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One of our speakers, Philip Grant, has sent details of an online talk, which looks interesting: 


I   "I am writing to let you know that I will be giving the "Memoir from Mugsborough" illustrated talk that I mentioned, online on Thursday 18 February, at 6.30 p.m.


This is a free online event, organised by my local Brent Libraries in North West London, but anyone, anywhere is welcome to watch it if they wish to. All that is needed is to register, giving an email address, and an invitation with the "link" to the Zoom meeting will be sent the evening before the talk. 


Details about my talk, and how to register, are here:


"Mugsborough", where the book was set, and written, is actually Hastings & St Leonards, between 1901 and 1910. The talk will look at the book "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists", its author Robert Tressell and the town itself. I hope to include a couple of passing references to Northiam, as well."

Another speaker, Rukshana Master, has also contacted us:

   "With all of us confined to our homes in lockdown, I would like to introduce you to



        They are an interesting organisation who organise wonderful illustrated talks every week, for individuals and also for WIs, U3A and other social groups, who cannot meet and socialise in person. 


It is free to register and the talks every Thursday are also free and all very good. They also have Premium talks (£2.99) every Tuesday and special talks for organisations.


This website is certainly worth checking out. There are over a hundred talks.  If you scroll to the catalogue page you will discover that I have two of my talks in there, too. (I haven't been twiddling my thumbs)! 


This is a great way to spend an hour indoors on a cold, wintry day! Simply click the link."

Many of you will remember the talk given by Mary Smith. She has now revised her book- details below.

“A Schoolgirl’s War” – a Christmas gift idea 

The story of school life during WW2 is told in this book through a unique combination of the testimonies of wartime pupils and a fascinating set of contemporary artworks. Helen Keen, a wartime art teacher in Maidstone, documented the lives of schoolgirls and their teachers in paint and pencil as the war unfolded. The record provided by her exquisite paintings and drawings is enhanced by the memories and anecdotes of those at school at the time. The book would be of interest to anyone, of any age and from any part of the country, who is interested in life on the WW2 home front. Copies are available through the website of Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School,, at a cost of £10 each plus p&p. The sale of the books is helping to fund the exploration of a second air-raid shelter uncovered at the school, and the development of a dedicated wartime classroom for educational visits. 


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