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2016/17 Monthly Meetings

Members £1.50 Non-Members £2.50

Monthly Tuesdays - Village Hall, High street

7.30 pm


17th January - Annual General Meeting. This will be followed with a talk by Maddie on ‘200 Years of Bad Hair!’, Learn all about Elizabethan fashions in hair and hats. Entrance to this meeting is free.


21st February - Lord Burgh’s Retinue present ‘Soldiers of the Wars of the Roses’. During the conflict, hundreds of men from our county joined their lord of the manor and went to war. Many, now nameless, never came home. They will explain the military system in place, obligations of the tenants, the basic arms and armour of soldiers, taining and tactics.

There will be a demonstration with a variety of arms, weapons and helmets - real ‘sharp’ weapons versus melons!


21st March  - Chris Hewis presents ‘Along the Foss Canal

Photographs from the ‘John Wilson Collection’ take you on a boat trip in the early 20th century along England’s oldest canal from Lincoln to Torksey.


18th April - ‘200 Years of Prison Life’

Former prison Governor Peter Leonard explains how our society has dealt with criminals over the past centuries, from execution and transportation to modern prisons.


16th May - ‘The Landships of Lincoln’

Richard Pullen, Chairman of the Friends of the Lincoln Tank tells the story of Lincoln’s part in the creation of the world’s first fighting tanks.


20th June - Conducted Tour of the Lincolnshire Archives

Meet at the Archives on St Rumbold Street at 6.30pm. Cost £4.00


Saturday July 22nd -  A Day Trip to Royal Armories, Leeds. The Museum displays the National Collection of Arms and Armour, including Henry VIII’s armour, war histories and experimental weaponry.

The coach will leave the village at 9.30 and return at 4.00, giving you 5 hours in Leeds. The Museum is close to the City centre. Cost 15.00


22nd August - A return to Doddington Hall for a further guided tour. An Elizabethan prodigy house or mansion complete with walled courtyards and a gabled gatehouse. Inside, it was very largely updated in the 1760s.

Meet at the Hall at 6pm. Refreshments will be provided at 7.30, followed by a self-guided tour of the extensive gardens. Cost £13.95.


19th September - Historic Cookery and Cookbooks

Sadie Hirst is an award winning baker and member of the British Society of Baking. With her Husband Russell they a have a multi award winning butchers shop in Woodhall Spa. She is a keen collector of cookery books and is especially interested in historic local recipes and regional specialities.


17th October  - ‘A Tudor Christmas’

A talk by Ann Barnes on the traditions of seasonal celabration in 16th century England.


21st November - Local photographs from 'The John Wilson Collection'. John was an avid postcard collector. Thanks to his enthusiasm, together with three local early 20th century photographers, the Group has an extensive collection of local 20th century photographs.


     12th December - Members Christmas Social