Local History Autumn/Winter Talks
Date Added: 03/03/2014
The fourth year of local history talks arranged by Sandy Tourist Information Centre will take place over the Autumn and Winter period 2014. Please note that dates and venues have yet still to be arranged for the November and December talks.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRANCIS PYM 13th October 2014
Andrew Pym will speak about the life of his father Francis Pym, Baron Pym of Sandy.
The Pyms have lived in Sandy on their Hazells Hall estate since the mid-18th century and the late Lord Pym was the fourth member of the family to be a Member of Parliament. He had a distinguished military career in the Second World War and was awarded the Military Cross.
Francis Pym entered Parliament in 1961 and he held various cabinet offices in the 1970s and 1980s including Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Defence Secretary, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council. He became Foreign Secretary during the Falklands War in 1982 following Lord Carrington's resignation, but was removed by Margaret Thatcher in the following year after her election victory. He stood down at the 1987 election and was created a life peer as Baron Pym of Sandy
This talk will take place in the Council Chamber of Sandy Town Council, 10 Cambridge Road, Sandy at 7.30pm. Space is limited and booking is advised.
SANDY AND THE GREAT WAR November - Date and Venue to be arranged
As this year marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, we have local historian and author Steve Fuller coming to speak about different local aspects of the Great War.
This will include stories about the many men who joined up and who came from Sandy and the surrounding villages and about the many that were never to return. We will also hear about the home front and the local Bedfordshire Regiment.
It is poignant to point out that Sandy was then a large village of 3,330 souls and by 1918 it lost 126 men in the War to end all Wars!
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CARDINGTON AIRSHIPS December - date and Venue to be arranged
We again welcome David Fowler who will speak about ’The Rise and Fall of the Cardington Airships’. David gave this talk last November, but such was the great interest that we had to turn down over 50 people and so as promised we are holding this talk again this year. David will speak about the history of airships and Cardington through two World Wars to the present day. The massive hangars at Cardington were built during World War 1 to accommodate the construction of airships by Shorts. David will speak about this industry and the famous Airships including the R31, R100 and the R101 bringing the story to modern times
The talks will cost £5.50 per person
Please call in or contact the Tourist Information Centre to book your place.
Telephone 01767 682728 email [email protected]