Barnet National Trust Lecture Programme 2017

    All meetings are held at St Mary Magdalen Church Hall, Whetstone, N20 9AE at 7.45pm.                     Admission is just £2 for members and £2.50 for guests 

    January 17th      Murder Most Profitable: The Life and Career of Agatha Christie - a talk by Geoff Bowden. 

    An English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright; Agatha Christie is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, notably those revolving around the investigative work of her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. Geoff Bowden is a chartered librarian with a love of the stage and performing. He has written many articles for various arts magazines including the British Music Hall Society’s official magazine- The Call Boy.

    February 21st       A Portrait of A Victorian Garden by  Russell Bowes

    Portrait of a Victorian Garden - James Bateman and the story of Biddulph Grange.  Created at a time when new horticultural treasures were pouring into England from newly explored countries and when technology was making its presence increasingly felt in the garden, Biddulph Grange is a unique - some would say completely bizarre - creation. A walk around Biddulph takes you on a tour of the Victorian world as seen through the eyes of its enigmatic creator James Bateman and reflects not only the period but Bateman's ideas, beliefs and outlook on life.  

    March 21st           Trent Park: the Secret History of World War 2 by Dr. Helen Fry, author and historian. 

    April 18th          The History of Coffee by Colin Smith of Smiths Coffee Company. Coffee Roaster & Tea Blender. Past president of Speciality Coffee Association


    May 16th              Bhutan - Wildlife Watching by Jeff Blincow

    Enjoy the dramatic scenery, superb wildlife and unique culture of this 'Land of the Thunder Dragon'. Visiting this small Himalayan country gives you a true flavour of the wildlife of the Himalayas. 70% of the forests still survive in this mountain kingdom giving many opportunities to see species that are difficult to find elsewhere.

    June 20th            The Art of Illusion: Dressing The Stars  by Paul Read


    July 18th             The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan by Nick Dobson.  Illustrated by songs and slides.

    August          No Meeting

    September 19th   Experiences From Around The World part 2 by Pam Wright  followed by Cheese & Wine

    October 17th       Jewellery of the Art Nouveau Era by David Callaghan. 

    David entered the jewellery trade in 1955 as apprentice to Hancocks & Company, where he was Director from 1964 until he retired in 1997. Born in 1938 he attended  St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, where he became Head Chorister, then Magdalen College School, Oxford). He qualified as an FGA in 1958. He is a Freeman of the City of London and was ‘clothed with the Livery’ of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1983. 

    November 21st    Clandon Park - The Restoration by Paul Cook, Programme Director Clandon Park.

    Part of the National Trust since 2012, Paul has oversight of the whole restoration project at Clandon, working with specialists to realise the aim of rebuilding the house.

    December 12th    AGM   followed by Divine Chocolate Workshop by Erik Houlihan-Jong

    Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 44% owned by cocoa farmers.
    While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.
    Erik is one of three Divine Chocolateers.