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THE ORDNANCE SOCIETY
The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Sunday 7th November 2021 at 1400 hrs London Time
The meeting will be held on Microsoft ‘Teams’, commencing at 1400 hrs GMT.
If you have not received joining instructions, you should soon. If not, please email the Hon Sec.
Voting slips can still be submitted by email to the Hon Sec.
Following the AGM and after a break there will be a programme of short presentations (of talks or on items) from members – if you would like to submit talks or items to show, please email Neil Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your subject and any photographs by the end of Friday 5th November. After any such presentations there will be two illustrated talks.
After you join the AGM, there will be a brief introduction to the way the meeting will be run.
- Apologies for absence.
- Minutes of the AGM held in Portsmouth, 16th November 2019.
- Matters arising.
- Chairman’s Report.
- Treasurer’s Report.
- Secretary’s Report.
- Membership Secretary’s Report.
- Journal Editor’s Report.
- Newsletter Editor’s Report.
- Publicity Officer’s Report.
- Visits’ Secretary’s Report.
- Results of Elections to the Board of Management.
- Any other business.
Break from approximately 1500 hrs for 60 minutes. The following programme is not part of the AGM but available to all attendees.
1600 hrs approximately, for about 60 minutes:
Members short presentations, inquiries etc notified in advance.
Trevor Parker ‘A Little Known, Undocumented, And Probably Unseen, ‘Secret Weapon’ Of Ww2’
Nicholas Hall ‘Rearming Fort Nelson, Portsmouth’. – How the correct Victorian armament was acquired and installed, some of it restored to firing condition.
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The Ordnance Society recently received the following e-mail. Although the Weekend isn’t strictly about ordnance, there is a significant overlap with the military engineering involved.
Invitation to the English Civil War Earthworks Weekend at CEMA History
Professor Christopher Duffy described the English Civil War as “a war of trenches, ramparts, palisades, bombardments and blockades”. But just how easy was it to construct a gabion, a fascine, or any other type of fieldwork so common at the sieges or on the battlefields of the wars?
This is just the type of question that the Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology (https://cemahistory.org) was created to explore. Led by Andrew Robertshaw (whose impressive CV includes military advisor to Steven Spielberg), CEMA has been established to provide an educational and a filmmaking resource, and has already recreated a length of British Great War trench at its base in Detling in Kent.
This autumn, CEMA is looking to take on the type of military engineering that would have been so familiar to soldiers (and occupants of besieged towns) of the English Civil Wars.
CEMA is inviting historians, re-enactors, students and anyone else with an interest in the more technical aspects of the period to spend the weekend of 16th and 17th October at CEMA HQ investigating and reconstructing fieldworks, exploring and learning the techniques of their construction.
Previous experience isn’t a requirement, but an enthusiasm for the period and a willingness to work and learn with other like-minded people is!
The intention is to limit numbers to around 20, and it’s hoped that these people will gain the knowledge and experience to pass on to others as this project is expanded in 2022 and beyond.
For further information, and to register your interest, please contact CEMA at email@example.com
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