PROGRAMME OF TALKS AND MEETINGS for 2017-18

Regular meetings are held in Kesgrave,   FelixstoweSaxmundham and Woodbridge. 

Friday 1 September 2017

Kesgrave 10.30am-12:30pm

Open Day: your opportunity to see what our groups will be offering for the coming year.

Friday 22 September 2017

Woodbridge 10.30am

Bees and Flowers: the contest between bees and flowers to gain benefits from the relationship Jeremy Quinlan

Monday 25 September 2017

Kesgrave 2.00pm

The Swing Era, 1934-1947: Big Bands, small groups, singers, pianists – an hour in the company of Bennie Goodman and others Douglas Baker

Thursday 05 October 2017

Felixstowe 10.30am

River Thames Watermen: a first-hand account of the operating practices of the Port of London in the post-war era Brian Cornell

Thursday 12 October 2017

Saxmundham 2.00pm

A Year in the Life of Minsmere: how Minsmere became a resource and the typical birds, butterflies, plants and mammals that can be seen Alex Bass (Note this differs from the talk listed in the Handbook for this date.)

Monday 30 October 2017

Kesgrave 2.00pm

The Ipswich Charter Hangings: an account by the designer of the creation of the hangings made to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Charter Isobel Clover

Thursday 02 November 2017

Felixstowe 10.30am

An Afternoon with Joyce Grenfell: monologues from her repertoire interspersed with details about her life and work Gillian Grimham

Thursday 09 November 2017

Saxmundham 2.00pm

Women Can Fly: one woman’s journey from jumping out of aeroplanes to becoming a civil pilot and the first woman to pass the RAF fast-jet training system Sally Dearman-Cummings

Monday 27 November 2017

Kesgrave 2.00pm

Martlesham Heath 100: an account of the creation of the military airfield through to its multiple uses today, on the 100th anniversary of aviation at Martlesham Heath Ian Read

Friday 15 December 2017

Woodbridge 10.30am              

The Life and Laughs of a Local Journalist: a personal account about becoming a journalist, working as a court reporter and columnist Lynne Mortimer

Thursday 04 January 2018

Felixstowe 10.30am

The Mysteries of Easter Island: the history of the island and life today, the famous statues and theories about their provenance Chris Parfitt

Thursday 11 January 2018

Saxmundham 2.00pm

The Art and Mystery of Maltings: a talk by Suffolk’s last working maltster, looking at the skills used and how maltings worked Ivor Murrell (Note this differs from the talk listed in the Handbook for this date.)

Friday 26 January 2018

Woodbridge 10.30am

The Story of a Suffolk Bevin Boy: the tale of a rural boy conscripted down the mines during and after the war Barbara McElroy

Monday 29 January 2018

Kesgrave 2.00pm

How to Recycle a Car in 60 Seconds: a talk about metal and waste recycling and how the different materials of a car are stripped down – in 60 seconds! Nigel Slinn

Thursday 01 February 2018

Felixstowe 10.30am

The Black Death: the personal and social impact of village life at the time of the Black Death of 1349 Jonathan Belsey

Thursday 08 February 2018

Saxmundham 2.00pm

Chocolate: amazing facts, myths and ignorance surrounding chocolate – sadly no free samples! Tony Diamond

Monday 26 February 2018

Kesgrave 2.00pm

The Icklingham Treasure: an account of the theft of first century temple bronzes and the speaker’s fight for their return John Browning

Thursday 01 March 2018

Felixstowe 10.30am

The Life and Films of Sophia Loren: her career from humble beginnings to international stardom – with clips from her films Simon Frampton

Thursday 08 March       2018

Saxmundham 2.00pm

Plants with Mettle: the world of superplants that can colonise soils contaminated with toxic heavy metals Professor Alan Baker

Monday 26 March   2018

Kesgrave 2.00pm

Travels of a Botanical Artist: a talk on painting rare and endangered flowers in the wild by an award-winning artist Reinhild Raistrick

Thursday 05 April 2018

Felixstowe 10.30am

The Fall and Rise of Ermintrude: a 1929 bus, one of the oldest still certified to carry fare-paying passengers Tony Buckland

Thursday 12 April 2018

Saxmundham 2.00pm

An Introduction to Gemstones: the main gemstone families, mining, cutting and polishing Jason Middleton

Friday 27 April 2018

Woodbridge 10.30am

Suffolk Estuaries and Scandinavian Ships: why the Scandinavian Culture colonised this part of the East Coast and the evolution of their boats to provide transport for goods Paul Constantine

Monday 30 April 2018

Kesgrave 2.00pm

Green Man – an Alternative to Eternity: the myths and legends behind this fascinating image, older than Christianity Roger Green

Thursday 03 May 2018

Felixstowe 10.30am

The Way Holidays Used to Be: a light-hearted look at why we used to rush to the seaside, how we got there and what we did when we arrived Richard Mann

Thursday 10 May 2018

Saxmundham 2.00pm

Music Hall Memories: a pocket history of the music hall with songs and monologues Bryan Thurlow

Monday 21 May 2018

Kesgrave 2.00pm

It’s a Grave Business: a look at the history and development of tombs, gravestones and church memorials Peter Driver

Monday 11 June 2018

Kesgrave 2.00pm

Annual General Meeting

Friday 15 June 2018

Woodbridge 10.30am

Whatever Happened to MagnaCarta? Why was it agreed and what relevance does it have in today’s world? Martyn Hargraves

Friday 07 September 2018

Kesgrave 10.30am – 12.30pm

Advance Notice of Open Day 2018: your opportunity to see what our groups will be offering for the coming year.