Tagged: war

The Plymouth Blitz (Plymouth Branch)

A talk, “The Plymouth Blitz”, given by Graham Naylor (formerly Plymouth City Library Historian). Plymouth suffered greatly during World War 2. Devonport dockyard and naval base made it a major target resulting in the...

Stumbling through Wartime Childhood (Exeter Branch)

Devon author Philip Algar’s talk will be based on his book – Stumbling Through Wartime Childhood – which is part autobiography and part fiction. It deals with the story of a small boy growing...

Conchies in Dartmoor Prison (Bideford Branch)

A talk by Simon Dell, Director – Moorland Guides. Conscription began in 1916 and men who refused to fight were known as ‘Conscientious Objectors’ and the derogatory term ‘Conchie’ was born. There were approximately...

Bideford Branch report: Oct 2016 to Jan 2017

The Bideford Branch Autumn season commenced in October with a well-illustrated presentation on the ‘Buildings of Cornwall’ by Reverend Peter Beacham. He described his extensive work on revising the Cornwall volume of Nikolaus Pevsner’s...

South Devon Branch report: Jul 2016 to Jan 2017

In July a few of our members took part in a joint excursion with the Exeter Branch around the historic parts of Topsham, followed by a boat trip down the Exe estuary which was...

Axe Valley Branch report: 2016

Our 2015-16 season ended in March with a new committee and the most remarkable talk in recent years. The lecture by Captain Hugh May RN (retired) brought to light a secret of the Second...