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Talks given by Group Chairman Chris Hewis


Although times are given, the length of talks can be adjusted to suit your requirements.


Saxilby-with-Ingleby – 60 mins

A modern, expanding village with an ancient heart, the village stands on the oldest canal in the British Isles. With three scheduled ancient monuments, ten listed buildings, and the Norman church of St Botolph, there has been a settlement here for 2,000 years.


Torksey on the Trent – 60 mins

As an archaeologist recently said 'everywhere you dig, you find a body or a pot'!

A Roman settlement, Saxon and major Viking Town once larger than Nottingham, and now a small village on the banks of the River Trent.


Jean Bemrose MM SRN – 60 mins

The story of nursing on the front line in WWI France.

Jean Bemrose was awarded the Military Medal for her gallantry and devotion to duty during a major air raid on Etaples St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital.

Using copies of albums, photographs and memorbilia from her own collection, this is a unique insight into WWI nursing care.


Wedding Customs and Nursery Rhymes – 45 mins

Have you ever considered the origin of some of our ancient customs?

This talk tries to explain, in a light-hearted way, how some of these originated.


A Pictorial Road Trip from Lincoln to Gainsborough – 60 to 90 mins

Using postcards and photographs from the early 20th century, the talk takes you through villages such as Saxilby and Stow.


Along the Foss Canal – 60 mins

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.


The Tale of Tom Otter – 60 to 90 mins

The tale of a man who murdered his pregnant wife on their wedding night on 30th November 1805. But how much of the tale is folklore? Have you seen his ghost?


Royal Visits to Lincoln – 45 mins

From Edward II to Elizabeth II. Richard II lent his sword (we still have it), and James I came horse racing.


A Pictorial Tour of Bygone Lincoln - 60 mins

Victorian and Edwardian photographers recorded everything from Royal Visits to every day events in the City. Using photographs from the 'John Wilson Collection', see how much the City has changed in 100 years.


Fees for talks are charged at £1 per head, minimum £35 and maximum £50. Mileage fees of 40p/mile are  charged for venues more than 10 miles from Saxilby.