In view of the current situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19) our monthly Speakers are currently held Via Zoom

We have a monthly speaker meeting, held on the 1st Thursday of the month. Doors open at 9.30am (coffee available until 10.15am) and the talk begins at 10.30am.

Dates and Speakers for 2021 Monthly Meetings

January 7th AGM Followed by:

Sarah Slater : “Sex, secrets, scandal and salacious gossip of the Royal Court, 1660 to 1830”

Sarah is a qualified guide/lecturer for historic royal palaces at Hampton Court Palace.

February 4th: David Allan “The Weird & Wonderful World of The Law”

This zoom meeting will be at 1pm (so its lunch with the law!)

Great fun and plenty of laughs! An enjoyable romp through the legal world: drawing on over 25 years as a locum solicitor travelling around the country, encountering raging judges, dotty clients, and weird cases.  Join David on a sideways journey through bizarre true-life oddities, daft old laws still in place, and political correctness gone raving mad!

March 4th: Susan Sayer  Cornwall Seal Group “SEPTIMUS”

A fully illustrated talk Life, Death, and immortality Meet Septimus “some seal”

April 1st: Humanimal Trust

Founded by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick in 2014, Humanimal Trust drives collaboration between vets, doctors and researchers so that all humans and animals benefit from sustainable and equal medical progress but not at the expense of an animal’s life. This is a concept known as One Medicine.

A link to their website is here and a link to their Photo Competition can be found here

May 6th: David Allan The Making of Casablanca

A behind the scenes look at one of the world’s most romantic films. Sit back and enjoy the story of this back-lot B movie which became a classic from the golden age of Hollywood, forever remembered for its incredible cast of Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, and the song…’As Time Goes By.’

June 3rd: Susan Symons “The Young Victoria”

The colourful life of Queen Victoria  Part 1

July 1st: Jim Holmes Photographer “Life in Landlocked Laos”

Trapped between Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and China, Buddhist and socialist, Laos is one of the most peaceful places on earth. From lush tropical forests to raging rivers, it is home to just 6.5 million people . For 14years I lived  in Laos I worked throughout the country, photographing projects, and documenting the fascinating ethnic communities that still dwell throughout the country. Let me take you on this personal journey through the food, landscapes, people and history of this magical place.

August 5th: Alan Jones “Keep Your Hair On”

Straight, wavy, long, natural or dyed! Wigs, extensions, beards and eye brows.

Smuggling, politics, religion, and fashion collide in a billion dollar trade. Discover the secretive and lucrative international world of Hair that is guaranteed to grip you by the long, short or curly.

September 2nd: Mary Smith Jones “A School Girls War”

The talk tells the story of school life during WW2 and features the recently discovered and exquisite art work of a WW2 school art teacher. She set out to document in paint and pencil the lives of school children and their teachers as the war unfolded, creating a unique and intriguing record. Her work features in paint the disrupted schooling, air-raids, doodlebugs, and underground lessons in shelters which were experienced by so many children. 

The rest of 2021 TBC

We meet at the St Austell Art Centre, Truro Road, St Austell PL25 5HJ