British History Group

This popular group, led by Geoff Kean has been in abeyance for a while due to  Geoff’s ill health. Although Geoff himself is much better, his wife Jenny now has a serious illness for which she has started treatment recently. In view of this Geoff has decided that he will be unable to restart the British History group as planned.
We would like to record our thanks to Geoff for his valuable contribution to our U3A since we began back in 2006; he has been an inspirational leader of a number of different groups. We all extend to Geoff and Jenny our love and thoughts at this difficult time.
Geoff  has said he would be  very happy to see the British History group re-form under new leadership. If this is something you feel you could do, or help with, please speak to Brenda McKenzie or  any member of the Group Support team.
David Allen

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill


These are the notes from the U3A British History group meeting on Tuesday 17th February 2015. Geoff Kean gave the talk.

Note the name Spencer – we shall be looking at the life of Winston’s seventh cousin, twice removed, Diana, Princess of Wales, on Tuesday 21st July.

Winston Churchill was born on 30th November 1874 and died 24th January 1965. He was British Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the twentieth century. He was multi-talented and was variously a politician, army officer, historian, writer and artist. He refused to be made a duke but did accept a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. He was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the USA. Continue reading