Following a very successful lecture programme, Retford and District Historical and Archaeological Society members finished the 2016-2017 season with a visit to Leicester; 34 members led by a Blue Badge Guide had a most interesting and enjoyable day visiting the principal medieval sites which related to the time spent in Leicester by King Richard III.
The new programme for 2017-2018 commenced in September with a talk by Harry Foxley on ‘Retford’s Crimea Volunteers’. Twenty-four men volunteered, and endured horrific conditions and injuries; one of the men who was injured crawled for over a mile to find medical facilities and survived against all odds. A plaque is intended to be installed next to the Sebastopol Cannon in memory of these brave men who have not been given the recognition they deserved.
In October, Harry Foxley gave a talk on ‘The Women in the Lives of the 4th and 5th Dukes of Newcastle’, which proved to be most interesting and intriguing.
The society’s next talk is on 8th November at 7.30pm at Chapelgate Hall, situated behind Grove Street Methodist Church, when Michael Parkin will be giving a talk on The Pentrich Revolution. Visitors are most welcome and pay £2.00 on the night, so why not find out about the group and make new friends. For further information contact Janet on Janetgamble95@gmail.com or call 01777 248297 or Jean Martin on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01777 705980.