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FGCH meetings with speaker on the 1st thursday monthly

ALL MEMBERS WELCOME - tea and biscuits to follow the talk


We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month at 2pm in the FGCH (the old South End School building, 60 High Street, Rushden - Speaker with tea and biscuits to follow the talk. The aim of the group is to (re)discover and share our love of History.

Our annual programme is divided into two parts, October to April being held in the Full Gospel Church Hall, Rushden with speakers on diverse historical subjects.

The summer months May to September offer members trips, by private coach picking up at Higham Ferrers and Rushden and travelling to various interesting historical sites chosen by the group members themselves

For further information please contact the group leader Peter Wright via the contact page or Ron Smith to reserve a place on the summer coach trips

DATE Topic Speaker
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01 Feb 2018 19th Century History of Twywell/David Livingstone Peter & Gloria Wright
01 Mar 2018 Sheep that Eat Men - Washingtons & the wool trade Martin Sirot-Smith
05 April 2018 Guernica Rev Paul Needle

All winter meetings to be held at 2.00pm in the Full Gospel Church, High Street South, Rushden.

(October 2017 to April 2018)

History Group Trips 2018

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire 3rd May 2018

Chatsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.

Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.

There are over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. In the guest bedrooms, meet an Edwardian lady's maid who will reveal the secrets of her mistress's suitcase of clothes.

Price £15.50 Coach £12.50

Bournville Village & Selly Manor 28th June 2018 (Revised Date)

In 1879 George Cadbury, and his brother Richard, decided to move their chocolate manufacturing business from inner city Birmingham to a fourteen and a half-acre site in open Warwickshire countryside, about 3 miles from the city.

The factory did well, and gave the brothers the finance to put into action some of their social objectives. The brothers had seen first hand the dreadful conditions in the slums of Birmingham when they had been teaching men to read and write in one of their evening classes.

In 1895, George Cadbury began building good quality housing on land adjacent to the factory. His vision was to provide the local community with quality homes in ‘surroundings of light, fresh air and space’.

The idea was to create a traditional English country village, with its communal buildings grouped around a village green. The green is part of the Bournville Village Conservation Area, which was originally designated in 1971 and is now internationally recognised.

Price (including tea & biscuit) £10.50 Coach £12.00

Chatham Docks 5th July 2018

For over 400 years Chatham Dockyard and its people supported the Royal Navy by building, repairing and maintaining its warships.

This trip includes guided tours of “The Ropery” Victorian working rope manufacture using original equipment & methods and the Submarine exhibit.

Today The Historic Dockyard, Chatham is the most complete dockyard of the age of sail in the world.

Price £15.50 Coach £13.50

Aston Hall, Birmingham 2nd August 2018

Aston Hall is a magnificent seventeenth century red-brick mansion situated in a picturesque public park on the north side of Birmingham.

Built between 1618 and 1635 for Sir Thomas Holte and home to James Watt Junior from 1817-1848, Aston Hall is steeped in history.

Now a grade I listed building, the hall is restored to its former Jacobean splendour and is hugely popular with visitors of all ages.

Walk through the stunning interiors and see the home that received royalty, was besieged during the English Civil War and inspired an author.

Price £8.00 Coach £11.50

National Arboretum, Burton-On-Trent 6th September 2018

Our 150-acre site is home to over 330 thought-provoking memorials covering both military and civilian associations, along with tributes for individuals. Rich in design and symbolism, and sympathetic to the lush gardens they inhabit, the memorials and their stories are fascinating.

Café available.

Price Free entry (Land Train & Exhibition not included) Coach £12.00

Bookings for All of these trips are open now. To reserve a place please visit the History table at Pemberton meetings or see Ron Smith at the FGCH History Group meetings and fill in a booking form.You may also reserve a place by contacting Ron at ron.norsmith(at)yahoo.co.uk or call on 07986 024635.Please give your U3A membership No, contact email address, home address, home and mobile Nos. We will also need to know your preferred boarding (Higham or Rushden)Places are offered to H & R U3A History Group members first, then to other U3A members if available after the booking deadline.

Payment by cheque or cash can be made in advance with your booking or at the latest a minimum of 6 - 8 weeks prior to the date of the trip to enable us to pay for the coach and venue in good time (Cheques to be made payable to: H & R U3A) If paying for multiple trips, please supply separate cheques for each trip as the cheque will not be banked until 6 weeks before the trip.

Contact Ron Smith on 07986 024635 for booking
or visit the History Table at the monthly U3A meeting or see Ron at any History meeting.