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  Autumn Venue Based Courses
   September 2024 ~ December 2024

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Film Day - 
Saturday Day School
Tutors: Creina Mansfield & Alan Sennett

Saturday 

Partington Theatre, Henry Street, Glossop, SK13 8BW

10 a.m.  ~ 4 p.m.  Fee: Members £25, Non-members £32.50

The Lost Booker Prize
3 Thursday Afternoons
Tutor: Creina Mansfield

Thursday 26th September, 3rd October & 10th October 2024 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

1.30 pm ~ 3.30 pm    Fee: £12.00 Members, £14.00 Non-members

No prize was given to novels published in 1971 because the rules changed, so that year missed out.  Much later a panel decided on a winner: J.G. Farrell for Troubles.  Creina will first of all discuss the Booker Prize generally and some winners and then turn to Farrell’s novel. It is set in Ireland 1919-1920, so covers the Anglo-Irish war as seen from the inhabitants of a crumbling hotel.  

The British Way of Espionage
3 Thursday Evenings 
Tutor: Kevin Harrison

Thursday 1st, 8th & 15th October October 2022 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £ Members, £Non-members

In the Shadow of the Masters - the Artists Who Invented Themselves
3 Tuesday Evening Lectures
Tutor: Frank Vigon

Thursday 24th, 31st October & 7th November 2024

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £ Members, Non-members £

Thursday 24th October – Donatello – the Body Beautiful

Thursday 31st October – Michelangelo – the Ego and the Ecstasy

Thursday 7th November – Durer – Drawn to our attention

The Amazing Journeys of Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate
3 Tuesday Afternoons
Tutor: Brigitta Hoffman

Tuesday 5th, 12th & 19th November 2024

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee: £ Members, Non-members £

In each of these 3 talks, we will follow the history of our favourite hot beverages from their original growing areas through the centuries to their places on our tables.  When did they start to be used?  How were they processed and what changed over time? What were they used for and when did they start to come in teabags, granules and plastic jars in Europe? We will be looking at the role of Queens and Religious Orders for their popularity and the need to change processing methods to deal with lengthy sea voyages and mass production.

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Iatanoid, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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Maksym Kozlenko, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

The High Peak Dambuster
Tuesday Evening Lecture
Tutor: Frank Pleazak

Tuesday 18th, October 2022 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

A chance discussion with a neighbour turned into an incredible journey of discovery for Frank into what really happened during the most famous of all wartime stories – The Dambusters.  Jack Davenport (the uncle of Frank’s neighbour) was one of the Dambusters and served as a flight engineer.  He was sadly but mysteriously killed on his way home from the Dams.  Though everybody has heard of the Dambusters, in reality most people know very little.  What is generally known is based on the 1955 film, and as good as it is, it has lots of inaccuracies and, at the time it was made, some of the details of the raid were still subject to the Official Secrets Act.  In the film, Jack’s Lancaster was shown crashing near to the Eder Dam, but in reality it had dropped its ‘Bouncing Bomb’ and managed to fly part of the way home before being shot down as it approached the Dutch border.

Frank will describe Jack’s life and the true derails of what happened on the night of the 16/17th May 1943 when he and 52 of his fellow airmen lost their lives. 

This course  has been completed.

Truman Capote - In Cold Blood
5 Tuesday Afternoon Lectures
Tutor: Creina Mansfield

Tuesday 25th October, 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd November 2022 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee: £25 Members, £32.50 Non-members

Truman Capote lived an extraordinary life: his childhood friend, Harper Lee, immortalised him in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Capote also became an acclaimed writer, creating a new genre with his ‘nonfiction novel’ In Cold Blood, on which Lee collaborated.  Befriended by the rich and famous, he treated their secrets as material for his writing, and paid a heavy price for his perceived betrayal.  We shall discuss In Cold Blood (1966) by Truman Capote and Swan Song (2018) by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott, which is a fictional account of how Capote ‘blew 1970’s New York society wide open’.

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This course  has been completed.

