Meetings are normally held on the second Thursday of each month in the Corn Exchange, Faringdon.  We begin at 2:30pm with a welcome from the Chairman who also introduces our speaker. After the talk there is time for tea and biscuits and the chance to meet old friends and make new ones. 

The planned programme, in brief, for the  next 9 months is as follows:

Thursday 12th July

This month our speaker, Diz White, will talk about Downton Abbey film locations in the Cotswolds, including a dip into the history of these sites, encountered during her search to buy a 17th century cottage in this beautiful area. She will include some humorous anecdotes from her meeting with the stars of Downton Abbey.

Thursday 16th August – Summer Lunch

Thursday 13th September

Our speaker this month is a local amateur dramatics star in Wantage! Jennifer Cowling has an interesting talk, “From the Page to the Stage” and she will go through her experiences of a lifelong hobby in amateur dramatics, both on and off the stage. Her talk gives an insight into what is involved in putting on a musical show and answers the question: “Why does it cost so much to see an AMATEUR show?”

Thursday 11th October

By popular demand we see the return of Brian Freeland and this time his talk is entitled, “George Bernard Shaw – Playing the Clown” He describes this talk as a canter through the life, loves and writings of, “the greatest playwright since Shakespeare,” told as he always tells it, with a whimsical sense of humour.

Thursday 8th November

This month we are very lucky to have Dr David Jones as our speaker. David works at the Natural History Museum in London and is an entomologist specialising in rainforests and soil ecology. His talk is called “How Tropical Rainforests Work” and will include the main ecological processes that keep rainforests functioning and the threats that surround their long- term survival.

Thursday 13th December 2018

This month we are very happy to welcome to Faringdon local photographer and trainer Derek Gale whose talk is called, ‘How to take a better Photograph’. Derek is well-known to the photography group and will explain the art of improving our photographs and even give an insight into the technical aspects of this fascinating hobby.

Thursday 10th January 2019

To be arranged.

Thursday 14th February

Our very own member, Anthony Burdall has promised a talk titled, ‘Alycone round Britain,’ the story of him sailing around Britain, this month. It promises to include some fabulous photography and sights that can only be viewed from the water. He will talk about the many ‘magic moments’ resulting from the weather, the places and the people he met. This is bound to be an enthralling talk about the dangers and the thrilling moments of a life-changing trip.

Thursday 14th March

Dinah Reynolds, a guide at the Ashmolean museum will tell us all about Ceramics and bring some of her very many artefacts to show us. Dinah is an authority on British ceramics and has worked for several years on the Ashmolean collection. She is a renowned author and an experienced speaker so we are very lucky that she has agreed to visit Faringdon.