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JAN 22nd ALL AT SEA AND UP THE CREEK     By Rupert Kirkwood

RUPERT KIRKWOOD: Worked as a farm vet in West Devon for thirty-three years but had to take early retirement due to injury.

Now spend as much time as possible paddling kayak around the coast of Southwest England, observing and photograph the exceptional wildlife.

TALK: Has kayaked every inch of the coast of SW England, from Poole to Minehead, all 1156 miles of it. Yes, it really is that far if you paddle up every creek as far as you can get at high tide, and out to every island. Also 2,000 miles in Scotland, and short jaunts in Spain, USA, Mexico, Greenland, Chile, and Antarctica. Clocked up over 31,000 miles so far, most of it in Devon and Cornwall, cherry-picking my favourite bits. That’s more than the circumference of the planet. The photos and the talk will be all about what makes Rupert tick!

 

JAN 29th       REVEREND BRAY’S BARDIC BOULDERS – SERMONS IN                                                                             STONE      By Simon Dell

TALK:  Lying in the valley of the Cowsic River below Beardown Farm, within the private land of the farm and off the beaten track of any public footpath is a Dartmoor curiosity like no other.
Boulders of granite carved by the hand of man at the behest of the Rev’d Edward Bray are the subject of this intriguing tale which has fascinated the author for many decades. It was only recently in the hot summer drought of 2022 that I was given permission by the farmer to delve into this mystery and visit the land, to uncover the stones. Along with my grandson Joseph who was on school holiday and in need of something interesting to delve into, we spent several days searching out and uncovering these wonderful and mysterious carvings to tell the story.   

 

FEB 5th           CLEOPATRA: QUEEN and GODDESS       By Bryan Short

BRYAN SHORT:  A retired Systems Analyst who has embarked on an interest in Ancient History. Acquired a Diploma in Classical Studies from the Open University (Dip CS), followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Ancient History (PG Cert) from Trinity St David University. Reads Ancient Greek to an intermediate level and is Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (FRNS). Had several articles published and brief spots on radio and TV. Continuing research, with visits to ancient historical sites.

TALK:  This powerful queen of ancient Egypt has been a source of fascination in all cultures down through the ages. This talk aims to reveal what we know of her life and illuminate aspects of her character and appearance that may provide a better understanding of what it was that enabled her to captivate the two most powerful men of her time and, what events led to her downfall and untimely death.

 

FEB 12th        ANOTHER TALE OF TWO CITIES  By Dan Bishop

DAN BISHOP: local author, Professor of Punch and Judy, globe trotter.

TALK: Dan speaks about the writing and research for his historical novel Figures in a Frame, set in London, revolutionary Paris and the Pyrenees: 1789-1828.    A Professor of Punch & Judy since 1976, he’ll speak about the part of the novel featuring Giovanni Puccini – the first to perform Punch & Joan on London streets in 1785 – and also reflect on the experiences he and his wife Gemma have shared, globetrotting with Mr Punch.   Copies of Dan’s book will be available at a £2.00 discount. 

 

FEB 19th           TAVISTOCK TRAIDERS – PART 2  By Linda Elliott                                                             

LINDA ELLIOTT:   Arrived in Tavistock December 1958 with my soon- to- be husband to meet the in-laws. It was very different to the London they left behind! Linda is a key member at The Tavistock Museum, an author and published 2 books on the above subject. She has recorded many of the older people of their memories back  to 1910-1930 and is putting them on to CD – that Devonshire accent is a delight to hear!

TALK:  As a follow-up to last year’s popular talk Linda will tell continue her talk to us about how the shopping experience has changed in Tavistock over the years bringing to life shops and stores that are sadly no longer with us.

Linda has an extensive archive of records of the old shops, including photos, invoices, advertisements which will be placed in Tavistock Museum for posterity.

