MONTHLY MEETINGS 2013
|November 11th||AGM OF HASLEMERE U3A followed by SIR JOHN BETJEMAN AND THE FAMOUS BEAR
Susan is an entertaining speaker, she also has a wonderful memory for quirky and unusual facts. In the early '70s she worked for Sir John Betjeman, soon to be become Poet Laureate. She stood in for his long standing PA for a year and met Archie, the bear.
|October 14th||MY LIFE IN BOOKS, WORDS, PICTURES AND MARILYN MONROE
Until the last five years, Roderick had spent his business life in international book publishing and his talk will feature just a few of the 1700 books he has been associated with. They range from Gardening to Military, Art to Cooking, stunning Natural History Photography to some very special fiction - the reference to Marilyn Monroe involves a very well received book about the actress, which was the final volume discussed.
|September 9th||WHITE COATS, TEST TUBES, AND BUNSEN BURNERS IN MUSTY LABS.
IS THIS THE ONLY WAY THE PUBLIC EVER DO SCIENCE?
The presenters described their roles as 'Explainers' on the many exhibits old and new at the museum. They gave the audience a chance to examine some exhibits and work out their purpose - not at all obvious in some cases!
|SHANA TURAKHIA and MARK STEED|
|June 10th||WITCHES, WARLOCKS, AND WELLINGTONS -THE RITUAL
PROTECTION OF OUR HOMES
It seems that in many parts of the world, even with all our different cultures and beliefs, the act of hanging a protective charm on our doors to bring luck, or keeping evil spirits out of our homes is widely practised.
DR. JANET gave an illustrated talk about many of the seemingly strange things people have done, and still do, to protect their homes. In earlier times belief in witchcraft was strong, and many natural phenomena were not understood. The building of brick and stone chimneys in dwellings that had formerly only had a central hearth caused great worries about these new openings; they might allow entry of evil spirits in the form of witches or warlocks. What could be done about it? We all know about horseshoes being lucky (and why is this so?) and you will have seen them fixed above house and stable doors; but do you know whether you have a prehistoric axe head within your roof, or a mummified cat under your doorstep, or an old leather shoe up your chimney?
The talk explained some of the reasoning behind these ritual deposits, but may produce more questions than answers.
|Dr. Janet Pennington, local historian|
|May 13th||RENEW – A BUSY TIME AT A QUIET THEATRE
The Chichester Festival Theatre, a much loved and successful theatre, bringing entertainment to millions over the last 50 years is in the process of a 21st century upgrade – RENEW aims to sustain and improve the unique Grade 2* Theatre.
Jonathan told us all about the exciting work that is currently being carried out in Oaklands Park, Chichester.
|Jonathan Church, Artistic Director|
|April 15th||A Solo Walk 3,000 miles Across Africa
The idea of crossing Africa on foot seemed already firmly established in many people’s minds as some exceptionally difficult feat. And yet how many people had actually done it? Fran decided to walk every step of the way from one coast of Africa to the other, completely alone, no back-up, no support team, no-one to make arrangements for him, no-one to carry his gear, no sponsors, no funding, no film crew, no journalists, no fuss, no cheering crowds, and no strings attached. Above all it had to be a one-way ticket; no safety nets, no get-out clauses, and nothing to fall back on. Lecturer and freelance author Fran was an Editor at Rough Guides for several years, and worked in bookselling and in the voluntary sector before that. He has travelled in over fifty countries. He now lives in London and Wirral, and divides his time between writing, public speaking and travel. I guarantee that you will find this talk informative and very entertaining. Fran is a natural storyteller.
|14th January||The Real St. George
Rupert is a professional writer with over 150 published books to his credit, the majority on historical and military subjects. He told us the biography of England’s patron saint and how his legend developed. This talk included Costume Changes!
Click here for his web site.
|11th February||The Dolmetsch Family and Haslemere Hall
Haslemere Hall was erected in 1913 and officially opened in 1914 – so it is nearly the 100th birthday of this well-used, and much loved Community Hall. When Barclay Lewis Day made this generous gift to the people of Haslemere I wonder whether he had any idea about the varied services the Hall would provide (certainly not world-wide Satellite programmes!) bringing so much pleasure to millions of people. The Dolmetsch family settled in Haslemere in 1917. Jeanne Dolmetsch comes from a famous family. Her grandfather, Arnold Dolmetsch, was a celebrated pioneer in the worldwide renaissance of early music and instruments. She was trained from her earliest years by her father, Dr. Carl Dolmetsch, to play the recorder, viol and harpsichord and later studied violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. Jeanne has lectured for NADFAS since 1974 and designs lectures to fit the special themes of societies and to reflect the historic venues in which the events are often held. Today Jeanne will tell us about the Dolmetsch connection with Haslemere Hall.
Click here for her web site.