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November 2019

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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Dartmouth House: Thanksgiving Dinner

November 27, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Open House London | Dartmouth House | The long drawing room

We are delighted that Dorothy Byrne, Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 Television, giver of the MacTaggart Lecture 2019 and a former winner of our Schools’ Mace debating competition, will be our guest speaker at this year’s English-Speaking Union Thanksgiving Dinner. We very much hope you can attend. RSVP

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December 2019

Salisbury & Wiltshire Branch: A Christmas Lunch with a Raffle to raise funds for the Kings School, Tamil Nadu, India

December 4, 10:15 am - 3:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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A Christmas Lunch with a Raffle to raise funds for the Kings School, Tamil Nadu, India.  Kings School, a boarding and day school for boys and girls, was opened in 2005.  It is an English-medium school built to the highest international standards and our sponsorship of the School, together with our Gap Year Student grant scheme, is the Branch’s contribution to the teaching of English overseas.  The Talk today will be – “Schools I Have Known” Martin Marriott Martin was…

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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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Christmas Event at Royal Victoria Hotel

December 4, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
The Royal Victoria Hotel, St. Leonards on Sea, Marina
St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex TN38 OBD United Kingdom
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Christmas Buffet Meal. We shall be joined by Special Guest, Josephine Stanley (Librarian) from Bexhill High Academy who will update us on the latest events. She will be accompanied by two pupils as before. Please let me know by Wednesday 27 November if you would like to attend.

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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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Mid-Cheshire Branch: Christmas Lunch & Talk, ‘Ways for wildlife’

December 10, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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Richard Macaulay is a member of the Sandbach Woodland and Wildlife group of volunteers who, over the past seven years, have regenerated the woodland area in Sandbach, increasing biodiversity by new planting and creating a variety of habitats for woodland creatures and new trails to explore.

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & talk ‘all wrapped up: a Christmas confection’

December 10, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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ALL WRAPPED UP: A CHRISTMAS CONFECTION Caroline Bacon, Former Curator of Cecil Higgins, and Manager of Rothsay Education Centre Taking Christmas, Winter and the Nativity as our theme, we will look at a number of artists from Breughel to Damien Hirst and their response to Christmas (or winter) through a variety of art media. An opportunity to discover how the concept and image of Christmas has changed over the centuries. Branch social activities are arranged in order to raise funds…

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English Speaking Union AGM

December 10, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Please save date date for the English-Speaking Union's AGM, details coming soon...

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Devon & Exeter Branch: Black Tie Dinner, ‘Moguls, Mayhem and Movies”, illustrated story of early Hollywood’

December 11, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Martin Fisher has had a lifelong interest in cinema since his grandfather took him to see ‘Pinocchio’. The title of his talk speaks for itself and will include many film extracts from those early days of cinema. Born in Windsor, Martin was educated at St George’s School, Windsor Castle, where he was a chorister. He sang at the funeral of King George V1, recorded 78 rpm records for HMV and broadcast Choral Evensong for the BBC. Leaving school, Martin joined…

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