Here we are, well into the New Year and 2016 is already history! So, if we can bring ourselves to look beyond Trump and Brexit. what else does 2017 hold for us? As usual, your Committee have tried to present a varied programme for your delectation and it looks like this:-
Spring Study Weekend 31st March to 2nd April. This year we plan to visit Lincoln, taking in the cathedral, and castle of course. We will also have a coach trip to East Kirby Airfield, with its WW2 museum and on the Sunday, we will drive to Gainsborough to tour The Old Hall, 'One of the country's best preserved medieval manors'. Having taken on board your comments about Spartan accommodation, we have booked into a good hotel, so we should be able to study and relax in comfort. Please see the accompanying flyer and book early!
Hoskins Day 17th June. I am delighted to have received confirmation that our speaker this year will be Profeessor Dawn Hadley of Sheffield University, known to most of you for her memorable book, 'The Northern Danelaw'. I will let you have further details in due course.
Autumn Outing. This is still a work in progress but is likely to be in mid-September and we have Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries in the frame.
In addition to the Friends' programme, I am aware of a pending conference to be held at Leicester in November again jointly with LPSS: So, plenty of opportunities to get together and share our love of ELH.
Before I close, an apology to one of our number, John Wallace. John kindly undertook the unenviable task of penning an obituary to the late Ian Babbington, which we published in the last Newsletter. Unfortunately, the piece was wrongly captioned 'John Wallace (1961-2016)! John is, of couse, very much still with us and I hope not too upset.
As many of you will know, we also recently lost the formidable and much loved Roy Stuttard, a real stalwart of the Friends. His funeral is on Monday, 13th February, at 12.30.pm at St Joseph's Church, Uppingham Rd., Leicester, LE5 6RA.