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#MuseumWeek 2017 – Food for Thought

Parish News August 1972 Clifford Brown

Parish News August 1972

Clifford Brown and ‘the best fish and chips for miles’, with thanks to John and Paul Brown for sharing their family photos and for many entertaining chats via email and the Aldbourne Net Forum

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Clifford Brown – centre front row with the drill trophy currently on display at Aldbourne Heritage Centre

Aldbourne Community Heritage Group

ACHG Scarecrow 2017

Here’s the amazing ACHG Scarecrow that guarded the Heritage Centre during the Aldbourne Scarecrow Trail last weekend – an ‘Ugly’ bird joining in with the “Fairy Tales & Musicals” theme. A mixed weekend weatherwise, but as ever a fabulous family event organised by the hardworking team at Aldbourne Churches Together – I think there may still be people out there hoping to solve just one more clue!

Link to the Aldbourne page on the Whitton Team Website If you want to see more about the 2017 Scarecrows visit Aldbourne Scarecrow Trail on Facebook

In 2016, the Scarecrow Trail featured “Award Winners” and the ACHG paid homage to this brave Dabchick whose portrait still graces the Officers’ Mess at RAF Odiham.  Do you know her name?   Find out more about the Aldbourne Community Heritage Group and the Aldbourne Heritage Centre:  www.aldbourneheritage.org.uk and on Facebook ACHG Scarecrow Trail 2016

New Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Read the latest news about this project, including the appointment of an interim Director.   Keep up to date with the exciting exhibitions and news from the existing Swindon Museum & Art Gallery including The Bomford Gift (until 1 July 2017):

Between 1943 and 1976, local art collector and landowner HJP (or ‘Jimmy’) Bomford gave 21 works of art to Swindon. These were instrumental in encouraging Swindon to establish a modern art collection for the town. Bomford’s gift included drawings and paintings by some of Britain’s best known artists, including Graham Sutherland, Ben Nicholson, LS Lowry and Henry Moore. This exhibition brings together many of the works Bomford gave to Swindon to celebrate his generosity and vision.

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Nugents of Antigua – Muriel Foster

Muriel Foster (Ivy Cottage) is remembered fondly in Aldbourne – not least because she used to pay for the children of the village to have a free ride at Scarrots Fair (pictured here with George Scarrott).  Muriel was also a member of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, alongside Miss Emily Sophia Todd (Hampstead Cottage) and Major Arthur Lockyer Ingpen (One Ash).

Muriel Foster was not a Nugent – but both her brother Osbern and her sister Gladys married Nugents!  She was aunt or great aunt to many Nugent nephews and nieces, as well as to Fosters, Fowlers and Robertsons, some of whom lived in Aldbourne, the village she chose as her home.

Find out more about Muriel Foster on the The Nugents of Antigua website

Frederick Horatio Walker Ault

Interesting chap – Mr Ault –  I’ve just passed this and several other original prints over to the Aldbourne Community Heritage Group.  It’s really great to see the photographer’s details on the back of these prints, some of which are very familiar from the digitised copies held by the former Aldbourne Civic Society.  Here’s an article by Dr Martin Graham for the Oxford TimesLifting the Vale (2008)

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