What's On at Greyfriars? 

    June 2022

FRIDAY 24TH JUNE

CHOCOLATE MAKING AT HENLEY SL

Our speaker tonight Sally Daniels will give a talk about the history of chocolate and it’s journey to the U.K., the role of artisan chocolate and about her journey with Henley Chocolates. She will bring with her a variety of products that are made at Henley which can be purchased and also we will have a guided chocolate tasting after the break. This is a talk for members only and is limited to a maximum of 35 by ticket, as we need to know numbers for the amount of chocolates Sally has to bring.

July 2022

FRIDAY 1ST JULY

COVENTRY’S POET LAUREATE                                                                                     GT

We are delighted to welcome back Emilie Lauren Jones. In 2021 Emilie became Coventry’s first Poet Laureate, but what does a Poet Laureate do? With amusing anecdotes and a touch of poetry, Emilie will take you through her poetry journey from ‘open mic’ nights to filming with National TV channels. This promises to be another excellent evening.

 

FRIDAY 8TH JULY

BEING CHAIR OF THE LARGEST WOMEN’S INSTITUTE IN THE U.K. SL

 Tonight we welcome Lynne Stubbings who will give a talk on the Highs and Lows of leading the largest Women’s Institute in the U.K.   This is a reflection by Lynne on her 4 year term of office as Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.   She looks back at how she first became involved in the W.I. and how becoming a member opened the door to so many opportunities.

 

 

FRIDAY 15TH JULY

THE UKUHOLICS                                                                                                       MI

No, it’s not an affliction, but a ukulele band called The Ukuholics who will play

a lively selection of 1950s/60s music. There should be something here to suit

everyone, so come along and be part of the audience.

 

FRIDAY JULY 22ND

COVENTRY CANAL                                                                                   KGT

Our speaker tonight is David Fry, who has previously given us several absorbing presentations. Tonight he will speak about the Coventry Canal, and the impact of the canal on the land, roads and communities from the Canal Basin up to Hawkesbury Junction.

 

TUESDAY 26TH JULY

MACBETH AT PRIORY THEATRE KENILWORTH AT 7.00 FOR 7.30                             BC

Macbeth and Banquo, generals in the service of King Duncan of Scotland, are returning victorious from battle when they are hailed by three witches who predict that Macbeth will become King, whereas Banquo's descendants will be kings. Encouraged by this, Lady Macbeth persuades him to set out on a path to murder! Tickets are £10 payable by 15th July to Bob Clemons

 

FRIDAY JULY 29TH

SHORT TALKS BY MEMBERS                                                                                    GT

An interesting evening is planned with members coming forward to give talks of 10-20 minutes on a variety of subjects. So far members have come forward to offer historical subjects, autobiographical and personal recollections. If you have an idea for a short talk you would like to give, please speak to Gill Thomas.

 

August 2022

FRIDAY 5TH AUGUST

BRANDON SILK MILL AND CHILD LABOUR                                                         MI

Tonight we welcome back Anne Langley, who will tell us about the little-

known silk mill which existed at Brandon, and about which she has written a

book. She will also discuss the history and problems of child labour in the area.

FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST

COVENTRY’S ALMSHOUSES                                                                              JS

Tonight’s speaker is Victor Keene who was Chairman of Bond’s Hospital on Coventry for many years before his recent retirement. His talk will cover the history of the Almshouses from their foundation to the present day administration, including their acquisition by Henry VIII, and the setting up of the Charities Commission in the 19th century.

 

FRIDAY 19TH AUGUST

BLOOD BIKES                                                                                                         BC

Tonight we welcome Philip Evans of the Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes, who operate an out of hours service for the NHS. This involves transporting blood samples and vital medical equipment throughout Solihull and Warwickshire. This is run by dedicated volunteers relying entirely on donations from the public

 

FRIDAY 26TH AUGUST

COVENTRY ARCHAEOLOGY

BELOW OUR FEET                                                                                                            BC

Tonight we welcome Matt Parker Wooding MCIfA who is the City Archaeologist at Coventry City Council. Matt is to give us an interesting insight into the archaeological works which have been taking place across the City. This should be a very interesting talk, and one not to be missed.