Talks Programme

Talk dates for 2017
- The Forestdale Suite, Wessex Hotel, 11-13 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5EZ

- Guests Always Welcome

Wessex hotel

Put them in your diary now. Further details to follow......

    Thursdays 2017

    Association Members = £3 Guests = £4

    Thursday 26th January 2017 at 2.15p.m.

    Brian Pettit has an international reputation as a wildlife photographer. It has taken over two years to book him. He is showing a High Definition multimedia presentation of the 'Wildlife of The New Forest. Together with its history and ancient traditions the New Forest is home to a host of Wildlife Species. This talk seeks to provide an insight into the lives and behaviour of some of that Wildlife diversity and highlights many of the well known and much loved species as well as many that are less so.

    Thursday 9th February 2017 at 2.15p.m.

    Mr John Hallett- a founder member of the Association is speaking about Arundells, the charming and peaceful house located within Salisbury's magnificent Cathedral Close. The talk looks at the history of the house and its wonderful collection built up by the last owner, Sir Edward Heath. It includes the garden, and an overview of the wider cathedral close in which the house is set.

    Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 2.15p.m.

    Another new speaker for members to enjoy- Mr Francis Burroughes . Francis is speaking on 'The Man Who Re-built Wessex.' Architect, Benjamin Ferrey (1810 - 1880). In his time Ferrey built and restored over 200 churches, houses, and public buildings in the West Country and beyond. Many buildings in Dorchester are by him, and Wells Cathedral owes much of its present appearance to the work he did there, as does Christchurch Priory and Romsey Abbey. He was also responsible for laying out the original street plans of the new sea-side resort of Bournemouth.

    Thursday 9th March 2017 at 7.15p.m. Royston Slade will be speaking on 'Dickens, his life and Indiscretions'. Charles Dickens's novels are well known to us all but there are aspects of Dickens's life that remain less well known. Royston will delve into these and include the story of Dickens and his mistress.

    Thursday 30th March 2017 at 2.15p.m. AGM and we welcome a guest speaker Hannah Jones. Hannah is the South West Regional Volunteering and Community Involvement Officer with the National Trust.

    Thursday 27th April at 2.15p.m. After his oversubscribed talk last season we are fortunate to have a return visit by Ron Taylor who will be speaking about Southampton Water from Broadlands to Spithead. Our journey starts at Broadlands, the magnificent country house in Romsey, situated on the River Test. Broadlands. We go down the River Test to Redbridge, the haunt of smugglers and into Eling Creek and its ancient Tidal Mill. We cross the water to one of Europe's largest container ports, then back to the Military Port at Marchwood; then the Isle of Wight ferry terminal and the Hythe Ferry and its wonderful pier railway, the historic Ocean terminal - home of great liners of a past era, Titanic and to modern day cruise ships. We visit Hamble, and the Hampshire Police 'town' for training the police in riot control. In the Solent and opposite, we have Cowes - the home of the world famous regatta, home of the invention of the Hovercraft. Finally into Spithead, the historic site of the Spithead review.

    Thursday 25th May 2017 at 2.15p.m. - Another coup for our Association, we welcome Mr Paul Atterbury. Paul is well known currently because of his involvement with the BBC's 'The Antiques Roadshow. He will be joining us to share his experiences 'Behind the Scenes at The Antiques Roadshow'- and inviting questions from members.

    Thursday 27th June 2017 at 2.15p.m. Colin Van Geffen To complement our proposed outing on the SS Shieldhall to the Bournemouth Air Show in August 2017, Colin will enlighten us to the wonders of The Red Arrows. This talk has already received very positive reviews from those who have heard it.

    Pre-booking is not required for any of our talks.