NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2004

We wish all our members and their families a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

PERSONALIA
We have just heard that Martin Green is in hospital. He fell from a tree while pruning it, and the doctors are are currently checking him over to see whether he needs to to be kept in for any treatment or not. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.

PROGRAMME
In case you have not already noticed, we remind members that the February lecture is on the third Wednesday of the month, not the second.

The Christmas Meeting
This will be a members’ lecture evening, with John Day telling us about the history of EDAS, and Peter Walker showing us what happened on this year’s Field Trip. There will also be mince pies available in the tea break.

RECENT EVENTS
Last EDAS Evening Lecture
Unfortunately John Gale was not able to give the planned lecture, and Martin Green kindly agreed to speak to us instead about "Digging the dirt: more researches on Cranborne chase". This lecture will reported in a later Newsletter.

Badbury Rings Excavations 2004 - Lost Property
After clearing the the Portacabins on the last day, Friday 24th Sep, two waterproof jackets were found. Two kneelers were also found on site. Would anyone who has lost items like these at Badbury, ring Phil Roberts on 01929 400 507.

Calling all Bookworms ..
John Valentin of AC Archaeology has sent the society £60 of Book Tokens. We would like to share the decision of which books to purchase for our library with the membership. Please write down the book/books you would like to be purchased and give it to Peter Walker.

News on the Dorset Records Office
Members will like to be aware that the Records Office is undergoing extensive refurbishment and will be closed from the 6th. December to 8th. of January. The alterations will result in space for more micro-filch readers, and the local history books from Dorchester Library will be transferred there.

EDAS Field Trip
Gill and Alan have pointed out that ‘advertised’ price for the caravans in the recent Field Trip information sheet was wrong. They actually range from £374 to £394 which is quite a jump. The prices will be updated in the next communication (which will probably come with the January Newsletter). Gill has got a spare brochure for Keswick self catering accommodation if anyone wants one. John and Della also have one with some more brochures on alternative caravan parks.

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.

Wed 10 Nov Change to the Programme. See above for more details.
Wed 8 Dec Our Chairman, John Day, talks on ‘EDAS – Past’ foloowed by a talk on the last Field Trip by Peter Walker
2005  
Wed 12 Jan ‘Past from Pots: advances in the scientific analysis of ancient pottery’, with Dr Kevin Andrews of Bournemouth University
Wed 16 Feb Davina Freedman of EDAS on ‘The Rock Art of Mid Argyll: An Archaeological Investigation’.
Note this is the 3rd Wednesday of the month
Wed 9 Mar Roger Hills of Christchurch Antiquarians talks on The Archaeology and History of Christchurch Castle’
Wed 30 Mar EDAS AGM followed by a talk by Martin Green