General History 2019

NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME -  please contact Caroline or Alison via the group email contact: 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


an illustrated talk from author LUCIENNE BOYCE

Monday 11 March 2019 starting 2.30pm

 Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley DY12 1EU

Lucienne Boyce is a Bristol based award winning author of factual and historical thrillers and speaker on BBC radio.

 She has published several non-fiction books on ‘The Bristol Suffragettes’, ‘The Road to Representation: Essays on the Women’s Suffrage Campaign’ and is currently writing a biography of ‘Millicent Price' activist for women's suffrage.

In 2014 Lucienne Boyce researched the Suffragettes in Worcestershire including the local events and people in favour and against detailing the local women and men involved and she will be giving a talk to the Wyre Forest U3A General History Group on Monday 11 March 2019 starting 2.30pm and will have a question and answer session.

We are opening this to all the WF&D U3A members & guests and it will be by tickets at £4 per person including refreshments entry by pre paid place only. Maximum 75 places, 63 sold already!

 Please contact Caroline O’Callaghan for information and to give names and pay for places on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I will be at the 18 February Town Hall General Meeting in the Refreshments Room as well.

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 WI 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 14th 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.