Programme

Every Thursday at 9.45am the smell of coffee encourages members to chat with friends and colleagues prior to the weekly talk. The talks now start at the revised time of 10.30

An analysis of our wide-ranging talks since 2008 shows that the three most subjects are – Local Interest, Geography/Travel and History

These were followed by Arts/Entertainment, Business/Economics, Geo Politics, Lifestyle, Natural History, Science/Technology. The least frequent were Education, Health and Sport.

Weekly Meetings – 2023

DateTitleSpeaker
Jan 5thQuiz, Nibbles, Mince PiesRod Davis
Jan 12thNature in ArtSimon Trapnell
Jan 19thThe Enchanted IslePeter Petrie
Jan 26thCasting stones at Napier’s BonesMalcolm Watkins
Feb 2ndSue RyderJoanna Bogle
Feb 9th
The Gas Industry from an Insider
Peter Marsden
Feb 16thSOE- Churchill’s Private ArmyTony Butler
Feb 23rdDarjeeling Himalayan Railway and its PeopleDavid Mead
March 2ndRise and Fall of the Bisley PathChas Townley
March 9thElectric VehiclesMatt Cleevely
March 16thThe Severn BoreChris Witts
March 23rd
Earth & Moon; their joint histories.David Humphery
March 30thHistory of Snowshill Manor, Charles Wade and his collectionMaurice Heritage
April 6thBentley Racing Cars of the 1920s
 
Tim Houlding
April 13thThe Cotswold WayEric Moore
April 20thFor Valour – The Story of the VCMike Stratford
April 27thAGM
May 4th
Fakes & Fortunes, Art & Antiques, Forgers & Dealers
Chris O’Grady
May 5thChairman’s Lunch – Everyman Theatre
May 11thThe Falklands WarKeith Douglas
May 18thThe Power of the Brain – with humourColin Terrell
May 25thMobile Phone ForensicsTony Sykes
June 1stGloucestershire Events and Traditions (film)Kate Peake
June 8th
The Lighter side of Local Government
Dave Withey
June 15thKatherine Parr – Gloucestershire’s QueenMike Bottomley
June 22ndAliens – Introduced Species: Friend or FoePaul Willerton
June 29thWho inherits your wealth?Simeon Whitter
July 6thHistory of Gloucestershire County Cricket ClubDr Tim Brain
July 13thThe National Trust – more than just cake and old housesBarbara Cooper
July 20thCoventry, Alvis and the Iron LungAdrian Padfield
July 27thPut Type 2 Diabetes into remission and restore your Health with Real FoodMillie Barnes
August
3rd

The History of Lighthouses: Pharology Illuminated
Fraser Gunn
August 10thThe Two RonniesPhilip Collins
August 17thWhat was wrong with the BAC LightningLes Hatcher
August 24thThe Cotswold ListenerJune Little
August 31stMarathon de SablesCelia Hargrave
Sept 7th
My Life on the SevernChris Witts
Sept 14th
Cheltenham Civic Society
 
Andrew Botton
Sept 21stHistory of the Everyman TheatreCaro Day
Sept 28thBritain in the 1950’s – The Optimistic DecadePhilip Bowen
Oct 5thFinding the FallenNicola Nash
Oct 12thConcorde during development at Filton – ’62 to 71′Nick Humphris
Oct 19thGlobal WarmingKen IngamellsStuart Russell
Oct 26thEmergency First AidJane StewartDavid Rust
Nov 2ndProbus Committee Introductions
Nov 9thIt’s a Sinister WorldPeter PetrieTrevor Seabrook
Nov 16thHistory of Infrared and Thermal ImagingAshley LettsTony Staite
Nov
23rd
Miscellany at LawLawrence KeenRichard Wheatley
Nov 30thChristmas Lunch at Lillybrook Golf Club
Dec 7thThe Life and wit of Dorothy ParkerMike AggletonBob Wilson
Dec 14/21/28Christmas Break
Jan 4th2024 Kick-off QuizRod Davis
Jan 11thA Bloody Business – Taxidermy in MuseumsKirstie BinghamTerry Anderson
Jan 18thRemap : inventing / customising equipment for disabled folkJohn FoxHoward Bartlett
Jan 25th Edward Colston : merchant, salve trader and philanthropistMalcolm LomasJulian Cox
Feb 1stThe Village Colleges of CambridgshireRob GwynneRobin Danielli
Feb 8thMy time in the Fire ServiceChris WittsRod Davis
Feb 15th PTSD – a personal PerspectiveJohn MacartneyJulian Cox
Feb 22ndThe Life and Wit of Dorothy ParkerMike AggletonRod Hill
Feb 29thSix Stages of Separation and Stories of the Cold War SpiesJohn Peterstba
Mar 7thOn Being a Magistrate Celia HargraveL. Keen
Mar 14thVISIT TO JAVELIN, followed by a lunch which is to be confirmed
Mar 21stRugby Union RefereeingSam CollinsMalcolm Lomas
Mar 28thShot at Dawn”: a comparison of military discipline in World War I in the British & French armiesJohn ReidBob Maisey
Apr 4thThe Eagle ComicChris BrownBob May
Apr 11thWalking the Cliff Edge ; from GP Surgery to Prison CellStephen BlakeJohn Mills
Apr 18thtba
Apr 25thAGM
May 2ndOperation Chastise ; The Dambusters Mission
Speaker is Paul Shepherd
Keith Douglas