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)

Our Forthcoming 2022 Programme

July 12th — Edward Burgess – Leicester Architect
Geoff Woods’ talk is a tribute to Architect Edward Burgess, who worked mostly in Leicester in the latter part of the Victorian era and early twentieth century. Many of his buildings will be familiar to you as they continue to occupy prominent positions around the city, although today his name appears to have been largely forgotten. The range of his building designs is impressive, from a library to schools, coffee houses, commercial and business properties and a warehouse described by Pevsner as “one of the finest in the country”. Geoff’s talk will give us an insight into the work of this important local figure.

August 9th — ANOTHER ICARUS: THE RISE AND 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 Stamford Hall.

September 13th — WILLIAM KNIBB OF KETTERING
Mike Stroud
discusses the life and work of William Knibb, 19th century Baptist minister, social reformer and missionary chiefly known today for his work to free slaves.

October 11th — A NICE CUP OF TEA: A POTTED HISTORY
Historian Sandy Leong asks how did the British love affair with tea start? It is a fascinating tale involving adventure, taxes, criminality, temperance and ritual.

November 8th — WHAT IF’S IN HISTORY   
What if King Harold had won the Battle of Hastings or Henry VIII’s son had lived longer?  Members of LHG will examine examples where a small twist of fate may have changed the course of British history.

December 13th — KELMARSH HALL
Mike Stroud
tells us the history of this elegant Grade 1 listed Northamptonshire country house.

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