Events and booking

Read about our Spring programme in detail.

Events include a visit to Hughenden and Cosford as well as two talks followed by lunch.

You can print out booking forms for the events.

David Marsh (Secretary)
January 2020

Past events

View a list of the Association's past events dating back to 1989.

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  • 13/11/2019 AGM, talk and lunch 'Marc Isambard Brunel' by Roger Cragg
    16/10/2019 A visit to Bletchley Park
    30/09/2019 A walk and lunch
    17/09/2019 A visit to the Black Country Museum
    25/06/2019 A visit to Waterperry Gardens
    07/05/2019 A walk and lunch
    24/04/2019 Visit to Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill
    21/03/2019 Talk and lunch in the Cedars Suite at the Best Western Manor Hotel.
    The current state of the automotive industry by David Bailey
    21/02/2019 Talk and lunch in the Cedars Suite at the Best Western Manor Hotel.
    "Development of the Fountain Pen and beyond...and a little about writing”
    by Mike West
    15/11/2018 AGM, talk & lunch in the Cedar Suite at The Best Western Hotel, Speaker Simon Topman: Acme Specialist Whistles
    30/10/2018 An Autumn walk
    8/10/2018 Trip to Birmingham: Barber Institute of Fine Arts & Winterbourne House and Gardens
    4/09/2018 A visit to Nuffield Place and Greys Court
    06/06/2018 A visit to West Wycombe house and Hell Fire Caves
    08/05/2018 A walk and lunch
    12/04/2018 A visit to Crich Tram Museum
    23/03/2018 The Lanchester Association talk and lunch
    23/03/2018 The Lanchester Association talk and lunch. Speaker: Ian Dunn “Developments at Coventry University in an ever-changing HE environment
    07/2/2018 A visit to the Lanchester Archive and new Science and Health Building at the University
    15/12/2017 Christmas Meal at the Jacobean
    23/11/2017 The Lanchester Association AGM, talk and lunch
    31/10/2017 A walk and lunch
    2/10/2017 A Cruise on the River Trent
    5/9/2017 A day out in Chester
    7/6/2017 A visit to Attingham Park and Shrewsbury
    24/4/2017 Talk (by Norman Bellamy entitled 'Wave Energy on a Pension') and lunch at the Jacobean Hotel
    4/4/2017 A walk and lunch
    13/3/2017 Talk (by Sheila Woolf on Larkin in Coventry) and lunch at the Jacobean Hotel.
    25/1/2017 A visit to the AME of Coventry University
    16/12/2016 Christmas lunch at the Jacobean Hotel
    21/11/2016 Lanchester Association AGM, a talk on British prime ministers
    27/09/2016 A visit to Broughton Castle
    08/09/2016 A walk and lunch
    22/06/2016 Cruise on the River Severn, from Shrewsbury
    18/05/2016 A visit to Upton House and gardens
    27/04/2016 Visit to the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) of Coventry University (cancelled)
    07/04/2016 A walk and lunch
    22/02/2016 Talk by Douglas Sharp entitled “Art Forgery”
    18/12/2015 Christmas lunch at the Bell Inn, Monks Kirby
    19/11/2015 The Lanchester Association AGM meeting, talk and lunch
    29/10/2015 A visit to the Morgan Motor Company, Malvern, and Worcester
    28/09/2015 A visit to Lichfield and National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) 3
    10/09/2015 A walk and lunch
    08/05/2015 Visit to Shuttleworth Aviation Museum and adjacent Swiss garden
    30/04/2015 A walk and lunch
    17/04/2015 A visit to Coventry University
    05/03/2015 Lanchester Association talk and lunch
    11/02/2015 Visit to Birmingham Library
    19/12/2014 Lanchester Association Christmas Lunch at The Bell Inn
    20/11/2014 Lanchester Association AGM, meeting and lunch
    24/10/2014 A visit to Bodenham Arboretum and Bridgenorth
    17/09/2014 A visit to Cambridge Botanic Garden and Fitzwilliam Museum
    04/09/2014 A walk and lunch
    12/06/2014 A cruise on the River Trent
    12/05/2014 A Visit to Quarry Bank
    7/04/2014 A walk followed by lunch
    6/03/2014 A visit to the University including a tour, at talk on the future of the University and lunch
    17/02/2014 A talk by Norman Bellamy followed by lunch at the Brooklands Grange hotel
    20/12/2013 Christmas lunch at the Bell Inn, Monks Kirby
    14/11/2013 Lanchester Association AGM; talk and lunch at Brooklands Grange Hotel
    23/10/2013 Visit to Wightwick Manor and Gardens
    16/10/2013 Evening event including dinner at a pub; presentation and tour at N.E.J. Stevenson, Bespoke Furniture Makers
    3/10/2013 A walk
    24/09/2013 Visit to Chatsworth House. Cancelled
