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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.

Future programme

Thu 23rd Jan2:00 pmPackington HallCelia Sanger - Suffragettes
Thu 27th Feb2:00 pmPackington HallBill Devitt - Orient Express
Thu 26th Mar2:00 pmPackington HallBob Brechin - Pallitoy Action Man
Thu 23rd Apr2:00 pmPackington HallJulie Ede - Edith Piaf
Thu 21st MayTBANewstead Abbey VisitDetails to follow
Thu 25th Jun2:00 pmPackington HallClive Caulfield - Arthur Hildersham
Mon 27th JulTBABerkeley Castle visitDetails to follow
Thu 27th Aug2:00 pmPackington HallIain Hambling - T G Green pottery
Thu 24th SepTBABosworth Field Visitor Centre VisitDetails to follow
Thu 22nd Oct2:00 pmPackington HallYogi Goodwin - Gunpowder Plot
Thu 26th Nov2:00 pmPackington HallDavid Oakley - Treaty of Versailles

28th November – Coach trip to Tissington Hall

We must be a hardy group as 34 members set off for Tissington in the pouring rain with only one cancellation which was quickly filled. Roberts provided a sumptuous 34 seater coach with leather seats, which added a touch of luxury.

We had the essential coffee break and then headed for the Hall. There was a warm welcome from the staff and the log fire, and then a tour. The theme this year was Star of Wonder, and each room was decorated with the history and illustration of a Christmas carol or song. The man responsible for the beautiful arrangements of antiques, purloined from the attic actually came from a dramatic background and now runs the sweet shop! There was an abundance of fresh greenery, and unlike so many grand houses these days which resemble a Harrods window, there was a feeling of yesteryear, and authenticity.

The icing on the cake was the entry of Lord Fitzherbert himself who continues a tradition of greeting his guests, and explaining some of the thoughts behind the theme.

Lunch was in the Barn, and the turkey dinner had a homemade feel and taste to it. The staff were attentive and helpful, even when we discovered 2 closet vegetarians they managed to provide a quiche option.

Those with some energy left then visited the candle, and trinket shop and also the church and the duck pond, refusing to let the drizzle deter them.

The driver was unphased when we asked to return half an hour early as apparently it is a common occurrence but not an indication of how much everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

Earlier history meeting