6th to 8th
AGM and Annual Dinner
Venue: Banbury, Oxfordshire
The Societyís Annual General Meeting, 2018, will be held at Whately Hall Hotel, Banbury, Oxfordshire, from Friday, April 6, to Sunday April 8. The Hotel (address: 17 to 19 Horsefair, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 0AN)
is ideally situated 5 minutes walk from the Town Centre. Although on a busy thoroughfare, it has a large and tranquil rear garden. Banbury has a mainline railway station (nearby hotel) and is well served by bus services from Oxford and other neighbouring towns. Room costs are £65.00 per night bed & breakfast for single occupancy, £45.00 per person for double occupancy. Bookings at the special group rate should be made through: Mike Edwards, Freemans Cottage, Piccadilly, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UU; Email:
; Tel.: 01451 850232. To reserve your accommodation please let Mike know as soon as possible. You will then be sent an invoice and prompt payment would be appreciated.
|Fri Apr 6||2.00||ff. Arrival at hotel|
|7.45||Slide Show with William Telford and Ken Hillier (Buchan and World War I)|
|Sat Apr 7||9.30||Departure on Coach tour (prompt!)|
|3.30||Return from Coach tour|
|Sun Apr 8||11.30||Checkout from hotel|
|11.00||Service at St Thomas of Canterbury, Elsfield, followed by refreshments at Elsfield Manor, courtesy of Mr & Mrs David Buchan.|
The Saturday tour, by executive style coach (with toilet, etc.) will start from the Whately Hall Hotel and will visit a number of Cotswold towns and villages, including Stow on the Wold. We will also visit Minster Lovell, as featured in The Blanket of the Dark. Lunch and some free time will be spent in the attractive town of Burford. Cost of the trip will be £10.00 per person and bookings should be made with the Secretary, Ian Berchem, Holly House, Barton Bendish, Norfolk, PE33 9DL; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel.: 01366 347759. A booking form for the tour and for the Friday buffet and Saturdayís Annual Dinner is enclosed with this Newsletter.
On Sunday morning, travel to Elsfield will be by membersí private cars, and lifts for those without cars, including return to the hotel or train/bus station in Banbury, will be arranged during the weekend itself.
Dinners on both Friday and Saturday evening are bookable separately by application to the Secretary, Ian Berchem (see address details under Programme). A booking form is enclosed with this Newsletter. Fridayís dinner will be a buffet meal @ £19.00 per person, and the Saturday dinner will be £30.00 per person.
There will be a Pre-Dinner Talk by Taylor Downing, writer, historian and television producer. His talk, entitled ĎSecret Warriors: The Spies. Scientists and Code Breakers of World War Ií promises much of interest in light of Buchanís novels of the period.
The idea has been floated of arranging a John Buchan Society tour to the battlefields of Northern France in October 2018, dates as yet to be decided. The projected tour would be from Monday to Friday, with 4 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation, departing from home on the Friday and sightseeing all the way to Calais. Transport would be by luxury coach with onboard toilet, video, etc., and pick ups could be arranged in the Midlands, London and Kent (perhaps other places subject to demand).
If you are interested in this tour please let Mike Edwards know as soon as possible. We would need about 30 people to make the tour viable. The tour would take in major sites of WWI and in particular places of JB interest. Members would be able to bring friends along on this tour, for it is essential that we have a good number travelling. If you are interested, contact Mike Edwards; tel. 01451 850 232; email
John Buchan Society Conference 2017
St Johnís College, Durham, was once again the venue for the Societyís biennial conference, held from September 8th-10th. This year the theme was ďJohn Buchan and the Great WarĒ. Bill Telford gave his own photographic presentation on the battlefields of northern France and Flanders, linking it to excerpts from Buchanís History of the war. Ken Hillier delivered an illustrated overview of JBís writings on the war, while Ursula Buchan spoke on JBís activities in France as a war correspondent and observer.
Michael Redley gave an account of JBís contributions to wartime propaganda, and Kate MacDonald presented a sweeping tally of JBís contributions to newspapers and magazines, as well as his published speeches. The standard of accommodation and food at the College was as high as ever, and the lovely city of Durham provided the perfect backdrop to a most enjoyable, as well as informative, weekend.