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The History Group

Leader:  Jane Harris Phone 01530 838025 or email history@ashbyu3a.co.uk

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.

Future programme

Thu 22nd Mar2:00 pmJane Harris - 'Finding the Foundling'
Thu 26th Apr2:00 pmStephen Flinders - 'Terror from the skies'
Thu 24th MayTBACoach trip to Bristol. See the Industrial Heritage page for full details
Thu 28th Jun2:00 pmMalcolm Bird - 'Aspects of slavery from the Old Testament to the modern day'
Thu 26th JulTBASelf Drive visit to The Holocaust Centre
Thu 23rd Aug2:00 pmWendy Freer - Ravenstone Hospital - Film and Info
Thu 27th SepTBASelf Drive visit to the Century Theatre Coalville
Thu 25th Oct2:00 pmYogi Godwin talk - 'The eating habits of Henry VIII's court'
Thu 22nd Nov2:00 pmTim Coltman - 'William Harold Coltman VC'

22nd February

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