Formed in 1983 to record and promote interest in the history of the Derbyshire village of Sawley
Past Events - 2010
29th November 2010 - Goings on below stairs
Dr Wendy Freer returned to give us another of her popular tales of how people used to live and work in "the good old days".

25th October 2010 - Byron and Newstead Abbey by Professor John Beckett
John Beckett gave an informative and entertaining presentation that challenged and illuminated many of the groups' preconceptions about the life and times, and also the loves and death, of George Gordon, the poet Lord Byron. Particular mention was made of the lasting reputation and influence of Byron on the political life of Greece. The peculiarities of Byron's forerunners at Newstead and the interesting lives of his mother and uncles were also featured.
The evening ended with Professor Beckett giving informed answers to a wide range of questions from the audience.

27th September 2010 - History of Sawley, part 3
Geoffrey Kingscott continued his story on the specific topic of "Rivers, Cuts and Canals: Sawley as a centre for waterways navigation".

Saturday 28th to Tuesday 31st August 2010 - Society's Exhibition
Society's Exhibition was held in the Parish Hall over the August Bank Holiday, in conjunction with Sawley All Saints Church Annual Flower Festival.

23rd August 2010 - Hemington/Lockington Walk
Graham Grammer lead a walk along footpaths and lanes in this quiet corner of Leicestershire.

26th July 2010 - Breedon and its Church
Mrs Ida Wright gave an evening tour of the Church and a brief history of the village.

28th June 2010 - Newstead Abbey
An afternoon trip for an introduction and tour of Lord Byron's home. Taking in the rooms Byron used, remains of the 12th century Abbey and the gardens.

31st May 2010 - Lichfield
Bank Holiday coach outing to this historical town for the Cathedral; crowning of the Bough Queen; birthplace of Samuel Johnson; and the National Arboretum.

26th April 2010 - Old maps of Derbyshire
Dr Robin Trotter, a local GP with a fascination for old maps of the county, used maps to show the history and development of our area.

29th March 2010 - Working life of Medieval man and woman
John Hughes recounted how ordinary people lived and worked in England before the Industrial Revolution changed their lifestyles forever.

22nd February 2010 - An alignment across Sawley
Eric Sargeant, member of the Society and an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, speculated about the significance or otherwise of Ley Lines and considered the possibility that the orientation of churches and castles in the area around the Trent, Derwent and Soar junctions might indicate deliberate planning.

25th January 2010 - Annual General Meeting followed by "Scotch on the Rock"
The Society's Annual General Meeting on Monday 25th January showed it to be in good health with a membership of about seventy. The accounts and officers' reports were accepted and an election slightly enlarged the committee.
As is customary at the AGM the evening's talk was given by one of our own members. This year Barry Cope gave an illustrated presentation entitled "Scotch on a Rock". This covered the wreck early in the Second World War of the SS Politician, which was carrying a quarter of a million bottles of untaxed whisky, in the Sound of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides. The true story, involving the imprisonment of a number of islanders from Barra, South Uist and Eriskay for "liberating" the cargo was contrasted with the light romantic novel "Whisky Galore" and the film adapted from it. Barry ended the talk by showing a bottle from the wreck that he uncovered on a beach in Barra last year.

9th January 2010 - Annual Supper and Social Evening
Around forty members attended the Annual Supper and Social Evening on Saturday 9th January, enjoying a pie and peas supper followed by quizzes and games.


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