Leigh & District

Crime & Punishment 1

Facilitator:Barbara Joyce07516 225608
Venue & time:Leigh Miners1pm - 3pmNow twice a month: 4th Monday and Tuesday

In June we will look at CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. This is peaceful protest in order to air grievances and gain political change. There are many examples and we will look (briefly) at Peterloo as it is the 200th anniversary. We will then look at the 1990 Poll Tax protests which indirectly led to the demise of Mrs Thatcher. The Kinder Scout Mass Trespass was an attempt to open rights of ways for ramblers and other countryside users. The 1915 Glasgow Rent Strike is a further example of people power attaining a change in behaviour by the powerful - in this case exploitative landlords. Finally we will look at Extinction Rebellion which has captured the imagination of masses of young people who are concerned about our environment. It promises to be a good session so please join us on either MONDAY 24th June or the repeat on TUESDAY 25th June 2019. No need to book. Meetings start at 1pm and finish before 3pm.

Police corruption was our May 2019 topic and we looked at the Metropolitan Police Pornography Squad in the 1960s and ealry 70s. Times have changed and it was agreed that the police would not (and could not) behave like they did in this day and age.

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In May we will be looking at the disgraceful behaviour of The Metropolitan Police Porn Squad. In the 1960s and 70s the squad was called 'The Dirty Squad'
We will focus on the corrupt behaviour of the squad - which was rife right up to Commander level. What sort of things were the police up to, how did they get away with their behaviour and what happened to bring it to an end? You are welcome to join us on 27th My repeated on the 28th at 1pm.

There was a good attendance for the Renegades and Traitors presentation. We looked at 3 British men and one woman who had worked for Nazi Germany in the war. All interesting people but not at pleasant. One - Harold Cole - was likely to have been directly responsible for many deaths when he divulged the British escape routes out of occupied France.

Three of them broadcast for 'Germany Calling' - a radio station designed to promote Nazi propaganda. Thanks to Brian for an excellent presentation and also for Jo who provided cake on Monday

See you in May - 27th or 28th.

Please feel free to join us - each monthly topic makes sense in its own right so you can dip in and out as you think fit. Whether you attend once in a while or every month you will be made to feel most welcome and in spite of the subject the sessions are designed to be informative and enjoyable.

For more information please contact Barbara Joyce or phone 07516 225608 or 01942 517494.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • When and where does the group meet?

The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month and is repeated on the fourth Tuesday. The meeting takes place in the lounge if you choose the Monday group or upstairs if you attend on Tuesday at the Miner’s Welfare. It starts at 1pm and ends at 3pm with a short break for drinks. The notice board in the Foyer at the club will tell you which room.

  • Can I attend either group?

Yes – or even both if you wish! You can attend, for example, the Monday one month and the Tuesday the next – both sessions will look at the same topic. On months where the Monday is the bank holiday (May and August) the Tuesday group will always run but check for the Monday please.Just check the web site.

  • How many others attend?

This varies but generally about 30 – with a mix of men and women members

  • Do I need to know anything about criminology to attend?

No – just a general interest. Some of the group members have worked in prisons, police or solicitors but most are just interested in crime. If you find the group is not for you there is no compulsion to explain why - and nobody will pursue you to ask why you are not attending!

  • Do I need to prepare work for the session?

No – although any member is welcome to lead the session, and some members have read up around the topic before the session, but it is not necessary to do so.

  • Will I have to take any exams?

No. Nobody is ‘put on the spot’ to answer questions, do written work or to say anything unless they choose to. We generally enjoy a discussion around the topic and learn from each other.

  • Do I have to pay?

You will have to pay your membership to attend the groups and then £1 for room hire and refreshments

  • What kind of topics does the group look at?

So far we have looked at things like drugs and crime, alcohol, crimes in Leigh in the past, transportation to Australia, homicide, serial killers, sectarian murders and domestic abuse. Future sessions include a talk by a police officer who worked in the 60’s and 70’s, forensics, criminal profiling, cyber-crime, crime on TV and in novels and crime in Victorian times. As you can see the topics are varied and reflect the members interests! The topics can be challenging and the group is sometimes dealing with difficult issues but is not ‘heavy’.

  • Sounds ok – how do I join?

Just check the date and arrive – you will be made most welcome.

See also the Crime & Punishment 2 page for the Tuesday dates.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Jun 24th Civil disobedience
Mon Jul 22nd MPs in trouble – Honourable Members who have acted dishonourably
Mon Aug 26th Profumo – the 1960s scandal
Mon Sep 23rd Turning point trials –Trials that changed opinion and often resulted in changes in the law
Mon Oct 28th Cold cases – old unsolved cases reopened
Mon Nov 25th Julia Wallace case - murder in Liverpool
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Crime & Punishment 2 Culture Club
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Mixed Crafts Musical Instruments
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Poetry Appreciation Quilters & Needlework
Relaxation/Support Scrabble
Shakespeare Singing for Fun
Ukulele Watercolour Painting
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