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August 2022

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 17th August, 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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The ESU London Branch Members' book club meets once a month at Dartmouth House to exchange views on a book chosen by the group. Discussions take place from 11.00-12.30hrs on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to join our friendly and informal club please contact Kathleen Earley on earley.kathleen@gmail.com Book club reading list for 2022:  January-February: Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro February-March: The Light that Failed – Rudyard Kipling March-April: Serotonin – Michel Houellebecq…

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September 2022

London Branch: Sanctions Debate with headline speaker Bill Browder

Monday, 5th September, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London branch are delighted to invite you to a debate at the ESU’ s headquarters Dartmouth House, Mayfair on Monday, 5 September. The motion for this debate is: ‘This house believes that sanctioning private individuals in order to pressure foreign states is not only legally questionable, it is also ineffective’. We are pleased to confirm that Bill Browder, British-American financier, political activist and leading lobbyist of the Magnitsky Act, is speaking for the opposition as our headline speaker. Doors…

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind In Conversation with Alastair Niven

Monday, 12th September, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us online on Monday, 12 September at 6.30pm to join Sir Malcom Rifkind KCMG QC in conversation with Alastair Niven OBE LVO. Sir Malcolm Rifkind is a former MP and served in the cabinets of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He has held a variety of high-profile positions within the government, including Secretary of State for Scotland, Defence Secretary, and Foreign Secretary. More recently, Malcom sat as chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament. He continues to…

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Lincoln Branch Spring Lunch: Sqn Ldr Mark Sugden, ‘The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight: Past, Present and Future’

Tuesday, 13th September, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Ave
Lincoln, LN4 2HQ United Kingdom
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Lincoln branch are pleased to announce that they have managed to reschedule the postponed Spring Lunch to Tuesday, 13 September at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln with special guest Sqn Ldr Mark Sugden who will speak about ‘The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight: Past, Present and Future’. The Lincoln branch is delighted to welcome Officer Commanding the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Squadron Leader Mark Sugden as guest speaker. With a world-class team, he is…

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Salisbury Branch: ‘The Women of the Raj’ by Brian Freeland

Monday, 19th September, 10:15 am - 2:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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‘The Women of the Raj’ by Brian Freeland Brian Freeland has written a dozen stage scripts (nine produced so far, four of them published). Following comments that he didn’t write many good roles for ladies, he staged a piece about the British women in India during the second half of the Raj: “Called Letters from the Hen House, it was compiled mainly from letters, diaries and memoirs of the period. Six excellent roles for the ladies and only four men.…

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Talk by author Rupert Wieloch on his book ‘Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners’

Monday, 19th September, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us at Dartmouth House for an evening with Rupert Wieloch who will give a talk on his latest book Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners. Drinks will be served from 6pm, the talk will commence at 6.30pm sharp. One hundred years ago a group of 15 British soldiers serving with the British Mission to Siberia were captured by the Red Army on Russian Christmas Eve (6th January).  They were held in a lice-infested room at Krasnoyarsk for three months, whilst Prime Minister…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 21st September, 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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The ESU London Branch Members' book club meets once a month at Dartmouth House to exchange views on a book chosen by the group. Discussions take place from 11.00-12.30hrs on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to join our friendly and informal club please contact Kathleen Earley on earley.kathleen@gmail.com Book club reading list for 2022:  January-February: Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro February-March: The Light that Failed – Rudyard Kipling March-April: Serotonin – Michel Houellebecq…

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October 2022

REIMAGINED: An evening with Cameron Owen

Tuesday, 11th October, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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REIMAGINED: International pianist, singer and Juilliard graduate, Cameron Owen (aka Cameron Richardson-Eames) presents his own cinematic interpretations of familiar song repertoire, as well as original material blending his classical pedigree with mainstream influences. With guest appearances by acclaimed West End composer, Pippa Cleary, and West End dancers. The performance will start at 6.30pm sharp and will be followed by a drinks reception from 8.00pm. Please reserve your ticket(s) here: https://cameronowen.eventbrite.co.uk

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South Wales Branch: Lord David Owen, ‘Riddle, Mystery and Enigma: Two Hundred Years of British-Russian Relations’

Friday, 14th October, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road
Cardiff, CF11 8AZ United Kingdom
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The South Wales branch has persuaded Lord David Owen to revisit his South Walian roots and speak at a lunch at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, 14 October. Lord Owen played a leading role in twentieth century politics and is a prolific author on a range of historical and political topics. This event will be a sell-out, so please look out for booking forms in the first week of September. Those outside the branch who may wish to hear Lord…

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Salisbury Branch: Richard Hopton, ‘A Reluctant Hero, the life of Captain Robert Ryder VC RN’

Wednesday, 19th October, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Captain Ryder led the famous raid on St Nazaire in 1942. Captain Ryder had a distinguished and varied career in the Royal Navy, including three years in the mid-1930s commanding a ship on an Antarctic expedition. His biography is being republished in March to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the raid. Coffee will be served from 10.15am, with the main talk beginning at 11am sharp, and lunch from 12.30pm. Lunch & Talk ticket price: £18 (Members) & £20 (Guests)…

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