This 2024 programme is also available as a PDF file. Click here to access it.
January 9th — THE LAND ARMY OF WORLD WAR ONE
Helen Frost looks at the less well-known but valuable work of the Women’s Land Army in World War I. (© IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/41363)
February 13th — THE BATTLE OF NASEBY
Dr Len Holden views the Battle of Naseby through the lens of Harborough Movie Makers.
February 27th — ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – in the Onyx Room
March 12th — ANNUAL QUIZ NIGHT
The return of our popular General Knowledge Quiz with prizes for the winning table.
April 9th — THE LAST NAVAL HERO
Roy Smart tells of the astonishing rise to fame and fortune of David, 1st Earl Beatty and his part in the Battle of Jutland. It is a tale of an opulent lifestyle, marital strife and scandal, much of it spent in this area.
May 14th — A HISTORY OF ALL SAINTS CHURCH, LUBENHAM
Our local clergyman, Rev Pip Clements – fresh from his extraordinary insight into the life of Thomas Cook last year – looks at the history of this fascinating Grade I listed building in the heart of our village.
June 11th — EDWARD AND ELEANOR IN GEDDINGTON
Historian Kam Caddell explores the close association of Edward I and his wife Eleanor of Castile with this area and asks why their famed loved story matters today.
July 9th — THE THREE HEROES OF LUTTERWORTH
The lives of Rifleman William Green, Frank Whittle and John Wycliffe are discussed by Tony Hirons.
August 13th — A HISTORY OF MY HOUSE: Part 2
Following on from last year’s successful meeting, more local residents talk briefly about the house in Lubenham in which they live.
September 10th — SPILLING THE BEANS: A HISTORY OF COFFEE
Popular speaker Sandy Leong returns to talk about our love affair with coffee going back several centuries, long before it became a widespread drink on the high street.
October 8th — PARKS FOR THE PEOPLE: A HISTORY OF THE PUBLIC PARK
Using local examples, Abbey Park Blue Badge guide Steve Bruce discusses the history and development of the public park.
November 12th — CONSERVATION OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS
Justin Webber gives an insight into how our historic buildings are conserved, maintained and restored, and what the future may hold.
December 10th — A CANAL SIDE WINTER
A seasonal celebration of stories and recollections of canal life in winter told by Mary Matts and friends.
The 2024 programme is now available as a PDF file. Click here to access it.