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December 2022

Ouse Valley Branch: ‘Busking Beyond Borders’ by David Fisher

Tuesday, 6th December, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road
Bedford, MK42 9AZ United Kingdom
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David has headlined at folk clubs around the country. As a director of the buskers’ advocacy group ‘Keep Streets Live’ since 2019, he has actively campaigned for the rights of street entertainers up and down the country. He has spent a number of years busking his way around nearly 50 countries. His adventures include run–ins with the police in Azerbaijan, free tickets to see Bruce Springsteen and many more. Alongside regaling the audience with his anecdotes David will be playing…

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ESU Quizmas at Dartmouth House

Tuesday, 6th December, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Open House London | Dartmouth House | Robert Adam frieplace

The ESU will be celebrating the yuletide season with a fabulously festive drinks reception with jazz and Christmas quiz at Dartmouth House on Tuesday, 6 December at 6pm! Brush up on your general knowledge and get ready to prove your status as a 'snow-it-all'! Ten teams of up to eight people will battle it out to win the top prize of the evening, tackling a variety of topics across different themed rounds. See the link below to book your tickets…

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Salisbury Branch: Felicity Herring, ‘James Barry RA and his niece Dr James Barry’

Wednesday, 7th December, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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Dr James Barry was first female doctor in Britain. Born in Cork in 1789 she was the niece of the artist James Barry RA. In 1809 she disguised herself as a man and went to Edinburgh University to train to be a doctor. Following her graduation in 1812 she joined the army and was posted to South Africa where she maintained her male persona throughout even fighting a duel. In Cape Town she performed the first successful caesarean section in…

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SOUTH WALES BRANCH: CHRISTMAS AT HOWELL’S

Tuesday, 13th December, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Howell’s School, 134 Cardiff Road CF5 2YD + Google Map

Christmas celebrations hosted at Howell's School, with food and drinks provided by the very well-regarded Epic Caterers. Dinner will be hosted in the Great Hall at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 13 December. Tables of 8 people, with flexibility for parties up to 10, guests of members welcome. There is plenty of parking on site. Details of the guest speaker will be announced soon.   To reserve your place, please return this form as soon as possible and by November 30th at…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 21st December, 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: Dec- Jan: Washington Square – Henry James (266pp) Jan- Feb: Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro (352pp) Feb – March:…

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January 2023

Salisbury branch: ‘Character and Conflict’ by Peter Power

Monday, 16th January 2023, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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Peter will continue his interesting talk about the courageous agents of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. He will take it to the next stage by closely looking at some of the characters and conflicts in greater detail. The talk will cover SOE triumphs as well as tragedies. Coffee will be served from 10.15am, with the main talk beginning at 11am sharp, and lunch from 12.30pm. Lunch & Talk ticket price: £20 (Members) & £22 (Guests) Talk…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 18th January 2023, 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: Dec- Jan: Washington Square – Henry James (266pp) Jan- Feb: Klara and the Sun – Kazuo Ishiguro (352pp) Feb – March:…

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February 2023

Ouse Valley Branch: ‘The Kursk Russian Submarine Rescue’ by Sir David Russell

Tuesday, 21st February 2023, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road
Bedford, MK42 9AZ United Kingdom
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Sir David was the Chief Executive of the Harpur Trust from 2002 – 2019 and was the first Commanding Officer of HMS Vanguard, the UK’s lead Trident submarine. On Saturday 21 August 2000, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk suffered two enormous explosions and sank to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Miraculously, 23 sailors survived in the after machinery compartments. The UK offered to help the Russians rescue the sailors and Sir David Russell led the UK rescue forces to…

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March 2023

ESU Members and Alumni Dinner at the House of Commons

Thursday, 9th March 2023, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Commons, Houses of Parliament
London, SW1A 0AA United Kingdom
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Join us in celebration and support of our international exchange programmes with a very special members and alumni dinner at the House of Commons. Speaker to be confirmed. Members, £200; guests, £250; under 35s, £125. This event is part of the English-Speaking Union's programme of celebrating global understanding through dialogue and will support our vital charitable mission of giving young people the speaking and listening skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive.

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Ouse Valley Branch: ‘The Sharnbrook Mill Theatre: Past and Future’ by Douglas and Ginny Pope

Tuesday, 21st March 2023, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, 103 Mill Rd, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1NP United Kingdom
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The Mill Theatre has been ever-present in Douglas and Ginny’s lives for 52 years and both have supported the theatre in a number of ways, including acting in a number of productions. Douglas has just retired as Chair of Governors of this unique riverside theatre which is run and maintained entirely by volunteers. He will take us through its history from wartime formation and entertaining groups stationed in Poddington, to its award winning amateur status today. His wife Ginny, has…

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