Wednesday, 12 October: ‘Scenes from East Budleigh’s Past’ by Sue Pyne. The talk will be in the East Budleigh Village Hall.
Using slides given to her by the late Mr. Percy Lee, Sue gave this talk in November 2006 – it was so popular it was repeated in 2007! Sue has updated the material and will cover fire, flood, carnivals, home guard, village band … and much more.
Wednesday, 2 November: “The Life and Loves of Samuel Pepys” by Tony Venning, in East Budleigh Village Hall.
Cultured, intellectually curious and unashamedly hedonistic, Samuel Pepys is justly famous as the author of the world’s greatest diary (also as being something of a lothario – albeit a rather timorous one!). Throughout his life he had an uncanny knack of being present at the very times and places where history was being made, from Interregnum, Restoration and the Glorious Revolution.
Through sheer hard work, commitment and personal charm, this remarkable man rose from humble beginnings to become Head of the Admiralty and a personal confidant to Charles ll and James ll, and who numbered amongst his friends the greatest intellects of his day.
Note: Tony Venning is a member of The Samuel Pepys Club and considers his talk unsuitable for children below the age of 12.
Thursday, 1 December: “The Portinari altarpiece” by Maggie Giraud
The talk on the Portinari altarpiece is to be given by Maggie Giraud, a local art historian, who has lived in the village for four years. The talk will be held in East Budleigh Church Hall. The topic is appropriately seasonal as the subject of the C15 altarpiece is the Adoration of the Shepherds, which now hangs in the Uffizi. She will trace the history of the painting, the commission, the people involved and how the finished work was transported by sea from Bruges to Florence. As well as talking Maggie, will also encourage the audience to contemplate the picture quietly themselves.
The cost of each talk is £3.00 and drinks will be available. All the talks start at 19:30.