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History Group at Cresswell Crags

An early meeting on 4th April, 2018, took the History Group to Cresswell Crags. I’m sure any member will say how marvellous it was. The talk was fantastic, well presented and illustrated. We learned about Neanderthal people living in the caves and even that all of us have some Neanderthal DNA. Even a shower could not spoil our walk to the caves where we were supplied with hard hats and attached lights. Our posture was tested as we moved into deeper caverns where we learned still more about the animals who lived there and the artwork done by the people. The cafe wasn’t bad either. The visit made us think that Cresswell Crags was really worth another trip sometime to see other caves and maybe different talks.

The next trip is to Blists Hill and Ironbridge on Wednesday 16th May, 2018. Meet on the Market Place for departure at 9 am. Any remaining monies to be paid at the U3A meeting on 9th May, please,

June 20th, 2018 is the date for Nottingham Caves. Meet at 1.45 pm. More details later.

July and August – No meeting

September – A talk by Peoples Histreh (This is not a spelling mistake) about Nottingham Cheese riots.

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History Group Update

Our meeting in March was a talk requested by members, from Peter Hammond, who gave a talk and presentation about Albert Ball who was a Great War pilot. We began by seeing Albert as a child with his family, siblings, where he lived and the schools he attended. He was a clever child who was a bit naughty, good at making things and hoped to become an engineer. He joined the army during the Great War but after learning to fly changed to the R.F.C. Eventually he was posted to France where before he died in 1917 he had the greatest number of ‘kills’ at the time and was posthumously granted the Victoria Cross for valour. All the letters sent home to his parents from his being a child to the time he died were presented by his family to Nottinghamshire Archives where they are saved for all future researchers. Peter showed copies of these letters which meant we were there with Albert from the time he was at school until he was telling his father of his experiences of flying, or of sorties over the battlefields. We learned of his romantic episodes as well. Albert was only 20 years old when he died so it made us feel for all the young men who died in the Great War.

May 16th Visit to Blists Hill Museum and Ironbridge Gorge.   Any money owing to be paid at the meeting on April 11th please. At present there are 3 vacant seats which means any U3A member can join us on the coach leaving Hucknall Market at 9am. Cost £25.

June 20th Visit for a tour of Nottingham Caves from the Broadmarsh Centre. Would members who would like to come on this visit include their names on a list in the interest group room.

Please note that for excursions sensible shoes should be worn due to uneven ground.

Please don’t forget you can contact me if you need help with your family history at any time.

Maureen Newton

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History Programme

February 21  Members Meeting.
DATES IN HISTORY –  Would members choose a date in British history, research it and tell what they have found?  They might pick a date we all know such as 1066 (Battle of Hastings); 1952 (Elizabeth ll became Queen); 1854 Crimean War; or those a bit less common such as 1870 (Education Act); 1620 (Pilgrim Fathers sail to America).  There is plenty of history to discover; choose your own favourite date.
Please bring cash/cheques to pay for the Cresswell Crags visit.  £15 per person
March 21  A talk requested by members.  Peter Hammond is coming to give a talk and presentation about Albert Ball who was a Great War pilot.
April 4 Visit to Cresswell Crags which will include on site exhibition, a special one hour talk and a guided tour round the caves.  Coach leaves Hucknall Market at 11.30am
May 16 Visit to Blists Hill Museum and Ironbridge Gorge
June 20 Visit for a tour of Nottingham Caves from the Broadmarsh Centre.
Please note that for excursions sensible shoes should be worn due to uneven ground.
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History Group Programme

JANUARY 17TH. What about a surprise meeting? I will bite the bullet myself and present a talk about Hucknall called ‘Factories and Fabrics’ about the local textile industry. I will show some of the amazing fabrics and garments made in Hucknall.
FEBRUARY 21ST. Members Meeting. DATES IN HISTORY. Would members choose a date in British history, research it and tell what they have found. They might pick a date we all know such as 1066 (Battle of Hastings); 1952 (Elizabeth ll became Queen); 1854 Crimean War; or those a bit less common such as 1870 (Education Act); 1620 (Pilgrim Fathers sail to America). There is plenty of history to discover; choose your own favourite date.
MARCH 21ST . A talk requested by members. Peter Hammond is coming to give a talk and presentation about Albert Ball who was a Great War pilot.
Please also bring diaries and cash if possible to the JANUARY meeting to sign up for spring and summer visits.
April 4th Visit to Cresswell Crags which will include a special talk and a tour round the caves.
May 16th Visit to Blists Hill Museum and Ironbridge Gorge
June 20th Visit for a tour of Nottingham Caves from the Broadmarsh Centre.
Please note that for excursions sensible shoes should be worn due to uneven ground.
Please don’t forget you can contact me if you need help with your family history at any time.
Maureen Newton

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History Happenings

NOVEMBER 15TH
The meeting topic is one that you the members have chosen.
A Tudor Christmas.
Sam is coming to tell us all about what the Tudors got up to at Christmas. Last time the speaker was ill and unable to come but it was too late to organise another topic and we had a Question and Answer session about local history in Hucknall. It made my day to hear someone say “I enjoyed that”.
DECEMBER – NO MEETING
JANUARY 17TH
What about a surprise meeting? I will be a bit mysterious. It is around Halloween as I write!
Please don’t forget you can contact me if you need help with your family history at any time.
Maureen Newton

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