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courses have been organised on subjects of local and national history interest as well as Technical theatre subjects for groups, organisations , universities, colleges and local authorities around the country too numerous to list.
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Walks and Talks
Here are just some of the Local history walks around Arnold available
Industrial Arnold: a walk looking at the start of the industrial revolution
The Arnold Village to Town: Walk around Arnold town centre
Murder Mystery and Mayhem in Arnold: walk around Arnold town centre
The History of Arnot Hill
Park: walk around Arnot Hill parks history
The History of King Geoge V park: Walk around the park looking at its history
The Arnold Market: walk and talk about this central area of Arnold and its history.
The Pubs of Arnold: walk looking at the history of Arnolds pubs and clubs
Courses, Pub Talks and Walks
Talks carried out in a Pub
Tales of Highwaymen,
Tales of Mayhem and Murder.
Redhill Robbery, Riots and Residence
Murder, Ghosts and the like
Tales and Traditions of Christmas
and many more, ask for details
Comments on recent walks and pub talks
Walks in the park
Great talk today !
I'd like to say how much I enjoyed the talk at the park yesterday and I'll certainly be looking out for future events as well as locating and studying the content that you already have out there!
We all Thank you for your great talk on Sunday. Great weather too! Thoroughly enjoyed it and it makes you look at your familiar environment in a whole new light.
I thought the park walks were brilliant
Many thanks, Bob.
We thoroughly enjoyed your recent Arnot Hill House walk / talk. As we'd attended your Friday evening series of Eagles Nest talks on the History of Arnold, the actual Arnot Hill House / Park visit and your map meant so much more to us. We both enjoyed your King George V park walk a week last Sunday as well.
Tricia and Richard Turpin.
Thank you so much for the George V park walk . Dad, Ryan and Rozie thoroughly enjoyed it.
Andy and I were sorry to have missed it. look forward to joining you again. Best wishes.
Thank you for the walk last Sunday Bob, it was absolutely brill! Really looked forward to it.
Highwaymen talk at the Robin hood and Little John
Very Knowledgeable and well presented
Fascinating talk and evening.
i will certainly keep my eyes open for more events like this.
Keep doing the presentations
Very interesting Really enjoyed it
Excellent treatment, excellent event, excellent well up to expectations
5 out of 5 on all counts
Christmas tales at the Bread and Biter Mapperley
*Thank you, we really enjoyed it . Told the kids a couple of facts - about mince pies & church on Xmas morn! They were shocked.
*Christmas Tales ;Another excellent evening Bob - glad we could both support you. Will put Jan date on calendar.... Paul and Nicky Dury
*Lovely evening lots about Christmas and good to feel Christmassy.
*Very informative delivered well
*Really excellent, never been to a talk like it - so informative.
*Great thank you
*EXCELLENT !! Would come to future talks and walks
A bit more local memories were great
Loved the stories
Great overview of Christmas Traditions
Really great would love to see you again
What a memory for very interesting facts and stories Fantastic!!
More similar events, please
Very interesting Event
Please put on more events they are most interesting and entertaining
Hi Bob - we really enjoyed last evening's talk and walk. We were so pleased that so many people turned up. We heard many positive comments about the evening at the end - you must be really pleased with the way it went.
Here's to the next one!!
Arnold Local History Group
Thank u for the fabulous murder mystery and mayhem talk and walk tonight Bob - loved it.
Arnold History Course
Comments on Talk at Robin Hood and Little John at Halloween
1st time I have attended and will definitely look out for more events thank you,
more events, please
brilliant speaker. great had a break midway through talk so everyone could replenish drinks
thoroughly enjoyable evening
excellent presentation and very interesting local information.
found all stories very interesting and informative
bobs talks are extremely interesting please keep coming back.
a very well presented and research content excellent.
comments on the unknown Mapperley walk
excellent walk, please put on more of these wonderful, interesting talks and walks.
it was great
really enjoyed it and feel that I now know a lot more about buildings i pass every day.
very good event very interesting locations that could accommodate numbers had been considered.
excellent walk thank you
Arnold Murder accidents and the mundane walk
Very interesting walk Excellent guide
very interesting walk
really enjoyed the talk, Bob was very engaging
more, a regular slot
excellent informative entertaining
thoroughly enjoyed the talk
excellent informative evening, great speaker
excellent, bob brilliant really knows his stuff and very engaging
brilliant talk fascinating stories could make good plots for novels
an awesome night, wanted to hear more
very captivating, entertaining, good venue
more talks like this please
extremely entertaining would definitely come again
was very enjoyable and I was disappointed when it finished
very interesting please come back
Reprinted from the Nottingham Post
Murder walk was fascinating
I saw advertised a murder mystery walk in Arnold on October 30.
I went along not expecting many others to be interested but as it was a fine night and it was free, I thought I'd give it a go.
When I arrived at the Robin Hood in Arnold, the starting point, I was surprised to find
that I had been joined by more than 100 other people.
The walk was led by Bob Massey, a local historian who coped very well with the large numbers and provided a fascinating incite into Arnold's somewhat murky past.
A lady had a few of Bob's books, which were very soon sold out. I did not manage to
get one but was told they were stocked by MSR News so went straight round the next
day and bought some volumes. The stories on the walk and in the books were
Thanks to everyone involved for a great night.
Feb 1, 2018
Pub talk delves into past of one of Arnold’s oldest venues
by Gedling Eye
Historian Bob Massey will host the talk at the Robin Hood and Little John pub later this month
People in Gedling borough are being given the opportunity to delve into the past of one of Arnold’s oldest pubs at a talk later this month.
Local historian and author Bob Massey is hosting the talk about the history of the Robin Hood and Little John pub at the venue on February 13 from 7pm.
It’s the second talk the popular speaker has held at the pub on Church Street, with the first one proving to be a smash hit.
Mr Massey said: “There were an estimated 120 people crammed into the bar for my last talk. Several people had to leave the pub as they could not get in.”
The Robin Hood & Little John in Arnold has a rich history, dating back to the 1700’s making it one of the oldest pubs in the borough town.
In 1940 the pub was purchased by Home Brewery, which traded from 1875 until 1996 in Daybrook. It’s now owned by the Lincoln Green Brewing Company.
Could you give a talk to Edwalton Probus Club on the 28th March , We meet at Welbeck Hall, West Bridgeford and have lunch at about 12 noon
Sorry Bob you have been given the wrong email address in our previous request- please use my email address
We are looking for speakers for our 2023 calendar. Each meeting is the last Monday of the month - omitting May, August,September and December. We look forward to hearing from you.
Carol & Pat
Hi Bob I am looking for speakers for speakers for Darley Abbey Historical Group in 2023. We have available dates April 21st, June 16th, July 21st, October 20th and. November 17th.