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Past Programmes


All meetings take place on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in Stoneleigh Village Hall, with the exception of the May meeting which will be in the church. In June the meeting will be replaced by a visit.


No general meeting in January

February 28thPeter Walters on “The Story of Coventry”. We welcome back Peter Walters whose book of the same name was published in 2013. Peter has written extensively about the history of Coventry and used to write for the Coventry Telegraph.

March 28th AGM + Professor Rebecca Probert , “Illicit and Clandestine Marriages”. Professor Probert holds a chair in Law at Warwick University, where she specializes in the history of marriage in England and Wales. She has appeared frequently on TV and radio including as an adviser on Who Do You Think You Are?

April 25th–  a triple bill! A display about the church’s restoration; the tale of a sampler; Stare Bridge through the seasons. This is a change to the previously advertised subject.

May 30thSHS Committee members will be speaking on varied aspects of the history of St Mary the Virgin Church, Stoneleigh, and will launch the summer display, Stoneleigh Church – Centuries of Change and Renewal NB this meeting will be held in the church

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. This will be an interesting follow-up to previous talks on the weaving industry. (afternoon visit)

No meeting in July or August

September 26th –Pete James will talk about local industrial decline.

October 31stchange of topic: Sheila Woolf will talk about George Eliot’s Stoneleigh connections

November 28thPete 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. Pete will give the history, and Sheila will recount the experience of attending!

December  19th – Christmas Social