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Whitwick & District U3A

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

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Whitwick & District U3A - History Group

Objective

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.

Timing

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

Calendar

2019

Mon Nov 25th - Trouble and Strife, the challenges in getting a wife, Swannington Heritage Trust
The talk explains how marriage laws and customs that have changed over the centuries and answers questions such as - What medieval marriage laws enabled a Leicestershire event that changed this country forever? Why did Charles II marry Catherine of Braganza three times? How have marriage laws affected the lives of people from Swannington to the whole world? How did the international space station enable people to marry? Why does the bride carry flowers? 1.45 for 2pm, Thringstone Methodist Hall. £3

Mon Dec 30th
We will not be meeting

2020

Mon Jan 27th - Food of my youth
Our annual bring and share lunch - Members are invited to share their food memories of their youth, from school dinners and weekly family fare to special events. Speaking is optional, just come for the friendship if you prefer. Members are asked to bring something for the bring and share lunch. 11.45am for 12 noon, Thringstone Methodist Hall.

Mon Feb 24th - Thringstone Names
- Nita Pearson from Friends of Thringstone will be talking to us about the origin of Thringstone road and place names. Thringstone Methodist Church Hall, 1.45 for 2pm. £3

Mon Mar 30th - Heritage Films
Keith Pare will be showing some of his heritage films. As visitors to the Century Theatre's film nights know, Keith has access to a fabulous range of heritage films. Thringstone Methodist Church Hall, 1.45 for 2pm. £3

Mon Apr 27th - Charnwood Forest Railway
We will visit Whitwick Historical Group for a talk about the former Charnwood Forest Railway which linked Coalville and Loughborough and was used for 80 years. Meet at Whitwick Station, North Street (LE67 5HA), the only remaining building on the line, 1.45 for 2pm. £3

Contact

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

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Pictures

More pictures are available in the Gallery

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

 

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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