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- Port Sunlight (Zoom talk)
14 April 2.30pm – via Zoom (see below)
Our speaker Janet Shell lived in the village of Port Sunlight during the 1960s and 70s, and when she began her family research she found that her connections with the place went back to 1912 when her great-grandparents moved there. She has writen a book, The Sunlight Girl, about her childhood in the village when...
- Dropping the Habit (Zoom talk)
12 May 2.30pm – via Zoom
Speaker Marion Dante tells of her 33 years as a nun in a Salesian Sisters convent in Surrey and how she left the order at the age of 47 to begin a new life in the world outside.
- Lady poisoners of Victorian England (Zoom talk)
9 June 2.30pm – via Zoom
Meet two ladies who were each cruelly betrayed by their lovers. What did they do next? Of course, they took a trip to their local pharmacy to buy a packet of deadly poison. Ever so cheap, less than six old pennies. Welcome to the true tales of two ladies in Victorian England with one word...
- Conspiracy theories
14 July 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Why do people believe in conspiracy theories, and what is the real evidence to support them? Speaker Andy Thomas uncovers a compelling alternative history as told by those who question the establishment view, finding repeating patterns of intrigue from the Roman Empire, the Gunpowder Plot and the World Wars to JFK, Watergate, the NASA missions,...
- Anne of Cleves
8 September 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Speaker Helen Poole is a historian and archaeologist. She has many interesting talks on a variety of subjects, but her great interest is in Anne of Cleves. Anne was Henry VIII’s fourth wife, briefly. She agreed to an annulment and remained in England for the rest of her life. She was referred to as the...
- Disappearance of Amy and Amelia
13 October 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Our speaker, aviation historian Jim Barnes, looks at women in the story of flying and how they made world news and brought about innovation. From Amy Johnson and Amelia Earhart to the Red Arrows, women achieved many firsts in the air and in engineering.
- The Brinks-Mat Robbery
10 November 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Speaker Ian Brown started as a beat constable in the Lake District and rose to become Detective Inspector in the Metropolitan Police. His 30-year career involved the Krays, the Sweeney, armed robberies, Brinks-Mat and heading a drugs squad in the Caribbean. The talk goes through the planning, execution and the elaborate criminal chain that converted...
- A Royal Christmas
8 December 2.30pm – Christian Centre
Siobhan Clarke is a guide lecturer for Historic Royal Palaces based at Hampton Court Palace. She describes how our Christmas rituals evolved from Christian liturgy, pagan rites and the influence of the monarchy. She explores Christmas at court from the middle ages to the present day and how the royals have influenced our own celebrations,...