Autumn/Winter public talks 2019-2020

USUALLY our talks are on the third Wednesday of the month – apart from the first – which is earlier to coincide with the Gloucester History Festival. Our venue, as always, the Gala Club at 7.30pm.
Wednesday, September 11:- Popular speaker Tony Conder again kicks off this year’s programme with a Gloucestershire Odyssey….an inspirational trip through the seasons and around the county recalling its history and traditions. From Pig Face Day and paper boys to snowdrops and autumn colours it’s all here. Sit back and enjoy.
Wednesday October 16:- Sir Peter Scott ­ ornithologist, conservationist, naval officer, sportsman and broadcaster – roamed the world but his home was in Gloucestershire where he founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. At Slimbridge his former home has just opened to the public. Tonight project manager Jackie Harris will tell us about this incredible man.
Wednesday, November 20:- Pantomimes are a vital ingredient of the festive mix. Tonight we celebrate with wine and mince pies but only after a talk on the history of pantomime entitled ‘It’s behind you’. The speaker will be our Guides’ Training Officer Chris Morgan who says audience participation is encouraged with some hissing and booing!
Wednesday, February 19:- Health issues are rarely out of the news. Recently we celebrated the birth of the National Health Service in 1948. In Gloucester Dr Jeremy Barnes was a city GP for many years and tonight he will recall some of the issues which have confronted him and the NHS during his years in practice.
Wednesday, March 18:- The Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471 was a resounding victory for the Yorkist Edward IV in the Wars of the Roses. But all could have been different had Gloucester opened its gates and allowed the Lancastrian forces to escape to South Wales. Tonight we hear about the Tewkesbury battle from battlefield guide Richard Goddard.
Wednesday, April 15:- It’s nice to have something light hearted after an AGM. Two years ago Gloucester Filmmakers compiled a programme recalling events from 2012. Tonight they will be reminding us of events from 20 years ago. Who knows you might well see yourself in some of the film clips?
We hope there is something there for everyone to enjoy. Please come and bring a friend. Entry is free although there’s a retiring collection.