Following the current restrictions due to COVID-19, we have moved our talks online. Details of upcoming talks will be published here. If you are a member, you will be emailed a Zoom link ahead of the talk. If you are not a member but are interested in joining a talk, please email us at and we will send you more details. 

Our meetings are held on a Monday evening, usually the first Monday of the month, starting at 7.30pm.


1st March
Silent Servants – the long story of electric vehicles in Britain
A talk by Eric Woodcock
Every day we are hearing how electric vans are the future of our doorstep deliveries. Thousands will be appearing on our roads in the next few years. We know electric vehicles are nothing new in Britain. Tens of thousands of electric milk floats were bringing us our daily pintas until quite recently. But the first electrics actually made their appearance over a hundred years ago and there were large fleets of them running before the First World War.

Eric Woodcock led a project to build an electric lorry at Leyland in the early 1980s and will illustrate the history of BERVs (battery electric road vehicles) through a number of interesting stories about them over the years. Did you know, for example, that most of Birmingham’s dustbins were emptied into electric dustcarts until the 1960s? Or that one of Britain’s biggest milk float builders was based in Leamington Spa?

12th April (5th April is Easter Monday)
Living Sustainably: 15 Steps to Self Sufficiency
A talk by James Ellson
I wear two hats, smallholder and writer.
Farlands smallholding in the Peak District includes a large vegetable garden, an orchard, chickens and bees (and turkeys at Christmas!). I have a particular passion for apples and currently grow over 50 cultivars. We are self-sufficient in fruit and veg.
Our tag line is a greener, more sustainable way of life.
• A fully illustrated talk which is both informative and inspirational.
• Covers fruit and veg, and also poultry and bees.
• Full of ideas on self-sufficiency and sustainability
• There is (a little) philosophy, humour, poetry, and quotes from the self-sufficiency guru John Seymour, and Henry Thoreau’s novel Walden.
• Some content is likely to surprise and may even shock!

10th May (3rd May is the May Bank Holiday)
Paaschendaele To Peace? Did the war end in 1918?
A talk by Melanie Gibson-Barton
An illustrated talk providing an overview of the events of the final months of The Great War and into the 1920s. From the Battle of Passchendaele, the Russian Revolution, the Germans’ Spring Offensive, the arrival of the Americans, the Last Hundred Days, the Armistice in 1918, the rebuilding, the Treaty of Versailles and the aftermath in Germany. Did the war end in 1918 or did it only pause?

During more normal times, our meetings take place at The Kingsley School Hall (see How To Find Us page for a map). Guests are welcome; the admission price for non-members of the Association is £3.