Delightful talks

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 March 2013

Several years ago I remember reading roughly monthly, small paragraphs on the Daily Telegraph social pages referring to meetings held by the English Speaking Union where a variety of speakers entertain members.

Time passed and having moved to Exmouth I learned that such convivial meetings (mostly lunchtime, two dinners) are held at Exeter’s Golf and Country Club. I had thoroughly enjoyed high quality speeches in London after a variety of cricket dinners. But now I was soon to discover the pleasure of attending lunchtime talks by the ESU on all manner of subjects by a variety of most interesting male and female speakers.

Recent subjects as an example include the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Buckingham Palace: history, occupants and contents; MCC and the Spirit of Cricket; Martin Bell; Conflicts, Politics and Poetry; The RNLI; The Courtenay Family of Powderham Castle; Bletchley Park Code Breakers; Jonathan Dimbleby’s African Journey; The Countess of Carnarvon: Downton Abbey; Jonathon Porritt:Fragile Planet; to name but a few.

There may be some of your readers who are unaware of such a variety of pleasures on our doorstep. If so, membership secretary Joyce McRae (telephone 01626 871064) would love to hear from you.

Anthony Robinson


Withycombe Village Road


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