“Coal and Canals”

Lapworth Village Hall are sponsoring an event next month to raise money for the hall’s maintenance which maybe of interest to History Group members.

The event titled “Coal and Canals” is a multimedia presentation produced by Brian Langtry, well-known local playwright, filmmaker and  songwriter and performed by the five piece Zouch Band. It includes original film, narration and songs documenting the intertwined history and heritage of the coal and canal industries, the joint bedrock of The Industrial Revolution.

Date Saturday 16th November 2019 at 7.30pm

Tickets cost £10 pp and a bar and light refreshments will be available.

Tickets are available from Joyce Ludlow on 01564 784476.

Bring Home the Hoard!

Help us “Bring the Hoard Home”…

Warwickshire Museum Service has launched a fundraising campaign to raise £62,000 to buy a major Roman coin hoard, found recently in Warwickshire.

Join us at Market Hall Museum for fundraising gala evening on Friday 5th April, from 7- 10.pm.  Meet guest speaker Dr Stanley Ireland of Warwick University, who catalogued the first South Warwickshire Hoard. There will be a rare chance to see the pot that the coins were found in and some examples from the previous Roman hoard, along with other treasures from Roman Warwickshire..

The hoard, made up of 440 silver denarii coins was uncovered during an archaeological dig at a Roman site on the Edge Hill in 2015. They were buried in a ceramic pot over 1900 years ago, under the floor of a building. It has been declared as Treasure and now Warwickshire Museum needs to raise £62,000 to acquire the hoard for the county. We have four months to raise the cash.  Applications have already been submitted to major grant givers, and condition of the purchase is that a minimum of £3,000 needs to be raised locally.

Tickets cost £20 and include a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival, and canapés. During the evening a raffle and auction will be held with all proceeds going to the campaign, along with all profits from the tickets and the bar.  Continue reading “Bring Home the Hoard!”

April talk

Please note that the talk on Joseph Chamberlain on 30th April has had to be changed due to unavailability of our speaker.

We will instead have a talk on the Canals of Lapworth on Rowington by Nick Holmes

See the programme page for more details

More medieval history

Those of you who enjoyed Tuesday’s fascinating talk by Dr John Hunt on Simon de Montford and the c13th Rebellion in the Midlands may be interested to know that he runs a programme of short courses and day schools at Hatton Village Hall.

The next session, from 10am to 2:30 on Friday 15th February is  entitled ‘The Devil’s Brood: the Angevins and their Empire’  – an introduction to the Angevins, the early Plantagenets family, that is, Henry II and his sons. This session costs £30.

This is followed by a study day on the Venerable Bede on 22nd March.

Much more detail is available on Dr Hunt’s website at www.portcullishistory.com


Fulke Greville Festival – Alcester 28-30 September

As mentioned at the meeting on 18th September, Adam Busiakievicz is co-organiser of this event in Alcester and is presenting a more in-depth history of Fulke Greville.

In addition Dr Christine Hodgetts, who is talking at our AGM on 30th October is also presenting on other historic gardens of Warwickshire (she will be talking about the garden at Warwick Castle at the AGM). Continue reading “Fulke Greville Festival – Alcester 28-30 September”