Unless otherwise stated all meetings are held in Lustleigh Village Hall (TQ13 9AA)

Start at 7.30 pm ~Refreshments from 7.00 pm

Wednesday 26th January

Devon Orchards – “How Devon took to Cider”
Speaker: Michael Gee

This Landkey orchard expert has produced a book recording the history of fruit growing in Devon, which aims to preserve important knowledge of rural life and traditions for future generations. Michael Gee has written another book “Mazzards”: Revival of the curious North Devon Cherry. He is also the founder of a charity which protects and promotes Devon orchards and traditional apple varieties.

Wednesday 16th February

A change to the advertised talk….. Instead of “Ipplepen: The impact of Rome on a native community in South West Britain” by Dr Christopher Smart we have instead:


An illustrated talk by Dr Paul Cleave

Paul is an honorary research fellow and lectures at Exeter University specialising in the history of food and its place in society – in the home and in restaurants and cafes.

Wednesday 30th March

Sadly, yet another change to the advertised talk….. We were due to welcome back Bernard Mills to talk about “Railways around Dartmoor” Part 2.

Instead, we are thrilled to be able to listen to Tom Cadbury of RAMM who will speak about “The Dawlish Hoard and Bronze Age Archaeology.”

Wednesday 27th April

“An Exeter Man in Algiers: Joseph Pitts (1662-1739)”
Speaker: Paul Auchterlonie

Paul Auchterlonie’s book “Encountering Islam” is the fascinating story of one Englishman’s experience of life within a Muslim society. Sold as a slave, captured by Algerian pirates, Joseph Pitts then undertook a pilgrimage becoming the first Englishman to visit Mecca.

Wednesday 18th May

The Restoration of Castle Drogo”
Speaker: Drogo appointed speaker

The presentation will cover the 7 long years of major restoration work to protect the castle designed and built by renowned 20th century architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, from the unforgiving Dartmoor wind and rain.

Wednesday 15th June

Trip and guided tour of Castle Drogo
Further details to follow in early 2022

Wednesday 20th July

Visit to Fursdon House and gardens plus refreshments
Further details to follow in early 2022


Wednesday 28th September

“Lost Devon”
Speaker: Felicity Goodall

Felicity Goodall will talk about her book, which is full of superbly illustrated photographs, paintings, maps and etchings from the county’s museums and art collections. Her talk will provide a fascinating insight into Devon’s history and what little remains now of the past.

Wednesday 19th October

“JMW Turner in the West Country”
Speaker: Professor Sam Smiles

Professor Smiles is Britain’s leading expert on JMW Turner. He will discuss how Turner captured the essence of the charm of Devon’s unique landscapes

Wednesday 30th November

AGM – Followed by entertainment.