Stories and Legends from the Welsh Marches

The next meeting of the Society will be held at the Weaverham Primary Academy, Northwich Road, Weaverham, Cheshire, CW8 3BD on Tuesday, 11 June at 7.30 pm.

Our speaker for June is Dr Graham Dodd, who is closely involved with the Nantwich Museum as a Trustee and who is also Vice Chair of the Nantwich Historical Society.  Dr Dodd will be entertaining us with stories and legends from the Welsh Marches, those English counties that border Wales.

The Romans called the area ‘Marchia Wallie’ or Welsh March, the Anglo-Saxons used the term ‘mearc’ which means boundary while by the Middle Ages, march or mark was the word for a borderland or a border between two different countries/states or zones. The Lords who oversaw the marches were known as Marcher Lords and the areas have been the scenes of some lively history over the centuries.

So, for an enthralling evening of stories do join us on 11 June.

Change to July’s Speaker

With great regret and sadness, due to the death of Professor Ian Morison, we have had to change our July talk. Prof. Morison worked for many years at Jodrell Bank and was a founding member of Macclesfield Astronomical Society.

The first talk he gave to us was on the history of the Lovell Radio Telescope. Despite astronomy being an unusual topic for talks to a history society Ian was such an interesting speaker we stretched our remit to include things like the History of the Universe and we had him back several times. He always drew in a good attendance of guests to our meetings and we were looking forward to hearing him speak in July on “Our Island Universe: the Milky Way and its place in space and time”.

Steve Warbis of Macclesfield Astronomical Society has kindly stepped in to give an alternative talk.

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