Westbury’s Café Society

The Café Society, which started in 2018, aims to hold at least four events a year. All events are held in the Westbury Village Hall at 7.30 for 8pm. The village shop is open and there are snacks and drinks for sale during the evening.

The next evening event will be on 19th May, 2022 at 7.30pm for 8.00pm. To set off Westbury’s celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Café Society’s next event has a Royal theme. Lord Jay of Ewelme, (Michael Jay) who was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France from 1996 to 2001 and Head of the Foreign Office from 2002 to 2006, will be speaking on: ‘An Ambassador’s Encounters with the Royal Family’. 

Please either email cafesoc.westbury@gmail.com or call Sue Lucas on 01280 706190 to book a place.

The Society is open to all:

• There is a membership fee of £15 per year, to go towards paying speakers and other expenses. All events are free to members who also have priority booking. Non-members and guests are welcome to come for £8 per event. To join, email as below or pay for membership at the Westbury Community Shop and Cafe.

• Meetings are held in the Village Hall and numbers are restricted to around 45 so we need to know in advance if you would like to come : cafesoc.westbury@gmail.com

• If there are funds left over after paying speakers and expenses, these will go to the Westbury Shop and Café Ltd. Community Benefit Society.

• Tea and coffee, cakes, snacks and wine etc. will be available from the café at normal prices at meetings. We serve free interval refreshments prepared by the cafe.

Contact: Jacky Owen 01280 704667 or Sue Lucas 01280 706190 or email: cafesoc.westbury@gmail.com

Meetings held to date:

Westbury's Cafe Society bannerFebruary 2022 ‘Going for Gold: the road to Tokyo 2020’, with Paralympian Gold Medallists Lora and Neil Fachie. (This was a free event sponsored by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust).

October 2021 ‘A family in Russian History – The Literature and Art of the Pasternaks: Boris Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago and the paintings of Leonid Pasternak’, with Nicolas and Maya Pasternak Slater, followed by a visit to the Pasternak Trust Art Collection in Oxford.

February 2020: ‘A Story for February’ Traditional tales and music on unusual instruments with Storyteller Richard York from Feast of Fools.

November 2019: ‘Rude Language: the origins of Bad Words’; author Philip Gooden in conversation with Jonathan Keates.

September 2019: ‘A quirky history, from Buckingham to Brackley via Westbury: the Fall of the House of Ussher’, with Ed Grimsdale.

May 2019: ‘The Sound of Violins: How are they made and what has changed over the years? Why do some sound better? Can you tell the difference? Come and find out!’ with Luthiers 23 Violins.

February 2019: A Comedy Evening with Richard and Jeremy.

November 2018: ‘Is Venice sinking and does it really matter?’ with Jonathan Keates, chair of Venice in Peril.

 

What is a Café Society?

“Especially from the late-19th century through the mid-20th century in Europe and America, a culture characterised by continual socializing in bistros, coffee shops, and nightclubs, sometimes extravagantly frivolous and sometimes intensely intellectual in nature but always high-spirited.”

 

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