General History 2019


NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME -  please contact Caroline 
or Alison via the group email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We are a group of enthusiastic WF&D U3A members aiming to do something
a bit different from the one off talk on a subject to us all researching and sharing what we have found out and discussing it possibly over a series of meetings. The emphasis is on interesting and varied but all enjoying sharing what we know or have found out to make a bigger picture. Sometimes we may car share, use public transport or existing coach days out to access some of the places we are interested in as part of our history quest.
We are not trying to be experts but to learn together!
We meet at the Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, 
Bewdley, DY12 1EU and there is parking

Tuesday 3 September 2019 - The American Museum Day Trip
 No meeting at Wribbenhall Community Centre Monday 9 September 2019
Saturday 3 August 2019 - Battle of Evesham part 5 a field trip to Evesham for the annual commemoration of the Battle of Evesham  - shared cars - watch this space -  No meeting at Wribbenhall Community Centre Monday 12 August 2019 
Monday 8 July 2019 - Battle of Evesham part 4 - at Wribbehall Community Centre 2pm to 4pm
Monday 10 June 2019 - Alison Barsby is investigating a field trip to Kenilworth seat of Simon de Montfort 6th Earl of Leicester  - shared cars - watch this space  No meeting at Wribbenhall Community Centre  
Leicester & 'THE BATTLE OF EVESHAM 1265' - PART 1

Monday 8 April 2019 - 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley DY12 1EU

Members research sharing Maximum 5 to 10 minutes each to allow time for questions & discussion

INTRODUCTION to our topic - Caroline O'Callaghan

Introducing KING HENRY III of ENGLAND   - Kay Pagett

An introduction to HOW THE KINGS COUNCIL FUNCTIONE D  before Simon de Montfort’s proposals making the foundations of the modern Parliament - Lyn Grogan

Introducing ELEANOR OF ENGLAND daughter of King John and Isabella of Angouleme, and sister of King Henry III & wife of Simon de Montfort - Ann Murrell

Introducing SIMON DE MONTFORT 6th Earl of Leicester - Vincent O'Callaghan

Introducing PRINCE EDWARD then EDWARD 1 - Alison Barsby

Refreshments, discussion on our presentations followed by thoughts on our plans for the next few months meetings & speaker.
Monday 11 March 2019

an illustrated talk from author LUCIENNE BOYCE

Our speaker Lucienne Boyce originates from Wolverhampton. In 2007 she gained an M.A. in English Literature with distinction from the Open University. Since then she has been writing & publishing historical fiction including her Dan Foster mysteries where Dan, a Bow Street Runner, is determined to get his man or woman! In 2016 she was joint winner of the prestigious historical novel society indie award for new historical fiction an award judged by authors & historians. Lucienne Boyce has also written a number of factual books on the Bristol suffragettes and given talks and walks on Weston-Super-Mare and the Suffragettes, the Cheltenham Suffragettes, Swindon, Wiltshire and the Suffragettes and our topic the Worcester Suffragettes. Lucienne Boyce is also a campaigner & is currently writing the biography of Millicent Price the suffrage campaign for a forthcoming book. She also keeps up a fascinating website and online blog. We had an interesting & knowledgeable talk and a lively discussion.

We would especially like to thank the Civic Societies, W.I.’s, WFHRG and Soroptimist’s for joining us

as well as members of other WFD U3A groups. 69 places / tickets sold thank you.

SUFFRAGE, SUFFRAGETTES & ANTI SUFFRAGE - part 3 Monday 11 February 2019 - 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley DY12 1EU  

Thank you to Ann Murrell and the Bewdley W.I. we will also had their recent exhibition information on show as well at this meeting.

Lyn Grogan shared the "BBC Radio 4 episode 2 '1913: The Year Before" a 14 minute programme on Michael Portillo and others take on  The Womens Rebellion and her thoughts on this fascinating account.

Over refreshments we will also discuss the arrangements for our March meeting speaker and the U3A Showcase filming.

Group members study information shared maximum 10 minutes each, questions and discussion: Thank you to all the members for sharing their work and thoughts. It was really interesting.

Millicent Garrett Fawcett - Kay Padgett
Womens Vote in USA & other countries - Alison Barsby
Men against Women having the vote - Dennis James
Monday 14 January 2019 - 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley DY12 1EU - A relaxing start to the New Year watching the 2015 film Suffragette with a discussion over refreshments about the film and areas of study for the February meeting.
Suffragette (2015)

Carey Mulligan as Maud Watts.

Helena Bonham Carter as Edith Ellyn.

Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst.

Natalie Press as Emily Davison.

Anne-Marie Duff as Violet Miller.

Romola Garai as Alice Haughton.

Ben Whishaw as Sonny Watts.

Brendan Gleeson as Steed.

The film tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality, their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart breaking and inspirational.

‘Suffragette’ was funded by the British Film Institute. The Historical drama, set in London follows the early members of the Women's Social and Political Union and the story of their radicalisation from peaceful protesters to law breakers. The film documents WSPU's secret meetings to discuss tactics when protests and parliamentary evidence fail to win women the vote. After further mistreatment by employers, police and political lies the suffragettes decide to increase their activism with civil disobedience causing damage to Oxford Street windows, post boxes, churches and politicians homes. Police surveillance and arrests lead to the suffragette's imprisonment and hunger strikes.