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November 2019

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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December 2019

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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January 2020

Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘THE HOUSE OF LORDS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE’

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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THE RT HON BARONESS D’SOUZA, Former Lord Speaker of the House of Lords Our speaker has had a distinguished career in science – anthropology, brain chemistry and human nutrition. She has, in addition, a wide range of other interests – human rights, development, gender equality. She was created a Life Peer in 2004 and sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords, being elected Lord Speaker for 5 years from 2011 to 2016.    Baroness D’Souza is therefore well qualified…

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February 2020

Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘CONTEMPORARY AMERICA’

Thursday, 27th February 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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PROFESSOR GARY GERSTLE, Professor of American History and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge Gary Gerstle lives in Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is primarily an historian of 20th century America with particular expertise in immigration and race issues. He has lectured worldwide, and is frequently consulted for his views on contemporary questions in the USA. In his talk to us he will give a broad survey of current trends in American society – race relations, migration,…

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March 2020

Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘MARK RUTHERFORD’S PEOPLE’

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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DR MARK CREESE English teacher, author, Chairman of the Rutherford Society. MARK RUTHERFORD’S PEOPLE Hale White was born in Bedford in 1831 and educated at Bedford Modern School. A nonconformist in religion and a civil servant and journalist. For his novels he assumed the pseudonym, Mark Rutherford. Dr Crees’s presentation will partly be a talk on Rutherford’s life and partly a dramatic reading of extracts from his novels to give a flavour of Rutherford’s writing.    The characters in the novels…

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