    20/06/2013 Visit to the Flower and Music Festival at Ely Cathedral
    13/05/2013 Visit to Tissington Well-Dressing, near Ashbourne, Derbyshire with lunch at the Bluebell Inn
    18/04/2013 A Walk
    26/03/2013 A tour at the University of the stunning new Engineering and Computing Building
    12/02/2013 Talk and lunch at Brooklands Grange Hotel: "The life and works of George Eliot" by John Burton
    14/12/2012 Christmas lunch at the Bell Inn, Monks Kirby
    14/11/2012 AGM, talk and lunch at The Bell Inn, Monks Kirby. Talk entitled Should I ring 999 in Africa? by Professor Bruce Baker
    29/09/2012 A visit to Southwell Minster and The Workhouse
    11/09/2012 Visit to Stowe Gardens and parkland and Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, and the National Herb Centre in Oxfordshire
    11/09/2012 A walk near Draycote water
    21/06/2012 The talk about the new Engineering and Computing Building and tour at the University was postponed
    31/05/2012 Visit to Woburn Abbey and Frosts Garden Centre
    10/05/2012 The Spring Walk
    23/04/2012 Visit to JCB Factory at Rocester and Ashbourne in Derbyshire
    21/02/2012 Talk and Lunch at The Windmill Hotel: Bees: their life-cycles, diversity and conservation by Dr Adam Bates
    16/12/2011 Lanchester Association Christmas Lunch at the Bell Inn, Monks Kirby
    10/11/2011 AGM and Talk by Dr Simon Massey on Dimensions of human trafficking and smuggling followed by lunch in St Mary's Undercroft
    26/10/2011 An outing to the city of Chester
    13/10/2011 A Walk from the Peeping Tom Pub
    15/09/2011 The Wedgwood Museum and Trentham Gardens
    22/06/2011 A visit to Belton House and Woolsthorpe Manor
    12/05/2011 A walk from Chadwick End
    04/05/2011 Visit to Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood
    29/03/2011 Talk by Andrew Varah on Bespoke Furniture and lunch at the Bell Inn
    10/03/2011 Talk by Chris Clark at the University, The legacy of Frederick Lanchester
    17/12/2010 Lanchester Association Christmas Lunch at the Bell Inn, Monks Kirby
    11/11/2010 AGM and talk by David Browne entitled "Cars what I have owned" at Ashton Lodge Country Hotel
    04/11/2010 Informal walk from Crown Inn in Claverdon
    21/10/2010 Visit to Batsford Arboretum and Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire
    30/09/2010 A walk from Henley-in-Arden
    15/09/2010 Visit to Three Choirs Vineyard
    23/06/2010 Visit to The Public and Moseley Old Hall
    13/05/2010 An informal Walk from the Navigation Inn
    22/04/2010 Visit to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
    23/03/2010 Talk on Bees & Beekeeping by Mike West followed by lunch
    23/02/2010 Delivering Services to Victims and Witness of Crime a talk by Keith Leanord
    18/12/2009 Christmas Lunch at the Bell Inn Monks Kirby
    12/11/2009 AGM and Talk: Children in Africa by Roy May at Ashton Lodge Hotel
    05/10/2009 Visit to Bletchley Park
    08/09/2009 Visit to Wimpole Hall
    03/09/2009 Walk at Berkswell
    09/06/2009 Visit to Avoncroft Buildings Museum and Webbs of Wychbold
    24/04/2009 Visit to Gloucester Docks
    24/03/2009 Talk by Mike Jackson about the Antiques Roadshow followed by Lunch at Ashton Lodge
    24/02/2009 Talk on the Neptune Project by Diana Johnson of the National Trust
    12/12/2008 Christmas Lunch at The Bell Inn, Monks Kirby
    13/11/2008 AGM, Talk By Norman Bellamy followed by Lunch. Whatever happened to Wave Energy?: Wave Energy is back in fashion and Norman wants to save the Planet, again
    08/10/2008 Visit to Blenheim Palace
    11/09/2008 Visit to Lichfield and National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas
    05/06/2008 Visit to RAF Cosford and David Austin Roses
    24/04/2008 Visit to The Think Tank. Birmingham's Science Museum
    20/03/2008 Talk : Coventry's Waste - The Future by Andrew Wilster, Waste Services Manager, Coventry
    26/02/2008 Talk: Climate Change: the crucial decades ahead by Prof David Smith followed by Lunch
    14/11/2007 AGM and talk on Civil Engineering Heritage by Roger Cragg
    14/11/2007 Christmas Lunch at the Bell Inn, Monks Kirby
    13/10/2007 Vist to Waddeston Manor
    03/10/2007 Visit to Stamford and Burghley House
    21/05/2007 Visit to Tissington, Derbyshire for Pub Lunch and to view the Well Dressings
    23/04/2007 Visit to Kedleston Hall, near Derby
    15/03/2007 Talk :Coventry University 2010 by Professor Madeleine Atkins, Vice Chancellor
