Events and Talks
Britain’s Lost Baroque Palace – Charles II’s Windsor Castle
ZOOM Meeting, 3pm – Thursday 5th November 2020
Barbara grew up in Eton with Windsor Castle as part of her daily view. She graduated with an honours degree in History and taught History for 15 years before qualifying as a Blue Badge Guide. Barbara is a lecturer for the Arts Society, an examiner and course director on Blue Badge Guide training courses and an acknowledged expert on Windsor Castle, for which she has been the Blue Badge Guides’ Site Liaison Representative since 1990.
Barbara was the only Tourist Guide to be invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and can offer special wedding-themed tours of Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel as well as historical and royalty-themed tours of Windsor Castle and Town.
Barbara is also the coordinator of tours of Eton College.
Grandma Flew Spitfires
a forgotten story of courage, skill and sacrifice. Our most popular talk – gets 5* ratings every time!
ZOOM Meeting – 3pm -Thursday, 3rd December
Richard Poad’s interest in history and architecture began when he was at school. He studied Modern Languages at university, where he also learned to fly – which led to a 33 year career with British Airways. He keeps a narrowboat on the Thames at Cookham, and has navigated many of the canals and rivers of England over the last 35 years. He has been Chairman of Maidenhead Heritage Centre since its inception and was responsible for the Air Transport Auxiliary exhibition which opened in 2011. He is delighted that the centre has become an essential part of Maidenhead’s cultural life and gives over 30 talks every year.
Hackney Carriages in Windsor – Past & Present by Rebecca Seear
ZOOM Meeting – 3pm – Thursday 7th January 2021
The concept of a ‘Hackney Carriage’ (what we now call a cab or taxi) dates back to the first licences issued by Oliver Cromwell in 1654.
Given the current Coronavirus situation and after some consideration the Committee have decided to postpone the next talk on Hackney Carriages in Windsor. The speaker, Rebecca Seears, will choose a new date for the next season.
We have also decided to cancel three other events:
- the outing to Rye & Great Dixter Houseon April 21st
- the Annual Lecture by James Holland at Holy Trinity Church on May 13th
- visit to Leeds Castle on Tuesday June 16tth
We have also suspended planning of our traditional annual Music Event. All these will be rescheduled.
Rosemarie Wood will be in touch with members who have paid for the trips and will be returning their cheques with, hopefully a new October date.
We also regret to notify you there will not be a May Newsletter
These decisions have not been taken easily, but the well-being and safety of our members and our volunteers are of the highest importance at this time.
We thank you sincerely for your continued support and we wish you and your families good health.
We look forward to reorganising a full and varied programme of events when it is safe to do so.