20th March: Lunchtime talk – “History of Peterborough’s bridges” with Brian Keegan

The last in this short season of Tuesdays Till Two talks, History of Peterborough’s Bridges, will be given by Brian Keegan. Railways, the river Nene, the drainage of the Fens and the Development Corporation have given Peterborough a rich legacy of over 300 Bridges.

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale with all profits going to the GBY. The talk will begin at 1pm.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4.

Peterborough, divided north south by the River Nene, and east west by the East Coast main line and with the Fens to the east, is today a city with over 300 bridges, from the earliest existing bridge at Wansford, built in 1577 on the original Great North Road, to the many bridges constructed by the Development Corporation during the development of the city’s parkway system in the 1970’s and 80’s. The draining of the Fens and the coming of the railway also led to the building of many bridges.

Today 19 of the bridges are listed, including the Nene Viaduct – the only remaining cast iron bridge on Britain’s mainline railway system.

This illustrated talk will give listeners a chance to reflect on how design, material and technology has revolutionised bridge design over the past half millennium and to learn about some of Peterborough’s rich engineering heritage.

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13th March: Lunchtime talk – “Good old Red Cross” with Jane Hogg

This week’s Tuesdays Till Two talk, “Good old Red Cross”, to be given by Jane Hogg, looks at the work of the Red Cross in the city during the two world wars. What did the Red Cross in Peterborough do for the war effort and what did the Red Cross worldwide do for Peterborough?

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale with all profits going to the GBY. The talk will begin qt 1pm.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4.

6th March: Lunchtime talk – “Peterborough folklore” with Francis Young

Our second Tuesdays Till Two of the year is the first of three talks with a historical theme: Peterborough and its surrounding region has a rich store of fascinating folklore, from the first sighting of the ‘Wild Hunt’ in England in the twelfth century to First World War UFOs. This talk, given by freelance historian and author Dr Francis Young (pictured), explores some examples of Peterborough’s folklore, including tales associated with St John’s church and its former vast parish, from ghosts and revenants to holy wells and unofficial ‘folk saints’.

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale with all profits going to the GBY. The talk will begin at 1pm.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4.

Francis Young is the author of a number of books including “Peterborough Folklore”, published in Septmber 2017 by Lasse Press.

27th February: Lunchtime talk – “Fairtrade – What difference does it really make?” with Beki Sellick

This year Fairtrade Fortnight, which begins the day before our first Tuesdays Till Two talk of the year, invites us to “Come on In”. Our speaker is Beki Sellick, who will be asking (and answering!) the question “When we buy Fairtrade in Peterborough, what difference does it really make?” Beki’s talk will be based on her personal experience of meeting Fairtrade farmers and producers in Peru last year.

As usual the St John’s café will be open from noon, staffed by volunteers from The Green Backyard, and a selection of hot drinks and home made quiche, cakes, scones etc will be on sale with all profits going to the GBY. The talk will begin at 1pm.

Admission is free, but those attending are invited, if possible, to make a donation to help cover the costs of the event. The suggested donation is £4.

Beki wearing some traditional textiles in Peru!

Beki Sellick earns her living as a professional railway engineer, but has always campaigned for a better world too. She set up her own consulting business in Peterborough in 2016 after being made redundant after a thirty year career in the rail industry stretching back into the days of British Rail. Established as an independent consultant, she could afford to spend her redundancy payout on a trip to Peru last summer.

The trip felt like several different holidays: a cultural and culinary tour of Lima; a walking holiday in the Andes, including the Inca trail to Machu Picchu; a stay in the Rainforest at a lodge a day’s boat-ride up the Amazon (and back with a look out when it was swollen and log-filled); inclusive syncretic theology in sumptuous Cathedrals and churches; rides on fabulous trains, participating on-board in traditional music and dancing. And then there was the Fairtrade core: ceramists, jewellers, exporters, farmers, chocolatiers, traders…, families, cooperatives and villagers.

Learn more about what Fairtrade really means to the Peruvians Beki met during her trip, and how it connects to Peterborough.

1st November: Lunchtime show – High Stakes

facebook eventFor the final “Tuesdays Till Two” in our autumn season we welcome back St John’s former Poet-in-Residence Pete Cox, in a performance of his latest one man show : ‘High Stakes: A “spooken” word show‘

A former Poet Laureate of Peterborough (2003); Poet-in-Residence of the Broadway Cemetery (2005 – 2008) and Poet-in-Residence at St. John’s (2012 – 2013), “Cardinal” Cox is currently Poet-In-Residence with The Dracula Society.

This current residency is the starting point for his “spooken” word show “High Stakes”; in it Peter looks at what might scare us all. Armed with only a bulb of garlic, a notebook and a leaky biro he explores the perils of back-street literary societies which celebrate unfashionable genres and near-forgotten authors, our own human frailty, and the dread prospect of failing to repay the mortgage! So come along, and join him on his journey into the darkest recesses of human existence…

The performance will start at 1pm, but the church café will be open from noon, staffed as ever by volunteers from The Green Backyard, so you can fortify yourself for the ordeal ahead with delicious home made cakes, scones, and quiche, or a cup of tea, or, if you’re so inclined, with some prayer and fasting!

Admission is free, but a donation of £3 to help cover our costs and fund our future programme will be much appreciated if you can afford it.

High Stakes has been developed with producer Mark Grist, director Ross Sutherland and assistance from Arts Council England, arts organisation Metal and the John Clare Cottage.
– See more on Pete’s blog about the show:

11th October: Lunchtime talk – Why cities need trees

Forest for Peterborough Planting Day
Forest for Peterborough Planting Day

facebook eventAt 1pm on 11thOctober Tuesdays Till Two returns for the first in a short season of talks and concerts. David Bole from the Forestry Commission will speak, and Simon Belham, project officer at PECT’s “Forest for Peterborough” project, will be on hand to answer questions about the project which aims to plant a tree for every person in the city.

The talk starts at 1pm, but the café will be open from noon. This week the café will be run by staff and volunteer from Peterborough Environment City Trust, with all profits going to PECT.

Admission is free, but a donation to help cover costs will be appreciated. The suggested donation is £3.

Autumn Tuesdays Till Two

Tuesdays Till Two will return on 11th October with the first in a short season of talks and concerts.
All talks and concerts start at 1pm. The café will be open from noon, and will have a variety of home made cakes, scones, quiche etc on sale. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard, except on 11th October, when the café will be run by and in support of PECT (Peterborough Environment City Trust)
You can download the flyer on the left, which is also available in PDF format.

11th October: Talk – David Bole (Forestry Commission)

“Why cities need trees”

18th October: Concert – Jonathan Hanley (tenor) & George Haynes (piano)

“In sweet music is such art: Songs to Shakespeare”

25th October: Concert – Kate Risdon & Patrick Williams (flutes) and Fergus Black (piano)

“Two flutes and piano in lively conversation”

1st November: One man show! – Pete “Cardinal” Cox

“High Stakes – A ‘spooken’ word show”