    13/02/2007 Talk :Coventry : A City Reborn by Mr John McGuigan, Director of City Development, Coventry
    15/12/2006 Christmas Lunch at The Bell Inn, Monks Kirby
    14/11/2006 AGM and a Talk : Climate Change, Myths and Realities (David Smith, Professor and Former Head of Department of Geography)
    19/10/2006 Visit to The RAF Centre and Museum, Cosford, near Wolverhampton
    14/09/2006 Visit to Bakewell and Haddon Hall
    19/05/2006 Visit to The Pen Room and The Jewellery Quarter and Jewellery Museum in Birmingham
    26/04/2006 Visit to The Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon
    07/03/2006 Talk by David Browne, Coventry University on Automotive Design : The Ferrari Project
    20/02/2006 Talk by Dr Alan Hunter, Peace and Reconciliation Centre, Coventry University on China Rising: Trends and Implications
    09/12/2005 Christmas Lunch
    10/11/2005 AGM and Talk by Roger Cragg entitled ñThe history and development of the railways of the West Midlands
    11/10/2005 Visit to the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory and Worcester Cathedral
    14/09/2005 Visit to Shugborough Hall, Stafford
    12/05/2005 Visits to The Botanic Gardens and Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
    21/04/2005 Visits to The Art Gallery and Leather Museum, Walsall
    15/03/2005 Meeting at the University: Africa, Renaissance or Relapse: Professor Roy May
    15/02/2005 Meeting at the University: Diary of a Frustrated Architect, Mr Harry Noble OBE MA ARIBA
    10/12/2004 Annual Christmas Lunch
    16/11/2004 Annual General Meeting and Talk (Disaster Management : The Emerging Challenge by Professor David Alexander)
    20/10/2004 Visit to the BBC Studios at Birmingham Mailbox
    23/09/2004 Visit to University Botanic Gardens and Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. (Cancelled as the University coach was out of action for repairs)
    27/05/2004 Cotswold Day Out (Wildlife Park and Lunch)
    20/04/2004 Visit to Calke Abbey
    17/03/2004 Meeting at the University - The BBC in Birmingham
    17/02/2004 Meeting at The University - The Vice-Chancellor
    12/12/2003 Annual Christmas Lunch
    11/11/2003 Annual General Meeting and a talk by Mr Andy Skinner, Director of Personnel at Coventry University, on Staff Development
    22/10/2003 Visit to the Bellfoundry Museum, Loughborough
    30/09/2003 Visit to Stoneleigh Abbey
    03/06/2003 Visit to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums
    27/04/2003 Visit through the Warwickshire countryside on the Grand Union Canal
    19/03/2003 Mr Geoffrey Holroyde on The Future of Britain's Inland Waterways
    20/02/2003 Professor Louise Wallace on Improving Health Services
    06/12/2002 Annual Christmas Lunch
    06/11/2002 Annual General Meeting and talk by Tony Falkner on Glimpses of South-east Asia
    15/10/2002 Visit to the Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent
    12/09/2002 Visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    29/05/2002 Visit to the Magna Science Adventure Centre, near Rotherham
    16/05/2002 Dr Clive Richards, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design. Picturing Mechanisms: from Renaissance Art to Visual Reality Modelling
    02/05/2002 Back Stage Tour of Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Visit to Mary Arden's House, Wilmcote
    06/03/2002 Visit to The Mead Gallery, University of Warwick
    21/02/2002 John Owen, Industrial Design
    07/12/2001 Annual Christmas Lunch
    07/11/2001 Annual General Meeting and talk by Peter Koch. Les Ward takes over as Treasurer and Membership Secretary
    12/10/2001 Visit to the National Space Centre, Leicester
    12/09/2001 Visit to Snowshill Manor
    23/05/2001 Visit to the Severn Valley Railway
    01/05/2001 Visit to the Hook Norton Brewery
    15/03/2001 Mrs Margaret Rylatt, on Local Archaeology - excavations at the early Abbey
    09/02/2001 Mr Patrick Davis, Sustrans Regional Organiser on the National Cycle Network
    08/12/2000 Annual Christmas Lunch
    08/11/2000 AGM and a guided tour of the new library building. Maurice Butt takes over as Secretary and Events organiser
    10/10/2000 Visit to Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
    14/09/2000 Visit to Tewksbury Abbey and Bredon Barn
    24/05/2000 Visit to the Wedgewood Centre, Stoke-on-Trent
    10/05/2000 Visit to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
