Autumn Programme Talk 13th December - Speaker Lady Milena Grenfell Baines MBE

The Last Train to Tomorrow – the story of her escape from Prague in 1939

Milena, née Fleischmann, was born in Czechoslovakia in 1929 into a Jewish family.  After the Nazi occupation her father escaped leaving his wife and children behind.  When she was nine years old, Lady Milena and her younger sister Eva left Prague on a special train, the Kindertransport in May 1939, two of 669 children who escaped to London in this way. Their mother joined them a year later, having escaped via Norway, reuniting the family.

In 1954 she married Sir George Grenfell-Baines, a Preston based architect and town planner.

She is a fund raiser and has been patron of the Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra and associated with the Friends of the Phil.   She was awarded the MBE in 2016 for services to music.

Welcome to the website of Longridge and District Local History Society.

The Society was founded over 40 years ago and provides a wide range of speakers ontopics covering local history as well as topics of wider interest.

    Our meetings are friendly and informal, Guests and new members are always welcome.

The Society works closely with the Longridge Heritage Centre Trust and a number of our documents and photographs have been loaned to and managed by the Trust to make them available to the wider public at the Heritage Centre and online in the Town Archive.

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Longridge & District Local History Society is a member of the Lancashire Local History Federation.


Visitors and Guests are welcome to come along to our meetings, usually held on the 1st and/or 3rd Thursdays of the month from September to June in the Centenary Room at St Paul's Church,

Starting at 7:30pm. £2.50 for non-members includes light refreshments.