The Speaker Meetings take place
at 2 pm
on the third Wednesday of each month
(except in December)
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.
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
June Dr Livingstone, I Presume - Fran Sandham
July Honey in History - Graham Harrison
Aug Summer Luncheon Party
Sept Dress, Dazzle and Display - Siobhan Clarke
Oct A is for Arsenic: the Poisons of Agatha Christie - Dr Kathryn Harkup
Nov The Wind in the Willows - John Ericson
14 Dec The Bob & Dot Show: A Christmas Entertainment
18 Jan Georghi Markhov & the Poison Umbrella Murder
- Paul Barfield
15 Feb The Musical Theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan
- Bernard Lockett
15 Mar The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill - Stuart Linford
19 Apr A Landmark in Time, the World of Wittenham Clumps
- Peter Adamson
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
We meet live at
St. Mary-le-More Church
in Wallingford town centre.
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.
19th April 2023 - Peter Adamson
A Landmark in Time, the World of Wittenham Clumps
Peter Adamson worked for UNICEF for many years, and with his wife Lesley produced the annual "State of the World's Children" report and founded "The New Internationalist " magazine.
A well-known author, his latest book ‘A Landmark in Time, the World of the Wittenham Clumps’ explores our locality as seen from the Clumps and has been a sell-out success in the Wallingford area.
Peter lives locally.