Reports of previous BASH events, 2016-2017

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Tue 4th Apr '17 - LINCOLNSHIRE LANCASTER FIRSTS

Jim Shortland gave an illustrated talk about the Lancaster involvement in special operations such as the Augsburg Raid. He also covered the Dams Raid by 617 Squadron and later operations. He mentioned the special bombs that were developed during the war to breach defences and strong points such as the "bouncing bomb", "tall boy" and "earthquake bombs"

Tue 7th Mar '17 - WITH COURAGE AND SACRIFICE

Josie Webb gave a very interesting illustrated talk about the World War Two heroine Violette Szabo (1921 - 1945). She was recruited into the SOE (Special Operations Executive) as a Secret Agent in occupied France. She was ultimately captured and transferred from prison to Ravensbrück concentration camp to be executed, aged only 23. In 1946 she was posthumously awarded the George Cross for her great courage and bravery. Her exploits have been immortalized in the film "Carve Her Name With Pride"

Tue 7th Feb '17 - THE WOMEN'S SUFFFRAGETTE MOVEMENT

A very informative talk by David Shepperson which covered the history of Acts of Parliament that were to help women and the beginnings of the Suffragette Movement that eventually led to the extension of the franchise to Women in 1918 and 1928.

Tue 6th Dec '16 - LOOKING AT BRIGGS PAST

Another informative and interesting talk by Josie from old postcards and photos from the Nineteenth Century up to the 1960's.

The Committee would like to thank everyone for their continued support and wish all a Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017.

Tue 1st Nov '16 - TITANIC - THE LINCOLNSHIRE LINK

A local lad called Harry and his lover Lizzie were on the ill-fated Titanic as Second Class passengers. On the tragic night Lizzie managed to find her way onto a lifeboat but Harry alike many of the men drowned. He is buried in Newfoundland amongst many others. Lizzie was picked up by the RMS Carpathia and was landed in New York penniless. She then boarded a train to Philadelphia. Harry was related to the Guest Speaker Rod Fanthorpe, who was a cousin. Rod gave an excellent talk.

Tue 4th Oct '16 - SISTERS OF THE TSAR

A well informed illustrated talk by Marilyn Roberts which covered the struggles and tragedies of Tsar Nicholas's sisters Xenia and Olga prior to the Russian Revolution and events after. An example was the struggle of Olga who had to flee Denmark with her husband during the Second World War and ended up in Canada living a life as an ordinary citizen.

Tue 20th Sep '16 - BASH AGM starts 7.30 pm

Chair: Pat Parkinson Vice Chair: Brian Denison Secretary: Stewart Melton Treasurer: Denise Torpey Other Committee Members: Caroline Sharp, Jean Neall,

Josie advised that Bash has had a very successful year and attendances have risen. The qualities of the Guest Speakers has been high and had a variety of topics. The Committee had a visit to Scawby Hall and a day out to Gunby Hall.

The new Bash year started well with an illustrated talk on Coaching Memories and we have topics covered until the Christmas/New Year break.

Tue 6th Sep '16 - COACHING MEMORIES

A very interesting illustrated talk by Eric Houlder recreating the era of the Stage Coach and Coaching Inn on the old Great North Road. He also covered the demise of the Stage Coach due to the advent of the railways. He had some interesting anecdotes of the time comparing it to modern times

Sat 20th Aug '16 - BASH OUTING TO GUNBY HALL

An enjoyable day was had by all with the weather staying dry but very windy. A homely Country House dated 1700 set in Victorian walled gardens at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. We strolled around the 8 Acre gardens and enjoyed tea and cake in the charming Tea room.


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