    17/03/2000 Duncan Elliott on Current Re-generation of Coventry City Centre
    10/02/2000 Prof. N.W. Bellamy on New Developments in the University
    10/12/1999 Winter lunch
    11/11/1999 AGM followed by a talk on the work of the Trading Standards Office
    13/10/1999 Visit to Westonbirt Arboretum
    14/09/1999 Visit to Gloucester Docks
    20/05/1999 Visit to Barnsdale Gardens
    23/04/1999 Visit to the Coventry Archives Office
    06/03/1999 Visit to Bletchley Park
    09/02/1999 Visit to the University Techno-Centre
    11/12/1998 Winter lunch
    05/11/1998 Association A.G.M. followed by talk 'The new taxfree savings scheme - I.S.As.' - Midland Bank. John Wallis retires as Chairman, Tony Falkner Acting Chairman. (Roger Braithwaite Chairman Feb 1999) Les Ward joins Committee
    13/10/1998 Visit to the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham
    09/09/1998 Visit to Broughton Castle (Banbury)
    22/05/1998 Visit to Chipping Campden with town and country walks (cancelled)
    28/04/1998 Chris Beck on the City's plans for the Millenium celebrations
    12/03/1998 Visit to Soho House, Birmingham. (Home of Matthew Boulton and the city's newest museum)
    Feb-98 Christian Elliott on the work of the Psycho-Social Unit in the Rheumatology Research Centre
    05/12/1997 Winter lunch
    06/11/1997 AGM. following Les Hulton on Syria. Tony Falkner Secretary/Events Organiser, Les Hulton Treasurer/Membership Secretary: John Wallis still Chairman, until 11/98
    Oct-97 Visit to Barber Institute Gallery, University of Birmingham
    09/09/1997 Planned Visit to the Shrewsbury Quest
    12/05/1997 Visit to Black Country Museum, Dudley
    Apr-97 Visit to National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham
    13/03/1997 Visit to Birmingham Airport
    13/02/1997 Ron Johnson on The Japanese System of Writing
    06/12/1996 Winter lunch
    07/11/1996 AGM. following Irene Chapman on Learning in Later Life
    Oct-96 Visit to Ashorne Hall Nickelodeon Collection
    03/09/1996 Visit to Upton House
    16/05/1996 Visit to Rutland Water
    16/04/1996 Visit to Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon
    07/03/1996 Roger Cragg on The Canals of the Midlands
    06/02/1996 Mr.R.L.Thomas on Frederick Lanchester's achievements
    Dec-95 Winter lunch
    03/11/1995 AGM. following Joe O'Toole on Coventry Healthcare's Volunteer Scheme
    05/10/1995 Visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens
    Jun-95 Five-mile walk and lunch, Hatton Locks, etc
    17/05/1995 Visit to Tony Hobson's Studio, Ilmington
    07/04/1995 Visit to Coventry Air Museum
    07/02/1995 Visit to Butterfly Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon
    07/12/1994 Winter lunch
    Nov-94 AGM. change to John Wallis Chairman, Mike Keedwell Secretary/Treasurer
    06/10/1994 Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, Bromsgrove
    13/06/1994 Tour of Birmingham International Convention Centre, & canal boat tour with lunch on board
    18/05/1994 Visit to Hidcote Manor gardens
    08/04/1994 Visit to Baddesley Clinton
    08/02/1994 Norma Reid on 'Quality & Standards' followed by lunch
    16/12/1993 Visit planned to Royal Brierley glass factory
    09/12/1993 Winter lunch
    Nov-93 Annual letter
    May-93 Visit & guided tour, Ryton Organic Gardens
    Feb-93 Review of current research by Brian Ray
    Dec-92 Winter lunch
    14/10/1992 Whitefriars celebration of change to 'Coventry University'
    Sep-92 First annual letter
    Jul-92 AGM. Followed by Notes from the Chalkface by Nigel Steel: Ken Tippett Chairman, Bill Palmer Secretary
    Dec-91 Winter lunch
    13/06/1991 Inaugural buffet lunch followed by Dr Goldstein talk
    Spring 1991 Formation of the Lanchester Association. 'The objectives of the Association are to meet about three times a year in a social but informative manner - preferably on Polytechnic territory - and to organise the circulation of information about Polytechnic life, development and events. On no more than one event in the year will the meeting be a sit-down meal: mostly the occasions will be less formal with a buffet allowing members to circulate. From time to time, there may be some short presentation or talk'
    1990 Further planning
    05/05/1989 Exploratory discussion after an informal lunch
    Spring 1989 'It could be a means of maintaining contact with each other and with the Polytechnic'
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