Diary Dates

All meetings, which are open to members and non-members, are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm in Lubenham Village Hall (unless otherwise stated)

PROGRAMME 2019

 

January 8th     ART DECO ARCHITECTURE IN LONDON

Dr Colin Cohen takes us on a virtual tour around London looking at some familiar and unusual sites of Art Deco architecture.

 

February 12th    LOST LOCAL CANALS

In an illustrated talk Mary Matts looks at the history and what remains today of some of the notable lost canals of the area and describes a selection of waterway wildlife.

 

February 26th   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – in the Onyx Room

 

March 12th         QUIZ NIGHT AND HOT SUPPER

The return of our popular General Knowledge Quiz with prizes for the winning table. Licensed bar.

 

April 9th              THE RAILWAY IN LUBENHAM

Members of the Heritage Group discuss the history and demise of the Rugby to Stamford line, taking a close look at Lubenham and its station.

 

May 14th          LIFE AFTER SKYLARK

Following on from last year’s talk, local speaker Roger Cooper traces the progression from university research to the commercial world of satellite navigation.

 

June 11th         GUMLEY VILLAGE IN THE EARLY 1900s

An illustrated talk by Deborah Seabrook describing life in Gumley 100 years ago.

 

July 9th         TOUR OF THE COTTAGE ESTATE, LUBENHAM

A guided walk looking at the many properties which formed the Cottage Estate of Jack “Cherry” Angell, including the Tower House and Gore Lodge.

 

August 13th           BRITAIN IN BLOOM

RHS Britain in Bloom is the largest horticultural campaign in the UK.  With special emphasis on the East Midlands, Simon Lucas looks at its history and development.

 

September 10th WINDMILLS OF LEICESTERSHIRE

Several windmills still stand in Leicestershire. In an illustrated talk, Mark Temple discusses these structures and some which no longer exist.

 

October 8th       DESERTED VILLAGES OF LEICESTERSHIRE AND NORTHANTS

There are a number of sites in both counties where villages have been abandoned. David Burditt takes a look at some of them and explains why they have disappeared.

 

 November 12th    ONE MAN WENT TO MOW

Pat Elliott explores the life of an Essex farmer in Queen Victoria’s “Golden Age”.

 

December 10th      GROWING UP IN LUBENHAM

Local people discuss changing times in Lubenham over the years through the eyes of young people who have grown up here.

 

 

PROGRAMME 2018

January 9th       THE HARBOROUGH WORKHOUSE: WHO WERE THE INMATES?

Alan Langley looks at the lives and backgrounds of people admitted during one particular period.

 

February 13th    ELEANOR OF CASTILE

The life and times of the Queen who inspired the Eleanor Crosses are discussed by Barbara Burbidge.

 

February 27th     ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – in the Onyx Room

 

March 13th          QUIZ NIGHT AND HOT SUPPER

The return of our popular General Knowledge Quiz with prizes for the winning table. Licensed bar.

 

April 10th           STONEYWELL AND THE GIMSONS

Mark Temple talks about Stoneywell near Markfield, a rare example of a surviving Arts & Crafts cottage and its designer Ernest Gimson.

 

May 8th               ST PANCRAS: THE MAN, THE PARISH AND THE STATION

Who was St Pancras who gave his name to the area of London and the famous railway terminus?

Richard Deacon will tell us more about the man, the parish and the station.

 

June 12th             THE AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE

Volunteer Richard Clutterbuck describes the work of this vital emergency service.

 

July 10th              VISIT TO WALGRAVE, NEAR KETTERING

A tour of this attractive village led by local historian Malcolm Campbell.

 

August 14th       ROCKINGHAM CASTLE

Trish Woods talks about the castle’s fascinating history and the influential people who have lived there.

 

Sept 11th             BOUDICCA: THE CREATION OF TWO EMPIRES

There are many conflicting stories about Boudicca and her famous revolt against the Romans in Britain.  Historian, Chris Carr will give us the facts and try to get to the truth.

 

October 9th         THEIR NAME LIVETH EVERMORE

The Imperial (later Commonwealth) War Graves Commission was set up to provide memorials to the millions of men who died in World War I. Brian Johnson looks at some of these memorials and graves.

 

November 13th    ANGLO SAXONS IN LEICESTERSHIRE

Well known historian Peter Liddle describes the history of the Anglo Saxons in our part of the world.

 

December 11th      SAMUEL PEPYS: THIS IS YOUR LIFE

LHG Members will re-enact events and characters from the extraordinary life and times of Samuel Pepys.

 

 

 

 PROGRAMME 2017

January 10th     WHO DONE THE BOYS IN?

Controversy reigns over who killed the Princes in the Tower. LHG members search for the brains behind the deed.

 

February 14th    LIFE ON A TUDOR MANOR

Alison Coates, dressed in costume as Widow Jennyt, describes life in her village in Tudor times.

 

February 28th     ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – in the Onyx Room.

 

March 14th          QUIZ NIGHT AND HOT SUPPER

The return of our popular General Knowledge Quiz with prizes for the winning table. Licensed bar.

 

April 11th            INVISIBLE IMPS

Historian and member of a living history group, Chris Carr talks about medicine and folklore in the Middle Ages.

 

May 9th             WE WILL NOT FIGHT: CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS IN WWI

The reasons for conscientious objection and the attitudes of the military, government and general population are discussed by local historian Dr John Sutton.