 

FEB 26th         NIGHTINGALE UK - a small, local group saving lives in Ukraine   By Members of Nightingale UK

TALK:  Formed in Milton Combe on Ukraine Independence Day, 24 August last year, Nightingales UK is a team of 6 dedicated people, mainly senior medics, who give their time and expertise to source lifesaving medical aid and get it to Ukraine. They have already delivered four shipments and a large consignment is also en route to Ukraine directly from the USA! Come and hear the fascinating story of the vital contacts they have made, the friendships they have formed and how they ensure the much-needed aid gets to the frontline. There will be slides and video footage and after the talk, you can enjoy some delicious Ukrainian snacks.

  

MAR 4th       THE FIRST CORNISHMAN TO CLIMB EVEREST                              By Ed Buckingham

ED BUCKINGHAM:   Was born and raised in Cornwall, where he still lives today. He is  the first Cornishman to climb the highest summit on each of the world’s seven continents and the first postman to achieve this amazing feat.  Rightly proud of his mountaineering achievements as of working for over thirty-four years for the Royal Mail. He was awarded the Cornish Gorsedh award for Exceptional Endeavour in 2013 in recognition of being the first person to raise the St Piran’s Cornish flag on the summit of Everest. He is the author of two books titled, ‘7 Summits’ and ‘Toby Goes Extreme In Antarctica.’

 

 TALK:  After seeing a newspaper article when he was recovering from a football injury, Ed was inspired to start climbing. His first climb was Mount Kilimanjaro and since then has completed the Seven Summits, include Everest, a world mountaineering challenge. Hear how Ed used 5 bottles of oxygen in total and spent nine hours from camp three to the peak of Everest. He passed eight preserved bodies of previous climbers on the way down who had not made it. “You’re already aware of the risks you take but you just think “I just hope that doesn’t happen to me”, he said. 

 

MAR 11th    “IL DIVINO” – MICHELANGELO IN FLORENCE and ROME

By Jan Diamond

JAN DIAMOND:  Travel has always been a big part of Jan’s life. She has lived in Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Egypt.                                                                         Travel has fostered a fascination with the world at large, and a love of learning about new lands, their peoples and cultures.  Her love of art and history that caused her to fall in love with Italy, the Italian Renaissance and the wider Mediterranean.                                                         She is now teaching, training and coaching, and for the last 10 years, as a speaker.

TALK:  Michelangelo: Sculptor, Artist, Architect, Poet and Thinker. This presentation looks at some of the high lights of his life, works and consistent frustrations experienced by this remarkable Renaissance genius.

He was highly respected and much sought after by the powerful and influential of his day; has so admired that during his own life-time her was referred to as “Il Divino”. Michelangelo left the world a glorious legacy….

 

MAR 18th       CREATING A WILDLIFE GARDEN         By Gavin Haig          

GAVIN HAIG:   Practised as a surgeon and doctor with a passion for attracting wildlife into our gardens. Developed award-winning Wildlife Garden at Tiverton Hospital.

TALK:  A heavily illustrated talk which is a presentation of a journey through Gavin’s development of habitats to encourage birds, butterflies, mammals, reptiles and amphibia, emphasising ponds, trees, nest boxes and

islands of wildflowers which attracts wildlife to come and flourish close to home. Tiverton Hospital Wildlife was the WINNER of a National competition .

 

MAR 25th       CONNECTING WITH YOUR INNER HEALER   By Dr Jon Clarke

JON CLARKE: Doctor of Chiropractic, Jon originally from Saltash, graduated as ‘Student of the Year’ from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth following 4 years of training and is now In his 15th year of Practice. He also recently sat on the Executive Board for one of the leading Chiropractic Associations in the UK, the United Chiropractic Association.

Prior to his Chiropractic degree, Jon studied Biomedical Sciences in Bristol, but was pleased to be able to return to his home town of Saltash to practice. 

Jon has worked, in the past, with under privileged children and relishes the opportunity to work with a number of the charities in the local area over the coming years.

