09 December 2019 - Anglo Saxons part 2 we enjoyed a festive field visit to The Staffordshire Hoard exhibition in Birmingham. Members travelled by train to see the largest hoard of Anglo Saxon gold ever found. 

11 November 2019 - Anglo Saxons part 1


Around 20 members met at Bishops Wood Environmental Centre in the overflow Car Park. Alison Barsby arranged a first rate start to our new topic The Anglo Saxons.  John R Rhymer who is the former head of the Bishops Wood Centre led everyone up to The Centre to sign in then down to the Saxon Hall (and remains of the previous one that burnt down).  Helen Ferguson a former Schools Team Leader will be able to demonstrate how the Saxons lit their fires using a flint and steel.

Members were asked to donate £5 each to the Friends of Bishops Wood for the "bursary fund" that they use to enable children from less well-off areas to attend programmes for school classes at Bishops Wood. 

Bishops Wood is home to a reconstructed Saxon hall, thatched Saxon workshop, and a newly constructed forge-shelter and willow long-ship! A previous reconstruction based on an original excavation at West Stow was destroyed by fire in 2008 and gave the opportunity for a great deal of important archaeological research into the evidence left following such a fire.

Monday 14 October 2019 NO MEETING

As the AGM at The town Hall with the Showcase was moved to this day.

Tuesday 3 September 2019 - The American Museum Day Trip with the Travel Group 

Saturday 3 August 2019 - Battle of Evesham part 5 A field tripto the annual commemoration of the Battle of Evesham - sharing cars. We arrived in time for the memorial service and wreath laying followed by refreshments with Jenny Wood and helper from the Simon de Montfort Society. After this Clive Bostle from the Simon de Montfort Society had arranged a talk in St Lawrence’s church to see the window to Simon de Montfort with Anthony Rich (Battlewell Trust) and then a tour of the battlefield with a speaker from the. Members joined him to go up by public bus from the church to the battlefield.  Those who did not wish to do this remained at the Medieval Fayre & Battle Re-enactment Camp in the riverside park or return there afterwards.

Monday 8 July 2019 - Battle of Evesham part 4  a big thank you to Alison Barsby for arranging a fascinating field trip to Kenilworth Castle seat of Simon de Montfort 6th Earl of Leicester. We learnt a lot achieved all but one of our study goals and had an enjoyable day!

Monday 17 June 2019 - Battle of Evesham part 3 - Alison Barsby arranged a fascinating field trip to The Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre in Evesham. The14th Century building was once home to the Almoner of the Benedictine Abbey that was founded in the 8th Century. Entrance is £3 for 65’s and £4.50 up to 64 years old. It houses an eclectic collection that spans the prehistoric to the 20th Century. Displayed over 12 rooms and a garden, the emphasis is on how Evesham has developed and grown during this time. There are exhibitions about the Abbey, the battle of Evesham in 1265, horticulture in the area, Anglo-Saxon burial treasure, 18th Century clothing and the impact of war upon this little market town.

Monday 13 May 2019THE BATTLE OF EVESHAM 1265 - PART 2 - WITH PAUL HARDING  from 2pm to 4pm at Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley DY12 1EU - 39 members enjoyed Paul Harding's fascinating talk about the Battle of Evesham and seeing and handling the weapons, mail, helmets and experiencing part of the battle. A lovely sunny afternoon and an interesting talk - Thank you. 

Monday 8 April 2019 - EDWARD 1 of ENGLAND & SIMON de MONTFORT 6th Earl of  Leicester & 'THE BATTLE OF EVESHAM 1265' - PART 1

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 - THE WORCESTER SUFFRAGETTES 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.

Monday 11 February 2019 - SUFFRAGE, SUFFRAGETTES & ANTI SUFFRAGE - part 3

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 Women’s Rebellion and her thoughts on this fascinating account.

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 - SUFFRAGE, SUFFRAGETTES & ANTI SUFFRAGE - part 2

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) 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.