Main SOWI Diary Dates
All meetings are currently being held online using Zoom.
If you'd like to join, but have never used Zoom before, do get in touch and one of our members will be very happy to show you how it works.
Al Sylvester - Southern Reach
Gillian Walnes Perry - the Legacy of Anne Frank
Sabita Banerji and THIRST - The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea
Lucy Atkins, author and journalist
Oxfordshire on Canvas with Marie-Louise Kerr
Spoons workshop with Jo May, percussionist
Our AGM and then Tess Taylor from Tap Social
Meadow Road - the plans to build a road through
Christ Church meadow...
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Christine Ramsey: Easter Flowers*
22 Mar, 14:00 Online via Zoom
Join Christine for ideas to keep you busy preparing some different flower arrangements for your home this Easter. Once again, the emphasis will be on decorations which can be easily sourced from gardens or local walks.
Murray Jacobs: Quirky Public Art and a unique bridge: Can this be Cambridge?*
29 Mar, 19:00 Online via Zoom
Cambridge has one or two very well-known bridges, but only one has links to a famous Italian painter. Stephen Hawking once said: “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.”
Andy Sharp: Southampton - Gateway to the World*
31 Mar, 19:00 Online via Zoom
This talk tells the story from Prehistoric Southampton to modern times, telling how Southampton became, for its residents and visitors, a ‘Gateway to the World.’
Paul Robbins: Great British Eccentrics*
06 Apr, 19:00 Online via Zoom
Paul takes you on a light-hearted journey that looks at some of the great characters from our past like the Lord who spent many hours floating in a large indoor glass water tank writing rude letters to the Prime Minister.
Graeme Gettings: How to make 4 cards at once using doodles*
08 Apr, 14:00 Online via Zoom
Following our original Doodles painting, Graeme will show you how to make 4 lovely card fronts. Watercolour masterpieces made by your own fair hands! Suitable for complete novices.
David Hastings: RNLI - True Heroes of the Sea*
14 Apr, 19:00 Online via Zoom
David will bring us amazing stories of courage, endurance and bravery highlighting the RNLI volunteers who go to sea to help complete strangers in trouble, often in appalling conditions and when everyone one else is running for shelter.
Robert Nurden: Between Heaven and Earth – A Journey With My Grandfather*
19 Apr, 19:00 Online via Zoom
Stanley James, as a young man in the Canadian West, was by turns a cowboy, shepherd, navvy, hobo and newspaper reporter, soldier in the Spanish-American war, poet, playwright and actor. Returning to his native England, he married and became a Nonconformist minister who both charmed and alienated his Walthamstow congregation with his socialism and pacifism. In 1923 he converted and reinvented himself as one of the best-known Catholic writers of the English-speaking world, with nine books to his name. Yet the chance discovery of hundreds of secret letters and diaries of three women – many quoted in this account – shattered the image.
These documents show in intriguing and often explicit detail that, as a husband and father of seven, he had an affair and liaisons with members of his congregation. Just how much did his family and friends know?
* Oxfordshire Federation event
** National Federation event