Harleston & District


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
Wed Jun 19th In or Out? Medieval Ideas of Contraception – Dr Hawkins returns to enlighten us further on Medieval medical matters. She will explain the
extraordinary lengths our ancestors went to to attempt to conceive a boy child, or to try to avoid conceiving altogether. You will learn to what extent the methods were based on science or myth.
Wed Jul 17th How to Become a House Detective: Stephen shares his experience of researching the story of the 17th century cottage in Needham which he moved into recently. He’ll recount the tales of the owners and residents of his home over more than 300 years, who ranged from Victorian farmers and bricklayers to a Georgian gentlewoman of independent means and a wealthy 17th century landowner. He also describes the various processes and historic documents involved in investigating the background of any historic property.
Wed Aug 14th The Life and Times of an Essex Bad Girl: From Crime Queen to Pig Farmer. Tracy, gives an account of the shocking life that led to her serving a lengthy stretch in jail before she fought back to become a successful businesswoman, establishing the much acclaimed ‘Giggly Pig’ enterprise. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS MEETING IS ON THE SECOND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH, FOR THIS MONTH ONLY.
Wed Sep 18th Tales from the Bench: Starting with our legal heritage particularly the part that Suffolk and Bury St Edmunds have played in it leading the town motto of BSE to include “cradle of the law”. Graham relates local events particularly the role magistrates have played in this history. He also includes some of his more unusual experiences on the bench and finishes with a brief opportunity for members to see what the role of a magistrate is today by listening to a very brief outline of a case for them to decide how they would sentence the defendant.
Wed Oct 16th Two Teachers’ Ascent of Everest: The story of two Suffolk teachers’ ascent of Mount Everest, the 6-year preparation, planning & hardships involved in tackling the formidable ascent. A lavishly illustrated talk with funds raised being used to support people who have been affected by natural disasters.
Wed Nov 20th The Work of Colchester Zoo: the talk is about the extensive history of keeping exotic animals as well as some of Colchester Zoo’s history It also covers the role that modern Zoos fulfil in conservation of endangered species. There will be illustrations of the animals as well as the conservation work undertaken at Colchester.
Ukulele Group
Sat Jul 13th Pennoyers....Pulham. Centenary of Pulham Pigs.....time to be arranged.
Tue Aug 20th 3 pm at King Georges Hall, Harleston. Annual feelgood concert with favourite happy and positive.