Scunthorpe & District



Unfortunately all our Monthly Meetings have been suspended until further notice.

Any speaker postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic has been re-booked for 2021


A Summary Of This Years Guest Speakers

January 24th
Caroline Hawley “The Auction market today and tales from the Television”
Hawleys Auctioneers is owned and run by John and Caroline Hawley and based in North Cave and Beverley in East Yorkshire
Caroline has been dealing virtually all her life and opened her first shop in South Cave in 1983 she has been involved in the business ever since. She is frequently seen as an expert on the BBC in their Flog It and Bargain Hunt programmes and is still enjoying her life in antiques to the full.

February 28th
Great Ormond Street Hospital
The Community outreach talk presentation will be based on the history Great Ormond Street Hospital and how the improvements that have been made over the years.

March 27st
Keith Hanson; An Illustrated Presentation of the Tower of London. Keith will tell us about the famous prisoners held here, the crown jewels and many other interesting facts about this National Monument

April 24th
Loretta Rivet will tell us about Famous Lincolnshire Explorers.
This is a very interesting talk about some of Lincolnshire’s most famous people- where they went and what they did. It is full of surprises.

May 22nd
Dave Gilbert will tell us about his experience as a volunteer with the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. Dave’s life was changed when a chance meeting involved him in the greatest research exercise of his life. His subsequent involvement in researching the background of those lost has had a major impact on him as a person.

June 26th
Mike Higginbottam will tell us about Yorkshire’s seaside heritage. The Yorkshire coast illustrates admirably how 19th century holiday resorts almost invariably owed their origin to the growth of the railways. This talk covering Scarborough and Whitby will tell us what went right and what went wrong. Mike is a freelance history lecturer specialising in the 19th and 20th century so this talk should be both educational and informative.

July 24th
Peter Rea’s talk is entitled “ A U3A guide to the planets and other amazing objects” After Andrew’s great talk on the moon landings, which everyone seemed to enjoy, Peter has kindly agreed to create a talk especially for us. The talk will be will be packed with some stunning images that we have received from spacecraft over the last few decades.

August 28th
Unfortunately Sue Cadman has cancelled her booking due to ill health. Keith Hanson has kindly agreed to present his talk in her place.

Keith Hanson; An Illustrated Presentation of the Tower of London. Keith will tell us about the famous prisoners held here, the crown jewels and many other interesting facts about this National Monument

September 25th
David Templeman Mary Queen of Scots part 2. the road to Fotheringhay- the Final Instalment 1584-87. Having enjoyed David’s last talk, I have asked him to come back and present part 2. This talk covers the second part of Mary’s captivity which culminates in the dramatic series of events leading up to and including her trial and execution. Mary’s courage and conduct comes to the fore as she takes her tragic story through Wingfield Manor, Tutbury castle, Chartley manor, Tixall, culminating in the climax at Fotheringhay castle where she is tried and executed for High Treason. Was she guilty? That is the question this talk addresses. Just as important is the aftermath of events after the execution. Probably the most dramatic tale of all.

October 23rd
Paul Scott, who is the Chairman of the Sir Joseph Banks Society will come and tell us about this great local man . The year 2020 marks the 200th anniversary of his death so is a fitting year to pay tribute to his achievements. Agrarian to Industrialist- Paul Scott on Sir Joseph Banks and his influence on manufacturing and industry in Britain and beyond in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

November 27th
Mike Pickwell will tell us about his Orchid Hunting trip to France.The talk will cover landscapes and wildlife of France with an emphasis on plants especially wild orchids. Mike will bring his lovely cards to sell so bring your pocket money!

December 11th
The music group Blast from the Past will entertain us with their new repertoire. The group has 6 members, 3 acoustic guitarists , an electric lead guitarist, a bass player and a vocalist. Tony, my husband and one of our members, plays the bass in the group. I am assured that you enjoyed them last time they came.