24 Apr - HAT. Brian Freeland - "The View From The Wings"
Brian's theatre career started in 1959, direct from National Service, as Trainee Manager at the London Palladium and has taken him to 43 different countries. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, Sadlers Wells & London Festival Ballet Companies, Scottish Opera, Nottingham Playhouse & Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop Company.
1 May - WGC. Ann Milner - "Living & Teaching in Chongquin China"
Ann Lived and worked in Chongquin for three years teaching conversational English to University students. Her talk covers her experiences and feelings.
8 May - HAT. Pauline Martindale - "Behind Closed Doors"
Pauline's hobbies include Public Speaking, Choral Singing, Photography and Volunteering. She is also an area photography judge, going to various camera clubs to judge their competitions. She enjoys travelling around to engagements thus enabling her to meet many people.
15 May - WGC. Peter Waine - "WGC Centenary Foundation"
Welwyn Garden City will be 100 years old in 2020. Peter is Chairman of The Centenary Foundation, a team of volunteers who are working to bring about a host of events to help celebrate this fact.
22 May - HAT. Ted Childs - "The Production of Inspector Morse"
Ted, a producer and writer, was one of the founders of Euston Films established by Thames Television in the early 1970's. He went on to become Executive Producer on an extensive range of films and series for ITV.
29 May - WGC. Saffron Summerfield - "Milton Keynes to Mississippi"
A lively and entertaining talk with music, featuring brief history of guitar, in which Saffron plays Classical, Spanish and Mississippi Blues music along with her own songs and tunes on two Guitars and Cuatro. Anecdotes and stories from a career in music which started from a North Bucks Village to performing live on John Peel's BBC Radio shows, recording nine albums, and a single at Abbey Road Studios.
5 June - HAT. Alan Haines - "The Baby Boomer Nostalgia Show"
Alan Haines is going to give us a quirky reminder of what it was like growing up in post war Britain and hopes to trigger some fond memories.
12 June - WGC. Sarah Harrison - "Stories Of My Life"
Sarah Harrison's first novel published in 1980 was the million selling "The Flowers of the Field", set in the Great War. Since then she's enjoyed consistent success as an author, and has also ventured into stand up and song writing (her two woman cabaret "Pulsatillas" is much in demand). Her new novel "Heart's Ease" comes out in July 2019.
19 June - HAT. Philip Cain - "Barrow to Baghdad & Back"
Philip's work has taken him to many countries around the world, the last 10 years of which were spent in the Middle East. Since retiring in 2015, he has become an author and guest speaker and will now tell us how a career that began in Barrow in Furness ended in Baghdad.
26 June - WGC. Warren Ashton - "Clichés Proverbs & Phrases - Don't Touch Them with a Bargepole"
Well known phrases, how they ended up in our language.
3 July - HAT. Alan Wise - "Loneliness - The Epidemic of Our Times"
Alan is a leading psychologist/psychotherapist working in both NHS and the private sector. His talks are both educational and entertaining and will open your mind to a new way of thinking about life.
10 July - WGC. Andy Smith - "Wartime & Romance"
War is a grim business, but romance doesn't come to a grinding halt. In wartime & peacetime, love soldiers on.
17 July - Garden Party, at Brakes Manor
Please bring finger food and garden chairs.