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.

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

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Pre booking for all sessions for

the foreseeable future!

Members are asked to keep everyone as safe as possible at all our meetings by keeping socially distanced, and only attending if double inoculated, no Covid 19 symptoms and wearing masks indoors at all times. This is all a booking requirement. We will provide antibacterial hand gel. 

General History 2021 / 2022 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 2021 we suspended zoom meetings hoping for small face to face meetings for the remainder of 2021 but could not as the hall was not available to us.  

At 07 October 2021 we have confirmed that we can have the hall but need to change our meeting day from the second Monday to second Thursday from January 2022

Community Housing Have Confirmed:

2pm to 4pm on the second Thursday of each month. 

Thursday 13th Jan 2022

Thursday 10th Feb 2022

(Monday 14 February 2022* – see below not at Shaw Hedge Road see below)

Thursday 10th March 2022

Thursday 14th April 2022

Thursday 12th May 2022

Thursday   9th June 2022

No meeting in July or August 2022

Thursday 8th September 

Thursday 13th October

Thursday 10th November

Thursday 8th December

Then second Thursday in the afternoon ongoing in 2023 starting 12th January 2023

13 January 2022 at 2pm at our first face to face meeting back at Shaw Hedge Road Community Hall Wribbenhall socially distanced, double inoculated and masks get together and planning meeting to start our new topic in February The Story of India followed by a talk on Henry Chellingworth 1817 - 1865 of Attwood Park by Mike LoftusWe are delighted that Mike Loftus has confirmed that he can talk to us on this new date - £1.25 per member as no refreshments.

Thursday 10th Feb 2022 at 2pm - The Story of India based on the BBC series with Michael Wood - £1.25 per member as no refreshments.

Paul Harding’s presentation on Anglo Saxon Life unfortunately Paul cannot change his day to a Thursday so we are actively seeking a different hall for a one off additional meeting on Monday 14 February 2022 at 2pm* In order for this to happen we may have to ask for an additional 50p each to cover our costs of a more expensive hall so £3 per person.

We will keep you updated.

14 March 2022 at 2pm we plan to start our new topic The Story of India based on the BBC series with Michael Wood

 Summer 2022

Our Group Guided trip to Monet's Garden, The Loire Valley and Fontainebleau 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. At 09 October 2021 there is only one twin room left available we are holding it until 24 October 2021.

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 Whittle's a coach 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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 Autumn 2022

Classical Spain 16th to 22 September 2022 Flying from Birmingham - all singles gone. Shared twins and shared double rooms may still be available at £949 each including flights - Seville – Córdoba and Granada - deposit now and balance payable July 2022 - see Ralph Bramleys Summer Newsletter for more details. 

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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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