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The History Group always welcomes all U3A members. Our usual meeting place is Central Methodist Church: time 2pm – 4pm-ish. This is all virus permitting because our next meeting is on January 12th when we are hoping John Tedstone will come to update us on the Hucknall High Street project but he is on jury duty at the time so that is a bit iffy. However we will have a members High Street project – see me??? If anyone can come a little earlier to help set up tables that would be great.

In December Keiran came to tell us all about the Bennerley Viaduct – brilliant. A member requested we ask him to take us on a ‘walk about’ on the viaduct next year and he agreed. Watch this space for dates and times. Thank you to those members who said they enjoyed our mini buffet – those few words made my trawl around Morrisons worth the effort.

I thought, as we have lots of new members now, I should explain how the History Group payments work as you come through the door. Speakers are usually charging at least £50 for a booking now and the room hire has to be paid. £2 per person usually covers both these payments plus the refreshments. If we have a members meeting (as in January when neither John nor I claim payment because we are U3A members) the charge is usually just £1 per person. I try to make sure we have a variety of topics to suit different history based subjects but if you have heard a speaker you think suitable please let me know; especially ones who speak about the history of other countries.

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 2022
January 19th – We are hoping John Tedstone will come to tell us about the U3A High Street project but he has been called for jury service. It does depend on him being needed on the day but there is also 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 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 Visit to Cromford mill. We will have a guided tour of the buildings. Plus the Arkwright Experience. Leave Hucknall 12noon. Leave Cromford 4.30. Arrive Hucknall 5.30pm(ish) Cost £16.
May 18th 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 Much delayed visit to Doddington Hall & Gardens. Leave Hucknall 9.30: Leave Doddington 4pm. Return Hucknall 5.30 (ish) Cost £20 Price cut to the bone.
No meeting July or August – Holidays
September 21st 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 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 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 fully open, including kitchen, for our meeting on December 15th, 2021.

It was a surprise to those of us organising the visit to Richard lll and Leicester Cathedral that everything went so well after almost two years of waiting. Downstairs at the centre is the very well done historical part with archaeology on the floor above. A volunteer explained about the shallow grave and that there is to be a film about the discovery, excavation, etc. next year which will be something to look out for. The Cathedral was marvellous, the stained glass spectacular but the building none of us had seen before was the Guildhall dating back to the 1300s – brilliant.

The next meeting of the History Group is on 15th December,2021, when we have speaker Keiran Lee to tell us about the Bennerley Viaduct. I had a nice surprise last week when somehow on T.V. I caught a re-run of a railway buildings programme with beautiful Bennerley included.

HOT NEWS The 1921 Census will be available exclusively on FindMyPast from the 6th January 2022. Apparently there will be a charge of £2.50 for a transcript of the record and £3.50 if you want to see the original image – however for all 12 month subscribers there is a 10% discount on any 1921 census purchase. This will be the last census for anyone to see for 30 years. To remind those unaware; the 1931 census data was lost due to enemy action in World War ll and there wasn’t one in 1941 (it would have been impossible in wartime) meaning that the next census available will be the 1951; 30 years from now. Of course we do have the 1939 Register but it does not have quite as much information.

Seasons greetings to all members.
Bye for now,
Maureen

Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the month – for this year only we include December.
Usual venue for indoor meetings: Central Methodist Church.
Time: 2.00 pm prompt.

Meeting Dates 2021/22
December 15th 2021 Friends of Bennerley Viaduct (Kieran Lee) coming to talk about this historic monument past and future.
January 19th, 2022 We hoped John Tedstone would come to tell us about the U3A High Street project but he has been called for jury service. It does depend on him being needed on the day but there is also 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 5.30 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 1.00pm. Leave Derby 5.00pm. 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 should be fully open, including kitchen, for our next indoor meeting on December 15th. In the meantime on November 17th we have a visit to Richard lll & Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30am. Leave Leicester 4pm. Return Hucknall 5.30pm (ish). I searched back through the records and found the History Group visited Richard lll in 2015 – 6 years ago. We had quite a few disappointed members who have not made it on to the coach for the visit this year but if enough members would like to go maybe another tour could take place in a couple of years. 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.

The visit to Sharpes Pottery and the Magic Attic was really interesting despite a close call with Morrison’s supermarket. The Magic Attic reminded me a little of the storage areas of Nottinghamshire Archives office. Thank goodness the volunteers are being so professional in looking after all their archive material, especially the local newspapers, for the benefit of family and local historians.

A lot of Hucknall people must have connections with the area since so many miners families came over from Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire when local collieries opened. There were other similarities with Hucknall due to the mining industry and subsidence. I am sure members would like to thank all the people there helping who volunteered on a day when they are not usually ‘working’. Incidentally Hucknall newspapers, which are on microfiche, can be viewed at Hucknall Library and they include those printed before the Dispatch began in 1903. The newspaper archive for the whole country is now held at Boston Spa in Yorkshire – could you fancy a visit?

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.

November 17th 2021 Visit to Richard lll & Leicester Cathedral. Leave Hucknall 10.30am. Leave Leicester 4pm. 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 We hoped John Tedstone would come to tell us about the U3A High Street project but he has been called for jury service. It does depend on him being needed on the day but there is also 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 12noon. Leave Cromford 4.30. Arrive Hucknall 5.30 (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 5.30 (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 5.45 (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 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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