April 2018 Newsletter


Newsletter April 2018

KHAS Affairs

Last Month: John Ruddick gave us a lively talk on Coventry Charterhouse: Past, Present & Future. Of the original 10 Carthusian monasteries in England Coventry is one of only two substantially extant, the other being Mount Grace Priory in N. Yorkshire. He outlined plans for a Heritage Park which would link the Charterhouse with the Whitefriars and with Paxton’s London Road Cemetery. Since the meeting this Charterhouse project has received a major grant of £4.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to this grant, the people of Coventry will once more have access to this important part of their heritage. The building will be restored with new visitor facilities to encourage local community involvement and the surrounding parkland will be opened up for recreation and enjoyment. It is anticipated that the building will open in 2020 to coincide with Coventry’s City of Culture.

This evening: Dr David Symons will take us behind the scenes of one of the most stunning archaeological finds in the Midlands in recent times – the Staffordshire Hoard. Dr Symonds, who worked at BMAG for many years, has been consumed by the hoard since 2009.

The Staffordshire Hoard
A selection of items from the Staffordshire Hoard

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…and in May Roy Smart will be flying near the sun when he tackles the subject of Another Icarus: the rise and fall of Percy Pilcher …… and the art of flight.

Sad News ….Harry Bodenham, an active member of the history society for many years, sadly died suddenly at home on 27 March . His funeral will be on Friday 20 April at 10.30 am at St Mary’s church, Stoneleleigh.


  • Kenilworth Family History Society: Wednesday 11th April 7.30pm Annual Business Meeting, followed by Marcus Lynch (Coventry City Council) – St Mary Guildhall: a Window into Mediaeval Coventry. Senior Citizens’ Club, Abbey End, Kenilworth, CV8 1QJ Nonmembers welcome. Contact 511969
  • Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group: Wednesday 18th April 7.30pm Prof Bill McGuire (formerly UCL) -Waking the giant – how a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes St Francis’ Church Hall, Warwick Road, CV8 1HL
  • Warwickshire Local History Society: Tuesday 17th April 7.30pm preceded by coffee at 7.00 pm. Dr. Polly Ha – Trolling: an Elizabethan Invention?: Ecclesiastical vitriol and the role of Thomas Cartwright, Master of the Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick. Quaker Meeting House, High Street, Warwick, CV34 4AX
  • CADAS: Tuesday 10th April 7.30pm Jan Cooper (KHAS) – War and Worship: Castle & Church Friends Meeting House, Hill Street, Coventry
  • Lapworth Local History Group: Tuesday 24th April7.45pm Stephen Barker – The Battle of Edge Hill 1642 Lapworth Village Hall, Old Warwick Road (Kingswood), Lapworth B94 6LD. (This is halfway between the Navigation Inn and The Boot) • Leamington History Group: Monday 23rd April 7.30pm David Morse: St Paul’s Cathedral in Wartime Dormer Conference Centre (next to St Peter’s Church in Dormer Place)
  • Lillington Local History Society: Friday 4th May 4.30pm David Fry – Interpreting Local Picture Post Cards Lillington Free Church Hall, Cubbington Road

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