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East Anglia branch

The East Anglian Branch was set up in 1997 and roughly covers the counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. The area covered is determined by postcode regions and can be seen on our Post Code Map.

For further details please contact the Chairman and Secretary:

Dr Jonathan Dossetor

More events coming soon

Previous Events

Visit to Minsmere - May 7th

This is a visit to the RSPB nature reserve

Visit to Tolethorpe Open Air Shakespeare to see Twelfth Night

This visit is on June 29th to see the matinee performance

Visit to Glyndebourne on Tour 'Rigoletto' in Norwich

This visit is on Saturday December 7th

Professor Ron Martin hosted a wine tasting on January 25th entitled Wines of the D'Arenberg Estate, Mclaren Vale

Branch Annual Report 2018

2018 Report from the East Anglian Branch St Catharine's Society

The East Anglian branch has had 6 events in the last year continuing the pattern of previous years.

The first event was a visit to the Glyndebourne on Tour performance of The Barber of Seville on November 18th. 41 booked in for this and 33 had a meal together before the performance. A popular opera like this on a Saturday evening does necessitate early purchase of tickets in April when they are released, and we are grateful to Roger Wicks who was quick to manage this for us and set up all the arrangements.

In the New Year Professor Ron Martin hosted another wine tasting for the branch in College on January 6th - 'A Vinous Tour of France'. 42 attended this event which has become so deservedly popular.

Our AGM and lecture with lunch in College took place on April 14th. The guest lecturer was Dr John Thompson who spoke on 'Trumps Americans - who are they and where have they come from?' The lecture followed by a short AGM and then a lunch has proved more popular for this event than an evening dinner, and we will probably continue with this formula in the future.

On May the 8th the branch had an 'Isaac Newton day' which was attended by 21. This visit involved a guided tour of Newton's family home of Woolsthorpe manor (National Trust), and then a visit to his school in Grantham where his classroom still exists in the present school, even with his name inscribed into the stone of the window sill, and finally we went on to his church (St Wulframs) where St Catharine's alumnus David Brown was able to guide us there. David used to teach in the Grantham grammar school and has a great knowledge of this most interesting church, where Newton would have worshipped when at the school, and which has a medieval chained library above the porch.

The varsity cricket match on 22nd June sold out 36 tickets within a few hours when released and we are grateful to David Peace for arranging that visit.

Finally, we had a visit to Tolethorpe manor in Stamford where the open-air Shakespeare company put on a splendid performance of A School for Scandal on July 7th. Our final party was 24 and we had a pre-performance picnic in the grounds, in the shade, as the heat wave was in full strength, perfect weather for an open-air production, in contrast to our visit to Tolethorpe in 2107 when it had poured with rain.

Jonathan Dossetor, Chairman East Anglia Branch

Last modified 5th March 2020