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                                LADIES LUNCH TALKS 2024
Last year we introduced to our social calendar a “Ladies Lunch and Talk”, which we have held most months since its introduction.
    This has proved to be extremely popular
with our lady members, many of whom have brought guests and we have been at capacity, or thereabouts, throughout last year. The talks have ranged from ”The Management
of the New Forest Ponies”, “The Honey Pot Children’s Charity and the work of their Volunteers” and, most recently, a talk by Patrick Kempe on his “Participation in the New Year’s Day Parade in London” riding
his magnificent performance horse, Lusitano Tetua. He charmed us with insights into what takes place, the preparation, the route, and finally arriving at Buckingham Palace.
The success of the Ladies Lunches and Talks has been in many ways due to the varied nature of the talks, the professionalism of
our speakers and the fabulous two course Lunch cooked by our very own Chef , Albin, who seems to be able to create a menu that compliments every occasion.
We have planned to continue these lunchtime events throughout the year with a short gap in the middle of the Summer and resuming in Autumn. As some of our
forthcoming talks may be of interest to a broader audience, we welcome all members to join us on these occasions.
All Ladies Lunches include a “Welcome glass of wine” on arrival, followed by a two course Lunch. The talks are often followed with a very lively Q & A session. Due to their popularity we recommend booking in advance by emailing:
Future Ladies Lunch Events
25 April – “Helping to Save Britain’s Favourite Mammal”
by Picklelodge Hedgehog Rescue.
What can we do to save to save Britain’s most favourite mammal.
16 May – “Art Restoration”
by Giorgia Bertolino.
Giorgia is a Master in Fine Art Restoration and lives on the Isle of Wight where she has her own studio. She will explain the methods used and reveal the extraordinary results of her talented work in this specialist field.
6 June – “D-Day-80”
A celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings.
19 September – “A History of Managing the New Forest” by Richard Daponte (Forestry England)
Richard Daponte, from Forestry England, will tell us about the management of the Forest. The Forestry Commission/Forestry England has only managed the New Forest since 1924 – our speaker will look back at the history and help us understand why it is managed the way it is today.
24 October – “Lumberjills –
Britain’s Forgotten Army” by Jo Foat
Jo Foat, author, environmentalist and public speaker, uncovers the forgotten story of the Lumberjillls – the women who worked in the Forest in the Women’s Timber Corps
in WW2. Jo has been interviewed about the Lumberjills on Radio 4’s “Women’s Hour,” “How We Won the War” and Dan Snow’s History podcast.
5 December – “Tales from Downton Abbey” by Bronda Dossett.
Hear all about the backstage gossip from the filming of the successful TV series ”Downton Abbey” followed by the history of the real family who live there.

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