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September 2019

Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk on ‘Ethics & Empire’ by Professor Nigel Biggar

September 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 Niger Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford will deliver a talk on Ethics and Empire. From the 18th century until the years after the Second World War  Britain ruled an enormous  empire. Attitudes to this have changed over the last 100 years, moving from popular pride to doubt and guilt. Our speaker is leading a 5 year project attempting to achieve a balanced assessment of empire. Is such an appraisal possible? The project has proved…

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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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Epping Branch: A Talk by Nick Dobson entitled “An Underground Guide to Historical London”

October 3, 10:15 am - 12:00 pm
The Murray Hall, Loughton, Essex, 106 Borders Lane
Loughton, Essex IG10 3SB United Kingdom
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Nick Dobson is new to us as a speaker but he has many strings to his bow – he will take us on a virtual tour of London by tube, stopping off to look at places of historical interest on the route. Refreshments are available from 10.15am and the talk will start at 10.45am.

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Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk, ‘It’s about time’

October 8, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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Ian Morison is Emeritus Gresham Professor of astronomy, the oldest chair of astronomy in the world dating from 1597 and once helped by Sir Christopher Wren. He studied physics, maths and astronomy at Oxford university and became a research student at Jodrell  Bank Observatory in 1965 before he joined the staff. He lectures widely and is the author of many publications.

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Salisbury & Wiltshire Branch: lunch and talk ‘Sailing Around the World’

October 16, 10:15 am - 3:30 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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“Sailing Around the World” Peter Forbes At the age of 8, Peter Forbes was taught to sail by his mother in a felucca at the confluence of the Blue and the White Nile in Khartoum. This early happy experience engendered a lifelong love for sailing and for the sea and led to the nurturing of a dream over the intervening years to sail around the world. A meeting with Italian beer baron, Rudi Peroni, led to the acquisition of Carango,…

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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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Norwich and Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk about the Air Ambulance

October 18, 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 on the Air Ambulance by Carol Watkinson

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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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