Forthcoming talks Forthcoming talks

All talks begin at 2.15pm (unless otherwise stated) in the Costessey Centre, Longwater Lane, Costessey.

No response slips are required – just pay £1 per person at the door which includes tea and biscuits. Each member may bring up to two guests.


Tuesday, 22 October 2019: Norfolk in the Second World War - Neil Storey

Norfolk in the Second World War is an illustrated talk about the county of Norfolk from the outbreak of hostilities in 1939 to VE Day and VJ Day in 1945. Profusely illustrated with numerous images from Neil's unique and nationally respected archive and his well researched narrative explores life both on the home front and dramatic events that shook the county during those years.

Neil Storey studies pre and post grad at UEA, he is the award winning author of over 40 books and now lectures all over the UK.


Tuesday, 26 November 2019: Holly Wreath Making – Simon White

(This is a joint talk organised by the Garden Group).

Our speaker for this seasonal talk will again be Simon White from Peter Beales Roses. Simon has previously talked to the Garden Group about growing roses for Chelsea and also gave a demonstration and led the guided tour on the recent Garden Group visit to Peter Beales.


Tuesday, 28 January 2020: Dealing with Death– William Armstrong

William Armstrong will talk about dealing with death based upon his life as Coroner and his support for the bereaved.


Tuesday, 25 February 2020: The Strangers – Helen Hoyte & Jean Smith

(This is a joint talk organised by the History Group).

In order to fill the labour shortage following the plague, we accepted the Dutch Strangers and Walloons, albeit with a few strict rules, to ply their trade in our fine City via Strangers Hall in the 16th Century. We hear how the Bishop of Norwich had to give up his home during the visit by Queen Elizabeth 1st and how Parson Woodforde had the City gates literally shut in his face.


Tuesday, 24 March 2020: Deltiology – Gerald Brown

Deltiology – the study and collection of picture postcards. A popular and relatively inexpensive interest of many in the third age. An illustrated talk on their development, publishers, types, topics to collect etc.


Tuesday, 28 April 2020: What was so special about Humphry Repton?’ - Professor Tom Williamson

(This is a joint talk organised by the Garden Group).

In 2018, ‘Repton 200’ celebrated 200 years since the great landscape designer Humphry Repton died and there were many events to mark the bicentenary. Repton is said to have carried out some of his finest work in Norfolk, including Sheringham Park and Catton Park.

Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at UEA and is co-editor of a book ‘Humphry Repton in Norfolk’, published in 2018. He previously gave a talk to the Retirement Association in March 2015 on ‘Ancient trees in the Norfolk landscape’, reviewed as a very lively and interesting talk.


Margaret Robins