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August 2022

Lincoln Branch: Summer Evening Reception and Private View of the Sculpture Exhibition at Doddington Hall

Monday, 8th August, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Doddington Hall, Doddington Hall
Doddington, Lincoln LN6 4RU United Kingdom
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Monday, 8 August sees a return of the biennial Sculpture Exhibition at Doddington Hall commencing with the ESU Lincoln branch’s Summer Evening Reception and Private View, offering a super opportunity to get together over some drinks and nibbles and a popular chance to see this much admired and successful exhibition of talent and imagination with thanks to Claire & James Birch. Tickets cost £10 per member and £12.50 for friends/supporters. Tickets for ESU Lincoln events are available from Hon. Secretary…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 17th 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 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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September 2022

London Branch: Sanctions Debate with headline speaker Bill Browder

Monday, 5th September, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London branch are delighted to invite you to a debate at the ESU’ s headquarters Dartmouth House, Mayfair on Monday, 5 September. The motion for this debate is: ‘This house believes that sanctioning private individuals in order to pressure foreign states is not only legally questionable, it is also ineffective’. We are pleased to confirm that Bill Browder, British-American financier, political activist and leading lobbyist of the Magnitsky Act, is speaking for the opposition as our headline speaker. Doors…

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind In Conversation with Alastair Niven

Monday, 12th September, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us online on Monday, 12 September at 6.30pm to join Sir Malcom Rifkind KCMG QC in conversation with Alastair Niven OBE LVO. Sir Malcolm Rifkind is a former MP and served in the cabinets of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He has held a variety of high-profile positions within the government, including Secretary of State for Scotland, Defence Secretary, and Foreign Secretary. More recently, Malcom sat as chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament. He continues to…

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Lincoln Branch Spring Lunch: ‘The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight: Past, Present and Future’ by Sqn Ldr Mark Sugden

Tuesday, 13th September, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
International Bomber Command Centre, Canwick Ave
Lincoln, LN4 2HQ United Kingdom
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Lincoln branch are pleased to announce that they have managed to reschedule the postponed Spring Lunch to Tuesday, 13 September at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln with special guest Sqn Ldr Mark Sugden who will speak about ‘The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight: Past, Present and Future’. The Lincoln branch is delighted to welcome Officer Commanding the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Squadron Leader Mark Sugden as guest speaker. With a world-class team, he is…

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POST PONED: Talk by author Rupert Wieloch on his book ‘Churchill’s Abandoned Prisoners’

Monday, 19th September, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED One hundred years ago a group of 15 British soldiers serving with the British Mission to Siberia were captured by the Red Army on Russian Christmas Eve (6th January).  They were held in a lice-infested room at Krasnoyarsk for three months, whilst Prime Minister Lloyd George’s representative signed a prisoner exchange treaty with Lenin’s envoy in Copenhagen.  One of the prisoners was a young Captain Brian Horrocks (played by Edward Fox in the film A…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 21st 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 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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Young Members’ Introduction to Judging

Wednesday, 21st September, 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Discover how Young Members can get involved with the ESU's lifechanging work by becoming a judge for the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition. Led by some of our brilliant young volunteers, this informal discussion will explain what the ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition is, why it's so important for young people, and how Young Members can support the ESU's vital mission by getting involved as a judge! It's truly a wonderful opportunity for any young person looking to gain more experience, meet…

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October 2022

English-Speaking Union of United States Gala in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

Monday, 3rd October, 11:00 pm - Tuesday, 4th October, 2:00 am

Please join us virtually on October 3, 2022 at 7.35pm (New York time) for a Gala hosted by the English-Speaking Union of United States in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The International Community's virtual access to the Gala has been made possible by a generous donation from ESU-US Board member and benefactor Mr. Donald Best. Members of the international community that are registered will be recognized from the podium and their countries and names will part…

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Ouse Valley Branch: ‘Morecambe Moments’ by Gail Stuart

Tuesday, 4th October, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
King’s House, 245 Ampthill Road
Bedford, MK42 9AZ United Kingdom
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Gail started Morecambe Moments some years after her father Eric Morecambe’s sudden death in 1984, and says that it could not have been done during her father’s life time. After his death, quite simply, this is Gail’s personal tribute to her dad. A number of years ago Gail was asked by a friend to do a talk at a charity dinner. “I looked blankly at him and said What about?”. He, of course, said, “Your dad!” Little did Gail expect…

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