 

June 13th             MADE IN HARBOROUGH

LHG Members talk about the history and development of several well-known local businesses.

 

July 11th              VISIT TO UPPINGHAM

Jill Collinge is our guide on this tour of historic Uppingham.

 

August 8th           GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE

One of our most popular speakers Chris Edwards, formerly of RSPB, outlines how to make your garden wildlife friendly.

 

September 12th    MEDIEVAL NORTHAMPTON

Historian, author and lecturer Mike Ingram describes how Northampton was one of the great centres of power and influence in Medieval England.

 

October 10th        BUILDING BRITAIN’S CANALS

Mary Matts tells the story of the building of the canals and their effect on the landscape.

 

November 14th    HISTORY OF MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

Roger Powell presents a picture of marriage and divorce in England from the Restoration in 1660 to the first Divorce Law of general application in 1857.

 

December 12th      OUR HISTORY: A CELEBRATION OF 15 YEARS OF LHG

A social evening marking the 15 year history the Heritage Group, with displays, talks and refreshments.

PROGRAMME 2016

 January 12th     ROMAN MOSAICS IN LEICESTERSHIRE

Professor Susan Tebby describes the tessellated pavements and explains how they were designed

and constructed.

 

February 9th    LYDDINGTON, THE BUILDINGS AND PEOPLE OF A RUTLAND MANOR

Using extensive archive material Dr Nicholas Hill and colleagues have produced a history of the Manor, one of the most important places in Rutland in the Middle Ages.

 

February 23rd    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – in the Onyx Room

 

March 8th           QUIZ NIGHT AND HOT SUPPER

The return of our popular General Knowledge Quiz with prizes for the winning table. Licensed bar.

 

April 12th           GARDEN BIRDS – I DIDN’T KNOW THEY DID THAT!      

Trollops! Gigolos! Chris Edwards, formerly of RSPB, names and shames them and gives an insight into

birds and their behaviour.

 

May 10th             MADE IN LEICESTER

Brian Johnson describes some of the many companies that started in Leicester which are now known both nationally and throughout the world.

 

June 14th             LIFE ON A TUDOR MANOR

Alison Coates, dressed in costume as Widow Jennyt, describes life in her village in Tudor times.

 

July 12th             GUIDED WALK AROUND A LOCAL VILLAGE

A guided tour of a nearby historic village.

 

August 9th          REGENCY DAYS, REGENCY WAYS

One of our most popular speakers, Jill Collinge talks about life in the time of Jane Austen.

 

Sept 13th             BONES AND BODIES

Vicki Score of Leicester University Archaeological Services describes more discoveries at Hallaton.

 

October 11th     CAPTAIN POUCH & ENCLOSURE RIOTS IN THE EAST MIDLANDS IN 1607

Dr Len Holden outlines the causes and consequences of these significant events which took place in and around Haselbech, Cotesbach and Newton in 1607.

 

November 8th    WHO DONE THE BOYS IN?

Controversy reigns over who killed the Princes in the Tower. LHG members search for the brains

behind the deed.

 

December 13th    THE HISTORY OF WELFORD ROAD PRISON

Former historian at Leicester prison, Richard Foster, tells us about its history and some of the more notable and notorious inmates.

LUBENHAM HERITAGE GROUP

PROGRAMME 2015

January 13th        HISTORY, MYTHS & LEGENDS OF BROOKSBY

Malcolm Britton tells the story of Brooksby from deserted village to 21st century college.

 

February 10th      THE LEICESTER WORKHOUSE

Paul Shipman discusses the history of the care and education of children in the Leicester Workhouse.

 

February 24th      ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – in the Onyx Room

 

March 10th           QUIZ NIGHT AND HOT SUPPER

The return of our popular General Knowledge Quiz with prizes for the winning table.  Licensed bar.

 

April 14th              LIFE IN ROMAN BRITAIN: SOME PERSONAL STORIES          

Stories revealed in the Vindolanda Tablets and other documents are brought to life by speaker Mike Gould.

 

May 12th               THE HISTORY OF ART FAKES, FORGERIES AND COPIES

Dr Len Holden explains the long history of copying and the less edifying business of counterfeit art.

 

June 9th                THE WOODLAND TRUST

Owen Moore talks about common trees found in GB and describes the work of the Woodland Trust.

 

July 14th               GUIDED WALK AROUND MEDBOURNE

A tour of this historic village, led by members of Medbourne Local History Group.

 

August 11th          J. STAMP & SONS, FUNERAL DIRECTORS

Jonathan Stamp gives an insight into the work of this family firm which has served the people of Market Harborough for three generations.

 

September 8th      SIMPLE WORDS, HIDDEN MEANINGS

One of our most popular speakers, Jill Collinge, returns to discuss the history of nursery rhymes.

 

October 13th         BOAT BUILDERS OF MARKET HARBOROUGH

Bob Hakewill traces the long tradition of boat building in Market Harborough.

 

November 10th     LIFE IN LUBENHAM DURING WORLD WAR II.

Presented by Members of the Heritage Group and including a tribute to the men commemorated on the War Memorial who died during WWII.

 

December 8th       THE BOOT & SHOE INDUSTRY OF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

The history and development of this important local industry is described by expert Peter Perkins.