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Eastbourne Ashridge Circle
Founded 1947

Meetings in 2018-19

Meetings for the 2018-19 season will be held on specified Mondays between September and April at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne. On these days there will be two similar lectures by the same speaker at 2:30pm and 7:30pm.

Lectures, which are NOT open to the general public, are programmed to last between 60 and 75 minutes with doors opening half an hour before the scheduled start time. Seats cannot be reserved, although a single seat may be kept until 10 minutes before the start, after which it must be surrendered if required.

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Admission to meetings is subject to capacity in the Devonshire Park Theatre and is by a member’s non-transferable Membership Booklet, the production of which constitutes an acknowledgement of his or her subscription payment. Members are therefore requested to bring their booklets and show them to stewards at the point of entry to the auditorium.


10th September 2018, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

My Career in Broadcast Journalism

John Sergeant

The colourful working life of one of the nation’s favourite journalists.

17th September 2018, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Victoria and Abdul

Shrabani Basu

The surprising rapport that developed between Queen Victoria and her Indian secretary-cum-teacher by the author of the acclaimed book of that name, now a well-known film.

15th October 2018, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Oliver Cromwell

David Smith

An analysis of one of the most controversial figures in British political history. Was he hero or villain?

22nd October 2018, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

The Bayeux Tapestry

Imogen Corrigan

A depiction of the Battle of Hastings and a story of kings, chivalry and ambition – all set out on the world’s most famous tapestry.

5th November 2018, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Life in Sussex During the Great War

Ian Everest

What was it like to be a citizen of our county during World War I, living within earshot of the battle raging just across the Channel? Also a commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice.

19th November 2018, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Travels With Sheridan Morley

Michael Law

A sentimental journey down Memory Lane revisiting the songs of the 1920s and 1930s through live cabaret (with piano accompaniment) and the travels of Sir Noel Coward’s biographer.

21st January 2019, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Montserrat – Reclaiming Paradise

David Edwards

The story of the devastation of a pretty Caribbean island by an erupting volcano and the arduous reconstruction effort in its aftermath.

4th February 2019, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Michelangelo Caravaggio

Andrew Graham-Dixon

The dramatic life and work of the 16th-century Milanese artist by the celebrated TV art presenter.

18th February 2019, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Emil Zatopek - "The Czech Locomotive"

Dr Mike Tribe

Czechoslovakia as one country only existed for 75 years. Formed after World War 1, it became two separate states again (the Czech Republic and Slovakia) in 1993, following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Zatopek was born on 22 September 1922, the same day and year as his wife Dana. He came to fame at the 1948 London Olympics, but became world-renowned after his mighty feats at Helsinki four years later. For years, indeed, Czechoslovakia was known as 'the land of Zatopek'.

Much of his life was lived under Nazi occupation and in the communist era: a triumph of spirit over adversity. He was a patriot and a strong supporter of the 'Prague Spring' of 1968. As a person he was renowned for his sportsmanship and generosity to others.

Mike Tribe is an academic who studied at Durham and Cambridge universities. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and in 1999 received an award for Excellence in Teaching from the Sussex Alumni Society.

A former President of the Durham Athletic Union and a Cambridge Blue, he was also Buckinghamshire county champion in the mile (twice), 3 miles and seniors cross-country, reaching at his peak near-international status and getting to meet many world-class athletes (including 'The Czech Locomotive').

4th March 2019, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Tickled to Death

Simon Brett

A delightful romp through the literary and broadcasting career of a humourist, playwright and prolific thriller-writer.

18th March 2019, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Reminiscences of a Royal Bodyguard

Richard Griffin

A retrospective journey by a Chief Superintendent who spent 27 years as the personal bodyguard of Prince Philip and Her Majesty the Queen.

8th April 2019, 2:30pm & 7:30pm

A Life On Court and Off

Andrew Castle

Ahead of the Eastbourne tennis season an insight into the career of a much-respected pundit and former British number one player, now established as a popular TV presenter.

Meetings Archive

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