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December 2022

103rd Annual General Meeting of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth

Tuesday, 6th December 2022, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Notice is hereby given that the 103rd Annual General Meeting of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth will be held at Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED on Tuesday, 6 December 2022 at 5pm. Philip Maunder, Chair, will preside. After the AGM, we are delighted to welcome members to stay for a festive drinks reception with music by jazz trio Muted Affair. Timings for the evening are as follows: 5pm - Annual General Meeting (free) 6pm - Jazz…

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ESU Quizmas at Dartmouth House

Tuesday, 6th December 2022, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Open House London | Dartmouth House | Robert Adam frieplace

The ESU will be celebrating the yuletide season with a fabulously festive drinks reception with jazz and Christmas quiz at Dartmouth House on Tuesday, 6 December at 6pm! Brush up on your general knowledge and get ready to prove your status as a 'snow-it-all'! Ten teams of up to eight people will battle it out to win the top prize of the evening, tackling a variety of topics across different themed rounds. See the link below to book your tickets…

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Salisbury Branch: Felicity Herring, ‘James Barry RA and his niece Dr James Barry’

Wednesday, 7th December 2022, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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Dr James Barry was first female doctor in Britain. Born in Cork in 1789 she was the niece of the artist James Barry RA. In 1809 she disguised herself as a man and went to Edinburgh University to train to be a doctor. Following her graduation in 1812 she joined the army and was posted to South Africa where she maintained her male persona throughout even fighting a duel. In Cape Town she performed the first successful caesarean section in…

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South Wales Branch: Christmas at Howell’s

Tuesday, 13th December 2022, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Howell’s School, 134 Cardiff Road CF5 2YD + Google Map

Christmas celebrations hosted at Howell's School, with food and drinks provided by the very well-regarded Epic Caterers. Dinner will be hosted in the Great Hall at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 13 December. Tables of 8 people, with flexibility for parties up to 10, guests of members welcome. There is plenty of parking on site. Details of the guest speaker will be announced soon.   To reserve your place, please return this form as soon as possible and by November 30th at…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 21st December 2022, 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 Wednesday, 31st January 2024

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 December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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January 2023

Salisbury branch: ‘Character and Conflict’ by Peter Power

Monday, 16th January, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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Peter will continue his interesting talk about the courageous agents of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. He will take it to the next stage by closely looking at some of the characters and conflicts in greater detail. The talk will cover SOE triumphs as well as tragedies. Coffee will be served from 10.15am, with the main talk beginning at 11am sharp, and lunch from 12.30pm. Lunch & Talk ticket price: £20 (Members) & £22 (Guests) Talk…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 18th January, 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 Wednesday, 31st January 2024

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 December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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Climate Crisis Roadmap: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

Tuesday, 31st January, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The climate crisis poses an existential threat to us all, yet the complexity of the issues, the constantly changing environmental policies and the multiple sources of information available to us can make it difficult to grasp the scale and trajectory of the crisis. In this first event of the Climate Deep Dialogue you will hear a lecture from a leading expert in the field of climate science and leave with a clear roadmap of where we are in the climate…

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February 2023

Dartmouth House Tour

Monday, 6th February, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us for a tour of this opulent Grade II*-listed townhouse boasting a marble courtyard, French panelling and a Robert Adam fireplace. From a banker's ostentatious home, to a military hospital, and now the headquarters of educational charity the English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House has had an illustrious and varied history. Join us on a tour of the building and discover its story which has been shaped by those who owned it. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes and will…

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Piano Recital with Yulia Chaplina

Wednesday, 8th February, 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 welcomes you to an evening of piano music with ESU Music Scholarship alumna Yulia Chaplina Join us at Dartmouth House for a reception followed by a concert by pianist, Yulia Chaplina. Debuting aged seven with a performance of Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Chaplina trained in Rostov and Moscow with Naum Shtarkman and with Klaus Hellwig at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She holds a Masters of…

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