Stour Valley


The meetings, outings, social events and holidays listed below are open to all members

Groups also meet regularly and organise events and outings, details of which can be found on the Group pages of the website. Members need to belong to a Group to enjoy their activities.

Lecture Meetings are organised by a Committee at least one year ahead. Over the past few years we have been fortunate to have gained the services of speakers well known in the field of broadcasting, art, environment, energy, cartography, commerce and many of whom have shared their long distance travel experiences with us in illustrated talks.

The lectures are held monthly, (except December), on the second Wednesday of the month, in The Constable Hall, East Bergholt, CO7 6TP at 2.00 pm for 2.15 p.m. and are the catalyst to bring all the members together both to learn and to socialise. We regularly welcome over 80 members and guests each month. Questions are usually invited at the end of the lecture. Posters, designed to advertise each lecture are exhibited well in advance on notice boards within the Stour Valley area.

We particularly welcome new members and those who have not been to these talks before. Non members are most welcome to join us for the lecture in return for a donation of £3.00.

Further information on our Social Events - Summer meal - see below - Christmas meal - coming soon.

Additional details of our Garden Visits can be found by going to the Group page and clicking on the Garden Visits. All visits start from The Red Lion car park, East Bergholt.

Dates for your Diary
Wed Jan 9th Women Can Fly - Sally Dearman, former RAF pilot, speaking of her life in the air as a civil pilot and then with the RAF.
Wed Feb 13th An Afternoon with Joyce Grenfell
Gillian Grinham, author, former teacher and director, performs monologues and songs from Joyce Grenfell's repertoire, interspersed with details from that much loved entertainer's life.
Wed Mar 13th For Better or Far Worse - Toni Neobard & Kate Broad, Family historian and authors
A quirky, light-hearted look at marriage and relationships through the eyes of the Victorians.
Wed Apr 10th The Genius of Charles Dickens - Mark Mitchels, Lecturer
What sort of man was this talented and extremely hard-working novelist? Mark uses Dickens' biography and extracts from his books to re-create the man.
Wed May 8th Portable Antiquities Scheme - Dr Helen Geake, National Finds Adviser for the Scheme
Local archaeology finds by the public recorded by PAS. What should you do if you find a historic artefact?
Wed Jun 12th Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics - Dr Stephen Ashworth, Senior Lecturer UEA
How good are we at judging probabilities? An excursion into statistics & probabilities to encourage critical consideration of the statistics with which we are bombarded every day.
Wed Jul 10th Bird Migration - Paul Stancliffe, Media Manager, British Trust for Ornithology
How the latest technology is used to uncover the mysteries of bird migration. Follow cuckoos, nightingales and swifts as they fly to and from their wintering grounds.
Wed Aug 14th Survival in Solitude - Terry Waite CBE, Humanitarian, lecturer & author
As a former hostage and hostage negotiator himself, Terry describes his own experiences and efforts to release innocent people across the world.
Wed Sep 11th Great Composers of Film Music - Steve Johnson, Film enthusiast
History of music in film from the beginnings of sound with emphasis on composers who have made significant contributions.
Wed Oct 9th An Englishwoman's Life in Rural Turkey - Jenny Gibbs
Jenny's stories capture a simple, serene, pastoral way of life in a mountain village unchanged for centuries, from the day she first arrived 25 years ago to today.
Wed Nov 13th Tales from the Bench - Graham Higgins, Magistrate
The speaker looks at our legal heritage relating how the role of magistrates and local events have played their part. He includes some of his experiences and invites us to decide on sentencing in a case he outlines.
Social Events
Fri Jan 25th Coffee Grinders Lambe School, East Bergholt 10-12 am
Fri Feb 22nd Coffee Grinders Lambe School, East Bergholt 10-12 am
Fri Mar 22nd Coffee Grinders Lambe School, East Bergholt 10-12 am
Fri Apr 26th Coffee Grinders Lambe School, East Bergholt 10-12 am
Fri May 24th Coffee Grinders Lambe School, East Bergholt 10-12 am
Fri Mar 15th
→Mon Mar 18th
Dutch Grand Masters trip to the Hague and Amsterdam
Sun Oct 20th
→Sun Oct 27th
Istrian Riviera