Winter 2018-19

Saturday 6 October 2018
Taste of Poland
Joe Puszet

Joe is a Polish born retired obstetrician/gynaecologist with 22 years service in the RAMC and 17 years working in the Middle East. He is British by upbringing having lived here since 1946. His interest is Military history focusing on Poland, and his talk is a very shortened history of Poland with some Anglo-Polish relationships brought out.

Saturday 3 November 2018
Artist’s View of 19th century Rural Britain
Felicity Herring

This fully illustrated talk shows how 19th Century artists portrayed rural Britain, many of them showed idyllic pastoral scenes but others showed the reality of the hardworking life lead by the agricultural worker. Reflections of life in the countryside: the homes, working conditions, health, education and leisure are highlighted.

Saturday 1 December 2018
Christmas Entertainment

We are delighted to have booked the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir to entertain us for our Christmas meeting.  Some 30-35 singers will be on the stage, and the theme will be “Christmas party” with a few carols, and they will also include songs from their recently released album which commemorates the 100-year anniversary of World War I.  A programme to suit everyone’s tastes. Beforehand, the choir manager will talk to us about their history and purpose.

Public tickets go on sale on Saturday 3 November 2018.  They will available from:
Winstones Books
8 Cheap Street
01935 816 128

Philip Walker
01747 824 645

Saturday 5 January 2019
Brunel’s Ships
Philip Unwin

Philip’s talk covers Brunel’s three ships, the Great Western, Great Britain and Great Eastern. After dealing relatively briefly with the first two ships, he covers in more detail the construction and life of Brunel’s leviathan, the SS Great Eastern, and her management and mismanagement.

Saturday 2 February 2019
Capability Brown
David Copp

David has chosen to talk about Capability Brown not because he himself is a gardener, but rather more because during his degree in European Humanities he became interested in Brown’s attempt to steer English landowners away from the stiff and formal and geometric gardens of France and enhance the natural beauty of the landscape in which great houses were built.
He admires Brown because he was a man of humble origins who learned his trade well under William Kent at Stowe and went on to work for some of the largest English landowners, improving their properties with good landscaping.

Saturday 2 March 2019
AGM followed by…

Behind the Scenes in South Somerset
Keri Phillips, General Manager, South Somerset Portfolio of National Trust properties
Damian Mitchell, Head Gardener, Lytes Cary Manor

Find out more about the challenges facing National Trust staff when deciding how to prioritise the needs of the properties in their care.  Conservation is defined as the careful management of change. It’s about revealing and sharing the significance of places and ensuring that their special qualities are protected, enhanced, understood and enjoyed by present and future generations.