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Hi.
When I started this process I was fairly confident that we would be able to restart our talks in January but now with the rule of 6 and the dramatic rise in Coronavirus cases we have had to rethink our plans. On reflection we feel it is safer to restart after Easter in April. Our first talk will be on Wednesday 28th April and will be by Andy Chapman. Having told us about Northampton Castle he is now going to give us a presentation about how Northampton was like before the Castle was built.
We will have our AGM before the talk. As you know we usually have it in November but we have decided to defer it until we could restart our talks.
We are really sorry about the delay as I know many of you were looking forward to the start of our talks but it’s safety first.

We think it is important to let you know what arrangements and plans we have made. These may change as April is a long way away but our plans are based on the current advice.

The most important is that we have booked the main hall for our talks. We will no longer be in our cosy room at the back of the building. That means we will now come in by the main entrance. If you come by car to get there you go to the left of the building not the right.
* everyone will be expected to wear a face covering.
* there will be hand sanitisers at the door for everyone to use.
* queuing will be socially distanced
* contact details will be taken.
Unfortunately, to start with, we will not be able to provide drinks as the separate kitchen will not be in use. Of course you are welcome to bring your own. The hall will have been properly cleaned and as an additional measure all surfaces will be cleaned again before the talk.
We will let you know about any changes before we restart our talks.

We have been contacting speakers and have had a good response. Currently we have speakers from April 2021 until January 2022, A full list is below. Some haven’t decided the title of their talks yet.
In 2022 we will be having all our talks on the second week of the month. This will be easier to remember. The currant format evolved over time as we gradually increased the number of talks we had each year.
Keep safe
Carol

Below is the events list for 2021

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Wednesday
28th April
At 7.30pm
Before Northampton Castle
by Andy Chapman (Archaeologist)

St. Andrew’s Church Rooms,
Crown St.
Kettering NN16 8QT

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Wednesday
26th May at 7.30pm
Roman Life and Settlements in Bedfordshire.
by Mike Luke (Albion Archaeology)
St. Andrew’s Church Rooms,

Crown St.
Kettering NN16 8QT

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Wednesday
30th June at 7.30pm
Animals in Archaeology
by Matty Holmes (Archaeologist)
St. Andrew’s Church Rooms,
Crown St.
Kettering NN16 8QT

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Wednesday
13th October at 7.30pm
The Life of a National Trust Archaeologist
by Rachael Hall (Archaeologist with NT)
St. Andrew’s Church Rooms,
Crown St.
Kettering NN16 8QT

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Wednesday
17th November at 7.30pm
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Bjarni Olafson (Viking re-enactor)
St. Andrew’s Church Rooms,
Crown St.
Kettering NN16 8QT
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Wednesday
8th December at 7.30pm
????
Sara Coggins
St. Andrew’s Church Rooms,
Crown St.
Kettering NN16 8QT

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About The Ise Archaeological Research Society

The Society was formed in 1996 when a few people were asked to investigate a site on Whitegates Farm in Rushton. This turned out to be a Roman Bath House. For many years a summer excavation took place which gradually revealed the Bath-house’s secrets. This came to an end in 2007 when the land was placed under Entry Level Stewardship with Natural England.

The site is rich in history but not in “finds”. One “find” was that of an early Romano-British lead font which is on display in the Manor House Museum in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Monthly talks during the winter were started as a way of members keeping in touch outside of the diggingseason.

After the excavation was closed down the number of talks have increased so that now they are monthly from January to June. We have a break for the summer. In September we also have a visit to a place of interest.  In October talks start again.In November we have our AGM plus a talk and a Christmas Buffet and Quiz Night in December . If something else looks interesting an additional visit might be arranged. In 2013, for example, a visit to the Richard 111 exhibition in Leicester was arranged and in 2014 we went to Chester Farm. As and when the opportunity arises there are also field walks and practise excavations. Graveyard Archaeology which is surveying and recording a churchyard  has also taken place regularly.   A twice yearly newsletter is also published.

Membership is £10. Admission for talks is £4 for members and £5 for non-members. It is a friendly group so why not come along.


Where is this hall?

St. Andrew’s Church Rooms,  Crown St. Kettering NN16 8QE  is in Crown St, behind St. Andrew’s Church in Kettering. The church is on the crossroads with Sainsbury’s, The Newlands Centre and the Bus Station. There is a small car park as well as parking in front of the church in Lindsay St. Here, there is a one way system making the Lyndsay St. end a no entry but you can take the next left and go round the block. There is also a carpark at the back of the hall in Crown St.

 

 

 

 

 

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