Programme of Events 2018 - 19

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LWHS Programme of Events - 2018 / 2019

Date

Speaker

Topic

19th September

Martin Hedges

Frauds of the 19th Century

Panics, failures and frauds have always been with us. From Tulipmania and the South Sea Bubble to dotcoms, there are always con merchants to spin a yarn; so cheer the days when bankers were hanged for playing fast & loose with our money.

17th October

Ashley Cooper

Harvest Home

Memories from the Sudbury/Hadleigh area, researched by local historian and master story teller Ashley Cooper, of Gestingthorpe Roman Villa and natural history fame.

21st November

Richard Humphries

History of Silk

With 50 years experience in the local silk trade, this talk will tell us: Why Sudbury today is the UK Silk capital; How the wool trade gave way to silk in East Anglia; and why it remains the choice of fabric for our Kings and Queens.

12th December

Kate Jewell

Bonfires and Bells

Rituals and Festivals in the Medieval Suffolk Landscape

16th January

Roger Green

The Green Man (Member Only Event)

These symbols / motifs exist in cultures around the world, though remain something of an enigma, which Roger will explore through his talk with many picture examples.

20th February

John Goodhand

Simply Suffolk

Inn signs are part of our history, but which is the commonest, where can you find a gallows, which is the oldest and what is Elvis doing in Botesdale? John has been photographing Suffolk inns and their signs for over fifty years and will tell us.

20th March

Sarah Doig

To Relieve Need and Distress

The Story of East Anglian Almshouses

17th April

Pip Wright 

The Amazing Story of Rev’d. John Heigham Steggall, the Suffolk Gypsy

Around 1800 this son of a parson ran away to live with gypsies. In a remarkable life, he was a surgeon, sailor, soldier and parish priest at Great Ashfield.

22nd May

David Wood

The History of Landguard Fort, Felixstowe

First built nearly 400 years ago, the fort guards the Orwell navigable channel because Harwich Harbour was the best haven for large ships between the Thames & Humber.

19th June

Geoffrey Robinson

Sudden Deaths in Early Nineteenth Century Suffolk

Fireside hearths, pantries, village ponds and brewing rooms were dangerous places when death was never far away. Sudden deaths & their inquests were the lifeblood of columnists, whose reports fascinated readers with tales of misery and misfortune.

 

All talks will be at the Parish Room in Church Road, Little Waldingfield, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.

Please book & pay in advance to guarantee your place, as seats are limited.

Booking Secretary:                Diana Langford, Pitt Cottage                                      Phone: 01787 248298

Tickets            Members £2.00          Non Members £4.00

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