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, 25 June 2019: Life and songs of Howard Keel - Martyn Shults

(This talk will follow the AGM). Telling the story of a Hollywood legend interspersed with a live performance of some of his most well known songs.


Tuesday, 24 September 2019: What’s happened to our rabbits and hares…..? - Professor Diana Bell

Diana is a Professor in the UEA School of Biological Sciences. Her research, over many years, has followed the ups and downs of the rabbit family on the UEA campus. She has recently become involved in research on the decline in the hare population of East Anglia caused by the myxomatosis virus jumping species from rabbit to hare.


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: 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