We return to our indoor meetings in the S&G HQ on Tuesday 2 October, meetings begin 2.15 pm. By drawing together some of the events of the Great War that we have covered and some that we have not yet presented, our October and November meetings conclude our commemoration of W.W.I.
Tuesday 2 October meeting includes a film, Defeat to Victory. The film centres around the 2nd Salford Pals Battalion of the 16th Lancashire Fusiliers as they prepare for the Battle of the Somme (1916). Authentic and deeply moving, the footage reveals what it was like to go `over the top` and how British tactics changed after the appalling consequences of that first day (01.07.1916).
Tuesday 6 November we will review war events from 1916-18 and Daniel Tyler joins us to relate some of the crucial incidents that led to the memorable time and date 11 am 11.11.1918. The Twenty Year Armistice is the title of Daniel`s presentation.
If members have any letters, documents, other memorabilia relating to W.W.I. that they would like to share information about, please bring the item(s) to one of our meetings.
Tuesday 4 December – Muck, Fylthe and Executions. Time to revisit the Tudor era as we mix facts and fun whilst sampling some themed food and drink. Led by the `Lord of Misrule` with special guest, one of Henry VIII`s wives. Please book for this meeting at the end of November meeting or at Horizons. Cost 3 Groats or £3 in `modern` money.
No meeting in January.
Tuesday 5 February – Medieval Manuscripts. Illuminated manuscripts are an interesting resource for understanding some aspects of medieval life, not only in castles and palaces, and they provide an insight into everyday life at the time. Brian Farrimond will bring examples of medieval manuscripts and will tell us more. As it is the first day of the Chinese New Year we will begin our meeting with fortune cookies and our horoscope for the year. Jasmine and green tea available.
Tuesday 5 March – The Architecture of Lord Street, Southport and Bed and Breakfast in Southport. One of the most well-known streets in our local history is Lord Street, Southport, a fine example of a Victorian canopied boulevard. But have you ever stopped to look up at the interesting buildings? Julia Clayton’s illustrated presentation will highlight some of the architecture of Lord Street. We continue our afternoon with Jill Newsham’s presentation of some of the historic venues that have provided bed and breakfast for visitors to Southport over the years.
Tuesday 2 April – The Patients View of Health (19th century)
Author and Historian Elizabeth Roberts joins us to talk about her research including interviews with Lancashire folk and how they coped before the NHS. Members may have family remedies that they would like to share.
Our outdoor visits begin.
Saturday 27 April – The National Memorial Arboretum
The 150 acre site located in Staffordshire is the UK’s centre of Remembrance and home to the iconic Armed Forces Memorial. A land train with commentary can be booked to see some of the thought-provoking memorials. An introductory talk about the Arboretum is included and an opportunity to hear another presentation entitled Shot at Dawn.
Departs 9.15am, Long Lane near S&G HQ.
Returns approx. 7.15pm.
Cost – Coach £18 – Land train £5.
Sunday 12 May – West Derby Courthouse and Speke Hall Liverpool
The stone built Courthouse is the only free standing post medieval court in Britain. Built in 1586 on the authorisation of Queen Elizabeth I it functioned until 1910. We continue onwards to Speke Hall, a fine example of a timber framed Tudor house with an interesting history to be told by one of the guides at the Hall.
Departs 1pm, Long Lane near S&G HQ.
Returns approx. 6.15pm.
Cost – Coach £10, Speke Hall admission £10. National Trust members no charge. Please remember to bring your Trust membership card.
All members are welcome to our meetings and visits. More information and booking for outdoor visits at end of March and April meeting and at Horizons.
Our meetings are in S&G HQ and begin at 2.15pm. All members are welcome.