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Friday, 30th Nov 2018


“Sister Edith Appleton – Front Line nurse and diarist in the Great War” –  Dick and Lisa Robinson

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Trial by Laughter

15th November 2018

Everyman Theatre

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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

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Monday, 5th November 2018


Autumn Lunch


Wyck Hill House Hotel, near Stow

Speaker:  Helen Plumb – leading gemstone expert.

Friday, 30th  November 2018


“Sister Edith Appleton – Front Line nurse and diarist in the Great War” –  Dick and Lisa Robinson


This month marks the centenary of the end of World War I and husband and wife, Dick and Lisa Robinson, will tell the remarkable story of his great aunt who served as a Sister in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve in Northern France throughout the Great War.  Often working near the front line and under fire, she wrote an amazing daily journal ending just after the Armistice.  Her diaries lay undiscovered for almost 50 years after her death but have since been published by the Imperial War Museum.  Lisa Robinson will read extracts from the diaries and we will also learn how Michael Morpurgo came to write the Foreword to the book.

Friday, 1st  February 2019


“Winchcombeshire – the forgotten county” – Tim Porter


Just over a thousand years ago a shire centred on the town of nearby Winchcombe existed – but for just ten  years only!  This talk by respected local historian Tim Porter tells its story:  why it appeared ……. and then disappeared so suddenly; the ancient importance of Winchcombe itself; the people and the politics involved; and the extent of its territory which of course included Stow-on-the-Wold.  Come and discover some little-known history of our local area.

Friday, 29th March 2019


Spring Quiz

St. Edward’s Hall

Friday, 5th  April 2019


“Art and Crafts in the Cotswolds”

Sarah McCormick Healy


We think we all know of the connection between  the Arts and Crafts movement and our own part of the world.  But why was   the Cotswolds so popular with the followers of the Arts and Crafts movement?  And what was so special about it?  Our speaker,  Curator of award-winning Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden, will explore these questions primarily through the life of Charles Robert Ashbee and including other leading figures of the movement.

 May 2019


Organised Visit - Bletchley Park

(Home of the codebreakers)

Friday, 7th June 2019


A.G.M.followed by our talk:-

The History and Meaning of Gloucestershire Pub Signs

 - Angela Panrucker


The humble inn sign is recognised as an iconic image and rightly regarded as being of local interest and distinction.  Focussing on a number of well-known and some lesser well-known designs, this entertaining talk will give a snapshot of the heritage, history, characters and legends of our local area.  So let’s all drink to that!

July 2019


Organised Visit

Buscot Park, near Faringdon

15th November 2018

Theatre Trip



Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 















The ticket price is £32.50 and the coach will leave Stow square at 12:40. We should arrive at the theatre by 13:20, allowing time for everyone to enjoy a quick snack and a drink before the performance starts at 14:00. We should be back in Stow at about 17:30.


Trial By Laughter