NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2003

Personalia
You will be pleased to hear that John's back operation went very well, and the severe pain he was suffering has now gone. He has yet to recover from the aches and pains of the operation itself, and also needs to get his legs fighting fit again after the lack of exercise. However, we are sure that he will soon be properly 'back on his feet', and up at the front of every EDAS walk as usual!

RECENT EVENTS
Recent EDAS AGM

At our AGM on Wed 26th March the official business of the day was over very quickly as usual. There was one resignation from the Committee, Secretary Gill Broadbent, who is leaving to be able to spend time on an Archaelogical Degree she will be starting soon. We thank Gill for the many years of dedicated work she has given the Society to date, and wish her luck in her studies. To fill Gill's space (but not post) there was one new nomination - Mike Fryatt, who was voted on, as were all the Committee Officers and the two Ordinary Committee members who had to stand down. Steve Smith has taken over from Janet Bartlett as Programme Secretary. There is no applicant for the Secretary's post at the moment, so Sue Churchill and Graham Adams will perform this duty between them for the time being. This means that the Committee this year is:

ChairmanJohn Day
Membership SecretaryDella Day
TreasurerPeter Walker
Programme SecretarySteve Smith
Shared Secretarial dutiesGraham Adams Sue Churchill
Special AdvisorMartin Green
Ordinary MembersKeith Allsopp, Janet Bartlet, Steve Bungay, Mike Fryatt, Phil Roberts.

After the AGM Martin Green gave us a very interesting talk about his recent work on Cranborne Chase, including the excavation of a saucer barrow and the point where the ditches of the cursus and Ackling Dyke cross. Thank you very much again, Martin, for what has become the traditional 'round-up' of the AGM meeting.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
EDAS Walk around Upwey with Karen Brown - Sunday 27 April 2003

What is the connection between Thomas Hardy, Edward the Confessor, George III, the Ascot Gold Cup, the Green Man, the Spirits of the Wells and Lawrence of Arabia?

If you want to learn more I would pleased if you would join us for this unusual, informative leisurely stroll around the beautiful village of UPWEY ( SY661852) in Dorset.

This walk is designed to meet the interests and abilities of many. Although it is short in distance, I shall endeavour to make it an enjoyable and memorable day for everyone.

We will meet at 10.30 at the Upwey Wishing Well tearoom, where we can enjoy a morning coffee and I will start by telling you a little about the village history. We will visit the wishing well and talk about the well dressing and the adjoining Water Mill. The beautiful Upwey Church will also be on the itinerary.

We will visit the gallery of Bill Crumbleholrne, who is an expert in Black Burnished Ware Pottery and he has kindly agreed to do a short talk for us on the subject.

For something totally different, Pauline Clenshaw will be giving us the chance to do some hands-on dowsing. If you haven't experienced this ancient art here is your chance to have a go. The walk will finish at approximately 4 pm, but there will be a short break about 12.30 for lunch when you can either sample the delights of the local hostelry or enjoy a picnic. If you require any further information please phone me (Karen Brown) on 01305812876. / look forward to seeing you.

EDAS BBQ
Saturday 5th July is the date of this year's EDAS Barbecue, kindly hosted as usual by Martin Green at Down Farm, and expertly organised by Haydn and Wendie Everall. There is a very special aspect to it this year, as 2003 is EDAS's 20th birthday. In recognition there will be a Celebration Toast and Anniversary Cake (and no doubt some reminiscing). The Down Farm venue is fine whether the weather is fine or not, and Martin's excellent Museum will be open through the evening. If you have not visited this before then you're in for a treat.

Subscriptions reminder
Subscriptions were due this month. If you have not renewed then please see last Month's Newsletter for a Membership Renewal slip, or contact Della on 01258 840338. Membership is £8.50 for an individual, £12.00 for a Family or Institutional membership, or £5 for student. If you joined after 1st January this year then you don't have to pay again until next year.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The dates for EDAS events are underlined. Walks and field visits usually meet at 10.30 am at the published Grid Reference. Ring the leader if the weather is doubtful or if more details are required.

1 Apr to 21 Jun Verwood Pottery Exhibition at the Priest's House Museum, Wimborne. See last month's Newsletter for details.
Wed 16 Apr Wareham Group AGM and talk: ‘The Romans at Bestwall’, by Lilian Ladle.
Sun 27 Apr Walk around Upwey with Karen Brown.See earlier for details.
Wed14 May EDAS Lecture: ‘The Archaeology of Cremation Burials’ with Jackie McKinley.
Sun 18 May Walk around Studland, Godlingston Heath, and Ballard Down with Mike Fryatt.
Sun 22 Jun Walk around Little Pamphill and Eyemead with Phil Roberts
Sat 5 Jul EDAS BBQ at Down Farm. See earlier for details.
Sun 20 Jul Walk around the Tollard Royal area with Mike Beams. More details later.
Sun 27 Jul Silchester Visit with option of walk around the walls or visit Reading Museum afterwards. More details later.