Tenth Anniversary

P1020967The Wadhurst History Society was founded in autumn 2003 by our late chairman Dr Michael Harte so November 2013 marked our 10th birthday. All those who attended Godfrey Wood’s fascinating talk on the 13th about the Nazi forging of British banknotes enjoyed a celebratory glass of wine and a slice of the delicious 10th birthday cake. It was generally agreed to have been a most enjoyable occasion and we look forward with confidence to the next ten years.

Bletchley Park Visit

The visit to Bletchley Park was judged to be a great success by all 54 who joined the trip to visit this historic site on Saturday 5th October. 

Arriving at Bletchley Park

The group was very lucky to be allocated an outstanding guide in Philomena Liggins who, attired in the dress of the period, kept us enthralled from beginning to end.

Enigma Cipher Machine

Philomena explains the Enigma Cipher Machine

Even if we didn’t completely understand the finer points of the enigma cipher machine with its plugs and rotors we did at least come away with a very clear idea of the huge complexities faced by the code breakers.

Nobody wanted to miss a single word!

Following the guided tour free time was available to explore the various displays, visit the café or just wander around the lake and gardens.

In addition to the recently opened exhibition in Hut 11 featuring the work of the WRNS on the Turing-Welchman Bombe Machines, there is a multi million development under way. More information on this can be found on the Bletchley Park website.

If you would like to read more about wartime Bletchley Park details and reviews of books on the subject can be found on a website hosted by Philomena Liggins by clicking here. Her website also contains details of the two novels she has written based on life at Bletchley Park during those dark days.