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May 2020

Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk by Fran Unsworth “The Public Service Role of the BBC…”- CANCELLED

Friday, 22nd May, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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We regret that this event has been cancelled. Join Devon & Exter Branch for Lunch followed by an informative talk on “The Public Service Role of the BBC in the Gathering and Broadcasting of News and Current Affairs” by Fran Unsworth. Francesca Mary ("Fran") Unsworth is a journalist and media executive. Fran began her broadcasting career in local radio, working in Leicester and Bristol, before becoming producer of Radio 1's Newsbeat. In 1990 she moved to Radio 4 and was…

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South Wales Branch: ESU Introduction Evening

Wednesday, 27th May, 6:30 pm

Introduction Evening hosted and sponsored by Cardiff solicitors, Hugh James, who have made available their spectacular 7th floor hospitality suite with terrace and magnificent views over the Cardiff skyline. More details and tickets available by emailing esuswb@gmail.com. Directions and ticket prices available on request.

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June 2020

Grand Final of the ESU Performing Shakespeare at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Sunday, 21st June
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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We regret that this event has been postponed until further notice. For more information please call 020 7529 1550 or email competitions@esu.org.

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July 2020

Oxfordshire Branch: Annual Dinner

Friday, 3rd July
Jesus College, Oxford, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW United Kingdom + Google Map

On 3 July 2020, Oxfordshire Branch hosts their Annual Dinner at Jesus College, Oxford. To book a place or for any further information about the dinner, please contact Jan at janetstokescarter@hotmail.com

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South Wales Branch: ESU Members’ Garden Party

Thursday, 23rd July, 5:30 pm

ESU Members’ Garden Party at Dyffryn House (NT) Vale of Glamorgan. More details and tickets available by emailing esuswb@gmail.com. Directions and ticket prices available on request.

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ONLINE EVENT: THE INCIVILITY PROBLEM – HAS SOCIAL MEDIA MADE CONVERSATION LESS CIVIL?

Thursday, 23rd July, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Most of us think that new media have made public discussion and pronouncements less civil. Is this true and if so what are the consequences for public debate and communication?  Do please join us online on Thursday, 23 July at 7.30pm BST for the first in a series of events in which a distinguished panel will share their thoughts on the issues at hand. 

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August 2020

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 19th August, 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 Sunday, 31st January 2021

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London Branch Members' monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month's book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  

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September 2020

London Branch: talk by author Andrew Lownie on his book ‘THE MOUNTBATTENS: Their Lives and Loves’

Monday, 14th September, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The English-Speaking Union invites you to an evening at Dartmouth House with Historian Andrew Lownie who will deliver a fascinating talk on his joint biography of the lives of Earl Mountbatten of Burma and his wife Edwina.  Wine & nibbles from 6.30pm the talk will start 7.00pm sharp Discover more about the charismatic character of the Earl of Mountbatten with lives touching the history of the 20th century, it is a rich story whose characters include: all the key figures of…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 16th September, 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 Sunday, 31st January 2021

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London Branch Members' monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month's book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  

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Online event: Are some born to be better and more civil public speakers?

Wednesday, 23rd September, 7:30 pm

Exploring the formation of belief and how genes, traits and experiences shape our views, Dr Hannah Critchlow, broadcaster and neuroscientist at Cambridge University, examines the concept of free will and asks whether we can ever really change anyone else's - or even our own - minds. She will be joined by Heidi Allen, Former MP for South Cambridgeshire, and Dr Paul Beresford-Hill, Chairman of the ESU of the US. Event summary: ‘Are some born to be better and more civil…

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