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The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our usual meeting place which is Central Methodist Church should be fully open, including kitchen, for our next indoor meeting on December 15th.

On October 20th, we have a visit booked with Sharpes Pottery and the Magic Attic leaving Hucknall Ogle Street at 12.15 pm; returning 5.30(ish). 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.

The Public Hall on Watnall Road is to be called Lovelace Court. I had hoped that Horriben might have been chosen. At last it seems that the developer has permission to move the railings which will enable lorries to clear the remains of the building that was last called Romans on Annesley Road. A block of apartments are to rise on the site.

At the last meeting a question was asked about the area of land now covered by the police station on Watnall Road. Some of the land was used for temporary structures, like theatres, for entertainment but it was also partially covered by a very narrow roadway called Gilbert Street. A Baptist Church with a small burial ground in front was located on the street with an 1835 datestone on the building which is now in the ‘new’ Baptist Church on Watnall Road. The old building was used as a Sunday school and by other religious congregations until it was bought by the Salvation Army and used prior to their move to High Street.

A Slum Clearance order flattened the site in the 30’s and after World War ll prefabs appeared but the church building was left standing. Afterwards the police station was built with new shops fronting Watnall Road.

The original church is still there hiding in the background used as a garage but it has been turned around and now fronts on to Derbyshire Lane. I’ll see if I can find a map to bring to the next meeting which will make things clearer.

Bye for now, Maureen

MEETING DATES – 2021

Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the month: for this year only we include December. Usual venue for indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church.
Time: 2pm prompt.

October 20th, 2021 Visit to Sharpes Pottery and The Magic Attic. Leave Hucknall 12.15pm: Leave Sharpes 4.30pm, Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £11.

November 17th, 2021 Visit to Richard lll & Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30am. Leave Leicester 4.00pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish)

December 15th, 2021 Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. (Kieran Lee) Coming to talk about this historic monument past and future.

MEETING DATES 2022

January 19th, 2022 John Tedstone coming to tell us about the U3A High Street project. Plus a member’s Hucknall High Street project.

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 12 noon. 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 9.30 am: Leave Doddington 4.00 pm. Return Hucknall 5.30 pm (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 1.00 pm. Leave Derby 5.00 pm. Arrive Hucknall 5.45 pm (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 which is Central Methodist Church is not open at present for group meetings due to Covid. I am in contact with Kim at the John Godber Centre hoping that she can manage to include our group there on the 15th September from 2 to 4.00 pm. Watch for information either by email or telephone.

A list of meeting dates for the group with details of speakers and visits is available here on the website and copies can be picked up at meetings.

I have had an enquiry about the Public Hall which was built 1875; the date is set in stone on the building. Often a query means something bad is likely to happen. I am crossing everything I can hoping this does not mean that it will be demolished. Sometimes it seems that if any building in Hucknall is over 100 years old it needs to be flattened!

This week through the post I have received a book from a man called Peter Watts which is an account of his and his wife’s families. Peter is linked with a lot of local families by the surnames of Watts, Coupe, Count, Barke, Rhodes and Smith of Broomhill; the most famous of whom was Elizabeth, housekeeper to Queen Victoria, at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The book has been well researched and written, illustrated with maps, documents, photographs, etc. with quite a good part covering Hucknall and the local area. I am to take it to Hucknall Library after reading it myself.

Bye for now, Maureen

MEETING DATES 2021

Meeting dates: the third Wednesday of the month: for this year only we include December.
Usual venue for indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church.
Time: 2.00 pm prompt but watch for other alternative venues.

September 15th 2021 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 20th 2021 Visit to Sharpes Pottery and The Magic Attic. Leave Hucknall 12.15pm: Leave Sharpes 4.30pm, Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £11.

November 17th 2021 Visit to Richard lll & Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall at 10.30am. Leave Leicester 4.00pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish)

December 15th 2021 Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. (Kieran Lee) Coming to talk about this historic monument past and future.

