Royston Pike

The Royston Pike Lecture Series is now in its 45th year and continues to entertain audiences with a great variety of subjects explored by returning and new speakers. It will start again in September 2019, with monthly talks until April 2020.

For the first lecture, the audience will journey to Eritrea and Ethiopia with John Pilkington, an old friend of the series with a solid reputation as a great teller of travellers’ tales. The event will be held on Thursday 12 September at the Civic Centre, off High Street, Esher KT10 9SD at 7.30pm. John will share his tribulations through the African continent as he attempted to retrace the footsteps of an 1868 Victorian expedition to rescue a group of European hostages held in the Abyssinian highlands.

Travel features highly on this year’s series with a talk about Palestine by chairman of the Guildford Travel Club and photographer Jan Parsons, a trip to explore the many contrasts of the Japanese society with professional documentary photographer Jim Holmes and a cliff-hanger lecture about climbing Mount Everest by writer and explorer Dominic Faulkner.

We will also be able to relax with a ‘Nice Cup of Tea’; a refreshing talk about the history of our favourite national drink. Russell Bowes is a returning speaker on the programme and, as a garden historian, has an in-depth knowledge of the plants that contributed to building Great Britain.

Humour is also part of the programme with a seasonal talk about the history of pantomime by R C Sherriff Trust Director Pete Allen who will try to explain what attracts massive audiences to this strange concoction of fairy tales, music, dance and cross-dressing.

Of course, the series would not be complete without a visit from Maggs Latter whose quirky and humorous take on life is always as enchanting as it is irreverent. This time, she will be exploring the fascinating algorithm of relationships with a promising talk entitled ‘Everyone seems normal, until you get to know them’.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “The Royston Pike Lecture Series is a treat and never fails to entertain. It covers so many areas, there is always something new to discover. Speakers have a wealth of knowledge in their subject and their passion is infectious. Have a look at the programme and see what might of interest to you.”

Tickets are priced at £3 per person, payable in cash and available at the door. There is no need to book. Just turn up!

For further details of the forthcoming Royston Pike Lectures, please see the full programme on our Royston Pike webpage, email arts@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474568.

Date published: 13 August 2019

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