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September 2019

Devon & Exeter Branch: Judges’ Training Day

September 3, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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The Devon & Exeter Branch of the ESU will be hosting a Judges' Training Day on 3rd September, conducted by Roger Tilbury. This promises to be an interesting and stimulating occasion and an opportunity to update and enhance our own skills as we judge those of the young students. A Light lunch will be provided -  free of charge for Branch members. Please contact Maureen Speller for further information: maureenspeller@hotmail.com

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Eastbourne Branch: Lunch & talk by Stephen Lloyd on ‘My life as an MP’

September 10, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Royal Eastbourne Golf Club, Paradise Drive BN20 8BP + Google Map

Join Eastbourne Branch for a lunch & talk by Stephen Lloyd MP For further details please call Sarah Carr on 01323 506308    

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Worcestershire Branch: George Blake – the Ideological Spy

September 12, 12:00 pm
The Beauchamp Community, The Beauchamp Community
Newlands, Malvern WR13 5AX
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This talk describes the life of George Blake, possibly the Soviet Union’s most dangerous spy. Blake went from being a religious zealot to Communist adherent in a few years, affected, he said, by the American influence and bombings in Korea, and his disappointment in the church. He revealed a great deal of secret information including the UK/US tunnel under Berlin. After capture and an horrendous 42 year sentence, he escaped from prison and now lives in Moscow.

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Oxfordshire Branch: Visit to Broughton Castle

September 16, 1:50 pm - 5:00 pm
Oxfordshire Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Branch private tour of Broughton Castle. Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house , the core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the early fifteenth century, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550’s. It was a centre of opposition to Charles I and was besieged and damaged after the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. Broughton Castle is home to the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele, whose…

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Devon & Exeter Branch: Dinner & Talk ‘Celestial Images: Saints and Sinners’ by Professor Michael Mendillo

September 18, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Devon & Exeter branch invite you to a dinner & talk on the subject of ‘Celestial Images: Saints and Sinners, Intersections of Astronomy, Art and Religion' by Professor Michael Mendillo from Boston University, Massachusetts. Celestial imagery of constellations spans human history, from cave art to modern digital representations of the sky.  Images of astronomy and the art of religion merged in the 17th Century in an audacious re-branding of the sky that replaced the pagan villains of antiquity with biblical…

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Liverpool Branch: Lunch and Talk ‘Liverpool and the Battle of the Atlantic’

September 20, 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Athenaeum, Liverpool, Church Alley
Liverpool, L1 3DD
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To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic David Hearn will talk about Liverpool’s strategic role in this crucial battle of World War Two. Ticket price includes a two course lunch at the Athenaeum For further details please contact Sue Davies at suedaviesheswall@gmail.com

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Brighton Branch: Talk ‘Libya. A love lived, a life betrayed’

September 24, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hove Club, 28 Fourth Avenue
Hove, BN3 2PJ United Kingdom
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The talk follows the trajectory of Susan M. Sandover, who was lucky enough to have chosen an enlightened, forward-thinking Libyan career diplomat, Bashir, to spend her life with. They supported each other through the traumas, difficulties, and terrifying experiences associated with the Gaddafi regime of US and NATO bombings, coups, a revolution and a blasphemy case but also enjoyed years of good times together.

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October 2019

Buckinghamshire Branch: Suffragettes and the Hughenden Vote

October 2, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Church House Hughenden Manor, Church House Hughenden Manor
High Wycombe, HP14 4LA United Kingdom
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The ESU Buckinghamshire Branch invites you join them for a fascinating talk by Edward Thonne on the Suffragettes and the Hughenden Vote. 7.00pm Wednesday 2nd October Church House Hughenden Manor Event is Free with contribution for refreshments. For Bookings - contact Simon Kearey simonkearey@gmail.com 07956 183262

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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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November 2019

London Branch: Alexander Ullman Piano Concert at Dartmouth House

November 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The English-Speaking Union London Region Branch welcomes you to an intimate evening piano recital with ESU Music Scholarship alumnus Alexander Ullman at Dartmouth House. Programme Liszt - Harmonies poétiques et religieuses Nos. III, VII and X (18’ / 11’ / 7’) Tchaikovsky/Pletnev - Nutcracker Suite (21’30) Stravinsky/Agosti - Firebird Suite (12’) Drinks and nibbles from 6.30pm Recital begins at 7pm sharp Tickets are £25 for members and £32 for guests. All proceeds from this performance will support the ESU's Educational…

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