Events and Talks

LOCAL HISTORY TALKS PROGRAMME 2019

Our new programme of talks for 2019 is shown below.  All talks are presented in St Denys’ Church Rooms, off the Market Place in Sleaford.  

Each talk starts at 7.30pm and lasts approximately an hour.  Refreshments are available and there is a raffle.

£3 for non-members and £1 for members.

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28th May 2019      The Bass Maltings Fire 1976     presented by Jim Shortland.

The AGM will also be held in the second half of this meeting.

The Bass Maltings in Sleaford are a large group of eight disused malt houses originally owned by the Bass Brewery of Burton upon Trent.  Constructed between 1901 and 1907, the maltings are the largest group of malt houses in England;  they have been designated Grade II* on the National Heritage List of England recognising them as “particularly important … of more than special interest.”  Jim’s talk focuses on the fire in 1976 which almost destroyed them.

       

23rd July 2019       ‘Sweet Chariot’ – Silk Willoughby Air Crash of June 1944    presented by Mark Bamford.

Returning from an operation south of Paris on the run-up to D-Day 1944 (75 years ago), Sweet Chariot, a B24J Consolidated Liberator from 392 Bombardment Gp. operating from Raf Wendling in Norfolk, crashed at Silk Willoughby and no-one was on board……..

24th September 2019    The Sleaford Lads in WW1     presented by John Dale.

John’s talk tells the stories of the young men from Sleaford who fought and died in World War One.

 

Previous talks this season:

26th March 2019         Carre’s Grammar School:  A Hidden History    presented by Simon Pawley.

Many people in Sleaford have past or present strong links with the School, either having children who attend – or indeed, many who attended the School themselves.  Simon (an ex-pupil) presented his fascinating ‘hidden history’ of the School.  The audience enjoyed the talk enormously and it generated much discussion afterwards.