Monthly Meetings

PROGRAMME 2020

January 14thLOST 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 11thMORE 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 25thANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – in the Onyx Room

March 10thQUIZ NIGHT AND HOT SUPPER    
The return of our popular General Knowledge Quiz with prizes for the winning table. Licensed bar.

April 14thANOTHER 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 12thTHE HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT OF THE NATIONAL TRUST   
Alan Tyler
discusses the story of the charity which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

June 9thTHE 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    
Jill Collinge
returns with humorous and entertaining tales of working as a tour guide.

August 11thTOUR OF GUILSBOROUGH    
Local guide David O’Neil takes us on a walk around this nearby historic village.

September 8thMAYFLOWER 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 13thNOT SUCH AN ANGEL: NURSING IN THE 1950s      
Linda Straw
recalls the trials and tribulations of nursing in the 1950s.

November 10thTHE 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 8thWITCH TRIALS IN LEICESTERSHIRE IN THE 17th CENTURY  
Dr Len Holden
discusses the cases of the Husbands Bosworth and Belvoir witches.

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