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Spring is back along Dickens' memories

What a lovely spring day welcomed us back from the Easter break!

Whether you stayed home or travelled during the break, we are now into the last part of the year and starting to think ahead to our summer break. For some of us this means a final effort in our jobs, for others it is in supporting our children in their exam season: a glass or two will help with the stress (for you, not them!) but for all it is with an eye for the time to regenerate in the Summer.

International Women's day marks our March Meeting

Marking International Women’s Day, this month’s guest speaker was Peter Barratt, great grandson of a British Suffragette. He told members about his incredible ancestor, with stories of her background, her activities and her frequent incarcerations. Peter brought along various memorabilia, including postcards, press cuttings and her prison diaries. 

Born in 1863, Alice Hawkins lived most of her life in Leicester. From a working class background, Alice left school at thirteen to spend her working life as a shoe machinist, in the ‘boot and shoes’.