Since its formation in 2001, our Group has held its Quarterly Open Meetings with a Guest Speaker every year, with subjects covering a wide and varied range with most (if not all) relating to a local (i.e Devon) and/or historical interest.    Our next Open Meeting, on FRIDAY 07th DECEMBER is no exception, and the subject connection could not be more local.

Captain & Mrs Jones

Our Speaker will be Chris Robillard, a local journalist/author, whose new book is called “Captain & Mrs. Jones” – a true story of love, romance and espionage in war-torn France during the 2nd World War (according to its cover)   “Well, yes, interesting  …. I hear you thinking, but what’s the local connection?”   I could leave the author to tell you on the night, but in the hope of tempting you to come and hear the full story, I will tell you that the story has come to light because the son of Captain & Mrs. Jones now lives here in Marldon, and has only very recently been able to tell the full story to our Speaker (for reasons which will be explained by the author).

Our December Open Meeting is also our Christmas Evening, and this year, for various reasons, we have decided to change the format and have a Speaker instead of entertainment, pleasurable though that has been for some years.   There will of course be mulled wine, tea/coffee, and Mince pies, plus a raffle.   In another change, the Meeting will be open to all, i.e Members and their spouses/guests as usual, and non-members.  Admission will be only £2, payable on the door on the night.   Alternatively, if you wish, you can buy tickets in advance.   If you would prefer to buy tickets, please contact either our Secretary Derek (529859) or our Chairman Tony (521419).    Members will receive our usual flyer in good time, but please look out for our Posters on the Village Notice Boards.   Although there will also be a reminder in next month’s Magazine, please make a note of the date now.


I am pleased to say that our programme of Guest Speakers for 2019 has already been arranged by our Secretary (Derek), including “Smuggling in Devon – the truth behind the fiction” by Robert Hesketh and “Nature in the Garden” by Paul Rendell.

If you have any queries about any of the above, please do not hesitate to ring either our Secretary Derek (529859) or our Chairman Tony (521419).

Tony Chidlow .. Chairman

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