Autumn 2015 Church of Ideas

Scaffolding outside St John'sTuesdays Till Two returns on September 22nd with the first of four “Church of Ideas” talks. As usual admission to our lunchtime events is free, but we’d appreciate a donation of £3 (or more) to help us cover our costs. Also as usual, our café will be open before the talks from noon, serving hot and cold drinks and a variety of home made cakes, scones and other treats, and once again all profits will go to The Green Backyard. However, because of works being carried out on the roof of St John’s, for this season the café will be serving from the other side of the church, near the children’s area.

The Church of Ideas Autumn 2015
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Our first four Tuesday Till Two events can be found below, but we hope to be continuing our Autumn season with a mix of talks and recitals. Already confirmed is a talk by Dr Mikey Tomkins on November 10th about his “Edible Peterborough” food mapping project. Further details of our events will be published here and on our facebook page, or you can subscribe to our mailing list in order to receive our occasional newsletters about talks, concerts and other events in St John’s. The flyer on the right is also available in PDF format.

22nd September “Hauptwerk: The Virtual Pipe Organ” – Nigel Stark

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Nigel Stark
The first talk in our autumn season is given by Nigel Stark, who was one of the musicians in our Spring Recitals season. As well as being Organist and Director of Music at St Martin’s and St Mary’s in Stamford. Nigel is also managing director of Hauptwerk Systems UK. The Hauptwerk system can be used to recreate the sound of great organs from around the world in your home or church. Nigel will explain how the existing sound of Peterborough Cathedral’s organ is being preserved for posterity prior to its being repitched.

29th September “The Wildlife Trusts” – Georgina Forbes

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Georgina Forbes is the promoter for our local Wildlife Trust, a lover of the natural world, and a committed Christian.
Georgina will be talking about conservation charity The Wildlife Trusts. She will talk about how the organisation started and tell us what our local wildlife trust is doing in and around Peterborough.

6th October “Why and What is Poetry?” – Poets United

Poets United pictured at St John's
Poets United at St John’s for Magna Carta 800

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Local poetry collective Poets United return to St John’s following their well-received performance for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in June. This time the poets have asked for full poetic licence, so we haven’t given them a particular theme. They’ll be reflecting on what poetry is for each of them personally.

13th October: “Edith Cavell” – Stuart Orme

1916 Edith Cavell propaganda stamp
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Edith Cavell died in Belgium at 7am on 12th October 1915, shot by a German firing squad. In this talk, Stuart Orme, interpretation manager at Peterborough Museum, and well known for leading Peterborough Ghost Walks, looks back on her life and her connection with the city.

There are numerous places throughout the world with hospitals, car parks roads and even a mountain named after Edith Cavell, many of which have the most tenuous link with her. How did this come about? Why did a nurse from Norfolk become a national, even international icon? How does the legend compare with the history in this centenary year?

Stuart Orme is the Museum service’s Interpretation Manager. He has a degree in history (University of York), an MA in Museum Studies (University of Leicester) and is a qualified teacher (University of Exeter). After a previous life as a secondary teacher and adult education lecturer he has worked as a costumed interpreter, freelance event organiser and since 2001, for Peterborough Museum. He has a huge interest in history (from a plastic dinosaur bought at the age of five) and is well known in the Peterborough area for delivering a wide range of talks with enthusiasm and humour for local groups, societies and learning organisations. He can also be seen delivering guided tours of the city, including the infamous Peterborough Ghost Walk (which he created), as well as heard regularly broadcasting on historical subjects on BBC local radio.