Although Chiropractic is an important part of Jon’s life, you will also find him ‘treading the boards’ in both musicals and panto’s performing with the Wranglers Theatre Company. As a keen musician, singer and pianist don’t expect a shy, retiring individual.

TALK:  Health is really about one thing -  function. How well you are functioning determines how truly well you are. Health and wellness are about more than just 'feeling good'; they are about functioning at your ultimate potential. Events like car accidents and physical traumas are often out of your control, but how you are functioning and adapting to your environment on a daily basis is completely within your power.                                                                                                                          Therefore, the choice to be healthy or unhealthy is ultimately under your control.                                                                                                                          This is where chiropractic is different. We understand that you cannot focus on sickness and disease and expect health and wellness. Merely treating symptoms and refusing to look at the body as a whole, self-healing system is a mistake that is all too common.                                                                                                                     Chiropractors take a broader approach to your health, and look at how you are functioning rather than just asking how you are feeling.                                                            Dr Jonathan has given this talk to many local clubs and societies and it is always well received.                                                                                                                                             If you would like to contact us please ring our clinic on 01752 845451 or email us, and we would be delighted to help you should you have any further questions.

 

APR 1st       EASTER MONDAY

 

APR 8th     THE REMARKABLE PINWILL SISTERS       By Dr Helen Wilson

HELEN WILSON:  Born and brought up in Plymouth, Devon, and studied for a BSc and PhD in Environmental Science as a mature student at the University of Plymouth, teaching there for a number of years. Developed interests in local history, architecture and churches, applying research skills to my main project of the last decade, studying the life and work of the Pinwill sisters, ecclesiastical woodcarvers. This research led to numerous speaking engagements across Devon and Cornwall and more recently developed into the production of a book entitled ‘The Remarkable Pinwill Sisters’.

TALK:  The Pinwill sisters, Mary, Ethel and Violet, learnt to carve as teenagers during the restoration of their father’s church at Ermington, Devon. With the patronage of architect Edmund H. Sedding, they established a professional woodcarving business, Rashleigh, Pinwill & Co. in 1890, which later relocated to Plymouth. After about 1907, Violet ran the business single-handedly, with a workforce of nearly 30 carvers and joiners during the peak years, establishing one of the best wood and stone carving companies in the West Country. By the time Violet died in 1957, there were over 650 pieces of carving work in more than 180 churches in Devon and Cornwall.

 

APR 15th    WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR GP AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT     By Nigel Cowley

NIGEL COWLEY  A respected semi-retired General Practitioner with 40 years of invaluable experience. Having served as a GP partner for 35 years in Wiltshire and Dorset, he has witnessed the transformation of healthcare during a time of significant change. In the past, general practice was deeply patient-centered, emphasizing continuity of care. However he will delve into the erosion of this continuity, exploring the reasons behind the struggle to secure appointments with your GP today.

TALK:  In this thought-provoking talk, Dr. Cowley will shed light on the overwhelming pressures faced by GPs, leading to the disappearance of the once-strong patient-doctor relationship. Despite the challenges, the discussion will not only explore the reasons behind this shift but also present a forward-looking perspective. He will offer insights into how individuals can empower themselves to navigate the complexities of modern healthcare. The talk will also touch upon the unfolding healthcare revolution, showcasing the potential for positive change.

APR 22nd       THEATRE STORIES: PEOPLE I HAVE MET THROUGH THEATRE      ROYAL APPLAUSE CLUB     By Jeanette Nicholls

                             TAVISTOCK  FESTIVAL

JEANETTE NICHOLLS:  A retired civil servant, ending career with ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.)

TALK: Jeanette’s father was an amateur actor so grew up with theatre. 

When the Theatre Royal was built she joined TRAC, the independent supporters group. She became a committee member and set up and ran with a small group of members the Theatre Royal Costume Hire Department.

