What's On at Greyfriars?
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.
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.
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
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.