Shipston-on-Stour Area


Monthly Meetings are open to all members and entry is free. There are generally no meetings in August and December. Meetings are held with a guest speaker in most months from September to May.

Previously, the meetings took place in the Townsend Hall in Shipston on Stour, but in the light of government guidance, meeting there has been suspended. However, we are pleased to be able to continue with a programme of talks via Zoom or similar, for which there will be no charge. At this stage we are unable to publish a full calendar of events but will provide details of upcoming talks on this page.

Please see below for information on the next talk. We will email members with instructions on how to register for a talk a couple of weeks before it is due to take place.

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Dates for your Diary
Tue Nov 24th Black Cats, New Moons & Ladders - the origins of superstitions
by Sandy Leong
This will be a virtual meeting organized by Mirthy Talks
Talk length - 39 minutes.

A belief in luck and fate are the key components of superstitions and that they can be controlled by various actions of human beings. Do you throw salt over your shoulder if you spill it? Know that it's good luck if you see two magpies together; wonder if things didn't go as planned because it was Friday 13th, and touch wood for good luck? But where did these beliefs originate?

Sandy Leong is an historian, passionate about bringing history to life and is a lively and entertaining speaker. She has a popular series of entertaining, light hearted talks on general historical subjects. However she specialises in the Tudors, an exciting time in the country as it was changing fast; and in the Viking period, who are much more than the stereotype of raiders in horned helmets. She is an international, professional speaker, and published author.”
Tue Dec 15th “Father Christmas – Myths and Mistletoe” a talk by Mike Wabe.
This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom at 7.30pm, and hosted by us.
Talk length approx 60mins.

Learn why the "Jolly Old Elf" feels this way about mistletoe - he's not impressed, I warn you - and find out too why he is known by different names around the world. Discover why we celebrate Christmas when we do, as well as be surprised, and perhaps even amazed, at when and how the traditions we currently associate with Christmas - cards, holly, mistletoe, crackers and turkeys to name but a few - came about. The presentation ends with a reading of Clement Clarke Moore's famous poem, A Visit From Saint Nicholas, now universally known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Talk length about 60 minutes.

Mike says of himself. My work history is a police officer, a manager for Autoglass, a prison officer and ending in a secondary school. I stopped work in 2013 but have been giving talks and presentations for over 12 years. I am the Town Crier of Watton and love every minute. I carry out all the civic functions, as well as private work such as shop and business openings, wake-up calls to brides, and special occasions such as major birthdays or anniversaries. I do enter some Town Crier Competitions, including the World Tournament in 2014. I have even won some, notable in Ely and came second in the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers’ British Championships in 2019. I am a wedding Toastmaster and I run my own murder mystery business. I love history, as might be noticed from the subjects of my talks.
Tue Jan 26th 2021 Wish You Were Here (How holidays have developed)

Graham Sutherland

Further details to follow
Tue Feb 23rd 2021 Three sides of a Pyramid

John Butterworth

Further details to follow in due course

There may be an Open day some time around this period