For a while the Spanish History Group lost its way and had to be pulled back
on track to its original intention which were talks on Spanish History. That
goal has now been achieved and we have had some excellent talks.
We have enjoyed some very interesting presentations during 2016. Alan Clay
become a member and he is very much involved with the Spanish in Torrox
Village and Alan gave a fascinating talk, recounting the memories of Spanish
friends in their 90’s who lived in the village throughout the Civil War. Alan
also organized a visit to Torrox Village and we had five delightful Spanish
ladies showing us the historical sites in the village as well as recounting it’s
history. The ladies then provided us with lunch in the form of tapa´s as well as
putting on a show of Sevillana for us to enjoy.
Also Roger Martinez has joined the group and has given a series of three talks
on the Peninsular wars. They were all very interesting and we are looking
forward to Rogers next talk on the Carlist Wars. The Carlist wars were a series
of civil wars that took place in Spain during the 19th century.
Royce ( Wainscott ) - Who always comes up with something unusual - has
began his talks on Isabella I. The first part ended with the coronation of
Isabella and the second part will be given in December and include her life
after her marriage to Fernando II and her coronation of Queen of Castile.
Sue (Harrison) is giving a talk on the “Spanish Pimpernel” otherwise known
as Captain Christopher Lance a British Army officer who helped hundreds of
Spanish Nationalists to escape the Republican zone during the Spanish civil
war. Sue´s talk will take place in December.
I myself continued with my talks, making my way through history. I began
with the Paleolithic period and have now reached the period when the Arabs
occupied the Peninsular. I am currently giving the back ground of the Arabs
before moving on to the first Arab group; the Umayyad´s who invaded the
Iberian Peninsular in 711.
Maggie (Silwood) also gave her talk on the History of Flamenco for the
second time which was very much appreciated by both the people who had not
heard it as well as those who had heard it first time around; myself included.
In the coming year Maggie (Silwood) who will be talking about Maria
Zambrano a Spanish writer and philosopher who was born in Velez Malaga in
1904. There will also be a video available about Maria Zambrano which
people will be able to borrow.
We have had various trips out which have included a trip to the Gibralfaro
organized by Andrew Henbest; we have visited the Glass Museum as well as
the car museum. A trip to the boat yard where there is a Phoenician ship on
display as well as a museum and to the Maritime Museum; if time allows is
currently being organized to take place before the New year.
It is also hoped that in 2017 we will visit the other part of Ronda which we did
not have time to see when we were there last. We will once again take the train
from Malaga to Ronda. Also Some people expressed a desire to visit "Italica"
which is situated about 15 Km outside Seville. If there are enough people we
could hire a coach or take the train and have an over-night stay in Seville.
The Spanish History Group are always looking for new people to give talks so
please do not be shy, I know that it can be very nerve wracking to speak in
front of an audience, but if someone would like to research an area and put
together an essay I or someone else can read it out in front of the group.
Below I set out the aims and objectives of the Spanish History Group.
To stimulate peoples interest and understanding of the people of Spain
and Spanish History
To learn how Spain developed as a democratic society
To develop an interest in the past
To learn about significant events in Spanish History
Examine historical artefacts and take the opportunity to visit sites of
Understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways
To gain a knowledge and understanding of Spain's History through
reading and discussion.
Visit place of Historical interest, archaeological sites, museums and
archives -where possible -.
To write articles for the group to enjoy and learn from
Learn about the different religions and cultures which have played a part
in Spanish History
To create interest and a love of reading about historical events and facts
Lastly to have FUN
Group Leader Spanish History.