2013 Programme

January 10:  The perfect listener

How does the love of music evolve? With musical illustrations and anecdotes, local musician Mary Hoult explores the importance of this neglected area and the development of the appreciative listener.

January 17: Red Star: a dramatised reading of Les Ellison’s play.

An imaginative journey illustrating the meteoric rise of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and his fall through failing to cope with the intoxicating bubble of fame.


January 24: Poetic Justice!

Joyce Reed, local poet and judge of the Marple International Poetry Competition, gives us an insight into what techniques can make a winning poem. She will then entertain us with a reading of some of her prizewinning work.

January 31: The painter and his client

Richard McClean’s illustrated talk will investigate the relationship between artists and patrons and how this encouraged (and stifled) innovation in art.


February 7: Film: Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954 [PG] 105 minutes).

“One of the greatest Westerns, if not one of the greatest films ever made.” Mark Cousins, The Story of Film.

February 14: The third age of Hymnology

David Jenkins will explore how, while the western institutional church may be in decline, during the last 60 years imaginative and perceptive writing has been witnessed. The session will include music, singing, poetry and much more.

February 21: Never work with animals and children

Find out how Jerry Hinds does both with drama in schools.

February 28: Members’ literature evening

An informal evening where selected members are invited to share favourite readings with us, together with a chance to explore the current trend of blogging explained by the writer of the local blog, Mellorview – come along to be enlightened and entertained!

March 7: John Constable – painter of nature

Carol Massey’s illustrated talk will look at the life and work of John Constable, whose famous paintings are still reproduced in calendars and prints.


March 14: Film: Alice in the Cities (Wim Wenders, 1974, {U} 107 minutes).

“An intriguing movie that lives in the mind for hours after the lights have gone up.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

March 21 Annual General Meeting

The chance for members to have their say, with drinks and nibbles.

March 28 : Annual dinner

details to be announced.