Did you know that the Bronte family name was originally Brunty? Neither did I. Somehow “Charlotte Brunty” doesn’t have the same romantic ring to it! That’s just one of the fascinating facts I discovered during the Friends visit to the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire. A member of the Bronte Society gave us an […]
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Wednesday 15th November 2017, 1.30pm to 3.30pm Come and join us for tea/coffee and cake, followed by a walk around the heart of historic Chester, accompanied by three artists from Adverse Camber who will entertain us with stories and songs along the way. Some of you may already know Adverse Camber from last year’s Literature […]
What a wonderful setting for a play, sitting outside in the grounds of Conwy Castle on a summer evening with the seagulls for company. The play is timely, bubbling with repartee and gossip, reminiscent of the ebb and flow of social media. It is the first time I have seen The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform. […]
It started with Vainamoinen, a wise man born old, then came Antero Vipunen, an ill-tempered giant, Aino, beautiful woman, Louhi, hag of the far north….soon the council chamber of Chester Town Hall was peopled with a host of mythical beings and strange creature. and our heads, and imaginations, filled with extraordinary tales of their adventures. Fire in […]
Annual Coffee Morning At Bishop Lloyd’s Palace Our annual coffee morning was really well attended and much enjoyed. Our speakers were Paul Lavin , Litfest Organiser and Alex Clifton, the Director of Chester’s new theatre . It was exciting to hear his plans for the new venue which is hopefully opening at the end of […]
THE female chorus dressed as cleaning ladies was a puzzle. The gods wearing jodhpurs was another talking point. And we wondered why a dress on a hanger floated down to the stage, to be then donned by a man? But then Blanche McIntyre, director of this Greek drama, The Oresteia, was clearly aiming at innovation […]
Austentatious! Our sponsored event this year, not forgetting the prosecco beforehand, was a great success. We were delighted to see that one of the Friends, Christine Robinson, had donned regency gear, self-made, specially for the evening! The title of the improvised play, Ascent of a Balloon, was picked out of a hat from the audience’s […]
Tracey Thorn with Dave Haslam Tuesday 13th October 2015, Chester Literature Festival Tracey Thorn came to speak about her latest book “Naked at the Albert Hall” on the night when the Man Booker winner was to be announced. She immediately revealed that she is a judge for the Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction, despite never […]
Wasn’t It a Lovely Day, the Day We Went to Buxton! In July, Friends enjoyed a trip to the Buxton Festival. Programme offerings on the day we visited included the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes discussing Charles Dickens, particularly his female characters including Mrs Gamp from Martin Chuzzlewit, and one of her favourites. This event took place […]
Visit to Wind in the Willows Friends took a group of young carers to Grosvenor Park for a performance of Wind in the Willows.
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