Category Archives: Reviews of past events

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Blue John Cavern, April 25th. 2018

 David Barker organised an outing to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Blue John Cavern on April 25th. 2018.

 

 

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Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Catch a glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century.

Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. It is now a group of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

See the Manager’s House and Worker’s Cottage, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull, steam engine and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnance in the UK!

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has been restored and transformed following a 3 year £1million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration project completed in 2016.

The new gallery tells the story behind the works, its people and their working lives.

The world famous Blue John Cavern in Castleton in the  Peak District has been said to be the finest that can be seen by the general public in Western Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Date for your diary: Outing to Masson Mills, Tuesday September 18th 2018

Pat Wilkinson arranged an outing to 

Sir Richard Arkwright’s MASSON MILLS, followed by a visit to Carsington Water

Masson Mills Working Textile Museum

Masson Mills house a fascinating collection of authentic historic textile machinery dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In 2010 the collection was described as “possibly the UK’s finest collection of working textile machines” and includes machinery originally from Masson Mills, along with a large collection of other items and artefacts from textile mills all over Britain.

 

 

Masson Mills Weaving Shed

Masson Mills Shopping Village really is a unique shopping experience with sixty different retail concepts set over five floors, all under one roof. – with designer clothes, jewellery, lingerie, golf, gifts, beer, whisky and food, ladies and men’s clothing from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill and much more. ‘City centre shopping without the city’ The shopping village adjoins Masson Mills Working Textile Museum.

 

Carsington Water was the last major reservoir to be built in the 20th Century.  Set amongst beautiful scenery it is so accessible to so many and feels a little bit like a ‘day at the seaside’ with an infectious ‘feel good’ factor.

 

Strictly Live January 20th. 2018

Thirty STRICTLY fans enjoyed a visit to STRICTLY LIVE at the Birmingham Arena.

 

Above: Christine Connelly, Beryl Lane, Helen Hepton, Lynn Stubbs,(scoring 10), Kath Shubinsky,  Steve Parsons , Pat and Janet Mcgurk & Joan Bonsell

Above: Pat Hayward, Eunice Lewis, Pam Hill, Ann Walthorne, Pat Wilkinson, Honor Tweddle, Jane Lavell & Valerie Howes

Above: New Phoenix members, Cynthia Challenger, Gwen Tolley & Carole Pattison (front)

Pat Hayward, Eunice Lewis, Ann Walthorne (behind)

Surrounded by glitter balls, sequins & sparkles, and sensational dancers, we enjoyed an afternoon of fun, feel good and FAB-U-LOUS entertainment.

We were treated to all four finalists from the recent TV contest: Debbie McGee & Giovanni Pernice, Alexandra Burke & Gorka Marquez, Gemma Atkinson & Aljaž Skorjanec and reigning champions Joe McFadden & Katya Jones.

They were joined by  Susan Calman & Kevin Clifton, Davood Ghadami & Nadiya Bychkova and Jonnie Peacock & Oti Mabuse

(Image: Official Strictly Twitter)

 

Congratulations to Debbie and Giovanni who won the first matinee performance of 2018!