The first meeting of 2021 will be on Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 2:15 at the Village Hall. the meeting will start with a (short) Annual General Meeting and will be followed by our speaker:
David Morse talking about the Warwickshire Home Guard in WW2.
The talk will go from the earliest days of the LDV, the use of homemade weapons, the training and the role of the Home Guard in protecting this country up to the stand down in 1945. With an additional brief description of "Churchill's Secret Army", another aspect of the Home Defence. There will be a display which will enable you to see what was provided for the Volunteer from the humble toothbrush to the iconic Tommy gun. There will also be a collection of photographs of the local platoons that made up the 1st Battalion Warwickshire Home Guard. Some have found their loved ones in these pictures and, you never know, you might find yours!
Further meetings for 2021:
Wednesday 17th November: Berkswell and Neighbouring Parishes during the 17th century Civil War by Jill Tompkins Bailey (BA Hon Dip Hist Cantab) and Brenda Murray (BA Hon).
A team under Maureen Harris of Leicester University has recently been transcribing documents from 1646 which will be printed later by the Dugdale Society and go up on the internet for anyone to access. They shed light on the hardships endured by those living in this area during the civil war.
Wednesday 15th December: Group social event.
Brian Stote will entertain us with Christmas readings that will last for about 1 hour. He said it is best taken with the audience around tables and plied with festive goodies!