Royston Pike Lecture Series

The Royston Pike Lecture Series kicked off in style last week with a full house and a fascinating talk by John Pilkington about his travels on the African continent.

The next lecture will be exploring the history of tea, our favourite national brew. It will be held at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Walton-on-Thames on Monday 14 October at 7.30pm. Much has been written about plants that changed the world but very little about tea. Tea has played a surprisingly important role in history and still has its place in many societies.

Russell Bowes, our guest-speaker for this lecture, is a garden historian and has an in-depth knowledge on the subject. He will be taking the audience through tea’s historical milestones from its origins, the Temperance Movement, the invention of the tea bag and its ceremonial role in ancestral traditions.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “We get through an amazing 35 million cups of tea a day, but we still don’t exactly know where it came from. You are invited to come along to find out more with this ‘refreshing’ talk. Don’t miss out what promises to be an enjoyable and relaxed evening.”

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 programme at, email or call 01372 474568.

Date published: 2 October 2019

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