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Talks and Events Diary 2019

Each year it becomes more difficult to find speakers suited to our budget. Once again Cynthia Morris has come up trumps. The committee is proud to present to its members an interesting and diverse range for talks for 2019.

Tuesday 8th January
The History of Houghton Regis

Houghton Regis allegedly has more history than Luton.
Speaker: Roger Turner.

Tuesday 12th February

Shakelton’s Forgotten Men

Making a return visit to complete her talk after equipment failure, Debbie Horseman continues her presentation about Shakelton’s failed adventure. This concerns his support group whose mission was to establish a chain of supply huts for him and his men to seek refuge on their return from the Pole. Three men died completing this mission.


Tuesday 12th March
The AGM followed by a talk on the National Garden Scheme which raises funds for medical charities.
Speaker: Victoria Diggle.

Tuesday April 9th
Churches of Bedfordshire
The weird, wonderful, and the curious.
Speaker: David Longman.

Tuesday 14th May
The Luton Riots
Unrest and frustration by Luton’s residence resulted in the burning down of the Town Hall.
Speaker: Keith Miles.

Tuesday 11th June
The Hidden Secrets of High Town.

A fascinating in-depth look at some of the lesser known facts about this part of Luton. Speaker: Paul Hammond

Tuesday 9th July
Coach outing to Peterborough.
Peterborough boasts one of the oldest cathedrals’ in the country; this 12th century building is the final resting place for Catherine of Aragon. Peterborough has a fine museum and art gallery, with plenty of shops for that retail fix. Details to be confirmed.

Tuesday 13th August
Local visit to The Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway.
Details of this visit are to be confirmed, the railway celebrates its century this year, and has been chosen as a destination to coincide with our October talk.  We make our own was there.

Tuesday 10th September
The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of Cardington Airships.
A fascinating Subject, some of the 20th century’s  most momentous and  memorable incidents took place here, and are still taking place today.
Speaker: David Fowler.

Tuesday 8th October
“The Sands of Time”
A hundred years of the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway.
Speaker: Nick Hill.

Tuesday 12th November
On Watling Street.
Travelling through Bedfordshire in the 19th Century, as seen through the eyes of writers, journalists, and artists, who traversed its canals, turnpikes, rivers, and roads.
Speaker: Professor Alexis Weedon.


Tuesday 10th December
The Christmas Party.
The party starts with a “Festive Quiz”, and lots of prizes to be won, followed by a selection of seasonal fare and drink.

All meetings and talks are held in The Luton Town and Indians Cricket Club Function Room. The cricket club is adjacent to Wardown House Museum and gallery; it can be accessed from either Old Bedford Road or New Bedford Road. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, and commence at 7-30 prompt. Member’s entrance fee is £3, guests, and visitors, £4.
Health and Safety Regulations dictate that the Committee issue a polite request to all Friends and their guests, and visitors, to sign the attendance record to signify their presence at the meeting. Thank You.