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Events 2022

Speaker Meetings

Important Note: 2022 New venue

In 2022 our Speaker Meetings with guest speakers will be at 2pm on the first Thursday of the month in the St Hugh’s Centre, Hensington Road, OX20 1JL, behind the Church. This change of venue will enable us to use their wifi to convene hybrid meetings. This means you have the choice of coming to the talks in the hall, or watching the talks live on Zoom. (Zoom link will be sent to members a few days before each meeting).

The St Hugh's Centre opened in 2019 and is spacious, bright and warm, with its own projector system with microphone, loudspeaker system, and a car park.

Zoom can be used on any PC or tablet with internet connection. It is very straightforward to join a Zoom meeting and any Member of the Committee would be very happy to give advice if required.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.

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Dates for your Diary
Meetings
Thu Jun 2nd The Music of Cole Porter
Apologies. This event has been CANCELLED due to the Jubilee bank holiday
Thu Jul 7th BODY LANGUAGE
Alan Jones - Alan gave a fascinating talk in January titled "Somebody Like You" and he is returning to give a talk on BODY LANGUAGE
Alan has had a variety of careers, each bringing their own unique experiences and events. A trained nurse, hypnotherapist, BBC journalist and more, they now all provide a wealth of anecdote to fill his talks with fun, information and discovery.
Thu Sep 1st DABS & DNA DETECTS CRIMINALS - a talk by CHRIS TURAN
This talk covers the development of fingerprints from the first burglar being arrested using fingerprints, to the development and use of DNA in 1984
Chris says "I trained as a Scenes of Crimes Officer (SOCO). I worked in central, north and north west London. During my 38½ years I examined over 25,000 crime scenes ranging from Shop-lifting to Murder. When I started examining crime scenes DNA was in its embryonic stage."
Thu Oct 6th HIGHLIGHTS OF THE RUSSELL-COTES ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM - A talk by JAMES TAYLOR
Discover the enchanting seaside home and fascinating art collection of Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes in Bournemouth, partly inspired by their world travels. In fact, the museum features an exceptional range of female subjects by women artists. Merton was a colourful character and his business dealings were reminiscent of Del Boy from the popular BBC sitcom 'Only Fools and Horses'. The museum first opened to the general public 100 years ago in 1922.
Thu Nov 3rd (ALMOST) DEATH IN PARADISE - a talk by NEIL SADLER
Neil says "The talk draws on my experience of working briefly with the Trinidad and Tobago police compared with the fictional "St Marie" of the TV series. There is a degree of humour and even some traditional music to accompany the talk."
Neil trained as a school teacher and worked on the Isle of Man, returning to England for a very brief spell as a civil servant in Bristol. In 1978 he decided an office based job was not for him and joined Sussex Police. He spent much of his 30 years service as an operational officer in various ranks across Sussex, working briefly in Hong Kong, Trinidad and Abu Dhabi….he even survived Bognor Regis, Haywards Heath and Crawley. He has now retired.
Thu Dec 1st THE BEATLES MYTHS AND LEGENDS - A talk by NEIL NIXON
Probably the one Beatles story you don't know well. A, by-turns, amazing, chilling and hilarious account of stories told about the Fab Four that beggar belief but are - occasionally - true.
Neil says "I have been writing for publication since I was a student; a career that has allowed me to explore a number of subjects to the point of being an expert with a fund of stories. At the end of the last century I founded the UK's first higher education course in Professional Writing. Over the years I have written and spoken on a range of subjects but am currently offering three talks based on life-long interests and passions."