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Friday, 3rd April 2020


“When Life was Nasty, Brutish and Short”

By Derek Taylor

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Friday, 17th April 2020


Spring Quiz – St. Edward’s Hall

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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, 3rd April 2020


“When Life was Nasty, Brutish and Short”

Derek Taylor


We’re delighted to welcome our Vice-President, respected author and local historian Derek Taylor who will transport us back to the late Middle Ages when life for the common people was hard. In the countryside, it was all ‘obeying, praying and paying.’ In towns, the narrow streets were fraught with danger – from fire, disease, savage dogs and a crime rate that would outdo present-day Chicago! However, as Derek will reveal ………… folk still had some fun!

Friday, 17th April 2020

Spring Quiz – St. Edward’s Hall

It’s time to blow away those winter cobwebs and get your brain into gear for this year’s Civic Society Spring Quiz. It is taking place on Friday 17th April 2019 with the quiz starting at 7pm in St. Edward’s Hall. Maximum of 6 people in a team. We will provide nibbles on the tables and a cash only bar during the evening. As in the past, the cost will be £5 per head and there will be prizes for the winning and losing teams.




May 2020 - Date tba

Visit to Birmingham Back to Backs

Friday, 5th June 2020 


A.G.M. – please note this starts at 7.30 p.m. immediately followed by our talk:-


“William Gill – Victorian Explorer and Spy”

Tony Hadland

After unexpectedly inheriting a huge fortune Gill became a self-financed explorer and intelligence officer travelling to Tibet and China and helped negotiate the border between Turkey and Russia after the Crimean War. Later in Egypt Gill went undercover again being sent, disguised as an Arab, to cut the telegraph lines from Constantinople to Alexandria – when his cover was blown. Our local speaker is Gill’s great-great-nephew and tells the fascinating story of this courageous and very Victorian character.



Tuesday, 21st July 2020  


Visit to Sezincote House and Gardens and Gordon Russell Design Museum, Broadway

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