Winter Programme – 2019/20

Friday 11th October 2019

“Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury” by Julie Ede.

She started life as the daughter of a Derbyshire farmer; married four times and became the richest woman in Elizabethan England. Known in modern times as “Bess of Hardwick Hall” she founded the wealthy Cavendish family dynasty.

Friday 8th November 2019

“The History and People of Bradgate”.

A talk introducing the History and the People of Bradgate throughout its history up to present day, presented by Community Champion volunteers.

Friday 14th December 2019

“Stories For Christmas” by Sandy Leong.

Christmas is celebrated all over the world. A Christian festival that is enjoyed with traditions and stories. But who was St Nicolas; and how did Santa Claus come about; and who developed the story of Santa’s reindeers? Come and listen to the history behind Father Christmas, some Christmas Stories and fictitious and humorous news about possible cuts to Christmas.

Friday 10th January 2020

“Terror From The Skies – January 1916: The Night The Zeppelins Cameby Steven Flinders.

In the early hours of January 31st 1916 Nine German airships took off from their bases on the north German coast with orders to attack Liverpool. None ever reached their targets but the death and destruction they wrought across central England became known as the ‘Great Midlands Zeppelin Raid’.

Friday 14th February 2020

“Fools and Horses – The History of the Victorian Circus” by Ann Featherstone.

The history of the Victorian Circus is one of great success and dreadful failure, of fires, falls and fabulous feats. Of horses, equilibrists, aerial acts and clowns, and the men (and women) who rode, tumbled, swung and gagged. Of ‘Lord’ George Sanger whose circus was pitched at Windsor Castle to perform for Queen Victoria, and Charlie Keith who invented the first iron circus. This talk provides a fascinating insight into this little-known aspect of Victorian entertainment.

Friday 13th March 2020

“Sir Winston Churchill  –  Man of Destiny” by John Whitfield.

This talk is about the life, career and times of Churchill. It will take us through events in chronological order giving emphasis to turning points such as: 1894, 1904, 1910, 1915, 1923, 1940 and 1945.John will also divide Churchill’s political career into 3 sections and talk about the contrasts.

Friday 17th April 2020

The Robins: The History of the Postal Services by Bob Massey.

This talk looks at the historical start of the post office from its early beginnings. First as a state communications service and on through the movement of mail as an extra money earner to the introduction of post boys and special mail coaches. From the introduction of a standard postage and uniformed postal workers to trains and air mail and then up to the present international postal and communications network of today. Along the way we will look at some of the strange and unusual.