The Speaker Meetings take place
on the third Wednesday of each month
20th July – Graham Harrison
Honey in History
Graham Harrison visited us virtually last year during lockdown and kept us amused and entertained as well as informed with his talk ‘Sense and Insensibility – Chloroform and the History of Anaesthesia’.
This time his visit will be live and we look forward to hearing about the many uses of honey over the last 10,000 years and how much we still depend on bees today.
Speaker Meetings 2022/23
Jan Humanitarian Vision Jim Holmes
Feb How Tropical Rainforests Work Dr David Jones
Mar Last Supper at Pompeii - Dr Paul Roberts
April Charles Darwin and The Beagle - James Taylor
May Tooth, Claw and Mane - Tom Way
15 June Dr Livingstone, I Presume - Fran Sandham
20 July Honey in History - Graham Harrison
17 Aug Garden Party
21 Sept Dress, Dazzle and Display - Siobhan Clarke
19 Oct A is for Arsenic the Poisons of Agatha Christie
- Dr Kathryn Harkup
16 Nov The Wind in the Willows - John Ericson
14 Dec The Bob & Dot Show: A Christmas Entertainment
18 Jan 2023 Georghi Markhov & the Poison Umbrella
Murder - Paul Barfield
15 Feb 2023 The Musical Theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan
- Bernard Lockett
15 Mar 2023 The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
- Stuart Linford
past Speaker Meetings 2020/21
Sept - Wildlife on Your Doorstep Tom Way
Oct - Art Inspired by Wine John Ericson
Nov - Music in Art Sophie Matthews
Dec - London in times of Shakespear Tim Barron
Feb - House of the Romanovs Siobhan Clark
Mar - British Museum Treasures Don Brown
April - Sing a Century Andy Smith
May - From Barrow to Baghdad and back again Philip Caine
June Chloroform - Sense and Insensibility Graham Harrison
July Memories of a TV Cameraman Steven Jellyman
Aug Garden Party
Sept The Land of Giants and Volcanoes Timothy Walker
Oct Remembered, the Commonwealth War Graves
Nov The Mitford Sisters in the Cotswolds Muriel Pilkington
Dec 600 Years of Christmas Green Matthews
Updated: 1 Jul
We meet live at
St. Mary-le-More Church
in Wallingford town centre.
Zoom will not be available for July, Sept & Oct meetings, and will be reviewed in November.
17th August - Summer Luncheon Party
This is our annual summer social event. It will be at Crowmarsh Village hall. Invitations have been sent out with the July Newsletter.
21st September - Siobhan Clarke
Dress, Dazzle and Display
Siobhan Clarke is a history graduate who is based at Hampton Court Palace and specialises in the life of the Historic Royal Palaces. She visited us virtually last year with her fascinating talk about the Romanovs. This time she will talk to us about Tudor Court Dress and how costume was used as a political, economic and social tool. Laws were passed to regulate dress at all levels of society and fashion was anything but frivolous!
19th October - Dr Kathryn Harkup
A is for Arsenic, the Poisons of Agatha Christie
Dr Kathryn Harkup is a chemist with a PhD on phosphines and an author. She tends towards the more macabre side of science and her first book, an international best-seller, was ‘A is for Arsenic: the Poisons of Agatha Christie’. More recently she has focused on her work as a science communicator, talking, writing and demonstrating science. Her talk will deal with the science of murder – with the particular local interest in our own crime writer. We hope that it will not include practical elements!
16th November - John Ericson
The Wind in the Willows
John Ericson is one of our most popular speakers and has presented a wide range of subjects to us over the past few years. Members may recall his first talk on corkscrews and many others up to his last Zoom presentation ‘Art Inspired by Wine’. He returns with his latest talk about his favourite book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ which also has many local connections and resonances.
14th December - Sunjester
The Bob and Dot Show: A Christmas Entertainment
The Bob and Dot show is a feast of anecdotes and music on a seasonal theme. Christmas songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals combine with humorous tales about the artistes. There will also be some insights into the origins of some of our Christmas traditions, one of which was (and still could be!) illegal.
18th January 2023 - Paul Barfield
Georghi Markhov & the Poison Umbrella Murder
Paul Barfield, our speaker this month, has spent 17 years working in Police Intelligence and National Security. He now specialises in investigating historic espionage incidents. His Eyes on the Spies tours and talks focus on the activities of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Services and those parts of London where treachery, betrayal and double-cross flourish(ed). This month he will present to us ‘Georghi Markov & the Poison Umbrella Murder’, a cause celebre of the 80s.
15th February 2023 - Bernard Lockett
The Musical Theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan
Bernard Lockett is a trustee of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival that takes place annually in Harrogate . He has written two books about Gilbert and Sullivan and broadcast on BBC radio 2,3 and 4 on the subject. This talk will give an assessment and overview of the works of Gilbert &Sullivan and their historical background. Bernard will review and consider their world wide appeal still in the 21st century and the social and political satire embedded in them, much of which is relevant today.
15th March 2023 - Stuart Linford
The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
Stewart Linford visited us in July 2018 with his fascinating talk on ‘The Windsor Chair’, made for years by his family in their High Wycombe factory. Many of us were struck by his humour and physical likeness to that revered wartime leader. This time we have asked him to return and talk about the Wit of Winston Churchill in a talk which is packed with stories exploring the virtues and vices of that charismatic Prime Minister. This promises to be a very interesting and entertaining afternoon.