Group Events


The following is a statement from the Trustees on the restarting meetings of the History Group


For the minutes of the 2020 AGM - click here

The Trustees


To Members and Friends.

Meetings of the History group were suspended in March 2020 because of the pandemic and have not taken place since because of successive lockdowns, restrictions and social distancing measures. The Trustees have now agreed that meetings will resume in September 2021, and at the first meeting a short Annual General Meeting will preface the speaker presentation in order to ensure compliance with our constitution and the requirements of our charitable status. Only members will be able to vote at the AGM, but non-members are very welcome to all our meetings.


The Trustees have also agreed that all those who paid as members at or after the AGM in January 2020 will have their membership carried forward to cover the remainder of 2021 and 2022. New members are always welcome and you can join at any future next meeting. Membership is 15 and ensures free admission to meetings. Non-members are more than welcome to attend meeting at a fee of 5 per meeting.


The Trustees have also agreed that the venue for the forthcoming meetings in 2021 will be the Village Hall, Station Road, Balsall Common and will take place in the afternoons – 2:00 p.m. for a 2:15 start.

From your Trustees.



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!