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BHP Update

Sadly the BHP events in the pipeline including the exhibition of the 2019 Mud Hole finds are deferred until further notice due to Covid-19. This also includes talks and visits requested by other historical societies about the 2019 Mud Hole excavations and the Boxford Mosaic.

Just in case you had not heard about the results of the Current Archaeology Award, we were pipped to the post by the Harlow Carr project – apparently they had 400 volunteers and the backing of York University so were able to galvanise more public votes – but according to Anthony Beeson we did have the best project! Grateful thanks to everyone who voted. Matt gave an excellent presentation about the project and the Boxford Mosaic book on sale at the event, sold out! So the work that everyone did in 2019 will be remembered long into the future.

The BHP like many other local historical societies has been approached by West Berkshire Council to assist in the appraisal of Conservation Areas locally. Boxford has two Conservation Areas and we are asked to consider whether these need updating and/or redefining. This is something we will be working on from home.

We are sorry we won’t be seeing you for some time. But please take care of yourselves and your nearest and dearest. Keep well!


The Boxford Mosaic – up for a Current Archaeology Award

This year’s Boxford Project of revealing the Boxford Mosaic has been nominated for a prestigious Current Archaeology Award in the research category. The award is made on the results of a PUBLIC VOTE.  Voting goes live on December 2nd until 10th February and is open to everyone. The result of the public vote will be announced on February 28th at the Current Archaeology Live! 2020 conference at the University of London’s Senate House. So if you would like to support, you can vote online

Please encourage family, friends and colleagues to vote. We are up against some strong competition – many thanks.


Boxford Public Access Defibrillator

Boxford’s new defibrillator is now functioning in the church porch at St.Andrew’s. In the event of an emergency, the 999 operator will advise the location and code to access the defibrillator. Thirty two people have signed up for Resuscitation Training which will take place at the Village Hall on September 12th and 19th. More money for the defibrillator, installation, maintenance and first aid training has been received and the total now stands at £2845! Well done Boxford!


The sponsored runners, Colin Hays, Nadege Fleming and Andrew Leader who took part in the Gibbet Challenge Run on 28th June

The sponsored runners, Colin Hays, Nadege Fleming and Andrew Leader who took part in the Gibbet Challenge Run on 28th June to fund raise for the new defibrillator



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