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Whitwick & District U3A

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Thursday, 17 Jan 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 29th - My First Job
Thringstone Methodist Church Hall 11.45am for noon. Members are encouraged (not forced) to speak for a couple of minutes about their first job - this could be a part time job while still in school or your first full time role. Please bring something for our bring and share lunch.

Mon Feb 26th - The Co op - Whitwick Historical Group
Thringstone Methodist Church Hall Time 1.45 for 2pm
A brief overview of the origins of the Cooperative Movement; information about the early days of the Coalville Cooperative Society; details about the Whitwick Branch and information about the new Co op Store in Whitwick Market Place, in particular, the cruck frames in the foyer. The format is a Power Point presentation which includes an extract from a film made during WWII.

Mon Mar 26th - Reminiscence of a Snibston Curator - Stuart Warburton
Thringstone Methodist Church Hall Time 1.45 for 2pm

Mon Apr 30th - Quiz
Thringstone Methodist Church Hall Time 1.45 for 2pm
A light hearted team quiz on a range of history topics, ending with tea and cakes.

No meeting in May.

Mon Jun 25th - A historical walk around Castle Donington.

Mon Sep 24th - Visit to Beacon Hill, Bronze Age Hill Fort with Peter Liddle, former County Archaeologist. 1.45 for 2.00 pm. £3.

Mon Oct 29th - History or the River Lin
Ernie Miller will be telling us about it. 1.45 for 2.00 pm. £3, Thringstone Methodist Hall.

Mon Nov 26th - Whitwick Colliery Disaster
Whitwick historical Group will be telling us about the events of 1898. 1.45 for 2.00 pm., Thringstone Methodist Hall.


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 Wugston Framework Knitters Museum. 1.45 for 2pm, Thringstone Methodist Hall. £3

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


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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