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Chairman's Letter to Members  

July 2020


It is high time that I contacted you, as members of the society, and attempt to give you some news of our activities, or sadly, lack of them.

Many of you will taken advantage of the launch price to purchase Roy Waight's engaging and informative book on Farnham Castle and its bishops. They certainly left their mark on the castle, and by extension, the wider life in Farnham. I am delighted to say that the price remains the same for this printing, but will rise on reprint. Contact Peter Minett on p.minett2@btinternet.com if you wish to inquire further about the book.

We are also delighted that another of our talented authors, Maurice Hewins, has written a book on the Home Front in Farnham during WW1; it too is a treasure trove of interest. We will be announcing our plans to launch it soon, and will contact you with further details when available.

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over our plans for the talks and seminars. I understand that the plan is to open the museum in early September, but many of you will understandably be reluctant to meet in any enclosed space then. We have been approached by the Spire Church , which is taking tentative steps towards opening in September/October, but with obvious precautions.

I would really like to hear from you, preferably by email, as to whether you would support talks etc in the near future. I have had an offer from a famous local author to give a talk on his work on the castle. This might, for instance, be held in October, possibly during the day. So, feedback please! I have been taking part in Zoom talks etc, but do not feel this is for us, even if the speakers are happy to do it. Again, feedback!

On a more positive note, we plan to publish our quarterly journal in September, so start writing; our editor would always be happy to have extra material and we need to maintain our excellent record in the respect. I would like to thank our journal deliverers for their faithful service, and KallKwik for their prompt and careful  service. I will keep you up-to-date on our proposals, so please let me have your thoughts.

While the cessation of normal events continues, why not have a look at our list of previous publications, and recommend them to your friends? We still have most in print, and they are all a fascinating read in their own way. May I especially recommend Chris Herbert's thoughtful book on the Reformation and its effect here in Farnham, full of insights into the formation of our country, and Pat Heather's magnificent four books on the plots that make up the historic town of Farnham.

Go to our website, farnhammuseumsociety.org.uk for more details, or contact Peter Minett for copies of any Publications.