Codsall & Bilbrook History Society Events 2019-2020

2019 /2020 Programme of Talks

2019

Tues Sept 17th –Ellie Targett – Another Man’s Shoes Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm

The true story of one man’s resistance against the Nazi occupation of his native Norway during WWII as told by his daughter, Ellie. Sven Somme became a leading agent for the Allies recruiting and training more than 60 agents before his arrest by the Gestapo in 1944.

Visitors are welcome £2

Tues Oct 15th – Ned Williams – Alms Houses – a home for the poor

Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm

Ned explains how alms houses were used to help the poor of the community and where remaining alms houses can be found in the Black Country and further afield.

Visitors are welcome £2

Tues Nov 19th – Dorothy Nicolle – The History of Pub Signs

Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm

Dorothy looks at the history of pub signs all around the country from earliest times to the present, and tells the stories behind some of our more unusual signs.

Visitors are welcome £2

Tues Dec 17th – Max Keen – Talk – Lord Horatio Nelson: Britain’s Greatest Hero ?

Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm

Well, was Nelson our greatest mariner? Make your own mind up as the facts, figures, battles, personalities and good old British derring-do are presented by Max dressed as a French admiral.

Visitors are welcome £2

2020

Tues Jan 21st – Squadron Leader Chris Wilson -History of RAF Cosford

Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm

Most of us have probably attended the Cosford Airshow at sometime, but have you ever wanted to know more about the airbase. Chris will tell us about the history of RAF Cosford, from being built in 1937 to the present day.

Visitors are welcome £2

Tues Feb 18th – Martin Leeson –Halley: a British Antarctic Base

Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm

Martin Leeson is an ex-meteorologist who worked at the Halley base in Antarctica for two years at the end of the1970s. Martin will be talking about the history of the base, what it was like living there, its purpose and more recent developments.

Visitors are welcome £2

March 2020

Codsall Arts Festival – no History Meeting

TuesApril 21st – Phil Clayton –Walking in the Past : Ramblings through History

Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm

Phil takes a look at our past from a walker’s viewpoint, finding Stone Age tracks, Roman ways, packhorse routes and turnpike roads in the present landscape.

Visitors are welcome £2

Tues May 19th – Ken Knowles (Lichfield Town Crier) –The Other Hats In My Life’

Codsall Village Hall 7.45pm

Ken Knowles, the town crier of Lichfield returns with a personal and social history from the 1950s onwards. Ken will explain how he grew from a nervous child to a town crier with lots of confidence through the power of ….wearing a different hat. Visitors are welcome £2

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