2018-2019  LECTURES

The Lectures take place between 1st October and end of March, at Bethesda Church Hall, Gt. Norwood Street, CHELTENHAM, GL50 2AP at 2.30pm. on the FIRST Thursday of each month, and at Woodmancote 7. Village Hall, GK52 9HX on the THIRD Thursday of the month at 7.30pm

The admission price for all meetings payable, on the door, £3 Members & £4 visitors.

The Thursday afternoon meetings to remain at Bethesda Methodist Church Hall until further notice.

The Thursday evening meetings have moved to Woodmancote Village Hall, GL52 9HX. (Details on how to get there, are given below )

From the  A435 (GE traffic lights) drive into Bishops' Cleeve. Take the second exit at the Tesco roundabout and then the secod exit at the next roundabout into Station Road. Pass under the railway bridge and then where there is a little parade of shops fork left into Bushcombe Lane. Take the first right into Bushcombe Close, and the Hall is at the end of this road.


The programme of lectures for 2018-19 is as follows:


4th October              Bethesda            Newark Park                                            Stephanie van Stokkom

18th October            Woodmancote    Tasmania                                                  Frank Austin

1st November          Bethesda           The Gunpowder Plot                                  Vic Avis

15th November        Woodmancote    Regency Cheltenham                               Stephen Blake

6th December          Bethesda           Corfe Castle, Dorset                                  Pam White


3rd January             Bethesda           James Wyatt, Architect                                Helen Roberts

17th January           Woodmancote    Looking at Pictures                                     Simon Trapnell

7th February           Bethesda            BBC Naturewatch at Sherborne Estate      Simon Nicholas

21st February         Woodmancote    The Siege of Gloucester, 1643                    Ted Wilson or Paul Drinkwater

7th March               Bethesda            National Star College                                   Sally Gillespie


                                              The Lectures Sub-Committee at work.

When your list of lectures comes through in your newsletter every year please give a thought to the hard-working members of the Centre’s lectures sub-committee. This seven-member subcommittee ably
chaired by Jan Turner, organise, arrange and run the lecture series for the benefit of members on a
completely voluntary basis.
They are fortified only with copious cups of tea or coffee and a substantial supply of quality biscuits provided free of charge by the host.
The meeting this September reviewed progress and details of the organisation for the coming season’s lectures and tried to anticipate possible problems. It seeks to ensure that speakers arrive, are properly introduced, looked after and paid. Critically the sub-committee tries to ensure that the audiovisual equipment arrives in a working order, the pay desk is manned and that the key for the premises is collected and returned. Additionally, some of the committee members have the responsibility of the storage and carriage of the equipment to the two venues.
The meeting in November concentrates on the choice of speakers. That is followed by sometimes tortuous attempts to contact them and sort out availability. This follows a strict procedure written by the subcommittee Minute Secretary and endorsed by the sub-committee members. Subsequent meetings monitor progress and identify issues arising during the season.
During the long summer break, they are busy ensuring that lecturers will turn up, have all the equipment required and that the publicity is provided for the newsletter, website and the 'What’s On' section of Radio Gloucestershire

Recently innovations by the sub-committee are a request for voluntary contributions for the refreshments on the Thursday evening lectures; investigation of the hearing loop and audio equipment systems in both venues and the introduction of a free guest pass for members to invite non-members to one of the evening series of talks.  All this is intended to give good quality lectures at a reasonable charge of £3. 

 The photo below was taken at the September meeting shows Peter Walker, Jan Turner, (chairman), June Stroud, Julph Miers and Ann Nye. Bill Cronin was hiding behind the camera and Duncan Reid had sent his apologies.     


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