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February 2020

Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk, Research work in the Arctic

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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Professor Terry Callahan will be giving a talk on his Research work in the Arctic Terry Callahan started  as an Arctic plant ecologist in 1967. Over 52 years, he has worked in every Arctic country and has been in the field during each of 50 years. His main current focus is to develop international collaboration to understand environmental change in Siberia. He has published over 430 scientific papers and is included as Most cited and influential researcher, for the period…

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Bristol branch: The past, present and future of Bristol’s Museum Service

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 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 past, present and future of Bristol’s Museum Service Speaker Ray Barnett, Head of Collections and Archives, Bristol

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Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk, ‘Churchill’s Great Game’, rethinking the origins of the Cold War

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Join Devon & Exeter Branch for lunch followed by a fascinating talk by Professor Richard Toye “Churchill’s Great Game”, rethinking the origins of the Cold War Richard Toye is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. He is a specialist in the history of rhetoric and is the author of numerous articles and several books, including ‘Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction’ and ‘The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches’. His book…

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘CONTEMPORARY AMERICA’

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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PROFESSOR GARY GERSTLE, Professor of American History and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge Gary Gerstle lives in Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is primarily an historian of 20th century America with particular expertise in immigration and race issues. He has lectured worldwide, and is frequently consulted for his views on contemporary questions in the USA. In his talk to us he will give a broad survey of current trends in American society – race relations, migration,…

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March 2020

Save the date: Spring lunch at Dartmouth House

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us for an audience with Princess Katya Galitzine who will deliver a fascinating talk about her mother, Jean Dawnay's, life as a Dior model, followed by a champagne lunch. The event, a celebration of the English-Speaking Union’s of global understanding through dialogue, will support the ESU’s vital charitable mission, giving young people the speaking and listening skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive.

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Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘Principles, Pragmatism and Politics…’

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Join Devon & Exeter Branch for a lunch followed by a talk on "Principles, Pragmatism and Politics - the making of public policy in the UK - and why it affects us all" by Professor Tony Stoller CBE. Professor Stoller graduated with degrees in both history and law from Cambridge. He has had many important roles in both the private and public sectors, including Principal Director of the John Lewis Partnership, Chair of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Chief Executive…

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Bristol branch: One Man’s England

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 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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One Man’s England, the legacy of WG Hoskins, author of The  Making of the English Landscape Speaker Peter Jones

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Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘Kett’s Rebellion’

Friday, 20th March 2020, 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 on Kett’s  Rebellion by Barbara Miller

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘MARK RUTHERFORD’S PEOPLE’

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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DR MARK CREESE English teacher, author, Chairman of the Rutherford Society. MARK RUTHERFORD’S PEOPLE Hale White was born in Bedford in 1831 and educated at Bedford Modern School. A nonconformist in religion and a civil servant and journalist. For his novels he assumed the pseudonym, Mark Rutherford. Dr Crees’s presentation will partly be a talk on Rutherford’s life and partly a dramatic reading of extracts from his novels to give a flavour of Rutherford’s writing.    The characters in the novels…

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April 2020

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

Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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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 Cheshire local history Association, the Winsford and district…

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