Sydenham History Group

All meetings are held on Tuesday evenings (unless otherwise stated) at 7.30pm starting with refreshments at the SYDNI Centre, Cottage Square (Off Marloes Walk), Sydenham, Leamington Spa CV31 1PT.                        Contacts:   Nigel 01926 330711 or Allan 01926 771988 or 

2016 programme

Tuesday 16 February; Cynthia Stanton, Spa Water Toffee – the continuing history of Spa water and toffee

Tuesday 22 March; Mave Dellor, Travels in Ethiopia by a Sydenham Resident

Tuesday 31 May; Allan Jennings, The Basque Children of 1937 – the link with Leamington Spa

Tuesday 26 July; Tom Lewin, Let’s go Shopping – shops then and now

WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER at 2.30pm (note change of day and time for this one);Trevor Humphreys, Dickens and Leamington

Tuesday 25 October; Dr Gillian White, The Great Fire of Warwick

Tuesday 8 December; Christmas Special


2015 programme

February 17 Jacqui Kirk – Leamington and the Flying Circus 

How the WW1 pilots brought aviation to Warwickshire     Tales of the Bonniksens and their aerodrome, Sir Alan Cobham’s exploits, and flights from Sydenham

March 31  Tim Booth – Watermills and Windmills around Leamington

May 26 Jim Layton – Black People in Leamington and Warwickshire

July 21 Nigel Briggs – The Bridges of Leamington Spa

Wednesday September 16  2 to 4 pm Anne Loscombe  – The Life and Times of Trees Around Us

October 27 Kay Bugg – The First World War; a survivors story

Thursday December 10 Jane Arnold & Co.  – A Wartime Christmas – Real food from the Second World War

2014 Programme (Updated3.12.13)

January 21  John Lethbridge   Crime and Punishment in Warwickshire in Early 19th Century  

 March 4 Allan Jennings   James Bisset, as important as Satchwell and Abbott?  

April 15  Helen Larner   The Leisure Gardens of Leamington Spa

June 21  Start of ‘Leamington Looks Back’ festival at various venues including the SYDNI Centre.

There will be a tour of notable people buried in Leamington Cemetery by Allan Jennings and others

July 1   “The History of Sydenham” book launch – Various speakers including Alistair Clark, Director of AC Lloyd on: ‘The History of AC Lloyd and the Construction of Sydenham’

Saturday  July 5        Sydenham Estate 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Various events, music & talks at SYDNI Centre all day

July 6 End of ‘Leamington Looks Back’ festival

July 12 Leamington Carnival

September 9  Margaret Hunt  The Central Hospital Remembered

October 18  Leamington History Fair at Dormer Place Conference Centre.

October 21 Richard Soans   The History of ‘Soans of Leamington’

December 2  Christmas Social