The History Group
Leader:  Jane Harris - firstname.lastname@example.org - 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.
|Thu 23rd Jan||2:00 pm||Packington Hall||Celia Sanger - Suffragettes|
|Thu 27th Feb||2:00 pm||Packington Hall||Bill Devitt - Orient Express|
|Thu 26th Mar||2:00 pm||Packington Hall||Bob Brechin - Pallitoy Action Man|
|Thu 23rd Apr||2:00 pm||Packington Hall||Julie Ede - Edith Piaf|
|Thu 21st May||TBA||Newstead Abbey Visit||Details to follow|
|Thu 25th Jun||2:00 pm||Packington Hall||Clive Caulfield - Arthur Hildersham|
|Mon 27th Jul||TBA||Berkeley Castle visit||Details to follow|
|Thu 27th Aug||2:00 pm||Packington Hall||Iain Hambling - T G Green pottery|
|Thu 24th Sep||TBA||Bosworth Field Visitor Centre Visit||Details to follow|
|Thu 22nd Oct||2:00 pm||Packington Hall||Yogi Goodwin - Gunpowder Plot|
|Thu 26th Nov||2:00 pm||Packington Hall||David 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.