History Group

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


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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