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 theBLUE PLAQUE CAMPAIGN by signing the on-line petition here:
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
– 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…