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Past Programmes


No meeting in January

• February 26 – My father’s story. Stuart Green, formerly of Stoneleigh and himself a pilot talked about his father Alan Green’s experiences in Bomber Command in WW2. He was shot down and taken to Stalag Luft. Alan (of Coventry’s Greens the Chemists) died in 1976 and his ashes are interred at Stoneleigh.
• March 26 – AGM + Heidi Meyer, Master of Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick talked about her work there.
• April 30 – Pete James talked about the Coventry Peace Riots of July 1919. (brought forward from original June date)
• May 29 (Weds) – trip to the Back to Backs.
• June 25 – Derek Clarke, a guide at Birmingham’s Back to Backs talked about the conversion of the properties by the National Trust. (postponed from April date)
No meetings in July/August
• September 24 – Sheila Woolf  talked about the History of Stoneleigh School 1710-1976 as part of her book launch “Back to School”.
• October 29 – The Coventry Women’s Research Group talked about their work and in particular two of the books which they have published: ‘Redressing the Balance’ and ‘Sent to Coventry’.
• November 26 – Anne Langley talked about the Warwick County Asylum, an early reformatory for juveniles.
• December 17 – Christmas Social.


January – no meeting

February 27 – The extraordinary story of a brooch – Sheila Woolf

March 27 – AGM and Parish Life in Pre-modern England – Professor Beat Kumin of Warwick University

April 24 – visit to Merevale Hall, with guided tour of house and gardens

May -29 – Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote – Dr Sarah Richardson of Warwick University

June 26 – A History of Stoneleigh’s Almshouse Occupants, 1841-1911 – Philip Gill

July/August no meetings

September 25 – Memories of Stoneleigh School – Shirley Ball

October 30 – Folklore and Folksongs of Warwickshire and Worcestershire – Dr Richard Churchley

November 27 – Writing Your Family History – Mike Sharpe

December 18 – Christmas Social


No general meeting in January

February 28th – Peter Walters on “The Story of Coventry”.

March 28th – AGM + Professor Rebecca Probert , “Illicit and Clandestine Marriages”.

April 25th– a triple bill! A display about the church’s restoration; the tale of a sampler; Stare Bridge through the seasons.

May 30th – SHS Committee members speaking on varied aspects of the history of St Mary the Virgin Church, Stoneleigh, and launching the summer display, Stoneleigh Church – Centuries of Change and Renewal

June 27th – Trip to Toye, Kenning and Spencer, Bedworth. The company specialises in narrow fabric weaving, manufacturing coloured ribbons, braids and laces for military, homeland security, club, association, school and fashion markets worldwide.No meeting in July or August

September 26th –Pete James on local industrial decline.

October 31st – change of topic: Sheila Woolf on George Eliot’s Stoneleigh connections

November 28th – Pete James/ Sheila Woolf on the Wroth Silver. This ceremony, which takes place in Ryton before dawn on November 11 each year, has a history stretching back a thousand years.

December 19th – Christmas Social