Arts Lits Programme 2017-18

October 9th – THE GREAT BRITISH SWING DANCE SHOW with Tony Jacobs, ‘SHAKE THAT THING’. A celebration of dance, music and song with The Swing Time Jivers and special guest singer Catherine Sykes.

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The Sqn. Ldr. Hartley Evening


October 16th –Journalist and author NICHOLAS OWEN. Nicholas was a Royal Correspondent for ITN for six years and is now a presenter on BBC News and Classic FM.

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October 23rd–  JOE SWIFT the garden designer presents ‘15 YEARS OF TV GARDENING’. Joe has been a regular presenter on BBC Gardeners World since 1998 and the Chelsea Flower Show where he won a Gold medal. The second half is titled ‘DESIGNING A CHELSEA GOLD MEDAL GARDEN’.                          

Sponsored by a member of the Society

October 30th – ‘INTERNATIONAL CONCERT PIANIST PHILLIP DYSON’ presents an evening of ‘PIANO CLASSICS’. A great entertainer and innovative concert pianist Phillip performs worldwide and offers popular classics and light music repertoire for everyone.                                                     

Sponsored by member Mrs Mary Canham


November 6th –  SUZANNE MORGAN has cancelled and been replaced by DENISE HEYWOOD with her illustrated talk ‘VIETNAM, LAND OF THE ASCENDING DRAGON’.  Denises’s journey through Hanoi, Champa, Hue and Saigon reveals the Vietnam of emerald green rice paddies, ancient culture, animated cities and welcoming people.

Sponsored by a member of the Society



November 13th THE TIM KLIPHUIS TRIO.  Award winning Dutch violinist Tim along with Nigel Clark (acoustic guitarist), Roy Percy (double bass) and featuring David Newton on the piano, offer a high-energy blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music.

Sponsored by Mrs Irene Hammond



November 20th – Air Traffic Controller, PHILIP HOLT presents ‘THE CROWDED SKY’. Having worked in the aviation world for many years, this humorous yet factual presentation will explain the systems and procedures required for the control and safety of our busy airspace.

Sponsored by members Mr Keith Baines and Mr Mike Collins


November 27th – To end the first half of the season ‘NOEL NOEL’.  Classical Christmas favourites performed by Mezzo Soprano, Soprano, Baritone, Tenor and pianist.

Sponsored by members Mr & Mrs Ken Green


January 15th ‘A FEAST of OPERA’ by The Food of Love Opera Singers.

A performance including duets from Operas, trios from Operettas and some of your favourite musical theatre numbers.

Sponsored by member Mrs Penny Smith


January 22nd – Retired High Court Judge, SIR ALISTAIR MACDUFF. Before his appointment to the bench he was a leading QC and during his career he presided over many high-profile trials. His talk tonight is titled ‘ANECDOTES FROM A LIFE OF CRIME’.         

Sponsored by Lesley Barlow


January 29th – JENNI MURRAY, journalist, broadcaster and presenter of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour presents ‘A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN 21 WOMEN’.  Jenni draws together the lives of twenty-one women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history.

Sponsored by Thompson Smith & Puxon Solicitors


February 5th – ‘PIANTEL’. Harpist DYLAN CERNYW and Pianist ANNETTE BRYN PARRI.

A collection of great songs and melodies, to suit everyone.

Sponsored by members Mr & Mrs Derrick Norman


February 12th – ‘AN AUDIENCE WITH REV. RICHARD COLES’ with his popular talk ‘FROM POP STAR TO PARSON’. Richard tells the story of being ‘Top of The Pop’s in the 80s to the present as Church of England priest, radio broadcaster and TV show panellist.

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February 19th – JAZZ AT THE MOVIES’.  Classic movie themes and soundtrack songs features vocals by singer Joanna Eden.

Sponsored by Michael & Julie Payne


February 26th – Travel Journalist and film maker ASH BHARDWAJ. Ash has reported from some of the most challenging locations on the planet including Everest, Sudan’s Bayuda Desert and Walking the Nile expedition.

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March 5th  –  The ‘MICHAEL LAW’S PICCADILLY DANCE ORCHESTRA’ with ‘The Gatsby Girls’ dancers. Songs written for Broadway and the West End of the 1920s and 30s.

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