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Programme of Events

October 2017 - July 2018

Thursday 19th October at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall
'ST BENET'S ABBEY' an illustrated talk by Briant Smith
St Benet's Abbey holds a unique place in the history of English Abbeys as well as having a significant role in the formation of the Broads.  2109 marks 1000 years since its foundation.  Come and hear some of the stories linked to this iconic local ruin.

Thursday 16th November at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall
'GEORGIAN NORWICH' an illustrated talk by Barbara Miller
The 18th century was a pivotal time in Norwich, when it was ranked second to London in wealth and influence but was also a city of contrasts.  A strong non-conformist radical core at the heart of the city's trading community concerned itself with consideration of vital social issues; the franchise, education, abolition of slavery and penal reform.  The city witnessed calico and bread riots, indeed a city of contrasts.

Saturday 2nd December from 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. in the Lounge of the Memorial Hall, Brundall
This will be an 'Open Afternoon' when BLHG members and anyone else who would like to come, can celebrate ten years since the publication of our first book 'The Book of Brundall and Braydeston - a tale of two Norfoik Villages', and the formation of our Group.   We hope to have displays and all our books and cards will be for sale.

Thursday 18th January 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall
'MEET EDWARD PASTON 1550-1630'  a costumed presentation by Rob Knee
Edward Paston lived in Blofield and was an important member of the famous Paston famly.  He was a benefactor of Tudor music, an interest which he often used as a cover for his Catholic faith.  His life story will also be used to illustrate the golden years of the Paston line and their magnificent houses of Oxnead and Paston.

Thursday 15th February at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall
'A STRIKING VILLAGE' an illustrated talk by Anne M. May
Anne May (née Potter) who was brought up in Burston, Norfolk, describes the causes of, and events during, the Burston School Strike 1914-1939, the longest strike in British history so far.  Her family was closely involved with the Strike, and she therefore has an intimate knowledge of the village and of many of those who took part in this historic event.

Thursday 15th March at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall
'WHY IS THERE A NORFOLK DIALECT?' a talk by Peter Trudgill
Peter Trudgill is Professor Emeritus of English Linguistics at the University of Fribourg, and Honorary Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of East Anglia.  He is the author of The Social Differentiation of English in Norwich, The Dialects of England, East Anglian English, The Norfolk Dialect, and more than thirty other books.  He was born in 1943 into a Norfolk family - all sixteen of his great-great-grandparents were from eastern Norfolk - in Thorpe-next-Norwich.

Strumpshaw Fen Thursday 19th April at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall
'STRUMPSHAW FEN - FROM THE BEGINNING' an illustrated talk by Mike Blackburn
Mike Blackburn was the first RSPB warden in early 1975 when Strumpshaw Fen (left) was born. Over the next decade he and a band of volunteers worked hard to gradually reinstate the fen habitats that were so nearly lost, once again giving a home to the plants and wildlife that inhabit the reserve today.

Thursday 17th May at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall
an illustrated talk by David Bussey
Our Arcade is the result of a partnership between George Skipper, architect of Surrey House and Jarrold's, and the ceramicist William Neatby, whose work includes the meat hall at Jarrold's. 
The talk will explore how their creative ideas came together in this remarkable building.

Thursday 21st June at 1.30 p.m.
Learn about the shoe making process in one of the country's last remaining traditional shoe factories.  See first-hand the skills that have stood the test of time from cutting leathers and attaching uppers and heels through to adding the finishing touches.

Thursday 19th July at 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING which will be followed by a talk or presentation .


The brochure showing meetings for 2018-2019 will be available at the AGM on 19th July 2018




For the past eight years we have organised a series of eight meetings which take place from October to June (excluding December) plus the Annual General Meeting held in July.  This year, to celebrate our tenth anniversary, we  also had an afternoon meeting on 2nd December which was very well attended and enjoyed by all.

All the meetings, apart from that in June, take place in The Memorial Hall, Links Avenue, Brundall, and start at 7.30 p.m.  The June meeting usually takes the form of an 'outside' event to take advantage of the long summer evenings. This year's will take place at 1.30 p.m.!

Members can come to the meetings free as part of their membership fee, and entry is £2.50 for non-members.  We end the evening with light refreshments.

Anyone who would like to come is very welcome to these meetings.  We usually have a stall selling our publications, notelets, cards etc.