June 2024 Newsletter

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The Three Heroes of Lutterworth 

Most villages and towns have their local heroes, some of whom we celebrate at Remembrance and on other occasions. Lutterworth is no exception to this.

John Wycliffe

John Wycliffe was an influential and controversial 14th century scholar and theologian best remembered for his association with the translation of the Bible into English. 

Rifleman William Green served in the Napoleonic Wars.  His memoirs of 10 years service in the British Army are one of the few accounts by an enlisted man and has served as a primary source for many historians.  He died in 1881 aged 96.

20th century engineer and inventor Sir Frank Whittle is famous for developing the first British Turbo Jet engine at Power Jets in Lutterworth.  You can’t miss the life-size model of the Gloster E28/39 jet on the roundabout as you drive into Lutterworth.

Frank Whittle adjusts a slide rule while seated at his desk at the Ministry of Aircraft Production

At our next meeting Tony Hirons will tell us more about these three remarkable but very different men.  We remember the entertaining visit last year to Lutterworth Parish Church which was hosted by Tony.  This evening promises to be equally enjoyable.

Tony Hirons: The Three Heroes of Lutterworth
Tuesday 9th July 2024, 7.30pm in the Village Hall 

D-Day Commemorations 

Commemorating D-Day 1944 – 2024

We hope you were able to attend the D-Day commemorations on 6th June in the Village Hall when Lubenham paid tribute to those who took part in this remarkable campaign which eventually led to victory and freedom in Europe. Our sincere thanks go to John and Margaret Martin who organised the event so successfully.

LHG put on a small photographic display showing what happened on D-Day but with emphasis on Lubenham’s connections – US 319th Glider Field Artillery based at Papillon Hall who were heavily involved and Major General Sir Harold Wernher of Thorpe Lubenham Hall who played such a crucial role in co-ordinating the logistics of Operation Overlord (some slides from the display are available here). We plan to give you more information about these local connections in future LHG Newsletters when space allows.

Members Only Events 

Visit to Burbage, Thursday 4th July 

Take your mind off the election! Bookings are now being taking for our next Members visit which will be on Thursday 4th July at 1.30 and will be a guided walking tour of Burbage hosted by Burbage Heritage Group. The walk will follow their published heritage trail and is only ¾ of a mile of easy walking and will take about an hour and a quarter. Burbage has a long history that we hope you will find interesting. It is 20 miles away, just South of Hinckley and should take about 30 minutes by car. Parking is a little limited so car sharing would be a good idea.  This trip will be free to members and £3 for non-members, if there are any spare places. There is a limit of 25 for this visit. There are a number of cafes in Burbage where you could get lunch beforehand or a cuppa afterwards. Details will be sent to those who book places. 

Please contact Margaret Lewis to book a place.


Summer Supper – Saturday 17th August

Don’t forget to make a note that this year’s Summer Supper takes place on Saturday 17th August in the Village Hall.  An enjoyable and free event for all members.  More details to follow.

Guided tour of Leicester Cathedral – Thursday 3rd October

This is just at the planning stage but please keep the afternoon free for what promises to be an informative visit to this newly restored building with 900 years of history as a place of worship.