Surviving The Great War – The Songs, Humour and Words That Kept The Boys Going
A fifty minute presentation in words, music and visuals exploring how the Arts helped those embroiled in the devastation of the First World War to survive to the end of the day, or perhaps the week, or even to come home safely again. We’ll examine some of the Great War’s poetry, the songs that emerged and the wonderful satire which all worked to keep spirits up.
Cheltenham at War
A look at how the Cotswolds spa town coped with the years of the Second World War – the influx of evacuees, the bombing raids, the new industries, the schools, the home guard and of course the Yanks!
A 50 minute talk with visuals.
Talbot House – a home from home
Run by the cleric Tubby Clayton, Talbot House in Poperinge, Belgium, became the ‘haven in hell’ for many British servicemen during the Great War and ultimately the inspiration behind the Toc H Movement. This illustrated talk introduces us to the house which allowed men of all ranks and religion to find some home comforts and to escape from the sounds, sights and odours of war for just a little while.
The Wit and Songs of Noel Coward
Born in 1899, Coward was an actor, writer, composer, director, producer, and in later life painter– and he excelled at them all. He said of himself ‘I am an enormously talented man, and there is no point in denying it’.
This is a sixty minute reminder of that talent and some of the wonderful songs and wit of the ‘Master’ including A Bar on The Piccola Marina, Don’t Let’s Be Beastly To The Germans, Mrs Worthington, There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner and Mad Dogs & Englishmen.
Cheltenham’s Racing Heroes
For over 100 years Cheltenham Racecourse has been the home of National Hunt Racing, but it’s association with horseracing is longer and stronger than that. This talk explores some of the racing heroes that lived in or around the spa town including 13 time Champion Jockey Fred Archer, Grand National winner Tim Hamey, Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Frenchie Nicholson and five time Champion Jockey, Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle winner Billy Stott.