History Group, Wednesday October 6th, Boys & Their toys

The next history meeting will be on Wednesday 6th October At the Walton Village hall. The talk will start at 10am. The speaker is Ned Williams, a retired lecturer, who talked to us in 2019 about the history of the cinema. Ned will be talking about Boys and Their Toys. Refreshments will not be served. Doors and windows will be open to provide ventilation.

Admission fee: £2.00

All Phoenix members are welcome to attend.

History Monthly

Group Leader David Wilkinson

Wednesday 10.00am-12.00am

Admission £2.00

The first meeting since the end of the Covid lockdowns will be on Wednesday 1 September at 10am.

The speaker will be Paul Green who will give a powerpoint presentation on the Geology and Physical Landscape of Stafford. There will be no refreshments at the meeting.

I am asking members to wear masks to this first meeting. We will probably have doors and windows open to ventilate the room. I am looking forward to seeing you.


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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.






Broughton Castle and Banbury, August 2015

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.

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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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