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Feb 09

Jeremy Sassoon review

Jazz singer and pianist Jeremy Sassoon with his distinctive and evocative style produced an exciting  show for the members of the Arts and Literature Society on Monday evening. Accompanied by his band ‘Jazz Prescription’ consisting of, in the first half, Al Cherry (Guitarist) and Dan Drury (Bass), Jeremy performed many well known songs such as …

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Feb 02

John Pilkington Review

John Pilkington presented a thought provoking talk titled ‘A Balkan Adventure’ for the members of the Arts and Literary Society on Monday evening. Having visited Yugoslavia in the 1970s John returned to explore the Balkan mountains and the surrounding countryside in 2013 for a period of five months. He talked about how many of the …

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Jan 26

Dr Lucy Worsley review

Historian, curator, author and television presenter Dr Lucy Worsley presented an illustrated talk entitled ‘Welcome to the Georgian Age’ to the Art’s and Literary Society. The first half dwelt on the lives of  King George 11 and his wife Queen Caroline, ‘the cleverest, the funniest and the fattest queen consort we’ve ever had’. At Kensington …

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Jan 19

London Swing Orchestra Review

 Back after the Christmas break the members of the Arts and Literary Society’s season experienced a wonderful evening last Monday when the London Swing Orchestra, led by director and singer Graham Dalby, presented an interesting and informative history of “The Great Legends of Jazz and Swing”. Graham explained the progress of this expressive style of …

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Dec 09

Hatstand Opera Review

What a finish to the first half of the season prior to the Christmas break for the Arts & Literary Society members. Hatstand Opera presented a feast for all with their witty and festive performance last Monday evening. Founded by mezzosoprano Kirsty Young along with Toni Nunn soprano, Richard Owen tenor and Tim Smith pianist, …

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Dec 01

Jo Salter Review

Jo Salter, Britain’s first female fast jet fighter pilot, was the guest speaker for the Clacton Arts and Literary Society this Monday evening. Jo joined the R.A.F. aged 18 as an Engineering Officer and went on to train as a pilot when the Government allowed women to fly jet aircraft. Being the first woman offered …

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Nov 03

Michael and Julie Payne

November 2nd – Photographer and speaker KEITH HOLMES presents ‘A TASTE OF CORNWALL’. The coast of Cornwall attracts millions of visitors each year with its beaches, surf, cliffs and harbours. Take delight in the Lost Gardens of Heligan and other magical sights, all illustrated by superb slides. Sponsored by MICHAEL and JULIE PAYNE. Hufflepuff Lodge …

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Oct 12

Jo Salter

November 30th – JO SALTER, Britain’s first female jet pilot, presents ‘A BIRDS EYE VIEW’. Having been one of only five women fighter pilots in the world in 1992, Jo’s tales from such an elite world offer an interesting insight into meeting challenges and succeeding. Sponsored by TALISMAN COACH LINES, for day trips and excursions …

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Aug 14

Keith Holmes

  In his talks, photographer and speaker Keith Holmes shows superb photographs of city, coast and countryside and examines the landscapes, buildings and stories that lie within. Keith is a natural enthusiast, his attention to detail, in-depth investigations and breathtaking photographs lead the viewer through some of the most exquisite landscapes in England and beyond.  …

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Aug 03

Steve Backshall

Stephen James “Steve” Backshall is a BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and television presenter, best known for BBC TV’s Deadly 60. Born: April 21, 1973 (age 42), Bagshot Books: Venomous Animals of the World, Venom: Poisonour Animals in the Natural World, Venom Website Steve is one of the busiest presenters on television, mainly working for the …

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