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)
|Forthcoming 2023 meetings|
|December 12th||Wallis Simpson|
|Past 2023 meetings|
|January 10th||The Women’s Land Army in World War II|
|February 14th||Oranges and Lemons|
|February 28th||Annual General Meeting|
|March 14th||Annual Quiz Night|
|April 11th||Local Footpaths and Rights of Way|
|May 9th||SAT NAV and how it works|
|June 13th||The Bishop’s Finger (the history of the British Pub)|
|July 11th||Visit to Lutterworth Parish Church|
|August 8th||A history of my house (members talk about their house in Lubenham)|
|September 12th||Buildings at Risk|
|October 10th||History of Kodak and Family photography|
|November 14th||Thomas Cook|
|Click here to see details of meetings from previous years|
December 12th – WALLIS SIMPSON
For our final meeting of the year, we look forward to the return of popular and entertaining speaker Roy Smart who introduces “1936 – The Year of Three Kings”.
In 1936, following the death of George V, Britain was plunged into the Abdication Crisis, when Edward VIII renounced the throne to marry the woman he loved, making way for the third monarch of that year. Roy Smart will look at the part played by Wallis Simpson, who became a hate figure blamed for ensnaring our King and destabilising the monarchy, but does she deserve this reputation? It is a royal topic which has intrigued generations. (Photo from the Daily Herald Archive at the National Media Museum)
January 10th – THE WOMEN’S LAND ARMY IN WORLD WAR II
Based on her research and anecdotes of former local Land Girls, Deborah Seabrook talks about the Women’s Land Army in Leicestershire and beyond. This is based on her research on anecdotes from former land girls including Pat Fox of Lubenham, Phyllis Youngman from Gumley and Rose Holyoak from Kibworth. We shall hear about recruitment, uniform, ‘digs’, jobs and the social life of the girls – this promises to be a most interesting talk.
February 14th – ORANGES AND LEMONS
On Valentines Day we welcomed Dr Colin Cohen, who took us on a tour around some of the famous and not so famous places of worship in the City of London sung about in the nursery rhyme, ‘Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St Clement’s….’, but which ‘St Clement’?
May 9th – SAT NAV AND HOW IT WORKS
SAT NAV — Most of us have used it, often cursed it, generally found it handy and practical but how does it work? Former Leicester Space Centre scientist, Roger Cooper, will give a brief and light hearted introduction into the highly technical world of Sat Nav, its development, and its relevance to our own heritage. We could emerge from this presentation with a slightly altered perception of the environment around us!
June 13th – THE BISHOP’S FINGER
For our meeting on June 13th, Sandy Leong presented “The Bishops Finger”, and delved into the history of the British Pub – with a look at our own hostelries. Many connoisseurs of fine English Ale will have enjoyed a foaming pint of Bishops Finger, and this proved to be an
Sandy Leong is an accomplished historian and has a long pedigree in public speaking. She
presented a very interesting talk to the Heritage Group in October last year on the subject of “tea”. Rudyard Kipling described tea as the “drink that refreshes but does not inebriate”. This time it was the Real McCoy!!
July 11th – VISIT TO LUTTERWORTH PARISH CHURCH – TOUR AND TALK
We had a most interesting visit to St Mary’s Church Lutterworth on Tuesday 11th July finding out the history behind John Wycliffe, 14th century philosopher, theologian and priest, one of the forerunners of the Reformation and first to translate the Bible into English from the Latin Vulgate edition. Tony Hirons gave us a most informative talk mixed with humour and timing!
Then we had an opportunity to wander round the beautiful parish Church which has stood at the heart of the community for over 800 years and, as you can see from the photos, possesses some excellent wall paintings, especially the ‘Doom’ or ‘Resurrection’ above the Chancel arch.
John Wycliffe was a 14th century scholar and theologian best remembered for his association with the translation of the Bible from Latin into English. His is a fascinating story. An influential and controversial priest who delved into politics and opposed many of the accepted doctrines of the Catholic Church, he is long associated with Lutterworth, where he was the priest in charge at St Mary’s from 1374 until his death ten years later at the age of 56.
August 8th – A HISTORY OF MY HOUSE
In the past we have covered the larger, grand and historic houses of the area but what about the ‘unsung’ houses – the ordinary homes where most of us live? The ones we pass everyday without a second glance or thought? These too have interesting backgrounds and stories to tell, from the buildings themselves to the people who have lived there.
Our August meeting looked at a few of these houses with current residents sharing the history and stories behind the front door!
September 12th – BUILDINGS AT RISK
Unfortunately, the meeting on ‘The Battle of Naseby‘ was postponed as our speaker, Len Holden, was unavailable. We plan to reschedule next year.
We are indebted to Geoff Woods who agreed to step in at short notice with a talk on ‘Buildings at Risk’. Geoff discussed local buildings of different types which, for a variety of reasons, are all under-resourced or threatened and outlined what is being done to preserve them for future generations.
October 10th – HISTORY OF KODAK AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY
Most of us have, at one time or another, owned a Kodak camera, be it a Box Brownie or Instamatic, and used Kodak film for still and movie photography. At our October meeting, Heritage Group member David Lowe, led a light hearted discussion on the influence on past and future generations of family life brought about by the accessibility of Kodak cameras to the population at large. David is a camera enthusiast – owning in the region of 200 cameras – having been introduced to the hobby many years ago by his Uncle, who was a holiday camp photographer in Skegness.
November 14th – THOMAS COOK – “Don’t just book it – Thomas Cook it!”
Pip Clements discusses lesser-known local connections with this famous entrepreneur.
Pip’s experiences of Thomas Cook began here in Market Harborough but in his ministry at Barrowden, Rutland, he discovered more about him and his history, nearly culminating in a Thomas Cook Centre based in Barrowden – come and find out more illustrated snippets.
Meetings in Previous Years
For details of past meetings, click on pages “2 to 6” below.