Harleston & District

Meetings

We meet at 2pm in St John the Baptist Church, Broad Street, Harleston, Norfolk IP20 9AZ.

To start, an invited speaker will give a talk, followed by tea/coffee and then a half hour social and notices, (please see Meeting Diary below), plenty of time is allowed for questions and comments. There is a charge of £1 for members (£2 for visitors). Non-members are most welcome at the monthly meetings.

Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Wed Mar 18th My Indian Adventure: Tamara has travelled extensively in India and has kept a journal which she hopes to publish. She will also talk about the charity she’s been involved in setting up there and the progress it’s made.
Wed Apr 15th LIFE ON THE FRONT LINE – FROM THE COLD WAR TO THE GULF
Michael Keitch will be reliving his time in the RAF & USAAF from the Cold War to the Gulf with responsibility for transporting nuclear weapons & equipment. He will also tell of how he was nearly caught in Berlin as a spy. There will be some personal anecdotes thrown in for good measure..
Wed May 20th Medieval Festivities and Entertainments in East Anglia - Dr Kate Jewell
Discover the ways in which the people of medieval East Anglia enjoyed themselves and marked important festivals. Plenty of music, dancing, drama, cakes, ale and partying! We will also discover how celebrations and festivities were used at times of financial crisis.
Wed Jun 17th The King of the Norfolk Poachers - Charlotte Paton
The story of the infamous Fredrick Rolfe. Charlotte’s research reveals a man surviving through poaching in rural communities in Norfolk - around which he moved to keep ahead of the law in the early twentieth century. He left behind him a trail of broken laws, broken hearts and a complex family tree which took years to unravel.
Wed Jul 15th Blood, Sweat and Fears - Mary Newton
Mary’s acclaimed presentation covers the biological forensic aspects of crime investigation. She will talk about some of the high profile cases she has worked on over her 40 year career before she retired in September 2019.
Wed Aug 19th THE ORIGINS AND PERSECUTION OF THE MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS 1553-1620.
Tony Diamond
As part of the Mayflower 400’s celebration, Tony has produced a talk on the religious motivations of the separatist Pilgrims. The highly illustrated talk will include the persecutions suffered by the Pilgrims which caused them to leave England.
Wed Sep 16th Political correctness - the new insanity?- Andrew Baker
George Orwell argued that freedom is the right to say that 2+2 = 4. Are we free today, or are we constrained in what we write, say and think and in how many issues are discussed? A controversial look at the limitations on what we can say in a PC world.
Wed Oct 21st Submarines – the Fear and the Frolics
Our own Ian Hunter will be returning to talk about the dangers of life under the sea as well as how submariners had fun on board and on leave.
Wed Nov 18th A Female in Fleet Street - Deborah Brady
Debbie was the first female photojournalist in Fleet Street and covered many high -profile news stories as well as sport. Her work appeared in the Today newspaper, Daily Mirror and The Times. She left after 12 years to take a degree in Countryside Management and is now Community Ranger and runs a her photography business.