Reports of previous BASH events, 2017-2018

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Tue 3rd Apr '18 - FORGET THE BLOODY RED BARON

An illustrated talk by Paul Hare about the Pilots and "Aces" of World War One who became heroes of the air to the civilians on the Home Front. It was not just the infamous Red Baron that Paul described but also English, French and American pilots who "notched up" kills to become aces, often themselves falling prey to aerial combat or flying mistakes ending their lives as casualties of the Great War.

Tue 6th Mar '18 - FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AND MARY SEACOLE

An interesting talk by David Shepperson about the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. Florence Nightingale was born in 1820. She is famously known as the "lady of the lamp" named by soldiers during the Crimean War (1854 - 56). She set up the training of volunteer nurses at the military hospital at Scutari to tend and care for the wounded where there was little provision. Hygiene was also important as more deaths were due to disease then wounds. She established the Nursing School at St Thomas' Hospital in London. She wrote the book "Notes on Nursing". She died in 1910. Mary Seacole was born in Jamaica in 1805. Her father was a scottish soldier and mother Jamaican. She went to the Crimea and had built the "British Hotel" near Balaclava for soldiers to purchase goods (similar to the NAAFI)and stocked medical supplies. She tended and cared for the wounded at the scenes of battle. She was declared bankrupt as she had to leave all behind when war ended. A fund was raised by soldiers and very senior officers to help her in recognition. She died in 1881.

Tue 5th Dec '17 - FROM HERBALIST TO CHEMIST - JESSE BOOT (1850 - 1931)

Jesse Boot was born in Nottingham in 1850. At the age of 13, with the aid of his mother, he transformed the Boot's company founded by his father who started selling herbal remedies. Jesse studied pharmacy and by 1896 owned 60 shops helped by his wife who designed the interiors and set up the "Boots Book Lovers Library". He was a devout methodist involved in charity work with donations of over 2 million pounds. He was knighted in 1929 with the title Lord Trent of Nottingham. Jesse died in 1931.

Tue 7th Nov '17 - THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE

Rod Fanthorpe's interesting illustrated talk about the unofficial 1914 Christmas Truce which involved the British and German Soldiers meeting up in "No Man's land" along some sectors of the Western Front. Rod also compared events that were happening back in Lincolnshire on the "Home Front" at Christmas.

Tue 3rd Oct '17 - THE GARDEN THROUGH THE YEAR

A very interesting illustrated talk by Loretta comparing today's gardening events during the Seasons with those that are illustrated in the margins of various Medieval Year Books per month. There was a good audience participation to help decipher some of the plants/crops in the illustrations.

Tue 19th Sep '17 - B.A.S.H. AGM

Chair: Pat Parkinson Vice Chair: Brian Denison Secretary: Stewart Melton Treasurer: Denise Torpey Other Committee Members: Jean Neall, Caroline Sharp, Shirley Finney

There were no nominations received. All Committee Members both present and absent at the A.G.M., agreed to stand and all posts remain unchanged.

Pat stated that the quality of the Guest Speakers has remained high and she had received very favorable comments for them especially Rod fanthorpe and Marilyn Roberts. We still receive good attendance figures at each meeting. The Committee had a visit to Temple Newsam in July.

Tue 5th Sep '17 - FAKES & FORGERIES - THE GARDEN SHED GANG

An very interesting talk by marilyn Roberts about fakes and forgeries that have successfully fooled the art dealers, experts, museums, auction houses and private buyers. The fakes have been displayed in museums and galleries. The first discussed was John Myatt who painted approx 200 fakes (in emulsion and K.Y. Jelly)which were then sold by John Drewe as originals to Christie's, Phillips Southerby's and dealers in London, Paris and New York. The second discussed were the "Garden shed Gang" who comprised of the Greenhalgh family. The son Shaun produced a large number of forgeries, including sculptures that were fronted by his elderly parents whom successfully sold to museums, auction houses and internationally before being discovered.


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