Author Archives: Nadia Dawson

About Nadia Dawson

Retired primary headteacher now working at Lincoln University

The Lincolnshire Co-op – some historical perspectives by Dr Andrew Jackson

In 2011, the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society celebrated its 150th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, it asked Bishop Grosseteste University to make digital copies of all its original paperwork dating back to its inception. The job of doing this fell … Continue reading

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Tales of the Tower of London by Keith Hanson

It’s been a while since we’ve had such an informative, engaging and entertaining speaker with such a blithe manner. Keith certainly captivated the members who became wholly engrossed in his Tales of the Tower. After an army career lasting 30 … Continue reading

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Churches Trip

I received an email via West Wolds U3A website alerting me to a coach tour organised by The National Churches Trust and entitled Explore the Explorers. The aim of the day was not just to admire and learn about these … Continue reading

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Cake Day Review

The hall was bustling with people, and the chairs which were usually laid out in formal rows, had instead been placed around large circular tables in a much more informal and friendly arrangement. Our chairman welcomed everyone to this special … Continue reading

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Sue Cadman – an original Les Dawson Roly Poly

Originally from Birmingham, Sue started dance school at the tender age of 2 and performed in public for the first time aged just 3. From then on, she became totally hooked and put all her effort into passing dance exams and … Continue reading

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Life of a Tudor Musician in a Royal Court

Standing before us were two members of de Mowbray’s Musicke band; the couple were dressed in costumes characteristic of the Tudor period and surrounded by a variety of reproduction musical instruments typical of that time. The couple explained that music was … Continue reading

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2018 AGM

An AGM is ostensibly a formal meeting and, whilst it may not be the most exciting way to spend a morning, it is a constitutional requirement. It was therefore pleasing to note that a fair proportion of the membership had … Continue reading

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Tommy Goes To War by Michael Credland

Michael Credland developed an interest in WW1 from a very early age and, over the years, has built up a formidable collection of artefacts and memorabilia, some of which he had brought along today. He is also a well-respected authority … Continue reading

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The History of Dennetts Ice Cream by Robin Dennett

Dennetts Ice Cream company was started in the 1920s by Robin’s grandparents who had a dairy farm. Using milk from their herd of Lincoln reds/Friesians, Arthur and Mary Dennett sold milk by the pint along with butter and cheese and ultimately … Continue reading

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Tax, Care and Toy Boys

Tax, Care and Toy Boys or, future proofing your assets Chris Dingley is a solicitor/ legal practitioner who specifically deals with Wills and probate and, in less than an hour, he worked hard making us all mindful of some of … Continue reading

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Meeting our Tiger by Kathleen and Chris Barnett

Kathleen began her talk by giving us some facts and figures about the tiger population which were extremely thought provoking. In the last 100 years, 95% of tigers have been wiped out; this is mainly due to habitat loss as … Continue reading

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Visit to EH Thorne (Beehives) Ltd

On Tuesday 3rd July, thirty-three enquiring minds arrived at the head office of EH Thorne (Beehives) Ltd in Rand near Wragby for a conducted tour of the enterprise. Once ushered in to the restaurant area which doubled up as our … Continue reading

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From Curate to Cavalry by Terry Brighton

Terry introduced himself as a writer and military historian however, on leaving university as a long haired 20 something in the late 60s, he was ordained and took up his first position as curate of St Martin’s in Hereford. As … Continue reading

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Our friends outside – encouraging wildlife into the garden by Steve Lovell

In his introduction, Steve mentioned that his background was in garden design and soft landscaping but his main claim to fame was that he once went to Sri Lanka with Anika Rice. Nowadays, he splits his time between organising nature … Continue reading

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Tales of a Lorry Driver

It’s been a while since we had such an animated, vibrant and hilarious speaker as Len. The time raced by as he entertained us with his ‘behind the scenes’ tales and anecdotes of his days whilst driving delivery lorries for … Continue reading

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