Newport, Shropshire


Our monthly meetings are held at the Royal British Legion Club in Audley Road, Newport TF10 7DP on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, commencing at 2.00 p.m. There is usually a speaker booked at each meeting on a range of varied topics. Admission is free for members (in 2019) and £1 for non-members. Refreshments are available. Ample car parking.

Dates for your Diary
Tue May 21st

AGM - Members Only

After the AGM Margaret Hazlehurst will head a discussion on "Climate Change"

Tue Jun 18th


Barrow to Baghdad and Back (My Career Story)

Philip's work has taken him to many countries around the world, the last 10 years of which were spent in the Middle East.
Since retiring in 2015, he has become an author and guest speaker and will now tell us how a career that began in Barrow in Furness ended in Baghdad.
His talk starts with him leaving school and ends with the writing of his first novel.

"My talks starts with me leaving school and ends with the writing of my first novel.
• I talk about my time as a chef and manager in the hotel industry (10 yrs ).
• Then talk about my time working in the oil business on rigs in the North Sea (17 yrs ).
• Then about my time in Algeria – in the oil business (1 yr )
• Then about my time in Nigeria – in the oil business (1 yr )
• Then about Kazakhstan and Russia (7 yrs )
• Then about my time in Baghdad working for the American Military (7yrs)
• Then about my time running companies in Dubai and Iraq (4 yrs)
I talk about things that happened to me in the various places I have worked, with plenty of interest and humour.
Finally I talk about my factitious adventure / thriller novels (currently 5) all inspired by my ten years in the Middle East."

Tue Jul 16th

Councillor Raj Mehta

Tue Sep 17th

Squadron Leader Chris Wilson

Chris will give a history of RAF Cosford from being built in 1937 to the present day.

Tue Oct 15th

Peter Bates

The Transportation of Convicts to Australia

The preamble explains James Cook’s visit to Australia and the need for the British Government to launch the First Fleet in 1787. It goes on to name several individual convicts of note; their crimes and short stories. It proceeds to discuss the treatment of the convicts, name 2 prominent governors of New South Wales and the building of eleven penal colonies. Concluding with the purpose of Port Arthur in Tasmania and convict buildings of note still in existence in Australia today. The object of this talk is to give a chronology of events leading up to the subsequent transportation of convicts to Australia, their treatment; demises and successes in helping to shape today’s Australia, and their legacies.

Tue Nov 19th

Jamie Mackaill

Banking Scams

Friends Against Scams is our talk on keeping yourself safe and is a National Trading Standards initiative and aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims to scams. These talks are absolutely free and apply to everyone which ever bank you bank with.