Dates and details of forthcoming events
THE MONTHLY SPEAKER MEETING IS HELD AT THE COMMEMORATION HALL, WADHURST STARTING AT 2.30pm
(If anyone is willing to offer transport to and from the meetings to those who require a lift please notify the Chairman via the CONTACT page)
|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed Feb 19th||Meeting||Dave Jones - The Bluebell Railway|
The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, preserving for posterity a country branch line with its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signalling systems, stations and operating practices.
|Wed Mar 18th||Meeting||Mike Tilling - Kensington Palace|
An illustrated history of Kensington Palace including anecdotes and present occupants.
|Tue Mar 31st||Social||March 31st SOCIAL AFTERNOON, fun for everyone|
|Wed Apr 15th||Meeting||Ian Rumley-Dawson - Hastings Country Park|
Its wildlife - past, present and future. With some geology, topography and palaeontology.
|Wed May 13th||Meeting||Chris Stewart WorkAid - a tool for life|
WorkAid is a charity where volunteers refurbish tools of collect materials of all kinds to send to Africa where people are trained and and given a toolset or machine to earn a living with pride and dignity.
|Wed Jun 17th||Meeting||John Pearson - Blessed are the Cheese Makers|
John Pearson has spent all his working life in the food industry. He is an
international cheese judge having travelled throughout Europe visiting dairies selecting dairy products for M&S. In 2011 he was appointed
‘Cheese Personality of the Year’ by the British Cheese Board. Proceeds from this talk will go to his friend David Dowdy who rears milking goats in Uganda and runs apprenticeships for local people.
|Fri Jun 26th||Social||June 26th QUIZ NIGHT|
|Wed Jul 15th||Meeting||Helen Pool - Charles II and his Escape through Sussex|
After the Battle of Worcester in 1651, Charles II was on the run for six
weeks before boarding the ship in Sussex that took him to safety.
This talk focuses on the drama of his escape and the reward for his Sussex helpers after the Restoration nine years later.
|Wed Aug 19th||Meeting||Anthony Poulton-Smith - Salt Routes the original trade route|
Why it existed and why these routes are still used today. While our distant ancestors were largely self-sufficient, for most one vital commodity meant having to trade. Bringing salt to the user produced a network of trails which can still be followed. Yet this is not just a travel history, salt has found its way into our culture, our language, our folklore and the talk brings all these factors to the fore.
|Wed Sep 9th||Social||Sept 9th BIRTHDAY PARTY|
|Wed Sep 16th||Meeting||Imogen Corrigan - The Hazards of the Journey|
Pilgrimage and Travel in the Middle Ages - spiritual wandering to
religious tourism. What possessed people to trudge hundreds of miles,
often in appalling conditions and sometimes perishing on the way?
|Wed Oct 21st||Meeting||Dr Janet Pennington - Witches, Warlocks & Wellingtons|
This talk examines the ways people in the past protected themselves and their homes from evil. Protective items will also be on display and can be handled. You are invited to bring your own special objects to the meeting, if you feel you can leave your home unprotected for a few hours.
|Wed Nov 18th||Meeting||Pete Allen - The History of Pantomime|
What is it about Pantomime that attracts us to this strange concoction of fairy tales, dance, jokes, songs and cross-dressing? And what is it really like to play the back end of a Pantomime Horse? All this, and the answer to whether something really is behind you will be answered in this festive talk about what has become one of the great British Christmas traditions.
|Wed Dec 16th||Meeting||CHRISTMAS PARTY!|