South East Staffordshire
Association of National Trust Members




Talks are held at the Guildhall, Lichfield unless otherwise stated starting at 7.30 with an entrance charge of £2.00 for members and £4.00 for non members.

Organiser: Gordon Cooper Tel: 01283 820531   Email;   gcooper66@btinternet.com  

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 The Peels of Drayton Manor     Nigel Morris  -- CANCELLED

Please note a change of venue to Wade Street Church, WS13 6HL. 
 
This talk covers the rise and fall of the Peels associated with Drayton Manor.  It traces the lives of seven Robert Peels, six of whom were 'Sir Robert Peel'. Six of them lived at Drayton Manor between 1790 and 1926. Like many families they had their ups and downs so we follow them from fortune, fame to a common grave.  
 
 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 The Story of Two Crosses      Tim Coltman 

 
This is a presentation on the life of William Coltman as told by his great grandson Tim.  William Coltman was the most decorated non-commissioned soldier in the first World War gaining the Victoria Cross, the Distiguished Conduct Medal and bar, the Military Medal and bar and the Croix de Guerre. 
 
 
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Chatsworth:  The Housekeeper’s Tale    Christine Robinson 
 
Christine is the recently retired Head Housekeeper to the 12th Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth having worked and lived on the estate for over 40 years.  She has recently authored two books on her experiences there including the fantastic celebratory parties for anniversaries such as Lord Burlington’s 21st birthday, the Tercentenary parties which celebrated 300 years of the Devonshire Dukedom and the most spectacular event of all, a party in 2000 to recognise 50 years of the 11th Dukedom and the 80th birthday year of the 11th Duke and Duchess – the Duchess of course being the former Deborah Mitford.  She will also describe the organisation of the annual extravaganza of Christmas at Chatsworth.   
 
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020   Living in a Tropical ‘Paradise’     Peter Reddish 
 
Having lived for three years in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, Peter provides an interesting and amusing insight into the realities of everyday life as an expatriate working in this beautiful and very remote location. The talk covers some of the region’s history and problems as well as his work helping to develop the economy of the country and the associated travels to remote tropical islands with dense rain-forests, coral reefs, snow white beaches and active volcanoes.   
 
 
Date to be announced, 2021 Oswald Moseley and Diana Mitford, heroes or villains? Brian Edwards 
 

The story of Sir Oswald Moseley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, and Diana Mitford, one of the six legendary Mitford sisters.  More details of this talk later. 








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