May 2024 Newsletter

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Edward & Eleanor in Geddington

Most of us have seen the famous Eleanor Cross at nearby Geddington, one of the few surviving which were erected by Edward I in memory of his beloved wife Eleanor. The crosses marked the nightly resting-places when her body was transported from Harby, where she died, to Westminster
However, perhaps what is less well known is that Edward and Eleanor were very familiar with this area, using the hunting lodge at Geddington on several occasions as the base to visit the many Crown estates and properties they owned in this part of the country.
At our next meeting historian Kam Caddell will explore the close association of Edward and Eleanor of Castile with Geddington and ask why their famed love story matters today.

Kam Caddell: Edward and Eleanor at Geddington
Tuesday 11th June, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

Members Only Events

Visit to Burbage, Thursday 4th July

Bookings are now being taken 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 3⁄4 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

This year’s Summer Supper will take place on Saturday 17th August in the Village Hall. Please make a note in your diary as this is an enjoyable and free event for all members. More details to follow nearer the time.

And Finally ……

The recent Members Only visit to Thorney near Peterborough was a huge success. We met at Bedford Hall for coffee followed by a brief talk and a visit to the excellent museum. After a delicious lunch we moved to Thorney Abbey, formally a medieval monastic house, the remains of which now serve
as the parish church.
We cannot thank members of the Thorney Society enough for their wonderful hospitality. It was a most enjoyable day out so why not join us for similar up-coming events.