Ledbury & District

Local History

Meetings at 2.00pm (for 2.30pm) on the 3rd Friday of each month, in the hall to the rear of the Baptist Church in Homend, Ledbury

Most months we usually have a speaker, with occasional visits to relevant places of interest, such as the Midlands Air Ambulance Base at Strensham.

We welcomed several new members to the Group at the Enrolment meeting, and have had good attendances at our meetings since, sometimes almost reaching the limit of 60 people in the Baptist Hall.

Jim Large, who was an auctioneer in Ledbury for 25 years before moving to Cornwall for the rest of his career, recently moved back to Ledbury and came to talk to the group in October. He gave a highly entertaining talk, enjoyed by both long-term residents and newcomers. A naturally fluent speaker, Jim reminisced about his life and career, with stories of people and events, both recent and long-remembered.
Our speaker in November was John Grove with a talk entitled "Ledbury People in Mediaeval times 1066-1485". He spoke about individual characters in the town: the Bailiff; Master Butcher; the Bishop; Lady of the Manor and the Masters of the Hospital, (the Master's House). John brought these officials and their occupations to life, so that we could picture them in the town.

Future Events

Friday 17th January - Caroline Alexander & Steve Onions - Twinning with Stromstad
Caroline and Steve will speak about the Ledbury and Stromstad Twinning Association. This is a much asked-for re-run of the March 2019 talk but this time we hope to have pictures!
Friday 21st February - Chris Maulkin from Goodwins - Valuing your Small Antiques
Back for a repeat (last in 2016) is this popular meeting when Chris will look at and value members' small valuables and talk about antiques in general.
Friday 20th March - Pat Strauss - History of Ledbury High Street
Pat's talk will feature a look at the history of some 170 years of Ledbury High Street; who occupied the buildings and what they did. This will be a fascinating talk about the history of our own town.
Friday 17th April - Jennifer Harrison - The Ledbury War Memorials
Jennifer will give a presentation featuring all the War Memorials in the town. The proposed refurbishment and re-dedication of the War Memorial in the High Street is planned for VE Day 75 Friday May 8th, so the timing of this talk is apposite.

Members will be contacted in advance by email or telephone, with a reminder of the next meeting.

Although a very large group, there is no limit on numbers and we welcome new members. However, please note that we shall have to refuse entry to the hall once the limit is reached, so please arrive in good time

We look forward to seeing you at the meetings

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French Conversation French Improvers
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