Events

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Designed for members to meet socially, ‘Coffee Mornings’  are held on the third Thursday of the month and you can find all the details below.  For Spring 2021 all our Coffee Mornings are held virtually using ‘Zoom’.  We ‘gather’ at 10.45 for a few minutes chat.  The talk starts at 11 and we usually finish around 12 noon.  There is no charge for attendance and we welcome visitors.  Even if you do not have Zoom capability, you may be able to join another member in their home (when government regulations permit).  Please ask! 

Do you have a comment, or a story, to add to the post presentation discussion?  Go to the Coffee Morning Forum to read and add. Click here for reports of previous coffee morning meetings.

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Beyond Coronovirus
We are planning for a return to being able to host ‘physical meetings’ again as soon as it is allowable and observing all practicable guidance for health and safety.  Members however will need to make their own personal decision on whether to attend any physical gathering. 

Dates for your Diary

See also this link for online events sponsored by the Third Age Trust.

Thursday 18th March  Coffee  Morning talk : The Century of Deception

Ian Keable will talk about the birth of the hoax in the 18th century

The 1700s was a period when the people of England seemed to be especially gullible.  They believed a woman could give birth to rabbits; a man could climb inside a two pint bottle and sing inside it; and a blond-haired European could write a book claiming that he was born in Taiwan.  These hoaxes weren’t just written about extensively in newspapers and journals, but also brilliantly and amusingly depicted by satirical artists, such as William Hogarth and James Gillray.

In this entertaining talk Ian demonstrates how 18th century hoaxes are memorable not only for their imaginative nature, but also because of the differing motives of the tricksters.

The Zoom link will be sent to members on the preceding Monday.

 

Thursday 15th April British Bats, by Edward Wells

They are two-legged mammals which have and suckle one or two babies at a time and live in large groups That sounds a lot like us, but bats are different not only from humans but from all other mammals. They fly brilliantly in a world of darkness navigating by means of echoed sound. We are still finding out how amazing they are.

Edward Wells will give an introduction to these extraordinary creatures, their physical adaptations and behaviour concentrating on the species we have in this country. Somerset is one of the best counties in Britain for bats and the Minehead area is outstanding.

Horseshoe bat

Edward is a life-long naturalist, Vice-Chairman of the Somerset Bat Group, and sometime Council Member of the Bat Conservation Trust. He served for over 30 years as a trustee of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and of which he was Chairman for four years.  

Zoom meeting. The link will be sent to Members on the preceding Monday. 

Thursday 20th May Annual General Meeting and ‘It’s Magic’ presentation by Steve Price

Details to follow.

 

 

 

Thursday 17th June The Iceman: A Neolithic murder mystery in the Alps, by Andrew Thompson.

Details to follow.