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Our venue is a well equipped village hall on the High Street in Collingtree, Northampton NN4 0NE , a few minutes drive from J15 of the M1.

Helen Crabtree will set the local scene, Tim Jenkinson will enlighten us about bridgemarkers,  Alan Reade will enthuse us about canals as well as the Highways Agency, Ron Westcott will take us milestoning abroad and Mervyn Benford will add a Swedish contribution. If you have photos of non UK milestones, please bring them along for our display board!

Plenty of parking at the pub opposite, “The Wooden Walls of Old England”.   Doors open 10am for a cuppa and a 10.30 start. Admission £3 to cover hall hire.  We will finish by 3.30pm. Bring a packed lunch or patronise the pub. If you require a lift from the Rail or Bus stations, please contact Hon Sec in advance to arrange.

Everyone welcome, please tell your local community groups -

Walk the Talk: Ways and Wayposts around Thame, Oxfordshire

A short talk, mainly about the history of roads but with brief mention of railways and cycle paths over the centuries, a short tour of relevant exhibits in Thame Museum and a guided 3½ -mile walk around Thame and its outskirts. Approximately 3 hours in all.

Note: The talk is included only on specific dates. The first date is on 28th March 2013, 10.15am at the museum. A summary is included in the walk leaflet that can be provided, on request, at the Museum Reception. This leaflet also includes guidance notes on relevant museum exhibits and a map shows the route of the walk. The Museum opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. The walk on its own can be undertaken at any time and in all normal weather conditions.

Walk length: a circular walk of approximately 3.4 miles. 2 hours including pauses to view historic features. Full details are given below: click on 'Read More' to reveal them.

Grade: easy; mostly flat; one half-mile moderate ascent; all on tarmac or gravel paths. The route is suitable for wheelchairs but includes one staggered barrier where the cycle way crosses a minor road and some uncontrolled crossings of main roads.

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Start: Thame Museum, 79 High Street, Thame, OX9 3AE (1)
Grid Reference: SP 7044 0610
Finish. Priest End car park (13)
Grid Reference: SP 7029 0623  

Click on 'Read More' for full details of the walk. Enjoy!


Thursday 25th July
Meet more milestones around Oxford

Join Derek for a further exploration of milestones, mileway stones and boundary stones in the Headington, Cowley Marsh and Rose Hill areas.

Distance: 6.5 miles with 3.5 mile option.
Bring a packed lunch (There's a Waitrose store adjacent to car park).
Start: Headington Car-park, off Old High Street, Headington, OX3 9JT
Time: 10.30am End: 3pm

Take City, Thornhill Park & Ride or country buses to 'Headington Shops', 5 minutes walk from start.

Contact: Derek Turner

The Spring meeting of the Mid-Shires Group on Saturday 2nd March 2013 was held at Aynho Village Hall instead of at Wroxton as previously. Derek Turner writes:

Twenty people attended the Mid-Shires meeting at Aynho, Northamptonshire on Saturday 2nd March.  A day full of interesting information and lively discussion.  Mike Buxton gave a brief history of the turnpikes roads between Banbury and Birmingham and reported on the successful discovery of some long-lost stones along the routes.   Doug Roseaman outlined the turnpike network in Wiltshire, referred to several excellent records made of surviving and lost milestones in past decades and focused on the problems associated with relocating the milestone close to Stonehenge.  Derek Turner attempted to make sense of the baffling movement in all directions of the stones on the A40 east of Oxford. The regional round-up included plentiful and interesting news and milestone photos from Northants, the Bucks/Berks border and more pictures of Wiltshire stones. 

The one shown below had been moved five times!

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After the formality of the AGM, the Conference (in the historic Century Travelling Theatre at Snibston Discovery Park in Leicestershire) was really lively - plenty of interaction and repartee with three excellent speakers covering very different topics.

Howard Smith took us on a fantastic journey throughout the Peak District, marvelling at guideposts (stoops) with quirky phonetic spellings and even mirror-writing.

Lunchtime gave the opportunity to catch up with friends and share stories, then Mike Le-Baigue made us all sit up straight and consider how milestones might be featured in classrooms, using a poem commissioned from F Philip Holland to focus our thoughts. One member of the 'class' even gained an A* for her analysis!

Then Philip Thomas led us down memory lane, showing pictures, many in monochrome, of wayside features from the twentieth century, to some nostalgic murmurs from the audience.

A notable cynic commended the variety of content, adding that it was the first time he had stayed awake through all of the speakers at a national meeting. Praise indeed!

Members also took the opportunity during the day to tour the site and inspect some wonderful examples of road, rail and canal transport, and the renowned Fashion Gallery

View the Snibston Museum website :   http://www.leics.gov.uk/snibston_museum

and find out more about The Century Theatre here:   http://www.centurytheatre.co.uk/history