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Derby People’s History Group is pleased to be supporting a Townsend Productions Play:

Dare Devil Rides to Jarama…

Townsend Productions, described by The Observer as “A company making a name for delivering vivid, politically committed theatre” are once again returning to Derby Guildhall

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Some information concerning this latest production can be found via the link below (just click):

http://www.townsendproductions.org.uk/

Some historical background may also be found in the side bar menu under “Dare Devil Rides to Jarama”

A short preview of the production will play by clicking on this symbol play-button              in the picture below:

And a longer one may be found here…just click on the play-button in the picture below, bottom left.

For tickets just click on the link below to visit the box office:

http://www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/dare-devil-rides-to-jarama

Please note 2017 is a BIG year for Pentrich and the Bicentenary…

Pentrich Gallows

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DPHG will be assisting friends to remember this important historical event…and there will be walks, exhibitions and displays…please watch this space

For example:

http://pentrichrevolution.org.uk/mobile/news.php

And previously…

Radical Derwent Valley Walk: 

01st June, 2016…

? What did John Wesley grumble about?

? Were the Strutts old fashioned exploiters of cheap labour or progressive thinkers? 

? Why did the Strutt sisters think Robert Owen was a bore?

Find out about some of the valley’s radical thinkers, and those that visited, in a walk from Milford to Belper.

Walk Leaders: Keith Venables and Adrian Farmer.

Start time: 3.30pm. End time: 5.30 pm.

Starts: Mill House Pub Car Park in Milford (De56 0QW)

Ends:   Belper Mills Site, DE56 1YD

Length@ 2.5 miles – easy road walk – wheelchair accessible.

Cost £4.00

16th February 2016:

About 20 people, including some folk who were new to us, attended a superb presentation by Andrew Whitehead, on daughter of Derby, Freda Bedi.

Some pictures of the evening will be uploaded shortly – please watch this space…

There seemed to be some interest in the suggestion that Freda was worthy of a Blue Plaque, and thus people are invited to get behind a campaign to champion her name, as a significant and influencing woman of her day and time:

Please support the BLUE PLAQUE CAMPAIGN by signing the on-line petition here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/a-blue-plaque-for-freda-bedi?source=twitter-share-button

If you missed the article about Freda, on BBC East Midlands Today…here is the link…we hope you enjoy it:

There was a very interesting and detailed article in Derby Telegraph’s Bygones edition: Monday 08th of February, 2016: click on the link below, to read the full article:

Bygones, DT, 08/02/16

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Freda Bedi 

 

Andrew Whitehead, Historian and biographer talked about a remarkable and courageous Derby woman, Freda Bedi.

She was born Freda Houlston in 1911, and was brought up in Littleover and educated at Parkfields Cedars.

Freda met and married a Sikh student while at university and made her life in India where she was active in nationalist and left-wing politics and even spent several months in jail.

Later, she was the first westerner to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun.

This was an illustrated talk about a Derby personality whose pioneering role in politics and religion is now being more widely acknowledged.

Concerning the DPHG site – DO Check out:  

 …the drop-down menus (under “What’s happening”, 2015, 2014 etc.) in the LEFT side bar/menu…there are things to find here such as our news, updates, other events and “pieces” of interest

In Progress…

– We are currently working on a new leaflet for our Alice Wheeldon Walk & Alice Wheeldon Cycle activities…and hope to place this in the Tourist Office, to better encourage self-guided access to this rich narrative of local history…