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The History Group

Leader:  Jane Harris - history@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 838025


Any U3A member is welcome at our meetings.

All meetings with speakers will be held at Packington Memorial Hall.
Doors open for Packington meetings at 2pm, with a start as soon as possible after that, hopefully by 2.10pm.

Details of visits will be advised closer to the time.
The following dates have been arranged, but may be subject to changes which will be announced on a rolling monthly basis.


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27th February

The Orient Express
Bill Devitt

Our talk this month was given by one of our own U3A members, and surpassed many a presentation we have had in the past. Bill Devitt took us through the history of the Orient Express, a project he had been instrumental in re-creating some years ago.

With humour and colourful visual aids he took us on a journey from the beginning of this kind of luxury train travel, and its use as a hotel on wheels, with all the lavish comfort it’s passengers could imagine.

From the early Pullman coaches to the Orient Express used today, whilst also including the reasons for their popularity and the various heads of state and other famous faces who used them over the centuries. We were spell bound, and those who might have thought it was a niche interest confessed themselves completely wrong.

Thank you Bill!


Earlier history meeting