When: The group meets at 10.15 a.m. on the 3rd Friday of each month (except August and December)
Where: Our meetings are held at St Hilda's Church Hall, Ashford, starting at 10.15 am
Aims: The overall aim is to extend members knowledge and understanding of the events, actions and impact of military actions both in the UK and abroad. This can be looked at as follows:
o Research by members of the group, either individually or in syndicates, into specific campaigns of actions.
o Discussions on the impact of such events. This could take the form of:
- Who did what and to whom
- The consequences for both the military and civilian populations
- What happened next
o The social impact of warfare on women, children and families. This could include the changing roles especially of women in following their men as well as medical advances due to conflict.
Pre-requisites: An enquiring mind and a desire to research all matters relating to military history
Charges: There is a membership fee of £ 3.00 to cover admin and postage.
Events: Potential future visits already discussed are:
o The National Arboretum near Northampton
o RAF Memorial in Runnymede
o Bentley Priory – RAF Fighter Command HQ in WW2
o Bletchley Park
o Interesting battlefields –
- Reading (English Civil War)
- Siege of Oxford (English Civil War)
- Basing House (English Civil War)
- If we have sufficient interest we could look at visiting place such as The Somme, Ypres and Normandy.
Group: There are currently 8 in the group and there are plenty of vacancies.
Please Note We are currently continuing our theme of "Turning Points" in Military history for the year interspersed with one off looks at alternative areas of study.
19th January - Scapa Flow and German wrecks by David Nicholson
16th February - Aircraft Funnies from World War 2 - a DVD and discussion led by John Swafield
16th Marc - The Korean War - North Korea invades
20th April - Korean War - Communist China supports North Korea
18th May - Trip to Wheels Museum in Eton Wick organised by Bryan Barker
15th June - History of the Royal Marines presented by David Nicholson