Monthly Meeting Talks
Our Monthly General Meetings include a talk from an invited Speaker.
The talks start at 11am.
There will also be talks on Zoom (see below).
Monday 11th October 2021
A Career as a Journalist
An illustrated talk by Charmian Evans
Charmian will present a very full informative talk on her career as a journalist.
Including working in war zones, national newspapers, magazines and much more.
Monday 15th November 2021
Staying Alive in the 16th century Mayflower period
An illustrated talk by Laura Quigley
Monday 13th December 2021
History of the Christmas Carol
An illustrated talk by Adriennne Hesketh
History of Christmas music and poetry. Adrienne describes the history of the Christmas carol including recent information on Exmoor’s lost Christmas carols, Christmas music, etc.
Talks on Zoom
Monday 25th October 2021
Britain’s Bloodiest Day – The Battle of Towton 1461
An illustrated talk by David Skillen
Ask people to name famous battles in Britain and you get Hastings, Bosworth and occasionally Waterloo! Yet few have heard of Towton, one of the most decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses and, possibly, the bloodiest battle on British soil. On a bitterly cold day in March 1461 the Houses of York and Lancaster struggled for the Crown on a snow covered plateau in Yorkshire. Here fought Kings, Dukes, Lords and ordinary men. And here they died. In this talk you will learn about the two kings who fought, walk the Bloody Meadow and cross the Bridge of Bodies and see how one Yorkist Lord had “a cunning plan”.
Monday 29th November 2021
The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie
An illustrated talk by Steve Dimmer
A look at the amazing career of the most popular crime novelist of all times.
Steve Dimmer examines the writer’s life beginning with the creation of Hercule Poirot in 1920, through the golden age of detective fiction, the emergence of Miss Marple until Agatha Christie became the indisputable ‘Queen of Crime’.
Along the way, he’ll be looking at the real-life mystery involving the novelists’ actual disappearance and perhaps try to solve this intriguing puzzle.
No Zoom talk in December
Monday 31st January 2022
Time Through the Ages
An illustrated talk by John Hope
A journey through time telling over the centuries showing the development and improvement of time telling devices from sundial and water clocks through the introduction of mechanical clocks, railway time, domination of pendulum devices to the atomic clock.