Category Archives: History

History (monthly)

Regular History talks arranged by Janet Palmer

Talks are usually held on the FIRST Wednesday morning of the month.
  • Venue: Walton Village Hall
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 10.00 am-12.00 noon
  • Admission £2 (to cover the cost of speakers and the hire of the hall)
  • Tea, Coffee and biscuits are available for 20p per person


      All Phoenix members are welcome to attend.

       No booking necessary


  • Wednesday 1 May A Biography of Alan Mathison Turing A PowerPoint presentation by John Wilcock


    John’s talk will be about the life and times of Alan Turing (1912 – 1954) with some remarks about the Enigma machine and Bletchley Park.

  • Wednesday 5 June Two Ships in the Night

            A PowerPoint presentation by Mike and Wilma (an In the Sticks Talk)


           Mike and Wilma organise talks from their base in Ludlow. This talk tells the stories of              two Atlantic ships sinking two years apart, the Empress of Ireland and the Titanic, one            you’ve never heard of and the one you definitely have. Why do we hear of one but not             the other? Come and find out!

  • Wednesday 3 July Famous Folk of StaffordshireA PowerPoint presentation by Kath Reynolds


    Kath makes a welcome return visit and this time will take us on a whistle-stop tour of Staffordshire celebrating inspirational Staffordshire folk.


  • Wednesday 7 August Outing to Ragley Hall in Warwickshire


  • Wednesday 4 September Alternative History A talk by William Read


    When William came last year, his talk was about the various invasions that this country has experienced over the centuries. Now he considers times in our history when things might have gone very differently. What if..?




















































































































































Many of our members enjoyed an outing to the charming town of Uppingham and Rockingham Castle, on Wednesday August 1st 2018.


Many thanks to Jim Bergin for the photographs in the following slideshow.






The History Group outings are always popular and the visit to Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxon.  was no exception.

Following a lunch stop at Banbury, the group enjoyed a tour of Broughton Castle, a moated and fortified manor house which was built in 1306.

Many thanks to Janet and David Palmer for organising the outing and to Jim Bergin for the following  photographs.

Please click on each photograph to enlarge

History outing to Arley Hall & Gardens Wednesday 6th August 2014


Many thanks to Janet Palmer for organising an outing to Arley Hall & Gardens.
We enjoyed the delightful gardens in the sunshine, an informative tour of Arley Hall, a visit to the chapel and a delicious lunch in the Tudor Barn Restaurant.


For folks who were unable to join us on the trip, check out the website:

Disney Channel to make first UK production and its chosen Arley as its location.


Evermoor, about an American teen who is uprooted from her city home in the US for a new start in England, will be filmed at Arley Hall. It will be produced by Liverpool-based Lime Pictures, the company behind Hollyoaks and The Only Way is Essex. Due to air this autumn, it will be the first UK production to be shown on the Disney Channel.


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 DSCF7340DSCF7341DSCF7347Ruth and Betty relaxing in the sunshine

Rose Gwilt

DSCF7348DSCF7353DSCF7336DSCF7337 Jenny Barrett and friends enjoyed lunch in the Tudor Barn RestaurantDSCF7355DSCF7350DSCF7349DSCF7356

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