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FORTHCOMING TALKS

Please note that most talks in the season will be accompanied by some form of illustration (computer generated or slides) and will be held in the Main Hall of Bourne Hall unless stated otherwise on the notice board.

All talks will commence at 7.45pm at a cost of £5 per ticket.

NOTE : If the Bourne Hall car park is full on Talk evenings just proceed out of the car park and, on the right, there is additional car parking at the Health Centre.  There is a charge of 40 pence in the Bourne Hall car park

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Knowing Two British Eccentrics -  John Betjeman and Siegfried Farnon, with Susan Howe

Susan was PA to Sir John Betjeman.  Her time with him and his celebrated teddy bear Archie has provided her with endless amusing anecdotes and Siegfried Farnon, the character played by Robert Hardy in the TV series All Creatures Great and Small, was a dear friend. Susan will tell you about these two cherished eccentrics in a most entertaining way.




Wednesday 19th June 2019

Hatchlands Park and its People, with Mark Harvey

Mark is the Senior House Steward at Hatchlands Park near Guildford.  In this talk Mark will take a look at the people past and present who have made Hatchlands what it is today.

Wednesday 16th October 2019

From Nell Gwynn to Willy Wonka (A History of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), with Ian Bevan

The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane was built in the early 1660’s when Thomas Killigrew was given a patent by Charles II to put on dramas.  Since then there have been three other buildings on the site.  This talk traces the history of the Theatre Royal including the productions and the characters who have graced its stage over the centuries.  A good introduction to the ‘Theatre Land’ walk with Ian on Wednesday 23rd October.

Wednesday 20th November 2019

The View from the Wings, with Brian Freeland

Brian is a speaker, playwright and author.  His long career in the theatre began as a Trainee Manager at the London Palladium and he has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Sadlers Wells and many more theatre companies.  Tonight’s talk will show that the stage manager's view from the “Prompt Corner” is very different to that from your comfortable seat in the stalls or circle.  Reality theatre, no retakes and slightly saucy!!


Wednesday 18th December 2019

Christmas - A Celebratory History, with Andy Thomas

In an uplifting presentation, Andy Thomas uncovers  the long and intriguing background to the festive season.  From the ancient celebration of light in the winter darkness to the marking of the birth of a messiah Andy shows how we can still find a meaning in Christmas today.  Andy Thomas is the author of Christmas - From Solstice to Santa and has made numerous radio and TV appearances.


Wednesday 17th April 2019

Secrets of Hever Castle, with Neil Miller

Neil is Head Gardener at Hever Castle, Kent, and is responsible for 65 acres of formal Edwardian pleasure grounds including topiary, Italian gardens and the famous Rose Garden.  Join Neil for an entertaining and informative look behind the scenes with his talk Secrets of Hever Castle.