Friday 2nd February 2018, 8 pm, Lighthorne Village Hall
A Powerpoint presentation by Henry Marriot, of the history of Thornley’s Brewery in Radford Semele. Henry’s great-grandfather, Henry Edward Thornley was a farmer who brewed beer for his farm labourers during the harvest season. This process extended to beer brewing for the neighbouring farms and in the late 19th century Henry’s great-grandfather and grandfather established the brewery which continued in production until the 1970s.
Friday 9th March 2018, 7.30 pm, Lighthorne Village Hall
Alan Winterburn gave us the first part of his slide show on “Little-Known Warwickshire” in November 2016 and it was so well received by the members present that we have asked him to return and give us the second part of his presentation. Alan is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Warwickshire and his illustrated talk will be riveting, if it is of the same standard as the the first part. The AGM starts at 7.30 pm and the talk starts at 8 pm.
Friday 11th May, 7.30 pm, St. Laurence’s Church
St Laurence’s Church contains stained glass windows of varying ages some of which is of quite exceptional quality. Why should such a small village church contain windows executed by the King’s Glazier? History Society members Maggie and Colin will explain the history of the windows and the techniques used in their creation.
Saturday 2nd June, 10.30 am, Lord Leycester Hospital
Join us for a guided tour of the Great Hall, Guildhall, Courtyard and Gardens with a member of the Brethren. The cost is £8.50 per person and the tour will last around an hour and a half. Lunch can be taken in the Brethren’s Kitchen afterwards at an additional cost. More details to follow.
Saturday 14th July, 10.30 am
Local historian and archaeologist, Richard Groves, recently gave us a fascinating historical guided tour of the area to the west of Lighthorne. He will be returning in July 2018 to continue his tour around the area to the east of the village. Further details to follow.
Friday 7th September, 8 pm, Lighthorne Village Hall
In 1866, Sir Charles Mordaunt brought his young bride, Harriet Moncreiffe, back to his Warwickshire mansion, Walton Hall. She was part of the Prince of Wales’ infamous set, and when she had a baby there were several contenders for fatherhood. The ensuing trial, involving the Prince himself, became a scandal.
Lady Hamilton of Walton Hall, the President of the Warwickshire Local History Society, is the author of a book on the scandal. Her talk is sure to be very entertaining.
Friday 9th November, 8 pm, Lighthorne Village Hall
Discover what it takes to run a heritage steam railway, its recent reconnection with Broadway Station, how the past is respected and the influence of modern innovations.