I am delighted to have had the opportunity to become leader of the U3A History Group.
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 first meeting for 2019 presentations included the origins of the Meteorology Office, the early life of Oliver Cromwell, and the famous WW2 abduction of a German general in Crete, by a team led by Patrick Leigh Fermor, the future travel writer. This exploit was commemorated in a film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger called 'Ill Met By Moonlight,' with Dirk Bogarde playing Fermor.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 20 February. It will probably include a presentation on the Darien disaster, the catastrophic attempt by Scotland to create a colony, in the 1690s, in central America which virtually bankrupted Scotland and which is regarded by many as one of the reasons why both England and Scotland were keen to move towards the Act of Union in 1707.
Philip Tucker 01623 437516