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Whitwick & District U3A

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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Saturday, 25 May 2019

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Whitwick & District U3A - History Group


During the winter months the group usually meet in Thringstone Methodist Church Hall for a speaker. The summer programme comprises visits to historical sites and history based walks. During the year there is a combination of local history plus subjects from further afield.


Generally the last Monday of the month but may be changed to accommodate opening times of the places we visit.



Mon Jan 28th - Childhood Outings and Shared Lunch
Spend a minute or two to share your memories of childhood outings - family, school, church, factory outings from the past. Bring something to share at our buffet. 11.45 for 12.00 noon, Thringstone Methodist Hall.

Mon Feb 25th - Tudor Coal Mining at Lount, Coleorton
From Coalville Historical Society we have former Museum Curator Stuart Warburton's talk on Tudor coal mining and the race against time to excavate remains before they were destroyed by opencast coal mining. 1.45 for 2pm, Thringstone Methodist Hall. £3

Mon Mar 25th - A Coal Mining Dynasty
Swannington Heritage Society's research into the owners and engineers of the Califat Coal Mine identified Benjamin Walker a coal mine owner in Newbold, Coleorton and Swannington, who was central to a 150 year dynasty of coal mine owners, engineers and merchants from Staffordshire to Middlesex. 1.45 for 2pm, Thringstone Methodist Hall. £3

Mon Apr 29th - Framework Knitting
From the home to small factories, framework knitting was an important industry in Leicestershire. Speaker from Wigston Framework Knitters Museum. 1.45 for 2pm, Charles Booth Centre. £3 Please note the change of venue

May - no meeting as last Monday is a Bank Holiday.

Mon Jun 3rd - National Gas Museum, Leicester, 2pm.
A chance to see many intriguing artefacts from the history of the gas industry. NOTE DATE - The last Monday in May is the Spring Bank Holiday and the last Monday in June coincides with the WAD holiday in Caernarvon. So the 3rd June has been chosen as the date that seems to impact the fewest members.

Mon Jul 22nd - Planning Meeting
Griffydam, 2pm

Mon Sep 30th - Breedon Iron Age Fort
with former county archaeologist, Peter Liddle. Breedon Priory Church, 2pm

Mon Oct 28th - Gas in Leicestershire from the 1820s to the 1980s, Paul Siddals.
We all take gas for granted and seldom wonder how it came to be available. Paul will explain how the gas industry developed in Leicestershire over its first 160 years, including how it developed in Coalville and NW Leics, from the gas works in Whitwick, Ibstock, Ashby and Measham, to the conversion to natural gas and after. Paul spent most of his working life in the gas industry, and in the 1970s he was the distribution engineer for the west of Leicestershire and had an office in what had been Whitwick gas works. He still lives in Whitwick. 1.45 for 2pm, Thringstone Methodist Hall. £3


Roger (Bis) Bisgrove at history at whitwicku3a dot org dot uk

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More pictures are available in the Gallery

September 2017 - The group went on a guided tour of the New Lount Colliery site at the New Lount Nature Reserve near Newbold. The colliery closed in 1968. We were guided by John who, together with 3 former colliery workers, explained the workings of the old colliery. The site has been developed as a heritage trail by the joint efforts of the Newbold Heritage Group and the Coleorton and New Lount Volunteer Group. Several information boards were installed in May this year, which are full of interesting information.

The group attentively listening to our guide at one of the information boards.

Showing some of the surface rail tracks.


At another of the informaton boards in an area that used to be busy with rail transportation of the coal.

The concreted-over Shaft No. 1.

Three former New Lount Colliery workers at the weighbridge.


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