Diss U3A March Meeting

We welcomed David Eddershaw who gave a most enjoyable talk on the life of Flora Thompson author of the ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’ trilogy, her semi- autobiographical account of living and growing up in a small Oxfordshire hamlet in the late 1800’s.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the Diss U3A website or telephone 01379 642674.

Many of the characters who inhabit these books were drawn from real life; friends, family and neighbours many of whom lived in the hamlet of Juniper Hill where she was born in 1876.

Receiving only a basic village school education in Cottisford, Flora then aged 13 was fortunate in obtaining a position at the local post office where she met Kesia Whitton the larger than life post mistress and blacksmith where she was able not only to further her post office career but also her writing ambitions. In 1911 she won a prize in an essay writing competition which heralded the start of her literary career. In 2008 her work received a much wider audience when the BBC’s television adaptation of ‘ Lark Rise to Candleford’  became popular Sunday night viewing. Although much romanced and sanitised by television her books remain much closer to the truth providing a contemporary account of the lives and times of those living in rural communities in late Victorian era.

The next meeting of Diss U3A will be held at the United Reformed Church on 5th April commencing at 10.30am.

For further information on Diss U3A please visit the Diss U3A website or telephone 01379 642674.

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