a lecture on ‘Prehistoric Henges’ at the Spirella Ballroom, Letchworth Garden City. Organised by Norton Community Archaeology Group. Further details to be circulated later.


The British Museum –

Life and death:
Pompeii and Herculaneum

28 March – 29 September 2013
Tickets on sale

If you’re interested in news of the latest discoveries from around the world, visit this website:

Heritage Daily – Latest Archaeology News and Archaeological Press Releases

Egyptology, Aztecs, Ancient History, Anthropology, Incas, Greeks, Romans, Chinese, etc.


Our President, Francis Pryor, has just sent me this great news about the publication of his thriller/detective novel:


Dear Gilbert

Pitch video screenshot

HOORAY! We’ve done it. The Lifers’ Club has reached its minimum target and will now certainly be published. In the meantime I and those clever folks at Unbound have got several things to do: designing, editing and producing the book. To find out what we’re all up to you can visit my Shed at the Unbound website (and they’re going to teach me how to update it all by myself!!!).

All this is going to take time, and while we’re doing it we’ll still be able to enlist any further subscribers here. If you’d like to increase your current pledge level to include further goodies, then please do so by clicking on the upgrade options, listed below your current pledge level here. All new names will, of course, be listed in the back of the book until we close the subscribers’ list to move onto the next step.

I’m now a convert to crowd-funding. Never before have I established such a strong link with my readership as I have with this project – and the book hasn’t even been printed! Later I’ll be appearing at book festivals and book-signings and I VERY much hope we’ll be able to meet in person, if I don’t know you already. I’ll be publishing full contact details in my Shed.

Thank you so much for backing The Lifers’ Club. And I hope it gives you at least one sleepless night…

All the best,


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