This year's event was well attended and for once the weather was kind.

 

   

 

 

 

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On 18th November a packed house at Thringstone House Community Centre was treated to a first class portrayal of Elizabeth 1st by Lesley Smith. Lesley's regal performance was both historically informative and amusing.  

 

While in Thringstone, Her Majesty took the opportunity to bestow a 'knighthood' on David Whitt the retiring Chair of the Friends of Grace Dieu Priory in acknowledgement of his many years of service to the Friends.

The Friends of Grace Dieu Priory would also like to thank Lesley Smith and the staff at Thringstone House Community Centre

 

There is no doubt that Gloriana had one of the most profound effects on English and European politics.  The Protestant queen in the cold bed was given a matter of months on the throne by observers of the day believing she could not hope to survive.  Queen Elizabeth, in fact, went on to rule England longer than any other monarch before her.  Her passionate belief in the English people and her lack of marital ambition combined with a brilliant mind and outstanding political skills is why she was so hugely successful.  Confounding all.

 Here is a chance to meet Her Majesty at her political zenith and already an icon in an English psyche.

 This glittering presentation will transport the audience back to the time of Drake, Raleigh and Shakespeare on Englandís voyage into the Renaissance.  

 

 

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The Friends took part in The 26th Festival of Archaeology which ran from 16th - 31th July 2016.  

For more infomation please see www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk  and our Walks & Talks page

 

 

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The Friends took part in The National Forest Walking Festival which ran from 14th - 26th May 2016.  

For more infomation please see The National Forest Walking Festival and our Walks & Talks page

 

 

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