Open Meeting Diary

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Date

Speaker

Title

9th November 2017

Susan Howe

History Without the Boring Bits

Why does Charles II keep popping out of his coffin? Which Stately Home has a friendly dog who shows you to your room and then walks through the wall because he is a ghost? Why was Henry V Queen not buried for over 200 years?
Disgraceful history, as you never heard it before.
Doors open at 1.30 p.m. meeting begins at 2 p.m. and is held at the
Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, Bracknell, RG12 7GR
NB: There will be no admission to the Hall before 1.30pm to allow for safe setting up of the hall.

14th December 2017

Andy Thomas

Background to the Festive Season

Food, drink, quizes, music AND during the afternoon Andy Thomas will give us a presentation on the fascinating background to the festive season. From the ancient ceremonies of light in the darkness to the marking of the birth of the Messiah, mid-December has long been a time for rejoicing. Yet Christmas traditions have splintered into many guises and seasonal celebration was even banned in Puritan times. Andy shows why, for all the modern commercialisation, Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.