Speaker Meetings

The Speaker Meetings take place

at 2 pm

on the third Wednesday of each month

(except in December)

14th 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.

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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  

Julie Summers

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.

Future talks:

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.