Leader - Pamela Endicott
Contact - 07552 215051 or by e-mail via the message box on the right
Venue - Weston Sub-edge village hall.
When - 1st Tuesday from 10.00 to 12.00 noon
Subscriptions - £2.00 per person to cover the cost of the hall, speaker and refreshments
Numbers are not restricted as we have a large hall and ample car parking.
|Dr Gillian White
Since 1337, England and France had been engaged in what would become known as The Hundred Years’ War. So far, there had been raids and skirmishes, and one major sea battle, but in July 1346 King Edward III launched an invasion of Normandy. In the following months, Edward would lead his army to the very outskirts of Paris before turning northward towards Calais. Between the English and the sea lay a French army and, out-numbered and out-manoeuvred, Edward was forced to stand and fight at Crécy. This talk tells the story of the campaign, the battle, and the struggle to control the channel port that followed.
|Geoff Bayley (u3a member)
|Thomas Fairfax (1612-1674)
The life of Thomas Fairfax, English politician, General, Parliamentary Commander-in-Chief. Fairfax was a complex character who tried hard to prevent the Civil War from breaking out but was destined to become the Commander in Chief of the Parliamentary army that defeated the Royalist forces. Oliver Cromwell was appointed by and answered to him. Fairfax was vehemently opposed to the execution of the King, condemned Cromwell's claims of Divine providence, prevented a military coup after the Lord Protector's death and secured the Restoration of the monarchy under King Charles II. Fairfax has been overlooked by history and deserves far greater recognition for the vital role he played in securing our constitutional monarchy.
|The Early Development of the Royal Flying Corps
Robin Goldsmith is Chairman of the Broadway Trust and is currently researching and writing a book on the Royal Flying Corps. role in the ground battles of the Western Front in the First World War.
|Arts and Crafts Movement First World War Memorials in the Cotswolds
(NB: 11 am START)
Kirsty Hartsiotis is a writer and storyteller, and also the curator of the Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection at the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in Cheltenham. The First World War saw an outpouring of grief like nothing that England had seen before. Most communities had lost people, and all wanted a lasting memorial to those who were gone. It brought art to the forefront of the British public’s mind, and was thus a business opportunity like no other for architects, designers, stained glass artists and monumental masons. For the designers of the Arts and Crafts Movement, it was a chance to guide and inform English artistic taste. The Cotswolds have an unusual number of Arts and Crafts memorials, due, in part, to the architects and designers who had settled in the county from the 1890s onwards. This talk will feature designers such as Ernest Gimson, Henry Payne, Edwin Lutyens and FL Griggs with a rich array of memorials from church and town alike, crosses to water troughs – and all the attendant politics in erecting them.
Other talks in 2024 will include:
The Great Train Robbery (1963); ‘Ripping Yarns and Wizard Wheezes’, the golden age of British comics 1950-1975; ‘Birch, Beer and Bibles': Tudor and Stuart Education.