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Meetings Diary and Speakers

Diary of Meetings for 2023

April 11th. Trees and the Law. - Mark Hinsley. This talk by a professional arboricultural consultant will be particularly relevant to us in Brockenhurst where TPOs and Conservation Areas are common.


May 9th. Atlantis - Richard Hutley, The myth, legend and facts about the antediluvian lost civilisation of Atlantis first reported by Plato 3000 years ago. What do we know, where could it be? Is there evidence that exists today?


June 13th. It started with a kiss ..... the life and times of Dylan Thomas - Brian & Jacqueline Sutton. A talk on the brilliant but doomed poet including his friendship with noted local artist and bon viveur Augustus John.


July 11th. The QE2 Story - Steve Herra, (postponed from 2022) The story of this iconic liner from her launch in 1967 to her final departure from our shores in 2008.


August 8th. Natural Wonders of Iceland - Gerald Ponting. Featuring spectacular sights of mountains, glaciers, volcanos, hot springs, icebergs, lakes, waterfalls and even small forests plus some bird life and wildflowers.


September 12th. Explosive Demolition: Blowing up part of London - Dr Colin Jolly. This talk describes the preparatory work required to “blow down” a heavy, tall industrial building - the meticulous planning and safety issues.


October 10th. My Work as a Judge of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal - Rosemarie Tiffen. The talk covers the need for asylum, how the system works followed by some details of deportation, removals and bail hearings - interesting and informative, but with a touch of humour.


November 14th. Following the AGM: Flowers from Flanders to the Tower- Colonel Jeremy Prescott. A powerful and moving presentation on Sacrifice and Rememberance.


December 12th. How do you take yours? - Jane Glennie. Set at a 1950s tea party tales of tea drinking history and etiquette, among the tips there are stories of gruesome deaths, smuggling, poisoning and gossip to find out the secret history of the nations favourite drink.

Followed by Christmas lunch with partners.

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