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July 2022

ESU Summer Party at Dartmouth House

Monday, 4th July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The annual ESU Summer Party is a highlight of our events calendar, and this year ESU members and alumni are invited to Dartmouth House to celebrate 104 years since our founding. Enjoy a sparkling wine and canapé reception, accompanied by pop up spoken performances from ESU prize-winners and scholars. This is both a great social event and an opportunity for members and alumni to join together in celebration of the ESU’s life-changing international exchange programs and vital oracy mission.

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South Wales Branch: Save the date for a summer garden party at Gileston Manor

Tuesday, 19th July, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gileston Manor, Gileston
Barry, CF62 4HX United Kingdom
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The South Wales branch is delighted to invite you to brush-up your boaters, button-up your blazers and fluff-up your finery for the re-established summer garden party - this year in the beautiful setting of Gileston Manor, generously sponsored by owner, Mrs Lorraine Jones. There is the advantage of some very comfortable outdoor shelter should the weather turn against us, but with luck we will be free to wander through the magnificent gardens and enjoy the prospect of watching the sunset…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 20th July, 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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ESU Members Event: Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords

Thursday, 21st July, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
House of Lords, Parliament Square
London, SW1A 0PW United Kingdom
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This event is generously hosted by The Rt Hon. the Lord Boateng, a former Chair of the ESU. This is one of the flagship events in the English-Speaking Union’s social calendar and provides an excellent opportunity for our members from across the globe to meet, network and socialise within the surroundings of this historic and significant building. There will be a classic menu of sandwiches, tea and cakes served in the Cholmondeley Room and the House of Lords Terrace. To…

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

Monday, 25th July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Sunday Times bestselling author and ESU BASS/SSE scholar Andrew Lownie will discuss his 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…

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August 2022

Lincoln Branch: Summer Evening Reception and Private View of the Sculpture Exhibition at Doddington Hall

Monday, 8th August, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Doddington Hall, Doddington Hall
Doddington, Lincoln LN6 4RU United Kingdom
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Monday, 8 August sees a return of the biennial Sculpture Exhibition at Doddington Hall commencing with the ESU Lincoln branch’s Summer Evening Reception and Private View, offering a super opportunity to get together over some drinks and nibbles and a popular chance to see this much admired and successful exhibition of talent and imagination with thanks to Claire & James Birch. Tickets cost £10 per member and £12.50 for friends/supporters. Tickets for ESU Lincoln events are available from Hon. Secretary…

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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

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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