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Friday, 2nd February 2018
“Medieval Coinage of the Cotswolds”
Talk by Roger Box
7th March 2018
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All talks are held upstairs in
St. Edward’s Hall, Stow
and start at 7.00pm
with coffee and a chat
Friday, 2nd February 2018
“Medieval Coinage of the Cotswolds” – Roger Box
Come and enjoy a whistle-stop coin tour of the Cotswolds from early medieval times through to the Civil War with retired forensic archaeologist, numismatist and war crimes investigator, Roger Box. Examples of local rarities will be detailed with local discoveries ranging from the King Alfred penny to the Western-sub-Edge Civil War coin hoard, silver pennies from Gloucester, Bath, Malmesbury and Winchcombe as well as the specially minted ‘Stow tokens’ and through light-hearted anecdotes we will discover the story of local coins – both lost and found! Roger will also be happy to look at any coins members may wish to bring along with them in person on the night.
Friday, 6th April 2018
“Lady Lucy Houston DBE” – Miles Macnair
This is the story of the beautiful, eccentric and deeply patriotic Lady Lucy Houston DBE. In the early 1930’s, when the RAF was struggling for its very existence because of the government’s disarmament policies, this lady’s generosity allowed Reginald Mitchell to develop the iconic Spitfire fighter just in time for the Battle of Britain. Her own incredible life story, however, was also one of great tragedy and romance. Whilst studying for a science degree at Oxford, our speaker flew as a Pilot Officer with the University Air Squadron where he won the aerobatic competition and developed a life-long interest in aircraft design and his talk will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
Friday, 20th April 2018
Spring Quiz – St. Edward’s Hall
Outing to Old Campden House and Chipping Campden
Friday, 1st June 2018
A.G.M. – please note this starts at 7.30 p.m.
followed at 8.00 p.m. by:-
“The Sherborne Princesses” – Dr. Diane Lovell
Did you know that two princesses, a daughter and grand-daughter of Lord Sherborne, grew up on the Sherborne estate in the late 18th and early 19th centuries? The drama-filled lives of these Russian princesses could be a soap opera! Bitter lawsuits between family members, mental illness, sudden deaths, fleeing from Napoleon’s armies and assassination of the Czar are just some of the events of the lives of both women who are buried and portrayed in a monument in Sherborne Church. We’re delighted that American history professor Dr. Diane Lovell, whose year is divided between Cotswold life at Sherborne and lecturing in the USA, will share her local research with us.
Outing to Berkeley Castle.
Wednesday 7th March 2018
Theatre trip to Malvern
Monty Python's SPAMALOT
This musical play is loosely based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It was written by Eric Idle and is a parody of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their quest to find the Holy Grail.
The play opened on Broadway in 2005 and won the Tony award for Best Musical. In 2006 an album of the songs from the play was released and won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. When the play opened in London in 2007 it won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical.
The ticket price is £33.00 and the coach will leave Stow square at 12:15. We should arrive at the theatre at approximately 13:30, allowing time for everyone to have a drink or a quick lunch before the performance starts at 14:30.