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
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.
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.
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