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History Group

Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Usual venue for indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church.
Time: 2.00 pm prompt.

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our usual indoor meeting place is Central Methodist Church and for our last meeting we were in the Church Room and found it was much better for those members who have hearing problems. If you wish we can continue with this booking.

Our visit on May 25th to Bennerley Viaduct with our guide Kieran Lee was stunning. I think we learned something about almost everything from geology, to natural history, engineering and a bit of old English in that Erewash meant a winding river. The explanation of the views we could see from the viaduct was also outstanding. It was possibly one of the best visits we have ever had.

At the next main meeting Kath and Kathy will be taking bookings for our much delayed visit to Doddington Hall on Wednesday June 15th, price £22. We leave Hucknall at 9.30am to get there for a tour of the house and leave Doddington at 4pm returning to Hucknall 5.30pm ish. There are still a few seats available if you would like to join us.

Bye for now – Maureen

Meeting Dates 2022

June 15th 2022 Much delayed visit to Doddington Hall & Gardens. Leave Hucknall 9.30: Leave Doddington 4pm. Return Hucknall 5.30 (ish) Cost £22 Price cut to the bone.

No meeting July or August – Holidays

September 21st 2022 Denis Hill is coming to talk about Victorian Housing Conditions which is a century or so before most of the bureaucracy and health and safety rules came into being. It would cover the lifetimes of our great grandparents.

October 19th 2022 Visit to Derby Museum and Art Gallery. We will have a talk about Joseph Wright of Derby (Famous artist) then a self guided tour of the museum. Leave Hucknall 1pm. Leave Derby 5pm. Arrive Hucknall 5.45pm(ish) Cost £10

November 16th 2022 Trevor Lee is coming to talk to us. He usually provides us with mind pictures of entertainers; sometimes even their voices. Lots of reminiscing at this meeting.

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our usual meeting place is Central Methodist Church: time 2pm – 4pm ish.

For the next indoor History Group meeting on Wednesday May 18th, 2022. I will do a presentation “Shopping Through the Years”. Come and see how shopping developed.

On April 20th the group visited Cromford Mill. The volunteers giving the guided tour were amazingly good and the Arkwright Experience was stunning. They sent a message to be passed on to say thank you for our attention during the tour.

At the next main meeting Kath and Kathy will be taking bookings for our much delayed visit to Doddington Hall on Wednesday June, 15th price £22. We leave Hucknall at 9.30am to get there for a tour of the house and leave Doddington at 4.00pm, returning to Hucknall at 5.30pm ish.

I have also contacted Kieran about the Bennerley Viaduct History tour as suggested at the meeting and he would like to know how many of us to expect. As I will be away Kath and Kathy will be taking names at the next main meeting on the 11th May for an afternoon visit; on 25th May; leaving Hucknall at 1.30pm and returning about 5pm.

Bye for now – Maureen

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our usual meeting place is Central Methodist Church: time 2 pm – 4 pm (ish)

Our next meeting is on April 20th, 2022, when we visit Cromford Mill. We will have a guided tour of the buildings plus the Arkwright Experience. Leave Hucknall 12 noon – leave Cromford 4.30 pm to arrive Hucknall 5.30 pm (ish)

The next indoor meeting on Wednesday, May 18th, was to have been a presentation by Stephen Flinders but he is unwell at present and won’t be able to come. It means I am looking for a replacement or you will have to manage with something I can put together. In any case it will be a surprise???

At the next main meeting Kath and Kathy will be taking bookings for our much delayed visit to Doddington Hall in June – price £22.

I have also contacted Kieran about the Bennerley Viaduct History tour as suggested at the last meeting and he would like to know how many of us to expect. I will be taking names at the next main meeting for what is likely to be an evening visit and probably a coach journey would be best

Bye for now – Maureen

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our usual meeting place is Central Methodist Church: time 2pm – 4pm ish. Our next meeting is on March 16th when Peter Godley from Nottingham Historical and Archaeological Group is coming to tell us about Archaeology in Nottingham with images, maps and some artefacts from the digs will be on show.

The last meeting with Malcolm Darroch showed us these brave women who went up in hot air balloons and then parachuted back to earth from thousands of feet up in the air. I knew there had been balloon ascents in Hucknall and have been searching for information.

From Nottingham Journal 26th July 1905 was a report of Hucknall Torkard Flower Show. ‘It was the 34th exhibition of the show. There was supposed to be a band contest but as only one band entered the consequence was a cancellation. Hurried arrangements were made with Messrs. Spencer of London for a balloon ascent and parachute descent by Miss Viola Spencer. This proved a capital attraction.’

