For our next
monthly meeting on Tuesday October 3rd Mr Bob Massey returns as our
main speaker for the evening. Bob came to visit us last year and gave a talk
entitled “The Victorian Holiday”
and how our ancestors enjoyed their leisure time. This time Bob will be
concentrating on leisure time spent closer to home and “Nottingham on Sea” will
focus on the popular holiday resorts along the east coast where many miners and
their families spent their annual fortnight away from home.Skegness
owes at least part of its success to the effects of one of the best known
posters that have ever appeared to promote a seaside resort. This is the famous
'Jolly Fisherman' poster designed by John Hassall in 1908 with its slogan -
Skegness - is so bracing! The poster was originally designed to advertise
special offers of Great Northern Railways (GNR) excursions from Kings Cross in London to the resort and these
proved so successful that around 300,000 people visited the resort annually at
that time. May 1989 saw the unveiling of the new Jolly Fisherman statue in the Compass Gardens. The Jolly Fisherman is now the official mascot for Skegness and celebrated his 100th birthday in 2008.
is a retired Theatre Consultant who has planned many theatres and performance
spaces. Alongside his consultancy work he was, for 30 years, Technical
Manager of a Theatre in Nottingham, managing shows and organising events for the
He is also a
Historian with an interest in Local History and World War Two Air forces as
well as the history of the Moving Image and of course theatre subjects.
He has taught
at various universities and colleges around the country, and is a qualified
tutor and Lecturer. As well as a member of Local History Groups, Bob is also a
member of cinema, theatre and aircraft research groups including industrial
organisations serving on many committees.
taught local history, computer and theatre subjects on courses around the
country for over 30yrs and regularly writes articles on these subjects for
magazines and trade publications.
appeared in programmes on television and radio on local history projects as
well as in the local press.
Blidworth and District Historical & Heritage Society continues to
meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month with a starting time of 7pm and
the meetings normally end at 9pm. Our monthly meetings venue is now in the Function Room Building at Blidworth Miners Welfare. Car parking is free courtesy of the Welfare Management Committee.
All members and non members are very welcome and audience participation is encouraged.
If you are interested in joining us, want to know more about Blidworth
and the surrounding villages or are just curious about what we do,
We can be contacted by email (see poster opposite) You can also follow us on Facebook and twitter
We would be extremely
grateful to hear from anyone possessing old photographs, documents, or
memorabilia and who would be willing to donate or loan them to the Society.