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WELCOME TO THE GENERAL HISTORY GROUP

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 normally meet at the Wribbenhall Community Centre, Shaw Hedge Road, Bewdley, DY12 1EU and there is parking

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General History 2021 Programme

Due to Covid-19 we have met on Zoom for 13 months a big thank you to Tim Yates without whose guidance and help the Zoom element would have defeated us. From September be hope to meet in person and have suspended zoom meetings for the Summer. 

Monday 13 September 2021 at 2pm  We hope a face to face meeting to relook at our plans pre covid-19 and to look at our future studies. Catch up and Planningbring your own refreshments. 

Monday 11 October 2021 at 2pm  the very popular Paul Harding from Discover History on Anglo Saxon Life more information closer to the time. Fingers crossed for a face-to-face meeting! 

 Summer 2022

Our Group Guided trip to Monet's Garden, The Loire Valley and Fontainebleau is now Departing on 14 July 2022 for 7 days / 6 nights in 3 and 4 accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, plus breakfast and three dinners, including one at a traditional, local restaurant. We are travelling by Eurostar so no flights £849 pp in double or shared rooms - all the singles have gone.

Riviera Travel Offer Experience with so much more included: Covid Cancellation protection included as standard. Visit the most beautiful valley in France. Visit impressionist artist Claude Monet’s home and garden – see the ‘Water Lily’ pond and ‘Japanese Bridge’. Explore the finest of France’s stunning châteaux; Chinon, Chenonceau, Villandry and Fontainebleau. Visit Chartres and its stunning gothic cathedral displaying Europe’s finest stained glass.

Visit medieval Tours, Royal Amboise and Leonardo da Vinci’s house. Visit to Saumur and the Ackerman wine cellars. Guided tour of Fontevraud Abbey, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.

Separately to Riviera Travel we have booked a Mawley Oak coach with local pick-ups at extra shared cost to take us to and from Eurostar and members travelling have booked this at our own risk as we cannot take out insurance for missing the Eurostar so have arranged to go down early….

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Monday 10 May 2021  Outstanding Womenwe celebrated two of the six outstanding women that in 2021 English Heritage will be raising plaques to and one outstanding Irish woman with group members doing a short presentation on them followed by discussion. 

Ann Murrells talked on Ellen Craft (1826-1891): Ellen and her husband William escaped slavery in the southern US state of Georgia and was a fervent campaigner for its abolition.

Angela Curtis talked on Caroline Norton (1808-1877): Caroline’s abusive marriage and separation was one of the most highly publicised cases in 19th century Britain. Her determination to fight for custody of her children and the rights to her own property had far-reaching ramifications.

Linda Robertstold us about her aunt Mary Dorothea Heron (1896-1960):Marywas born in Dublin, grew up in County Down, worked in Belfast, but was one of the few who was eligible to practice in both the new states. She was the first woman solicitor in Ireland, after passing her final law examinations in 1923.  She has recently been recognised by the Irish Law Society in their celebration of the first 100 women solicitors in Ireland. Linda Roberts our group member is her niece and as Mary was the first, they published her article.

This finishes our 13 months on Zoom where to now? Discussion

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On 12 April 2021 we had a revisit from our own Mike Loftus lead the Kidderminster Civic Society successful bid to get National recognition for ‘Great Wall of Kidderminster’ Historic England announced on in December that the structure, more formally the ‘Retaining Wall with Sculptural Relief by William Mitchell’, is to be placed on the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest as a grade 2 structure.

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 On 8 February and 8 March 2021 Tim Carter joined us from Malvern U3A giving a fascinating two-part talk on "Sea Diseases, Sailor Towns and the State” 

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 We do not normally meet in January