St Mary’s Men’s Forum: meetings in 2015
Mens’s Forum (Previously the Men’s Group) The Men’s Forum at StMary’s is a friendly circle of men from the congregation who get together roughly once a month to listen to a speaker and share experiences. After an hour or so of talk and discussion we adjourn to a local pub for a drink and something to eat. It is a great way of getting to know other members of the congregation in an informal way. The Forum is open to any man from the congregation, and new participants are warmly welcome.
Meetings take place at St Mary’s church (unless otherwise stated) at 7.30pm
28 JANUARY John Ashby A Mini ‘Bradshaw’:By GWR from Marlow to Banbury, Ross on Wye, Hereford, Forest of Dean and on to London. A 60-year journey and the interesting people along the way.
11 MARCH Anthony Wills “N’oubliez pas le guide”:working as a courier in France in the 60s and 70s22 APRIL John Malpas(Chair: Harris Watts) Zeppelin raids and the defence of London 1914-1918
THURS 4 JUNE David Brown Guided walk: Belsize Park and Chalk Farm area
22 JULY Simon James ‘Let’s build a Prime Minister’s Office’: helping post-conflict (and post-Communist) governments to reconstruct themselves”.
9 SEPTEMBER Malcolm Craddock Making Sharpe
14 OCTOBER John Sloboda Recording civilian casualties of war: why the international community is so bad at it, and what can be done.John is co-director of Every Casualty, an initiative founded in 2007 whose long-term aim is to ensure that that all lives lost to armed violence, anywhere in the world, are properly recorded. (www.everycasualty.org)
25 NOVEMBER Mike Brace Life aboard P&O liners trading to Australia and the Far East in the 1950s and early 1960s Mike Brace, a Master Mariner and Shipbroker, spent his formative years as a junior navigator aboard some of the great ocean liners. He still keeps his trusty sextant close by in case of a complete breakdown of the world’s Global Positioning System and would be happy to ‘splice the mainbrace’ afterwards at the local pub.
DECEMBER Date to be confirmed Christmas dinner