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Glossop Guild in Conversation With Celia Bonner - former Director/Producer for the BBC

Thursday 3rd November 2022 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

Celia joined the BBC as a Studio Manager straight after leaving university. She moved into production, first in radio and then in television and continued this both as a freelancer and on BBC staff. In BBC Children's TV in Manchester she worked on a variety of programmes such as Umbrella and Chucklevision before moving into adult education programming, where her work included a series on matching beer with food and a trip to Kazakhstan.

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To help us organise a varied and balanced conversation with Celia, any questions you may have in advance can be submitted  by email to glossopguild@gmail.com ,by post to our Guild Secretary, 4 Cross Cliffe, Glossop, SK13 8PZ. Or by using the button below. We are also looking forward to lots of questions and comments on the night.

This course  has been completed.

Mass Extinctions
Thursday Evening Lecture
Tutor: Pete Webb

Thursday 10th November 2022 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30 pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

How life on Earth suddenly blossomed out from a very limited range of forms, all with soft bodies, to a wide variety of forms with hard parts in an event called the ‘Cambrian Explosion’.  From there we might have expected that life would continue to radiate and diversify.  Instead, there were five major events where a large percentage of the forms just simply and suddenly became extinct.  Pete Webb will look at those events and their causes and speculate as to the future.

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This course  has been completed.

The Textile Collection at the Whitworth Art Gallery
Thursday Afternoon Lecture
Tutor: Frances Pritchard - former Curator at the Whitworth

Thursday 17th November 2022 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

Textiles have always had a central role in the collections of the Whitworth since it was founded in 1889.  The first acquisitions were Flora and Pomona, which were tapestries designed by William Morris and Edward Burne Jones.  They were followed by a large collection of mainly Renaissance-period woven and embroidered fabrics from Italy and Spain, purchased from John Charles Robinson, who had formerly been the superintendent at the South Kensington Museum (now Victoria & Albert Museum).  At the last moment, a group of textiles from Egypt was included and subsequently several complete garments from early Christian burials were given by William Flinders Petrie, who is often known as the father of Egyptology in Britain.  Throughout the twentieth century the collection grew and the Whitworth now holds one of the foremost collections of world textiles in the UK.

An overview of the collection and some of its highlights will be presented in this talk.

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This course  has been completed.

Film Music by British Composers
2 Thursday Afternoon Lectures
Tutor: Tim Mottershead

Thursday 24th November & 1st December 2022 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

2.00 pm ~ 4.00 pm Fee: £12.00 Members, £14.00 Non-members

Tim will present music by two British composers who made a significant contribution in the field of film music. Respectively from the jazz and classical genres, they each wrote a score for the 1960s Harry Palmer series: The Ipcress File  and Billion Dollar Brain.  The talks will aim to demonstrate the positive contribution the music made to the proceedings, illustrated by both excerpts from the films and live examples played on the piano.

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Thursday 24th November

The Music of John Barry – concentrating on his work for the James Bond franchise.

Thursday 1st December

The Music of Richard Rodney Bennett – whose many notable scores include the locally filmed Yanks and the Thomas Hardy classic Far From the Madding Crowd.

This course  has been completed.

Winning the War on Terror: An assessment of a Twenty years' conflict 
Tutor: Kevin Harrison

Tuesday 29th November 2022 

Bradbury Community Centre, Market Street, Glossop, SK13 8AR

7.30pm ~ 9.30 pm    Fee: £6.00 Members, £9.00 Non-members

Twin Towers and attacks in Madrid, Manchester, London, Bali, Paris, and elsewhere; Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria; Al-Qaeda and ISIS….. Is the ‘War on Terror’ being won?  Indeed, what is ‘terrorism’? After all, yesterday’s ‘freedom fighter’ is tomorrow’s ‘terrorist’ and yesterday’s ‘terrorist’ often becomes today’s ‘statesman’!  Perhaps it is time to assess this new – now ageing – conflict.  What have been the consequences of this ‘war’ in terms of civil liberties, the extension of state power, and the proliferation of terror groups in international society?  Islamist groups have been most prominent in successful attacks, but some recent assessments of terrorist threats within the Western societies have identified Far Right groups as the fastest growing terrorist threat today.

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This course  has been completed.

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