This led to becoming the wardrobe manager of all the Music of the Night shows performed at the Royal Citadel in Plymouth 

In 1992 Jeanette became chairman of TRAC until 2015 when the theatre opened their own supporters group.

During the 40 years of association she met most, if not all, of the actors who performed in the Theatre Royal or Drum theatres. 

Her talk is about some of the ones she met.

 

 

APR 29th     BOHEMIAN PARIS                  By Brian Freeland

                TAVISTOCK FESTIVAL

BRIAN FREELAND:  Brian’s theatre career started in 1959, direct from National Service, and has taken him to forty-four different countries including three residencies in the Middle East; eight tours of the Indian sub-continent and two circumnavigations of the globe.
He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Scottish Opera,
Sadler’s Wells and London Festival Ballet Companies,  Nottingham Playhouse,
Manchester Library Theatre and Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Company.
Approaching retirement he started to ‘branch out’ - directing; writing scripts, and giving Talks.

TALK:  Covers the painters and performers who were at the heart of La Vie

Bohme. Irish writer George Moore introduces us to his friends,  the

‘bohemian’ Impressionist Painters:  we then glimpse the original Bohemians arriving in France from eastern Europe before moving on, inevitably perhaps, to Henry Murger’s ‘Scenes de la Vie Boheme’ (Tales of Bohemian Life ). According to Henry Murger, “Bohemia only exists and is only possible in Paris”. This was later transformed by Puccini into LA BOHEME – one of the world’s most tuneful and popular operas that covers the painters and performers who were at the heart of  La Vie Bohme.

BOHEMIAN PARIS adds some personal memories and experiences of Brian’s to a wide range of background information.

 

 

 

 

APR 22nd       THEATRE STORIES: PEOPLE I HAVE MET THROUGH THEATRE ROYAL APPLAUSE CLUB     By Jeanette Nicholls

                               TAVISTOCK FESTIVAL

JEANETTE NICHOLLS:  A retired civil servant, ending career with ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.)

TALK: Jeanette’s father was an amateur actor so grew up with theatre. 

When the Theatre Royal was built she joined TRAC, the independent supporters group. She became a committee member and set up and ran with a small group of members the Theatre Royal Costume Hire Department.

This led to becoming the wardrobe manager of all the Music of the Night shows performed at the Royal Citadel in Plymouth 

In 1992 Jeanette became chairman of TRAC until 2015 when the theatre opened their own supporters group.

During the 40 years of association she met most, if not all, of the actors who performed in the Theatre Royal or Drum theatres. 

Her talk is about some of the ones she met.

 

APR 29th     BOHEMIAN PARIS              By Brian Freeland

               TAVISTOCK FESTIVAL

BRIAN FREELAND:  Brian’s theatre career started in 1959, direct from National Service, and has taken him to forty-four different countries including three residencies in the Middle East; eight tours of the Indian sub-continent and two circumnavigations of the globe.
He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Scottish Opera,
Sadler’s Wells and London Festival Ballet Companies,  Nottingham Playhouse,
Manchester Library Theatre and Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Company.
Approaching retirement he started to ‘branch out’ - directing; writing scripts, and giving Talks.           

TALK:  Covers the painters and performers who were at the heart of La Vie

Bohme. Irish writer George Moore introduces us to his friends,  the

‘bohemian’ Impressionist Painters:  we then glimpse the original Bohemians arriving in France from eastern Europe before moving on, inevitably perhaps, to Henry Murger’s ‘Scenes de la Vie Boheme’ (Tales of Bohemian Life ). According to Henry Murger, “Bohemia only exists and is only possible in Paris”. This was later transformed by Puccini into LA BOHEME – one of the world’s most tuneful and popular operas that covers the painters and performers who were at the heart of  La Vie Bohme.                                                                                                                    BOHEMIAN PARIS adds some personal memories and experiences of Brian’s to a wide range of background information.