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Saturday, 21 May 2022

Saturday, 21 May 2022

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Whitwick & District U3A - History Group


The History Group meets during the afternoon of the last Monday of the month. History topics are varied and suggestions from members are always welcome. Summer meetings are usually outdoor visits and winter sessions are talks indoors, typically at Hall Lane Methodist Church


Mon Jan 31st -11.45 for 12 noon, Shared Memories and Lunch, Theme "A memorable historical film". Hall Lane Methodist Church.

Mon Feb 28th -1.45 for 2.00 pm Hadrian's Wall - an illustrated talk by Bill Pemberton. Hall Lane Methodist Church. In 2013 Bill walked the whole length of the Hadrian's Wall long distance footpath from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. As well as showing photographs of sights along the wall he will talk about its history and construction.

Mon Mar 28th -1.45 for 2.00 pm The Fabric of Life by Mary Tuckey - This is a look at how fabrics have changed life throughout history.

Mon Apr 25th -1.45 for 2.00 pm At Risk War Memorials Project by Denis Kenyon - The rescue of war memorials at risk of loss or damage from closed or deserted buildings e.g. churches, factories, clubs or schools.

Mon May 30th -Tour of St Wilfrid's Church, Barrow upon Trent, South Derbyshire. Parts of this anglo saxon are believed to be 1200 years old, as such it has a lot of history About - St Wilfrid's Church, Barrow Upon Trent so it should be a very interesting tour. Meet at the church ready for a 1.30pm start (slightly earlier than our usual time to facilitate our guide). The charge is £3 inclusive of a cup of tea. Please let me know by Wednesday 25th if you will be joining us.

Mon Jun 27th -Tour of Acresford Methodist Church. The church is in the former stores and maltings of Acresford Brewery, and because of its history and uniqueness in being located in a row of terraced cottages it is a Methodist Heritage Site. The car park area on the right at the end of Coopers Close. The church has a couple of steps only. The tour includes a cup of tea. There is not a charge for the tour so I suggest we donate £3 per head. Meet a few minutes before the 2pm tour.

Mon Jul 25th -Avoncroft Museum Of Historic Buildings. The Museum is spread over 19 acres of beautiful Worcestershire countryside and includes a wildflower meadow, period gardens, a traditional cider and perry orchard as well as the collection of historic buildings. This is a fabulous place to visit, well worth an hour's drive down the M42.

Digital History On a Monday

The suggestions for viewing during 2020 and early 2021 can be found on this page.


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

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More pictures are available in the Gallery


June 2021 -

A guided walk by Ann to discover the history behind Grace Dieu Manor and Grace Dieu Priory. Here are a few pictures of the visit.


What used to be the main entrance to Grace Dieu Manor

Ann talking to the group next to Grace Dieu Viaduct

At Grace Dieu Priory


April 2021 -

A guided walk around Snibston Colliery Park with Bis, including along the old railway line to Oliver's Crossing. Here are a few pictures of the visit.



October 2019 - Gas in Leicestershire.

Some slides from the talk

Composite view with end of terrece house, young boy in yard, and two young boys being flowerpot men in the ends of large pipes
Title slide, showing the house where Paul first lived with his family

Gas showroom on Belvoir Road
Coalville Gas office

Retort house with tall chimney, a few houses and open fields
View from the Whitwick gas holder to Green Lane


September 2019 - Breedon Hill Fort.

Information board showing  location  and view of site realted to quarry
Breedon Iron Age Hill Fort information board

Peter Liddle explaining the site to members
Breedon Iron Age Hill Fort

Panoramic view of surrounding countryside
Panoramic view from the Hill Fort

Field with sheep grazing and Breedon church behind
Field of sheep with archaeological discoveries

Composite picture of stained glass window and various carvings
Breedon church with Saxon wall carvings

Interior of church with views of a memorial, the organ and members
Interior of Breedon Church

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