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Proposed L.H.S. PROGRAMME until November 2024

(Last updated November 2023)

Date Event Venue and Time
Monday 15 January 2024 Stonehenge Unroofed or Roofed: A New Perspective  - Sarah Ewbank Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    Stonehenge has always been a symbol of mystery and wonder. But what if we've been seeing only half the picture? Join the author of the revolutionary book that has reshaped Stonehenge discussions in media and academia. Together, we'll explore and analyse its tantalizing form for clues and evidence of its missing roof. Your perception of this iconic site may never be the same again.  
Monday 19 February 2024 ‘On Two Wheels’ – The fascinating story of the Bicycle – Bill King Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    The Bicycle can be considered as one of the greatest inventions providing mobility to millions of people across the planet and providing the basis for the development of the motor-cycle and motor car. This broad non-technical talk outlines.the development of the bicycle and cycling over the past 180 years and considers its sociological impact. These days the Bicycle is seen as being ecologically friendly and a ‘Green’ low-cost alternative in urban personal transport  
Monday 18 March 2024 The Oxford of Inspector Morse – Alastair Lack Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    Oxford is known as an ancient city with a world famous university.  It is also known for murder mysteries, deadly dons and Inspector Morse. This talk on Inspector Morse (and Lewis and Endeavour) includes the importance of Colin Dexter, who wrote the original Morse books,  and, of course John Thaw (Inspector Morse) and Kevin Whately ( Sergeant Lewis), with their many murders to solve and pints of beer to drink.  
Monday 15 April 2024 Lost Railway Journeys in Gloucestershire – David Aldred Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    The talk will be a round trip from Cheltenham to Lechlade along Cotswold railways in the early 1960s. The journey will be via Gloucester along the Stroud valley to Cirencester, then to Fairford and Oxford before returning along the line through Bourton on the Water.  
Monday 13 May 2024 Friends Ambulance Unit in the World Wars – Sue Smith Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    The Friends' Ambulance Unit (FAU) was a volunteer ambulance service set up to provide alternative service to fighting. It was founded by Quakers, in line with their Peace Testimony, during the First World War when universal conscription first became compulsory. It operated during both world wars and beyond, in many countries in Europe, Asia and Africa. It took some years to become accepted, but by the end of the Second World War, Quakers had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their non-partisan work providing humanitarian relief.   
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Monday 16 September 2024 Celebrity, ceremony and corruption: the honours system in twentieth-century Britain – Tom Crook Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    Despite its medieval origins, the British honours system is still in use today. Why and how did this essentially feudal system survive into the twentieth century, when Britain became a fully democratic society? This talk offers a whistle stop tour of how the honours system changed during the last century and how it became what it is today - an inclusive institution that bequeaths honours on people from all walks of life, but also one steeped in scandal and suspicions of corruption.   
Monday 21 October 2024 A Victorian Christmas – Tim Healey Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    Charles Dickens spoke of Christmas as 'the only time in the long calendar of the year when men and women consent to open their shut-up hearts freely’. This colourful presentation describes how booming industry and a growing empire shaped Victorian celebrations. Christmas cards, Christmas crackers, Christmas trees and electric fairy lights were among the novelties, along with mass produced Books of Carols. Christmas as we know it today was rooted in Victorian innovation.  
Monday 18 November 2024 34th Annual General Meeting Memorial Hall - 7:30pm
    New and old members and guests welcome.  

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