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December 2019

Mid-Cheshire Branch: Christmas Lunch & Talk, ‘Ways for wildlife’

December 10, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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Richard Macaulay is a member of the Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife group of volunteers who, over the past seven years, have regenerated the woodland area in Sandbach, increasing biodiversity by new planting and creating a variety of habitats for woodland creatures and new trails to explore.

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & talk ‘all wrapped up: a Christmas confection’

December 10, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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ALL WRAPPED UP: A CHRISTMAS CONFECTION Caroline Bacon, Former Curator of Cecil Higgins, and Manager of Rothsay Education Centre Taking Christmas, Winter and the Nativity as our theme, we will look at a number of artists from Breughel to Damien Hirst and their response to Christmas (or winter) through a variety of art media. An opportunity to discover how the concept and image of Christmas has changed over the centuries. Branch social activities are arranged in order to raise funds…

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Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Christmas Lunch

December 13, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Park Farm Hotel, Norwich Road
Hethertt, Norwich NR9 3DL United Kingdom
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January 2020

Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk on The Vine Project

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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The vine project aims to enable vulnerable children and young people in choir Zulu Natal, South Africa to get the best education possible. Kate Stross was inspired to become a supporter of the project in late 2011 and has since visited South Africa regularly.

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

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 12:30 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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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.

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Bristol branch: The Rise of China as a challenge to liberal teleology

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
The Apostle Room, Clifton Catholic Cathedral, Bristol, Clifton Catholic Cathedral
Bristol, BS8 3BX United Kingdom
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The Rise of China as a challenge to liberal teleology: can China be both rich and communist? Speaker Professor Yongjin Zhang, University of Bristol

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Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘Norwich Architecture 1938 to present’

Friday, 17th January 2020, 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 by Rod Spokes on Norwich Architecture 1938 to present.

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Bristol branch: New Year’s Party

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
9 Carnarvon Road, 9 Carnarvon Road
Bristol, BS6 7DR United Kingdom
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New Year’s Party Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the new year!

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘THE HOUSE OF LORDS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE’

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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THE RT HON BARONESS D’SOUZA, Former Lord Speaker of the House of Lords Our speaker has had a distinguished career in science – anthropology, brain chemistry and human nutrition. She has, in addition, a wide range of other interests – human rights, development, gender equality. She was created a Life Peer in 2004 and sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords, being elected Lord Speaker for 5 years from 2011 to 2016.    Baroness D’Souza is therefore well qualified…

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February 2020

London Branch: Visit to the Garrick Club

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Situated in the heart of the West End and Theatreland, the Garrick Club was founded in 1831 as a private members’ club by a group of literary gentlemen under the patronage of the King’s brother, the egalitarian Duke of Sussex. They announced that the club would be a place where ‘actors and men of refinement and education might meet on equal terms.’ The first members were a sophisticated and cosmopolitan group, which included famous Dickens and Thackeray. Today the club…

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