Subjects are mostly history, music, literature and art. Day courses are sometimes held in November & January. Other courses are run over several weeks, typically 10am to 12 noon

One-off talks are also arranged where no booking is required.

The main contact: Doris Hughes: 01425 478764 or 475734 & email: [email protected] and address 16, The Glade, Ashley Heath, Ringwood BH24 2HR

Enrolments to Doris directly please, or through the Office (01425 472613), but as mentioned above, no booking needed for one-off talks as you can pay on the door. Availability though, may be limited for very popular sessions.

Please make cheques payable to: Greyfriars Community Association

An outline of the 2017/18 programme appears below.

Please also see the “Calendar” on the main menu for what is coming up, by month, and on which days. Leaflets available at Greyfriars and on notice boards; programme outline appears in GREYFRIARSnews

(updated 2 Aug ’17)


One-Off Talks October 2017

New Light on the Knowlton Complex by Martin Green

Friday, 6 October ’17, 10.15am to 12 noon £5 pay at the door

Martin gave us a talk about Knowlton Rings a year or two ago. In 2016 he worked there on a dig with Southampton University and they have unearthed some incredible finds which shed new light on the whole area

A career in Ruins by Julian Richards

Friday, 13 October ’17, 10.15am to 12 noon £5 pay at the door

Well-known archaeologist and TV personality Julian Richards will give us an illustrated and humorous talk on his early fascination with “old things” and how it led to a lifetime of digging them up!

Kingston Lacy – Past and Present by David Smith

Friday, 20 October ’17, 10.15am to 12 noon £5 pay at the door

As Head Warden, David was partly responsible for the discovery and understanding of Kingston Lacy’s complete manorial records dating back to the Saxon Age. He will tell us about this “find” and the fascinating details of what is revealed. Before he retired in 2005, his last project was to research, rebuild and plant Henrietta Bankes’ 7 acre Japanese Garden and he will guide us through this intricate and symbolic restoration

 Hillier Garden Paradise through the seasons by John Combes

Friday, 27 October ’17, 10.15am to 12 noon £5 pay at the door

Found near Romsey, they never fail to provide interest throughout the year. Impressive flowering displays along the 250 metre double border, tress from around the world, pond and bog area and much more. Includes flowers, trees, insects, birds and special events from tree climbing to weddings and fascinating “Art in the Garden” sculptures. Uses some of my musical arrangements.


Weekly courses starting October 2017

Music – “Oh did he write anything else?”

6 weekly meetings starting Monday, 9 October ’17, 10am to 12 noon and run by Richard Hall.

A course looking at other music by composers famous for one work only – Pachelbel, but not the Canon, Widor but not the Toccata, Barber but not the Adagio – and many more. Please note there is no meeting 30 October. Fee £40

Art -British Art and Design in the Fifties

6 weekly meetings starting Tuesday, 31 October ’17, 10am to 12 noon and run by Abi Kremer.

This course will include the Festival of Britain, the Soho art scene, the art of St Ives, fashion, including everyday styles and icons such as Audrey Hepburn. Fee £40


Weekly courses starting November 2017

The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

7 weekly meetings starting Friday, 3 November, 10am to 12 noon and run by Roy Doughty.

The Ottoman tribe from central Anatolia had, within 150 years become a regional power and in 1463 stunned the Christian world by defeating the 1000 year old Byzantine Empire and capturing Constantinople. Over the following 500 years the Sultans built a world empire that shaped the world’s history and the Imperial Great Powers Alliances in Europe, leading to two World Wars and modern Turkey. Fee £50


One-off course January 2018

Southampton – Water, Slaughter and Trade – Part 1

Friday 12 January, 10.15am to 12 noon

History and development of Southampton from Roman times and run by Andrew Negus. Apart from the stories of visiting Kings, a giant, Jane Austen and the Luftwaffe, we shall explore the remarkable medieval remains of this historic walled town. Fee £5 on the door (Please see also Part 2 below)


Weekly course starting January 2018

Music – “Oh did he write anything else?”

6 weekly meetings starting Monday, 15 January, 10am to 12 noon and run by Richard Hall.

A continuation course following on from last term. NEW STUDENTS WELCOME. Fee £40


One-off course January 2018

Southampton – Water, Slaughter and Trade – Part 2

Friday 19 January 10.15am to 12 noon

Part 2 covers 1850 to the present day. Fee £5 on the door


Weekly course starting January 2018

The English Language, Then and Now

4 weekly meetings starting Tuesday, 30 January 10am to 12 noon and run by Richard Hall

This course explores the history of our language over the past 1500 years and some of the most distinctive varieties. We shall discuss and analyse some famous speeches and what makes them memorable; we will examine the characteristics of children’s speech and we will dip into some of the many different varieties of language we can find – and use – in speech and writing. Fee £30


Weekly courses starting February and March 2018

Life in the Middle Ages

7 weekly meetings starting Friday, 2nd February, 10am to 12 noon and run by Nick Griffiths

Much of the Middle Ages is still with us – castles, cathedrals and villages – but there is a mass of archaeological and historical material that puts “flesh on the bones”. Topics will include Life in the Nunnery, Health and Disease, Castles, Farming and when 150 completely new towns were created in 300 years. Fee £50

The Kingston Lacy Collection and Others

4 weekly meetings starting Tuesday, 6th March, 10am to 12 noon and run by Helen Lange

Beginning with the art works of Kingston Lacy, we shall look at work by Velazquez, Va Dyck, Peter Iely and Rubens. All will be fully illustrated. Fee £30