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The 2021/22 Programme
Wednesday 18th May .. .. .. . Wentworth Woodhouse & Wentworth Castle - Booking Open - visit confirmed
Tuesday 14th June .. .. .. . . .. Nottingham Castle & City Walking Tour - Booking Open - more bookings needed
Thursday 7th July .. .. .. .. .. . Black Country Living Museum, Dudley
Thursday 18th August .. .. .. . City Tour of Hull
Tuesday 13th September .. . Ropewalk Barton on Humber & Burton Constable
Friday 17th September Museum of Making and Kedleston Hall, Derby
The Group enjoyed a successful first coach trip to the newly refurbished Museum of Making with several planning a return visit, and some members visited the nearby Cathedral; we spent the afternoon at Kedleston Hall.
The programme of winter talks is now finished, the winter 22 / 23 programme will be published in the summer
.. ..start ..Start 7:30pm at The Crossing, Newcastle Street, Worksop, S80 2AT
20/10/21 .. .. .. .. .. ..Artistry in Stone, Wood & Bronze by Frank Tory & Sons, of Sheffield (architectural &monumental sculptors) by Dr Sylvia Dunkley
"Right across Sheffield and further afield can be found buildings skilfully and imaginatively decorated, both internally and externally, with the carvings of father and twin sons, Frank, Alfred and William Frank Tory. Founded by Frank who came to Sheffield in 1880 to work on the Duke of Norfolk’s Corn Exchange, the family firm was located on Ecclesall Road and over many years the members of the family worked on public buildings such as Sheffield’s City Hall and the Central Library, on local churches such as St John’s at or St Matthew’s in Carver Street, on early buildings for the University of Sheffield and on offices, public houses and shops all over Sheffield and as far afield as Hull, Leeds and Preston. This amply illustrated talk tells the story of the Torys and explores a number of examples of their work."
17/11/20 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Secrets Mysteries and Curiosities of Nottinghamshire by Chris Weir
Where in Nottingham was the mysterious statue of a man holding an umbrella, who was the man and why was he holding an umbrella!? These and other mysteries and curiosities are revealed in this fascinating and unusual talk. Most of us have visited the Major Oak but how did that famous tree get its name? And where is there a mini-Sherwood Forest, planted with acorns from that mighty oak? And how did hundreds of skeletons end up underneath Norton Cuckney church? Did they die in a terrible battle? And what was Roger De Mampton, a local chaplain, getting up to when he hopped over the wall to visit the wife of John Bilby in 1389?! Oh, and not forgetting little known information about the Robin Hood statue near Nottingham Castle, about ducks in Romano-British culture, the secrets held in a 1962 Enid Blyton diary, what happened to poor Clara Hunt in the 1880s and the ‘goings-on’ in the household of the noble George Chaworth. And how to live to the grand-old age of 99
08/12/21 .. .. .. .. .. .. .The Victorian Music Hall by Michael Whysall
The breakneck speed of the industrial expansion of Nottingham in the late 18th and the 19th century was reflected in the rapid rise of the Victorian Music Hall. Social pressures at the time were acute and there were dangerous outbreaks of unrest in the 1820’s and 30’s. Migrants poured into the new factories, land was tightly controlled and serious disorder loomed. The newly arrived Music Hall provided a safety valve. From the 1840’s musical entertainments were allowed into public drinking houses; people could sing instead of riot! The drinking “saloons” became places where pub landlords could compete with one another in the provision of the most lavish entertainments. From working class industrial towns, it spread to London and into the Empire
The Music Hall peaked in the 1870’s, and as the middle classes became increasingly attracted, it gradually morphed into “Variety” and became more respectable. (Think of the Leeds City Varieties on TV 30 years ago!)
Mick will take us through all the stages, the glitz, the shows, the buildings (of which there were at least five in Nottingham). Some buildings remain with different functions, some were demolished, but the tradition lives on. Some of the last generation of stars were able to transition to radio and TV—and, after all, we have the Royal Variety Performance every year to keep this uniquely British format alive.
19/01/21 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..My Life in Music by Dr Martin Ellerby
Martin Ellerby was born and educated in Worksop. His musical talent was discovered early and he became the resident composer for the Cold Stream Guards for about 10 years. His compositions, orchestral, choral and brass are known throughout the world and he has become a prolific and successful composer of which Bassetlaw can be proud. This promises to be an interesting and entertaining evening.
16/02/21.. .. . .. ... .. ..Fairtrade Tea by James Pogson
Northern Tea Merchants of Chesterfield import tea, coffee and cocoa; James Pogson has personally sourced and tasted every one of their teas and coffees, travelling regularly to plantations around the world to purchase what he believe are the very best teas, coffees and cocoa.
James' talk on Fairtrade Tea covers the production, manufacture and an explanation of how Fairtrade ‘works’.
16/03/21 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Portland-Druce Exhumation Case by Susan Deal
The Druce case began with an allegation that the 5th Duke of Portland led a double life as Thomas Druce who co-owned a London upholstery business and that Druce’s death was faked. Druce’s descendants hoped to win a share of the estates.
20/04/21 .. .. .. .. .. ..AGM and Bolsover Castle by Ian Morgan
Ian Morgan tells the story of Bolsover Castle from the humble Norman beginnings to today’s beautiful shadow of its former glory. The present 17th century castle stand as a monument to the Cavendish family who lavished money and love on their ‘Pleasure Palace’, leaving as their legacy a romantic ruin and stunning paintings within the ‘Little castle’.