Plymouth and District Branch report: 2016 to 2017

The Branch had its AGM in January and discussed our past year and future Programme. We have not increased our attendance at our meetings (now evenings) despite in the past trying afternoon meetings with no increase in attendance. It was suggested that local Branches having problems might like to attend our meetings but it was pointed out that members in places like Okehampton would not fancy the journey in winter!

Our lectures have been well presented – Todd Gray gave much food for thought about church furnishings: what would happen to medieval & renaissance woodcarvings if churches closed? Many churches have no resident clergy and are part of a circuit!

Helen Wilson gave a talk on early postcards of the Tamar Valley. It was a wonderful tour especially to those who live in or know the area.

Our chairman, Malcolm Hart, gave a lecture on the English Riviera Global Geopark, a talk which brought home the importance and beauty of the area in which we live.

Anthony Lewis showed the University’s film of the Glanville St. air raid shelter which brought back some memories of World War 2.

Finally, we are preparing a programme for 2017/2018.

– Peter Woodley

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