NEWSLETTER - MAY 2004

Subscriptions
If any members have not yet renewed (1st. April 04) their membership subscription I would appreciate if they would do so as soon as possible so that our accounts can be finalised by the end of May 04, otherwise Graham will not send Newsletters after June.
Della Day. Membership Secretary. 2 Wigbeth Cottage, Horton, Dorset, BH21 7JJ

RECENT EVENTS
The last evening lecture was a last minute change to that advertised. Unfortunately, the scheduled lecturer, Eileen Wilkes, who was going to talk about Poole Harbour, had to go into hospital at short notice. We hope that she is progressing well. Nancy Gray, one of the lecturers booked later on the Programme, very kindly offered to come and give her talk on Corfe Castle nearly one year early! Nancy works for the National Trust, and has been involved in the archaeological investigation and ‘presentation’ of Corfe Castle for a number of years. She showed us pictures of the castle in its ‘Department of the Environment’ days, and how it had since been exacavated and then restored so that the original routes into the grounds and the castle inself were in use once again. This meant that previous imposing views of the castle and its strength could once more be appreciated by visitors.

Despite giving this talk at extremely short notice Nancy was obviously not daunted by the experience, and gave us an excellent lecture. (The same could not be said for her projector, which was obviously in shock!). We thank Nancy very much indeed for getting us out of our Programme difficulty and giving us very interesting and knowledgable lecture about one of Dorset great monuments.

Sunday 25 April - Walk around Turnworth and Ringmoor with Alan Hawkins
In perfect weather conditions, two dogs took twelve adults ‘walkies’, some disporting themselves with naked knees. The deserted mediaeval village at Ringmoor was examined, the origin and former uses of the pits were speculated on, and questions raised concerning the supposed prehistoric ring feature. It was noted that where the top of the bank of the latter was exposed it appeared to be covered with a layer of flints. A pleasant walk, with fine panoramic views, passed cross-ditches (which some members failed to notice due to an overindulgence in earnest conversation), and led to a delightful spot of true tranquillity where a picnic lunch was lazily eaten. In the afternoon a visit to Turnworth Church was followed by a serendipitous meeting with an elderly lady from the cottage opposite, who was a veritable mine of information and gossip concerning the local Tory family, German ex-prisoners of war, and village characters. To complete the circuit the stroll back to the cars was through a fine bluebell wood, where pictures were taken of some of the more photogenic walkers in decorous poses. A big thank-you is due to Alan for a most enjoyable day, even though only two bumble bees sat still long enough to be identified.
Barry Perrat.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Sun 23 May: Circular Walk from Corfe Catle to Ulwell and back, with Mike Fryatt
Corfe -> Nine Barrow Down -> Ulwell -> Little Woolgarston -> Corfe
Four miles along the ridge of the Purbeck Hills, nearly to Ulwell, and four miles back below the ridge via Little Woolgarston.

Start details restricted to hard copy or emailed newsletter. Members can email Peter Walker for details if they do not have the newsletter - see below for his email address.

EDAS Sweatshirts, Polo shirts and T - shirts
Would you like to wear a sweatshirt, polo shirt or T-shirt with the EDAS logo? You may have noticed that some of us already wear blue or green sweatshirts. If you are interested in purchasing please let me know. The prices are shown below and depend on the number we order:

Please contact me by email at peterdwalker@dsl.pipex.com or by telephone 01425 471326
Peter Walker

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The dates for EDAS events are underlined. The monthly evening lectures start at 7.30 pm.
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.

Sun 23 May Walk with Mike Fryatt around Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Ridge.
Sun 20 Jun Walk with Peter Walker. More details later.
Sat 3 Jul EDAS Summer Barbecue, organised by Hadyn and Wendie Everall and hosted by Martin and Karen Green at Down Farm. More details to follow.
Sun 18 Jul Walk with Len Norris. More details later.
Wed 8 Sep In our first lecture of the seaon, Martin Papworth of the National Trust talks about ‘The Archaeology of Golden Cap’.
Sun 26 Sep Walk with Steve Smith. More details later.