Bi-Monthly Lectures

Thursdays at 2.00pm in St Barnabas Church Hall, Main Street, Swanland.   Click on image for directions Direction map

Lecture meetings are held at 2.00pm on the first and third Thursdays in each month from September to July. Admission is sent by flyer to each member, there can tea/coffee during but sadly you have to supply your own.

To read a Speakers Biography please click on Speakers Name if link available. Also if there is a recording of the Lecture you can click on the 'Subject Title' to watch it, also to view earlier recorded lectures please go to the link at bottom of page for lectures 2020-2021.
Date: Speaker: Subject: About:
01st September 2.00pm Colin Bradshaw Saints, sinners, sailors and smugglers - amongst others! Colin will talk about some of the famous people who visited or lived on the North York Moors. In his role as a Voluntary Ranger for the National Park he has researched their stories and illustrated these with photographs.
15th September 2.00pm Malcolm Brooke Bomber Command Malcolm's presentation looks at the history of 49 Squadron from World War 1 to the nuclear tests of the 1950's : the personalities, the locations and the operations. Malcolm will also describe his involvement in the photographic project to record the headstones of all those who died serving in the squadron. .
06th October 2.00pm Graham Buckton The Convoy Rescue Ships. The convoy rescue ships accompanied Atlantic convoys in World War 2 to rescue survivors from ships that had been attacked. These were typically small freighters with passenger accommodation converted into rescue facilities. Theirs was a demanding role in a very dangerous situation.
20th October 2.00pm Mike Grey The Birds In Your Garden. Mike will be telling us what we didn't know about the birds we see everyday in our garden. From their feeding habits to their love lives this promises to be a fascinating talk.
03rd November 2.00pm Malcolm Lawrenson Death in Ancient Egypt November 2022 is the month scheduled for the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza. The celebrations will be timed to coincide with the centenary of the discovery of a sealed tomb in the Valley of the Kings by Howard Carter on 5th November 1922.
17th November 2.00pm Kate Billmore, Peter Barnard Life As A Tudor Musician. hey will be presenting on 'Life as a Tudor household musician', playing music on a wide range of instruments in use at in the second half of the 16th century as well as singing. They will talk about the instruments and their manufacture, and also showcase and talk about their costumes. They will be very willing to take questions after the presentation.
01st December 2.00pm Margaret Hanson. The things they carried - the human touch. ….a journey visiting History, Literature, Philosophy, some smiles and one naughty word.
15th December 2.00pm   Christmas Event / Carol Service???  
05th January 2.00pm  John Peck The Romans In Welton. The story of the archaeological discoveries in Welton in the 1970s on the site of what is now Omya Quarry. A Roman villa was uncovered and evidence of a farming community which lasted about 400 years.
19th January 2.00pm  Alan Deighton  "George Warburton Sizer and Vera Brittain  This talk will discuss the collaboration between local novelist George Sizer, now almost forgotten, and Vera Brittain one of the foremost English writers and cultural figures of the pre war years.
02nd February 2.00pm  Eddie Lawler  Tracking the Brontës  With Covid on the decline (we hope) Eddie's presentation "Tracking the Brontës" is back on the road. It's a one-hour presentation with music, of the Brontë story in connection with the birth of the railways.
16th February 2.00pm Anne Sherman Victorian Deaf and Dumb  
02nd March 2.00pm To be confirmed  
16th March 2.00pm Chair Annual General Meeting  Swanland u3a AGM please attend so we will meet our quorum.
06th April 2.00pm John Wilson. The Queen's Money:  Banknotes Through Her Reign.
20th April 2.00pm Neil Hanson In At The Top.  His talk “Inn & Out at the Top” is a laugh-a-minute tour of the quirks and foibles, highs and lows of his time running Britain’s highest inn back in the 1970s and 1980s. A hugely engaging storyteller, Neil’s account of grappling with tight-fisted farmers, eccentric characters, bizarre local customs, naturist weekends, “lates and lock-ins”, police raids, rats in the attic, close encounters with magistrates and planners, and the shooting of a famous double-glazing commercial, is suitable for all audiences.
04th May 2.00pm Nick Dahlgreen Writing and Publishing a Debut Novel  
18th May 2.00pm To be confirmed  
01st June 2.00pm Kathleen Barnett Making a difference…the story of a Hippo, Orca and Hyena  An illustrated tale about a hippo, an orca and a hyena, who were orphaned in the wild and rescued by humans supported by Born Free
15th June 2.00pm To be confirmed