Meeting Minutes - Ian Evans: A Stroll with Hadrian - Feb. 7th. 2019
Vice President Julian Sale opened the meeting at 9:55 am and welcomed all members. Julian went on to welcome back Ian Evans and explained why Ed Herold’s talk was postponed noting that Ed recently was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy and that he would present the talk at a later date when this palsy subsides. He also welcomed back our newest member Bruce Friendship as well as Rick Goodfellow, a friend of Ian Evans from Elora. There were 38 members present who braved the icy conditions in Guelph.
Activities…Ray Biffis The Valentines dinner sign up for Valentine’s dinner at Ben Thanh Restaurant is closed. Final counting is not complete but is close to 30.
This year’s luncheon at the church will remain at $15.00. The meeting will begin at 10:30 for coffee followed by the meeting with speaker at 11:00. The luncheon will be at 12:00. More information to follow.
Coffee…. Andy Curtis Next Thursday February 14th at 10:00 am at the Symposium Restaurant or the Airport Cafe.
Next Meeting…. Feb.21st with Jay Wilson as our speaker on the topic…”an actor’s life for me”.
John Sneyd introduced Ian Evans whose Biography can be found on last meeting’s notes. John indicated that this was a first for the club to have the same speaker at back to back meetings. One more visit and Ian will qualify for membership.
Ian began his presentation with an introduction to the Roman Empire and the importance of some of the Emperors and other leaders as a lead in to the history of Hadrian’s Wall as well Antonine’s Wall. He went onto explain why the walls were built and the complexities of construction. He explained the defensive structures that kept out the Barbarians from the north. The Romans also built mounds and a ditch just to the south of the wall where they were also able to prevent potential invasion from the south by creating a “killing zone” in the ditch. Ian noted that the wall was not constructed using local labour. Men were brought in from Syria and the Dalmatian Coast. It took roughly 10 years to build the 90 mile wall beginning from east to west.
Ian provided a great explanation on the stroll that Ian and three friends took along Hadrian’s Wall in a 10 day period in the fall season. He explained the importance of travelling from west to east due to the prevailing winds that kept the rain at their backs. The walk could be done in 4 days but the group wanted to embrace and absorb more information in this historical area along the way.
Vindolandia, was a highlight for the group along the way. This Roman museum, archaeological and reconstruction site has one of the best Roman artifact collections outside of Italy.
This is a walk that is suitable for young and old. It is easily planned and there are plenty of pubs along the way for breaks as well as numerous places to stay overnight. It wasn’t overly busy in the fall but Ian felt it may be quite crowded in the summer months.
More about Ian and his adventures can be found on his website at ianevans.ca