2017 - 18  LECTURES

The Lectures take place between 1st October and end of March, at Bethesda Church Hall,Gt. Norwood Street, CHELTENHAM, GL50 2AP at 2.30pm. on the FIRST Thursday of each month, and at Southam Village Hall at The Close, School Lane, Southam, GL52 2NS at 7.30pm. on the THIRD Thursday of each month usually.

Our next lecture: - THURSDAY, October 5th. 2017 - details are below on this page

The admission price for all meetings payable, on the door, £3 Members & £4 visitors.

The Thursday afternoon meetings to remain at Bethesda Methodist Church Hall until further notice.

The Thursday evening meetings have moved to Southam Village Hall. (Details on how to get there, are given below )

From the  A435 (GE traffic lights) travel along Southam Lane, through Southam village. Turn left into Old Road and left again into School Lane by the War Memorial. Travel 200 yards and the village hall is on your left.

From Prestbury travel towards Winchcombe on the B4632 and just after the Ellenborough Park Hotel turn left into Old Road. Turn left again into School Lane by the War Memorial. Travel 200 yards and the village hall is on your left.

From  Winchcombe travel towards Cheltenham on the B 4632. At the bottom of Cleeve Hill turn
right into New Road and then sharp left into Old Road. Turn right into School Lane by the War Memorial. Travel 200 yards and the village hall is on your left.
                       Please note – there is no access to the village hall from Ratcliffe Lawns.


                                                              2017-18  Lecture Programme

                                                                                  Details to follow


 The Lectures Sub-Committee at work.

When your list of lectures comes through in your newsletter every year please give a thought to the hard working members of the Centre’s lectures sub-committee. This seven-member subcommittee ably
chaired by Jan Turner, organise, arrange and run the lecture series for the benefit of members on a
completely voluntary basis.
They are fortified only with copious cups of tea or coffee and a substantial supply of quality biscuits provided free of charge by the host.
The meeting this September reviewed progress and details of the organisation for the coming season’s lectures and tried to anticipate possible problems. It seeks to ensure that speakers arrive, are properly introduced, looked after and paid. Critically the sub-committee tries to ensure that the audio visual equipment arrives in a working order, the pay desk is manned and that the key for the premises is collected and returned. Additionally, some of the committee members have the responsibility of the storage and carriage of the equipment to the two venues.
The meeting in November concentrates on the choice of speakers. That is followed by sometimes tortuous attempts to contact them and sort out availability. This follows a strict procedure written by the sub committee Minute Secretary and endorsed by the sub-committee members. Subsequent meetings monitor progress and identify issues arising during the season.
The long summer break is busy ensuring that lecturers will turn up, have all the equipment required and that
the publicity is provided for the newsletter, website and the 'What’s On' section of Radio Gloucester-
Recently innovations by the sub-committee are a request for voluntary contributions for the refreshments on
the Thursday evening lectures; investigation of the hearing loop and audio equipment systems in both venues and the introduction of a free guest pass for members to invite non-members to one of the evening series of talks.  All this is intended to give good quality lectures at a reasonable charge of £3.
The photo below was taken at the September meeting shows Peter Walker, Jan Turner, (chairman), June Stroud, Julph Miers and Ann Nye. Bill Cronin was hiding behind the camera and Duncan Reid had sent his apologies.     


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