Recent 2022 Meetings
August 9th — ANOTHER ICARUS: THE RISE AND FALL OF PERCY PILCHER
Roy Smart presents the story of the largely unknown, pioneer aviator, Percy Sinclair Pilcher whose unheralded achievements predate those of the Wright Brothers. Percy was on the cusp of becoming the most famous name in aviation history when his glider crashed at nearby Stamford Hall in September 1899. A memorial at the hall marks the spot where he died.
Roy Smart will tell the story of this remarkable man and his redoubtable sister Ella (probably the first woman to fly).
Roy was a Naval Officer and air director of many memorial events including the televised D Day, VE and VJ commemorations. This will be a fascinating and informative insight into the life of the extraordinary Mr Pilcher.
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.
The Leicester Coffee and Cocoa Company’s coffee houses are striking examples of Edward Burgess’s architecture.
June 14th — THE HISTORY OF CORBY STEELWORKS
Tony Rothery looks at the history of the famous steelworks from its beginnings in the 1930s through its heyday and subsequent decline. He also covers the growth of Corby from rural village to industrial town.
May 10th — THE CALKE ABBEY STORY
Described by the National Trust as an illustration of the English country house in decline, NT volunteer Stephen Hartley will tell us about the history of this Grade 1 listed building in Derbyshire.
April 12th — HELPING THE POOR & MENDING THE ROADS
Alan Langley shows how the village of East Farndon had to look after its own community in 19th century in a time without pensions & welfare payments – a situation mirrored in Lubenham & other villages.
March 8th — ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT
The return of our popular General Knowledge Quiz with prizes for the winning table.
February 22nd — ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – in the Onyx Room
February 8th — MARKET HARBOROUGH AND THE CIVIL WAR
Dr Len Holden discusses how the Civil War affected the lives of ordinary people in the Harborough area.
January 11th — THE LONDON THAT NEVER WAS
Dr Colin Cohen takes a light hearted look at the projects and buildings that were planned but never built.