Upcoming Lectures

04
Nov
2019

Wimbledon … Tales of a line judge

Wendy Smith

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Wendy Smith has been part of Wimbledon for 35 years as a line judge and umpire. She has also umpired at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as well as national and international tournaments. 

02
Dec
2019

History of Spoken English

Charlie Haylock

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Charlie Haylock is one of Suffolk's leading entertainers. His informative and hilarious one-man shows are legendary in the county and all his books have been best sellers.

After this talk there will be a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Blackbourne U3A. Look out for more details.

06
Jan
2020

Alice Hawkins – Suffragette

Peter Barratt

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Peter Barratt gives a stirring and passionate account of his great-grandmother’s hard fought campaign for the right to vote over a 100 years ago. A shoe machinist by trade, lifelong socialist and mother of six, Alice Hawkins formed her local city suffragette branch in 1907 following imprisonment in Holloway Jail. Centenary year of 2018 marked a statue unveiled of Alice in her home town of Leicester together with original suffragette memorabilia exhibited at UK Parliament, including her sash, hunger strike medal and more. 

03
Feb
2020

The Guildhall Bury St Edmunds

Sandra Nicotera

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The stories of 800 years of Bury St Edmunds heritage are woven into the very fabric of the Guildhall, one of the oldest continuously used civic buildings in Britain. Monks, monarchs, merchants and miscrteants have all played their part in this facinating tapestry of time.

02
Mar
2020

From Barrow to Bagdad

Philip Caine

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Born in 1950, in Barrow-in-Furness, Philip’s working life began in the hotel business. His career developed into facilities management within the oil industry and almost thirty years were spent in places such as the North Sea, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Russia. From 2003 he spent seven years in post war Baghdad working with the American coalition and a further three years running oil services companies in Dubai and Iraq. Philip retired in 2015 and began writing as a hobby. To date he has published four fiction adventure novels all based on his experiences in the Middle East.

06
Apr
2020

The Burston School Strike

Ann May

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On April 1st 1914 teachers Tom and Annie Higdon were dismissed from their posts in the rural village of Burston, Norfolk and with it began the ‘longest strike in history’. On that day the children marched around the village with cards hanging from their necks demanding that “We Want Our Teachers Back”.

The banner at the head of the march was inscribed with just one word “Justice”. Sixty-six of the local children had gone out on strike in support of their teachers, and the boycott of the local authority school lasted for the next twenty five years.

11
May
2020

The Rougham Estate

George Agnew

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The Rougham Estate consists of over 3,000 acres of Suffolk countryside with ancient meadows, green lanes, oak-lined hedgerows, bluebells and orchids, parklands and arable fields. It traces its history back to Roman times and has seen both Saxons and Vikings. It was owned by the local abbey in Bury St Edmunds for six hundred years. The Estate has been owned by the Agnew family since 1904 and now part of it is in the process of becoming a charitable trust to preserve its legacy for the future.

01
Jun
2020

A Dairy Farmers Wife

Jane Barnes

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Our farm is in Somerby, Leicestershire, and I do like to walk the fields, see the views across to Owston Wood and the spire of Tilton Church as the cows graze on the ancient grassland. Our farm is in the Countryside Stewardship and Entry Level Stewardship schemes, which means we work to encourage the wildlife, habitat and ecology on our farm. Alama Bank is a famous hillside on our farm, home to rabbits, fox and moles!

My husband Mark and I have 120 Ayrshire cows and their milk is used to produce (the world-famous) Stilton cheese. There are also two bulls – the proud fathers of some of our calves, which we either rear to enter the milking herd or sell at the local cattle market.

I'm passionate about the work we do and try to tell that story to as many people as I can.

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.