MEETING DATES 2022

January 19th 2022 John Tedstone coming to tell us about the U3A High Street project. Plus a members Hucknall High Street project.
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 12 noon. Leave Cromford 4.30pm. Arrive Hucknall 5.30pm (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 9.30 am. 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 1.00pm. Leave Derby 5.00pm. 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 indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the 3rd Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm.

No members of the history group came forward with ideas for meetings next year which means I have booked already (to ensure the group have dates, coaches, etc.) what I thought you might be interested in and enjoy. See the list for the remainder of this year and next year below. It will be photocopied for those without internet. I am also beginning to book speakers. Have you heard any talks which might be suitable?

The 100th special issue of H.T.Times costing £1 will be in the shops when you read this.

Catherine Mumford (her maiden name) is a woman I greatly admire. She was born on 17th January 1829 in Ashbourne, the only daughter of five children of a coachbuilder and sometime Wesleyan preacher. In 1841 the family moved to London where she joined the Wesleyan church at Brixton but a group from the church eventually established a congregation as Methodist Reformers.

Catherine met a young reformer in 1851 called William Booth; the couple were engaged in 1852 and married in 1855. Together they joined the Methodist New Connexion. William became a minister moving round the country and in 1856 Catherine gave birth to William Bramwell Booth, the first of three sons and five daughters. Then having recently spoken from her husband’s pulpit for the first time she wrote a pamphlet supporting the right of women to preach.

By 1861 the Booths had broken with Methodism and eventually established a mission named the Christian Revival Association holding services in a tent. This movement was generally held to be the beginning of the Salvation Army although that name was not adopted until 1878. Catherine was an influence on thousands of people, bringing practical help, especially to women and children in the overcrowded slums. She made a significant contribution historically in that she originated roles for women in religious movements. Catherine’s health deteriorated under her arduous workload being later diagnosed with cancer and she died in 1899. Her funeral at Olympia was attended by an estimated 36,000 people. A statue of Catherine Mumford Booth is in the gardens of the recreation ground at Ashbourne.

For the record: Hucknall Salvation Army began in November 1879 being registered as Corps No. 132 in January 1880 with Captain Dexter, a woman, as the first minister. The arrival of this young woman caused a bit of a stir in the town.

Bye for now, Maureen

MEETING DATES 2021 – REVISED LIST
Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the month for this year only including August and December.
Venue for Indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church.
Time: 2.00pm prompt.

This year meetings do depend on the Covid situation. Extra dates to normal have been booked if allowed.

August 18th 2021 If we are allowed a meeting I will organise something
September 15th 2021 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 20th 2021 Visit to Sharpes Pottery and The Magic Attic. Leave Hucknall 12.15pm: Leave Sharpes 4.30pm, Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £11.
November 17th 2021 Visit to Richard lll & Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30am. Leave Leicester 4.00pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish)
December 15th 2021 Friends of Bennerley Viaduct (Kieran Lee) coming to talk about this historic monument past and future.

MEETING DATES 2022

January 19th 2022 John Tedstone coming to tell us about the U3A High Street project. Plus a member’s Hucknall High Street project.
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
April 20th 2022 Visit to Cromford Mill. We will have a guided tour of the buildings. Plus the Arkwright Experience. Leave Hucknall 12 noon. Leave Cromford 4.30pm. Arrive Hucknall 5.30 (ish)
May 18th 2022
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.
September 21st 2022
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 1.00pm. Leave Derby 5pm. Arrive Hucknall 5.45 (ish)
November 16th 2022

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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.

I have been busy revising the list of meetings and visits again and a copy is below. I will photocopy it for the first meeting we can attend. Incidentally we need to consider ideas for next year’s visits and speakers so please let me know what your thoughts are ASAP.

Local news: The old Co-op Bakery has been demolished with plans for houses on the site. The Dispatch Office is looking much better now the frontage has been refurbished. ‘Romans’ is an ongoing sore on Annesley Road however a message from the architect explained that the County Council (part which deals with roads) has changed over to another provider and the developer is waiting for them to set up barriers, etc. to enable contractors’ lorries to clear the site.

