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The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm. Money paid for the trip to Richard lll will be safe in the U3A bank until we can re-arrange later on. We are starting fresh in September (X fingers) Watch this space!

SHAWLS & FALLS

I think most of you know that I was invited to speak to you after the April AGM when the title given was ‘Stories from in and around Hucknall’. I did ask if some of you would think of questions to help me decide what to talk about. Now – let me ask you a question- do you think Hucknall had a connection with Siberia – if so what?

A member did ask why orenburg shawls were made in Hucknall. Is orenburg a place I wondered? Checking the internet I discover that Orenburg is a Russian city, on the river Ural, on the boundary between Europe and Asia with a bridge connecting the two sides. It is close to the border with Kazakhstan in the south Siberian forest steppe. The city is famous for its Orenburg shawls of the thinnest lacy design knitted by hand and cobweb-like kerchiefs called pautinkas. Interesting facts – Yuri Gagarin – Cosmonaut was born there and it is twined with Orlando United States.

In the 1850s a hand knitted fall was brought to Hucknall from Shetland and the local framework knitters were asked if they could make something similar. Of course these skilful artisans were able to adapt their machines to this new type of work and Shetland shawls continued to be made here for 150 years. Then, about 1884, Henry Rhodes introduced the manufacture of Orenburg Shawls imitating the knitting of the peasant women in Western Russia. (Had he been to Russia?) “So fine is this work that a shawl measuring 2 yards square can be pulled through a finger ring”. Again Hucknall work people took up the challenge and altered machinery to create inimitable new textile designs.

Note:- In the Shetland Islands a ‘fall’ (see above) was a lacy veil to keep flies off babies faces.

SOURCES:- Internet for Orenburg; History of Hucknall Torkard by Beardsmore; Factories & Fabrics (Hucknall Textiles) by M. Newton

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All meeting are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month except July, August and December. Indoor meetings are held at the Central Methodist Church at 2.00 pm prompt.

It was interesting at the February meeting to hear what Cathy Mahmood had to say about the new project for Bulwell. She seemed to have crowds of members around her at the break so I think she had a good day.

18th March, 2020, is the visit to Richard lll Centre and Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30 am; Leave Leicester 4.00 pm. Return Hucknall 5.30 (ish) Cost £18. At Leicester Cathedral there will be a service from 12.45 to 1.45 pm if you wish to attend. Afterwards you will be able to do a self-guided tour with a booklet about the Cathedral. Could I suggest we wear our U3A badges which will enable them to know who we are as we tour the buildings. The coach is fully booked and we have a reserve list so, if it happens that you are unable to make it on the day, please let myself, Kath or Kathy know as soon as possible. Thank you.

The next meeting at Central Methodist is 15th April 2020 when Malcolm Darroch is coming to tell us about ‘When the Balloon Went Up’.

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For the benefit of new members, all meeting are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month except July, August & December. Indoor meetings are held at the Central Methodist Church at 2.00pm prompt.

Our January meeting was with Stephen Flinders and his Old Curiosity Box. It started a bit chaotically since Stephen lost his way round the new road system and we waited to see how he wanted the room setting out – however it was a great meeting with us trying to guess what his artefacts were. There was lots of pondering, talking and laughter – a super afternoon.

The next meeting on 19th February, 2020 is a Members’ Meeting – History Books. Tell other members about a ‘history’ book you have read, be it fiction or non-fiction; why it captured your imagination and why you think they should enjoy the read.

18th March, 2020 is the visit to the Richard lll Centre and Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30am; Leave Leicester at 4.00pm. Return to Hucknall at 5.30pm (ish). Cost £18. The coach is fully booked and we have a reserve list. If it happens that you are unable to make it, please let myself, Kath or Kathy know as soon as possible. Thank you.

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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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