Civic society’s varied programme of speakers

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A varied programme of speakers is lined for meetings of Chesterfield and District Civic Society over the coming year.

They are as follows:

September 11 - A history of Robinsons, John Robinson, a member of the Robinson family, will provide a unique insight into the 350 years of Robinson businesses in the Chesterfield area.

October 9 - The life of an MP, Member of Parliament, Toby Perkins, will describe his day-to-day work as the people’s representative for the Chesterfield constituency.

November 13 - Some aspects of Chesterfield’s industrial past, Dr Pat Strange, a well-known industrial archaeologist, who is closely involved with the Arkwright Society, will give a talk on the events in the local area.

February 12 - Fair-trade Coffee. Northern Tea Merchants’ director James Pogson’s will talk about fair-trade coffee picking and production in Colombia.

March 12 - Recent developments in the archaeology of the Peak District National Park will be shared by Ken Smith who is the Cultural Heritage Manager for the Peak District National Park Authority.

April 9 - Lancashire, Derbyshire, East Coast Railway (LD & ECR), given by retired traffic planner Martin Smith, a director of the Steeple Grange Light Railway, near Wirksworth.

May 14 - Update on planning in Chesterfield, by Mike Hayden, head of regeneration in Chesterfield Borough Council.

June 11 - The Tibshelf Oil strike of 1919. Cliff Lea, who worked as a chemist in the oil industry, will talk about the UK’s very first successful deep oil well which was sunk at Tibshelf.

July 9 - Destination Chesterfield. Dominic Stevens, manager of Destination Chesterfield, will talk about this initative whose prime objective is to promote the town, both at home and abroad.

All meetings are held in the Eyre Chapel which is behind the Nags Head Public House in Newbold.