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October 2019

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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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 the winner of the 2017 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Alexander Ullman. Programme Liszt - Harmonies poétiques et religieuses Nos. III, VII and X Tchaikovsky/Pletnev - Nutcracker Suite Stravinsky/Agosti - Firebird Suite Drinks from 6.30pm Recital begins at 7pm sharp, the recital will end at approximately 8.30pm. All proceeds from this performance will support the ESU's Educational Programmes. Please reserve your ticket here: https://esupianoreception.eventbrite.co.uk or…

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

November 20, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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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 including the rights of women and the welfare of children. She became increasingly controversial, for example supporting appeasement with Germany. Alexis Bowater began her journalistic career as a reporter for the Exeter…

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘An unscripted life’

November 21, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, The Sharnbrook, Park Lane
Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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Talk by Jill Edwards, Member, English-Speaking Union. Jill is going to talk about people she has met and events that have occurred in her lifetime. Educated at Roedean School and the Royal  Central School of Speech and Drama, she was a contemporary of Dame Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave. She has acquired over the years an extraordinary knowledge of actors and the world of drama.   She has taught Speech and Drama and remedial reading in schools in the UK and…

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