March 2022 Newsletter

Colonel Careless

We had a very interesting talk from Elaine Joyce about the life of Colonel William Careless, a loyal and courageous friend to King Charles Il. He was with the King during his escape after the battle of Worcester, when he hid in the oak tree at Boscobel.

I received this charming note from Elaine the next day

Hi Diane,
It was really good to meet your history group. I was very impressed by their responsiveness and their friendliness. I’m sorry the slides were not shown because of the technical problems but people seemed interested anyway. I think Charles 11 was impressed by the warm welcome that Staffordshire people gave him and I felt something of the same! Please pass on my thanks to them all and I wish you well with all future activities.

Best wishes,
Elaine Joyce

Ray Franks, good friend of the Society, has donated a great many photographs and documents, I am slowly going through them, some we already have on file, so far I have about 30 new ones. Thank you very much Ray.

This is one of the photos, there were no names or where it was. Do you recognise any of these mischievous looking chaps?

Future Speakers
March 17th Steve Booth
– Dukes and Duchesses of Sutherland
April 21st Sue Bray – Medicine in the 18th Century
May 19th Phil Griffiths – History of Coins
June 16th Kate Oakley – Planting for hope Uganda
July 21st Mary Bodfish – The Duchess of Windsor