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 10th May

A very popular speaker and in great demand, this month we welcome Martin Lloyd to speak on the exciting topic of, “Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies” This promises to be a thrilling and dramatic account of how the actions of a group of assassins brought about a change in the passport regulations, how the unmasking of a spy caused a modification in passport design and how, for one man, the passport turned into a killer.

Thursday 14th June

We are delighted to welcome Jenny Mallin who has recently spoken on Woman’s Hour. Her talk, “A Grandmother’s Legacy” will cover five generations of her family who lived in India during the British Raj. It will be a visual and engaging presentation with family stories linked to history through the old recipe book of her grandmother dating back to 1844. Jenny will uncover some of the history behind the Anglo-Indian recipe names such as vindaloo and korma and lead you on a culinary journey. Jenny’s book was the winner as the UK’s entry for, “Best in the World” cookbook.

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.

August – Summer Lunch – Date to be announced

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.