Our Summer 2021 outings may be ‘real’ … or ‘virtual’

As the Covid-19 epidemic continues into its second year, we cannot predict what level of social restrictions will be in force in Summer 2021. Two of the five outings planned in 2020 had to be cancelled, while each of the three others – on the village of Hedgerley, archaeology on the Grand Union Canal and medieval Brill –  were replaced by talks and presentations on-line. All drew large online audiences.


In 2021 we will be planning for both ‘real’ and ‘virtual’ options: to run real face-to-face (though probably socially-distanced) outings if this is possible, but when it is not then to replace these with ‘virtual on-line tours’. Three outings are being planned in this way:

  • A guided history walk around the north Bucks village of Little Horwood on Saturday 12 June, led by Julian Hunt.
  • A guided walk around the archaeology of Great Linford Manor Park, on the northern edge of Milton Keynes on Saturday 10 July, with Bob Zeepvat on the excavations there during the building of Milton Keynes and Doug Stuckey on the society’s recent Active Archaeology Group dig to investigate the manor’s ruined ha-ha.
  • A guided tour of Aylesbury’s hill fort, historic buildings of the county museum and St Mary’s, its former minster church, led by archaeologist Mike Farley and former museum curator Sarah Gray on Sunday 5 September. 

The decision whether these will be ‘real’ outings or ‘virtual online tours’ will be made closer to the date, when the epidemic and its restrictions are clearer.

The ever-popular Church Crawl will not be run this year, because the closure of many churches makes planning impossible. Instead Michael Hardy, the Church Crawl organiser, will give an online talk and presentation on Stained Glass in Bucks Churches on Saturday 25 September.

  • WATCH THIS WEB PAGE:   Full details of each of these events, whether real or virtual, will be published on this website at least one month ahead of its planned date, and will also be circulated to all members and supporters. Only then will any bookings and/or registrations be taken.

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