The Kineton History Group was founded to encourage an interest in Kineton and District through the study of local history, to work for the safeguarding of local history material, to encourage research, sponsor publications and mount exhibitions to promote public awareness of local history, including among the younger members of the community.
The geographical scope of the Group includes a generous area around Kineton village, taking in the communities that historically looked to Kineton as their market and the focus of local activities, so the adjacent parishes of Butlers Marston, Chadshunt, Combroke, Compton Verney, Edgehill and Upton, Gaydon, the Pillertons, Oxhill, Radway, Ratley, Tysoe, are all included in the area of interest. Some members live further afield still.
Members are involved in finding out about the past of the village and its surroundings through documentary research, oral history, archaeology, metal detecting, collecting, talks and visits.
We have talks on local history topics in the Village Hall, usually on the 3rd Friday of the month from September to May at 7.30pm. Visitors are always welcome (£3.00 per visit and children under 12 £1.50, whilst annual membership is only £10.00). In June, July and August we arrange trips to places of historical interest led by informative guides. Pre-booking is essential – many a time have trips sold out at the first meeting tickets have gone sale at!
2012 marked the 25th birthday of the Kineton History Group and to celebrate a special event was held on 13th October 2012 with a presentation on the Staffordshire Hoard by Dr Kevin Leahy (see Short Articles section for a report on the event).