Wadhurst

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
February 2020
Wed Feb 19thMeetingDave 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.
March 2020
Wed Mar 18thMeetingMike Tilling - Kensington Palace
An illustrated history of Kensington Palace including anecdotes and present occupants.
Tue Mar 31stSocialMarch 31st SOCIAL AFTERNOON, fun for everyone
April 2020
Wed Apr 15thMeetingIan Rumley-Dawson - Hastings Country Park
Its wildlife - past, present and future. With some geology, topography and palaeontology.
May 2020
Wed May 13thMeetingChris 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.
June 2020
Wed Jun 17thMeetingJohn 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 26thSocialJune 26th QUIZ NIGHT
July 2020
Wed Jul 15thMeetingHelen 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.
August 2020
Wed Aug 19thMeetingAnthony 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.
September 2020
Wed Sep 9thSocialSept 9th BIRTHDAY PARTY
Wed Sep 16thMeetingImogen 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?
October 2020
Wed Oct 21stMeetingDr 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.
November 2020
Wed Nov 18thMeetingPete 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.
December 2020
Wed Dec 16thMeetingCHRISTMAS PARTY!