Meeting Dates and Speakers
At each monthly meeting we bring you an exciting and interesting speaker.
Here is a guide to what we have planned for the next few months – keep visiting, we update the page on a regular basis!
Wednesday 22nd March
Paul Connery - The secret to a Thinner, Healthier You and why Everything you've been told until now is probably wrong
Paul Connery is a Chiropractor and also offers Life Coaching, Nutrition and Weight Loss Services.
Wednesday 19th April
Matthew Phillips - a year through the eyes of a gamekeeper ay Beaulieu
Villain, Hero, Scourge of Foxes, Poacher’s Nightmare, Conservation Champion. Say the word 'gamekeeper' and a host of images fly into the mind. But what is life like for a twenty first century gamekeeper?
Wednesday 24th May
Nicholas Hawkin – The Russell-Cote Art Gallery & Museum
In 1901 Merton Russell-Cotes gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. It was an extraordinary, extravagant birthday present – lavish, splendid, and with a touch of fantasy. They filled this exotic seaside villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world, and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting. A home, an art gallery and a museum.
Then they sealed it in time, and gave it to the future.
Wednesday 28th June
Liz Prest - "I've got nothing to wear" - but oh yes you have!
Liz opens the wardrobe doors for a lively & helpful look at how to make the most of your items hanging & stored there. With thoughts of what we like to wear and when, to lifestyle and occasions, she will also talk about the summer trends and shopping in the sales.
Wednesday 26th July
Wednesday 23rd August
Hazel Wilson - The Undercover Agent
A lively and entertaining talk about Hazel’s life as a corsetiere!
Wednesday 27th September
Martin Stewart - The History of Stewarts Garden Centre
In 1955 Martin Stewart’s father Edward opened the very first garden centre in the country, by converting old nursery potting sheds in Ferndown. His idea came when he was visiting America in 1953 to keep in touch with horticultural developments. Part of his innovative vision with Christchurch was to open a coffee shop at the centre, which was unheard of at that time.
Wednesday 18th October
Sandi Ferguson – Quilts of the Oregon Trail
Sandi will talk about the first hand accounts and diary entries of the women who travelled the Oregon Trail between 1840 and 1870. Unlike quilts made for warmth and protection, some Oregon Trail quilts were kept as heirlooms, as visual records of human experiences. She will have several large quilts on display.
Wednesday 29th November
Martin Fielding - My Life as a Vet (Dorset's James Herriot)
Martin looks back at memorable moments from his time as a veterinary student through to retirement from his Dorchester practice five years ago. During his long and varied career his patients ranged from pet spiders to a circus elephant – with everything in between. He says that often the funny side of treating an animal is dealing with the owners!
Wednesday 20th December
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