Main SOWI Diary Dates


All meetings are currently being held online using Zoom.

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September 15th

Al Sylvester - Southern Reach

October 20th

Gillian Walnes Perry  - the Legacy of Anne Frank

November 17th

Sabita Banerji  and THIRST - The International Roundtable for Sustainable Tea

December 15th

Lucy Atkins, author and journalist


January 19th

Oxfordshire on Canvas with Marie-Louise Kerr

February 16th

Spoons workshop with Jo May, percussionist

March 16th

Our AGM and then Tess Taylor from Tap Social

April 20th

Jim Godfrey

Meadow Road - the plans to build a road through 

Christ Church meadow...


OTHER EVENTS For more information on these

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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