Many members may be disappointed to note that the Croome Canteen does not feature as a venue. Unfortunately the National Trust has found an increase in the number of visitors who have complained because the canteen facilities are unavailable to them during our Talks. As a result we have been asked to make alternative arrangements and there will be more talks held at the Hanley Swan Memorial Hall this year.
Powick Parish Hall WR2 4RT
Hanley Swan Memorial Hall WR8 0DA
An admission fee of £2 (to include coffee/tea and biscuits) will be charged at each of the talks, except the AGM. At morning and evening meetings, refreshments will be served 30 MINUTES BEFORE the start of the meeting. At afternoon meetings, the refreshments will be served at the end of the talk.
If a meeting is in doubt because of inclement weather, then please check the website as a first step. If the website has not been updated to cover the weather situation then telephone the Talks Organiser.
NATIONAL TRUST WORCESTER – MALVERN CENTRE
TALKS PROGRAMME 2019 – 2020
FRIDAY 10 January 2020 Hanley Swan 10.30am (Refreshments 10am)
BOB SKELT – KIM PHILBY, A GENTLEMAN, SPY and TRAITOR
Bob Skelt is an accomplished speaker and today he tells the life story of Kim Philby, a remarkable man – remarkable for all the wrong reasons! His journey through exposure to the theories of Communism at Cambridge, then the influence of the first love of his life in Vienna all combined to make him the ideal spy for the KGB. For 30 years Philby served in the British Intelligence Service (MI6) and betrayed Britain through most of this time. His career culminated in aiding his friends Burgess and Maclean to escape to Moscow.
SATURDAY 8 February 2020 Powick 2.30pm (Refreshments to follow)
After the main business meeting and a refreshment break,
GARTH LOWE WILL GIVE A PRESENTATION ON THE KNAPP and PAPERMILL NATURE RESERVE.
Garth is a member of Worcester – Malvern NT Centre and he is also a volunteer at the Knapp and Paper Mill. This beautiful nature reserve near Alfrick consists of old valley meadows, woodland & orchard that attracts nuthatches and green woodpeckers. The Leigh Brook has cut a winding valley with steep woodlands and kingfishers, grey wagtails and dippers may be seen on the water. Woodland occupies about half the reserve and some areas are managed by coppicing. This traditional method of cutting down young stems to near ground level on a rotation ensures that trees never die and there is always a range of habitats for wildlife at different stages of re-growth. As you can imagine, there is plenty of material here for Garth to share with us.
TUESDAY 10 March 2020 Powick 7.30pm (Refreshments 7.00pm)
MIKE HAYES - NOTHING LIKE A GOOD CONSPIRACY THEORY
Mike is Chairman of his local History Society and has been giving varied talks for the past 15 years to interested groups. he has an interest in canals and is Chairman of the Friends of Leominster Canal.
We all like a conspiracy theory, paranoia, secrecy, intrigue and even lunacy. Some have got it all. From Kennedy to Princess Di, from Roswell to the moon landings we take a light hearted look at the history of the conspiracy theory and some of the strangest, weirdest and almost unbelievable
MONDAY 6 April 2020 Hanley Swan 7.30pm (Refreshments 7.00pm
RICHARD WESTWOOD-BROOKES – HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
An author and journalist who has also been involved in the auction world, Richard now spends his time writing articles for newspapers, magazines etc, and maintaining and enlarging his own manuscripts archive. In addition, Richard is an acknowledged authority on the life of Sir Edward Elgar and he regularly presents lectures at the Elgar Birthplace in Lower Broadheath. The subject for his talk to WMNTC is the collection of historical documents and autographs. Richard will explain how a good content letter or manuscript is one in which the writer either tells you something of great interest or significance about himself or a primary field of his endeavour, illustrates creativity in that field, or provides descriptions or information about an important event. It is the presence or otherwise that determines the value of old documents.
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