Syllabus 2017-18 (2018-19 Coming Soon!)

 Thursday 21st September 2017

New Lanark Mills

  • Jane Masters

Jane is Heritage Manager at New Lanark and she will give us an insight into the history and current development of New Lanark. From its inception as a joint venture between David Dale and Richard Arkwright, through its revolutionary phase under the Robert Owen where improvements in the working environment and living conditions resulted in increased production, to its decline in the late 1960s and to its current status as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

 Thursday 5th October 2017

Sir Walter Scott & Abbotsford

  • Mr H Reid
We hear about the life and achievements of Sir Walter Scott and the history of Abbotsford including up-to-date developments.

 Thursday 9th November 2017

Kidnapped 130

  • Alan Rankin

2016 was the 130th anniversary of the publication of the literary classic Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. The book tells the tale of David Balfour, his kidnapping and adventure as he is smuggled around the coast of Scotland, surviving ship-wreck off Mull then making his way back overland to South Queensferry and on to Edinburgh to claim his rightful fortune.

In the summer of 2016 Alan sailed from South Queensferry, around Orkney down the Minch to the island of Erraid, off Mull and from there on foot the 270 miles back to South Queensferry and on to Edinburgh.

The overland leg crossed some of the wildest and most stunning landscapes in Scotland following the route as described in the book and mapped on the long distance route the Stevenson Way. 

This evening, Alan shares his adventure with us. 

 Sunday 26th November 2017

St Andrew's Day Service

United Reformed Church, Stockton


 Thursday 14th December 2017

Capability Lancelot Brown & Kirkharle

  • Mr J Anderson

Capability Brown is probably the most famous gardener in English history. He was described as 'the Shakespeare of gardening'. Bill Bryson stated that "Brown created landscapes that were in a sense ‘more English’ than the countryside they replaced, and did it on a scale so sweeping and radical that it takes some effort now to imagine just how novel it was."

Brown came from a small village a few miles north west of Newcastle and tonight we hear about his life and work at Kirkharle in Northumberland 

 Thursday 11th January 2018

Yorkshire Gardens

  • David Rodaway
Once again we welcome David again to enchant us with his beautiful slides and music about a selection of the lovely gardens of Yorkshire.

 Thursday 15th February 2018

The Cleveland Mountain Rescue

  • Mr P Mounsey

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team was formed as Cleveland Search and Rescue Team in the mid sixties following the popularity of the 42 mile Lyke Wake Walk. Since then the team has been called to assist in almost 2000 incidents. The Team is made up out of people from all walks of life who are experienced hill goers and who are willing to drop whatever they are doing 24 hours a day 365 days a year to go to the help of those lost or injured. This evening, Pete Mounsey will give us a view into the history and development of this important local service. 

THursday 8th March 2018

Caledonian MacBrayne

  • David Cannon

With black hulls, red funnels and the Lion Rampant, Caledonian MacBrayne ferries have provided both a lifeline for residents and holiday adventures for visitors throughout the west coast of Scotland. In this month’s talk, David Cannon, Public Affairs Manager at Caledonian MacBrayne will give an insight into the history & workings of ‘the streakers’.

 Thursday 12th April 2018


Followed by

 a Scottish film.