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April 2020

Oxfordshire Branch: Visit to the Ashmolean Museum

April 3, 2:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH United Kingdom + Google Map

Oxfordshire Branch hosts a visit to Britain's oldest public museum; Ashmolean Museum, including a private handling of objects in the Eastern Art Department. There will also be a 45 minute guided tour of the Japanese Gallery. Each group will have a maximum of ten and there will be a cream tea in the restaurant afterwards. To book a place or for any further information about the visit, please contact Jan at

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Literary event: In conversation with author Ingrid Persaud ONLINE EVENT

April 7, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The English-Speaking Union welcomes you to an evening in conversation with Ingrid Persaud, who will be talking about her new novel Love after Love. Born in Trinidad, Ingrid Persaud won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2017 and the BBC Short Story Award in 2018. She read law at the LSE and was a legal academic before taking degrees in fine art at Goldsmiths College and Central Saint Martins. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Prospect and Pree magazines. Ingrid…

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Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘Cheshire pubs and pub signs’ – CANCELLED

April 14, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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We regret that this event has been cancelled. Tony Bostock lives in Swanlow area of Winsford in the heart of Cheshire and descends from a family which has lived in the Northwich district for several hundred years. The 30 years he was an officer with the Cheshire Constabulary and later worked as a community safety coordinator with Vale Royal Borough Council and served as a GP. He has always had a passion for history and has held office with The…

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Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘Thomas Erpingham Hero or Thug’

April 17, 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 Ann May on ‘Thomas Erpingham Hero or Thug'

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West Sussex Branch: ‘Iran, Evil Empire or Overlooked Holiday Destination’- A talk by Edward Mynors- CANCELLED

April 21, 1:30 pm

We regret that this event has been cancelled. Iran, Evil Empire or Overlooked Holiday Destination' is a talk by Edward Mynors on 21 April 2020 at the Barley Mow in Walderton. Address- The Barley Mow, Walderton PO18 9ED

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Salisbury Branch: ‘Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA’ Isobel Williams

April 22, 10:15 am - 4:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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Isobel is a retired Consultant in Respiratory Medicine.  While qualifying at St George’s Hospital, University of London, where Edward Wilson, Robert Scott’s friend and confidant, had trained some sixty-five years previously, she saw many of Wilson’s iconic pictures of Antarctica and became fascinated by the continent and the explorers of the early 1900s. She has written several books about them and speaks regularly on Antarctic subjects and Antarctic heroes. Edward Wilson and his wife made their home in Bushey, Hertfordshire.…

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South Wales Branch: Members’ Lunch with Guest speaker, Professor James Raven.

April 22, 12:30 pm

ESU member's lunch at Cardiff City Hospitality Suites with guest speaker Professor James Raven. More details and tickets available by emailing Directions and ticket prices available on request.

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Devon & Exeter Branch: Annual Black Tie Dinner – CANCELLED

April 22, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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We regret that this event has been cancelled. Devon & Exeter Branch's annual Black Tie Dinner with a talk autobiographical talk from Billy “Scratch” Hitchen. At the end of the Easter holidays in 1963, Billy ‘Scratch’  Hitchen, instead of returning to school in Salcombe, having already been expelled by his mother, who was the head of East Portlemouth School, chose to run away to sea: he was just 14. Before the age of 19, he had sailed round the world…

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Performing Shakespeare Competition London (South West) Area Final

April 23, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email

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60th ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition Grand Final

April 25
Churchill College Cambridge, University of Cambridge
Storey's Way, Cambridge CB3 0DS United Kingdom
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Picture of a Public Speaking Competition Team

We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email

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