I am delighted to have had the opportunity to become leader of the U3A History Group. Dave Drew as leader will be a hard act to follow. Thank you Dave for all the advice you have given me.
I look forward to hearing suggestions for interesting presentations coming through from Group members. Presentations which have some quirky appeal are especially welcome. If you have a particular passion for some historical event, by all means bring it forward.
At our friendly meetings, we have tea or coffee. We have presentations and discussions from members. Funds permitting we may have the opportunity to hire an external speaker at least once during the coming year.
We meet every third Wednesday from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon at the
Mansfield Bowling Club
Chesterfield Road South
Our last meeting for 2018 included presentations on the origins of Ordinance Survey maps, the 1812/1814 war between Britain and the USA, the Bevin boys - a World War Two account of how some men were conscripted to work in the coal mines rather than into the the armed forces, and the curious but true story of how Mimi and Toutou went forth to war - a story later echoed by the film 'The African Queen.'
There will be no meeting in December and the next meeting will be on Wednesday 16 January. It will probably include a presentation on the famous kidnapping of a German commander in Crete during WW2 by a team led by Patrick Leigh Fermor, the future travel writer.
Philip Tucker 01623 437516