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December 2017 

Our Christmas meeting on 14th December started on a high note, with a first-time performance of a new setting of "Be Merry", the "Battle Carol". The words of the carol were hand written on a service book by one of the monks of Battle Abbey in about 1500. The book made its way to the library of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the carol remained there, unnoticed, for four centuries. Retrieved for English Heritage by Michael Carter, it was set to music by local composer and Battle Festival favourite Stephen Page. Charlotte Moore translated the original words into modern English.

The Battle Community Singers rehearsed it in secret as a Christmas treat for the Historical Society, and performed it with gusto at our meeting.

Here are links to a video of the performance, rendered in two formatsthe first is in mp4 

and the second in QuickTime Movie .

The carol was followed by a highly entertaining and well-illustrated talk on the customs and superstitions surrounding Twelfth Night, by Tim Macdonald, covering everything from the Lord of Misrule to human sacrifice.

November 2017

On 16th November, we held our AGM. Referring to the report of last year's AGM held on 17 November 2016, our chairman, George Kiloh, noted that there were no Matters Arising and that it been an exciting year, particularly with events surrounding the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 2016. The following were accepted by those present: Minutes of last year's Annual General Meeting, the Chairman's  and the Treasurer's Reports.  As regards the BDHS Committee, it was noted that Nick Hollington had decided to stand down;  the membership of the Committee was subsequently confirmed (see About Us tab for the updated Committee Membership - click here), with the possibility of co-opting other members as required.

A copy of the Trustees' Annual  Report for 2016-17 is now available and may be seen by clicking here:

The AGM was followed by a very informative presentation on Henry III and his relations with Battle Abbey during his long reign, by Professor David Carpenter, the President of our Society. Following a lively Questions and Answer session, our Chairman thanked David for his most illuminating lecture.

November 2017

14/15 October 2017  BDHS was offered the opportunity to have a small stand at the English Heritage 'Battle of Hastings' re-enactment. Chairman George Kiloh and other volunteers manned the stand which was in the Lower Dorter at the Abbey. Here he is with the stand and Hugh Willing. They were able to give visitors information about the Society and about other aspects of local history. Member Tina Greene was also there with the Community Tapestry as were Battle Museum representatives.


Photos from Peter Greene


October 2017

September 2017


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