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 2021

September 14th    THE STORY OF A REMARKABLE HOUSE: WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE          Trish Woods looks at one of the nation’s greatest country houses.  A story of intense rivalry and great wealth.  A tale of decline, decay, abandonment and ultimate rescue.

October 12th    WITCH TRIALS IN LEICESTERSHIRE IN THE 17th CENTURY                                Dr Len Holden discusses the cases of the Husbands Bosworth and Belvoir witches.

November 9th   NOT SUCH AN ANGEL                                                                                          Linda Straw recounts her experiences of training to be a nurse in Bristol in the 1950s.

December 14th   IN TOUCH WITH OUR PAST                                                                            Bridget Blair worked as a journalist for BBC Radio Leicester and Radio 4 for over 20 years in which time she covered many important historical events, including the Richard III story and a special series on World War I.

 

PROGRAMME 2021

CORONAVIRUS   Details of the 2021 Programme will be published as soon as we are able to re-start the monthly meetings.

PROGRAMME 2020

January 14th      LOST LONDON

Dr Colin Cohen takes us on a virtual tour of the streets of old London looking at the capital’s history over 2000 years. 

February 11th  MORE THAN JUST A MARKET

Derek Simmonds describes the long history of Melton Mowbray cattle market from Anglo Saxon times to its current site on Scalford Road where it has been for 150 years.

 February 25th   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         ANOTHER ICARUS: THE RISE & FALL OF PERCY PILCHER

Roy Smart presents the story of pioneer aviator Percy Pilcher whose unheralded achievements predate those of the Wright Brothers and who died tragically in a flying accident at nearby Stanford Hall.

 May 12th          THE HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATIONAL TRUST

Alan Tyler discusses the story of the charity which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

 June 9th         THE HISTORY OF CORBY STEELWORKS

Tony Rothery looks at the history of the famous steelworks from its beginnings in 1930s through its heyday and subsequent decline. He also covers the growth of Corby from rural village to industrial town.

 July 14th         “FOLLOW ME PLEASE”: THE LIFE & TIMES OF A TOUR GUIDE

Popular speaker Jill Collinge returns with humorous and entertaining tales of working as a tour guide.

 August 11th        TOUR OF GUILSBOROUGH

Local guide David O’Neil takes us on a walk around this nearby historic village.

September 8th     MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS

2020 is the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to America.  Historian and author Adrian Gray looks at the background to the voyage and asks why did their leaders all come from the E. Midlands.

 October 13th      NOT SUCH AN ANGEL: NURSING IN THE 1950’S 

Linda Straw recalls the trials and tribulations of nursing in the 1950’s.

November 10th    THE STORY OF A REMARKABLE HOUSE: WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE

Trish Woods looks at one of the nation’s greatest country houses. A story of intense rivalry and great wealth. A tale of decline, decay, abandonment and ultimate rescue.

December 8th      WITCH TRIALS IN LEICESTERSHIRE IN THE 17th CENTURY

Dr Len Holden discusses the cases of the Husbands Bosworth and Belvoir witches.

 

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 COTTINGHAM

Walk around Cottingham village near Corby led by local guides.

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.