IWA members and NHAS Committee members Lesley Blundell and Liz Hunter have kindly brought to our attention the following event based in Pirton:


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 www.pirtonssc.co.uk

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 www.themotteandbaileypirton.com and The Fox www.pirton.org.uk/thefox/
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.

Saturday 12th October: coach trip to autumn fair at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Sussex. Organised by Welwyn Archaeological Society. Kris Lockyear, WAS Chairman, has kindly invited NHAS members to join them. Details from noviodunum

Hi Gil.

WAS is running a trip to the autumn fair at the Weald and Downland Museum on the 12th October. Would it be possible to advertise the trip to your members via your email list? We need to sell more tickets to make it viable.

Thanks, Kris

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. Chris Hobbs, Chairman of NCAG, has now kindly extended this invitation to NHAS members.

Hi Gil,

It was good to catch up on the phone and I’m glad you got to see the site. The dig this summer has certainly been spectacular and beyond anything we could have imagined. We now have a major challenge on our hands! – Processing 13,000 Neolithic finds individually is also way beyond what we anticipated!

We had another visit from Mike Parker-Pearson. There are many parallels between Norton and Stonehenge. As you know Mike will deliver a presentation on the subject of Neolithic monuments, Stonehenge and draw parallels with our findings in Norton. We would like to invite as many NHAS members as is possible. There is a large overlap in membership so we should be ok but we may have to restrict numbers as mentioned. Please do circulate this and please do let Philip Thomas, our Secretary know: philthomas-ncag how many tickets you need by the 29th September please. We will do our very best to accommodate all requests. – It’s at the Spirella Ballroom: Spirella Building: Letchworth on Thursday 24th of October 2013 at 7.00pm for 7:30pm. A bar is available from 7.00pm.

I look forward to seeing you.

Kind regards.

Chris Hobbs.
Chairman: Norton Community Archaeology Group

Today I have received this further email from Chris:

Hi Gil,

The Heritage Foundation who are funding two thirds of this event will be putting an open invitation in The Comet this Thursday. This isn’t quite as we anticipated things but we will still be managing the tickets!

Please do let us know ASAP just how many tickets you require as we are very keen that NHAS members do get chance to join us.

Kind regards.


In view of the fact that tickets will be advertised publicly from this Thursday (19th Sept.), I urge members to email direct NCAG contact Phil Thomas at the address above to book your tickets (free). Mention that you are a member of NHAS.


The British Museum –

Life and death:
Pompeii and Herculaneum

28 March – 29 September 2013
Tickets on sale

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


Dear Gilbert

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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…

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