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October 2019

Salisbury & Wiltshire Branch: lunch and talk ‘Sailing Around the World’

October 16, 10:15 am - 3:30 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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“Sailing Around the World” Peter Forbes At the age of 8, Peter Forbes was taught to sail by his mother in a felucca at the confluence of the Blue and the White Nile in Khartoum. This early happy experience engendered a lifelong love for sailing and for the sea and led to the nurturing of a dream over the intervening years to sail around the world. A meeting with Italian beer baron, Rudi Peroni, led to the acquisition of Carango,…

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Devon & Exeter Branch: Dinner & Talk by Vic Marks ‘The Broadcasting Phenomena that is Test Match Special’

October 16, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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What is it about a radio programme that is about cricket but which  appeals as much to those who have no interest or knowledge of the game as its aficionados? As one critic said ‘If you want the best of the English and the best English, there is nothing to beat Test Match Special. It is just such a joy to listen to.  There is something so quintessentially English and ‘summery’ about having TMS on in the background’.  With his…

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Norwich and Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk about the Air Ambulance

October 18, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Park Farm Hotel, Norwich Road
Hethertt, Norwich NR9 3DL United Kingdom
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Lunch followed by a on the Air Ambulance by Carol Watkinson

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘The truth about Education’

October 24, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, The Sharnbrook, Park Lane
Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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Professor Alan Smithers, Director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research, University of Buckingham Alan Smithers is a highly regarded national figure who is frequently consulted for his views on a wide range of current issues.  He will talk about the present day state of England’s education, how it got there, what is functioning well, where there are particular problems, and where it might go in the future. Luncheon meetings start at 12.30 pm for 1.00 pm lunch, followed…

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West Sussex Branch: Talk ‘Kitchener – Forgotten Hero?’

October 24, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Boxgrove Village Hall, The Street
Boxgrove, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 OEE United Kingdom
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Speaker Lady Kenya Tatton-Brown and her daughter Sandra Lowton, decedents of Lord Kitchener.

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Oxfordshire Branch: Afternoon tea & talk by Katherine Harborne, ‘GM Crops and Lady Chatterley’

October 25, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Talk by Katherine Harborne, “GM Crops and Lady Chatterley” Priory Room, Christchurch College. Afternoon tea.

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November 2019

Epping Branch: Concert at the Royal Festival Hall

November 3
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
London, SE1 8XX United Kingdom
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Tickets have been reserved for this matinee performance by the London Philharmonia Orchestra. The Conductor is Santtu Rouvali, with Nickolai Lugansky on the piano. The concert begins with Stravinsky’s “Fireworks” and is followed by Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and then excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”.

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Epping Branch: A talk by Camilla Nicol on the Antarctic Heritage Trust

November 7, 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
The Murray Hall, Loughton, Essex, 106 Borders Lane
Loughton, Essex IG10 3SB United Kingdom
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The Trust exists to protect and conserve British Antarctic Heritage which includes six historic buildings and associated structures along with tens of thousands of artefacts which need great care and protection to ensure they survive in the hostile Antarctic climate.   The most well-known of these sites is Port Lockroy, where the Trust mans a British Post Office in the Summer Season and provides tourists, who are fortunate enough to land, with an insight into the historic working conditions of the…

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Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk, ‘On the road with the BBC’

November 12, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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After postgraduate training as a teacher of languages, John Miller made an early move sideways to join BBC staff where he remained for nearly 30 years. Most of that time was spent in television production. He began his BBC career in Sound radio operations  in London, soon moving north to Manchester and into network television production. After an early mix of quizzes and children’s programs, he went on to produce a wide range of current affairs, documentaries and feature programs.…

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Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘The Tower of London’

November 15, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Park Farm Hotel, Norwich Road
Hethertt, Norwich NR9 3DL United Kingdom
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Lunch followed by a talk about The Tower of London by David Morton

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