Programme 2021 / 22

           Evening talks  7.30-9 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

 Please note: All meetings now take place at Methodist Church Hall, Northampton Rd, Market Harborough (opposite Market Hall). Doors open 7pm.

Notice of Door Charge £1

Having had no programme during the pandemic, an increased cost in hiring our new venue, combined with a slight reduction in membership as well as not being allowed to hold raffles, our income has decreased but  costs have increased. As a result of this it was agreed that a £1 door charge would be made.

2021                             We offer prospective members a free “try before you join” first visit.

Wed September 15th

 (note: one-off date - not 2nd Wednesday of month as normal)

Len Holden

Len Holden:  Paddy Logan and his suffragette daughters
John (Paddy) Logan (1845-1925) was a radical and outspoken entrepreneur, engineering contractor and property dealer. He made a fortune building railways and docks. He built himself a large country house at East Langton and in 1891 became MP for Market Harborough. He gifted the town the play area and housing development around Logan Street as well as paying half the costs of the Harborough swimming pool. Less well known is that he had two daughters who became suffragettes and played a significant role in promoting women’s rights and suffrage in Leicestershire. Len Holden will tell their story.

Wed October 13th


Mike Stroud

William Knibb of Kettering
William Knibb 1803 - 1845 was a Baptist minister from Kettering who took up the cause of fighting slavery in the West Indies.  To him the whole concept of slavery was totally abhorrent, and he determined to do all within his power to "slay the monster" that was slavery. He followed the Kettering Baptist Minister Andrew Fuller 1754 - 1815   who in 1792 co-founded the Baptist Missionary Society. Indeed leaving school aged 12 he worked as an apprentice printer to Fuller’s son.   William Knibb became a missionary to Jamaica, much influenced life there where he died aged 42.  Mike Stroud will recount the life and work of this great man.

Wed November 10th


Denis Kenyon


“Девятнадцать девятнадцать 1919: The Red, The White and The Green”
Denis will recount the fascinating story of Hallaton’s Walter George Butteriss MC. MM. of The Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment) in that little known conflict against the Bolshevik Reds in the snows of Archangel and Murmansk. This carried on after the Great War Armistice of November 1918 through to the middle of 1919 .It is a tale of mutiny, high drama on the sea passage, awful conditions and dealing with a very unclear enemy in a muddled, ill-conceived conflict. The illustrated talk will explain the complexities and chaos of the many competing forces and conclude with a 15 minute contemporary film.

Wed December 8th


Harborough Movie Makers


An evening with the Market Harborough Movie Makers
For sixty years the Movie Makers have been making films recording events in the town, and making documentaries on aspects of life, places, work and history in the town and surrounding area. They will present a selection of some of their many films, including the story of the Cottage Hospital (closed 2018). They last informed and entertained us in February 2016. Since then they have made many more films, some of which we shall see.


Wed January 12th

Ned Newitt

“The 'Spanish' Flu Epidemic in Leicester”
In 1918-1919, influenza caused the death of about 1,600 people in Leicester and a similar number in the County. This talk tells the story of the epidemic in words and pictures and looks the public health advice, the medical knowledge and social attitudes of the time. It also draws out parallels and the differences between the Spanish Flu and the Covid pandemics and looks at the reasons for the terrible death toll in 1918-1919.

Wed February 9th

David Burditt

“The Lost Mediaeval Villages of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire”
The study of the loss, decline and remains of many mediaeval villages was started some seventy years ago at the University of Leicester by the pioneer Maurice Beresford through fieldwork and the study of historical documents. Although found throughout the country, there are very many lost villages in the East Midlands, including locally at Knaptoft, Great Stretton, Theddingworth and Stanford on Avon. Enclosures, sheepfarming and the monasteries played their part. David will enlighten us on the topic of the lost villages.

Wed March 9th

Kam Cadell

 Geddington:   a mediaeval royal centre – the Royal connections
Why was  an elegant  monument  erected in the centre of Geddington , a remote Northamptonshire village, to the memory of Eleanor, the beloved wife of Edward I ?   Kam Cadell will tell the story of Geddington and its Royal connections.  He will explain the role that Geddington played in mediaeval times and how signs of this  can be seen today in its large church and in the village.    

Wed April 13th

Rosalind Willatts

Six cheeses for Cromwell – the story of Launde Abbey
Launde Abbey, 12 miles from Market Harborough, was founded in 1119 as an Augustinian Priory in a remote part of Leicestershire. The priory captivated Thomas Cromwell who,  on its dissolution, took it for his own use. It remained as a private country house for over 400 years.  For the last 60 years its role  has been  as  a Christian Retreat Centre enhanced  by its remoteness,  its setting and the remains of the  mediaeval priory embedded in its fabric and in its chapel. Rosalind will talk about its history, its buildings and many of the people associated with it over 900 years.

 Wed May 11th

Colin Hyde

AGM - followed by
Oral History in Leicestershire
 Colin Hyde is the East Midlands Oral History Archive Researcher and Outreach Officer. His involvement with oral history goes back to the original Leicester Oral History Archive which was set up in 1983. He   works closely with community organisations in Leicestershire and Rutland, both to retrieve existing oral history recordings, and to encourage and support new work. Oral History is the history of ordinary people and their lives collected orally rather than by the written word. It records spoken memories of life, places or institutions  from people with a shared or similar past. Colin’s talk will encompass some of the recollections from Market Harborough in the archive.

Wed June 8th (Evening)

Rosalind Willatts

Evening visit to Geddington church & village (NN14 1AH)
(followed by an optional meal at the Star Inn at Geddington)
Time: meet in the Churchyard at  6.00 pm for 6.15.
Cost £5 per person; this includes administrative cost and donations to St Mary Magdalene Church, NN14 1AH
Carparking within the village. The church and the Star Inn are either side of the Eleanor Cross at the centre of the village.

Optional meal (cost according to menu)
Booking form: download
here   Keyboard: (Ctrl + P)  to print
Menu: Star Inn at Geddington, download

Please ensure your booking for visit/meal is received by Rosalind Willats as soon as possible - ideally at our next monthly meeting Wednesday 11th May. Rosalind may be contacted at , 01536-770-875 or
2 Barlows Lane, Wilbarston, Leics,LE16 8QB

Payment: Rosalind will be taking payments on the evening both cash and cheques



2022 / 23 Season - Provisional programme (all details subject to confirmation)


David Holmes

Kibworth Harcourt Windmill


David Osborne

Denys Watkins-Pitchford (B B )   artist and countryman 


Denis Kenyon

A topic suitable for Remembrancetide


Peter  Urmston

An evening's conversation with Peter Urmston  


Jennifer Browning

The Rutland Mosaic


Maxine Johnson

Lawrence Saunders, marian martyr


Richard  Bullock

Elizabethan and Stuart Turbulence in Leicestershire Society           


Matthew McCormack

Shoes in the 18th Century


Susan Barton

Thomas Cook and his organised outings