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History Group speaker – ‘Nottingham Cheese Riots’

The autumn season begins with indoor meetings at Central Methodist Church commencing at 2.00pm on Wednesday, September 19th. There is a speaker from the group called People’s Histreh about the Nottingham Cheese Riots. I have heard this very interesting group speak at Nottingham Archives Office.

After hearing complaints about members not hearing very well I have discovered that there is a sound system for the hall where we meet. I need a volunteer from the members who will help setting this up as I am busy sorting out other things for the meeting at the time. Please contact me in the ‘Board Room’ or by email or ‘phone.

Our October 17th meeting is to have a speaker as well. John Ellis will tell us all about ‘Then and Now’ – should be fun!

November 21st is listed as a members afternoon for ‘Show & Tell’. Bring something from the past, maybe connected with your own family and tell us all about what it means to you.

There is no meeting in December – too near Christmas.

Please don’t forget we need to organise meetings and visits for next year. Keep thinking about what we can do and where you fancy for time out.

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Project on 19th century Paupers’ letters

If you are interested in this, please email Dr Paul Carter as indicated below.

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History Group visit Blists Hill Museum

16th May,2018 The History Group’s visit to Blists Hill Museum turned out to be an amazing day. Lots of us bought an enormous packet of fish and chips for our dinner cooked in proper dripping; I think we had forgotten what it tasted like but we hadn’t forgotten shops as they used to be when we went with our mums and grandmas. When banks, chemists, drapers, grocers, etc. used stirling (real money); made their own pills and medicines, packed sugar, sliced bacon, cut butter, and measured us for clothes. Just a few of us made it to the iron bridge before the workmen closed it for the day which was upsetting after articles in the English Heritage magazine and checks by telephone both of which said it would be open for us to view the ironwork.

20th June, 2018 A tour of Nottingham Caves from the Broadmarsh Centre. Would members who would like to come on this visit pay for the tour on June 13th. Meet at the bottom of Broadmarsh steps or escalator at 1.45 pm. Please note that sensible shoes should be worn due to uneven ground.

After this visit the group will have the usual summer break, meeting again for the new season at Central Methodist Church on Wednesday 19th September, 2018, at 2.00 pm for a talk about Nottingham Cheese Riots.

Please don’t forget you can contact me if you need help with your family history at any time. To contact the group leader, Maureen Newton, please use the form below:-

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Blists Hill Museum – last minute seats

Two seats have suddenly become available for Blists Hill Museum next
Wednesday, 16th May, 2018.

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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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