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 and Christmas meals - see below.

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 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.
Wed Jan 8th 2020 The Mysteries of Easter Island
Chris Parfitt, retired teacher, looks at life on this remote island today and explores its unique history.
Wed Feb 12th 2020 The Life & Times of an Essex Bad Girl
From prison to a successful brand! Tracy Mackness of The Giggly Pig Co. tells her story of changing the direction of her life to become a pig farmer and successful sausage producer.
Wed Mar 11th 2020 Bees and Flowers
and the contest between them to gain benefits from the relationship explained by Master Beekeeper, Jeremy Quinlan
Wed Apr 8th 2020 Colchester Roman Circus & The Fenwick Treasure
Philip Crummy, Director & Principal Archaeologist, Colchester Archaeological Trust, speaks about the two most interesting archaeological discoveries in the Colchester in recent years.
Wed May 13th 2020 The Insights of a Provincial Auctioneer
Steve Lister has been an auctioneer for 15 years selling everything from Faberge to cream eggs and classic to Corgi cars for commercial, charity & fund raising events in the Essex and Greater London area.
Wed Jun 10th 2020 The International Space Station & Astronomy
Deborah Ball, CEO of The Kinetic Science Foundation speaks about the Space Station including Tim Peake's experiences.
Wed Jul 8th 2020 Berlin: Walking Through History
An illustrated presentation from Gerald Jenkins, traveller and walker, covering a long period of dramatic modern history from the Treaty of Versailles until present times.
Wed Aug 12th 2020 Two Kinds of Teardrops
Roy Orbison & Del Shannon

Mike Grillo, songwriter/teacher tells the untold story of five decades of some of the most dynamic songs of joy and pain in the history of popular music. A musical narrative from the golden age of the 60s and the legacy left by these two iconic pop artists.
Wed Sep 9th 2020 Nepal - Its Mountains & Men
Paula Short, writer & journalist speaks on the history of the country and some interesting personalities including Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing.
Wed Oct 14th 2020 A Candle in the Dark
Jan Williams, historian, author & story teller gives the historic facts behind the events of 1645 when Matthew Hopkins brought his accusations against the 'witches' of Manningtree.
Wed Nov 11th 2020 Travels of a Botanical Artist - Recording Rare Flowers
Reinhild Raistrick, Member of the Society of Botanical Artists tells 'How the Artist Works in Situ' - painting rare flowers in various parts of the world from Kazakhstan to Africa, to the Alps.
Thu Oct 31st Oxburgh Hall and Gardens, Norfolk
Social Events
Wed Dec 11th Christmas Meal at the Ipswich Hotel, Copdock
Sun Oct 20th
→Sun Oct 27th
Istrian Riviera