Upcoming Lectures

06
Jul
2020

On illusions and delusions

Dr Alex Carter

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Alex was awarded his PhD in Philosophy by the University of Essex in 2015. Before this, Alex studied Philosophy & Ancient History at the University of Wales, Swansea and Philosophy at the University of Bristol. Alex has over five years of teaching experience in Ethics, History of Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion. He has worked at the Institute of Continuing Education since 2015 as Academic Director for Philosophy and as a Panel Tutor.

Alex's teaching method was developed at the University of Essex where the principle aim is to get students to feel the "pain of the problem", i.e. to make plain the very real ways in which philosophical problems affect our lives.

07
Sep
2020

My Life as a Blue Bell Girl

Jane Hoggar

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Tea with Miss Bluebell:

by

Jane Hoggar 

 

When Jane realised that she had grown too tall to become a ballerina, her teacher assured her that Miss Bluebell’s spectacular show would welcome her at the world-famous Lido de Paris, where the minimum height requirement for dancers was five feet nine and a half inches tall. On completing her ballet training during the eighties, Jane set off on a mission to create a career by taking to the stage as a cabaret artiste. This exciting profession took Jane around the world before she finally landed her dream job.

Join Jane to hear about some of her riotous adventures and misadventures along the journey to meeting Miss Bluebell in person, before stepping out onto the big stage in Paris as a Bluebell Girl. The talk will include some fascinating history of the courageous life of Margaret Kelly, known as Miss Bluebell, a song and - who knows – a bit of dance, but not a Can-Can.

 

                    Jane Hoggar

                      Paris 1989

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05
Oct
2020

For Better or Far Worse

Toni Broad

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Synopsis:    "It is a light-hearted and quirky look at marriage and relationships through the eyes of the Victorians.  It includes what happened if you didn’t marry, and what your options were if you did but you were not happy with your choice.  It also takes a glimpse at some of the more bizarre goings-on showing that wedded bliss wasn’t all it was cracked up to be."

Biography:    Toni Neobard & Kate Broad are active members of Hawkwell Village U3A in Essex.   Toni is Chairman, whilst Kate is the Groups Co-ordinator, Website Manager and Newseltter Editor.  They are both experienced family historians and until recently were partners in a family history research business.  They are authors of a couple of family history books, as well as writing pantomimes and comedy murder mystery plays which are performed for various charitable organisations. 

02
Nov
2020

Political Correctness - The New Insanity?

Andrew Baker

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Andrew taught in Grammar Schools for over 40 years and is the author of a best-selling book on Contemporary British Politics.  Drawing on his experience of over 22 years as Headmaster of Westcliff High School for Boys, he recently published a further volume on Education and the Pursuit of Values: A Headmaster’s Reflections. He now works as a freelance lecturer and also as an education consultant.

The Talk :  George Orwell argued that freedom is the right to say that 2+2 = 4. Are we free today, or are we constrained in what we write, say and think and in how many issues are discussed?

07
Dec
2020

History of English Surnames

Charlie Haylock

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History of English Surnames

 

Charlie will talk about the Anglo-Saxon and Viking by-names and nicknames we had prior to the Norman Conquest.

 

He will explain how and why surnames were introduced by the Normans . . . how they  evolved after the Domesday Book in 1086AD . . . and the disruption it caused the English.

 

Charlie will then enlighten us on the different types of various surnames, and give us their origins, their meanings and their derivation.

 

Please note :- this is not a talk on the history of family backgrounds . . . it is a talk on the “History of Surnames” . . . . including their very interesting and original meanings.

 

This will be followed by Q&A

 

Very informative and highly entertaining.