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November 2019

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘The Life, Times and Legacy of Nancy, Lady Astor’

November 20, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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In 1919 Lady Nancy Astor was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons. She was MP for Plymouth until 1945. Born in the US in 1879, in 1906 she married Lord (Waldorf) Astor, the  owner of Clivedon. In parliament she supported social issues including the rights of women and the welfare of children. She became increasingly controversial, for example supporting appeasement with Germany. Alexis Bowater began her journalistic career as a reporter for the Exeter…

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Bristol branch: The History of the Victoria Cross

November 20, 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 History of the Victoria Cross – Harold Ackroyd and other VC heroes Speaker Christopher Ackroyd

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘An unscripted life’

November 21, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, The Sharnbrook, Park Lane
Sharnbrook, Bedford MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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Talk by Jill Edwards, Member, English-Speaking Union. Jill is going to talk about people she has met and events that have occurred in her lifetime. Educated at Roedean School and the Royal  Central School of Speech and Drama, she was a contemporary of Dame Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave. She has acquired over the years an extraordinary knowledge of actors and the world of drama.   She has taught Speech and Drama and remedial reading in schools in the UK and…

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West Sussex Branch: Thanksgiving Lunch

November 22, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Boxgrove Village Hall, The Street
Boxgrove, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 OEE United Kingdom
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West Sussex Branch invite you to their Thanksgiving Lunch, please arrive from 12.30pm for a 1.00pm start.

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Oxfordshire Branch: Thanksgiving Lunch at Weston Manor, speaker Lord Wasserman

November 24

Thanksgiving Lunch at Weston Manor, speaker Lord Wasserman, former Rhodes Scholar. Lord Gordon Wasserman, born in Montreal, Canada, he was educated at McGill University and New College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. After a varied and distinguished career in the Home Office, including 12 years with responsibility for scientific and technological support to UK police forces, he spent 12 years in the USA advising police chiefs in New York, Philadelphia and other cities. From May 2010 to April 2012, he…

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December 2019

South Wales Branch: Festive Supper

December 5, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Howell’s School, 134 Cardiff Road CF5 2YD + Google Map

A Celebration of Christmas at Howell's School, Llandaff with the Senior Girls' Choir and Festive Supper.

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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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