History Group

The History Group always welcomes all u3a members – especially new ones.  Our indoor meetings take place at Central Methodist Church on Baker Street – Time 2pm – 4pm.  It is always on the third Wednesday of the month, in March it is 20th.

Last month we had one of our regular speakers Stephen Flinders with the topic ‘Stanton at War’.  He showed an original film taken in wartime at the Stanton works located just ‘ovver t’ brook’ (the river Erewash) near Ilkeston.  It seemed most of the people at the works were young women who could easily have been our mothers or grandmothers doing heavy work using cranes and making bombs which were taken over targets in Germany by Lancaster aeroplanes.   Some Italian prisoners of war also worked there.  Stephen is such good value as a speaker we will look forward to seeing him again.

Our speaker in March is Andy McKinnon who is going to tell us about ‘The History of Bestwood’.  Andy is another of our favourite speakers and I’m sure some of you will remember when he came to John Godber Hall to tell us about the Hucknall people who served in the Great War. 

There might still be seats available for our visit to Pleasley Pit; please ask Kathy or Sue for details.

Maureen Newton

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