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Devon & Exeter

Welcome to the Devon and Exeter branch

The Branch has a thriving membership and contributes to the aims of the parent organisation in a number of ways. The focal point of our activities is a monthly social gathering for lunch or supper in the pleasant surroundings of the Exeter Golf & Country Club. Talks by eminent speakers accompany these fundraising events, and the profits subsidise local ESU programmes for young people. Details of recent and forthcoming events are listed below.

Schools in the district compete in the UK Public Speaking Competition, Performing Shakespeare and we have recently become involved in the Discover Your Voice programme, aimed at improving the communication skills of schoolchildren.

New members are always welcome and membership confers privileged use of facilities at the ESUs imposing HQ, Dartmouth House in London’s Mayfair.

For details of the Exeter committee, click here. I look forward to welcoming you at your first event!

Paul Waterworth

Upcoming events in Devon & Exeter

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk 'The Life, Times and Legacy of Nancy, Lady Astor'

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Devon & Exeter

In 1919 Lady Nancy Astor was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. She was MP for Plymouth until 1945. Born in the US in 1879, in 1906 she married Lord (Waldorf) Astor, the  owner of Clivedon. In parliament she supported social issues…

Devon & Exeter Branch: Black Tie Dinner, 'Moguls, Mayhem and Movies”, illustrated story of early Hollywood'

Devon & Exeter

Martin Fisher has had a lifelong interest in cinema since his grandfather took him to see ‘Pinocchio’. The title of his talk speaks for itself and will include many film extracts from those early days of cinema. Born in Windsor, Martin was educated at…

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk on Music of the Holocaust by Professor Shirli Gilbert

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Devon & Exeter

An extraordinary range of musical activities, both forced and voluntary, took place in the Nazi ghettos and camps, from the earliest internment centres established in 1933 until the liberation in 1945. The musical works these prisoners created are extraordinary documents from the time: fragments recovered from the rubble of war and genocide; monuments to the lives that were destroyed. In this talk, which will feature many film extracts, Shirli Gilbert, professor of Modern History at Southampton University with a specialism in Jewish History and particularly the Holocaust, will highlight original music from this period, including some rare post-war recordings. The songs offer rich insight into victims’ experiences, conveying the uncertain and shifting perspectives of prisoner communities as they made sense of lived reality.

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk, 'Churchill’s Great Game', rethinking the origins of the Cold War

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Devon & Exeter

Join Devon & Exeter Branch for lunch followed by a fascinating talk by Professor Richard Toye “Churchill’s Great Game”, rethinking the origins of the Cold War Richard Toye is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. He is…

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk 'Principles, Pragmatism and Politics...'

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Devon & Exeter

Join Devon & Exeter Branch for a lunch followed by a talk on “Principles, Pragmatism and Politics – the making of public policy in the UK – and why it affects us all” by Professor Tony Stoller CBE.

Devon & Exeter Branch: Annual Black Tie Dinner

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Devon & Exeter

Devon & Exeter Branch’s annual Black Tie Dinner with a talk autobiographical talk from Billy “Scratch” Hitchen. At the end of the Easter holidays in 1963, Billy ‘Scratch’  Hitchen, instead of returning to school in Salcombe, having already been expelled by his mother, who…

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk by Fran Unsworth “The Public Service Role of the BBC..."

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Devon & Exeter

Join Devon & Exter Branch for Lunch followed by an informative talk on “The Public Service Role of the BBC in the Gathering and Broadcasting of News and Current Affairs” by Fran Unsworth. Francesca Mary (“Fran”) Unsworth is a journalist and media executive. Fran began…

Exeter branch event speakers

The Exeter branch prides itself on the quality of the speakers that we are able to attract to present at our events.

In January 2018 we welcomed Matthew Parris, pictured here with our chairman, Paul Waterworth.

During the past few years, we have had a succession of well-known and outstanding speakers including: Sir Anthony Acland, Kate Adie, Kirstie Allsopp, Lord Paddy Ashdown, Lord (Robin) Butler, Baroness Butler-Sloss, Ben Bradshaw, Martin Bell, The Countess of Carnarvon, Dr Jung Chang, The Countess of Devon, David Crystal, Sir Richard Dearlove, Jonathan Dimbleby, Jonathan Fenby, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Richard Holmes, Sir Bernard Ingham, Stanley Johnson, Satish Kumar, Sue Lawley, Fiona MacCarthy, Hilary Mantell, Sue MacGregor, Sir Christopher Meyer, Bel Mooney, Michael Morpurgo, Ian Mortimer, John Nettles, Matthew Parris, Baroness Butler-Sloss, Vicky Price, Helen Rappaport, Angela Rippon, David Starkey, Sir Tim Smit, Professor Sir Steve Smith, Alice Thomson, Hugo Vickers, Alexander Waugh, Ann Widdecombe.

Our upcoming events are listed below, why not come along and join us…

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