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November 2019

Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk, ‘On the road with the BBC’

November 12, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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After postgraduate training as a teacher of languages, John Miller made an early move sideways to join BBC staff where he remained for nearly 30 years. Most of that time was spent in television production. He began his BBC career in Sound radio operations  in London, soon moving north to Manchester and into network television production. After an early mix of quizzes and children’s programs, he went on to produce a wide range of current affairs, documentaries and feature programs.…

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Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘The Tower of London’

November 15, 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 about The Tower of London by David Morton

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London Branch: Alexander Ullman Piano Concert at Dartmouth House

November 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The English-Speaking Union London Region Branch welcomes you to an intimate evening piano recital with the winner of the 2017 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Alexander Ullman. Programme Liszt - Harmonies poétiques et religieuses Nos. III, VII and X Tchaikovsky/Pletnev - Nutcracker Suite Stravinsky/Agosti - Firebird Suite Drinks from 6.30pm Recital begins at 7pm sharp, the recital will end at approximately 8.30pm. All proceeds from this performance will support the ESU's Educational Programmes. Please reserve your ticket here: or…

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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


December 4, 10:15 am - 3:00 pm
The Murray Hall, Loughton, Essex, 106 Borders Lane
Loughton, Essex IG10 3SB United Kingdom
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As this is our Christmas’ meeting we have decided to dispense with an outside speaker and make it a more social event with time for chat over refreshments.   We will be showing pictures of some of the holidays and visits which we have had during the Chairmanship of Tony Meagher and we hope that those who enjoyed the events will be happy to reminisce, whilst those who weren’t able to support the visits programme will be inspired to do so…

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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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