Programme of Talks 2018

Venue: The South Downs Memorial Hall, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH

Date and Time: Usually the 3rd Thursday in the month at 7pm

February through to July; and September to November

Entry Charge: Members £3 Visitors £5 Students £1

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Sneak Preview 2019

We have now finalised the programme of talks for 2019.  More details to follow, but here is a sneak preview!  

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   A comprehensive talk about the Watts family in Compton, their home and studio Limnerslease, the Compton potters’ art guild, Mary’s mortuary chapel and the Watts Gallery.

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22nd March LE SALON DU CHOCOLAT A Speaker from this Chichester chocolate company is to talk about the history of manufacturing chocolate from cocoa bean to bar – with tastings of course! Plus, a chance to buy gifts for Easter.

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17 May: The Edward James Foundation

This hour-long talk will introduce the fascinating figure of Edward James, founder of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex. Although he saw himself primarily as a poet, James was a noted patron of the arts who supported some of the most prominent cultural figures of his day, including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte and Leonora Carrington. As well as describing his ballet commissions, his friendships with the Surrealists, his time in Hollywood, the talk will detail James’ time in Mexico, a country he made his home and where began to construct radical architecture in the jungle.

“I have seen such beauty as one man has seldom seen."  

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21 June: Quirky Sussex Traditions

This hour-long talk will be presented by a charity that gathers and shares traditions handed down by the people of Sussex.   Customs, crafts, arts, beliefs, songs and stories – almost forgotten, but brought to life in this engaging talk.    

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19 July: Learning by Rote

Seven times nine are 63.  Pay attention on the back row!!!

Ruth Brown from the Sussex records Office presents an enlightening insight into schooling in times gone by.    


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20 September: Pioneering Electric Railways

  Ian Gledhill presents a talk on the Magnus Volk Railway in Brighton, the oldest electric railway in the world.  ##PDF##

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18 October: Brooklands Museum

 A guest speaker from the museum talks about the iconic race track, its history and famous drivers.

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29 November: Advice about Scams

PCSO Richard Morley provides the latest advice from Sussex police on safety tips and information on how to avoid the criminals’ activity.  With detection rates plunging, prevention is the best option!


This talk will be held at The Grange Centre on 29 November.


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Christmas Celebration

The Midhurst Society Christmas Celebration will take place on 5th December in the Castle Room at the Walled Garden. The chance for a chat, a mince pie and drink. Tickets £10. We have sold the minimum number, so this event will definitely happen. A small number of tickets still available.

A minibus will run from and to the Memorial Hall for those who don't want to drive or walk round. It will leave the Memorial hall at 6.50pm and return at 9.00pm.

Contact us if you are interested.

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