I am working on the 100th issue of Hucknall Torkard Times which is to be a ‘special’ one with extra pages to mark 25 years of publication. As we have been in lockdown, with less people shopping, I have been saving unsold copies to bring to the first meeting we can attend.

Bye for now, Maureen

HUCKNALL & DISTRICT U3A HISTORY GROUP PROGRAMME
Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the month. For this year only I include July, August & December.
Venue for Indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church.
Time: 2.00 pm prompt.
This year meetings do depend on the Covid situation, government tiers and vaccines. Dates have been booked.

REVISED LIST.
July 21st 2021 If a meeting is allowed??? I will organise something.
August 18th 2021 Malcolm Darroch is coming to talk about ‘When the Balloon went up’. (He says it is a fascinating story.)
September 15th 2021 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 20th 2021 Visit to Sharpes Pottery and The Magic Attic. Leave Hucknall 12.15pm: Leave Sharpes 4.30pm, Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £11.
November 17th 2021 Visit to Richard lll & Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall10.30am. Leave Leicester 4.00pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish)
December 15th 2021 Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. (Kieran Lee)Coming to talk about this historic monument past and future.
January 2022 John Tedstone coming to tell us about the U3A High Street project. Plus a member’s Hucknall High Street project.
June 2022 Visit to Doddington Hall and Gardens. Leave Hucknall 9.30 am: Leave Doddington 4.00pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm(ish) Cost £20 -Price cut to the bone.

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The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our indoor meetings are held at Central Methodist Church on the third Wednesday of the month commencing at 2.00 pm. I am hoping this year the first meeting will be July 21st with Kieran Lee talking about the Bennerley Viaduct.

We need to be booking speakers and visits for next year to make sure the best come to speak in Hucknall and we visit the best. Ideas please.

Since I last ‘spoke’ to you, I have had enquiries about the Green Dragon pub. I have been researching it discovering that the name goes back many years but the present Green Dragon was built within my mum’s memory. If you can help with information or have anecdotes of happenings or celebrations in the building it would be good to know for an article in Hucknall Torkard Times. Incidentally I am now working on the 100th issue. What a surprise. Something I never thought I would accomplish when I began 25 years ago. Some people think Hucknall has no history but still new articles are written which fill in the missing pieces of the jigsaw.

While I am thinking about pubs what about The Bowman? Nothing I know of has been written about the building would you like to volunteer? It has had various other names such as The Lodge and The Blue Boar but originally of course it was Broomhill House. Were you an early visitor? I hear stories about the Blue Boar Scooter Club but wasn’t a member myself. Should dedicate one of our indoor meetings to the history of – or – our memories of public houses?

T.T.F.N. & God bless from Maureen

2021 HUCKNALL & DISTRICT U3A HISTORY GROUP MEETING DATES

Meeting dates are the third Wednesday of the month. Venue for Indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church. Time 2.00 pm prompt. We do not usually have indoor meetings in July and August but this year things are different. I am really hoping all will be well for us to meet in July and August and have rebooked the speakers accordingly.

July 21st 2021 Friends of Bennerley Viaduct. (Kieran Lee)
Coming to talk about this historic monument past and future.

August 18th 2021 Malcolm Darroch is coming to talk about
‘When the Balloon went up’.

September 15th 2021 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 20th 2021 Visit to Sharpes Pottery and The Magic Attic. Leave Hucknall 12.15pm: Leave Sharpes 4.30pm, Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish) Cost £11. I am still awaiting confirmation from the museum and will book a visit elsewhere or have a speaker if there is a problem.

November 17th 2021 Rescheduled visit to Richard lll Centre & Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30am; Leave Leicester 4pm; Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish). Cost £18.

December 15th 2021 Although the date is close to Xmas we could have a social ‘Faith Tea’ meeting if you wish. Please let me know.

January 19th 2022 Members’ Meeting. John Tedstone is coming to give us an update on the U3A High Street Project and we look at High Street in times past.

June 15th 2022 Visit to Doddington Hall

I will photocopy this list for the first meeting we can attend.

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