We welcome ideas for future talks – please contact Mary Hardinge.

Unless specified otherwise, there is no charge for talks – please sign up on the Club noticeboard and book food with payment at the bar or by phone (01243 373065)

Thursday 21 November, 19:00
Speaker: Philip Walker, Deputy Harbour Master of Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Thursday 12 December
Speaker: Diana Mitchell, head guide, Highclere Castle

We are delighted to welcome Diana Mitchell, head guide of Highclere Castle, to give us her insights into the making of the recently released film Downton Abbey – in particular the challenges encountered by the artists, film crew and writers, and the family.

Highclere Castle, one of the finest stately homes in England and now world famous as 'Downton Abbey', is the seat of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.  Its origins go back to the fourteenth century, when it was the palace of the Lord Chancellor of England; it was also the home of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Diana’s presentation will include her day-to-day experience of working with the stars and film crew of the famous series and recently released movie, including behind-the-scenes shots and discussion of the impact 'Downton Abbey' has had on Highclere over the nine years since the first episode was shown. 

Diana works closely with the present Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and will be delighted to answer questions about the castle, the park and the estate, as well as the filming of Downton Abbey, which will be shown at the Club as our Film Night on 9 January.

Speaker: Emma Wrixon
This talk will take place in March 2020

Cameron March
House Committee
Past speakers include:
Alasdair Acass, Sarah Ayton OBE, Sir Ben Ainslie, David Barrie, John Bartlett, James Blake, Sir Chay Blyth, Mike Brooks, Jock Clear, Peter Draper, Clare Foster, Ade Fox, David Henshall, Geoff Holt MBE, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Sam Langmead, Jess Lavery, Rear Admiral & Mrs John Lippiett, Capt Iain Lower, RN, Cameron March MBE, Caroline McKeever, John Nelson, Gilbert Park, Nigel Peake, Mike Powell, Martin Preston, Gen Lord David Richards, Mark Rushall, Trevor Sapey, Cdr Colin Williams, OBE


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