Talks during 2018

Thurs 12 July at 8pm - The history of Toasts and the English Toastmaster tradition by David Pearson

‘The History of Toasts and the English Toastmaster Tradition’ is a talk that covers the training and qualification of present-day Toastmasters, which our speaker, David Pearson, will illustrate with examples from his own
career.  This is a light-hearted and informative presentation about a world unfamiliar to many of us.  David trained as a Toastmaster at the Professional Toastmasters’ Academy in London in 2004 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Guild of Professional Toastmasters the next year.  Since then he has organised and managed a wide range of weddings and other functions. He has also been a member of the Harrow-based theatre group, Proscenium, for some 35 years, appearing in many of its productions at the Harrow Arts Centre and the Compass Theatre in Hillingdon. 

No meeting in August

Thurs 13 Sept at 8pm

‘Cliveden and the Astors’ is an illustrated talk taking a closer look at one of Cliveden’s most famous families, the Astors.  We will discover what motivated William Waldorf Astor, America’s richest man, to purchase Cliveden in 1893 and how the estate became the centre of high society in the 1920s and 30s thanks to his son Waldorf and daughter-in-law Nancy Astor.  The Astor’s time at Cliveden came to an end in the 1960s after the estate became infamously associated with the Profumo Affair but the house and garden continue to reflect their innovations and passions.  Cliveden continues to provide great delight to its many visitors each year and we will learn about its activities from the volunteers giving the talk tonight.

Thurs 11 Oct at 8pm

We will commence the evening with our Annual General Meeting that will last approximately 30 minutes.  After a short break we will then be entertained by Ian Keable who will tell us about ‘David Devant, England’s Greatest Magician’.  David Devant was the first President of The Magic Circle, the first magician to be booked on a Royal Variety Show and the second person to publicly show animated films in this country. He invented
many illusions and tricks that are still performed today and wrote up the methods in some of the best ever books written on magic.  He is considered by many to be the greatest magician this country has ever produced, his popularity perhaps best summed up in his by-line ‘All done with kindness’.  Included in this talk are a couple of Devant-inspired tricks from Ian's own repertoire. 

Mon 5 Nov at 2pm

Last November, we very much enjoyed a talk about New Zealand and, by popular demand, Alan Copeland is back to give his talk predominately about the South Island, taking in Christchurch and Queenstown with views over Milford Sound before returning north via Lake Taupo to end the tour in one of New Zealand's most popular and definitely most smelly towns - Rotorua.  We are in for another treat and I hope you will join us on this trip. 

Tues 11 Dec at 2pm

The last talk of the year will be given by the famous and very popular Jim Buttress who will be entertaining us with his ‘65 Years in Horticulture’.  He is known as the People’s Gardener and he worked in the Royal Parks in London, where he was responsible for Hyde Park, St James’s Park, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace.  Jim has won eight gold medals at RHS Chelsea and, in recognition of his unrivalled contribution to horticulture, in 2006, he was awarded the highest accolade possible in the gardening world, the Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH).  He is a charming speaker and we look forward to meeting him.

Pinner Village Hall has a loop system installed to assist members with a hearing impairment.

We ask that HaNTA members bring their current HaNTA card (mauve) to each talk to avoid paying the entry fee. Visitors will be charged £2 for each talk to help defray the costs of the hall and speaker. Doors open half an hour prior to the start of the talk. 














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