Carenza Lewis of Time Team & The University of Cambridge visits the Meon Valley

Thank you Carenza for visiting us and inspiring our community in its quest for our heritage.

A great time was had when Carenza Lewis visited the Meon Valley to meet the Friends and give the key note talk at our charity’s AGM. Carenza also visited Droxford School to take part in a workshop to develop resources for the new KS2 Saxon history curriculum and to present to a special assembly on the magic and mystery of archaeology. … and spent a few hours with the Friends visiting (and ringing the bells at!)  the Saxon church at Corhampton and walking-about the Saxon archaeological sites in the Meon Valley.

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Carenza chatting with pupils at Droxford School about their interest in archaeology and history

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Carenza with Ross Irving (head teacher, Droxford School), Ruth Staples-Rolfe (South Downs National Park/Learning Through Landscapes) & Robin Iles (Winchester Museum). Discussing the new KS2 Saxon curriculum development

Carenza, formerly of Channel 4’s Time Team, is now the Director of Cambridge University’s Department of Archaeology ‘Access Cambridge Archaeology‘. Cambridge is one of the universities supporting the work of the Friends in exploring and celebrating our Saxon heritage, for which the church at Corhampton (AD 1020) is a living icon. The Friends welcomed  at our AGM, and Carenza’s talk, 200 people – friends from the villages and  schools in the Meon Valley, from village history and heritage societies, from the ‘Off The Wall’ choir, from our many highly-valued volunteers, from the landowners who have generously offered us the opportunity to ‘survey for Saxons’, from our archaeological team (from Winchester University, Liss Archaeological Society and from our local communities); and the many others who are contributing to bringing to life ‘The Story of the Saxons in the Meon Valley’. The occasion also offered the Friends the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions from a number of funding and partner organisations and others who share our passion for heritage. These include (in alphabetical order): The Battle of Stamford Bridge Society, Bishop’s Waltham Museum Trust, Bishops Waltham Society, The Bridge Magazine, Corhampton & Meonstoke Parish Council, The Council for British Archaeology, Dark Skies Productions, The Embroiders’ Guild, The English Companions, English Heritage, Fulford Tapestry, Hambledon Arts Society, Hampshire Archives & Local Studies, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Field Club & Archaeology Society, Hampshire Police,  Hampshire Wardrobe, Herigeas Hundas, Heritage Lottery Fund, Hyde900, Local Giving.Com, The Media Trust, The Meon Hall, Meon Valley Community Transport, Meon Valley Gardening Club, Meon Valley Lions, Meon Valley Printers, Meon Valley Trail, Meonstoke & Corhampton Parochial Church Council, Meon Valley Gardening Club, Meon Valley Trail, Meonstoke School, Regia Anglorum, The Robert Kiln Charitable Trust, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Society, Sustainability Centre, the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham & Winchester, Wessex Archaeology, The William Collins Trust, Winchester Area Community Action, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester City Council, Winchester Mill and Wizbit Internet Services.