“IT WOULD BE RUDE NOT TO” – Life and Times Behind the Mic with Stephen Foster

Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 14.00-16.00

Speaker: Stephen Foster       


Stephen Foster’s career as a broadcaster, compere and stadium announcer has spanned more than 40 years. He has become one of the most recognisable voices in the region. From his early days with Radio Orwell, three decades at BBC Radio Suffolk – where he made the daily “Drive Time” slot his own for 15 years – to Radio Caroline and his voluntary work with Hospital Radio Ipswich, Foz has seen it all. Here he shares some of his favourite moments “on air” interviewing many of the biggest names in entertainment and working behind the microphone at concerts and festivals as well as at football and speedway.

RAPA NUI – At the Edge of the World 

Monday, 16th May 2022,


Speakers: Catherine Dell  


On Easter Sunday 1722, in the remote South Pacific, Dutch navigators sighted an unknown island. They called it Easter Island – ignorant of its indigenous name, Rapa Nui. To mark the tercentenary of the Dutch discovery, this illustrated talk explores both the island’s turbulent history – much older than 300 years! – as well as its enigmatic heritage which notably includes the iconic giant statues or “moai”.


Wednesday, 1st June 2022, 19.00

Speaker: John Field       

Members £20.00

Non-members £25.00

This talk looks at the four French wine regions – Burgundy, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone and Provence through the eyes of a town planner and a Francophile. John has, for many years, traversed the route through these four important wine regions, from the north of France to holidays in Provence, and the talk explores the landscape and settlements of these distinct French wines with some personal thoughts and observations. He does not pretend to be a wine connoisseur, with a deep knowledge of the qualities and vintages of the various wines, except to say that he does enjoy a glass or two with a meal. As we ‘visit’ each region there will be an opportunity to sample some local wine.


Speaker: Robert Pearson


Monday, 6th June 2022, 14.00-16.00

Heavily influenced by the men he met, Ian Fleming’s fictional hero,
James Bond, began life during the Second World War. Without question, Fleming worked with some highly talented individuals, but two men standout: an Englishman who liked to break the rules, and a Norwegian…an assassin who didn’t just work for Special Operation Executive (SOE), but also, seemingly, for Naval Intelligence.


Monday, 4th July 2022, 14.00-16.00

Speaker: John Field       


John explores the planning policies and proposals which have resulted in what he considers is the most successful and attractive post-industrial regeneration scheme on the East Coast between the Thames and the Humber. He reviews the various restoration and development schemes which have been implemented since the early 1990s and explores the architectural approach taken relating to the special maritime and industrial character of this important part of Ipswich.


Monday, 18th July 2022, 14.00-16.00

Speaker: Mary Crehan


We are all familiar with cloth from our very first coverings to our last and for some their creativity is given form with artistic works using cloth. Mary, a Textile Artist, retired teacher, Suffolk Community Education Officer , and former member of Suffolk Craft Society, shares her work and inspiration with us which she takes from Neolithic sites and the Irish landscape. The talk will include a small exhibition of Mary’s work.

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