Saturday, 19 November 2011

Society Summer Event

A group of members gathered at Shefford on 19 August, a pleasantly warm late summer's day, to commemorate Bloomfield's death on that day in 1823. A very enjoyable and informative tour was made of sites which would have been familiar to Bloomfield or are associated with him.

The natural place to start was 'Bloomfield House' in Northbridge Street, with its plaque erected by Constance Isherwood, founder of the first Robert Bloomfield Society in 1904.

After exploring Shefford and enjoying lunch we drove the short distance to Campton village to view Bloomfield's grave in All Saints churchyard and the plaque on the south wall installed by the Society in 2003.

Besides Bloomfield's headstone, and touchingly inclined toward it, is that of his Shefford friend Thomas Inskip, who had paid for Bloomfield's stone.

Arrangements had been made previously with one of the church wardens for the church to be opened and we were warmly received. Of interest, in addition to the Welsh stone plaque, is the chapel containing monuments to members of the Osborn family of Chicksands and a memorial to the Rev. Edmond Williamson. Bloomfield had dined with Sir Charles Osborn at Chicksands Priory in 1810 and this helped precipitate his move from London in 1812. Edmond Williamson was the Campton rector in Bloomfield's time and evidence suggests they were on friendly terms.

The last stop in our peregrinations was the church and churchyard at the neighbouring village of Meppershall. Here are to be found the burial place of Constance Isherwood and her father, the then Rector of Mepperhsall and Treasurer of the first Bloomfield Society.

Finally, Dorothy Hoskins showed us the very beautiful headstone, in the same Welsh stone as the Bloomfield memorial plaque in Campton church, of her husband, Philip, buried here in 2007; to whom the current Robert Bloomfield Society owes an immesurable debt.

Adapted from The Robert Bloomfield Society, No. 22 (Autumn, 2011)

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Annual Bloomfield Day and AGM

The Annual Bloomfield Day and AGM is scheduled for the 2 April 2011; 10.30 for 11.00a.m. at Nottingham Trent University, which is generously providing hospitality as usual for the event. The address of the venue is Room GE 175, George Eliot Building, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS.

The main speaker will be Dr. Adam Rounce, Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, who is a much published scholar and editor, especially in 18th century and Romantic literature. He will speak on "Bloomfield and the 18th Century". It is very encouraging that the Society continues to find fresh scholars willing and able to talk about Bloomfield, and I'm sure this will once again be a very interesting and informative occasion.

Later, we shall hold our AGM, which will review the past year, present the accounts and provide members with an opportunity to air their views and offer suggestions for future activities. We expect to conclude by approximately 3.15 p.m.

A buffet lunch will be provided at cost price.

Directions to Nottingham Trent University can be found by clicking on the following link

Please note that anyone travelling by train, should get the NCT bus number 1 or the Skylink, as the Unilink suggested on the University website does not run at the weekend. Timetables for NCT buses can be found here