The Almoner’s Pen (the magazine of the VEHS)

Every year the VEHS publishes its in-house magazine The Almoner’s Pen. A copy is given to every member (it’s one of the many benefits of membership!). These contains all sorts of fascinating articles, items and images.

Since 2013, the magazine has been published in September each year (there was an additional issue in December 2020 in lieu of our talks). Before then, from 2006, there were smaller issues each six months..

Hard copies of nearly all of the back numbers of The Almoner’s Pen are available at our talks evenings, or contact us for details. The most recent editions are normally available to members only.

We are always happy to consider items to include in the magazine – articles academic, humorous or interesting; poems etc. If you would like to contribute just Contact us! We look forward to hearing from you.

December 2020
Contents include:
  • The Lost Vicarage Library of Norton
  • A Festive Puzzle
  • Church Lench Life in the 1950s
  • A Memory of Radford Mill
  • Evesham Abbey Deer Park in Aldington
  • Oil Lighting on the Causeway
  • The Sentinel: The Search is Over
  • Hannah’ Yorkshire Christmas Pye
  • Boxing Day 1853
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September 2020
Contents include:
  • An Historical Drama Brings Simon de Montfort to Life
  • The Reverend  Martin Amphlett
  • Evesham’s Very Own version of Pooh-Sticks
  • Two Knights of the Realm: Maxwell Joseph and Harold Samuel
  • Post-war Developments in Evesham
  • The Way to London: Vale of Evesham Roads 1350 to 1880
  • Wood Norton – The View from The Ladies’ Realm
almoner's pen 2020 september cover
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September 2019
Contents include:
  • Simon de Montfort: Idealist or Opportunist?
  • Lord Marcus Hill, MP for Evesham 1837-1852
  • The Founding of Evesham Abbey – a Sideways Look
  • The Lenches Villages in the 19th Century
  • Evesham Gas Works
  • A Murder in Honeybourne
  • The Redditch to Ashchurch Railway Line
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A hard copy of this is now available for purchase online here


September 2018
Contents include:
  • A Public Hanging and Transportation in 1831
  • Evesham Abbey’s Final Week
  • The 1914 Christmas Truce: Two First-hand Accounts
  • Water Shortages in WW2
  • The Evesham Gas Works and Percy Fletcher
  • William New, Onion Theft in Evesham and Seven Years in Tasmania
  • Twyford
  • The First Cinemas in Evesham
  • A Hoard of Roman Coins
  • Frederick Grinnell

almoner's pen 2018 pdf

A hard copy of this is now available for purchase online here
September 2017
Contents include:
  • Evesham Then and Now
  • Curious Connections with Cherington
  • Evesham Personalities in the Time of World War One
  • The Cross Keys Inn
  • Evesham by Numbers: 1851
  • Dr. William Astley
  • Bengeworth Station

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September 2016
Contents include:
  • Arthur “Badsey” Davis: The Corn Dolly Craftsman
  • Our Georgian Dress Collection
  • Local Heroes of World War One
  • My Great Aunt Annie, Miss Anne Lane
  • Evesham by Numbers: 1911
  • Memories of St Lawrence’s Church

almoners pen 2016 pdf

September 2015
Contents include:
  • A special series of articles to mark 6th centenary of the Battle of Evesham
  • Magna Carta – An Introduction
  • To a British Evesham
  • Tops’ls and T’Gallants
  • Matthew Bagley: Bell Founder of Evesham
  • The Grey Family at Norton School
  • Evesham by Numbers – 1881

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September 2014
Contents include:
  • Warm Welcome for the Almonry Museum
  • John Martin’s Charity
  • Evesham Bell Tower FAQ’s
  • Sir Henry Fowler KBE
  • Evesham Weather 1779-1799
  • Step into the Past
  • Evesham Abbey – Afloat

almoners pen 2014 pdf

September 2013
  • The Formation of the Almonry Museum
  • A Concept of Ancient Evesham
  • My Welcome to Sedgeberrow
  • Elizabeth Moreton
  • My Childhood Home
  • Thoughts on the Past
  • A Tale of Unexpected Coincidences
  • The Abbey Bridge
  • The Precursor of Our ’New’ Abbey Bridge
  • Press Past!
  • Parliament versus Patron Saint

2013-09 Almoner's Pen

September 2012
  • Abbot Reginald Foliot
  • Roman Monthly Account
  • Missing Dimension
  • The Town, Shop and Roads
  • Building on Abbey Land
  • The Quiz
  • Just an Idea
  • The Answers
  • Lecture Season 2012-2013
  • The Gaiety

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April 2012
  • Ben Cox, obituary
  • Lectures of 2011-2012
  • Lecture Season 2012-2013
  • The Quiz
  • Clippings from the Past (Evesham Journal, April 1888)
  • Gerald Heath, an appreciation
  • Jonathan Hulls and his Steam Boat
  • Abbot Walter of Cerasia, the First Norman Abbot
  • Early Navigation of the River Avon

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September 2011
  • Laying Lines to the Future
  • VEHS Summer Outing
  • Best Practice
  • A Parsons Progress
  • Abbey Gates
  • Abbot Aelfweard, Saviour of Evesham
  • Weather or Not
April 2011
  • Lectures of 2010-2011
  • Lecture Season 2011-2012
  • Abbot Thomas Marlborough
  • An Expedition with the Garrards (by George Klugh)
  • The Quiz
  • A Political Rant
September 2010
  • Should we have an Evesham Battle Society?
  • The Abbots of Evesham: I Abbot Ecgwine
  • Prosopography
  • Musical Interval
  • Lectures to Come in 2010/2011
  • Members’ Visit to Market Harborough & Rockingham Castle
  • Shopping in Evesham
  • From the Garden
  • The Quiz
April 2010
  • What’s in a name
  • The 2009/10 Lecture Programme
  • A Question to Ponder
  • The Poisoning Act
  • Evesham’s Last Unreformed Election
  • Lectures to Come in 2010/2011
  • The Oddingley Murders
  • The Quiz
September 2009
  • A Note in Passing
  • The Annual Outing
  • The Ring of Avebury
  • Hoby and the Death of the Abbey
  • The 2009/2010 Lecture Programme
  • Open All Hours
  • The Quiz
  • The History and Influence of Evesham Abbey
April 2009
  • The History and Influence of Evesham Abbey
  • Lecture Reports for the 2008/8 Season
  • The Rudge Ridge Connection
  • The Book Club
  • 709 and All That
  • The Quiz
September 2008
  • The Society visits the Marcher Country
  • Lectures for the 2008/9 Season
  • Evesham before Egwine
  • In Committee
  • History and the Battle of Evesham
  • Minor Pieces
April 2008
  • Questions of Place
  • The 2007-08 Lecture Reports
  • The Annual Outing
  • Summer Searches
  • Accreditation and Other News
  • Lecture Season 2008/9
  • Hartlebury Castle
  • Foundation of Evesham
  • Answers

If you would like to contribute (and there’s so much to share!) please get in touch via our CONTACT form! We look forward to hearing from you.

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