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Stephen Walker’s visit in November was very enlightening. He told us about some of the history of Gedling and how he had been heavily involved with the recent book about the borough. He explained how – along with Hucknall Heritage Society something similar for Hucknall could be attempted as well as a town walk leaflet showing the conservation area. Some U3A members volunteered to help when definite needs/ideas had been settled.

No meeting in December – too near Xmas.

Stephen Flinders will be coming on Wednesday 15th January, 2020, with his Box of Curiosities, starting again with the presentation at 2.00 pm sharp. I will need a few early helpers for this meeting as Stephen would like the room set out differently. How do you feel about the speakers starting at 2.00 pm on a regular basis when we have them?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 is a members’ meeting. I have asked members to bring a ‘HISTORY’ book to explain to others why it is a good read. It might be factual non fiction, classic story, book of photographs, historic detective thriller, fiction set in past times or even an old map. Please bring a book telling members a little about the contents and why you suggest they should enjoy or learn something from your suggestion.

March 18th, 2020 is a visit to King Richard lll in Leicester. Kath & Kathy will be taking names, payments and giving receipts starting at the January U3A meeting on Wednesday January 8th. There is a list available at the meetings or on the website for History Group dates/arrangements during 2020.

Happy Christmas and a great New Year to members of the History Group and all members of Hucknall U3A.

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History Group – 2020 Meeting Dates

Meeting dates: the 3rd Wednesday of the month except July August and December.

Venue for Indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church

Time: 2.00 pm prompt.

January 15th: Stephen Flinders is coming and bringing his
‘Box of Curiosities’. (The presentation will commence at 2.00 pm

February 19th: Members Meeting. History Books. Tell other members about a ‘history’ book you have read; why it captured your imagination and why you think they should enjoy the read.

March 18th: Visit to Richard lll Centre and Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall at 10.30 am; leave Leicester at 4.00 pm; return to Hucknall at 5.30 (ish). Cost £18

April 15th: Malcolm Darroch is coming to talk about ‘When the Balloon went up’.

May 20th: Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. (Kieran Lee)
Coming to talk about this historic monument past and future.

June 17th: Visit to Doddington Hall and Gardens. Leave Hucknall at 9.30 am; leave Doddington at 4.00 pm; return to Hucknall at 5.30 (ish). Cost £20 – Price cut to the bone.

July and August – holidays

September 16th: Robert Mee is coming to talk to us on Bradshaws and an early railway Tour. (He says it is the famous railway timetable and a mystery tour.)

October 21st: Visit to Sharpes Pottery and The Magic Attic. Leave Hucknall at 12.15 pm; leave Sharpes at 4.3 pm, return to Hucknall at 5.30 pm (ish). Cost £11.

November 18th: Members Meeting – Christmas theme

December 16th: No meeting – close to Xmas

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Wow! What a day we had at Royal Armouries. Everything seemed to work out perfectly. The re-enactments/talks were great and very well done and the handling sessions were just am-a-zing. Café/snack bars were good, lifts to what seemed like many floors were brilliant, there was even an indoor picnic area and plenty of loos.


Even the views outside of the Leeds and Liverpool canal were great. It was so good, with so much to see, that I would like to go again to catch all I missed on one marvellous day.

On Wednesday November 20th Stephen Walker is coming to talk to us on “From Gedling to Ashfield”. He will explain the structure of his recent book about Gedling Borough, looking at the evidence, history and heritage of the area then suggest how we can apply that to Hucknall and Hucknall Heritage Societies idea for an exciting new project. The meeting is at Central Methodist Church commencing with the presentation at 2.00 pm sharp

No meeting in December – too near Xmas.

Stephen Flinders will be coming in January with his box of curiosities. Starting again with the presentation at 2.00 pm sharp. More details later. I will need a few early helpers for this meeting on 15th January 2020 as Stephen would like the room set out differently.

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The next meeting for the group on October 16th is a visit to the Royal Armouries in Leeds where we have a guided tour of the Tournament Gallery and a handling session of artifacts. Apparently there are eating places and other rooms we might need, such as loos, easily available. The coach leaves Hucknall Market at 10 am returning 6 to 6.30 pm (ish)

November 20th is back at Central Methodist when Stephen Walker is coming to talk to us. The title is ‘From Gedling to Ashfield’. He is going to explain the structure of his recent book about the Gedling Borough area and look at the evidence of the history and heritage of the Borough. Then he will suggest how it could be applied to Hucknall and Hucknall Heritage Society’s idea for a new and exciting project.

Our September meeting was a talk by Andy Mackinon and was so good it was difficult to know how to thank him enough. Although his research applied mostly to people from Hucknall, facts and figures could also be applied to anywhere in the country. I think his work on the Great War is astonishing and we hope he will come to speak again (maybe to the whole of Hucknall U3A) when his project is almost complete.

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Calling History Group members. At the main meeting at the Leisure Centre on 11th September, 2019 – myself, Kath and Kathy will be taking names and payment for a visit to The Royal Armouries in Leeds on Wednesday, October 16th. The coach will leave Hucknall Market at 10.00am, returning 6.30pm (ish). Total cost is £15 per person. As a special remembrance of the day I have booked a guided tour of the Tournament Gallery and a handling session.

The first indoor meeting of the next season is on 18th September, 2019 at Central Methodist Church at 2.00pm. Andy Mckinnon will be telling us about The Great War with a focus on Hucknall. Andy first gave this talk to Hucknall Heritage Society members and I was impressed.

Question – a few newer members have asked about a visit to see the Richard lll museum in Leicester. Would you like to go? Yes, I know we have been before but it is a few years ago. If there is enough interest we can go again. Please let me know if you are interested.

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