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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Talk by Bill King on Coleshill Secret Army

There was a record turnout for Bill's fascinating talk last night.It's always good to be in the presence of someone with passion and great knowledge and understanding of their topic, and approaches it with a sense of humour.
Bill scored 10 out of 10, and appeared unfazed by a wait for microphone batteries to arrive, or lights remaining undimmed due to a technical hitch with the lighting arrangements.
I knew about underground bunkers built in case of a WW2 invasion, but had no idea that Coleshill was the centre of operations, and that there was a large house on the site behind the large iron gates.
Here's the crowd:
 With ex Commonwealians on the front row, and Journal editor John Walsh a little way beyond them.
 And another  photo of the audience.
Maybe I can find a better photo of Coleshill House on the web.
And below Bill and Flora King.
The next talk is on Ashdown House and is on the 24th of May at 7.30pm in the Museum.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Spring 2013 Talks and Trips.

We are pleased to announce the latest talk s and trips for 2013, as follows:

Friday 26th April 7.30pm at the Museum and Art gallery
Coleshill Secret Army a talk by Bill King

The second one is on the Friday  24th of May at 7.30pm about
Ashdown House by John Farrow

The third talk is on Friday 28th of June at 7.30pm on
the the History of the Swindon Empire by Roger Trayburn


TRIP 1: MONDAY 13th MAY 2013 - 1.30 pm
AVEBURY MANOR
A local trip where we
plan for members to
make their own way to
Avebury (only 12
miles away from
Swindon & served
hourly on the No. 49
bus route) to see the
recently renovated
Manor House.

TRIP 2: WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE 2013 - 11.00 am
CHISWICK HOUSE
Chiswick House is the
first and one of the
finest examples of
neo-Palladian design
in England. Created by
the third Earl of
Burlington, inspired by
the architecture of
ancient Rome and
16th century Italy. We
will also visit the adjacent Hogarth House.

For details, phone Paul Ricketts on 01672 539688 or
e-mail paul.unhinged @macunlimited.net

Illustrated version tomorrow.