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November 2021

ESU Evelyn Wrench lecture and dinner with guest speaker Mary McAleese

Wednesday, 3rd November
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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We are delighted to welcome Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, as the speaker at this year’s Wrench Lecture, which will take place at Dartmouth House. In her talk, entitled ‘An Uncomfortable State of Affairs’, Professor McAleese will begin with a look at Evelyn Wrench’s Irish roots, his reactions to the Easter Rising, and his lifelong belief in the importance of understanding the other person’s point of view, before sharing her reflections on the Good Friday Agreement, and also…

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Zoom event: Lord Waldegrave in conversation with Alastair Niven SAVE THE DATE

Monday, 8th November, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The ESU Lincolnshire Annual Dinner

Wednesday, 17th November
Lincoln College, Monks Rd
Lincoln, LN2 5HQ United Kingdom
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Save the date for the ESU Lincolnshire Annual Dinner with special guest speaker Former Secretary General of NATO George Robertson, Baron Robertson of Port Ellen, at Lincoln College. More details to follow soon.

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 17th November, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Tuesday, 31st January 2023

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London Branch Members' monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month's book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    

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Bristol Branch: ‘Too good to check’ – some Bristol urban legends

Thursday, 18th November, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Bristol Branch, 29 Mariners Drive
Bristol, BS9 1QG United Kingdom
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Was a Bristolian freed from a German prison camp in return for a ransom paid in Woodbines? Was a building decorated with the actual head of an 18th century terrorist? Is there a plague pit under Primark? Were the unicorns on City Hall a deliberate insult to one of the architect’s rivals? Eugene Byrne has been collecting tall tales from Bristol’s distant and recent past for decades, from old books and newspapers and from pub yarns which the storyteller swore happened…

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ESU Thanksgiving Dinner with guest speaker will be Sir Peter Westmacott, former British Ambassador to the United States

Monday, 22nd November, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Open House London | Dartmouth House | The marble staircase with rococo balustrade

Miles Young, ESU Chair requests the pleasure of your company for a Thanksgiving Dinner supporting the life-changing work of the English-Speaking Union. Our guest speaker will be Sir Peter Westmacott, former British Ambassador to the United States. Urbane, globe-trotting mandarins; polished hosts of ambassadorial gatherings attended by the well-groomed ranks of the international great and good: such is the well-worn image of the career diplomat. But beyond the canapes of familiar caricature, what does a professional diplomat actually do? What are the activities that…

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Zoom event Matthew Rycroft in conversation with Alastair Niven SAVE THE DATE

Wednesday, 24th November, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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December 2021

The ESU Lincolnshire AGM

Wednesday, 1st December
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We hope as many members as possible will be able to join us in person for this event, though we will also be offering a Zoom option. More details to follow soon.

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 15th December, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Tuesday, 31st January 2023

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London Branch Members' monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month's book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com    

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London branch talk: The Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile by Andrew Lownie

Monday, 20th December, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Lownie ESU SSE Alumnus will discuss his new book The Traitor King: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile.  The book examines the years following the abdication of Edward VIII when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his wife, Wallis Simpson, and denied any real job. Drawing on extensive research into hitherto unused archives and Freedom of Information requests, it makes the case that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor…

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