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Our first gathering for 2017 was the Spring Lecture Meeting on Saturday 11th March. We welcomed Christina Hardyment who explored the story of the River Thames through prose, poetry and illustration. Christina's fascnating talk offered descriptions of tours along it in search of the picturesque, thrillers by Dickens and Sax Rohmer that cast it as a ‘highway of evil’, ballads celebrating revels on the ice and diarists’ records of botanical gardens on its banks and battles in its estuary.
For our Summer Outing we visited Upton House and Gardens, near Banbury, on Wednesday 14th June. After a light lunch in the restaurant we went round the house and then spent time browsing around the garden, plant shop etc. The weather was kind to us and it was a very pleasant visit, with much to see and enjoy including their world class art collection and some fine porcelain.
Our Autumn Lecture Meeting and AGM was held on 4th November. We are extremely grateful to Judith Atkinson who stepped in to give us a talk on her experiences as a magistrate when our advertised speaker was unable to be with us. This interesting talk is summarised in our latest newsletter News/43
Some us got together for another enjoyable Winter Lunch at The Anchor pub in Jericho on Thursday 30th November.