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June 2019

June meeting and AGM

June 26, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Come along to hear Martin Collison talk about Carrots, Culture and Courtisans followed by our AGM. This presentation includes the early history of Covent Garden, its “change of use” from the centre of the Bawdy & Bagnio houses catering for the rakes in Georgian England to its current position as a premier tourist meeting place for street entertainment. It will also include the cultural aspects of the area, particularly the nearby Royal Opera House. There is one slightly “racy” slide…

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July 2019

The Unknown Warrior

July 31, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00

The Revd. John Railton's talk is about the genesis and development of the concept of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, the brainchild of one of his forebears, Revd. David Railton, who served as an Army Chaplain in the First World War. Venue: Jennings Street Community Centre, Jennings Street, Rodbourne, SN2 2BG

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August 2019

Video Night: The Evening Advertiser and a District Nurse

August 28, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Gordon Shaw presents two videos. The first is about the Swindon Advertiser and was made by reporter Flicky Harrison illustrating the printing of the paper and the retired printers reminiscing about their life in the print. The other video follows the life of a countryside-based District Nurse in the 1930’s. Venue: Jennings Street Community Centre, Jennings Street, Rodbourne, SN2 2BG

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September 2019

Not Forgotten – A Three Part Tale

September 25, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Peter Williams presents a Three-Part Tale which deals with the effects of the Great War as social history. Peter discusses the contrasts in how the casualties from the wealthier strata of society were memorialized with how those from the working classes were remembered. All classes suffered terribly, but some were better placed to ensure that their losses were not forgotten than were others. Venue: Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street, Rodbourne, SN2 2BG

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October 2019

Coleshill’s Secret History – The Auxiliary Units

October 30, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Liza Dibble from the National Trust will run through the history of the Auxiliary Units, how Coleshill became the GHQ, what the training consisted of and how it was all kept top secret. Also, what there is to see now and the walks that the National Trust have at Coleshill. Venue: Jennings Street Community Centre, Jennings Street, Rodbourne, SN2 2BG

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November 2019

Northleach

November 27, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00

Peter Dawson presents this talk about the Cotswold village of Northleach. He outlines its history, prominent buildings and the burgage plot system allowing the local residents a parcel of land to grow food for themselves. Venue: Jennings Street Community Centre, Jennings Street, Rodbourne, SN2 2BG

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February 2020

George E Hobbs – Poet, Preacher and Polymath

February 26 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Graham Carter and Noel Ponting tell the story of a Rodbourne man who was a devout Wesleyan Methodist, Swindon Advertiser columnist, poet, astronomer and respected GWR foreman. Their publication titled "A Swindon Wordsmith" will be available to purchase after the presentation. Admission:  Members £1  Guests £2

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March 2020

Our Boys: Family at War

March 25 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Paul Gentleman, Caroline Black and Noel Beauchamp will tell the incredible and true story of three men who took to the skies to defend Britain and take the fight to Germany. From the greatest air battle to take place, the Battle of Britain, to one of the most incredible stories to come out of the war, to the front line line fighting Hitler’s terror weapon and last desperate attempt to avoid defeat. PLEASE NOTE:-  DUE TO THE CORVID 19 VIRUS…

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June 2020

Revolting Marlborough – Episodes from the Town’s Turbulent Past

June 24 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Nick Baxter tells us that the image of the town having a quiet history hides its radical past. Just how revolting was Marlborough?  This talk explores the themes of Medieval Mayhem, Tudor Ruffians, 17th Century Crisis, and the Reform Bill Riots of 1831 when the town's MPs were burnt in effigy by an angry crowd. * This talk may be postponed to preserve social distancing* Admission:  Members £1 Guests £2

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July 2020

Edith Cavell’s story in Belgium 1914

July 29 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street
Swindon, Wiltshire SN2 2BG United Kingdom
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Gerry Churchard’s talk details Edith Cavell’s early life in Norfolk and her motivation to become a nurse - how she ended up in a private hospital in Belgium as Matron prior to the outbreak of WW1 - her involvement with Belgian resistance and subsequent execution - exhumation after WW1 and her body returned to England. Admission:  Members £1  Guests £2

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