Join us once again in the delightful surroundings of Holland House for a Friendly Lunch, followed by what is bound to be a fascinating talk, ‘Herbert Austin and the Longbridge Story’, with speaker Max Hunt.

Max’s talk will trace the rise of Herbert Austin from obscure beginnings in rural Buckinghamshire, through the pioneering days of the motor industry, to the development of Europe’s largest single-site car factory on the edge of Worcestershire. He will take in some of the social consequences of this expansion together with the contribution made by Longbridge to military production in two World Wars. The talk will conclude with some thoughts on the squandering of Lord Austin’s legacy in the post-war years.

Two course lunch is served at 1.00 pm (special diets can be accommodated), but arrive early to get a drink and enjoy the lovely house and gardens. The talk will commence about 2.00 pm. Tickets: £20 (booked direct via Holland House. Online –; email:; or tel: 01386 860330.