The History Group
Leader:  Jane Harris Phone 01530 838025 or email email@example.com
Any U3A member is welcome at our meetings.
All meetings with speakers will be held at Packington Memorial Hall.
Doors open for Packington meetings at 2pm, with a start as soon as possible after that, hopefully by 2.10pm.
Details of visits will be advised closer to the time.
The following dates have been arranged, but may be subject to changes which will be announced on a rolling monthly basis.
|Thu 22nd Mar||2:00 pm||Jane Harris - 'Finding the Foundling'|
|Thu 26th Apr||2:00 pm||Stephen Flinders - 'Terror from the skies'|
|Thu 24th May||TBA||Coach trip to Bristol. See the Industrial Heritage page for full details|
|Thu 28th Jun||2:00 pm||Malcolm Bird - 'Aspects of slavery from the Old Testament to the modern day'|
|Thu 26th Jul||TBA||Self Drive visit to The Holocaust Centre|
|Thu 23rd Aug||2:00 pm||Wendy Freer - Ravenstone Hospital - Film and Info|
|Thu 27th Sep||TBA||Self Drive visit to the Century Theatre Coalville|
|Thu 25th Oct||2:00 pm||Yogi Godwin talk - 'The eating habits of Henry VIII's court'|
|Thu 22nd Nov||2:00 pm||Tim Coltman - 'William Harold Coltman VC'|
David Oakley gave his presentation "Seek and you may Find", postponed from last month.
He has been researching his family history and, as the period gets earlier, there are problems with names having been spelt differently and that ordinary folk are not well recorded unless they misbehaved!
Where members of the family were wealthy, aristocratic or held high office, the records are much more forthcoming.
David has succeeded in tracing connections on his mother's side back to before 1500. Richard Marche formed part of the Royal Court of Charles I and Charles II and had rooms in Whitehall Palace. He is mentioned in the writings of George Fox and Samuel Pepys. His son was knighted and was involved in plantations in the West Indies. A cousin from there now resides in Canada. Other family members were involved in the Portuguese wine trade, in Brazil and with the Levant Company trading with Turkey.
There is also a connection with the Phillips family, who held the Garendon Estate and their tombs are to be found in Shepshed church.
They supported Bonnie Prince Charlie and the family silver was sent to him at Derby. However, the Prince had left prior to the arrival of the Phillip's steward and neither the steward or the silver returned!
Descendants gave the land for Mount Saint Bernard Abbey and a cousin currently resides at Osbaston Hall.
A most fascinating tale, brilliantly presented.
Earlier history meeting