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Next Meetings

A brief outline of our next talks

Meetings take place, commencing at 7.30pm, in The Crawford Hall, Salford Road, Bidford on Avon B50 4EZ

October 18 2019,  Warwickshire Murderers and Villains of the 19th Century

The fall of a plough decided one young girl’s fate but there are also bank robbers, angry sons and a case of mistaken identity giving an evening of intrigue, suspense and murder in this collection of Warwickshire villains from the nineteenth century.

Our Speaker will be Vanessa Morgan

November 15 2019 From Pillory to Prison Cell

A brief history of criminal sentencing from the 16th to the 21st century . The talk covers punishments including the stocks, the pillory, the death penalty, transportation, penal servitude and imprisonment and challenges audiences to consider whether the modern dependence on sentences of imprisonment is justified.

Our Speaker will be Ginny Davis, a Cambridge Law graduate and former criminal barrister 

December 20 2019. Another Icarus: Rise and Fall of Percy Pilcher

The tale of aviation pioneer Percy Pilcher, and his sister, Ella.  Percy’s quest for flight ended tragically on the banks of the Warwickshire Avon, when on the cusp of becoming the most famous name in aviation history.  Ella was probably the very first woman to fly!

Our Speaker will be Roy Smart, making a very welcome return following his ealier talk on Earl Jellicoe