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, 23 October 2018: The History of Norwich Theatre Royal - Jason Raper

Come and join us for an afternoon of looking back across 260 vibrant years of theatre in Norwich. From the Georgian outset and the ‘Stock’ company, the Regency and Victorian years, through two world wars, the destruction of the old theatre, Dick Condon’s reign up to the present day. Many famous names have been through the doors and trod the boards of the finest theatre in the East; discover how this theatre has achieved its notoriety and fine longevity.


Tuesday, 27 November 2018: The History and Technique of Basket Weaving - Jonathan Carrie

This is a joint talk organised by the Garden Group. Jonathan Carrie makes his baskets using and incorporating hand cut materials from the Norfolk countryside. The baskets are unique and reflect the colour and diversity of Norfolk’s hedgerows. Jonathan is a member of The Basketmakers Association. The talk will include a demonstration of basket weaving.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019: Protecting the Royals – David Reeve

David was Chief Superintendent of Police in charge of security for all members of the Royal Family while in Norfolk from 1988 to 2000. His talk is not the “reveal all” style of reporting on his contacts with the royal family members but a very human and humorous talk on incidents that happened to him while carrying out his responsibilities. David is still Chairman of the flower show at Sandringham.


Tuesday, 26 February 2019: The Accent on Dialects – David Poole

This is a joint talk organised by the History Group. David Poole is retired now but spent his working life as a Chartered Accountant in public practice. He will, I think, disprove the theory that accountants do not have a sense of humour!


Tuesday, 26 March 2019: The Norwich Society – Vanessa Trevelyan

What’s the Norwich Society done for us? A look back at the achievements of the 95 year old Society and how it continues to be relevant today.

Margaret Robins