Old Vicarage

Gardeners Arms

St. John's Church

A Walk Round Studley Royal 18C Water Gardens

Wednesday February 6th 2019

Mike Bevington lives in Harrogate and he has recently retired as a guide at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. His talk includes a tour of the gardens, with background information on the parts of the gardens which everybody visits and the reason for their creation. The talk includes the members of the Aislabie family, who were responsible for the design and creation of the gardens, and why they became a famous World Heritage Site of Outstanding Natural History and Beauty. It also discusses the scandals surrounding the Aislabies and subsequently the Vyners, who were extremely close friends of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

(This talk replaces the one on Colditz, which had to be cancelled due to illness)


Bilton Soldiers of the First World War

Wednesday March 6th 2019

Members of the study group will look at the lives of some of the Bilton men who were called up to serve in the first world war. Where they fought and what they did.


The Story of York City Walls

Wednesday April 3rd 2019

As York Council’s City Archaeologist, John Oxley has been uncovering York’s past for 21 years. He is skilled in Archaeology and Conservation of complex heritage sites and monuments.

Over the years York’s City Walls have been built, reshaped and repurposed, and have been a key aspect of defence, power, trade, civic pride, urban development and tourism. Using archaeological and documentary evidence, John Oxley will explore the changing roles and uses of York’s iconic walls, and include the walls’ history before medieval times, when they were at their largest and most important, right up to the modern day and perhaps touch on their future.