Monthly meetings take place in Bugbrooke Sports & Community Centre, Camp Close, Bugbrooke, NN7 3RW.
They are usually on the third Monday afternoon of the month, starting at 2.00pm. An exception is the December meeting, which is on the second Monday.
Note that there is no meeting in August
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Jun 17th||'An Introduction to Gemstones' by Andrew Waite.|
Fun with diamond-testing and ring-sizing, with a look at facts and folklore relating to several gemstones and their formation. The talk includes a variety of visual, audio and practical activities.
|Mon Jul 15th||'In Search of Ice Made in Heaven' by Charles Bezzina.|
An artistic journey from the Sahara to the Arctic landscape of of the north in search of what the Inuit call call ice made in heaven, stressing the importance of ice to the well-being of the planet.
|Mon Sep 16th||'Milton Keynes to Mississippi' by Saffron Summerfield.|
Saffron gives a brief history of the guitar and plays classical, Spanish and Mississippi Blues music. She also tells anecdotes from a career in music that includes appearing on John Peel's radio show, writing songs for radio and television, and playing with blues musicians in Mississippi cotton fields.
|Mon Oct 21st||'Barrow to Baghdad and Back' by Philip Caine.|
The author of the Jack Castle novels describes his varied life, starting in the hotel industry in Barrow, followed by 30 years managing projects across three continents, including seven years in post-war Baghdad. Since retirement, he has returned to Barrow and written several novels based on his experiences.
|Mon Nov 18th||'The Life and Times of a Ship's Pilot' by William Wells.|
Captain Wells traces the history of pilotage from Phoenician times to the computers and satellite navigation of today. He takes us behind the 'green baize door' leading to a ship's bridge and describes with humorous anecdotes how ships large and small are docked.
|Mon Dec 9th||'Yule be Surprised! Why Christmas is Christmas' by Steve Dimmer.|
A sideways look at the traditions of Christmas which we take for granted. Why a partridge in a pear tree? When did Santa begin coming down the chimney? A fascinating and light-hearted journey through the festive season, guaranteed to inform and delight.
|Mon Jan 20th 2020||'Sixteen Warnings from the Titanic, 1912' by John Perkins.|
Where people went wrong and how the sinking was caused by their fatal (and sometimes admirable) decisions.
|Mon Feb 17th 2020||'Wallis Simpson and the Abdication Crisis of 1936' by Roy Smart.|
Roy tells the story of the twice-married divorcee, whose romance with the future King Edward VII was only made public in 1936, leading to a constitutional crisis and the King's abdication at the end of the year.
|Mon Mar 16th 2020||'True Tales of a Tour Guide' by Jo Golby.|
From the laughable to the unbelievable, the people and instances that have been impossible to forget and should be shared with others. An informal talk on the weird and wonderful experiences during her years as a tour guide.
|Mon Apr 20th 2020||'A Solo Walk Across Africa' by Fran Sandham.|
An account of Fran's 3,000 mile solo walk across Africa, from the Atlantic on Namibia's Skeleton Coast to the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar. The first time anyone has crossed Africa solo entirely on foot by this route.