The Dispatch on the 27th July 1905 gave details of Miss Viola Spencer the young intrepid parachutist. ‘She is now regarded as a great favourite in Hucknall for when the programme was announced showing a band contest instead of an aerial performance many people were disappointed. You see folk are fond of a little spice in the shape of excitement for their Wakes holidays. Miss Spencer gladly related her experiences to a Dispatch interviewer. “Are you a sister of Mr. Stanley Spencer the great airship man? Oh Yes, she said with pride and named her brothers Arthur, Stanley, Percival, Henry and Sydney Herbert, all in the ballooning profession. Born in London 23 years ago she said she started when she was 7 by jumping off a stable roof but the umbrella went inside out and at 14 she ran away from school to make a descent in Suffolk and came down 200 feet but was expelled from school for running away.’

At the next meeting you can read more yourself.

I thought you might like to make a note in your diaries of this event:-

HUCKNALL HERITAGE SOCIETY

Are proud to present a –

BOOK LAUNCH & HISTORY DAY

Saturday April 9th 11am. to 3pm. at East Side Methodist Church, Bestwood Road, Hucknall. Free Admission. Refreshments available

NEW BOOK – HUCKNALL’S HEROES.
When the Great War began in 1914 the town of Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, had a population of around sixteen thousand. During the following five years, over three thousand Hucknall men enlisted into the armed forces to fight for King and Country. Over 400 of them never came back. Of those that did return, many suffered for the rest of their lives.

After two years of research, Andy McKinnon has found over 2,600 of those men. This book tells their story.

Bye for now, Maureen

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History Group

The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our usual meeting place is Central Methodist Church: time 2pm – 4pm ish. Our next meeting is on February 16th when Malcolm Darroch is coming to talk to us about ‘When the Balloon Went Up’. He says it is a fascinating story.

For the benefit of other members perhaps I should say the History Group have started on a High Street project of their own by members writing down the shops and businesses they remember. First we looked at the one done in combination with Hucknall Heritage Society and Holgate School for the 1930s but we are aiming to bring the dates nearer our own time. It might take a few months but we are hoping to have something to show later in the year.

I asked if anyone had tried accessing the 1921 Census. The answer was no (including myself) but I attended a zoom meeting a few days ago about the census and made a few notes. It will be a couple of weeks or so before you read this account in our newsletter. The National Archives chose findmypast for the digitisation project. The Census was originally planned to take place on Sunday April 25th but was not actually taken until 19th June. The paperwork people filled in was not changed to the new date meaning it still listed 25th April. Enumerators numbering 38,000 took out the forms to 8,739,197 families; making 38 million records. The resulting forms were bound into 30,000 volumes covering 1.5 kilometres of shelving. It took many people 3 years of work, over thousands of hours, to digitise and transcribe the records; taking 18 million digital images.

I try to make sure we have a variety of topics and visits to suit different history based subjects but if you have heard a speaker or been to a venue you think suitable please let me know. A full list of meeting dates for the group with details of speakers and visits is available below and copies can be picked up at meetings.

Bye for now, Maureen

Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the month:
Usual venue for indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church.
Time: 2.00npm prompt.

MEETING DATES 2022
February 16th 2022 Malcolm Darroch is coming to talk about ‘When the Balloon went up’. (He says it is a fascinating story.)
March 16th 2022 Peter Godley from the Nottingham Historical & Archaeology Society is coming to tell us about ‘Archaeology in Nottingham’. Images, maps, etc on slides and artefacts from some of the digs will be on show.
April 20th 2022 Visit to Cromford mill. We will have a guided tour of the buildings. Plus the Arkwright Experience. Leave Hucknall 12noon. Leave Cromford 4.30 pm. Arrive Hucknall 5.30 pm(ish) Cost £16.
May 18th 2022 Stephen Flinders is coming to tell us about ‘My Kind of Paris’. He says it is: What you may or may not know about Paris and what Paris has to do with Nottingham born dancer Dorothy Frettingham.
June 15th 2022 Much delayed visit to Doddington Hall & Gardens. Leave Hucknall 9.30am: Leave Doddington 4.00pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £20 Price cut to the bone.

No meeting July or August – Holidays

September 21st 2022 Denis Hill is coming to talk about Victorian Housing Conditions which is a century or so before most of the bureaucracy and health and safety rules came into being. It would cover the lifetimes of our great grandparents.
October 19th 2022 Visit to Derby Museum and Art Gallery. We will have a talk about Joseph Wright of Derby (Famous artist) then a self guided tour of the museum. Leave Hucknall 1pm. Leave Derby 5pm. Arrive Hucknall 5.45pm(ish) Cost £10
November 16th 2022 Trevor Lee is coming to talk to us. He usually provides us with mind pictures of entertainers; sometimes even their voices. Lots of reminiscing at this meeting.

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